CEO Moves this week include:
|Albemarle Corporation||True Value Company||Maya Gold & Silver Inc.|
|Berlin Packaging||Concure Oncology||Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago|
|Nalu Medical, Inc.||Signpost||PG&E Corporation|
|Silverback Therapeutics™||LEA Global||Unifi, Inc.|
|Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc||Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc.||Critical Process Systems Group|
|PacketFabric||The Bus.com||PS Business Parks, inc.|
|Rockwell Medical, Inc||Trilogy Metals Inc.||Navitus Health Solutions|
|AT&T Inc.||Merkle||Blue Line Protection Group|
|Mexican Restaurants, Inc.||NellOne Therapeutics||Tompkins International|
|Trex Company, Inc.|
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 email@example.com or by phone at +1 (415) 738-2070.
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Albemarle Corporation [CHARLOTTE, NC] (NYSE: ALB) announced that J. Kent Masters has been elected Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Luke Kissam is retiring from his roles as Chairman, President and CEO of Albemarle for health reasons. Kissam will stay on through June in an advisory capacity to ensure an orderly leadership transition. Masters joined the Albemarle board of directors in 2015 and was named Lead Independent Director in 2018. Masters was a non-employee director of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. from 2007 to 2015, when Rockwood was acquired by Albemarle. In addition, Masters was the Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler AG, from 2011 to 2015, when Foster Wheeler AG was acquired by Amec plc to form Amec Foster Wheeler plc.
True Value Company [CHICAGO, IL] announced that current Chief Commercial Officer, Chris Kempa, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. John Hartmann, who has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2013, will transition his responsibilities in May and remain a Director on the Company’s Board. Prior to joining True Value, Kempa had 25 years of experience in the distribution sector, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer and Group President of ORS Medco, and previously as an officer at Grainger with responsibility for its international business.
Maya Gold & Silver Inc. [MONTREAL, QC] (TSX: MYA) announced that Noureddine Mokaddem Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring and stepping down as Chairman, President and CEO of the Corporation. Mokaddem will remain on the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Concurrently, Benoit La Salle has been appointed by the Board of Directors as President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed as Director. La Salle is a well-recognized executive in the mining industry, having 25 years of experience as a corporate executive of mining companies. In 1995, La Salle founded, developed, and led Canadian-based SEMAFO Inc. into a 250,000-ounce gold producer in West Africa. In October 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of The Canadian Council in Africa. In recent years, he has held leading executive and non-executive roles with several public corporations, including Algold Resources Ltd., SRG Mining Inc., Sama Resources Inc., GoviEx Uranium Inc. and Earth Alive Technologies Inc.
Berlin Packaging [CHICAGO, IL] announced that it has appointed William J. Hayes as Chief Executive Officer and President and a member of the Board of Directors, effective no later than July 13, 2020. Hayes is currently CEO and President of BrandSafway. Hayes grew Safway from a nearly $1 billion North American business in 2012 to a $5 billion global industrial services business in 2020, with 38,000 employees across 340 locations in 30 countries, following a transformational combination with Brand. Prior to BrandSafway, Hayes was President of Honeywell Safety Products, where he drove growth from $600 million in 2008 to $2 billion in 2012, creating the largest Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) player at that time. Hayes’ earlier career experience includes leadership roles at Nitto Denko, Brady, and Johnson & Johnson.
Concure Oncology [SEATTLE, WA] announced its hiring of Scott Armstrong as its Chief Executive Officer. Armstrong served for 12 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Group Health Cooperative, a 700,000-member, non-profit health care organization that served the state of Washington and northern Idaho until its acquisition by Kaiser Permanente. Prior to Group Health, Armstrong began his executive leadership career in 1983 as assistant vice president of hospital operations at Miami Valley Hospital, part of MedAmerica Health Systems Corporation. Beyond staff roles, Armstrong has served as Chair of Concure’s Board of Directors since August 2017 and has additionally held seats on Delta Dental of Washington and Puget Sound Energy’s Board of Directors.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago [CHICAGO, IL] announced the appointment of Sally Blount as Chief Executive Officer. Blount is the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she is the former dean. Blount succeeds Michael Boland who stepped down in August 2019 after 30 years with the agency. Blount will assume the position of CEO on August 1, 2020. Prior to Kellogg, Blount was dean of the New York University (NYU) Stern College of Business for six years.
Nalu Medical, Inc. [CARLSBAD, CA] announced that Earl R. Fender has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Fender succeeds Keegan Harper, who has stepped down as CEO but will remain as Chairman of the Board.
Signpost [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of George Bilbrey as its new Chief Executive Officer succeeding founder Stu Wall. Bilbrey was most recently the President and Chief Customer Officer at Return Path. Prior to his role at Return Path, Bilbrey founded and sold two companies in the marketing technology industry.
PG&E Corporation [SAN FRANCISCO] announced that its chief executive officer and president, William D. “Bill” Johnson, has decided to retire from the company, effective June 30, 2020. PG&E has named William “Bill” Smith as Interim CEO. Smith, who joined the PG&E Board of Directors in 2019, will serve in this role from the time of Johnson’s departure through the appointment of a new CEO. Smith is the retired President of AT&T Technology Operations at AT&T Services, Inc., where he spent 37 years with the telecommunications service provider and its predecessor companies.
Silverback Therapeutics™ [SEATTLE, WA] announced that Laura Shawver was appointed president, chief executive officer and director of Silverback Therapeutics. Most recently, Shawver was CEO and director of Synthorx, Inc. from 2017 until its acquisition by Sanofi in January 2020 for $2.5 billion. Previously,Shawver has held positions as CEO and director of Cleave Biosciences; entrepreneur-in-residence for 5AM Ventures; CEO and director of Phenomix Corporation; and president of SUGEN Inc. Shawver is currently a director of Relay Therapeutics, as well as board chair of Cleave Therapeutics. She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, serving on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Stand Up to Cancer.
Unifi, Inc. [GREENSBORO, NC] (NYSE: UFI) announced that it has appointed Edmund (“Eddie”) Ingle as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2020. Ingle previously spent 30 years with Unifi in progressively senior roles from 1986 to 2018 before becoming an executive with Indorama Ventures. Ingle currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Indorama’s Recycling Group. Prior to that, Ingle was Indorama’s Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer for its Wellman International division. Ingle began his career at Unifi’s operations in Letterkenny, Ireland, in 1986 and moved to Winston-Salem in 1991 to work for Unifi in the U.S., and over the years has held numerous progressive leadership positions, including Vice President of Supply Chain and Global Corporate Sustainability Officer.
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. [ORLANDO, FL] announced Jeffrey D. Harvey, as Chief Executive Officer.A legal professional and military veteran, Harvey was most recently serving as the Chief Program Officer of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, responsible for all client services and implementation of projects that support the board’s strategic plan within the firm.
Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc. [BALTIMORE, MD] appointed Megan Bailey as Chief Executive Officer, promoted from Chief Commercial Officer. Bailey succeeds Douglas Ward, who has served as PGDx’s Chief Executive Officer since 2016. Prior to her appointment to Chief Executive Officer, Bailey joined PGDx as the Vice President of Marketing and was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer. Before joining PGDx, Bailey spent more than 14 years at Roche. Most recently, Bailey served as Senior Director of Commercial Operations, responsible for leading sales teams across Roche’s Clinical Chemistry/Immunoassay, Molecular, Tissue, and Point of Care divisions in the Southeast United States.
Critical Process Systems Group [ROSEMONT, IL] a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital, L.P. announced that it has appointed Dmitry Shashkov as Chief Executive Officer and that former CEO, Paul Frascoia, is departing to pursue other opportunities. Frascoia will remain a senior advisor to the company. Most recently, Shashkov was a President and CEO of Exogenesis. Shashkov started his career with McKinsey and Company, a management consultancy, where he served clients predominantly in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries on the issues of growth and strategy. Subsequently, Shashkov spent 8 years at Honeywell, involved in business development and leading various businesses of Honeywell’s Electronic Materials business unit. In 2010, he served as a President and CEO of HC Starck Inc.
PacketFabric [SAN JOSE, CA] announced that Dave Ward will be joining as Chief Executive Officer. Ward joins PacketFabric from Cisco, where he was the company’s Chief Technology Officer of Engineering, Chief Architect and a Senior Vice President at Cisco’s Networking and Security Business. Ward joined Cisco in 1999 when the company acquired the Internet Engineering Group. He is also one of two individuals to be both Cisco and Juniper Fellows working on the operating system and next generation routing systems, including ASICS, Optics, and network APIs and SDN.
The Bus.com [MONTREAL, QC] announced the appointment of Maxie Lafleur as CEO and Board Member. Lafleur joined Bus.com, a bus rental platform and group transportation provider as CFO in July 2019. The Board has made this appointment upon the resignation of former CEO and co-founder Kyle Boulay who remains an important shareholder of the company.
PS Business Parks, Inc. [GLENDALE, CA] (NYSE: PSB) announced that John W. Petersen, the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2004, has been appointed as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Maria R. Hawthorne, who has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and July 2016, respectively, is taking a leave of absence. Petersen will also continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer, and Hawthorne will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors during her leave.
Rockwell Medical, Inc. [WIXOM, MI] (Nasdaq: RMTI) announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Russell H. Ellison as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ellison will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board. Stuart Paul has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Ellison’s broad experience and previous leadership positions include Chief Executive Officer of the privately held biotechnology company, Promedior, Inc. (acquired by Roche); President and Chief Executive Officer of Bond Biosciences, Inc., Executive Director of Torreya Advisors, LLC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (formerly Ventrus Biosciences, Inc.); Executive Vice President of Paramount Biosciences LLC, a global drug development and healthcare investment firm; Vice President of Clinical Development of FibroGen, Inc., where he played a key role in the early phase development of roxadustat in anemia for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients; Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Sanofi-Synthelabo US, Inc.; and Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Hoffman La Roche, Inc. in the United States.
Trilogy Metals Inc. [VANCOUVER, BC] (TSX: TMQ) announced the appointment of Tony Giardini as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2020. Giardini has been a director of the Company since 2012, when it was spun-out as a public company, and will continue to be an executive director. Giardini has extensive experience as an executive officer and key leadership team member with his previous roles as President of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, and as Chief Financial Officer at Kinross Gold Corporation. James (Jim) Gowans will continue in his role as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer until May 31, 2020. Gowans remains in his role as a director of the Company.
Navitus Health Solutions [MADISON, WI] announced that it recently ratified the selection of David Fields to serve as President and CEO on a permanent basis. Fields has been serving as Navitus’ Interim President and CEO for more than a year. Fields first joined SSM Health as President of Dean Health Plan in 2018. Prior to this role, Fields served as Executive Vice President of Markets at Blue Shield of California. Before joining Blue Shield, he served as Senior Vice President and President of Aetna’s Mid-America Region. Fields also served as Senior Vice President at Coventry Healthcare where he had oversight over multiple states and across multiple product lines.
AT&T Inc. [DALLAS, TX] announced after serving 13 years as AT&T’s Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, 60, will retire as CEO but will serve as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors until January 2021 to ensure a smooth leadership transition. The Board has elected AT&T President and Chief Operating Officer John Stankey as CEO effective July 1, 2020, and a member of the Board of Directors effective June 1, 2020. Stankey has served as president and COO since October 2019. He joined AT&T in 1985 and has more than 30 years of accomplished leadership spanning nearly every area of AT&T’s business, from corporate strategy and technology, to operations and media and entertainment. Stankey has served in a variety of roles, including: CEO of WarnerMedia; CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group; Chief Strategy Officer; Chief Technology Officer; CEO of AT&T Operations; and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions.
Merkle [COLUMBIA, MD] announced the appointment of Craig Dempster to global CEO, effective June 1, 2020. A Merkle veteran, Dempster has held the role of president of Merkle Americas since 2017. David Williams, chairman and CEO of Merkle for more than 32 years, will remain chairman of Merkle while retaining his role as CEO, Global CRM Group for Dentsu Aegis Network and chairman of Dentsu Aegis Network Americas. Dempster has been a part of Merkle’s executive leadership team since joining the company in 2006. Prior to his role as president of Merkle Americas, Dempster held executive roles spanning across the business, which have prepared him for the broad responsibilities of global CEO.
Blue Line Protection Group, Inc. [DENVER, CO] announced Evan DeVoe as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 13, 2020. Dan Allen, who has been the CEO since 2015, will hold his seat on the Board where he will continue to serve the company. DeVoe brought a wealth of industry experience to BLPG when he joined the organization in January of 2018.
Mexican Restaurants, Inc. [HOUSTON, TX] announced the appointment of Pete Pascuzzi as the company’s new CEO. Pascuzzi comes to MRI from Falcon Holdings Management, a leading national franchisee with more than 300 restaurants under the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Church’s, Long John Silver’s and Taco Bell brands, where he was president for three years. Previously, Pascuzzi also served as brand president of Ovation Brands, COO of Homestyle Dining Co. LLP, and COO of Perkins & Marie Callender’s.
NellOne Therapeutics Inc. [KNOXVILLE, TN] has appointed William A. Malkes as its new Chief Executive Officer. Malkes previously co-founded and led GRIDSMART Technologies Inc. Under Malkes’ leadership, the business grew to be the second largest in its space and expanded to 22 countries around the world. Prior to GRIDSMART, Malkes held several senior leadership and advisory roles in technology and healthcare businesses including Health Care Solutions, ASIC International, Tradewind Technologies and Learning Technology Systems.
Tompkins International [RALEIGH, NC] is pleased to announce that effective April 20, 2020, Denny McKnight will assume the position of CEO of Tompkins International. After 45 years of holding the position, former CEO and Founder Jim Tompkins has decided to shift his focus and continue to actively support the firm by remaining in the role of chairman of Tompkins International. McKnight has served as president of Tompkins International since 2013 and CEO of Tompkins Robotics, a business unit of Tompkins International, since 2018.
Trex Company, Inc. [WINCHESTER, VA] (NYSE: TREX) announced that Bryan H. Fairbanks, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer on April 29, 2020. On that date, James E. Cline will move to Chairman of the Board of Directors from his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer.