COO Moves this week include:
|Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc.||FLS Transportation Services||Cardax, Inc.|
|NuZee, Inc.||Spero Therapeutics, Inc.||CoverWallet|
|Badger Meter, Inc.||Acasta Enterprises Inc.||Rite Aid Corporation|
|Kloeckner Metals Corporation|
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Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. [SAN DIEGO] (NASDAQ: CNAT) announced the appointment of Keith W. Marshall as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Marshall has been Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development since 2015 at Torque Therapeutics. He served as Managing Director and Advisor in Healthcare Investment Banking from 2012 to 2014 at GCA Savvian Advisors and continued from 2014 to 2015 at TAG Healthcare Advisors. Marshall was Managing Director from 2011 to 2012 at Sagent Advisors; Managing Director, Co-founder, and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2011 at Montgomery, Marshall Healthcare Partners; Managing Director of Healthcare Investment Banking from 2003 to 2008 at Montgomery & Co.; and Associate in Healthcare Investment Banking from 2001 to 2003 at JPMorgan H&Q with additional responsibilities at JPMorgan Partners. Marshall previously worked as a Research Associate from 1990 to 1993 at ImmuLogic Pharmaceutical Corporation.
FLS Transportation Services [MONTREAL] announced the appointment of Craig Swain as Chief Operating Officer of the company. Having started in the logistics industry in 1998, Craig joined FLS as a Branch Director in 2010 and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Operations.
NuZee, Inc. [VISTA, Calif.] (OTCQB: NUZE) appointed Travis Gorney as President and Chief Operations Officer. Gorney joined NuZee in 2013 as a business development consultant. He was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Supply Chain Management in February 2016, and in January 2017 was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Gorney commenced his career in the beverage industry in 2002 as National Sales Manager for Rollin X, LLC. In 2004, Gorney formed Point Blank Beverage, Inc.
Spero Therapeutics, Inc. [CAMBRIDGE, Mass.] announced the promotion of Cristina Larkin to Chief Operating Officer. Larkin has served as Spero’s Chief Commercial Officer since March 2016. Prior to joining Spero, she served as Assistant Vice President for Actavis, formerly Forest Laboratories.
CoverWallet [NEW YORK] (NYSE: ONDK) announced that Paul Rosen, former OnDeck® executive, has joined the company as COO. Rosen brings over 20 years of experience in managing sales organizations to CoverWallet. During the last 6 years he served as Chief Sales Officer at OnDeck.
Badger Meter, Inc. [MILWAUKEE] (NYSE: BMI) announced that it has appointed Kenneth C. Bockhorst to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. Bockhorst, who most recently served as executive vice president of the energy segment of Actuant Corporation, will assume his role at Badger Meter on or before November 1, 2017. Prior to Actuant, he held product management and operational leadership roles at IDEX Corporation from 2007 tp 2011 and Eaton Corporation from 1991 to 2007.
Acasta Enterprises Inc. [TORONTO] (TSX: AEF) today announced that its aviation operating company, Stellwagen Group, appointed David Butler to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Group, effective October 1, 2017. Butler previously spent more than a decade at Digicel Group. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s Jamaica, Panama and Fiji businesses.
Rite Aid Corporation [CAMP HILL, Pa.] (NYSE: RAD) has announced it has promoted Bryan Everett, currently executive vice president to the newly created position of chief operating officer of Rite Aid stores. He joined Target Corporation in 2002, where he most recently served as senior vice president of store operations. Before joining Target, Everett also held store operations management positions at Fleming Wholesale and ALDI Inc.
Kloeckner Metals Corporation [ROSWELL, Ga.] announced the appointment Bart Clifford as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his role as COO, Clifford was President of the Heavy Carbon Division for Kloeckner Metals. His career started at Ryerson where Clifford held many different positions, including sales manager, merchandise manager, outside sales representative, and inside sales representative. In 1997, he joined Olympic Steel as Sales Manager for the Chicago Division, and two years later, was promoted to General Manager of that division. In 2002, Clifford joined Primary Steel as General Manager of Sales, Chicago, and in 2005, was named General Manager of the Chicago Division.