COO Moves this week include:
|Kateeva||Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC||Tandigm Health|
|WellCare Health Plans, Inc.||Fauquier Bankshares, Inc.||Aratana Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Nitro Solutions||Rinnai||Plaza Bancorp|
|Pzena Investment Management, Inc.|
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CN [MONTREAL] (NYSE: CNI) announced the appointment of Mike Cory as executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Cory joined CN in 1981, starting work at the Symington Yard Diesel Shop in Winnipeg, and rose through the operating ranks to hold his most recent position of senior vice-president, western region – CN’s largest region. As part of the management transition, Jim Vena will retire as CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer on July 1.
Planet3 [WASHINGTON] announced that Kelly McGrath, the former Chief Learning Officer, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. McGrath spent over 14 years with Pearson before joining Planet3, serving as Pearson’s Vice President of Science Product Development.
Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC [SUMMIT, N.J.] announced the appointment of Jeffrey Cheng as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Cheng joins the Nautilus executive team from Stion Energy Services, the development arm of Stion Corporation, where he most recently served as its Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Stion, he was the Managing Director of Project Finance at Regenesis Power. Prior to the solar industry, Mr. Cheng was a technology industry executive and a senior technology investment banker at Piper Jaffray.
Tandigm Health [WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA] announced that Patrick Adams has been named President and Chief Operating Officer. He was previously President of Transcend LLC and VP Provider Development, Humana.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. [TAMPA, Fla.] (NYSE: WCG) announced that it named Karen M. Johnson chief operating officer of its Easy Choice Health Plan, which is based in California. Most recently, Johnson was senior vice president of clinical services at Health Essentials. Before that, she served as vice president of member engagement for the Community and State division of UnitedHealthcare, as well as the plan president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Washington, D.C. Johnson also held leadership roles for Lake Health Hospital Systems in Concord, Ohio, and Meridia – Cleveland Clinical Health System in Cleveland.
Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. [WARRENTON, Va.] (NASDAQ: FBSS) welcomes the new Chief Operating Officer of the Company and the Bank, T. Michael York (“Mike”). Prior to joining the Company, Mr. York had served as Private Wealth Management Senior Credit Executive for Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama, since May 2013. He was Wealth Director for PNC Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 2011 to May 2013. Previous to joining PNC Bank, Mr. York held management positions with Wells Fargo Bank (including Wachovia Bank before it was acquired by Wells Fargo Bank), Bank of America and SouthTrust.
Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. [LEAWOOD, Kan.] (NASDAQ: PETX) announced that the Company has appointed Brent A. Standridge Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, he consulted for the generic veterinary medicine maker Putney, Inc., which was acquired by Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC in March 2016. Previously, Mr. Standridge spent 28 years with Wyeth’s animal health division, Fort Dodge Animal Health, which consisted of 11 years as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of North America where he was responsible for all sales and marketing activities.
Nitro Solutions [TAMPA, FL] announced that George Hall has joined the team as chief operating officer. Hall was most recently was the owner of Hall Executive Services, a holistic business consulting firm. Prior to his time as owner of HES, Hall held positions such as president of the Private Client Group at Platinum Wealth Partners; Tampa Bay market executive, TD Bank; president of Florida banking and director of corporate banking, Superior Bank; CEO, New Mexico and city president, Montgomery, Alabama with Compass Bank; and regional executive, FNH Bank.
Rinnai [PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.] announced that Frank Windsor, Rinnai America’s General Manager, has been promoted to Rinnai America’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Rinnai, he served 23 years at Kohler Company, climbing the ladder in numerous positions to Vice President of Sales Kitchen & Bath Americas.
Plaza Bancorp and Plaza Bank [IRVINE, CA] (OTCBB: PLZZ) announced it has appointed Rick Sowers to the new position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sowers joined Plaza Bank in 2015 through the merger with Bank of Manhattan, where he served in various leadership roles, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Banking Officer. Currently he serves as Plaza Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.
Pzena Investment Management, Inc. [NEW YORK] (NYSE: PZN) promoted Gary J. Bachman to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bachman has served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Bachman served as Executive Director of the Investment Bank Finance Department at JP Morgan Chase from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Bachman worked in the Strategic Transaction and Accounting Policy and External Reporting groups at Lehman Brothers, from 2000 to 2008.