CEO Moves this week include:
|Expedia Inc.||Arcserve, LLC||Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.|
|Last Mile Communications, LLC||LIGHTMED Corporation||Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation|
|Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.||Tenet Healthcare Corporation||The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute|
|American Education Center Inc.||Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.||SPAR Group|
|First Bancshares, Inc.||North American Roofing Services, Inc.||DealerSocket|
|YWCA USA||Codero Holdings, Inc.||Liberty Tire Recycling|
|A123 Systems LLC||Utah Technology Council||Neuros Medical, Inc.|
|Evolab||Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.||Mesa Laboratories, Inc.|
|Wayne Savings Bancshares, Inc.||OneSource Virtual||Millennium Health|
|TwentyPine||Vanguard Modular Building Systems|
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Expedia, Inc. [BELLEVUE, Wash.] (NASDAQ: EXPE) announced the appointment of Mark Okerstrom, currently Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations, to succeed Dara Khosrowshahi as President and CEO of Expedia. Okerstrom will also join Expedia’s Board of Directors, and Khosrowshahi will continue to be a member of Expedia’s Board of Directors. Mark D. Okerstrom has served as Expedia’s Executive Vice President, Operations, and Chief Financial Officer since September 2011, previously serving as its Secretary from October 2011 until April 2012. Okerstrom’s role was expanded in 2014, adding responsibility for the Company’s eCommerce Platform Group which includes centralized technology, payments, risk, and global customer operations. Okerstrom served as Senior Director, Corporate Development and Strategy, Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development from 2006, when he joined, to 2011. Prior to joining Expedia, Okerstrom was a consultant with Bain & Company and worked with UBS Investment Bank in London. Prior to that, he practiced as an attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.
Arcserve, LLC [MINNEAPOLIS] announced that Mike Crest has resigned as CEO. Dave Hansen, the company’s Chairman of the Board, will serve as interim CEO as final preparations are made for Mike’s successor. Dave spent ten years at CA Technologies holding several executive roles. Dave has held the CEO role at Numara Software and SafeNet Inc., and has served as Vice President and General Manager in the Dell Software group.
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. [HAWTHORNE, N.Y.] (NYSE: TARO) announced that Uday Baldota has joined the Company as its Chief Executive Officer. Since December 2016, Baldota has served as a member of Taro’s Board of Directors. Baldota replaces Abhay Gandhi, who served in the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2017. Gandhi will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of the Taro Board and as the CEO of the Sun Pharma North America operations.
Last Mile Communications, LLC (LMC) [NEWTOWN] announced the pending retirement of one of its Founding Partners and CEO, Peter Kahelin. Kahelin will be stepping down as LMC’s CEO during the 4th quarter of this year and will no longer have a day-to-day association with the company. The transition process will see Peter work closely with Randy Santiago (LMC’s Associate Partner & Chief Operating Officer – the Americas) and the rest of the LMC Partners & Team to ensure they select who among them will take on the role of CEO. Although Kahelin will no longer occupy an active management position within LMC, he will stay on as its Non-Executive Chairman, advising the company.
LIGHTMED Corporation [SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.] announced the appointment of Shlomo Alkalay as Chief Executive Officer. Founder Gary Lee will continue to serve as the Executive Chairman of the Board. In his most recent role, Shlomo served as the Chief Operating Officer of Syneron-Candela. Prior to Syneron-Candela, Shlomo served in multiple Vice President positions.
Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation (MAMCF) [REA, Calif.] co-founder and chief executive officer Jennifer Boyd announced her decision to step down after receiving a diagnosis of stage one cervical cancer in May. Paul David, a member of the MAMCF advisory board since the organization’s inception in 2013, will assume the role of CEO as Boyd remains on staff as the beneficiary advocate director.
Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc. (PHOENIX) announced that Lawrence Hayward, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will be retiring and transitioning from his role as CEO, effective September 30, 2017. Hayward will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Company. As part of Leslie’s long-term succession plan, Steven L. Ortega, President and Chief Operating Officer will succeed Hayward and assume the role and responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2017. Ortega joined Leslie’s as Chief Financial Officer in 2005 and has served as President and Chief Operating officer since 2015. Ortega’s career spans 35 years in the retail industry which included a 16-year career at American Stores Company and seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BI-LO Supermarkets.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation [DALLAS] (NYSE: THC) announced that Chairman and CEO Trevor Fetter will step down from his roles as director and chief executive officer at the earlier of March 15, 2018 or when a successor is appointed. Current independent lead director Ronald A. Rittenmeyer will become executive chairman. Rittenmeyer previously served as lead director at Tenet, and has been a Tenet Board member since 2010. He previously served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Millennium Health. He served as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Expert Global Solutions, Inc., from 2011 to 2014. From 2005 to 2008, Rittenmeyer held a number of senior management positions with Electronic Data Systems Corporation, including chairman and chief executive officer from 2007 to 2008, president from 2006 to 2008, chief operating officer from 2005 to 2007 and executive vice president, global service delivery from 2005 to 2006. Prior to that, Rittenmeyer held leadership positions at a number of companies and in private equity. Rittenmeyer currently serves on the board of directors of two other public companies: American International Group, Inc. and QuintilesIMS.
The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) [INDIANAPOLIS] announced that it has named current Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer Rainer Fischer, as Chief Executive Officer alongside his current role, effective October 1, 2017. David Broecker, founding IBRI CEO, will continue to serve the Institute in an advisory role. Fischer was previously the Senior Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology. He has also co-founded five biotech startups.
Confie [HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.] announced it has appointed Cesar Soriano as Chief Executive Officer. Mordy Rothberg, the company’s founder and executive chairman will continue to serve in the same capacities. Soriano was hired by Confie in September 2016 and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Confie, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Interstate National. Cesar’s background also includes roles as CEO and President of RSM McGladrey Financial Process Outsourcing, Leader of Business Transformation at TravelCick, Senior Vice President, Global Operations at Bowne Corporation, Vice President, Reengineering and Strategy at Dun and Bradstreet, and leadership roles at Xerox Corporation.
ECMC Group [MINNEAPOLIS] announced that it has appointed Jeremy J. Wheaton as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Wheaton also was elected to the Board of Directors of ECMC Group, ECMC Foundation and Zenith Education Group. Wheaton joins ECMC Group from Triumph Higher Education Group/Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where he served most recently as president and CEO. Previously, Wheaton served as chief operations officer at Meritas. Wheaton also held executive positions at Colorado Technical University, Pearson Embanet and Career Education Corporation.
Syniverse [TAMPA, Fla.] President and CEO Stephen C. Gray announced he will retire February 2018 when his agreement expires.
American Education Center Inc. [NEW YORK] (OTCQB: AMCT) approved the appointment of Max Pu Chen, President and Chief Finance Officer of the Company, as its new Chief Executive Officer when the employment contract of Jonathan McKeage, current CEO of the Company, ends on August 28, 2017.
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. [INDIANAPOLIS] (NYSE: ALSN) announced that President and Chief Financial Officer David S. Graziosi will succeed Chief Executive Officer Lawrence E. Dewey on June 1, 2018. Graziosi joined Allison as executive vice president, CFO and treasurer, in November 2007. Graziosi was named president in January 2016.
SPAR Group, Inc. [WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.] (NASDAQ: SGRP) announced the appointment of Christiaan M. Olivier as President and CEO, and a member of its board of directors. He most recently served as President of Retail Activation at Diversified Agency Services, Omnicom Group. Olivier also served as President of Advantage Sales and Marketing, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Smollan Group.
First Bancshares, Inc. [MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo.] (OTCQB: FBSI) has accepted the resignation of R. Bradley Weaver as Chairman and CEO and has appointed Robert M. Alexander as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Alexander, who has been a shareholder of First Bancshares since 2007 and a board member since 2015 remarked, First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for First Home Bank, a FDIC insured bank chartered by the State of Missouri and Stockmens Bank, a FDIC insured bank chartered by the State of Colorado.
North American Roofing Services, Inc. [TAMPA, Fla.] appointed its former chief operating officer, Kelly Wade, as the company’s chief executive officer. Wade joined the company in 2009 as the director of marketing, moving up to its director of sales and marketing and then to vice president of strategy before being named the executive vice president. She brings over 20 years of sales, marketing and business strategy experience to North American Roofing.
DealerSocket [SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.] announced today that Sejal Pietrzak has joined the company as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Jonathan Ord, who is the company’s co-founder and has been its CEO for the past 16 years, will remain a strategic investor and active on the company’s board of directors. Pietrzak has extensive experience leading teams across multiple functions within a successful software company throughout the past 12 years at ACTIVE Network, where she was most recently its Chief Administrative Officer. Before joining ACTIVE Network, Pietrzak held leadership positions at Wells Fargo & Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and she was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.
YWCA USA [WASHINGTON] announced Alejandra Y. Castillo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 18, 2017. Her most recent role was national director of the Minority Business Development Agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Codero Holdings, Inc. [AUSTIN, Texas] has appointed John Martis as President and Chief Executive Officer. Leo Staurulakis, chairman of the board of directors and current co-CEO, will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Martis founded and led American Digital Network. Prior to Codero, he was President and CEO of Hostway. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of Abacus America overseeing all datacenter operations, system engineering and software development.
Liberty Tire Recycling [PITTSBURGH] appointed Thomas Womble to serve as chief executive officer. Womble has been with Liberty Tire since 2001 and previously served as Liberty Tire’s chief operating officer. Womble succeeds Scott Whitney, who joined Liberty’s board and was appointed CEO in June 2015.
A123 Systems LLC [LIVONIA, Mich.] appointed Peter W. Cirino as Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Cirino held the position of President, Europe, for A123 Systems, a role he has held since May 2016. Prior to joining A123 Systems, he had extensive international manufacturing experience, including several executive roles in countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific for TE Connectivity and AMP Incorporated. Jason M. Forcier is leaving the company after serving as CEO for the last four years.
Utah Technology Council (UTC) [SALT LAKE CITY] appointed John Knotwell as President and CEO. Knotwell succeeds Richard R. Nelson, who will serve as advisor to the Board of Directors. Knotwell most recent role was Chief Revenue Officer at RizePoint. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales at Workfront and Vice President of Sales at inContact. John currently serves as Majority Assistant Whip in the Utah House of Representatives.
Neuros Medical, Inc. [CLEVELAND] announced today the appointment of Tom Wilder as President and CEO. Wilder has over 30 years of experience, having most recently led Sequent Medical, Inc. where he served for six years. Prior to joining Sequent, Wilder was President and CEO of PhotoThera, Inc. Prior to this, Wilder served as President and CEO of Micro Therapeutics, Inc. In addition, Wilder served in positions of increasing responsibility at Medtronic, Inc. from 1991 through 2002, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of its endovascular stent grafts division. Wilder currently serves on the Board of Directors of Penumbra, Inc. and Endologix, Inc.
Evolab [DENVER] announced that it has named Nicole Smith as its new Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, she co-founded and served as CEO at one of the early and ongoing leaders of the national cannabis market.
Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) [DALLAS] (NYSE: SC) announced that Scott Powell will succeed Jason Kulas as President and Chief Executive Officer. Powell will continue to serve as CEO of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and as Santander Group’s United States Country Head. Powell was appointed CEO of SHUSA in 2015 and has served on SC’s Board of Directors since 2016. Prior to joining Santander, Powell held a variety of senior roles at JPMorgan Chase & Co., including Head of Banking and Consumer Lending Operations, CEO of Consumer Banking and Retail Investments, Head of Retail Lending, Head of Chase Auto Finance, and Chief Risk Officer, Consumer. He also spent 14 years at Citigroup and its predecessors in a variety of senior risk management roles.
Mesa Laboratories, Inc. [LAKEWOOD, Colo.] (NASDAQ: MLAB) reported that Gary Owens has been approved to assume the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding John Sullivan, who has held these positions since March 2009. Gary has also been appointed to Mesa’s Board. John will remain on the Company’s Board. Gary Owens joined the Company in March 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. From 2006 through March 2017, Gary held several positions with Danaher Corporation. During his tenure at Danaher, Gary served as General Manager of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, a wholly owned subsidiary, Corporate Vice-President of Strategic Development, and Group Vice-President of Business Development for Danaher Industrial. From 1998 to 2006, Gary served in various product management, sales, and business development roles for Canon Incorporated and Trilogy Software.
Wayne Savings Bancshares, Inc. [WOOSTER, Ohio] (NASDAQ: WAYN) appointed James R. (Jay) VanSickle II to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the bank replacing David L. Lehman who served as President and CEO for the last eight months. VanSickle spent 15 years in public accounting at Crowe Horwath, LLP in their financial institutions group. Most recently VanSickle has held the position of Chief Financial Officer at First National Bank of Orrville and as Chief Risk Officer at Farmers National Bank of Canfield.
OneSource Virtual (OSV) [DALLAS & LONDON] announced the appointment of Trey Campbell as its new CEO. He succeeds founder Brian Williams who has assumed the position of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Campbell has served as OSV’s president and chief operating officer since August 2016. Campbell came to OSV with more than 30 years of sales, operations, technology, and management experience. During that time, he worked with top-tier service providers including Exult, AonHewitt, Accenture and NorthgateArinso where he served in positions ranging from head of sales to president and CEO.
Millennium Health [SAN DIEGO] announced Jennifer Strickland as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member. Ronald A. Rittenmeyer is stepping down as Chairman and CEO and will serve in an advisory role through the end of the year. Jennifer Strickland most recently served as the Chief Operations Office for Millennium Health. She joined Millennium in 2011 building the clinical and education teams and later headed the pharmacogenetic testing and medication monitoring business lines as General Manager. Prior to Millennium, Strickland served in numerous leadership roles in pharmacy and pain management within hospitals, including Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She also served in various educator roles, including as a preceptor for doctor of pharmacy students and a residency director for a specialty pharmacy residency in pain and palliative care at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
TwentyPine [NEW YORK] announced that Jamie Coakley, has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer. In tandem with this appointment, Max Maeder, Founder and former CEO, will move to an industry advisory role as President. Prior to joining TwentyPine as the company’s General Manager this past March, Coakley led and expanded the New York division of an early stage recruitment firm as their East Coast Managing Director.
Vanguard Modular Building Systems, LLC [MALVERN, PA] announced that Peter V. Eberle has been promoted to President and acting Chief Executive Officer. Barry DeSantis, who has been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2003, will retire from day-to-day operations but will remain as a consultant to the company.