CEO Moves this week include:
|Electronic Arts Inc.||Performance Sports Group Ltd.||CN|
|True Nature Holding, Inc.||Vroom||VITAS Healthcare Corporation|
|Canal Insurance Company||Multimedia Platforms, Inc.||ML Strategies|
|Upstream Communications||Avalon Technologies, Inc.||WegoWise|
|Oniqua Intelligent MRO||Ten K Solar||PECO Pallet|
|Ventas, Inc.||Oragenics, Inc.||Goodwill Industries of San Antonio|
|Grace Hill||Kuantum Brands||Verso Corporation|
|Walter Investment Management Corp.||Citizens, Inc.||CBRE Group, Inc.|
|DWA||Crux Quality Solutions, LLC||Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.|
|KCAS Bioanalytical and Biomarker Services||Shopkick||Classic Party Rentals|
|Results for Development Institute||Medical Teams International||HGS Colibrium, Inc.|
|Ubiquity, Inc.||TheStreet, Inc.|
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Electronic Arts Inc. [REDWOOD CITY, Calif.] (NASDAQ: EA) announced that Talbott Roche has been appointed to EA’s Board of Directors effective June 6, 2016. Ms. Roche has also been appointed to EA’s Compensation Committee. Ms. Roche is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Blackhawk Network. Prior to her role as CEO, Ms. Roche served as the President of Blackhawk, as well as leading Marketing, Product and Business Development for the company. Earlier in her career, she held various executive positions at News Corporation.
Performance Sports Group Ltd. [EXETER, NH] (NYSE: PSG; TSX: PSG) announced that it has appointed Harlan Kent as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors, both effective June 20. Kent was President and CEO of Yankee Candle, Inc. Kent has worked with companies such as Alex and Ani, C. Wonder, Totes Isotoner Corporation, Olin Corporation, Campbell Soup Company and Dole Food Company. Amir Rosenthal, who has served as interim CEO of Performance Sports Group since March 22, remains with the Company.
CN [MONTREAL] (TSX: CNR; NYSE: CNI) announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau will step down from his role leading CN at the end of June. Mongeau joined CN 22 years ago, was CN’s Chief Financial Officer for 11 years, and its Chief Executive Officer for the last six and a half years. CN appointed Luc Jobin as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the CN Board effective as of July 1st, 2016. Jobin joined CN as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in 2009 following a successful career as a senior executive at Imasco, Imperial Tobacco, British American Tobacco and Power Corporation.
True Nature Holding, Inc. [ATLANTA, GA] (OTCQB: TNTY) announced that it has appointed James Driscoll as CEO. Former CEO Steve Keaveney will remain with the Company as CFO. In addition to his position at True Nature, Mr. Driscoll is currently CEO of Channel Terminals, LLC. He serves as an Advisory Board Member at HealPros LLC and Funding University LLC.
Vroom [NEW YORK] announced that Paul J. Hennessy has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective June 8, 2016. He will succeed co-founder Allon Bloch, who will continue with the Company as a senior advisor. Prior to his new role, Paul Hennessy served as Chief Executive Officer at priceline.com. A veteran executive of The Priceline Group, Mr. Hennessy previously served as Chief Marketing Officer of Booking.com. Prior to Booking.com, Mr. Hennessy served as the Chief Distribution Officer of priceline.com.
VITAS Healthcare Corporation [CINCINNATI] announced that Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. O’Toole has decided to retire. He will, however, stay on to help the company in a consulting capacity. VITAS Chief Operating Officer Nick Westfall, who has been in charge of all VITAS field operations for the last several years, has been named the new CEO.
Canal Insurance Company [GREENVILLE, S.C.] announced that the company has accepted the resignation of David Firstenberg, who has been Chief Executive Officer of Canal since October 2010, and has appointed David Pauly to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pauly has been a director of Canal since October 2014. In 2013, Mr. Pauly retired after 13 years as CEO of Capital Transamerica Corporation. Before that, Mr. Pauly was Chief Operating Officer of Acuity Insurance.
Multimedia Platforms, Inc. [FT. LAUDERDALE, FL] (OTCQB: MMPW) announced the appointment of Robert Weiss as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Weiss will also join the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Multimedia Platforms, Mr. Weiss was CEO of The Arpanet Group. Mr. Weiss also served as Chief Operating Officer of EQAL. Mr. Weiss has also served as a senior executive for VH1, FX and the music network FUSE. Earlier in his career, Mr. Weiss founded his own multiplatform production company. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Weiss is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and producer for the “TODAY” show.
ML Strategies [BOSTON] announced that William “Mo” Cowan, will become President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously served as its Sr. Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Stephen P. Tocco, who has served as President and CEO of ML Strategies since 1997, now will serve as Chairman. Senator Cowan rejoined Mintz Levin and ML Strategies in 2013 after having served as the interim United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After practicing law at Mintz Levin from 1997-2009, Senator Cowan served in the following leadership positions for Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick: Chief Legal Counsel (2009-2011), Chief of Staff (2011-2013), and Senior Advisor (2013). He also served as a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics. In 2013, he represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as interim United States Senator, filling the vacancy created when John F. Kerry was appointed United States Secretary of State.
Upstream Communications [AUSTIN, Texas] announced the appointment of founding partner Todd Olsen as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Olsen brings to Upstream more than two decades of experience, serving as President of Olsen + Company, managing political and public policy campaigns and serving as Executive Vice President of Karl Rove + Company.
Avalon Technologies, Inc. [BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.] announced the appointment of Mark Horan as Chief Executive Officer. Horan most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s Preferred Accounts division for commercial and public sector customers. Prior to his career at Dell, Horan spent 15 years at IBM in various sales and marketing positions.
WegoWise [BOSTON] announced that veteran tech executive Laila Partridge will become WegoWise’s new Chief Executive Officer. Partridge has held executive roles in large companies like Intel and Wells Fargo, and has co-founded technology, health, and workplace start-ups. Outgoing CEO Andrew Chen will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Boston Community Capital (BCC) and Managing Director of its Venture Fund.
Oniqua Intelligent MRO [DENVER] announced it has appointed Joe Berti as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Berti replaces recently retired Oniqua cofounder and former CEO, Andy Hill. Most recently, Berti served as CEO for Clockwork Solutions. Prior to Clockwork Solutions, he held several senior management positions with a variety of software and consulting companies, including Servigistics, PointServe, i2 Solutions and Ernst & Young.
Ten K Solar [MINNEAPOLIS] announced that Jeffrey J. Hohn has joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1. Hohn will succeed Joel Cannon, a Co-Founder of Ten K Solar. Going forward, Cannon will serve as Ten K’s Chief Strategy Officer and remain on the Company’s Board of Directors. Hohn has held multiple direct leadership positions, serving as a VP and General Manager and VP of Business Development at companies such as 3M, Veeco Instruments, and Seagate Technology.
PECO Pallet [CHICAGO] announced the appointment of Joseph Dagnese as its new chief executive officer. Dagnese was most recently as president of Con-way Freight and executive vice president of its parent company, Con-way Inc., which was acquired by XPO Logistics in October 2015. Prior to Con-way Freight, Dagnese was president of Con-way Truckload. Previously, Dagnese was vice president of Menlo Logistics, a Con-way Inc. subsidiary. Before that, he was manager of North American transportation operations for Procter & Gamble.
Ventas, Inc. [CHICAGO] (NYSE: VTR) announced that it has elected Walter C. Rakowich, retired Chief Executive Officer of Prologis, and Roxanne M. Martino, Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Investment Management, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Rakowich will serve on the Company’s Audit and Compliance Committee and Ms. Martino will serve on its Executive Compensation Committee. Mr. Rakowich served as CEO of Prologis (NYSE: PLD) from November 2008 through June 2011, when Prologis and AMB Property Corporation merged. Following the merger, he served as co-CEO of Prologis until December 31, 2012, when he retired. Before becoming CEO, Mr. Rakowich held a number of senior management positions at Prologis, including managing director and chief financial officer and president and chief operating officer. He served on the Prologis Board from January 2005 through December 2012. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Rakowich was a partner and principal with real estate provider Trammell Crow Company. Mr. Rakowich is a member of the Board of Directors of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HST), where he is the company’s Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM), where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Global Food Exchange. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and serves as Chairman of the University Board’s Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of Colorado UpLift and a Board member of the Alliance for School Choice in Education. Ms. Martino has served as President and then CEO of Aurora Investment Management fund-of-funds since 1990. Prior to joining Aurora, Ms. Marino was General Partner in Grosvenor Capital Management. Ms. Martino is the Co-chair of the Business Council at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a member of the Boards of the Lurie Children’s Hospital and The Economics Club of Chicago. She is a Director of Thresholds, a not-for-profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization, and serves on the Investment Subcommittee of Catholic Relief Services.
Oragenics, Inc. [TAMPA, Fla.] (NYSE MKT: OGEN.BC) announced that Alan Joslyn, Ph.D. will be the Company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. Most recently, Dr. Joslyn was a partner in Lazarus Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of several privately held companies including Edusa Pharmaceuticals and Sentinella Pharmaceuticals and prior to that he was the Senior Vice-President Research and Development of Penwest Pharmaceuticals and also held senior drug development positions with Johnson & Johnson.
Goodwill Industries of San Antonio [SAN ANTONIO] announced the appointment of Kevin J. Bergner as the non-profit’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Bergner has been serving as interim CEO since March 7, 2016. Prior to joining Goodwill, Bergner, a former Major General in the United States Army, served as chief administrative officer and then president of USAA’s property and casualty insurance business.
Kuantum Brands [SAN DIEGO] announced that it has named William J. Righeimer as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Righeimer most recently served as a President and Global General Manager for Mars, Incorporated. Prior to Mars, he held senior roles at PwC, IBM and served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for private equity and venture backed companies.
Verso Corporation [MEMPHIS, Tenn.] (OTCPink: VRSZQ) announced that David J. Paterson, the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the company, will become the Chairman of the Board of Verso immediately upon its emergence from its pending Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
Walter Investment Management Corp. [TAMPA, Fla.] (NYSE: WAC) appointed George M. Awad as executive chairman and interim CEO of the Company, effective June 30, 2016. Denmar J. Dixon will resign as CEO and Vice Chairman and will continue to help the Company in an advisory role. Awad, a principal at the wealth management firm Gibraltar Capital, is a veteran consumer finance executive with more than two decades of experience at General Electric and Citigroup. Awad held multiple leadership positions in Citibank including CEO of Global Consumer Bank in Europe Middle East and Africa. His other roles at Citi included CEO of North America Cards and CEO of Consumer Finance for Citi Holdings, where he oversaw a successful turnaround. Before joining Citi, Awad spent 18 years at GE, where he helped lead GE Money to significant organic earnings growth. His previous positions at General Electric included general management, business development and sales roles throughout the U.S., Asia and the UK.
CBRE Group, Inc. [LOS ANGELES] (NYSE: CBG) announced that Jack Durburg has been promoted to CEO, the Americas. Mr. Durburg has led CBRE’s global Advisory & Transaction Services (brokerage) operations since March 2012 and prior to that, led the U.S. Central Region and Chicago local market area.
DWA [SAN FRANCISCO] announced the appointment of Bob Ray as global CEO. Bob joined DWA in 2012 after spending almost a decade at a creative agency. He spent his prior years as a client-side marketer for several Fortune 500 technology companies.
Crux Quality Solutions, LLC (CruxQS™) [ST. LOUIS] announced that it has appointed Eduardo “Ed” Mercado as its CEO. Prior to CruxQS™, Mr. Mercado served in a variety of healthcare related roles including, Senior Vice President Radiation/Radiology & Partnership Services for Florida Cancer Specialists. Ed also distinguished himself as Vice President for Operations and Corporate Development for Vantage Oncology for nine years.
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [WICHITA, Kan.] (NYSE: SPR) announced that Larry Lawson, its President and CEO, has informed its Board of Directors of his decision to retire on July 31, 2016. Lawson joined Spirit in 2013. Spirit’s Board of Directors also announced that Chief Operating Officer Tom Gentile will take over as Spirit President and CEO following Lawson’s retirement, and will transition into the new role over the next several weeks. Gentile joined Spirit earlier this year. Prior to joining Spirit, Gentile spent two decades in leadership roles at GE, including President and CEO of GE Aviation Services and President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems.
Classic Party Rentals (Classic) [LOS ANGELES] announced that Brent Mumford, CEO of Classic, will be stepping down from his position to pursue other business opportunities. Board Member Jeffrey Gault, will step in as interim CEO.
Results for Development Institute [WASHINGTON] announced Gina Lagomarsino was named the next president and chief executive officer. Lagomarsino succeeds David de Ferranti, Results for Development’s founder and president, who will remain at the organization in his new position as chair of the board. Lagomarsino helped establish Results for Development in 2008, and has served as chief operating officer since 2013. These changes will take effect on Sept. 1, 2016.
Medical Teams International [PORTLAND, Ore.] announced the appointment of Martha Newsome as their new President and CEO, replacing Jeff Pinneo who retired earlier this year. Newsome joins Medical Teams after 20 years with World Vision International.
Ubiquity, Inc. [IRVINE, Calif.] (OTCBB: UBIQ) announced it has appointed Nicholas Mitsakos as CEO of Ubiquity, Inc. Mitsakos is a technology industry leader and investment veteran, starting his investment career at Goldman Sachs. Mitsakos began his business career as the Founder of General Computer Corporation, which was sold to Atari. Nick Mitsakos currently serves as the Co-Chairman of Ubiquity, Inc. and has worked closely in the past with its Board of Directors and Officers. He serves as an active Advisor to several well-known technology and pharmaceutical companies and has served as the Director and founding Chief Executive Officer at multiple companies.
TheStreet, Inc. [NEW YORK] (NASDAQ: TST) announced the appointment of USA Today Editor-in-Chief David Callaway as Chief Executive Officer. He will also join the Company’s Board of Directors. Larry S. Kramer, interim CEO, will step down and resume his position as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. All changes will be effective early July 2016. Prior, Mr. Callaway served as editor-in-chief of MarketWatch. He also served as a securities industry reporter at Bloomberg, and spent time as a reporter with the Boston Herald.