CEO Moves this week include:
|Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)||Xerox||JPMorgan Chase|
|Schneider Electric||HanesBrands||Affinity Health Plan|
|GLAMSQUAD||Handy & Harman Ltd.||Regional Management Corp.|
|Carolina Casualty||Zapp360||NuGEN Technologies, Inc.|
|Reventics, Inc.||NYDJ Apparel||Spindle, Inc.|
|NovaBay® Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||Ideal Image||GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA Inc|
|Gemstone Foods, LLC||State Farm Mutual||The Segal Group|
|Ad2pro Media Solutions Pvt. Ltd||Agari||SIFCO Industries, Inc.|
|Amici Enterprises||Applied Pathways LLC||American Riding Tours, Inc.|
|21st Century Fox||Local Initiatives Support Corporation||IOMAXIS|
|Enevate Corporation||Girl Scouts of the USA||Sunshine Capital, Inc.|
|The Wounded Warrior Project®|
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) [WASHINGTON] announced that it appointed Robert W. Cook as President and Chief Executive Officer,. Mr. Cook will succeed Richard G. Ketchum. Mr. Cook will join FINRA from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he has served as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC, office since June 2013. Prior to joining Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Cook served as the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Cook served as a partner at Cleary Gottlieb since 2001, and joined the firm in 1992.
Xerox [NORWALK, Conn.] (NYSE: XRX) announced that Ashok Vemuri will become the chief executive officer of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company upon the completion of the separation of Xerox into two publicly-traded companies. Vemuri will join Xerox and serve as chief executive officer of Xerox Business Services, LLC and an executive vice president of Xerox Corporation until the separation is complete. Vemuri previously was president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of IGATE Corporation from 2013 to 2015. Before joining IGATE, Vemuri spent fourteen years at Infosys. From 2012 to 2013, he served as senior vice president and head of Americas and global head of Manufacturing and Engineering Services. Vemuri was a member of the board from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining Infosys in 1999, he worked in the investment banking industry at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.
JPMorgan Chase [NEW YORK] announced that Matt Kane has been named CEO of Commerce Solutions. Kane succeeds Mike Passilla, who will become Vice Chairman of Commerce Solutions. Kane has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He most recently served as head of Business Development for Card Services. He has held senior roles in Risk, General Management and Marketing.
Schneider Electric [ANDOVER, Mass.] announced it has appointed Annette Clayton as President and CEO, North America Operations. Clayton will continue to serve as the Group’s Chief Supply Chain Officer leading the Global Supply Chain organization. Clayton joined Schneider Electric in 2011, after serving as Vice President of Global Operations at Dell for five years. She also spent 23 years at General Motors, in various roles, including President of Saturn Corporation. In her new role at Schneider Electric, she replaces Laurent Vernerey, who has led the North America region for the last three years and concludes a 30-year career at Schneider Electric.
HanesBrands [WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.] (NYSE: HBI) announced that it has approved a leadership succession plan, with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll narrowing his role to executive chairman and Chief Operating Officer Gerald W. Evans Jr. assuming the role of chief executive officer, both effective Oct. 1, 2016. Evans has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Evans joined the company in 1983.
Affinity Health Plan [NEW YORK] announced that Glenn A. MacFarlane has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer. James A. Hooley, currently Chairman of Affinity’s Board, will assume responsibilities as Interim President and CEO until a permanent successor is named. Mr. Hooley most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (NHPRI) from 2011 until his retirement in 2014. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Massachusetts from 1995 to 2005.
GLAMSQUAD [NEW YORK] announced that Amy Shecter has joined as Chief Executive Officer. Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, who has served as GLAMSQUAD’s CEO since 2014, will continue to play an integral role on the Company’s leadership team as Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor. Shecter was most recently CEO of CorePower Yoga. Before that she held leadership roles at Elie Tahari, C. Wonder, Cole Haan and DKNY.
Handy & Harman Ltd. [WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.] (NASDAQ: HNH) announced, following the successful completion of its acquisition of SL Industries, Inc., that it has appointed SLI’s President & Chief Executive Officer, William T. Fejes, Jr., to the role of SVP of HNH and co-President & Chief Executive Officer of Handy & Harman Group Ltd. (“Group”). Jeffrey A. Svoboda, currently SVP of HNH and President & Chief Executive Officer of Group, has been promoted to Vice Chairman of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. (NYSE: SPLP), and Svoboda will serve as co-President & Chief Executive Officer of Group.
Regional Management Corp. [GREENVILLE, S.C.] (NYSE: RM) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Peter R. Knitzer to become Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Knitzer as been a director of Regional since July 2015, and has been an advisor to financial services companies since 2013. Previously, Mr. Knitzer served as Executive Vice President and head of the Payments group at CIBC and President and Director at E*TRADE Bank. Prior to joining E*TRADE, Mr. Knitzer spent 14 years at Citigroup in various senior roles, including Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Citibank North America. Mr. Knitzer has also previously held senior marketing positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, and Nabisco Brands.
Carolina Casualty [GREENWICH, Conn.] (NYSE: WRB) announced the appointment of David A. Dunn as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Dunn most recently served as president of the transportation division of a leading specialty insurer in the U.S.
NuGEN Technologies, Inc. [SAN CARLOS, Calif.] announced the appointment of Nitin Sood as Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Elizabeth Hutt who recently left to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Sood comes to NuGEN from PerkinElmer. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sood was the Chief Executive Officer of Boreal Genomics. Prior to that, Mr. Sood served as General Manager of the Automation and Electrophoresis business units at Agilent Technologies.
Reventics, Inc. [DENVER, COLORADO] announced that Arnab Sen would be leading the company as its Chief Executive Officer. Sen began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, in India. He left McKinsey in 2000 to establish Emedlife Health Services,. The company was subsequently acquired by the Apollo Hospitals Group, of Apollo Health Street.
NYDJ Apparel, LLC [VERNON, Calif.] announced that Lisa Collier has been appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the company. Ms. Collier was previously with the San Francisco-based global denim giant, Levi Strauss & Company (“LS & Co”), where she most recently served as its President of Global Dockers and Chief Transformation Officer. Prior to her 13-year career at LS & Co, Ms. Collier was the Vice President of Product Development, Planning & Sourcing at Tarrant Apparel Group. Previously, she spent over a decade in buying and merchandising at The Limited. She began her career in fashion and retail as a trainee at Hess’s Department Stores Inc.
Spindle, Inc. [SCOTTSDALE, AZ] (OTCQB: SPDL) announced that it has named Michael J. Schwartz as its Interim Chief Executive Officer. Schwartz replaces Bill Clark who has held the CEO role since 2011. Prior to joining Spindle, Schwartz was Chief Technology Officer, International Group of Fiserv. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer, Biller Solutions of Fiserv. From 2009 – 2012, Schwartz was Chief Operating Officer for IP Commerce.
NovaBay® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [EMERYVILLE, Calif.] (NYSE MKT: NBY) announced the appointment of Mark M. Sieczkarek as President and Chief Executive Officer. Sieczkarek has been a NovaBay Director since January 2014, was named Chairman in April 2015 and has served as interim President and CEO since November 2015. Mr. Sieczkarek previously was CEO of Solta Medical, Inc. and of Conceptus, Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and President of The Americas and Europe for the leading ophthalmic company Bausch & Lomb.
Ideal Image [TAMPA, Fla.] announced their plan to appoint Deborah G. Ellinger as President and CEO. Ms. Ellinger will join the team later this month. Ms. Ellinger previously served as Chairman and CEO of The Princeton Review, President of Restoration Hardware, and CEO of Wellness Pet Food. Earlier in her career, she held executive leadership positions with CVS Pharmacy, Staples and The Boston Consulting Group; she started her career at Mellon Financial Corporation.
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA Inc. [HOUSTON] announced that it has officially changed its name to ENGIE Resources and that it will be led by a new president and chief executive officer, Sayun Sukduang. Prior to his roles with ENGIE, Sukduang worked for Florida Power & Light’s regulated energy business.
Gemstone Foods, LLC [JACKSON, Miss.] announced the appointment of William T. Andersen as president and CEO of the company. Andersen joins after serving as Keystone Foods’ executive vice president and president of USA Proteins, as well as holding senior leadership positions at Southeastern Mills, Gold Kist and Tyson.
State Farm Mutual [BLOOMINGTON, Ill.] appointed CEO Michael Tipsord to the position of Chairman of the Board. Tipsord joined State Farm in 1988. Following service in various positions, he was named vice president and assistant treasurer in 1998, vice president and treasurer in 2001, and senior vice president in 2002. He was named chief financial officer in 2004, chief operating officer in 2011 and was elected to the office of president in 2015, and succeeded Rust as CEO later that same year. Tipsord serves on the board of directors for Navigant Consulting, Inc. and is a trustee of the Brookings Institution.
The Segal Group [NEW YORK] announced that David Blumenstein has been named President and CEO, effective October 1, 2016. On that date, Mr. Blumenstein will succeed Joseph A. LoCicero, who has been President and CEO of The Segal Group since January 2006. Mr. LoCicero will continue in a senior role with the firm as Chairman. Mr. Blumenstein’s career with Segal spans more than 27 years. He is currently the National Director of Multiemployer Consulting.
Ad2pro Media Solutions Pvt. Ltd [NEW YORK] announced the hiring of Fred Schuster as Chief Executive Officer of Global Brand Solutions. Prior to joining 2adpro, Schuster led a successful creative consulting practice, Fred&Co. Schuster was also the former CEO of RedWorks (WPP) and Craft Worldwide (IPG).
Agari [SAN MATEO, CA] announced that Ravi Khatod has joined the company as chief executive officer. He has helped lead, transform and grow several enterprise-focused startups, including AppSense and IronPort. Khatod was most recently the chief operating officer of Bromium.
SIFCO Industries, Inc. [CLEVELAND] (NYSE MKT: SIF) announced that it has named Peter W. Knapper as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 29, 2016. Knapper will succeed Michael S. Lipscomb, who has served as the company’s President and CEO since 2009 and as Chairman, President and CEO since 2015. Knapper has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Knapper was previously Director of Strategy and Site Development at TECT Corporation. His previous roles at TECT include President of TECT Aerospace (2010 – 2014), Vice President, Operations, TECT Aerospace (2009 – 2010) and Vice President, Operations, TECT Power (2007 – 2009). Prior to TECT, his previous experience includes key operating roles at Rolls Royce Energy, Sermatech International, Honeywell International, and General Electric.
Amici Enterprises, LLC [LOS ANGELES] announced that Derek Chan has joined as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Amici Enterprises, Chan, was the Chief Technology Officer responsible for helping to found, build and staff Oriental DreamWorks, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation, China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group, and Shanghai Alliance Investment. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks NOVA, the technology company that is bringing DreamWorks’ image creation capabilities to other enterprises.
Applied Pathways LLC [SCHAUMBURG, Ill.] announced that healthcare industry veteran Steve Lefar has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and will join its Board of Directors. Founder and current CEO John Feldman will continue in an operating role as Chairman of the Board. Lefar comes to Applied Pathways following his 4-year tenure as President and CEO of analytics firm Sg2, which was acquired by MedAssets in 2015. Before joining Sg2, he was President of MediRegs, which was acquired by WoltersKluwer.
American Riding Tours, Inc. [TAMPA, Fla.] (OTC Pink: AMRD) announced changes to its executive management team with the appointment of Kevin Gillespie as the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer, a member of the board of directors (the “Board”) and the Chairman of the Board. Edward Zimmerman has resigned as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Zimmerman remains as a member of the Board and has agreed to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer on a going-forward basis. Mr. Gillespie has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Harvest Financial, Inc. (FHF) since its incorporation in November 2014. FHF beneficially owns a majority of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock. Mr. Gillespie is currently a Member and Managing Director of Midtown Partners & Co, LLC, a registered broker-dealer, the President and Chief Executive Officer of FH Acquisition Corp., the President and Chief Executive Officer of Watchtower Masterpieces, Inc., the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cannavoices, Inc. and the President and Chief Executive Officer of FHF Opportunity Fund I, LLC.
21st Century Fox [NEW YORK] (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) announced its leadership succession plan for its film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film. Longtime executive Jim Gianopulos, the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, will step down from his current post at the end of his contract term on June 30, 2017. At that time, Stacey Snider, who currently serves as the film studio’s Co-Chairman, will lead the studio as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Gianopulos has agreed to continue with the Company upon the close of his current contract in 2017 and will then take on a new strategic role.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) [NEW YORK] announced that Maurice Jones was named today as president and CEO. Jones currently serves as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade. He replaces Michael Rubinger, who will step down on Sept. 6 when Jones takes over. Jones currently manages 13 state agencies focused on the economic needs in his native state of Virginia. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency’s 8,900 staff. Prior to that he was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.
IOMAXIS [WASHINGTON] announced that Dennis Kelly has joined the company as its new chief executive officer. Kelly most recently was president of National Security Solutions for PAE following its 2015 acquisition of A-T Solutions, which he led as president and CEO. Earlier in his career, he served as senior vice president of Anteon International Corporation, and as president of TechTeam Government Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TechTeam Global, Inc.
Enevate Corporation [IRVINE, Calif.] announced that Robert A. Rango has been named as the company’s new President and CEO. Brian Wong is transitioning out of his leadership of the organization to pursue other interests. Mr. Rango previously held a number of key executive and technical positions, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Broadcom Corporation. Mr. Rango held various leadership positions at Broadcom from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he was with Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Labs.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) [NEW YORK] announced that Sylvia Acevedo, a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors and longtime advocate for Hispanic, girls’, and women’s causes, has been appointed interim chief executive officer. She succeeds Anna Maria Chávez, who has served as CEO of GSUSA since 2011. Ms. Acevedo, who is secretary of the National Board and serves on its executive committee, is also a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence and a national advocate for STEM education. She is a strategic consultant to companies that wish to use technology to capitalize on demographic trends, and she previously served as president and CEO of Communicard LLC.
Sunshine Capital, Inc. [HOLLYWOOD, Fla.] (Pink Sheets: SCNP) announced that it has appointed James R J Scheltema as the Company’s new President and CEO. Most recently, he provided services to many microcap companies to either maintain or bring them into compliance with SEC, OTC and FINRA standards. In several circumstances, he has accepted appointment as the President and CEO of a few special situation microcap companies.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) [JACKSONVILLE, Fla.] announced the appointment of Michael S. Linnington to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 18, 2016. Mr. Linnington is joining WWP from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Prior to his retirement from U.S. Army as a Lieutenant General, Mr. Linnington served as the Military Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and as the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington/Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region. He also held General Officer positions of responsibility as Deputy Commanding General at Fort Benning, Ga.; Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) in Kabul, Afghanistan.