COO Moves this week include:
|The Ford Foundation||Morphic Therapeutic||Headspace|
|Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy||Gordon Brothers||Thomson Reuters|
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The Ford Foundation [NEW YORK] announced the appointment of Depelsha McGruder as the chief operating officer and treasurer. McGruder will succeed John Bernstein, who served as the foundation’s COO since 2015. McGruder joins the foundation from New York Public Radio, where she served as the chief operating officer. McGruder also served as interim CEO for six months during a transformative leadership transition. Prior to her role at New York Public Radio, McGruder spent 17 years at Viacom in senior leadership positions at both MTV and BET Networks.
Morphic Therapeutic [WALTHAM, MA] (NASDAQ: MORF) announced the appointment of Marc Schegerin, as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Before joining Morphic, Schegerin served as chief financial officer, treasurer and head of strategy & communications at ArQule. Prior to this role, Schegerin served in various senior healthcare investment banking roles at CitiGroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Schegerin has also held industry management roles at Biogen and Sage Therapeutics.
Headspace [SANTA MONICA, CA] announced that CeCe Morken has been appointed to the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer effective April 15, 2020. Morken joins Headspace after 13 years at Intuit, where she most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Strategic Partner Group.
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy [SAN FRANCISCO, CA] announced that Frederic Pla has been named chief operating officer. Pla most recently served as COO at Genomic Health. Pla’s previous experience also includes leadership roles at Life Technologies, GE Healthcare and NASA.
Gordon Brothers [BOSTON, MA] announced the appointment of Laurence Sax as Chief Operating Officer. Sax brings over 30 years of operating, finance, and turnaround and restructuring experience to the firm. Sax comes to Gordon Brothers from Alvarez & Marsal. During his 12 years with Alvarez & Marsal, his responsibilities included interim management appointments (CFO, COO, and CRO), recapitalizations, divestitures, bankruptcies, liquidations, business planning, and cash management. Sax has also previously held positions as a turnaround and restructuring professional at NHB Advisors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as Manager of Finance at Fidelity Investments.