CEO Moves this week include:
|Appalachian Railcar Services, LLC||Bluestem Group Inc.||Omni-ID|
|NAES Corporation||OBSIDIAN ENERGY LTD.||Suneva® Medical, Inc.|
|AllBound||Think Shift, inc.||Banc of California, Inc.|
|Eyecare Services Partners||IES Holdings, Inc.||LinQuest Corporation|
|Alio Gold Inc.||enosiX Inc.||Cantel Medical Corp.|
|Fallon Worldwide||Fusion Coolant Systems||SPARK The Energy Credit Union|
|TeleSign||LeoStella||SynCardia Systems, LLC|
|BioDirection, Inc.||Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.||Nutty Goodness|
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Appalachian Railcar Services, LLC [ELEANOR, WV] announced its appointment of Warren Kurt Higginbotham as Chairman and Michael Scott Driggers as Chief Executive Officer. Higginbotham has served as the Founder and CEO of ARSand he will serve on the ARS Board of Directors. Driggers has served in various leadership roles within the railcar repair industry, ranging from Vice President of Operations/Corporate Safety to his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer.
Bluestem Group Inc. [EDEN PRAIRIE, MN] (OTCMKTS: BGRP) announced the appointment of Bruce M. Cazenave as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2019. Cazenave succeeds Lisa Gavales, interim Chief Executive Officer, who will remain a member of the Board of Directors. Since 2011 Cazenave served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Nautilus Inc. Prior to Nautilus, he served as Managing Director of Inflection Point Consulting. From 2006 to 2009, Cazenave worked for Central Garden & Pet Company, as President of the Garden Décor Group. From 2002 to 2005, Cazenave served as President and CEO of Dorel Juvenile Group, a subsidiary of Dorel Industries, Inc.
NAES Corporation [ISSAQUAH, WA] has named Tom Bartolomei President and Chief Executive Officer of NAES, effective April 1, 2019. A veteran energy industry executive, Bartolomei currently serves as NAES Chief Operating Officer and President. Before joining NAES in 2014, Bartolomei held senior and executive level positions at ABB, Alstom Power, Burns & Roe Enterprises, and most recently as President and CEO of Eco Power Solutions.
OBSIDIAN ENERGY LTD. [CALGARY, AB] (NYSE: OBE.BC) announced the appointment of Michael J. Faust as interim President and CEO, effective March 18, 2019 . Faust will succeed current President and CEO, David French, who will step down from the Company effective March 29, 2019. Faust has been a member of Obsidian’s Board of Directors since April 6, 2018. Faust previously served as Vice President, Exploration and Land at ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd. and ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., prior to his retirement in January 2017.
Suneva® Medical, Inc. [SAN DIEGO, CA] announced Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Altavilla as successor to Preston Romm. Altavilla began her career at Mentor Corporation, serving as Vice President of International Sales and Worldwide Marketing. Altavilla then went on to be Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations at The Plastic Surgery Company. Soon after, Altavilla joined BioForm Medical, now part of Merz Aesthetics, as the Vice President of Global Marketing.
Allbound [PHOENIX, AZ] announced the appointment of Daniel Graff-Radford as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Graff-Radford was most recently the Chief Strategy Officer at OnSolve. In addition to his tenure at OnSolve leading the company’s strategy, Graff-Radford has served as Vice President at PGi leading their innovation lab and eventually product management of their fastest growing web solutions; and Vice President and General Manager at Omnilink Systems, and its eventual sale to Numerex, now Sierra Wireless.
Think Shift Inc. [WINNIPEG, MB] has named Robert Thorsten as its next Chief Executive Officer. Thorsten joined Think Shift in 2016 as Vice President of Operations and was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Before coming to Think Shift, Thorsten was deeply immersed in the sports and entertainment industry, having worked for the original Winnipeg Jets, the Manitoba Moose and more recently, as Vice President, People and Patron Services for True North Sports and Entertainment. Outgoing CEO and Think Shift founder David Baker had developed an intentional succession plan to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Baker will remain a member of Think Shift’s Board of Directors and will continue to serve as a consultant to Think Shift and its clients.
Banc of California, Inc. [SANTA ANA, CA] the holding company for Banc of California, N.A. (NYSE: BANC) announced that it has named Jared Wolff as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, effective March 18, 2019. Wolff will also be President, CEO and a director of the Bank. Wolff will replace current President and CEO Doug Bowers, who will continue with Banc of California to assist with the transition until April 29, 2019. Bowers has also resigned from the Board, effective March 18, 2019. Wolff has deep experience in banking and finance. From 2002 through 2014, Wolff served in multiple roles at PacWest Bancorp and its subsidiary bank, Pacific Western Bank. Wolff joins Banc of California from City National Bank, where he serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Eyecare Services Partners [DALLAS, TX] announced the appointment of George Neal as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 4. Neal was previously CEO of Access Dental. Neal was CEO of TLC Laser Vision Centers and led the organization through a period of significant growth in the North American LASIK industry. Prior to TLC, Neal was Division VP of Global Sales & Marketing for Abbott Medical Optics. Before AMO, Neal was a senior executive at Alcon.
IES Holdings, Inc. [HOUSTON, TX] (NASDAQ: IESC) announced that Gary S. Matthews has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of IES. The Company also announced that Robert W. Lewey has stepped down as President and as a Director of the Company, effective March 4, 2019, in order to assume a senior management role within the Company’s Residential Division. Prior to joining IES, Matthews spent twelve years as Managing Director and Operating Partner of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Matthews also held senior management positions in strategic planning at PepsiCo after working as a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.
LinQuest Corporation [LOS ANGELES, CA] has announced Timothy Dills as its new Chief Executive Officer and President. Dills was previously President of Scitor Corporation. Having joined the company in 1989 and becoming its President in 2008, he helped Scitor grow to be a $600M business.
Alio Gold Inc. [VANCOUVER, BC] (TSX: ALO) announced that Chief Executive Officer, Greg McCunn, has advised the Board that he will be resigning to pursue another opportunity. McCunn’s departure will be effective in March, following completion of the year end financial reporting process. The Board of Directors has appointed Mark Backens as President and CEO. Backens served as Interim CEO for the company from October 2015 to February 2017 prior to the appointment of McCunn. Backens has over 30 years of global mining experience including as Director of Investment Banking – Mining for Scotia Capital and corporate experience in senior management roles with Meridian Gold, Placer Dome and Goldcorp in the areas of engineering, mine construction, mine management and corporate development. Backens is currently the Chairman and a Director of Candelaria Mining Corp., and has also served as a past director on a number of junior mining/resource companies.
enosiX Inc. [CINCINNATI, OH] announced the appointment of D.Wayne “DP” Poole, former executive vice president at ExactTarget and Salesforce, as the company’s new chief executive officer. Gerald Schlechter, enosiX’s co-founder and former CEO, will continue to serve on the board of directors and transition to the chief technology officer role. Poole was among the first ten employees at ExactTarget, where he served in sales and operational leadership roles as a member of the executive team. Most recently, Poole was the CRO of Cheetah Digital, Inc.
Cantel Medical Corp. [LITTLE FALLS, NJ] (NYSE: CMD) announced that George L. Fotiades has been named the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Fotiades also will continue to serve on Cantel’s Board of Directors. Fotiades succeeds Jorgen B. Hansen, who has resigned from the Company and its Board of Directors. Fotiades has over 35 years of experience with companies in the healthcare and consumer products industries, both as an operator and an investor. Fotiades has been a member of Cantel’s Board of Directors since 2008 and most recently served as Operating Partner at Five Arrows Capital Partners. Fotiades was previously President and COO of Cardinal Health. After the segment’s sale to The Blackstone Group in 2007, Fotiades became Chairman of the new company, which became Catalent, Inc.
Fallon Worldwide [MINNEAPOLIS, MN] announced that Rocky Novak was promoted to chief executive officer. Mike Buchner, a 35-year veteran of the agency who served in the CEO role since 2011, was named chairman as of March 1. Novak began working at Fallon in 2002.
Fusion Coolant Systems [CANTON, MI] announced that former Linamar Corporation Executive Brian Ahlborn has joined as Chief Executive Officer and President. Ahlborn joins Fusion from Linamar Corporation, a global leader known for excellence in precision machining, where he held various executive positions, including President of the European Group and previously the President of the Canada/US Group. Ahlborn has also served as the CEO of Transonic Combustion, Inc. and President of McLaren Performance Technologies.
LeoStella [TUKWILA, WA] announced Mike Hettich has been named as the company’s CEO and has transitioned into the leadership position previously held by Chris Chautard. Chautard has served as LeoStella’s CEO since its founding in March 2018. As Hettich steps in as CEO of LeoStella, Chautard will return to Thales Alenia Space. Hettich comes to LeoStella from Astronics, which serves the aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries with innovative technology solutions. Prior to joining LeoStella, Hettich held leadership positions at Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Iridium and Boeing.
SynCardia Systems, LLC [TUCSON, AZ] announce that Don Webber has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Webber joined SynCardia in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SynCardia, Don had been the COO at OptiScan since 2010. In addition, Webber’s previously served as VP of Manufacturing Operations at C.R. Bard, VP of Operations at EKOS Corporation, and President and CEO of Mitralign.
BioDirection, Inc. [BOSTON, MA] announced that Sharad H. Joshi has joined the company as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining BioDirection, Joshi served as CEO for Bio-Chem Fluidics and President and CEO of Microline. Joshi also co-founded Blue Torch Medical Technologies, Inc. and held multiple positions in product engineering, marketing and sales at Uromed, Inc. and Boston Scientific.
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [MARLBOROUGH, MA] announced the appointment of Antony Loebel to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2019. Loebel, currently Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Global Clinical Development for Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Group, will succeed Nobuhiko Tamura, who has served as Sunovion’s executive leader since 2014. Loebel joined the Company in 2007. Loebel prior industry experience includes seven years in senior leadership roles at Pfizer. Loebel has served as an Executive Leadership Team member of Sunovion and an Executive Officer of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., the parent company of Sunovion. Loebel currently serves on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America BioMedical Advisory Council and was previously a member of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Board of Directors.
Nutty Goodness [CHARLESTON, SC] announces that Christopher West is appointed CEO. West began his career in multinational brand and general management, with Procter & Gamble. West worked on global brands including Olay, Covergirl, and Max Factor, eventually assuming global P&L responsibility for the Lacoste, Helmut Lang, and Yohji Yamamoto luxury beauty brands. West was part of the integration and growth of the Jean-Patou SA, Wella AG, and Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA businesses. West joins Nutty Goodness from CSWESTINTL, the boutique operations consultancy and investment platform that he founded in 2008.