CEO Moves this week include:
|The Escape Pod||Agrible, Inc.||The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research|
|Texas Instruments Incorporated||Broward Health||STATS|
|WiserCare||Wal-Mart Stores Inc.||DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.|
|AmWINS Group, Inc.||Skanska AB||EHS Medical Group|
|Immucor, Inc.||Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC||TMAC Resources Inc.|
|ANGUS Chemical Company||Patron Technology||Excel Industries|
|La Quinta Holdings Inc.||Voodoo Doughnut||API|
|Aurora Organic Dairy||APQC||Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC|
|Isagenix International||Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC||Insight Global|
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The Escape Pod [CHICAGO] announced that it has promoted Celia Jones to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to The Escape Pod, Celia held leadership positions at several Chicago agencies. She was Group Brand Director at Havas Chicago; before that, she served as Global Marketing Director at Critical Mass. She also served as Director of Content and Lead Copywriter at Designkitchen.
Agrible, Inc. [Champaign, Ill.] announced that Chris Harbourt has decided to step down as its Chief Executive Officer. Dennis E. Beard, a current Board member, will serve as Interim CEO of Agrible. Beard has more than three decades of business experience and has held C-level positions in various technology and service companies in the past. He is currently a Managing Partner with Serra Ventures.
The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) [WALNUT, Calif.] announced that it has hired John Walter as its new Chief Executive Officer. Walter is the former CEO of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Immediately prior to joining FPWR, Walter led the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. From 1995 to 2014, Walter served in several positions for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society including CEO, COO, executive vice president of Strategic Alliances & Business Development, CFO, and senior vice president of Finance & Information Technology.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [DALLAS] (NASDAQ: TXN) has selected Brian Crutcher to become the company’s next president and chief executive officer (CEO). Crutcher, a 22-year veteran of TI, succeeds current president and CEO, Rich Templeton, who will transition out of these roles over the next four months but will remain the company’s chairman. The transition is a well-planned succession that follows Crutcher’s promotion to senior vice president in 2010, executive vice president in 2014, chief operating officer in 2017 and election to the board of directors last July.
Broward Health [FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.] has named Jared M. Smith chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs. With more than 23 years of healthcare experience, Smith was a leader within the Tenet Healthcare organization, most recently serving as the national service line administrator for cardiac and vascular services. Previously, he served as chief operating officer (COO) of Delray Medical Center. Smith began his career at Deloitte & Touche working for many major hospital systems. He was later recruited by Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach to serve as the director of strategic development, planning and government relations.
STATS [CHICAGO] announced the hiring of Carl Mergele as Chief Executive Officer. In November 2016, Mergele was a software executive of Lexmark International, Inc. In addition to leading software companies as CEO, including Vista-owned companies, Mergele has served as a board member to nearly two-dozen corporate entities.
WiserCare [LOS ANGELES] announced the appointment of Daniel J. Castillo as the company’s CEO. Castillo joins WiserCare after spending three years as the Chief Strategy Officer at Evolution Health, a division of Envision Healthcare, and prior to that, as National Medical Director of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at the Joint Commission. Castillo is also a practicing emergency physician, currently at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. [BENTONVILLE, Ark.] (NYSE: WMT) announced that Judith McKenna will be promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Walmart International. She will be succeeding David Cheesewright, who has been in role since 2014 and recently shared his desire to retire from a full-time role. McKenna, currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Walmart U.S., will assume her new role on Feb. 1, 2018. Cheesewright will remain with the company full time through March and then serve the company, on a limited basis, with specific projects for a longer period of time. McKenna’s career with Walmart began in 1996 at Asda, the company’s U.K. operation, where she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. McKenna also served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and International Development for Walmart International. Upon moving to the Walmart U.S. division in April 2014, McKenna served as the business unit’s Chief Development Officer. Several months later she was promoted to her expanded role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S.
DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. [YORK, Pa.] (NASDAQ: XRAY) has appointed Donald M. Casey Jr. as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective February 12, 2018. Casey succeeds Mark A. Thierer, who served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since September 28, 2017. Thierer will continue to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer through February 11, 2018 and will work closely with Casey to ensure a seamless transition. Casey most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Medical segment of Cardinal Health. Prior to Cardinal Health, Casey served as Chief Executive Officer of the Gary and Mary West Wireless Health Institute. Previously, Casey served as worldwide chairman for Johnson & Johnson’s comprehensive care group and a member of the company’s executive committee. Casey began his career with Johnson & Johnson in 1985, advancing into executive positions throughout the company’s consumer, pharmaceutical and medical device franchises. Casey serves on the boards of AdvaMed and the James Foundation. Previously, he also served on the boards of Surgical Specialties (formerly AngioTech) and West Corp.
AmWINS Group, Inc. [CHARLOTTE, N.C] announced that Scott M. Purviance will succeed M. Steven DeCarlo as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2018. Purviance, currently AmWINS’ Chief Operating Officer, has been part of the firm’s leadership team since June 2001. Prior to taking on his role as COO, Purviance served as Chief Financial Officer from 2001-2016. He was elected to the Board of Directors of AmWINS Group, Inc. in November 2016. DeCarlo, who has served as CEO of AmWINS since joining in December 2000, will transition into the newly created role of Executive Chairman and remain Chairman of the AmWINS Board of Directors.
Skanska AB [NEW YORK] (NASDAQ: SKA B) named Richard Kennedy an Executive Vice President of Skanska AB and President and Chief Executive Officer of Skanska USA. Kennedy will be a member of Skanska AB’s six-member Group Leadership Team. He succeeds Anders Danielsson, who recently assumed the role of Skanska AB President and CEO. Concurrently, Paul Hewins moves into the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for the Skanska USA Building unit, succeeding Kennedy. Kennedy has been with Skanska for 14 years; his most recent role was business unit president. Kennedy first joined the company as a general counsel, then served as Chief Operating Officer of New York and New Jersey building operations beginning in 2009 before ascending to oversee all US building construction operations in 2016.
MAXIMUS [RESTON, Virginia] (NYSE: MMS) announced that Richard A. Montoni will retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2018. President Bruce L. Caswell will succeed Montoni as CEO. Since joining MAXIMUS in 2004 Caswell has held several senior leadership roles overseeing all segments of the Company’s business. Montoni, will remain at the Company as Senior Advisor to the CEO.
DTT [LOS ANGELES] announced the appointment of Mike Coffey as Chief Executive Officer. Sam Naficy, DTT’s previous CEO and founder will assume the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Coffey comes to DTT after having held executive leadership positions across Internet of Things, SaaS, and Managed Services businesses. Most recently, Coffey served as the COO of KORE Wireless, after having negotiated the sale of Wyless into KORE in 2017. Prior to serving as the CEO of Wyless, Coffey was the CEO of RISI.
Logistyx Technologies [SCHAUMBURG, ILL.] has appointed Geoffrey Finlay as Chief Executive Officer. Finlay has lead the sale of nCipher to Thales while he was CEO and acting as Managing Director during the NASDAQ flotation of JDA Software. His previous positions include Chairman of UDEX Ltd. and CEO at Kewill Systems.
Immucor, Inc. [NORCROSS, Ga.] announced the appointment of Avi Pelossof as President and Chief Executive Officer. Pelossof succeeds CEO Jeffrey R. Binder , who retains his role as Chairman of the Immucor Board of Directors. Pelossof joins Immucor from Alere Inc., where he was most recently Global President for the Infectious Disease business. Pelossof held a variety of positions while at Alere, including Vice President, Infectious Disease Strategic Business Unit and Vice President, Blood Borne Pathogens. Prior to Alere, Pelossof served as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Chembio Diagnostics Systems, Inc. He also held various positions focused on Latin America at Citibank, N.A./Citigroup and founded the consulting firm The IMS Group, Inc.
Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC and Compass Diversified Holdings [WESTPORT, Conn.] (NYSE: CODI) (together with the Company, “CODI”) announced today that Elias J. Sabo, a founding partner of the Company’s Manager, Compass Group Management LLC (“CGM”), has been appointed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer effective May 3, 2018. Sabo will also be appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors at that time. He will succeed Alan B. Offenberg, who is retiring from his position as CEO and a director of the Company, following his 20-year tenure with CODI and CGM. Sabo joined CGM in 1998 as one of the founding partners. For the past 20 years, he has been a member of the Investment Committee and. Sabo also currently serves as a director for a number of CODI’s current subsidiaries, including 5.11 Tactical, Advanced Circuits, Arnold Magnetic Technologies, and Fresh Hemp Foods, Ltd. He previously served as the Chairman of Fox Factory Holding Corp, a former CODI subsidiary. Prior to joining CGM, Sabo held positions with CIBC Oppenheimer and Colony Capital.
TMAC Resources Inc. [TORONTO] (TSX: TMR) announced the appointment of Jason Neal as President and Chief Executive Officer effective February 15, 2018. Jason Neal is a mining investment banker, having joined BMO Capital Markets at the start of 1997. Jason was promoted to Co-Head and Managing Director of the Global Metals and Mining Group in 2010.
ANGUS Chemical Company [BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.] announced the appointment of Dave Neuberger as Chief Executive Officer. Neuberger succeeds Mark Henning, who will step down as CEO. Neuberger has held a variety of leadership roles with leading chemical companies. He joins ANGUS after a decade with Ashland Inc, where he most recently served as Group Vice President of the company’s Pharmaceutical, Agriculture and Nutrition Specialties business. Prior to Ashland, Neuberger spent nearly a decade at W.R. Grace, where he most recently served as Manager of New Business Development
Patron Technology [NEW YORK] announced Marc Jenkins has been named Chief Executive Officer of Patron Technology and will assume the post February 1. Eugene Carr, Founder and CEO Carr has been named to the newly created position of President, responsible for the operations and integration of the growing company. Jenkins joins Patron Technology from his role as Chief Operating Officer of Learfield Communications. Prior to joining Learfield, Jenkins was Vice President, Digital Media for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). Prior to leading the Digital Media group, Jenkins led the Global Media Rights Strategy and Development group. Prior to his time at NASCAR, Jenkins served as general counsel of the Chicago White Sox. Before entering the sports industry, Jenkins worked in corporate finance with Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income division, specializing in currency derivatives. He started his career at the corporate law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in New York.
Excel Industries [HESSTON, Kan.] announced President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Mullet will retire. Joseph C. Wright will join Excel Industries as CEO on February 12, 2018. Mullet will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Wright comes to Excel Industries from Concept Metal Group where he served as president. Prior to that, he spent 21 years with Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Wright acquired over 10 years of experience in manufacturing before joining Briggs & Stratton, including positions as president and vice president with companies in both the lawn and garden and small engine spaces.
La Quinta Holdings Inc. [IRVING, Texas] (NYSE: LQ) announced the appointment of Keith A. Cline to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of CorePoint Lodging Inc. The appointment will take effect immediately upon the completion of the planned spin-off of La Quinta’s owned real estate assets into a separate publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) named CorePoint Lodging Inc. Cline has been serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of La Quinta since February 2016 and an on interim basis since September 2015. Cline joined La Quinta in January of 2013 as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining La Quinta, Cline has served in a variety of executive and senior leadership roles at Charming Charlie, Inc., Express, Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company, FedEx Custom Critical, and L Brands. Cline began his career at Arthur Andersen & Company.
Voodoo Doughnut [PORTLAND, Ore.] announced the appointment of Chris Schultz as the company’s CEO. Schultz has over 30 years of restaurant industry experience, most recently with MOD Pizza serving as the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations. Prior to MOD, Schultz spent 13 years at Starbucks Coffee Company as an operational advisor to the senior executive team. Schultz succeeds Robin “Lobster” Ludwig in the role of CEO.
API [WASHINGTON] President and CEO Jack Gerard announced he will not make another long-term commitment to API and will step down when his current contract ends in August 2018. Until then, he will continue to direct the association’s work and assist in the search for a new CEO.
Aurora Organic Dairy [BOULDER, Colo.] announced that Founder, Marc Peperzak, has assumed a new role as Executive Chairman and Scott McGinty has been named CEO for the company. McGinty joined Aurora Organic Dairy at its inception and was asked to lead manufacturing and logistics in 2007. In 2010, McGinty was named President. Prior to joining Aurora, McGinty helped build the Horizon Organic Dairy brand. As Executive Chairman, Peperzak will work directly with Aurora Organic Dairy’s Senior Leadership Team in an advisory role, and will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
APQC [HOUSTON] announced that Lisa Higgins, previously President & COO, has been elevated to the role of CEO & President. Carla O’Dell remains as Chairman of the Board. APQC lost its founder, Jack Grayson, in 2017 at age 93, but he left a solid succession plan which passed APQC’s CEO role to O’Dell in 2012, and O’Dell to Higgins now. Higgins was appointed President in 2012, COO in 2000, and a leader of many departments and strategic initiatives since joining APQC in 1993.
Blue Harvest Fisheries, LLC [NEW YORK] announced that the Company’s President and CEO, Jeff Davis, will retire from day to day operations. Davis will continue to be the Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Company. In connection with Davis’s retirement, the Board of Managers is pleased to announce that Keith Decker will assume the role of President and CEO of the Company. Decker comes to Blue Harvest with more than 25 years of seafood experience at industry-leading companies such as High Liner Foods Incorporated and Fishery Products International. Keith previously served as the CEO of High Liner from 2015 to 2017 and served as the President and COO of High Liner Foods (USA) Incorporated from 2008 to 2015.
Pepperjam [WILKES-BARRE, Pa.] announced the appointment of Matt Gilbert as CEO. Gilbert joins Pepperjam from Kinetic. Prior to that, he co-founded 500friends, which sold to Merkle, where he served as SVP & GM of the Loyalty Services group. He has held numerous leadership positions across the digital marketing category throughout his career, including: Webloyalty.com, IAC/InterActive Corp., Ask Jeeves, Inc and Excite@Home.
Volkert, Inc. [MOBILE, Ala.] announced current CEO and Chairman of the Board Perry Hand is stepping down as CEO and appointing President and COO Jerry Stump as his successor. Hand remains Chairman of the Board supporting the CEO in corporate activities. In addition, in 2016 Volkert launched Volkert Global, Inc., the company’s international arm. Stump also serves as CEO of Volkert Global.
Isagenix International [GILBERT, ARIZ.] announced Travis Ogden as the company’s chief executive officer. The CEO position was most recently held by Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Coover. Ogden joined Isagenix in 2016 as president and chief operating officer. In addition to Ogden, the company promoted Travis Garza to president of global sales and marketing.
Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC [SHERMAN OAKS, Calif.] announced Lawrence Perkins has tendered his resignation.
Insight Global [ATLANTA] has promoted Bert Bean from President to CEO. After 17 years as Founder and CEO, Glenn Johnson will remain as Executive Chairman.Bean started with Insight Global in 2005 as a Recruiter and has since worked his way up within the company. Bean started assuming CEO responsibilities a few months ago.