CEO Moves this week include:
|Israel Discount Bank of New York||ENSERVCO Corporation||QuadReal Property Group|
|Innovapptive Inc.||Grand Rapids Ophthalmology||Adventure Science Center|
|Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.||Tronox Limited||United States Steel Corporation|
|Evocative, LLC||BNY Mellon||Sittercity|
|Aravive Biologics||Prudential Financial, Inc.||Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.|
|CRB Auto||International Life Sciences, LLC||Conservation International|
|Watson Land Company||BT||Hardinge Inc.|
|KIOSK Information Systems||Shockwave Medical||Airwavz Solutions, Inc.|
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Israel Discount Bank of New York (IDB Bank®) [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Uri Levin as President and Chief Executive Officer. Levin brings years of experience in the global financial industry to the role, including time as Chief Financial Officer, Head of Planning, Strategy, and Financing at IDB’s parent company, Discount Bank, Ltd. After serving at various high-level management positions with Bank Hapoalim, including Executive Vice President in charge of corporate marketing, business development and strategy, Levin managed a global financial services group as CEO at ISP Group in Israel and Switzerland. In 2014, he joined Discount Bank Ltd. in Israel.
ENSERVCO Corporation [DENVER, CO] (NYSE MKT: ENSV) announced the appointment of Ian Dickinson as president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. Dickinson succeeds Rick Kasch, who is retiring from his positions as president, CEO and board member. Dickinson was previously president and CEO of Premier Oilfield Equipment. He is a former partner with Caddis Capital Investments. Prior assignments include CFO and vice president of finance positions with a number of emerging growth companies.
QuadReal Property Group [VANCOUVER] announced the appointment of Dennis Lopez as Chief Executive Officer. He comes to QuadReal with deep relationships with real estate leaders around the world and a track record of success in CEO, CIO and MD roles at large real estate asset management and investment firms. Lopez’ real estate career includes three decades of leadership experience, along with a background in real estate acquisition, development, M&A, financing and investment trusts.
Innovapptive Inc. [HOUSTON] named Sundeep V. Ravande as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After five years at the helm, Innovapptive co-founder and former CEO Hari P. Kamineni nominated Sundeep V. Ravande, President & co-founder for the position. Hari will move to the role of Chief Product Officer (CPO) and stay on Innovapptive’s Board of Directors. Prior to co-founding Innovapptive, Sundeep worked at IBM and other Big 5 consulting firms.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (“GRO”) [GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.] announced the appointment of Bill Hughson as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to GRO, Hughson was President and CEO of IntegraMed Fertility. Hughson has also held leadership positions with DeVry Education Group. Hughson is currently a member of the board of directors at IntegraMed Fertility and GRO.
Adventure Science Center [NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE] announced Steve Hinkley, has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer. Hinkley was most recently the President and CEO of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation in Santa Barbara, California. He will replace acting CEO, Tina Brown, who will resume her role as Director of Operations and Exhibits. Hinkley began his career as a science educator.
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. [MINNEAPOLIS] (OTC Pink: GCFB) announced that Richard H. Lynch (Dick), a member of its Board of Directors, has been appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Interim CEO, Rob Doran, will continue to serve as a member of Granite City’s Board of Directors. Lynch was the Chief Brand Officer for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for the past nine years.
Tronox Limited [STAMFORD, Conn.] (NYSE: TROX) announced that Tom Casey will retire from his position as chief executive officer. Casey will remain as chairman of the board. Peter Johnston, formerly head of Glencore Corporation’s global nickel business and CEO of Minara Resources Limited, will assume the role of interim chief executive officer. Johnston has been a director of the company since August 1, 2012 and will continue to serve as a director of the company.
United States Steel Corporation [PITTSBURGH] (NYSE: X) announced the retirement of Mario Longhi from the company on June 30, 2017. He stepped down as CEO on May 8, 2017, but he will remain on the board of directors and serve as an employee of the company. David B. Burritt, currently president and COO, was elected by the board of directors to assume the position of president and CEO as well as become a member of the board.
Evocative, LLC [SAN JOSE, CA] welcomed Internet executive and entrepreneur Arman Khalili to the position of Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of data center provider CentralColo. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Black Lotus. Khalili was also the Founder and CEO of UnitedLayer, and a co-founder of Sirius. In addition, he has held numerous senior consulting positions at Level 3 Communications, AT&T, Apple and NeXT Computers.
BNY Mellon [NEW YORK] (NYSE: BK) announced that Frank La Salla has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of its Corporate Trust business. La Salla, who currently serves as CEO of BNY Mellon’s Alternative Investment Services (AIS) and Structured Products, succeeds Eric Kamback, who is retiring after 36 years with the company. La Salla, a 23-year veteran of BNY Mellon, joined the company following the acquisition of BHF Securities Corporation. After several years as president and COO of BNY Global Clearing, he successfully led Pershing LLC’s global client group for over a decade and served as a member of Pershing’s executive committee. Chandresh Iyer, Global Head of BNY Mellon’s Middle Office Solutions Group, has been appointed CEO of AIS and Structured Products, succeeding Frank La Salla. Iyer joined BNY Mellon two years ago from Citi’s Investor Services business. Prior to Citi, he was at Merrill Lynch where he supported institutional equity technology with strategic project and program management across large-scale initiatives in client management, clearing and prime brokerage.
Sittercity announced the appointment of Elizabeth Harz as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Sittercity, Harz held leadership positions with consumer and B2B brands including Yahoo!, Electronic Arts, Chegg and CNET.
Face Reality [SAN LEANDRO, Calif.] announced the appointment of David Valenzuela as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Face Reality, Valenzuela held the position of Global Vice President at COSMEDIX.
BioPact’s [AUSTIN, Texas] co-founder Kent Phelps, has resumed his role as CEO effective immediately. After 20 years of practicing law, Kent launched BioPact in 2014 with co-founder and lead investor Randy Kinsel. After two years as founding CEO, Kent and BioPact’s board recruited pharmaceutical industry veteran Joe Dillon, to take over as CEO to bring experience and greater focus to BioPact’s business and scientific development activities. Dillon served as CEO for the last 18 months and Kent resumed CEO duties in May, 2017.
Skillsoft [DUBLIN & BOSTON] announced it has appointed Larry Neal as Chief Executive Officer of the group. Bill Donoghue, current CEO, becomes Executive Chairman. Most recently, Larry has led businesses for S&P Global, formerly McGraw-Hill Financial. Prior to Platts, he led significant performance improvements at both the S&P Equity Research and S&P Index Services businesses. He started his career at General Electric and IBM, then moving in to sales and business leadership positions at technology-enabled content companies Advent Software, ADP and McGraw-Hill.
Aravive Biologics [HOUSTON] announced the appointment of Stephen L. Eck, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Eck was formerly Vice President of Oncology Medical Sciences at Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. Ray Tabibiazar, founding President and CEO of Aravive, remains as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Astellas Pharma, Stephen Eck served as Vice President, Translational Medicine & Pharmacogenomics at Eli Lilly and Company. Prior to joining Lilly, he served in a variety of oncology and neuroscience drug development leadership roles at Pfizer, Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors of Luminex Corporation, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Personalized Medicine Coalition.
Prudential Financial, Inc. [NEWARK, N.J.] (NYSE: PRU) announced that Phil Waldeck has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Retirement, a division of Prudential Financial, Inc. He succeeds Christine Marcks, who has informed the company of her decision to retire after more than 13 years, 10 of which were in the role of President and CEO. Waldeck, who has more than 30 years of experience, joined Prudential in April 2004. He currently leads Prudential Retirement’s Investment & Pension Solutions business. While at Prudential, he has spearheaded institutional product innovation efforts both domestically and internationally across the pension risk transfer, longevity reinsurance, structured settlements and stable value businesses. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity, and is chair of Achieve Hartford.
Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. [DALLAS] (NYSE: SRC) announced that Jackson Hsieh has been named to the position of Chief Executive Officer and President and has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. Hsieh joined Spirit Realty Capital in September 2016 from Morgan Stanley, where he served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking. Prior to this, Hsieh was Vice Chairman and Sole/Co-Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking Group at UBS. During his career, including a prior period at Morgan Stanley and tenures at Bankers Trust Company and Salomon Brothers, Inc., he served as senior lead banker.
CRB Auto [IRVINE, Calif.] (OTC: MCHB) announced that Bill Katafias has joined the organization as its Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). Katafias most recently was the Executive Vice President, National Production Manager and leading retail credit executive for Wells Fargo Dealer Services. He succeeds CRB Auto Chief Executive Scott Raymer who previously announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities. Katafias began his career in auto finance with Ford Motor Credit in 1988. He joins CRB Auto after 23 years with the Wells Fargo auto finance group.
International Life Sciences, LLC [ATLANTA] announced the appointment of Aaron C. Smith as Chief Executive Officer of Artelon®. Smith is a 23-year orthopedic industry veteran and biomedical engineer who joins the company after 6 years with Amniox Medical, a subsidiary of TissueTech. Smith was Co-Founder and General Manager of Amniox Medical. During his previous tenure Smith was Senior Director, Extremity Management Group with Wright Medical Technology Inc. Smith also served in leadership roles with Spinal Concepts (acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2003), Xomed Surgical Products (acquired by Medtronic in 1999), and Acromed (acquired by DePuy Orthopedics in 1997).
Conservation International (CI) [ARLINGTON, Va.] announced M. Sanjayan chief executive officer effective July 1, 2017. Sanjayan succeeds longtime CEO and co-founder Peter Seligmann, who has led the organization since its founding in 1987 and will remain chairman of CI’s Board. Sanjayan joined CI in 2014 as executive vice president and senior scientist.
Watson Land Company (Watson) [LOS ANGELES] announced the appointment of Jeffrey Jennison as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Jennison has served as Watson’s president since 2014. The announcement completes a three year succession transition leading to the retirement of Bruce Choate, Watson’s CEO since 2003. Jennison assumes his new role as President and CEO with more than 17 years of experience as a senior leader at Watson. Since 2000, he has risen through the ranks after joining the Company as vice president of Asset Management and becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Jennison was named President shortly thereafter, and succession planning for the orderly transition to his new role as Chief Executive Officer began in 2014 in collaboration with Choate
BT [DALLAS] announced that Bas Burger is to become CEO, Global Services. Bas Burger has been at BT for nine years in a variety of roles, most recently President of BT in the Americas, where he leads BT’s business in the United States, Canada and Latin America. He brings to the role more than 18 years of experience in the ICT sector and has led and helped to transform global organizations. Burger will take over from Luis Alvarez who has decided to leave BT after nearly five years as CEO, Global Services and 18 years with the company. Before joining BT in 2008, Burger was executive president and part of the management committee of Getronics NV. He was also CEO and Managing Director of KPN Entercom Solutions, NV.
Hardinge Inc. [ELMIRA, N.Y.] (NASDAQ: HDNG) announced Charles P. Dougherty as President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Richard L. Simons, who will be leaving the Company after 30 years of distinguished service with Hardinge. Dougherty will also be appointed to the Board of Directors and Simons will step down from his position as a director. Charles (Chuck) P. Dougherty was most recently president and CEO of American Science & Engineering. Previously, Dougherty was with Tyco Electronics Corporation. He began his career at General Instrument, which was acquired by Motorola in 2000. He progressed through increasingly challenging leadership positions and ultimately led Motorola’s Voice and Data Solutions.
KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) [LOUISVILLE, Colo.] is pleased to announce Bill Butler has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Bill is the successor to Tom Weaver, KIOSK’s CEO since 2012. Tom is transitioning into an Executive Consultant role, and will continue to actively guide the strategic direction of the company. Bill’s executive leadership background includes 23+ years of progressive Financial Management experience across many industries and markets, including KIOSK, Flextronics, Crocs, Eaton, and Illinois Tool Works.
Shockwave Medical [FREMONT, Calif.] announced the appointment of Doug Godshall as president and CEO. Godshall was most recently the CEO and a director of HeartWare International, Inc. where he served for 10 years. Prior to HeartWare, Godshall held various executive and leadership positions at Boston Scientific including president of the Vascular Surgery Division and a member of Boston Scientific’s Operating Committee. He also served as vice president, Business Development.
Airwavz Solutions, Inc. [CHARLOTTE, N.C.] announced Brad Davis as its Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Most recently Davis served as CEO of ProctorFree. Prior to ProctorFree, Davis was CEO and President of DukeNet Communications, LLC.