CEO Moves this week include:
|Ralph Lauren Corporation||Office Depot, Inc.||The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)|
|Confirmit||The Boston Beer Company, Inc.||TimefireVR Inc.|
|Abila||Edgewood Center for Children and Families||Housing & Healthcare Finance|
|Impact Radius||Livingston International Inc.||Tenneco Inc.|
|CoolaData||Flywheel Sports Inc.||Berry Plastics Group, Inc.|
|Acuity Healthcare||Softchoice||Inflexxion, Inc.|
|Baptist Health System||Adaptiva||Wye Communications LLC|
|Michael Baker International||USA Truck, Inc.||F5 Networks|
|AIRMALL USA||JDA Software Group, Inc.||Purity Vodka|
|Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc.||Addiction Hope||RevSpring, Inc.|
|Dominion Diamond Corporation||Pacific Exploration & Production Corp.||TCP International Holdings Ltd.|
|ACCU Reference Medical Lab, LLC||Stant USA Corporation||Texas Biomedical Research Institute|
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Ralph Lauren Corporation [NEW YORK] (NYSE: RL) announced that Stefan Larsson, President and Chief Executive Officer, will depart from the Company on May 1. Chief Financial Officer Jane Nielsen will lead as interim CEO.
Office Depot, Inc. [BOCA RATON, Fla.] (NASDAQ: ODP) announced that it has appointed Gerry P. Smith as Chief Executive Officer, Gerry Smith will succeed current CEO Roland Smith, who previously announced his intention to retire from the company. In conjunction with his appointment as CEO, Gerry Smith will also join the Office Depot Board as a director. Prior to joining Office Depot, Inc., Gerry Smith served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lenovo Group. Gerry joined Lenovo in 2006. Prior to Lenovo, Gerry had a number of executive positions at Dell. In his last role, he built the Dell Singapore Design Center and led Dell to the leading market position in flat panels as Vice President and General Manager of Displays.
The Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG) [CHICAGO] announced that Gary LaBranche is resigning as ACG’s president & CEO, effective March 17. In the interim, the ACG Executive Committee has appointed ACG’s CFO, John O’Loughlin to serve as acting CEO.
Confirmit [NEW YORK, LONDON and OSLO, Norway] announced today that Ken Østreng, the company’s current CFO, will become President and CEO following Henning Hansen‘s decision to resign from the role. Østreng will assume his new role at the beginning of April. Ken W. Østreng joined Confirmit as CFO in December 2005 and has 25 years of experience in the IT industry where he has held senior positions in both listed and privately held companies.
TimefireVR Inc. [SCOTTSDALE, AZ] (OTC: TFVR) announced that Jeffrey Rassás, Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer of TimefireVR, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rassás replaces Jonathan Read who will remain a consultant through July 2017.
Edgewood Center for Children and Families [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that Lynn Dolce has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Dolce will assume the role on February 6 taking over from Nancy Rubin who has been the acting Interim CEO since September 28, 2015. Ms. Dolce most recently served as the Foster Care Mental Health Director at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Previously, Ms. Dolce managed pediatric mental health services for children in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and San Francisco General Hospital Pediatrics, as well serving on the clinical faculty of UCSF.
Housing & Healthcare Finance (HHC) [WASHINGTON] announced that Keith D. Reuben has joined as its Chief Executive Officer. Reuben will join HHC in their main office in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining HHC, Reuben served as President of Specialty Finance Partners (SFP). From June 2011 through February of 2015, Reuben was the Executive Vice President of the Commercial and Specialty Finance Business at Capital One Bank and President of a number of national business lines, including Healthcare Credit, Healthcare Real Estate, Healthcare Sponsor Finance, Security/Homeland Defense, Technology Sponsor Finance and Capital One Business Credit. Between May 2001 and December 2009, Reuben was a member of the senior management team at CapitalSource Inc., most recently as the President of CSE’s Commercial Finance Business. Prior to joining CSE, from 1999 to 2001, Reuben was an executive at Heller Healthcare Finance and its predecessor company, Healthcare Financial Partners, where he served as Vice President in the portfolio development/investment group. Prior to joining Healthcare Financial Partners, Reuben practiced corporate and securities law in Washington, D.C. for Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. Before joining Hogan & Hartson, he practiced corporate and securities law in Atlanta for King & Spalding.
Impact Radius [SANTA BARBARA, Calif.] announced the appointment of David A. Yovanno as chief executive officer. Per Pettersen co-founded Impact Radius in 2008 and served as CEO since the company’s inception. He will assume the role of executive chairman and chief strategy officer. Before joining Impact Radius, Mr. Yovanno was CEO of Marin Software. Prior to Marin Software, Mr. Yovanno was president, technology solutions of Conversant, and CEO of Gigya. Mr. Yovanno has also served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and as a lieutenant and CIO in the United States Navy.
Livingston International Inc. [TORONTO] announced that Daniel McHugh has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer. John Clancey will maintain his role as Chairman of the Board. Most recently, Mr. McHugh served as chief executive officer at Southern Air Inc., a major U.S. cargo airline servicing DHL, the Department of Defense and other leading global airlines. During his tenure at Southern Air (2010 – 2016), Mr. McHugh led widespread transformation across the organization, resulting in a successful sale of the company in April 2016. Prior to his role at Southern Air, Mr. McHugh held several leadership roles in express container shipping and logistics. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as CEO of DHL Express Asia. Earlier in his tenure at DHL (2005–2007), he served as Chief Commercial Officer of DHL Express Asia. Mr. McHugh spent 26 years in the international container shipping and logistics industry prior to his tenure at DHL, during which time he worked for both American President Lines (APL) and Sealand Service.
Tenneco Inc. [LAKE FOREST, Ill.] (NYSE: TEN) announced that it has appointed Brian Kesseler as the company’s new chief executive officer. He succeeds Gregg Sherrill who has been serving as chairman and CEO since January 2007. Sherrill will continue his tenure with Tenneco as executive chairman. These changes are effective May 17, 2017. Brian Kesseler joined Tenneco in January 2015 as chief operating officer. He also serves as a member of the Tenneco Board of Directors. Prior to joining Tenneco, he was president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, a role he assumed in 2013. Kesseler joined Johnson Controls in 1994 and served in leadership roles in the company’s Automotive Experience and Building Efficiency businesses. He began his manufacturing career with Ford Motor Company.
CoolaData [PORTLAND, Ore.] announced the appointment of Dan Schoenbaum as Chief Executive Officer. The company’s founders, Guy Greenberg and Tomer Ben Moshe will remain key players driving product strategy and business development. Schoenbaum joins CoolaData with over 23 years of building, growing and leading high-growth SaaS companies. Previously he was CEO at Redbooth, COO and Chief Business Development Officer for Tripwire, Chairman of Mergers & Acquisitions and VP Strategy at Compuware. He is currently also on the board of Evolven Software.
Flywheel Sports Inc. [NEW YORK] appointed Sarah Robb O’Hagan as Chief Executive Officer. Sarah was global president at Gatorade. Most recently, Sarah was global president of Equinox. Sarah has also held leadership positions at both Nike and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Berry Plastics Group, Inc. [EVANSVILLE, Ind.] (NYSE: BERY) announced that it has appointed Thomas E. (Tom) Salmon as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and appointed him to the Board of Directors. Salmon, who most recently served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeds Jonathan D. (Jon) Rich whose previously announced plans to retire as Berry’s CEO become effective February 3, 2017. Rich will continue as the Executive Chairman of Berry’s Board. Salmon joined the Company in 2007 with Berry’s acquisition of Covalence Specialty Materials, where he led the Adhesives Division for four years. From 2007-14, he served as President of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division, prior to being appointed President of Berry’s Rigid Closed Top Division in 2014 and President of Berry’s Consumer Packaging Division in 2015. Before joining Covalence, Salmon was General Manager of Honeywell Plastics and Global Sales Director for Allied Signal’s Engineering Plastics and Films. He began his career with General Electric and held a variety of commercial positions during his 12 years in GE’s Plastics and Lighting divisions.
Acuity Healthcare [CHARLOTTE, N.C] announced that Dorothy Elford has been named Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of South Texas. Elford served on the Board of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council for nine years and was elected Board Chairman in 2006.
Softchoice [TORONTO] announced the appointment of Vince De Palma as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. De Palma most recently served as the President and CEO of Shred-it for seven years. He also served as President of Pitney Bowes Management Services and President, Benefit Services for ADP. Prior to Pitney Bowes and ADP, Mr. De Palma held executive leadership roles at Petroleum Heat & Power Company in New York, and McKinsey & Company. De Palma replaces Softchoice’s outgoing President and CEO, David MacDonald who is retiring and will continue to serve on the Softchoice Board of Directors.
Inflexxion, Inc. [WALTHAM, Mass.] announced the appointment of Bruno Lempernesse to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Inflexxion in September as a Senior Advisor, Lempernesse served as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for North America at Cegedim, Strategic Data.
Baptist Health System [SAN ANTONIO] announced that Trip Pilgrim returned as Chief Executive Officer, a position he previously held from 2005 to 2009. Pilgrim previously served as Senior Vice President responsible for acquisition, corporate partnership, business development and marketing strategy out of Tenet’s corporate office in Dallas. Pilgrim’s more than 30 years in healthcare include positions with Ernst & Young, OrNda Healthcorp and Vanguard Health Systems.
Adaptiva [SEATTLE] appointed Jim Souders as chief executive officer. Souders previously held the position of chief operations officer at Adaptiva. Prior to Adaptiva, Souders was general manager and vice president at Dorado Software.
Wye Communications LLC [CHICAGO] announced it appointed Erica Swerdlow as Chief Executive Officer, a new public relations agency joint venture from the Stagwell Group and Finn Partners. Prior to joining Wyecomm, Swerdlow served as Executive Vice President and Midwest Market Leader for Burson-Marsteller. She has a diverse background in public relations, including starting high-tech PR firm EBS Public Relations, Inc. in 1993 during the first technology boom. Swerdlow built and sold EBS to Omnicom in January 2000, where she merged into Porter Novelli’s Chicago office and led the agency’s technology practice.
Michael Baker International [PITTSBURGH] named Brian A. Lutes as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Lutes brings to the position nearly 30 years of leadership and management experience, including 15 years with General Electric. Mr. Lutes has served as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Michael Baker. Mr. Lutes succeeds Kurt C. Bergman, who had been Chief Executive Officer since 2013.
USA Truck, Inc. [VAN BUREN, Ark.] (NASDAQ: USAK) announced that James D. Reed, currently the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of USA Truck. Mr. Reed succeeds Randy Rogers, who is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Reed will also assume Mr. Rogers’ position on the USA Truck Board of Directors. Prior to his role as CFO of USA Truck, Mr. Reed served as CFO of Interstate Distributor Co., and as president of its subsidiary, Interstate Distributor Logistics. Mr. Reed joined Interstate in 2012 and served for a time as its senior vice president, sales. Mr. Reed previously held senior roles as senior director, finance and division CFO at EMC Corporation,. Mr. Reed began his career with Intel Corporation in 1997.
F5 Networks [SEATTLE] (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced that François Locoh-Donou has been named the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of F5’s Board of Directors, effective April 3, 2017. Locoh-Donou succeeds current President and CEO, John McAdam, who will remain a Director on F5’s Board upon his retirement on April 3, 2017. Locoh-Donou currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ciena. He previously held successive leadership positions at Ciena, including Senior Vice President, Global Products Group; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International Sales; and Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Ciena, Locoh-Donou held research and development roles with Photonetics.
AIRMALL USA [PITTSBURGH] announced the appointment of Ben Zandi as president and chief executive officer, overseeing the North American operations of parent company, Fraport. Mr. Zandi joins Airmall following his role as executive vice president of operations of PGHC Inc. Prior to joining PGHC Inc., for 12 years, he owned and operated Zanick Inc. He also served as director of operations of all retail, food and beverage concessions in major airports for Host Corporation by Marriott for 13 years.
JDA Software Group, Inc. [SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.] announced that chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Bal Dail is stepping down and that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed former Tyco executive Girish Rishi as the company’s new CEO. The leadership change is effective immediately; however, Dail will remain at JDA through the first quarter of 2017 to help ensure a seamless leadership transition. Rishi becomes JDA CEO after serving as executive vice president at Tyco International, responsible for the firm’s global retail solutions and North America building automation business. Prior to his role at Tyco, Rishi was senior vice president for the Enterprise division of Motorola Solutions where he transitioned the portfolio to new application frameworks that delivered a compelling user experience. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in early-stage, high growth companies, including at Symbol Technologies, where he led the Europe, Middle East and Africa theater. He serves as a board member of Digi International, is a member of the board of directors at UI Labs, and is a member of the board of regents at the University of Hartford.
Purity Vodka [NEW YORK] announced that David Szydlik has joined as President and Chief Executive Officer. For the last 8 years, Szydlik has worked on multiple roles at Pernod Ricard. His most recent role was Director of Chains, prior to that his responsibilities included: Business Unit Director Southwest and National Director of Sales Operations and Planning. Before joining Pernod Ricard he worked on multiple management roles for Molson Coors and Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc. [BRENTWOOD, Tenn.] (NASDAQ: CUBN), parent of Reliant Bank, announced that William R. DeBerry will retire as Chairman and CEO of Commerce Union Bancshares effective June 30, 2017. The Board of Directors intends to name DeVan D. Ard, Jr., President of Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliant Bank, to succeed Mr. DeBerry on his retirement. Mr. DeBerry will continue as a Board member of Commerce Union Bancshares following his retirement as Chairman and CEO. DeVan D. Ard, Jr. has served as President of Commerce Union Bancshares and President and CEO of Reliant Bank since 2015. He began his career with AmSouth Bank in 1981 and held various positions through 2004 before leaving to form Reliant Bank.
Addiction Hope [REDMOND, Ore.] announced that Baxter Ekern was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the online community and its sister site, Eating Disorder Hope. Jacquelyn Ekern, M.S., LPC, founder and former CEO of both organizations, now serves as President. Mr. Ekern had a successful career in outside sales, primarily electrical distribution and low voltage systems, prior to stepping in as Chief Financial Officer of Addiction Hope and Eating Disorder Hope in September 2012.
Dominion Diamond Corporation [YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories] (TSX: DDC, NYSE: DDC) announced that Brendan Bell will step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bell has agreed to continue to serve in his role as CEO of the Company until June 30, 2017.
Pacific Exploration & Production Corp. [TORONTO] (TSX: PEN) announced the appointment of Barry Larson as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 20, 2017. Jim Latimer will continue in the role of interim CEO until the effective date of Mr. Larson’s appointment as permanent CEO. Mr. Larson was most recently a director of Pacific. Concurrent with his appointment as CEO, Mr. Larson has stepped down from his role as a director. From 2009 until his retirement in 2016, Mr. Larson held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Parex Resources Inc. Prior to that, he was at Petro Andina Resources Inc., where he served from 2005 to 2009 as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer. From August 1999 to May 2004, Mr. Larson was co-founder and Vice President of Aventura Energy Inc. From 1994 until 1998 he was with Chauvco Resources International, where he was Drilling Manager, as Manager of Operations, and later as Vice President of Operations. Early in his career he worked fourteen years for Wintershall Canada as a Drilling and Production Superintendent. Mr. Larson is currently a member of the board of directors for Madalena Energy Inc. (TSXV – MDN).
TCP International Holdings Ltd. [AURORA, Ohio] (OTC: TCPIF) named Brian Catlett as Chief Executive Officer. Catlett had been serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Company since October 3, 2016. Catlett previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Finance for the Company from 2012 to 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from January 2014 to October 2016.
ACCU Reference Medical Lab, LLC [LINDEN, N.J.] announced that Mr. Kamran Alison has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. Mr. Alison has 15 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration.
Stant USA Corporation [CONNERSVILLE, Ind.] announced that Gary Masse has joined the company as chief executive officer. Lou Braga, who has led Stant since 2015, has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Masse joins Stant from Coveris SA. During his 30-year career, Mr. Masse has held manufacturing leadership roles of increasing responsibility at GE, Danaher, and Cooper Industries.
Texas Biomedical Research Institute [SAN ANTONIO] announced that it has named Dr. Larry Schlesinger as the Institute’s new President and CEO. Dr. Schlesinger will take the helm of Texas Biomed effective May 31, 2017. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity and Director of the Center for Microbial Interface Biology at Ohio State University.
Pawngo/Lux Exchange [DENVER] announced the addition of Dewey Burke as the President and CEO. Prior to joining Pawngo, Burke served as the COO at Jumping Jack Cash. Prior to joining Jumping Jack Cash, Burke served as the Vice President of Operations at 1K1V. His background includes serving as an analyst and running business development in the Private Equity Practice at Morrison & Foerster.