COO Moves this week include:
|Meritage Midstream||Forcepoint||Legacy Capital|
|MLI Marble Lending Inc.||Benson Hill Biosystems||Domio|
|California Cannabis Enterprises||Rippe & Kingston||Advanced Battery Concepts, LLC|
|Canadian Premium Sand Inc.||FlexFunds||PPL Corporation|
|Spartan Motors, Inc.|
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Meritage Midstream [DENVER, CO] announced that T. Jeffrey Layne joined the company’s leadership team as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Meritage as chief operating officer, Layne most recently served as vice president of engineering and operations for Kingfisher Midstream.
Forcepoint [AUSTIN, TX] announced that Shayne Higdon has joined the company as chief operating officer. Higdon was most recently the senior vice president of ESO Strategy and Operations for BMC where he led the strategic transformation efforts across BMC resulting in the acquisition by KKR. Prior to that Higdon was president of the Performance and Analytics product line at BMC Software, Inc. Prior to BMC, Higdon served as the president and CEO of Symplified. In addition, Higdon held senior leadership roles at Quest Software including SVP and general manager of the user workspace, and also served as SVP and managing director of the corporate development team.
Legacy Capital [LITTLE ROCK, AR] announced that Robert C. (Bob) Roberts has joined as Chief Operating Officer. After spending eight years as a CPA with KPMG and Arthur Andersen, Roberts joined Baptist Health in 1988 as Assistant Vice President of finance. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2014 was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Benson Hill Biosystems [ST. LOUIS, MO] has named Chris Wilkins, a food industry executive with more than 25 years of industry experience, as Chief Operating Officer. Wilkins spent three years at Treehouse Foods as President, Snacks Division, Baked Goods Division, and as President, Private Brands. For the decade before that, Wilkins served in various executive positions at ConAgra, rising eventually to become President, Private Brands. Other experience includes positions at the Pillsbury Co. and Land O’ Lakes, Inc.
Domio [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Nicole Mozeliak as Chief Operating Officer. Mozeliak brings more than 25 years of operating experience to the Domio team and joins from WeWork, where she was Head of Operations (SVP) for the United States, Canada, and Israel. Prior to WeWork, Mozeliak worked at Zipcar as the Vice President of Field Operations and Revenue Management.
California Cannabis Enterprises [LOS ANGELES, CA] announced the appointment of Daryl Kato as its Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Kato served as chief financial officer and board director at Nissin Foods USA. Prior to Nissin Foods USA, Kato co-founded and grew a digital out-of-home advertising company. Kato also comes to CCE having completed major business transformation initiatives with international giants such as Nestle Professional, Farmer Brothers, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Deloitte.
Rippe & Kingston [CINCINNATI, OH] recently appointed Donald Schule to its leadership team as its new chief operating officer. Prior to joining Rippe & Kingston, Schule was the former chief executive officer of Global Processing Services at BTCo/Deutsche Bank and the executive head of Global Client Access at JPMorgan & Chase Co.
Advanced Battery Concepts, LLC [CLARE, MI] announced that is has appointed Michael Everett as their Chief Operating Officer. Everett most recently served as Vice President of engineering for Trojan Battery Company, Everett has held past senior management positions as CTO of Maxwell Technologies Inc. and Sr. Director of Engineering and Research at 3D Systems Inc.
Canadian Premium Sand Inc. [CALGARY, AB] (TSXV: CPS) announced that it has accepted the resignation of Robert (Bob) D. Archibald as Chief Operating Officer.
FlexFunds [MIAMI, FL] announced the appointment of Daris Hecheverria as Chief Operating Officer. Hechevarria began his career in 2007 at The Procter & Gamble Company in the Finance & Accounting area, followed by an impressive professional path with Microsoft for almost 10 years, where he occupied diverse roles, reaching the position of CFO for Cyprus & Malta, Bulgaria, Macedonia & Kosovo in 2014.
PPL Corporation [ALLENTOWN, PA] (NYSE: PPL) announced the promotion of Vincent Sorgi to President and Chief Operating Officer. Sorgi is a 25-year veteran of the utility industry who has served as PPL’s Chief Financial Officer since June 2014. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sorgi served four years as Vice President and Controller for PPL Corporation and three years as Controller for PPL’s former energy supply and marketing segment. Sorgi began his career at PPL in 2006 as Financial Director of the former PPL Generation subsidiary. Prior to joining PPL, Sorgi worked for Public Service Enterprise Group and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Spartan Motors, Inc. [CHARLOTTE, MI] (NASDAQ: SPAR) announced the appointment of Todd A. Heavin to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Heavin most recently led the Casting Division for American Axle & Manufacturing. During his nine-year term, Heavin served as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer and Division President. Prior to his work at American Axle, Heavin held executive positions at Formtech LLC, and Intermet Corporation, as well as leadership positions at Delphi Automotive and United Technologies Automotive Division.