CEO Moves this week include:
|SoFi||Staples, Inc.||Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.|
|Convergys Corporation||Vascular Insights||zipLogix™|
|Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems||HireRight||Quick Leonard Kieffer|
|The Whole Child||Percolate||Cyanotech Corporation|
|NextDecade Corporation||Energy Fuels Inc.||Trojan Battery Co., LLC|
|ForgeRock®||TDBBS, LLC||World Acceptance Corporation|
|Motiva Enterprises LLC||SCM Accelerators LLC||California Pizza Kitchen|
|Tire Consumer||Healthy Living|
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SoFi [SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.] announced that it has named Anthony Noto as chief executive officer and a director, effective March 1. Interim CEO Tom Hutton, who also has been serving as executive chairman, will become non-executive chairman of the board. Noto joins SoFi from Twitter, where he has served as chief operating officer since November 2016. Noto joined Twitter as chief financial officer in July 2014. Before Twitter, Noto served for almost four years as co-head of global TMT investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999, was named partner in 2004, and served as the head of communications media and Internet equity research. Before returning to Goldman, Noto spent almost three years as chief financial officer of the National Football League. Hutton was named interim CEO in September 2017. An initial investor in the company, he joined the SoFi board in June 2012. Hutton serves as managing director of XL Innovate.
Staples, Inc. [FRAMINGHAM, Mass.] announced the appointment of J. Alexander (Sandy) Douglas as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 2, 2018. Mr. Douglas will succeed Shira Goodman as CEO. John Lederer, Executive Chairman of Staples, Inc. and its separate United States and Canadian Retail Businesses, will lead the Company on a day-to-day basis during the transition. Mr. Douglas most recently served as President of Coca-Cola North America. During his 30-year tenure at The Coca-Cola Company, he also served as Global Chief Customer Officer, and held a variety of positions across sales and marketing. Mr. Douglas began his career at the Procter & Gamble Company in sales and sales management positions.
Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. [CHICAGO] (NYSE: HRC) announced that John J. Greisch, president and chief executive officer, has informed the board of directors of his intention to retire from Hill-Rom during the company’s fiscal third quarter. At the effective time of the retirement, Mr. Greisch will also step down from the board of directors of the company.
Convergys Corporation [CINCINNATI] (NYSE: CVG) announced that Andrea Ayers will transition from her role as President and Chief Executive Officer following a nearly 30-year career at the Company. Ayers has been a member of the Convergys team since 1990. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2012. Ayers will continue to lead the Company in her current role President and CEO, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, as long as necessary for transition purposes.
Vascular Insights [QUINCY, Mass.] announced that it has appointed James P. Ott as President and CEO. Jim has held numerous leadership positions that have focused on the development and finance of the global commercialization, within companies including Dana Corporation, Paccar, Herrick-Pacific Corporation, The Marmon Group, and Berkshire Hathaway. Jim’s most recent assignment was President of MicroAire medical devices, a member company of the Colson Associates.
zipLogix™ [FRASER, Mich.] announced the appointment of Scott Strong as chief executive officer. Previous CEO Joel Singer will remain on the board of directors. Scott has led key groups at a number of high-tech companies, most recently Siemens. Prior to Siemens, Strong was the chief executive officer of BLUE Software in Chicago, and previous to that held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Operations Director, Software Division at Matthews International (Schawk).
Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS) [PENSACOLA, Fla.] announced the appointment of Chris Belmont as interim CEO, effective immediately. He replaces Jason Crawford, who will step down from his position as CEO. Belmont is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He also previously served as CIO and Senior Vice President of Ochsner Health System. In addition to his leadership roles at Ochsner and MD Anderson, Belmont has previously held senior IT positions at top healthcare technology companies, including Siemens Medical Solutions.
HireRight [IRVINE, Calif.] announced that Jurgen Leijdekker has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer. Leijdekker joined HireRight a year ago as president and chief operating officer.
Quick Leonard Kieffer [CHICAGO] announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steven M. Derks. Derks brings over 25 years of executive level leadership and experience to his new role heading the firm. From 2012 to 2017 he served as President and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the iconic voluntary health association (VHA) known for its Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon and summer camps for kids. Prior to MDA, Derks was Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS) – Illinois Division, one of 11 separately incorporated Divisions of the Society. Earlier in his career, Derks served as Vice President and one of 15 members of the Executive Cabinet of Advocate Health Care, one of the country’s largest integrated delivery networks (IDN). Prior to this he served as Senior Director of Federal and State Government Relations for the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and as a governance consultant to hospital boards of directors.
The Whole Child (TWC) [WHITTIER, Calif.] announced the appointment of Constanza Pachon as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, she was President and COO of Larta Institute. Constanza has also served as senior consultant for InterAmerican Development Bank, World Bank, and United Nations on innovation and economic inclusion of at-risk groups.
Percolate [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that Randy Wootton has joined the team as Chief Executive Officer. Co-founder and previous CEO Noah Brier will continue to lead the technical vision for the Percolate platform as Chief Technology Officer. Wootton was most recently CEO at Rocket Fuel, and ultimately sold it to Sizmek. Prior to Rocket Fuel, Wootton held senior positions at Microsoft and Salesforce.
Cyanotech Corporation [KAILUA KONA, Hawaii] (NasdaqCM: CYAN) announced that its President, Mawae Morton, has been named as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company. Mr. Morton replaces Founder and interim CEO, Dr. Gerry Cysewski, who will return to his role of Chief Scientific Officer and become Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. Mr. Morton previously served as Chief Executive Officer of HBE BiorefineryCo.
NextDecade Corporation [THE WOODLANDS, Texas] (NASDAQ: NEXT) announced that, effective February 1, 2018, Kathleen M. Eisbrenner will be succeeded as Chief Executive Officer by Matthew K. Schatzman, the Company’s current President. Ms. Eisbrenner, who founded NextDecade in 2010, will remain Chairman of NextDecade’s Board of Directors. Mr. Schatzman has nearly 30 years’ experience in the energy industry. He was previously Executive Vice President, Global Energy Marketing and Shipping, and a member of the Group Executive Committee at BG Group.
Energy Fuels Inc. [LAKEWOOD, CO] (NYSE American: UUUU; TSX: EFR) announced that the Company has appointed Mark S. Chalmers, the current President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Fuels, as President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and a Director of the Company, effective February 1, 2018. On January 31, 2018, Stephen P. Antony, the current CEO of the Company, will retire as CEO and as a Director of the Company. Prior to joining Energy Fuels in July of 2016, Mr. Chalmers served as Executive General Manager of Production for Paladin Energy Ltd. Mr. Chalmers has also consulted to several of the largest players in the uranium supply sector, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Marubeni.
Trojan Battery Co., LLC [SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.] announced the appointment of Neil Thomas as president and chief executive officer (CEO) for Trojan Battery, succeeding Jeff Elder. Elder, who has announced his retirement, will be available as a consultant to the company and will continue to be an investor in Trojan Battery. Neil Thomas joins Trojan following a prestigious career with Wayne Fueling Systems where he most recently served as CEO, as well as in other executive management positions. He has also held a series of marketing, planning and sales management roles in the petroleum and industrial equipment industries with industry-leading companies including Chevron Corp. and Dresser Inc. Earlier in his career, he was a strategic management consultant with Arthur D. Little in its Global Energy practice.
ForgeRock® [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that Mike Ellis has decided to resign as chief executive officer after nearly six years at the helm. He will be replaced on an interim basis by John Fernandez, ForgeRock’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of Global Operations.
TDBBS, LLC [RICHMOND, Va.] announced the appointment of Tim Hassett as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hassett joins the Company from Beam Suntory, where he was President – Americas. He previously spent 10 years at Campbell Soup as Chief Customer Officer for the North America business, and also served at Kellogg’s and Procter & Gamble.
World Acceptance Corporation [GREENVILLE, S.C.] (NASDAQ: WRLD) announced that it has appointed Jim Wanserski as interim president and chief executive officer. Wanserski’s hiring follows an agreement between Janet Lewis Matricciani and the company that her role as president and CEO would terminate and she would resign as a board member. Wanserski served in executive, operations, regulatory and finance positions with MCI, Telecom*USA and Sprint. Prior to launching his consulting firm, Wanserski & Associates, he worked for a specialty telecom division within Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and a consulting firm, Morris-Anderson & Associates, Ltd.
Motiva Enterprises LLC [HOUSTON] hired Brian Coffman as president and chief executive officer. Coffman was former senior vice president of refining for Andeavor Corporation. He replaces Dan Romasko, who has served Motiva for the past four years. Since December 2013, Brian has provided strategic operational leadership to the refineries within the Andeavor (formerly known as Tesoro) portfolio. Prior to that, he spent 30 years with Conoco serving in a variety of domestic and foreign leadership roles in refining, transportation, pipeline, marketing, and strategy and planning.
SCM Accelerators LLC (SCMA) [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that Chris Botha has become their Chief Executive Officer. From leading successful startups to senior supply chain and executive sales leadership roles at companies like Siemens and Hewlett Packard, Chris is a corporate entrepreneur with an executive MBA from Kellogg.
California Pizza Kitchen [LOS ANGELES] announced the appointment of Jim Hyatt as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hyatt’s appointment follows the recent retirement of G.J. Hart as CEO of CPK. Most recently, Mr. Hyatt served as CEO of publicly-traded Ruby Tuesday. Prior to Ruby Tuesday, Mr. Hyatt served as CEO of Church’s Chicken and publicly-traded Così Inc., as well as Global Chief Operating Officer for Burger King. In total, Mr. Hyatt spent 32 years in the Burger King system, including 10 years as a multi-unit franchisee.
Tire Consumer [PALO ALTO, Calif.] announced the appointment of Chan Patel as CEO. He replaces CEO and founder Tim Shaffer, who will continue to work as COO & Founder at Tire Consumer. Before joining Tire Consumer Chan led sales for RepairPal. Prior to RepairPal Chan was at Branders.com. Prior to Branders, Chan joined Franklin Templeton Investments.