CEO Moves this week include:
|Rakuten, Inc.||Hercules Capital, Inc.||EvergreenHealth|
|8Greens||Party City Holdco Inc.||Pandion Therapeutics, Inc.|
|MBO Partners||Frontline Education||BioDerm, Inc.|
|VeriShip||The Southern Gas Association||CynergisTek, Inc.|
|VitalConnect, Inc.||Burroughs, Inc.||CNB Community Bancorp, Inc.|
|Viant||CVB Financial Corp.||Innovative Discovery, LLC|
|Gorton’s Seafood||ABC Financial Services, LLC||Superfood Holdings LLC|
|Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC||Stella-Jones Inc.||Code|
|LeadingResponse||Parker Drilling Company||The National Resident Matching Program|
|Zillion||Claire’s Stores, Inc.||ClearCut Medical, Inc.|
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Rakuten, Inc. [SAN MATEO, CA] announced that Amit Patel has been appointed chief executive officer of Rakuten Americas. Patel will also continue in her current roles as CEO at Rakuten Rewards. Patel has been a leader at Rakuten Rewards since 2010 and its chief executive officer since 2017.
Hercules Capital, Inc. [PALO ALTO, CA] (NYSE: HTGC) announced that it has appointed Scott Bluestein as Chief Executive Officer and President. Bluestein, who has held several leadership roles in his nine years with the Company, has served as Hercules’ interim CEO since March 2019 and as Chief Investment Officer since 2014. From 2010 through 2013, Bluestein served as the Company’s Chief Credit Officer. Bluestein has also been elected to Hercules’ board of directors. Prior to Hercules, Bluestein served as Founder and Partner of Century Tree Capital Management.
EvergreenHealth [KIRKLAND, WA] announced its selection of Jeff Tomlin to lead the Kirkland-based health system as chief executive officer. Tomlin had filled the role of interim CEO since May 31 following Amy Beiter’s departure from the organization. Before serving as interim CEO, Tomlin oversaw the health system’s clinical quality and safety initiatives as EvergreenHealth’s chief medical and quality officer.
8Greens [NEW YORK] announced the hiring of Eduardo Luz as CEO effective July 9, 2019. Prior to joining 8Greens in July 2019, Luz served as the Global Brand Officer and Chief Marketing Officer U.S. at Kraft Heinz. In his six years at Kraft Heinz, he was responsible for the company’s Grocery division and founded Springboard, the company’s platform to partner with challenger founders and food brands. Before Kraft Heinz, Luz held executive positions with Unilever, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Accenture.
Party City Holdco Inc. [ELMSFORD, NY] (NYSE:PRTY) announced that Brad Weston has been appointed as President of Party City Holdco Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Party City Retail Group. Weston will lead all aspects of the Company’s retail operations, replacing Ryan Vero who left in early July. Weston most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Petco, where he held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, Weston was Chief Merchandising Officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Weston currently serves on the Board of Directors of Boot Barn.
Pandion Therapeutics, Inc. [CAMBRIDGE, MA] announced that Rahul Kakkar has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and joins the Board of Directors. Kakkar most recently served as a founding executive at Corvidia Therapeutics. Kakkar succeeds Anthony J. Coyle who is a founder of Pandion. Previously, Kakkar was Director for Emerging Innovations at AstraZeneca. Kakkar has also served as an advisor to life sciences venture firms.
MBO Partners [HERNDON, VA] announced that Miles Everson will join the company as Chief Executive Officer, a position previously held by the company’s founder, Gene Zaino, who will remain active in the business as Founder and Executive Chairman. Everson has more than three decades of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, including as lead client service partner on several multi-national clients and several firm leadership roles. Most recently, Everson served as U.S. Vice Chairman and Global Advisory and Consulting Leader.
Frontline Education [MALVERN, PA] announced that Mark Gruzin has joined the Frontline executive leadership team as Chief Executive Officer. Gruzin will also serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Frontline Education. Gruzin comes to Frontline Education from Blackboard, a global educational technology company, where he served as president of global markets. Prior to his work with Blackboard, Gruzin held multiple executive roles in IBM’s software group. As an active member of the special needs community, Gruzin also served on the Board of Directors for the National Fragile X Foundation and is a Special Olympics Coach.
BioDerm, Inc. [LARGO, FL] announced the promotion of Gaet Tyranski to President and Chief Executive Officer. Gary Damkoehler has resigned as CEO effective July 1st, and now holds the title of Executive Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining BioDerm, Tyranski was with Jabil Circuit in progressive roles for 14 years, before moving to Synergy Health in 2014 where he was President, Applied Sterilization Technologies – Americas.
VeriShip [KANSAS CITY, MO] announced a new Chief Executive Officer, John Bunch, to pioneer a new era of growth at the company. Bunch, former CEO of The Mutual Fund Store, was a key player in the strategic combination of Financial Engines, and subsequent transaction with Edelman Financial Services. Bunch served as Chief Operating Officer for Edelman Financial Engines. Russ Lindmark, owner and founder of VeriShip, previously held the position of CEO. Lindmark will continue to contribute to VeriShip as Board Chairman.
The Southern Gas Association [DALLAS, TX] announced that William N. Cantrell will retire as Chief Executive Officer and that the Board of Directors has named Suzanne Ogle to succeed him in the role. Ogle came to SGA with more than twenty-five years of experience in the oil and gas business. Ogle is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Women’s Energy Network.
CynergisTek, Inc. [AUSTIN, TX] (NYSE AMERICAN: CTEK) announced the appointment of Caleb Barlow to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer, to succeed retiring founder and current President and CEO Mac McMillan effective August 1, 2019. Barlow recently served as Vice President of Threat Intelligence for IBM Security where he built IBM’s X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Service.
VitalConnect, Inc. [SAN JOSE, CA] announced the appointment of Peter Van Haur as chief executive officer. Former CEO Nersi Nazari will remain as VitalConnect’s executive chairman of the Board of Directors. Van Haur joins the VitalConnect leadership team with more than 20 years of experience in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as the U.S. commercial vice president at Cordis. In addition, Van Haur has held senior sales roles at St. Jude Medical Corporation, AGA Medical Corporation and Covidien Healthcare, among other leading health care companies.
Burroughs, Inc. [ELMHURST, IL] announced that Anson Martin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Ed Boyd, who had been serving as the acting CEO, was appointed Chief Operations Officer. Martin joins Burroughs from the energy storage industry where he held a series of executive roles increasing in responsibility, general management, sales, business development and marketing for global enterprises.
CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. [HILLSDALE, MI] (OTC:CNBB), the parent company of County National Bank, announced Craig S. Connor’s, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of County National Bank & CNB Community Bancorp, Inc., upcoming retirement as CEO, effective July 26, 2019. John R. Waldron was promoted to President of CNB and also appointed to a Board of Director position at both CNB and the Company. Waldron will become CEO of CNB and the Company upon Connor’s retirement.
Viant [FOXBOROUGH, MA] announced that it has appointed Alton E. Shader to chief executive officer. Shader assumes the CEO position from Brian King, who will continue to serve as a senior advisor to the company. As president of Front Line Care for Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Shader spearheaded two major acquisitions, including Welch Allyn, to establish the company’s fastest-growing and most profitable global business. Shader previously led North America for Hill-Rom, where he designed and implemented a customer-focused commercial organization, which achieved record levels of profitable growth. Prior to Hill-Rom, Shader held senior positions in Europe for Baxter International before being promoted to general manager of its U.S. Renal business. Shader most recently served as president and CEO of Vein Clinics of America.
CVB Financial Corp. [ONTARIO, CALIF.] (NASDAQ: CVBF) and its subsidiary, Citizens Business Bank, announced that the Company’s President and CEO, Christopher Myers, has decided to retire effective March 15, 2020. Myers, who has served as the Company’s chief executive since 2006, will remain available to the Company as a consultant through December 31, 2020 in order to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition.
Gorton’s Seafood [GLOUCESTER, MA] announced that Judson Reis, who has been with the company for more than 29 years, will retire as President & CEO, effective January 1, 2020. Upon Reis’s retirement, Kurt Hogan will be promoted from Vice President of Sales to President & CEO of Gorton’s. Hogan will assume his new position January 1, 2020. Hogan joined Gorton’s in 1991 as a field based Regional Business Manager, after spending six years in sales positions with General Foods. In 1995, Kurt transferred to Gloucester to become an Area Trade Planning Manager in Customer Marketing. From 1995 to 2010, Hogan held several progressively more impactful sales management positions. In 2010, Kurt was named Director of Sales, with responsibility for Sales leadership in the Northeast U.S., Canada and for all Sales Administration. Then, in February 2012, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales, a role he has held for the last seven years.
ABC Financial Services, LLC [LITTLE ROCK, AK] announced current President Bill Davis as CEO. Davis will also continue to serve as President and will serve on ABC’s board of managers. Davis replaces longtime CEO and industry veteran Paul Schaller, who will move to the position of vice chairman of ABC’s board of directors. Davis joined ABC in February of 2019. Davis was previously the chief financial officer for Paycor Inc.
Superfood Holdings, LLC [IRVINE, CA] announced the hiring of Clay Sanger as CEO. Sanger has held COO positions at Pieology and Jinya and has also previously held positions as VP of Operations at Panera, Paradise Bakery and Susie Cakes.
Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC [CHADDS FORD, PA] announced that Bob Hurzeler is joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors. Hurzeler is in his third decade in automotive finance, having come directly from OneMain Financial where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Hurzeler served in a variety of roles at Wells Fargo Auto Finance, including Vice President and Regional Manager, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations, and President. Hurzeler began in his official capacity as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2019. Michael Ritter, who has served in that capacity since the Company’s founding in 1998, is staying with the Company as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Stella-Jones Inc. [MONTREAL, QC] (TSX: SJ) announced that Brian McManus has made the decision to step down as President and CEO, effective October 11, 2019. Until such date, McManus will work closely with management and the Board to ensure a smooth transition. Upon Brian’s departure, Eric Vachon, Senior Vice-President and CFO, will be serving as interim CEO. Vachon is a twelve-year veteran of the Company, whose prior roles have included Director, Treasury and Financial Reporting, Vice President Finance, U.S. Operations and Vice President and Treasurer since joining Stella-Jones in 2007. Vachon will retain his CFO responsibilities during the interim period.
Code [SALT LAKE CITY, UT] announced that after 20 years of service as President & CEO, George Powell has left the company. The Board of Directors has appointed Barclay McFadden III as interim CEO. McFadden will continue as Chairman of the Code Board of Directors. McFadden has been Code’s Chairman since 2001. Before joining Code, McFadden served as the Chairman and CEO of Stow Mills, Chesterfield, NH from 1976 to 1997. McFadden also serves as Chairman of American Stainless.
LeadingResponse [TAMPA, FL] has named Matthew Kearney CEO. Kearney joins LeadingResponse as Charles DallAcqua, the CEO since 2014, retires from day-to-day management. DallAcqua will continue to work with the company in his new role as senior advisor and board member. Prior to joining LeadingResponse, Kearney was CEO of Screenvision. Kearney serves on the boards of Priority Technology Holdings Inc., and Rockbridge Growth Equity owned GSTV, LLC.
Parker Drilling Company [HOUSTON, TX] (NYSE: PKD) announced that Gary Rich has decided to retire from his roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Parker Drilling later this year. Rich plans to remain in his current roles for an interim period to support a smooth transition. The Board of Directors will engage a search firm to conduct a comprehensive search for a permanent successor.
The National Resident Matching Program [WASHINGTON, DC] announced Donna L. Lamb as the new NRMP President and CEO. Lamb will assume leadership of the organization on October 21, 2019 and succeed Mona M. Signer NRMP’s current President and CEO. Signer joined the organization in 2002 and has served as its leader since 2005. Lamb comes to the NRMP from the ACGME where she serves as the Executive Director of the Review Committees for Plastic Surgery, General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. Prior to her tenure at the ACGME, Lamb served as Division Vice President and Designated Institution Official for Hospital Corporation of America’s East Florida Division where she was responsible for the oversight and development of graduate medical education programs. Lamb also spent eight years with Advent Health Systems, Central Florida Division where she functioned in a variety of administrative and teaching roles including as Director of Graduate Medical Education, Director of Strategic Alliances, and Director of the Sanford-Burnham Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes.
Zillion [BOSTON, MA] announced that Linda McGoldrick has been appointed its new President and Chief Executive Officer. McGoldrick currently serves on several corporate boards, including Delta Dental of Rhode Island and Avadim Health, and previously served on the boards of numerous listed companies as well as private corporations. Additionally, she has held four Ministerial appointments in the UK and was appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island to the Health Reform Commission and by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Health Information Technology Commission.
Claire’s Stores, Inc. [HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL] that veteran retail executive Ryan Vero has been appointed CEO. Vero most recently was president of Party City Retail Group. In that position he oversaw nearly 1,000 retail stores in North America and Europe, as well as e-commerce and web operations. Previously, he served in executive leadership roles at Sears and OfficeMax. Kevin Corning, who served as interim CEO of Claire’s since March, will support Ryan’s transition and then return to his role on the Claire’s Board, where he has served since October 2018.
ClearCut Medical Inc. [MINNEAPOLIS, MN] announce the appointment of Jim Buck as President & CEO replacing Armin Schon. Buck joined ClearCut after more than twenty-five years successfully developing and commercializing innovative medical technologies. Prior to joining ClearCut, Buck served as CEO or held other senior leadership roles spanning cardiac rhythm management, structural heart disease and minimally invasive surgery segments, with companies including Johnson & Johnson, St. Jude Medical, and most recently, Mardil Medical.