CEO Moves this week include:
|Nordson Corporation||XR Association||ThinkCERCA|
|Celsius Therapeutics||Halcon Resources, inc.||Shutterfly, Inc.|
|IBH Population Health Solutions||ArbiterSports||electroCore, Inc.|
|CALVIN KlEIN||REBBL||Aitech Group|
|Interior Define||EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.||Runway Innovation Hub|
|Coretex||Citi Trends, Inc.||Solar Capital Ltd. & Solar Senior Capital Ltd.|
|Starboard Cruise Services||Arrows Up, Inc.||Alaska Communications|
Would you like to receive our weekly CEO Moves directly in your email? Click the SIGN ME UP! button on the right of the blog page.
Should you have any CEO Moves to report, please email us. CEO Moves is published by Samuel Dergel (Executive Search Consultant with Dergel Executive Search). Samuel can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1 (415) 738-2070.
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Nordson Corporation [WESTLAKE, OH] (NASDAQ: NDSN) announced that Sundaram Nagarajan (Naga) has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2019. Nagarajan succeeds Michael F. Hilton, who previously announced his plans to retire. Upon Nagarajan’s start date, Hilton will become Senior Advisor to the Company and remain on the board of directors until he retires on December 31, 2019. Nagarajan joins Nordson following a 23-year career with Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company. Nagarajan is currently the Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, for ITW, a $3.3 billion business segment. In 1991, Nagarajan started his career at Hobart Brothers where he was engaged in the design and development of welding consumables. The company was acquired by ITW in 1996, and Nagarajan continued to grow and take on greater responsibility over the next 23 years. Nagarajan was promoted to Group Vice President, ITW Welding Group in 2006 and Group President, Welding International in 2008. From 2010 – 2014, he served as Executive Vice President, Welding, where he led ITW’s $1.9 billion group of welding and related industrial businesses worldwide. In 2015, he was promoted to his current role as Executive Vice President, Automotive OEM Segment, reporting to the Chairman and CEO. Nagarajan is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonoco Products Company, Past Trustee of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Advisory Board Member of IACS, member of the Executive Club, member of the Economics Club of Chicago, Former Trustee of AWS Foundation Inc. and Co-Chair of ITW’s National United Way Campaign.
XR Association [WASHINGTON, DC] named Elizabeth Hyman as its first chief executive officer. In her previous role as Executive Vice President of Public Advocacy at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Hyman led the association’s outreach to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and other international, federal, state, and local government institutions that shape and influence public policies affecting the IT industry.
ThinkCERCA [CHICAGO, IL] announced Walter Sherwood will join the company as its chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. Eileen Murphy Buckley, ThinkCERCA’s founder, will take on the role of chief learning officer and continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Sherwood was most recently the chief business development officer of New Meridian. Prior to New Meridian, Sherwood spent 15 years at Pearson in a myriad of positions, including president and general manager for the company’s state assessment services business unit. In addition, Sherwood has served in a number of roles providing professional development to educators, taught mathematics at both the high school and middle school levels and is the author of seven supplemental math resource books for teachers.
Celsius Therapeutics [CAMBRIDGE, MA] announced the appointment of Tariq Kassum as president and chief executive officer. Kassum brings nearly 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry to Celsius. Kassum succeeds interim CEO Alexis Borisy, who will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors. Kassum joins the company from Obsidian Therapeutics, where he was a co-founder and served as chief operating officer and head of corporate development. Prior to Obsidian, Kassum spent seven years with Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Takeda, most recently as vice president, business development and strategy for Takeda Oncology, responsible for transactions, collaborations, alliance management and strategic planning. Prior to Takeda, Kassum was an analyst covering healthcare equities for institutional investment firms, where he led diligence and investment decisions on numerous companies and pharmaceutical compounds.
Halcón Resources, Inc. [HOUSTON, TX] announced that it has appointed Richard Little Chief Executive Officer. Little fills the CEO vacancy created in February. James Christmas will continue to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Shutterfly, Inc. [REDWOOD CITY, CA] (NASDAQ: SFLY) announced the appointment of Ryan O’Hara as President and Chief Executive Officer. When O’Hara joins the company, he will simultaneously be appointed to serve as a director on the Shutterfly Board of Directors. O’Hara joins Shutterfly from Move Inc./Realtor.com where he led a successful turnaround of the business over more than four years as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Move Inc., O’Hara served as President of Content, Distribution and Sales for The Madison Square Garden Company. O’Hara also served as the CEO of The Topps Company. Previously, he served as a top leader at Gemstar-TV Guide, successfully building and selling the company. He has also served in leadership positions across media companies including BSkyB and Fox Cable Networks, was a management consultant with PWC, and began his career in brand management for Nestle. Current Shutterfly President and CEO Christopher North announced in February that he would be leaving Shutterfly at the end of August to return to the United Kingdom with his family.
IBH Population Health Solutions [COSTA MESA, CA] announced that Dan Clark has joined the senior leadership team as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding current CEO, Ed Bosanac. Clark will lead the strategic direction of the organization as Bosanac retires this June, after two plus decades with the Company and will remain on the Board of Directors of the Company. Clark joins IBH from UK-based Ieso Digital Health, where he was CEO since 2016. Previously, Clark held senior executive positions at OPTUM Health, Humana Inc., Aetna Inc., Cigna Corporation and ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options).
ArbiterSports [SANDY, UT] has hired Kyle Ford to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Jeff Triplette, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the past six years, will transition to the role of Executive Chair and remain actively involved on the board of the company. Prior to joining ArbiterSports, Ford led several national/global software companies, including Cardinal Mark, Telestream and Interactive Data.
electroCore, Inc. [BASKING RIDGE, NJ] (Nasdaq: ECOR) announced that Frank R. Amato will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer. Amato joined electroCore in 2012 and was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. The Board has initiated a search for a successor, and Amato will remain for a transition period.
CALVIN KLEIN [NEW YORK] announced that Cheryl Abel-Hodges is the new Chief Executive Officer. Abel-Hodges previously had served as Group President, Calvin Klein North America and The Underwear Group. Steve Shiffman, formerly CEO, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
REBBL [EMERYVILLE, CA] announced Michele Kessler as the new CEO of the plant-powered, mission-driven company. Kessler most recently served as CEO of the protein bar company thinkThin® where she doubled the business and led them through an acquisition of over $200 million. Additionally, Kessler previously held senior roles at Mars, Kraft and Proctor and Gamble. Kessler succeeds Sheryl O’Loughlin, who has served as CEO since 2015.
Aitech Group [CHATSWORTH, CA] announced Yaron Mund as CEO. Mund replaces Moshe Tal, who successfully served as CEO since 2009 and will retire by the end of 2019. Over the past two decades, Mund has effectively managed and governed a variety of business organizations. Most recently, he was COO of Caesarstone Ltd. In addition, he served as CEO of Rotex, a textile company renowned as a technology leader throughout Europe, Israel, the US and Australia, and as the Managing Director of Aviv AMCG.
Interior Define [CHICAGO, IL] announced the appointment of Antonio Nieves as CEO. Most recently, Nives held the role of CEO at women’s apparel retailer, ModCloth. Prior to ModCloth, Antonio was the COO and CFO of the rapidly expanding menswear fashion retailer Bonobos, sitting on the executive team during its successful sale to Walmart. Nives succeeds founder Rob Royer, who is stepping into the role of ID’s chairman of the board.
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. [IRVING, TX] a wholly-owned subsidiaryof the JVCKENWOOD Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Duane Anderson to President and Chief Executive Officer. Duane joined EFJohnson in 2012 as a Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015.
Runway Innovation Hub [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that Sandra Miller has been named CEO. Miller joins Runway with deep experience in technology innovation and entrepreneurship from organizations such as Stanford University, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Accenture Ventures and Singularity University.
Coretex [SAN DIEGO] has announced it has appointed a new CEO following an extensive global search. William Payne, currently CIO at building and construction giant Boral, will take over as CEO on August 1, 2019. Retiring CEO Selwyn Pellett will remain on the Coretex Board as a non-executive director. Payne comes to Coretex with experience as both Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for companies in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Citi Trends, Inc. [SAVANNAH, GA] (NASDAQ: CTRN) announced that the Company has appointed David Makuen as Chief Executive Officer. Makuen will succeed Peter Sachse, who has served as Interim CEO since December 9, 2019. Makuen will assume the day-to-day leadership of the Company and will also join Citi Trends’ Board of Directors. Sachse has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the Executive Chairman and will work alongside Makuen as he transitions into his new role as CEO.
Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ-GS: SLRC) & Solar Senior Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ-GS: SUNS) [NEW YORK] announce that Bruce Spohler has been named Co-Chief Executive Officer of Solar Capital and Solar Senior Capital. Michael Gross, current Chief Executive Officer of Solar Capital and Solar Senior Capital will serve as Co-Chief Executive Officer. Spohler has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Solar Capital since 2007 and has been a member of its board of directors since September 2009. In his leadership role at Solar Senior Capital, Spohler has served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors since Solar Senior Capital’s inception in 2010. Additionally, Spohler is Co-Founding Partner and Co-Managing Member with Mr. Gross of the Companies’ investment manager, Solar Capital Partners, LLC.
Starboard Cruise Services [MIAMI, FL] announced Lisa Bauer as the company’s new CEO. Most recently, Bauer held the position of Vice President of Onboard Experience at Delta Airlines. Prior to joining Delta, Bauer was Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Chief Operating Officer for International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. Before joining ICE, Bauer had a long and successful career with Royal Caribbean International. She served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, overseeing worldwide marketing and revenue management as well the company’s tri-branded sales and marketing offices and international representatives. Other positions held by Bauer at Royal Caribbean included Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, responsible for hotel services, food & beverage, onboard revenue and entertainment, as well as Senior Vice President of Sales, directing North American sales activities.
Arrows Up, Inc. [DENVER, CO] announced that John Allegretti, Founder, has retired as the company’s chief executive officer. Justin Renfro, the president of company affiliate OmniTRAX Energy Solutions, has assumed leadership positions for both entities.
Alaska Communications [ANCHORAGE, AK] (NASDAQ: ALSK) announced CEO Anand Vadapalli will depart the company on June 30, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019, COO William H. Bishop will serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a candidate search for a permanent CEO. Vadapalli will serve as an advisor for board and management during this transition period through the end of 2019.