CEO Moves this week include:
|Fruit of the Loom, Inc.||Starbucks Corporation||Tribe Mediterranean Foods|
|Pabst Brewing Company||Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.||Culver Franchising System Inc.|
|Paxos||BWX Technologies, Inc.||ViraCyte, LLC|
|Verve||Diamond Resorts International||Monster Worldwide, Inc|
|Nanotherapeutics, Inc.,||Qumulo||DORN Companies|
|White Lodging Services||mySidewalk||Blutip Power Technologies Inc.|
|Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.||CompuCom Systems, Inc.||Hospital Association of Southern California|
|Vertiv||Tennyson Center for Children||Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)|
|Ygrene Energy Fund Inc.||Meijer||Yuneec International|
|C. Mondavi & Family||Prime Factors, Inc.|
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Fruit of the Loom, Inc. [BOWLING GREEN, Ky.] announced the appointment of Melissa Burgess-Taylor as the company’s new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She replaces the late Rick Medlin, who passed away earlier this week. Ms. Burgess-Taylor is currently the Senior Vice President of Brand Management and Sales for Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Fair Brands. She has been with the company more than 17 years. Prior to joining Fruit of the Loom, Ms. Burgess-Taylor held roles with Hanes Brands and Mercantile Department Stores.
Starbucks Corporation [SEATTLE] (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer and a 7-year member of the Starbucks Board of Directors, will expand his responsibilities and assume the role and responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO, who will be appointed executive chairman. Johnson’s career spans 33 years, including a 16-year career at Microsoft and a five-year tour as CEO of Juniper Networks. At Microsoft, he led worldwide sales and marketing and became the president of the Platforms Division. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He joined the Starbucks board in 2009 and the management team in 2015.
Tribe Mediterranean Foods [TAUNTON, Mass.] announced the appointment of John McGuckin as Chief Executive Officer of its U.S. operations. McGuckin has served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales and as General Manager of Canada for Sabra. McGuckin served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales and as General Manager of Canada for Sabra; as Global Director and Chief Sales Officer for The Chia Co. and most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, LLC.
Pabst Brewing Company [LOS ANGELES] announced that it has named Simon Thorpe Chief Executive Officer. Eugene Kashper, current Chairman and CEO, will remain full-time Chairman of the Board. Simon was previously President/CEO of Duvel Moortgat USA. Over a 30-year career Thorpe has also served as Head of M&A/Strategy for InBev, President/CEO of Inbev USA and previously held positions with Crayola, Kellogg’s, Tambrands, and Unilever.
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. [CALGARY] (TSX, NYSE: BXE) announced that Raymond G. Smith, the Company’s President & Chief Executive Officer, has taken a temporary leave of absence to focus on a personal medical situation, and that in the interim, the Company has appointed Brent Eshleman as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Eshleman joined Bellatrix as Executive Vice President in July 2012 and was subsequently named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in September 2014.
Culver Franchising System Inc. [PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.] announced that Joseph Koss, who has been chief financial officer since 2000, will become president and chief executive officer. Mr. Koss will assume the position formerly held by Phil Keiser who passed away from natural causes. Mr. Koss joined CFSI in 1997 as controller.
Paxos [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Duncan L. Niederauer, the former Chief Executive Officer of The New York Stock Exchange, to the company’s Board of Directors. Niederauer served as CEO of NYSE from 2007-2014. He was a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked from 1985-2007. He is co-founder of the Mountain Top Advisory Group, a managing member of 555 Capital, and the non-executive chairman of Scenic Advisement, LLC. He also sits on the boards of First Republic Bank, Realogy Holdings and Colgate University.
BWX Technologies, Inc. [LYNCHBURG, Va.] (NYSE: BWXT) announced that current Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rex D. Geveden will become President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the BWXT Board of Directors. Mr. Geveden will replace Peyton S. (Sandy) Baker, who has indicated he will retire May 31, 2017. In 2015, Mr. Geveden joined BWXT as COO. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at Teledyne Technologies. He spent 17 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including service as the agency’s COO.
ViraCyte [HOUSTON] announced the appointment of Brett P. Giroir as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Giroir previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and as the first physician Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Defense Sciences Office. During Dr. Giroir’s medical career, he was the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Health, Dallas.
Verve [NEW YORK] announced that its board of directors appointed Tom Kenney as the company’s next chief executive officer. Kenney succeeds Nada Stirratt, who joined Verve as CEO in April 2015. Kenney is the original founder of Verve and has served as the company’s president and chief innovation officer since 2015. Prior to Verve, Kenney spent five years with BlueRun Ventures, and the previous two years with Nokia Oy. Early in his career, he held various management roles in the telecommunications industry.
Diamond Resorts International [LAS VEGAS] announced that Matthew Avril will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Avril will also join the Board of Directors of Diamond Resorts’ parent company. Avril has held senior positions within Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and at Starwood Vacation Ownership dating back to 1989, including serving as President of Starwood’s Global Hotel Group. Most recently, Avril served as Chief Executive Officer-Elect of Starwood Vacation Ownership. Avril held various positions with Vistana over a 20-year period including Chief Financial Officer and President/Managing Director of Operations.
Monster Worldwide, Inc. [WESTON, Mass.] announced the appointment of Mark Stoever as Chief Executive Officer. Stoever, currently Monster’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has served in increasingly senior roles since joining the company in July 2005. He succeeds Tim Yates, who is departing Monster after serving as CEO for the last two years.
Nanotherapeutics, Inc. [ALACHUA, Fla.] announced that Prasad Raje, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding James M. Matthew, who served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer and will retain his position as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Nanotherapeutics, Dr. Raje spent the past two years as the Head of the Life Sciences Division of EAG Laboratories. Before that, from 2012 to 2014, Dr. Raje was Site Head for Cambridge Major Laboratories. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Raje served in various positions of increasing authority, including President as well as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director for Smithers Pharma Services. Dr. Raje spent the prior seven years, from 2002 to 2009, at Albany Molecular Research (AMRI). From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Raje was located in Mumbai as President and Managing Director of AMRI India PVT. LTD. Prior to his move to India, Dr. Raje also served as Site Director, Chemical Development and Section Head, Chemical Development, at the company’s facilities in the United States. Earlier in his career, from 1997 to 2001, Dr. Raje was a Senior Research Scientist at Abbott Labs.
Qumulo [SEATTLE, WA] announced the appointment of Bill Richter as chief executive officer. Prior to joining Qumulo, Richter served as a partner at Madrona Venture Group. Prior to that, he was president of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC. Richter also served as COO of EMC’s $ Midrange Storage business. He was Isilon’s public company CFO from 2007. Earlier in his career, Richter held management and leadership roles at Amazon and PwC.
mySidewalk [KANSAS CITY, MO] announced that Stephen Hardy, formerly COO of mySidewalk, is moving into the position of CEO. Nick Bowden, who previously held the CEO position, will remain as a trusted adviser on the company board.
Blutip Power Technologies Inc. [MISSISSAUGA, Ontario] announced that David J. Kelly has joined Blutip as President & CEO, and is appointed to the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Blutip, David was the Managing Partner at ACHIEVEBLUE. Previously, he held roles of increasing executive leadership responsibility at Dell and ADP.
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. [HAWTHORNE, N.Y.] (NYSE: TARO) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Abhay Gandhi to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Abhay will serve as interim CEO, following Mr. Kal Sundaram’s departure at the end of this year, and until the arrival of Mr. Uday Baldota, Taro’s recently appointed CEO. Mr. Gandhi currently serves as the CEO of the Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. North America operations, a position he succeeded from Mr. Sundaram. Taro’s Board of Directors has also nominated Mr. Gandhi to its Board. Prior to joining Sun Pharma’s North America business, Mr. Gandhi held several leadership positions within Sun Pharma over the last 20 years, including most recently, as CEO of its India business.
CompuCom Systems, Inc. [PLANO, Texas] announced it has appointed Dan Stone as its new chief executive officer. Don Doctor, who has served as chief executive officer since January 2015, will serve on the company’s board of directors as executive chairman of the parent company board. Stone previously served for two years as EVP and president. Prior to joining CompuCom, Stone served as president and general manager of Lenovo Latin America. Previously, he was the chief strategy officer at Lenovo.
The Hospital Association of Southern California [LOS ANGELES] has named George W. Greene as its new president and chief executive officer. Greene currently is president/CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, a role he has held since July of 2009. Prior positions include roles with the American Hospital Association and Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. He began his career in Washington, D.C. where he worked for a U.S. Representative.
Vertiv [COLUMBUS, Ohio] announced the appointment of Rob Johnson as CEO. Mr. Johnson, most recently an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC). He was President and CEO of APC when the company was sold to Schneider Electric 2007. While at APC he also served as General Manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group. In addition to his career at APC, Mr. Johnson has worked in executive positions at Consolidated Container Corporation. In 1989, Mr. Johnson founded Systems Enhancement Corporation.
Tennyson Center for Children [DENVER] announced that it has named Ned Breslin as its new CEO. Most recently he served as an Executive Vice President for Wounded Warrior Project in Colorado Springs. Prior to that Breslin served as the Chief Executive Officer for Water for People for nine years.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York [NEW YORK] announced that Christopher T. Olivia will be the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Chris served as President of Continuum Care Alliance in New Jersey. Prior to that, he led the transformation of two major regional health systems. From 2000 to 2008, he headed the Cooper Health System, first as President and then as CEO. In 2008, Chris became President and CEO of the West Penn Allegheny Health System.
Ygrene Energy Fund Inc. [SANTA ROSA, Calif.] announced that Rocco Fabiano has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Fabiano, who joined Ygrene as president in October, will assume the CEO position as Stacey Lawson steps up to Executive Vice Chairman. Prior to joining Ygrene, Fabiano served as President of Retail Solutions at Qualcomm, Inc.
Yuneec International [ONTARIO, Calif.] announced the appointment of Mike Kahn as CEO of Yuneec USA. Kahn spent 17 years as a sales and marketing executive at Sony Electronics, including VP of Partnership Marketing in the Consumer Product Group and General Manager of its Alpha Camera Systems Group. Most recently, Kahn served as CEO HearGear.
C. K. Mondavi & Family [ST. HELENA, Calif.] appointed John Lennon interim president and CEO. Lennon has served as president, CEO, general manager and marketing vice president while working for International Beverage Holdings (INTERBEV), Pabst Brewing Company, INBEV, Pyramid Breweries and Nestle, among others.