CEO Moves this week include:
|TD Bank Group||HealthSouth Corporation||Marketo, Inc.|
|The American Board of Medical Specialties||The Buck Institute for Research on Aging||Cognition Therapeutics, Inc|
|IMPAQ International, LLC||Simply Measured||Emergency Communications Network|
|Harland Clarke Holdings||RF Industries, Ltd.||YouthBuild USA|
|Art.com Inc||CNA Financial Corporation||Concordia International Corp.|
|Galenfeha, Inc.||Covr Financial Technologies||Global Executive Group|
|Hard Rock Cafe International Inc.||Bizfi||NatureServe|
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TD Bank Group (TSX and NYSE: TD) [TORONTO and CHERRY HILL, NJ] announced that Mike Pedersen, President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Bank, has informed the Bank of his intention to retire in the summer of 2017. TD has named Greg Braca, current Head of Corporate and Specialty Banking, as Chief Operating Officer of TD Bank effective November 1, 2016, reporting to Pedersen. TD also announced its intention that Braca will succeed Pedersen as President and CEO on June 1, 2017. Pedersen will remain an advisor to the Bank for a period of time following this date. Braca joined TD in 2002, and has played a key leadership role in the Bank’s growth, particularly in the Metro New York region.
HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) [BIRMINGHAM, Ala.] announced that President and Chief Executive Officer, Jay Grinney, will retire from the Company, effective December 31, 2016. HealthSouth has appointed current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark J. Tarr to succeed Mr. Grinney as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board upon his retirement. Mr. Grinney will serve as a consultant to the Company until March 31, 2017. Mr. Tarr held a number of leadership positions at HealthSouth during his 23-year career with the Company. Mr. Tarr was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on February 24, 2011, having served as Executive Vice President of Operations since October 1, 2007, and as President of the Company’s Inpatient Division since September 2004.
Marketo, Inc. [SAN MATEO, Calif.] announced that it has hired Steve Lucas as its new chief executive officer. Lucas joins Marketo from his role as President, Enterprise Platform & Analytics, at SAP. Marketo founder and current CEO Phil Fernandez will step down on November 1, 2016. Lucas previously held global leadership positions across SAP’s Business Analytics Database & Technology, Business Objects, and Corporate Strategy & Market Development organizations. Lucas also drove early force.com growth and ecosystem expansion at Salesforce.com as senior vice president, Platform Marketing & Force.com, before returning to SAP.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) [CHICAGO] announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA will complete her term as the organization’s leader at the end of 2017.
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging [NOVATO, Calif.] announced the appointment of Edward Lanphier as president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Brian Kennedy, who resigned his position in order to devote all of his time to leading his pioneering Geroscience research at the Buck. Mr. Lanphier, a member of the Buck Institute’s Board of Trustees since 2012. Mr. Lanphier is the Founder and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO). Before founding Sangamo, he held management positions at some of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry’s most respected companies, including Eli Lilly, Synergen, and Somatix. He is a past chair of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, the preeminent global advocate for regenerative and advanced therapies; a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Biotechnology Institute, and the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. [PITTSBURGH] announced that Kenneth I. Moch has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Moch will also join the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Moch previously served as President and CEO of Chimerix Inc., Alteon Inc., Biomedical Enterprises and Biocyte Corporation. Mr. Moch was also co-founder and Vice President of The Liposome Company, Inc. Prior to joining Cognition, Mr. Moch has been a Managing Partner of The Salutramed Group, a strategy consulting firm. He has also been a Managing Director, Healthcare Banking at ThinkEquity Partners and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc.
TractManager [CHATANOOGA, Tenn. & DALLAS] announced that it has named Trace Devanny Chief Executive Officer of the company. Devanny joins TractManager from his position as President of Nuance Communications’ Healthcare Business. He was previously as Chairman and CEO of TriZetto Corporation for 3 years and was with Cerner Corporation for 14 years. Devanny started his career at IBM and advanced quickly to hold multiple executive positions in its healthcare business.
ChoiceStream [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of James Smith as chief executive officer. Smith joins ChoiceStream from Criteo, where he led sales and operations for North and Latin America as EVP Americas. Previously Smith held chief revenue officer positions at Verve, Flixster and the Huffington Post, as well as senior executive roles at AOL and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. Smith replaces Eric Bosco, who led the company into the advertising business beginning in 2011.
EQT Corporation [PITTSBURGH] (NYSE: EQT) announced that Steven T. Schlotterbeck, EQT’s current President, will succeed David L. Porges as Chief Executive Officer when Porges retires from that position in the first quarter of 2017. Porges will remain as Chairman of EQT’s Board of Directors for one year following his retirement as CEO. In December 2015, Schlotterbeck was named President of EQT Corporation, while also serving as President, Exploration and Production. Before that, he was appointed Executive Vice President of EQT in 2013. He became Senior Vice President of EQT; and President, Exploration and Production in 2010. Schlotterbeck has been a member of the Board for EQT GP Holdings since its formation in 2015.
IMPAQ International, LLC [COLUMBIA, Md.] announced the promotion of Avi Benus to Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Benus, who previously served as the President and succeeds Sharon Benus, the company’s co-founder and previous CEO. Sharon Benus has assumed the role of Chairperson. Mr. Benus joined IMPAQ in 2009 and has served as an executive overseeing finance and operations before his promotion to President in 2013. Before joining IMPAQ, Mr. Benus worked for J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley.
Simply Measured [SEATTLE] announced that current COO, Michael Wasyluka, has been named Chief Executive Officer and will be replacing Interim CEO, Sameer Kazi, who will continue to serve on Simply Measured’s board of directors. Wasyluka brings over 20 years of sales, marketing, and operations experience and served as COO for Simply Measured since June 2016. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Monetate and has held executive level positions at Salesforce/ExactTarget and Webtrends.
Emergency Communications Network (ECN) [ORMOND BEACH, Fla.] announced the appointment of Wain Kellum as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kellum joins ECN from Vonage Business Solutions, where he served as the division’s President. Prior to Vonage Business Solutions, he was President and CEO of Vocalocity, Inc., acquired by Vonage in 2013.
Harland Clarke Holdings [SAN ANTONIO] announced that current Valassis Chief Executive Officer Victor Nichols will become the company’s new CEO. Current CEO Chuck Dawson will move to Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Nichols served as Chief Executive Officer of Experian North America and President of Experian’s Global Consumer Services before joining Valassis. Prior to his time at Experian, Nichols was CIO at Wells Fargo. The leadership changes become effective January 1.
RF Industries, Ltd. [SAN DIEGO] (NASDAQ: RFIL) announced that Johnny Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer, and the Company mutually agreed to terminate his employment with the Company to allow Mr. Walker to attend to family medical needs and to be closer to his residence in Arlington, Texas. Howard Hill, RFI’s former President, CEO and Founder, will serve as the Company’s interim President and CEO.
YouthBuild USA, Inc. [SOMERVILLE, Mass.] announced the appointment of John B. Valverde as its Chief Executive Officer effective January 3, 2017. Valverde is currently executive vice president for program operations at the Osborne Association in New York and succeeds YouthBuild founder and CEO Dorothy Stoneman.
Art.com Inc. [EMERYVILLE, Calif.] announced that the company has appointed Kira Wampler as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Art.com, Wampler served as Chief Marketing Officer at Lyft. Prior to Lyft, Wampler was Chief Marketing Officer of online residential real estate site Trulia. Wampler also brings a long track record of excellence at previous marketing and product leadership roles at Intuit and Lytro. Wampler officially joins the company on November 28. Chuck Kurth, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, had previously served as interim CEO.
CNA Financial Corporation [CHICAGO] (NYSE: CNA) announced that Dino E. Robusto will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on November 21, 2016, succeeding Thomas F. Motamed, who is retiring after eight years at the helm of CNA.
Concordia International Corp. [OAKVILLE, ON] (NASDAQ: CXRX, TSX: CXR) announced that Mark L. Thompson will step down as Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the appointment of a successor. Mr. Thompson will also step down from the Board of Directors, where he serves as Chairman, when a successor has been appointed.
Galenfeha, Inc. [FORT WORTH, Texas] (OTC: GLFH) announced the reinstatement of founder James Ketner as Chairman and CEO of the company. Mr. Ketner will function in this role on an interim basis through December 31, 2016.
Covr Financial Technologies [BOISE, Idaho] announced that Bill Benjamin has joined Covr as CEO. Benjamin was formerly CEO of U.S. Bancorp Investments, an affiliate of US Bancorp, Minneapolis. Todd Ruplinger, founder and former CEO will become vice chairman of the company. Benjamin also held executive positions at UBS Financial Services, Inc., and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffrey.
Global Executive Group (GXG) [ATLANTA] appointed Craig Lemasters as CEO, elevating founder Bruce Barlag to Chairman.Before joining GXG, Lemasters served more than a decade as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Assurant Solutions business of Assurant, Inc (NYSE: AIZ), serving 27 years with the company overall. Prior to GXG, Barlag was managing director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M). Prior to A&M, Barlag was the CEO of World 50. Barlag was also CEO and founder of New Science Associates.
NUVI [LEHI, Utah] announced that Cameron Jensen will be leaving his role of CEO returning to his sporting industry roots. Jensen was formerly a linebacker for the National Football League Seattle Seahawks and sports commentator. Keith Nellesen, NUVI’s current Chairman of the Board, will resume the role of CEO, which he held until November 2015. He will also remain in his position as NUVI’s Chairman of the Board.
AMLI Residential [CHICAGO] has promoted Maria Banks to president and CEO of AMLI Management Company, the organization announced. Banks, who previously served as executive vice president of AMLI Residential, succeeds Steve Hallsey, who is leaving AMLI to pursue other opportunities.
Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. [ORLANDO, Fla.] announced that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company has been led by Dodds since 2004.
Bizfi [NEW YORK] appointed John Donovan as the Company’s chief executive officer (CEO)., Donovan worked for nearly two decades with MasterCard, and was one of the founding employees of Lending Club, where he held various roles including chief operating officer, board member and executive vice president of corporate development.
The NatureServe [ARLINGTON, Va.] announced the appointment of Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D., as the new President & CEO, effective November 30, 2016. For the past 11 years, Dr. Miller has led the American Hiking Society as President. Dr. Miller served 15 years as Vice President at The Nature Conservancy.