CEO Moves this week include:
|NCR Corporation||Nuance Communications, Inc.||MGM Holdings Inc.|
|Micro Focus International Plc||Just Energy Group Inc.||Seaboard Corporation|
|Greater Newport Physicians||Ronin Blockchain Corp.||Kate Spade|
|HBR Consulting LLC||Cadence Aerospace||PushFire|
|First Mining Gold Corp.||Algold Resources Ltd.||Great Books Foundation|
|Ionic Security Inc.||AgriBank||Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Synagro Technologies, Inc.||Covr Financial Technologies||Blickman Industries|
|Tri-Tex||The Army Residence Community||Allied Orion Group|
|Sapience Analytics||United Way of Metro Chicago||Branded Entertainment Network|
|Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide||SourceMedia||Spectrio|
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NCR Corporation [ATLANTA] (NYSE: NCR) announced that Bill Nuti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, intends to step down for health reasons upon the naming of a new CEO. Upon stepping down, Nuti will be named Chairman Emeritus and serve as a consultant to NCR.
Nuance Communications, Inc. [BURLINGTON, Mass.] (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced that it has appointed Mark Benjamin as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Benjamin will join Nuance on April 23, 2018, He succeeds Paul Ricci, who will retire from Nuance on March 29, 2018. Benjamin currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of NCR Corporation. Prior to joining NCR, he spent more than 20 years in various leadership assignments for Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). Most recently, Mr. Benjamin served as the president of ADP’s Global Enterprise Solutions division.
MGM Holdings Inc. [LOS ANGELES] announced the departure of its CEO, Gary Barber. The Board has temporarily formed an Office of the CEO to oversee the Company’s day-to-day operations. The Office of the CEO includes Ann Mather, formerly of Pixar, Paramount Pictures and Disney; Fredric Reynolds, formerly of CBS and Viacom; Nancy Tellem, formerly of Microsoft/Xbox Studios and CBS; David Krane, CEO of Google Ventures; and James Dondero, CEO of Highland Capital Management.
Micro Focus International Plc [SUNNYVALE, Calif.] (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) announced that Chief Executive Officer Chris Hsu has notified the company that he will step down, as CEO and Director of the company. The Board has appointed Stephen Murdoch, current Chief Operating Officer, to serve as the new CEO. Murdoch has held senior executive positions in general management, sales, and strategy with IBM and Dell. Murdoch served as CEO for Micro Focus prior to the spin-merge with the software division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Just Energy Group Inc. [TORONTO] (NYSE: JE; TSX: JE) announced that Deborah Merril and James Lewis will be transitioning out of their President and Co-CEO roles and Patrick McCullough, Just Energy’s current CFO, will be appointed as President and CEO and will join the Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2018. Pat McCullough joined Just Energy in August 2014 as its CFO. Prior to this, Mr. McCullough was Chief Executive Officer at Amonix. He had served as CFO of Amonix since May 2010. Prior to that, he was CFO at IMI Severe Service from May 2007; Division CFO for Johns Manville (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) from April 2005; and held various roles with Ford Motor Company and its spin-off Visteon Corporation, culminating as Deputy General Manager and CFO of a joint venture in Shanghai, China.
Seaboard Corporation [MERRIAM, Kan.] (NYSE American: SEB) announced that Darwin “Duke” Sand has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaboard Foods LLC. Sand has more than 30 years of pork industry experience and is a 22‑year veteran of Seaboard Foods. Prior to becoming Seaboard Foods’ Senior Vice President of Sales with responsibilities for all sales and marketing in 2011, he was in charge of the Seaboard Foods’ pork export business as Vice President of International Sales. Sand started his career at IBP, Inc. in 1987 and held a variety of sales leadership roles until 1996. Sand will succeed Terry J. Holton, who recently announced his retirement.
Ronin Blockchain Corp. [TORONTO] announced the appointment of Michael Frank, as its new Chief Executive Officer. In the past, he served as the CEO of Sprylogics International and currently sits on the board of AnalytixInsight and Ronin.
Kate Spade [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Anna Bakst as Chief Executive Officer and Brand President. She will succeed Craig Leavitt, who in the wake of the Tapestry, Inc. acquisition, made the decision to exit the brand in 2017. Ms. Bakst has over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for global fashion houses, most recently at Michael Kors where, until January 2017, she held the role of Group President of Accessories and Footwear. Ms. Bakst joined Michael Kors in 2003, leading the successful launch of the company’s Accessories and Footwear businesses. Prior to Michael Kors, she had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International, ultimately as President of Accessories and Footwear.
HBR Consulting LLC [CHICAGO] announced the elevation of president Nick Quil to the role of chief executive officer (CEO). Christopher Petrini-Poli, co-founder and current CEO, will assume the role of executive chairman on HBR’s Advisory Board.
Cadence Aerospace [ANAHEIM, Calif.] announced the appointment of Thomas C. Hutton as Chief Executive Officer. Ron Case, who has served as the Company’s CEO since 2014, plans to retire later this month. Mr. Hutton joins Cadence Aerospace after having served as Chief Executive Officer of PAS Technologies. Earlier in his career, he served United Technologies for more than 25 years in a number of executive positions including leading Pratt & Whitney’s global, multi-billion-dollar commercial MRO business.
PushFire [KATY, Texas] announced that Rae (Hoffman) Dolan has stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer for the firm, concurrent with the announcement that she is retiring from SEO consulting and affiliate marketing. Sean Dolan, who has served as the company’s President and COO since co-founding the company in 2012, has moved into the CEO role.
Algold Resources Ltd. [MONTREAL, QUEBEC] (TSX-V: ALG) announced the appointment of Benoit La Salle as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. La Salle will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Algold, a position that he has occupied since early 2013. In 1995, La Salle founded Canadian-based SEMAFO Inc. Francois Auclair, formerly the CEO, will assume the key role of Executive Vice-President, Exploration.
Great Books Foundation [CHICAGO] announced that Valentina Texera-Parissi will succeed Joseph Coulson as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming CEO, Texera-Parissi was Executive Director of K-12 Programs for the Foundation. Early in her career, Texera-Parissi served the Foundation as a Senior Account Manager.
Ionic Security Inc. [ATLANTA] announced the appointment of Eric Hinkle as President and Chief Executive Officer. Hinkle brings over 30 years of experience, most recently as Operating Executive with Marlin Equity Partners, where he conducted operational due diligence and served as Chairman for multiple companies including Asentinel, CompassLearning, Logi Analytics, LogicBlox/Predictix, Longview/Tidemark, Mapp, Serenova, Verisae, and Vivonet. Previously, he served as CEO of Servigistics, an exited Marlin portfolio company; CEO of MediaOcean; and President and COO of Radiant Systems. Hinkle additionally served in key roles at AlliedSignal Aerospace, McKinsey & Company, and IBM Research.
AgriBank [ST. PAUL, Minn.] appointed Jeffrey R. Swanhorst as chief executive officer, effective April 2, 2018. A 35-year veteran of the Farm Credit System, he has served as chief credit officer of AgriBank since August 2011. He previously was senior vice president of credit at CoBank. While at CoBank, he served in credit and relationship management leadership roles beginning in 1999. Prior to that, Swanhorst’s Farm Credit career was in lending and management with the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives, and he began his career as a lending officer with the Mitchell-Huron Production Credit Association in South Dakota. Swanhorst will replace William J. Thone, who has served as CEO since December 2016 after serving as interim CEO since August 2016.
Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. [BOTHELL, Wash.] (NASDAQ: ALDR) announced that Paul B. Cleveland, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, has been appointed to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cleveland’s appointment follows the mutual determination by Randall C. Schatzman and the Board that now is the right time for Dr. Schatzman to step down as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a director. Cleveland currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc., where he previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Celladon Corporation, where he previously served as that company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cleveland served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Financial Officer at Aragon Pharmaceuticals before its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson, and prior to Aragon, he was General Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Mohr Davidow Ventures and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer for Affymax. Mr. Cleveland was previously a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. and a predecessor firm, Hambrecht & Quist, and a corporate lawyer at Cooley LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
Synagro Technologies, Inc. [BALTIMORE, MARYLAND] named Robert “Bob” Preston as the company’s new president and chief executive officer (CEO). Since 2014, he has served as president, CEO and chairman of GSE Environmental. Preston began his career in engineering and operations positions with DuPont and progressed rapidly through increasingly responsible assignments throughout his career with companies such as Eastman Chemicals and Allied Signal/Honeywell. Collectively, he has served as COO, president or CEO at four companies spanning 12 years.
Covr Financial Technologies [BOISE, Idaho] announced that Michael Kalen has joined as its chief executive officer. Kalen is an executive advisor with Aquiline Capital Partners. Before that, for seven years, he was CEO of insurance marketer Futurity First. Prior to that, he was president of The Hartford Life’s US Life Insurance business. His experience also includes serving as senior vice president of insurance and estate planning at Prudential Securities and senior roles with Prudential Financial.
Tri-Tex [ST. EUSTACHE, Quebec] announced that Richard Hooper has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Hooper most recently served as CEO of SummitReheis. Mr. Hooper assumes the role from Natalie Laham, who will remain with the company as a minority shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. Prior to leading SummitReheis in its successful growth and eventual sale to Elementis PLC in March 2017, Mr. Hooper served as President and CEO of ICL Industrial Products, North America. Mr. Hooper has also held senior leadership positions at Supresta and Chemtura, after beginning his career at Uniroyal Chemical where he held various positions in engineering, production and general management.
The Army Residence Community (ARC) [SAN ANTONIO] announced that Steven E. Fuller has been selected as Chief Executive Officer. He will assume his position at the ARC on May 15, 2018. Fuller has been a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator since 1996 and has over 20 years of long-term care experience, serving the last 17 years as Chief Executive Officer for a similar nonprofit community, the Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Allied Orion Group [HOUSTON] named Ricardo Rivas as Chief Executive Officer. Rivas currently serves as Principal and Chief Investment Officer. Rivas joined Allied Orion Group in 2001 as assistant superintendent and later moved to assistant property manager. In 2002, he was promoted to development officer that evolved into vice president of development, where he was responsible for new multifamily developments. In 2013, he was named chief investment officer and in 2016, became a principal of the firm.
Sapience Analytics [FRISCO, Texas] announced that Bradley Killinger, current president of the company, has been named the chief executive officer. The current CEO and co-founder Shirish Deodhar becomes the president and head of the R&D Center in India.
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN) [SHERMAN OAKS, Calif.] announced the appointment of Ricky Ray Butler as CEO effective June 1. Butler previously held the role of Global CCO. Gary Shenk, who was the founding CEO of BEN, will move into the newly-created role of Executive Chairman after the transition. In 2009, Butler founded Plaid Social Labs, which was acquired by BEN in 2015. He joined the company as Senior Vice President of Digital.
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide [PARSIPPANY, N.J.], a WPP Health & Wellness company, announced the appointment of Andrew Schirmer to the role of chief executive officer, Ogilvy CommonHealth (OCH) North America. Schirmer joins OCH from McCann Global Health, where, as president, he oversaw the group’s global and public health unit. Prior to that he founded and led McCann’s consumer health division, McCann HumanCare. Schrimer takes over the CEO position left vacant by Matt Giegerich, who departed the agency last year.
SourceMedia [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Gemma Postlethwaite as its Chief Executive Officer effective April 9, 2018. She succeeds Douglas Manoni, the company’s CEO since 2010, who announced he would step down in early 2018. Postlethwaite joins SourceMedia from Pira Energy Group, which was acquired in 2016 by S&P Global, a McGraw-Hill Company. Prior to serving as Chief Executive of Pira Energy, Postlethwaite held senior executive roles at Altegrity; Infogroup; and at Thomson Reuters.
Spectrio [TAMPA, Fla.] announced the appointment of Dax Brady-Sheehan as chief executive officer (CEO). Brady-Sheehan succeeds Aaron Kleinhandler, who is transitioning to the role of chief operations officer (COO) for the company. Before joining Spectrio, Brady-Sheehan was the site leader for Google’s New York City Marketing Services Team. Prior to Google, Brady-Sheehan held senior leadership roles at G/O Digital, the now digital arm of TEGNA, Inc., and at Hearst in its digital advertising business unit. In both roles, Brady-Sheehan cultivated a talented team of digital marketing experts, while fulfilling a goal of growing the positive company culture and fostering a growth mindset. Brady-Sheehan is focused on continuing this commitment to progressive company culture at Spectrio as well.