CEO Moves this week include:
|Vroozi||Tiffany & Co.||Autodesk, Inc.|
|Great Hearts||Vioguard, Inc.||Kroll Bond Rating Agency|
|Arxis Capital Group LLC||THE VOID||Syncurity|
|DirectMail2.0||Radian Group Inc.||Uncorporeal Systems|
|Lindsay Corporation||InterMedia||Southern Theatres|
|Barefoot Networks||BlackThorn Therapeutics||Anexinet Corporation|
|Ossia||Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.||PM Capital, LLC|
|Clock Spring Company, LP||Zenefits||CE Power Engineered Services, LLC|
|SunOpta Inc.||First NBC Bank Holding Company||Owens & Minor, Inc.|
|Enterprise Financial Services Corp||Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC||Semitrex|
|Outfit7 limited||Fasoo Inc.||The Institute for Shipboard Education|
|NexDefense||Sasser Family Holdings, Inc.||Assemble Systems|
|The StayWell Company||RPX Corporation|
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Vroozi [LOS ANGELES] announced Gregg Parise has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gregg joins Vroozi from his most recent role as CEO of Events.com. Former CEO Steve Olds, will stay on as President and Chairman of Vroozi.
Tiffany & Co. [NEW YORK] (NYSE: TIF) announced that Frederic Cumenal has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer. Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairman.
Autodesk, Inc. [SAN FRANCISCO] (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that Carl Bass has decided to step down as president and chief executive officer. The company has formed an Interim Office of the Chief Executive, which will be headed by Amar Hanspal, senior vice president and chief product officer, and Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president and chief marketing officer as interim co-chief executive officers. Hanspal joined Autodesk in 1987 and has held various product leadership, marketing and customer success roles at the company. Anagnost began his career in aeronautical engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He joined Autodesk in 1997 and has held various marketing, product management and product development roles.
The Great Hearts [PHOENIX] announced the appointment of Wade Dyke as Chief Executive Officer of Great Hearts. Dyke spent nine years at Kaplan where his roles included Executive Vice President of Higher and Professional Education. He also served as the chief executive officer at Chancellor Beacon Academies, Inc., now Imagine Schools. Prior to that he served as the chief of staff to the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and previously as an assistant professor of public administration at The Ohio State University.
Vioguard, Inc. [BOTHELL, Wash.] announced David Schultz has been named Chief Executive Officer and President. He will also take a seat on the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining Vioguard, he served as executive vice president, global operations for EagleView Technologies. His previous experience includes executive roles in operations and sales at The Ryland Group and ZC Sterling Corp. Laurance Ranta, the company’s previous chief executive officer and president, will maintain an advisory role in the company.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Jim Nadler as Chief Executive Officer. Nadler held the position of President since joining in 2010 when he co-founded the rating agency with Jules Kroll. Kroll, who is credited with establishing the corporate investigation industry with his previous company Kroll, Inc., held the position of Chairman and CEO of Kroll Bond Rating Agency but will be stepping down later this month. Kroll will remain as Chairman. Prior to joining KBRA, Nadler was the Vice President for General Re and also had stints at Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s.
Arxis Capital Group LLC [NEW YORK] announced that Thomas M. Joyce, current Executive Chairman of Arxis, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Joyce succeeds Gene Reilly, the founder of Arxis who is launching an asset management business. Mr. Reilly will continue to serve the Company as a member of its Board. Mr. Joyce served as Arxis’ Executive Chairman since the Company’s founding. Prior to joining Arxis, Mr. Joyce most recently was Chairman and CEO of Knight Capital Group, from which he retired in July 2013. Mr. Joyce joined Knight in May 2002 from Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, where he was Head of Global Trading. Prior to such time, Mr. Joyce spent close to fifteen years at Merrill Lynch, where he managed a host of major equity businesses and served as Head of U.S. Equities for several years. Mr. Joyce currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sandboxx, LLC; Clearpool, Inc., and the Alfred Smith Foundation. He is also a member of SAG-AFTRA.
THE VOID [LINDON, Utah] announced it has appointed Cliff Plumer as chief executive officer. Plumer succeeds co-founder Ken Bretschneider who has transitioned to the role of committee chair of THE VOID Visions team and will continue to sit on the board of directors. Plumer joins THE VOID from Jaunt, where he served as president of Santa Monica-based Jaunt Studios. Prior to Jaunt, he served as CEO of visual effects studio, Digital Domain and CTO of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.
Syncurity [ARLINGTON, Va.] announced that it has appointed John Jolly as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). John replaces JP Bourget, who founded Syncurity in 2014. JP will remain with Syncurity as Chief Security Officer (CSO). John joined Syncurity in January 2016 as Vice President of Customer Success and Business Development. Prior to Syncurity, he was a Vice President and General Manager at General Dynamics.
DirectMail2.0 [CLEARWATER, Fla.] announced that it has appointed Brad Kugler as chief executive officer. Kugler joins DirectMail2.0 after 26 years at Distribution Audio & Video, Inc. He also serves as chairman of the Career Education Board for the Pinellas Education Foundation.
Radian Group Inc. [PHILADELPHIA] announced that Richard G. Thornberry has been appointed chief executive officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective March 6, 2017. Thornberry will succeed S.A. Ibrahim, whom the company previously announced would retire this year. Thornberry joins Radian from NexSpring Group, where he was chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to co-founding NexSpring, Thornberry co-founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Nexstar Financial Corporation. He was previously the president and chief operating officer of Citicorp Mortgage Inc. Earlier in his career, Thornberry held executive-level financial and operating positions at Residential Services Corporation of America/Prudential Home Mortgage Company, including as chief financial officer. Thornberry began his career as a certified public accountant for Deloitte.
Uncorporeal Systems [SAN FRANCISCO] appointed co-founder Kul Wadhwa as chief executive officer. Wadhwa previously served as Uncorporeal’s chief operating officer. Wadhwa previously advised investment organizations on commercializing new technologies. Before that, Wadhwa was managing director at the Wikimedia Foundation. Wadhwa began his career working in start-ups working across technologies from gaming to ecommerce.
Zubie [MINNEAPOLIS] named Gary Tucker as chief executive officer. Tucker most recently served as CEO for DealerRater. Prior to that, Tucker was a senior executive with J.D. Power and Associates (JDPA) for 12-plus years. Tucker takes over for interim CEO, Prag Shah, who will continue in his role of chief operating officer.
uShip [AUSTIN, Texas] announced that Mike Williams has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and board member. uShip also announced that Jim Martell, a 40-year veteran of the logistics industry, has been named Executive Chairman of uShip’s board. Williams joins uShip after serving as GM of Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Services with Accruent. Williams also brings experience serving as either CEO or president for three companies, including Socialware (acquired by NASDAQ:PFPT), Nextance and PurchasingNet, as well as roles at Motorola, Trilogy and Memento (acquired by NYSE: FIS).
Flowserve Corporation [DALLAS] (NYSE: FLS) announced that R. Scott Rowe has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company, effective April 1, 2017. He succeeds Mark Blinn, who previously announced his intention to retire. Mr. Rowe will also join the Flowserve Board of Directors. Mr. Rowe most recently served as President of the Cameron Group following the merger with Schlumberger. Before that, his titles at Cameron included President and CEO, President and COO, CEO of the OneSubsea Division, President of the Subsea Systems Division, President of the Engineered & Process Valves Division, and President of the Process Valves & Aftermarket Division. Before joining Cameron in 2002,
Lindsay Corporation [OMAHA, Neb.] (NYSE: LNN) announced that its president and chief executive officer, Rick Parod, has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire on December 1, 2017. Parod has been a part of the Lindsay Corporation family for nearly 17 years.
InterMedia [WASHINGTON] announced the appointment of Denise P. O’Reilly as InterMedia’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. O’Reilly has previously served InterMedia as Interim President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Ms. O’Reilly began as a Qualitative Research Manager in 2006. She was a key member of the InterMedia business development team. Prior to joining InterMedia, Ms. O’Reilly worked in the commercial research sector in Europe, holding positions with Diageo, Millward Brown, Eye Level, Taylor Nelson Sofres/MRBI, and Commencements Ireland Ltd.
Southern Theatres [NEW YORK], a Veronis Suhler Stevenson (“VSS”) portfolio company, announced that John P. Caparella has been selected as its new chief executive officer. Mr. Caparella succeeds George Solomon, who founded the company in 2002 and is retiring after over 40 years of involvement in the industry. Mr. Solomon will, however, continue as an investor in the company and serve as Chairman of the board of directors. Most recently, Mr. Caparella worked at The Madison Square Garden Company as Executive Vice President, Venue Management. Previously, he served as President and COO at The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo Center. Earlier in his career, Mr. Caparella spent many years with ITT Sheraton. He served as Director of Food and Beverage at several Sheraton locations prior to becoming General Manager of the Sheraton Manhattan Hotel in New York.
Barefoot Networks [PALO ALTO, CA] announced it has appointed Craig Barratt as President and Chief Executive Officer. Barratt joins Barefoot from Alphabet and Google, where he was Senior Vice President at Google and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet’s Access business, which includes the Google Fiber broadband internet service. Prior to Google, he served as President of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. following the acquisition of Atheros Communications by Qualcomm. From 2003, he was President and CEO of Atheros.
BlackThorn Therapeutics [SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.] announced the appointment of Gregory Vontz to the position of chief executive officer. Mr. Vontz most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Topica Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Topica, he served as president and chief operating officer of Connetics Corporation. Before joining Connetics, Mr. Vontz spent 12 years at Genentech in various senior marketing and product development roles. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck, Sharp and Dohme where he worked in sales and sales management.
Anexinet Corporation [PHILADELPHIA] announced the appointment of Brad Hokamp as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Cosentry. Prior to Cosentry, Mr. Hokamp was President of Layered Tech, and prior thereto he held several key management positions in sales and marketing during his 10-year tenure at Savvis, which is now owned by Century Link.
Ossia [BELLEVUE, Wash.] announced that it has appointed technology industry veteran Mario Obeidat as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mario was Vice President of Licensing at Pendrell Corporation where he led the company’s licensing, technology transfer, and revenue programs. Prior to joining Pendrell, he was Head of Telecommunications Licensing at Intellectual Ventures, where he drove the creation and development of the telecommunications business. Prior to his tenure at Intellectual Ventures, Mario held the position of Chief Licensing Strategist at InterDigital Communications and oversaw the 3G technology portfolio.
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. [VICTORIA, British Columbia] (NASDAQ: AUPH / TSX: AUP) announced it has appointed Dr. Richard M. Glickman, the Company’s founder and Chairman of the Board, as Aurinia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The board accepted the resignation of Charles Rowland as CEO and an executive member of the Board. Dr. Glickman was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. He currently serves as founding Chairman of Essa Pharmaceuticals Inc., Chairman of the Board of Engene Corporation and a Director of Cardiome Pharma. He is also a Partner at Lumira Capital.
PM Capital, LLC [LINDON, Utah] announced that Scott Carter has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he served as CEO of Lear Capital. He also served in numerous other executive level positions including CEO of Goldline and President of Unitrin Direct.
Clock Spring Company, LP [HOUSTON] announced that Matt Boucher has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Boucher was recruited as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2016 and was elected as President and Chief Executive Officer. Boucher joined Clock Spring from The Brock Group,
Zenefits [SAN FRANCISCO] announced it has appointed Jay Fulcher as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Previously, Fulcher served as president and CEO of Ooyala, Inc., president and CEO of Agile Software Corp., executive vice president at Peoplesoft and vice president at SAP.
CE Power Engineered Services, LLC [CINCINNATI] announced that Paul R. Cody has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cody previously led Eaton Corporation’s Engineering Service & Systems Division from 2000 to 2012. Mr. Cody also previously led Eaton’s Power Distribution division. He began his career in the power engineering and services industry at Westinghouse Electric where he held a variety of leadership positions over more than twenty years with the company. Most recently, Mr. Cody was President & CEO of Consolidated Glass Holdings.
SunOpta Inc. [TORONTO] (NASDAQ: STKL, TSX: SOY) announced the appointment of David J. Colo as President and Chief Executive Officer. Interim CEO Katrina L. Houde will continue her position on SunOpta’s Board of Directors, a position she has held since 2000. In conjunction with this appointment, Mr. Colo will also become a member of the SunOpta Board of Directors. Mr. Colo joins SunOpta from Diamond Foods, Inc. where he served as Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer from June 2013 until March 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Colo held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain. Before joining Diamond Foods, Mr. Colo spent approximately three years as an independent industry consultant, focusing on organizational optimization and planning. From 2005 to 2009, he held leadership positions in the consumer products division of ConAgra Foods, Inc., including roles as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Planning, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Manufacturing and Senior Vice President of Operations. From 2003 to 2005, he served as President of ConAgra Food Ingredients. Mr. Colo previously served with Nestle-Purina Pet Care Company in roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Supply for the company’s Golden Products Division, and Vice President of Store Brands and Venture Development. He also served for two years as President of the American Dehydrated Onion and Garlic Association. Mr. Colo is a member of the Board of Directors of MGP Ingredients, Inc.
First NBC Bank Holding Company [NEW ORLEANS] (NASDAQ: FNBC) announced that it has appointed Carl J. Chaney as Chief Executive Officer, effective upon regulatory approval. Mr. Chaney will succeed Hermann “Buck” Moyse, III, who has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of First NBC Bank and First NBC Bank Holding Company. Mr. Chaney served in numerous roles at Hancock Holding Company during the course of a 17-year tenure, including as its Chief Executive Officer, President and Director. Mr. Chaney currently serves as Vice Chairman of JTS Capital Group, and on the Board of Directors of Mississippi Power Company, where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Controls and Compliance Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch. Prior to joining Hancock, Mr. Chaney was a bank mergers and acquisitions and regulatory attorney, representing over 100 financial institutions throughout 13 states in the Southeast and Southwest.
Owens & Minor, Inc. [RICHMOND, Va.] (NYSE: OMI) announced that Chairman of the Board Craig R. Smith notified the company that he does not intend to stand for re-election at the company’s Annual Shareholders Meeting to be held on May 5, 2017. Smith, who has been a board member since 2005, was named Chairman in 2013. At the time of Smith’s retirement, the Board intends to elect P. Cody Phipps, President & Chief Executive Officer of Owens & Minor, as the company’s new Chairman of the Board.
Enterprise Financial Services Corp. [ST. LOUIS] (NASDAQ: EFSC) announced that James B. Lally will succeed Peter F. Benoist as CEO and a member of the board of directors. The transition will take place at the annual shareholders meeting on May 2, 2017. Lally was named president of the company in August 2016. At the same time, Benoist entered into a Retirement and Consulting Agreement to take effect upon the appointment of his successor. Lally joined Enterprise in 2003 as senior vice president and was named president of the bank’s Clayton unit in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed president of the St. Louis region and three years later assumed responsibility for commercial banking in all regions. In May 2016, Lally was named executive vice president of EFSC, with responsibility for the company’s wealth management, private banking and mortgage businesses, as well as its community development entity. Prior to Enterprise, Lally served in various commercial banking roles for US Bank and Commerce Bank in St. Louis.
Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC [PINEVILLE, La.] and Cleco Power LLC, the company’s regulated electric utility, announced that Darren Olagues resigned as president and CEO. The board has asked Peggy Scott, its board chair, to assume the role of interim CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings. Scott recently retired as the executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer/treasurer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the state’s largest health insurer. The board appointed William “Bill” Fontenot, Cleco’s chief operating officer, interim CEO of Cleco Power.
Outfit7 limited [NEW YORK, NY] announced the selection of Jure Prek as CEO. Prek began his five year journey at Outfit7 as part of the animation team, leading him to become the Vice President of Game Design and Animation. Prek has more than 13 years of experience in character animation.
Fasoo Inc. [WASHINGTON] announced that John Herring has been appointed CEO/President and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Most recently he was CEO of an In-q-Tel portfolio company, the venture investment arm of the U.S. intelligence community. John serves as Founder Emeritus of Corstone Capital, a Washington DC global diversified private equity firm he established in 1993. Mr. Herring served as an officer in the U.S. Navy on the staff of Admiral H.G. Rickover at Headquarters of the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program.
The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) [FORT COLLINS, Colo.], parent organization to the Semester at Sea (SAS) program, announced Dr. Gary A. Ransdell as president and CEO succeeding retiring president and CEO Dr. Loren W. Crabtree effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Ransdell recently announced his retirement as president of Western Kentucky University (WKU) where he has served as president since September 12, 1997.
NexDefense [ATLANTA] announced Jeff Spence as CEO. Prior to joining NexDefense, Spence was the Managing Director of DraftServ Pty Ltd of Singapore and was the investment director of a Zurich-based holding and investment group.
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. [SCHAUMBURG, Ill.] announced that it has elected Jeff Walsh, formerly the company’s COO, to be CEO. Walsh will replace Fred Sasser, who is stepping down after 36 years as chief executive officer. Sasser will remain executive chairman of the company. Walsh spent 15 years at GATX Corporation before joining Sasser in 2013. At GATX, Walsh was group executive, Structured Finance and, previously, general manager of Rail Structured Finance, Industrial Equipment Finance, and Marine. Prior to GATX, Walsh spent two years at GE Capital in the Genstar Container and GE Capital Rail Services business units.
Assemble Systems [BOSTON, MA] announced that Donald R. Henrich has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Henrich joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Prior to that he was head of Global Sales for Trimble Navigation’s General Contractor business. Mr. Henrich joined Trimble in 2012 via the acquisition of Vico Software which he cofounded. Prior to starting Vico, he was Vice President and General Manager of Graphisoft US, whom he joined in 2004. Don’s earlier industry experience include his role as President and CEO of SET. Before SET, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Parametric Technology Corporation, where he also held General Manager positions running Asia and Europe. Mr. Henrich was cofounder of MatrixOne, now a subsidiary of Dassault Systemes of France.
The StayWell Company [YARDLEY, PA] announced that Nicole Latimer will assume the position of CEO, effective March 1. Latimer succeeds Bill Goldberg, who has decided to step down from his position. Latimer joined StayWell in 2016 as president of the company.
RPX Corporation [SAN FRANCISCO] (NASDAQ: RPXC) announced that John Amster tendered his resignation as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. The Board has named Marty Roberts, the Company’s General Counsel since 2010. Prior to joining RPX in 2010, Mr. Roberts served as General Counsel of Linden Lab. Before joining Linden Lab, he was Deputy General Counsel of eBay Inc.