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January 12, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Senate held confirmation hearings for six of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees in what was a busy week on Capitol Hill. Kicking things off on Tuesday, the Senate held its first confirmation hearing of attorney general nominee Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). During the questioning, Sessions stated, if confirmed, he would recluse himself from any investigations over Hillary Clinton’s email server. 
 
Senate Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor that lasted until early Tuesday morning in protest of GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats took over the floor at around 7 p.m. on Monday evening, with Senator Dick Durbun (D-IL) kicking things off by accusing Republicans of hating Obamacare “almost as much as the devil hates holy water.” 
 
Dr. David Shulkin was selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, replacing outgoing Secretary Robert McDonald. Since 2015, Shulkin has led the Veterans Health Administration, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Under Secretary for Health.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Rosalind G. Brewer will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., effective February 1, 2017. She will be succeeded by John Furner, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Sam’s Club.
 
Washington Federal, Inc. announced that Roy M. Whitehead will step down as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017, and continue as Executive Chairman. Brent Beardall, currently President and Chief Banking Officer, will be promoted to President and CEO.
 
Mars, Incorporated has agreed to acquire pet healthcare provider VCA Inc. in a $9.1 billion deal. After the merger is completed, VCA will operate as an independent business unit within the Mars Petcare division, with VCA chief executive Bob Antin remaining at the helm. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Jeremy Merz, formerly a Policy Advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce, is now Vice President, State Affairs at the Western Regional Office of the American Insurance Association.
 
Thomas J. LeBlanc has been appointed the 17th President of George Washington University, effective August 2017. LeBlanc currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Miami, a position he has held since 2005.
 
Dr. Rajiv Shah, previously Administrator, United States Agency for International Development, was named President at Rockefeller Foundation, effective March 1, 2017. 
  
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Media Headlines

Obama White House alumni Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Howard Daniel “Dan” Pfeiffer started a new digital media news site called Crooked Media
 
Gennady Kolker, previously Senior Growth Editor at Fusion, was named Growth Editor at HBO.
 
Clay Chandler was named Time Inc. Executive Editor, International, reporting to Alan Murray, Chief Content Officer and Steve Marcopoto, President, International.
 


Legal Headlines

The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously selected Justice Stephen Markman to be the next Chief Justice of the court. Justice Markman succeeds former Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr., who will remain on the bench.
 
Lauren Crawford Shaver, previously director of expansion states for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, joined Forbes Tate Partners as a partner in the firm’s grassroots practice. She also worked with the Obama Admistration, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for health care at the Department of Health and Human Services.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

General Cable Corporation appointed Juan Picon to be Senior Vice President and President, North America, effective January 26, 2017.
 
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. appointed Timothy Trodden Chief Human Resources Officer.
 
Children’s Minnesota has appointed Marc Gorelick the new President and Chief Operating Officer, effective March 20, 2017.
 
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Foreign Nation Headlines

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as President of Ghana.
 
Bjarni Benediktsson has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Iceland.
 
New Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Ali Alifei Moustapha of Chad, Kairat E. Umarov of Kazakhstan and Neville Melvin Gertze of Namibia each presented their credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres this week.

 

 

 

January 5, 2017

Government Headlines 

With lawmakers back in Washington for the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted on Monday without warning to significantly limit the power of an independent ethics office. The 115th session wasn’t officially gaveled in when House GOP members, led by Representative Robert Goodlatte (R-VA, 6th), announced that the House Republican Conference had approved a change to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE)
 
On Wednesday, the House passed legislation that allows Congress to repeal any rule finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the Obama administration, in a single vote. The Midnight Rule Relief Act passed by a margin of 238-184, despite Democratic opposition. If passed by the Senate and signed by President-elect Trump, the legislation would essentially allow lawmakers to bundle multiple rules and overturn them in a single vote of disapproval. 
 
President-elect Donald Trump announced a number of White House appointments this past week, starting with three Deputy Chiefs of Staff. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On December 30, 2016, HCP, Inc.’s board of directors formally elected Tom Herzog as Chief Executive Officer, as part of a succession plan that was first announced in November. He replaced Mike McKee, who continues as Executive Chairman.
 
Xerox Corporation completed the spin-off of Conduent Incorporated, its business process services business, at the end of 2016. Xerox is now focused on document technology and services. 
 
Gartner, Inc. has agreed to acquire CEB Inc. for $2.6 billion. The merger is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Joshua B. “Josh” Bolten, currently Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC (since 2011) has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Roundtable effective January 23, 2017. 
 
Jessie Roy Robinson, the Executive Director (CSE) of the National Guard Association of Mississippi since 4/1/08, has beennamed the next President of the National Guard Association of the United States. Robinson will begin his transition to NGAUS in February 2017.
 
The Tennessee Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Flora Tydings as the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, effective February 1, 2017.
  
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Media Headlines

Axios announced two additions to its executive team. Timothy J. “Tim” Berry, former Chief of Staff in the Office of the House Majority Leader, and Evan M. Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs, are joining as Executive Vice Presidents.
 
Megyn Kelly announced her departure as Host of “The Kelly File” at FOX News Channel effective this Friday. She joins NBC News as Anchor of a new one hour daytime program to air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months. Kelly will also anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show.
 
At Wired, Nicholas Thompson was named Editor-in-Chief, succeeding Scott Dadich.
 


Legal Headlines

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Craig R. Welling to the Colorado Court of Appeals effective January 16, 2017. Welling replaces former Judge Gale Miller, who retired. 
 
Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP combined effective January 1, 2017, becoming Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Richard M. Alexander, previously chair of Arnold & Porter, will continue as chair of the combined firm.
 
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver completed their merger effective January 1, 2017.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

CNA Financial Corporation appointed Joe Cranny as Vice President of the Minneapolis Branch, effective January 17, 2017.
 
Illumina, Inc. appointed Garret Hampton Executive Vice President of Clinical Genomics, effective January 9, 2017. He succeeds Tristan B. Orpin, who previously announced his intent to step down from the role.
 
Loyola University Medical Center has named John Hart the new Vice President and Chief Integrity Officer.

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December 29, 2016

Government Headlines 

While most lawmakers headed home for the holidays, the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) caused a stir this week by announcing a House rules package for the 115th Congress that, among other things, includes a proposal to penalize members for live streaming video on the House floor. The measure is a response to this summer’s 25-hour sit-in on the House floor carried by Democrats demanding action on gun control.
 
President-elect Donald J. Trump announced Jason Greenblatt to be his Special Representative for International Negotiations. Greenblatt, who has worked for Trump since 1997, is the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President at the Trump Organization, LLC.  
 
President-elect Trump also named Thomas Bossert to be Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Bossert previously served as the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Hershey named Michele Buck as new Chief Executive Officer. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Katherine Bodoh, currently Deputy Executive Director, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the American Gem Society effective March 1, 2017.
 
Alice Greenwald, previously Executive Vice President, Programs and Memorial Museum Director, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at National September 11 Memorial & Museum, effective January 1, 2017. 
 
Stacey D. Stewart, previously U.S. President, United Way Worldwide, was named President at March of Dimes Foundation, effective January 1, 2017.
 
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Media Headlines

At Fox, Tom Lowell, previously Executive Producer of the Kelly File, was named Vice President and Managing Editor, News.
 
The McClatchy Co. acquired The Herald-Sun newspaper in Durham, North Carolina from Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group, which owned it since 2004. 
 
Kimberly Guthrie was named President of Cox Media Group, Inc.
 
At Women’s Wear Daily, Miles Socha, previously Executive Editor, Europe, was named Editor in Chief, replacing Edward Nardoza, who left the position.
 


Legal Headlines

Faiza Saeed is the new Presiding Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Michael Gerstenzang will serve as Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Effective January 1, 2017, Robert Hicks will serve as Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Managing Partner.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

William “Bill” Levis announced that he will retire as President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Power LLC, effective in the third quarter of 2017.
 
Roper Technologies, Inc. completed its acquisition of Deltek, Inc. for $2.8 Billion.
 
McKesson Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of Rexall Health for $2.9 billion CAD. In addition, the company appointed Domenic Pilla Chief Executive Officer of McKesson Canada. 

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December 22, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week, President-elect Trump announced that U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney will be nominated to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House. Mulvaney has represented South Carolina in the House of Representatives since 2011 and currently sits on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
 
This week in congressional news, Senate Minority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the Senate Democratic committee assignments for the 115th Congress on Tuesday. The biggest news from the announcement was the appointments of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to serve on the Committee on Armed Services and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to serve on the Foreign Relations committee. 
 
In other news, president-elect Donald Trump nominated Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC, 5th) to serve as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney, a staunch fiscal conservative, has pushed for cuts on both domestic and defense spending since he was first elected in 2010. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The Priceline Group Inc. named Glenn Fogel Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. He replaces interim CEO Jeff Boyd, who will remain with the company as Executive Chairman. Mr. Fogel currently serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning.
 
Jerome Griffith was named Chief Executive Officer of Lands' End, Inc., effective March 6, 2017. He most recently served as President and CEO of Tumi Holdings, Inc. until August 2016, when Tumi was sold to Samsonite International. 
 
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. completed its acquisition of Carmike Cinemas, Inc. for approximately $1.1 billion on December 21, 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Andrew Hoan, previously Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
 
At Alabama State University, the contract for President Gwendolyn E. Boyd was terminated. Leon C. Wilson was named Interim President.
 
David M. Simas, previously Assistant to the President and Director of Political Strategy and Outreach, The White House Office, was named Chief Executive Officer for The Barack Obama Foundation.
 
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Media Headlines

MSNBC cancelled MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts. Roberts remains at the network.
 
The Washington Post announced its 2017 White House team: Philip Rucker was named Bureau Chief, Dan Eggen was named Editor, Dave Clarke was named Deputy Editor, Ylan Mui was named Economic Policy Writer, and Jenna Johnson, David Nakamura, Ashley Parker, Abby Phillip, and John Wagner were named Reporters.
 
Bloomberg announced the formation of several new teams, as well as a number of promotions.
 
At POLITICO, Steve Heuser was named Editorial Director of Ideas and Features. Blake Hounshell, formerly Digital Editorial Director, was named Editor at POLITICO Magazine.
 


Legal Headlines

This week, Andrew Gould and John Lopez IV were sworn in to the Arizona Supreme Court. The two justices were added to the court due to legislation signed by Governor Doug Ducey in May. The bench now has seven seats as opposed to the original five. 
 
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP hired Michael Stratton as a Senior Policy Director in the firm's Washington, DC office. He previously served in both the Carter and Clinton administrations.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. announced that Frederick G. Stueber will retire as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and will be replaced by Jennifer I. Ansberry effective in April 2017.
 
Biogen Inc. appointed Michel Vounatsos Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective January 6, 2017. He succeeds George A. Scangos, who previously announced his intention to step down once a replacement was named.
 
Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare has appointed Terry Shaw, former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Donald Jernigan who has retired.

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December 15, 2016

Government Headlines 

As the 114th Congress comes to an end, many lawmakers are calling for an investigation into Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 election. On Monday, Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded a full congressional investigation into reports of Russian interference, stating “Senate Democrats will join with our Republican colleagues next year to demand a congressional investigation and hearings to get to the bottom of this.”
 
In election news, three runoff elections took place on Saturday in Louisiana, bringing the 2016 election to a close. In the Senate runoff, Republican John Kennedy defeated Democrat Foster Campbell, giving Republicans a 52-48 majority come January.  In Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Clay Higgins, a former sheriff’s captain who calls himself the “Cajun John Wayne”, trounced Democrat and longtime politician Scott Angelle by 12 points. Republican State Representative Mike Johnson easily defeated Democrat Marshall Jones to represent Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District, succeeding Representative John Fleming (R-LA, 4th) who ran an unsuccessful bid for Senate.
 
President-elect Trump made two more White House appointments this past week. First, he named Gary Cohn to be Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. In this role, Cohn will serve as President-elect Trump’s chief advisor on economic issues.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The Coca-Cola Company announced that James Quincey, a 20-year veteran of the company, will succeed Muhtar Kent as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2017. Mr. Kent will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
 
Monty Moran stepped down as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. this week. Company founder Steve Ells will now serve as the sole CEO, while retaining his Chairman role. 
 
Microsoft Corporation completed its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corporation on December 8, 2016. Jeff Weiner will continue in his role as LinkedIn’s CEO.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Stephen J. “Steve” Caldeira has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Specialty Products Association effective in mid-January 2017.
 
Marjorie Hass has been named the 20th President and first female President of Rhodes College, effective July 1, 2017. Since 2009, she has served as president of Austin College. She succeeds William Troutt, who has served as President since 1999.
 
At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Tonya N. Williams, previously Assistant to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, was named Vice President, Policy, Communications and Knowledge Analytics. 
 
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Media Headlines

John Roberts was named Chief White House Correspondent at FOX News Channel.
 
At the Boston Globe, Douglas E. “Doug” Franklin was named Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, replacing Michael J. “Mike” Sheehan, who has run the paper since 2014. 
 
Julia Ioffe has left POLITICO after a Twitter scandal, effective immediately. 
 
CQ Roll Call promoted three of its executives: Steven Komarow was named Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, CQ News; Matt Mansfield was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer; and  Kris Viesselman was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call. 
 


Legal Headlines

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed James Beene to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Beene replaces former Judge Maurice Portley, who retired.
 
Former Colorado State Senator, Greg Brophy, joined Michael Best Strategies LLC. He will coordinate between the firm’s D.C. team and its western offices.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Adams Resources & Energy, Inc. named Josh Anders as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
 
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced that it will purchase e2v technologies plc for over $785 Million. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017.
 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. appointed William D. Humphries Executive Vice President of Dermatology, effective January 2, 2017. The company also announced that Anne Whitaker will leave the company on January 13, 2017, and Rob Rosiello and Ari Kellen will leave at the end of the 2016. 
 
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Ellis J. Neufeld the new Clinical Director, Physician-in-Chief and Executive Vice President, effective March 2017.
 

 

Foreign Nation Headlines

Paolo Gentiloni has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy.
 
Saulius Skvernelis has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Lithuania.
 
Bill English has been sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
 
Hwang Kyo-ahn is Acting President of South Korea.
 
Doris Leuthard has been elected President of Switzerland.  She will take office on January 1, 2017.
 
Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been elected and sworn in as President of Uzbekistan.
 
 
 
 
 

December 8, 2016

Government Headlines 

President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Dr. Benjamin “Ben” Carson to be the 17th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  Dr. Carson ran for the presidential nomination in the 2016 Republican primaries, but ultimately endorsed his former rival Donald Trump and later joined the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee as Vice Chair.
 
On Monday, December 5, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory conceded defeat to Roy Cooper in the gubernatorial race, ending a nearly four-week long series of district recount petitions. Cooper, the state’s Democratic Attorney General, held a slim lead on election night, and the lead continued to grow as provisional ballots were counted. Unofficial elections results on the North Carolina State board of Elections website showed Cooper with a lead of slightly greater than 10,000 votes, which was the threshold for a statewide recount.
 
Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA, 34th) was nominated to become California’s attorney general. Governor Jerry Brown nominated Becerra, the highest-ranking Latino in Congress, last Thursday to fill the post that will be vacated by Kamala Harris after she is sworn in as U.S. Senator on January 3rd, 2017. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Starbucks Corporation announced that Howard Schultz is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2017. In his new role as Executive Chairman, Mr. Schultz will turn his focus to the development of the company’s new upscale retail format, Starbucks Reserve. 
 
Pentagon Federal Credit Union announced that Bruce E. Kasold will be joining the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation as Chief Operating Officer, effective January 16, 2017. Mr. Kasold, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, served as Chief Judge from 2010 to 2015.
 
China’s HNA Group Co., Ltd. completed its $6 billion acquisition of Ingram Micro Inc. on December 5, 2016. Ingram Micro will continue to be headquartered in Irvine, California, under the leadership of CEO Alan Monié.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Charles J. “Charlie” Carter, formerly Vice President and Chief Structural Engineer (2008-16) has been named President of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. effective Monday December 5th, 2016. 
 
Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeffrey M. “Jeff” Landry has been elected the new Vice President of the National Association of Attorneys General.
 
Patrick Hubert Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, was named Vice President of Programs at Open Society Foundations, effective January 9, 2017.
 
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Media Headlines

Lydia Polgreen was named Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post. Polgreen most recently served as Associate Masthead Editor and Editorial Director for the New York Times Global.
 
Bloomberg Pursuits will cease print publication after its current December issue.
 
At Self, Joyce Chang left her position as Editor in Chief and Carolyn Kylstra, formerly Executive Digital Director, will succeed her. Self will no longer be published in its print format after February, 2017.
 
At The Village Voice, Stephen Mooallem took over as Editor-in-Chief. Stephen Mooallem is the former Interview Magazine Editor-in-Chief and most recently Executive Editor at Harper’s Bazaar.
 


Legal Headlines

Terrence J. Campbell has asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination from consideration as a District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Campbell was nominated in January of 2016. 
 
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP announced that Philippe Johnson will be the firm’s next managing partner in the Montreal office, effective June 1, 2017. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Milestone Aviation Group LLC named Daniel Rosenthal to be President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that Neil Duffin will replace the retiring Tom Walters as President, ExxonMobil Production Company, and that Liam Mallon will replace Duffin as President, ExxonMobil Development Company, all effective January 1, 2017.
 
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. appointed Dipankar Bhattacharjee President and Chief Executive Officer of its Global Generic Medicines Group. 
 
Cancer Treatment Centers of America has appointed Nancy G. Hesse the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Regional Medical Center. 
 

 

Foreign Nation Headlines

Alexander Van der Bellen has been elected Federal President of Austria.  He will be sworn in on January 26, 2017.  Until then, the responsibilities of the Federal Presidency will continue to be assumed by the three Presidents of the National Council.
 
José Luis Fialho Rocha has presented his credentials as Cabo Verde’s new Ambassador to the United Nations.  Rocha was previously his nation’s Ambassador to the United States.  Carlos Wahnon Veiga is Cabo Verde’s new U.S. Ambassador.
 
Manuel Valls has resigned his position as Prime Minister of France.  Bernard Cazeneuve is the new Prime Minister.
 
Matteo Renzi has resigned as Prime Minister of Italy.  He will remain Prime Minister until a new government is formed.
 
John Key has announced his resignation as Prime Minister of New Zealand effective December 12, 2016.
 
Cho Tae-yul has presented his credentials as South Korea’s new Ambassador to the United Nations.
 
Tobias Adrian, currently Senior Vice President and Associate Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been named Financial Counselor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund effective January 3, 2017.
 
 

 

December 1, 2016

Government Headlines 

During the past week, President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate five cabinet secretaries along with many other political appointments. First is U.S. Representative Thomas E. Price, who was tapped to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 
House Democrats held leadership elections on Wednesday. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12th) fended off a challenge from Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH, 13th), and was re-elected House Minority Leader. Pelosi defeated Ryan by a margin of 134-63 in a secret vote conducted in a closed session. 
 
On Tuesday, Representative Sander Levin (D-MI, 9th) announced he will step down as the Ranking Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. In a letter to colleagues, Levin stated he was stepping down to make way for younger members of Congress, and will focus his efforts on trade and health care. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Monster Worldwide, Inc. promoted President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Stoever to Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Tim Yates, who is leaving the company.
 
Rick Medlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fruit of the Loom, Inc., died on November 27th. Mr. Medlin, who had served as CEO since 2010, died of natural causes, according to a company statement. 
 
Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013, was elected to Norfolk Southern Corporation’s board of directors. Mr. Daniels currently serves as President of Purdue University. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Donna Orem is the new President of the National Association of Independent Schools.  She had been Interim President of the association since previous President John E. Chubb passed away last year.
 
Steven J. “Steve” Jurich, formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Home Infusion Association, is now Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.
 
Debra Saunders-White, the 11th Chancellor of North Carolina Central University and the first woman to serve in the position, died on November 26, 2016, following a battle with renal cancer.
 
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Media Headlines

Business Insider launched its new website Business Insider Italia with Giovanni Pons as its Editor.
 
Viacom Inc. expanded the role of Nina Diaz, who became Executive Vice President and Head, Reality Programming at VH-1 earlier this year. She took on the additional responsibility as Executive Vice President and Head, Reality Programming for MTV.
 
At Texas Monthly, Editor-in-Chief Brian Sweany has left his post. Tim Taliaferro was named Editor-in-Chief in his place.
 
Jane Francisco, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, was promoted to Editor of the Lifestyle Group at Hearst Magazines. The Lifestyle Group includes Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Women’s Day. 
 


Legal Headlines

On November 29, 2016, there was a run-off election for a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. The race was close, but attorney John Brady conceded giving the victory to Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin. 
 
Kyle Plotkin, previously a high-ranking aide to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, joined Purple Strategies LLC as a senior director. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

BWX Technologies, Inc. announced that Rex D. Geveden will replace the retiring Peyton S. “Sandy” Baker as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2017.
 
Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. appointed W. Richard Staub, III, President of its Research and Development Solutions business unit, replacing Thomas H. Pike, who is retiring from the company.
 
Verity Health has appointed Jordan Herget as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Louise Regional Hospital and O’Connor Hospital.

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November 23, 2016

Government Headlines 

As the new administration’s transition process moves forward, President-elect Trump announced several nominations this past week, starting with his choice of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to lead the Department of Justice as Attorney General. Sessions has represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate since 1997 and holds notable committee memberships on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on the Budget.
 
President-elect Trump also announced that he will appoint retired United States Army Lieutenant General (LTG) Michael Flynn to be Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, a position commonly referred to as National Security Advisor. LTG Flynn is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Flynn Intel Group, and he served as one of Trump’s key national security advisors during the presidential campaign.
 
Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH, 13th) announced last Thursday that he will challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12th) for the top Democratic post. In a letter to the caucus, the Ohio Democrat said the disastrous election results show the party needs a new direction that can be accomplished only with new leaders. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Cable & Wireless Communications Plc, a recently-acquired subsidiary of Liberty Global plc, has announced that John Reid has been named CEO effective November 7, 2016, since being named interim CEO earlier in the year.
 
CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc. Donnie Smith announced his retirement at the end of the year. He will be replaced by current company President, Tom Hayes. Hayes will remain President until the end of the year. 
 
Boral Limited agreed to acquire Headwaters Inc. for $1.86 billion. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Rebecca Mulholland is now Chief of Staff at the National Air Transportation Association. She continues her additional position as NATA’s Director, Legislative Affairs.
 
Alice Greenwald, Executive Vice President, Programs and Memorial Museum Director, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at National September 11 Memorial and Museum, effective January 1, 2017. 
 
David J. Scullin was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas, effective January 2017.  He replaces Brent E. Christopher.
 
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Media Headlines

At Bloomberg TV, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s politics show on Bloomberg TV, “With All Due Respect,” will end following coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
 
Effective January 1, Sally Buzbee will take on the role of Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at the Associated Press, after serving as Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief since 2010. 
 
Elizabeth “Liz” Vaccariello was named Editor-in-Chief at Parents Magazine and at Fit Pregnancy and Baby magazine. She was formerly Editor-at-Large and Columnist at the Reader’s Digest.
 
At the South China Morning Post, Gary Liu was named Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Yee Cheng “Robin” Hu, effective January 3, 2017.
 


Legal Headlines

The race between Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Pat Fischer and Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell for a seat on the Supreme Court of Ohio remains locked this week. Both sides have started plan for any court challenges that may arise over the final ballots. 
 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced that the firm has elected eleven attorneys as members, effective January 1, 2017. The new partners are Andrew Blau, Abram Ellis, Ian Ho, Michael Holick, Shahpur Kabraji, Parker Kelsey, Xiaohui Lin, Tom Lloyd, Linton Mann III, Benjamin Schaye, and Adam Shapiro.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Dominion Resources, Inc. promoted David A. Christian to be Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, and Mark O. Webb to be Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, effective January 1, 2017.
 
Tesoro Corporation agreed to acquire Western Refining, Inc. for $4.1 Billion. It is expected to close in the first half of 2017.
 
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. appointed Uday Baldota Chief Executive Officer, effective on or about April 1, 2017. He succeeds Kal Sundaram, who previously announced his intent to retire at the end of the year. 

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November 17, 2016

Government Headlines 

With the election over, the focus this week shifted to the President-Elect’s Transition Team (PTT). The already hectic process of setting up a new administration was made even more tumultuous by the removal of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was replaced as Chair by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
 
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was elected Senate Democratic leader, succeeding retiring Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). Schumer appointed Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) as the Assistant Democratic Leader, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was reelected as Senate Democratic Whip. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be joining the Democratic leadership as Chairman of Outreach, a newly created position. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was tapped to serve as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as Chairwoman of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The E.W. Scripps Company announced that Rich Boehne will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer in the second half of 2017, but will continue as Chairman.
 
The MITRE Corporation elected John J. Hamre as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding former U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb. Mr. Hamre served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense from 1997 to 2000. 
 
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. agreed to acquire Harman International Industries, Incorporated for $8 billion. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Charles E. Keegan is the new Chairman of the Air Traffic Control Association. 
 
Martha E. Pollack has been named the 14th President of Cornell University, effective April 17, 2017. 
 
At Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Debora L. Spar, currently President of Barnard College, was named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective mid-March 2017.  She is replacing Jed Bernstein, who resigned earlier this year.
 
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Media Headlines

The New York Observer, owned by Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, ceased its print edition, and changed its name to Observer.
 
Alex Wagner, former Senior Editor of The Atlantic, joined CBS News as Correspondent and Co-Host of “CBS This Morning; Saturday.”
 
Sharon Hoffman was named Executive Producer of Entertainment Tonight and The Inside.
 


Legal Headlines

David Peluso, formerly Chief of Staff to House Republican Conference Chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined Kountoupes | Denham as a principal.
 
The Oklahoma Supreme Court elected Justice Douglas Combs to be the next Chief Justice of the court. Justice Combs will replace outgoing Chief Justice John Reif on December 1, 2016. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

PG&E Corporation elected Geisha Williams to be Chief Executive Officer and President, effective March 1, 2017.
 
Tenet Healthcare Corporation appointed Octavio “Tavi” Diaz Chief Medical Officer, effective December 1, 2016.
 
Christus Mother Frances Hospital has appointed Shelly Johnson the new Chief Executive Officer. She replaces Janet Coates who has stepped down.

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November 10, 2016

Government Headlines 

In a stunning upset, Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on November 8th. The President and Chief Executive Officer of The Trump Organization, LLC defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York. Despite Clinton winning the popular vote and months of predictions that she would become the first female president in U.S. history, Trump came away victorious on election night by winning the major swing states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Leading his transition into the White House will be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, will be sworn in on January 20, 2017. This will be Trump’s first time holding political office.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On November 7, 2016, Verizon Communications Inc. completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group PLC. Fleetmatics will become part of the Verizon Telematics business.
 
Oracle Corporation completed its acquisition of NetSuite Inc. on November 7, 2016.
 
Danaher Corporation completed its acquisition of Cepheid Inc. on November 4, 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Miriam A. Markowitz has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of AABB.  Thomas Hopkins, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, is now Interim CEO.
 
Erin O'Donnell Dotzler, formerly Associate Executive Director, Education, Scientific Affairs, Policy and Meetings at the American Academy of Periodontology, is the new Executive Director. The position has been vacant since the departure last year of former Executive Director John M. Forbes (CSE 2012-2015).
 
Ronald Melton will join the International Association of Venue Managers, Inc. as Chief Operations Officer/Chief Financial Officer in mid-November.
 
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Media Headlines

At The New Yorker, long-time Editor John Bennet will be retiring by the end of the year. Effective November 15, Michael Luo will take on the role of Senior Editor and Investigations Editor. He previously served as Deputy Metro Editor, Investigations and Long-Form Narratives at the New York Times Metropolitan Desk. Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, former Executive Editor of the California Sunday Magazine, was named Senior Editor effective January 2017.
 
Investor's Business Daily named Edward Skolarus Chief Digital Officer.
 
 


Legal Headlines

This week, 28 states held judicial elections that included 58 seats on state supreme courts and 160 seats on intermediate appellate courts.
 
The one seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court was up for election that included Incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds against Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan. Morgan was able to pull off the win and even though the court is non-partisan his win marks a shift in the ideological balance to a Democratic majority. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Endo International plc appointed Terrance J. Coughlin Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and promoted Antonio R. Pera to President of Par Pharmaceutical.
 
Bioventus, LLC appointed Andrew McCartney Managing Director of International for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
 
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. promoted David Stark from Deputy Chief Legal Officer to Chief Legal Officer, replacing Richard Egosi, who is taking a leave of absence.

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November 3, 2016

Government Headlines 

With less than a week until Election Day, some Republican candidates are looking to capitalize on the FBI’s surprise decision to review emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server. Last week’s announcement from FBI Director James Comey has given Republicans a last-second boost in the race for the House and Senate, and they are hoping it will drum up enthusiasm from their voters.

This week, the Department of the Interior (DOI) named new heads for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). At BIA, Weldon “Bruce” Loudermilk will assume the role of Director.

Democratic Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who seemed to be cruising to reelection earlier this year, has now found himself in a tight race against Republican challenger Greg Gianforte.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Viacom Inc. named Robert Bakish acting President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 15, 2016, replacing Thomas Dooley, who is leaving the company. Mr. Dooley has served as interim President and CEO since last August, when Philippe Dauman was ousted as Viacom’s chief executive.
 
David Trulio was named Vice President for International Government Affairs, Operations, and Regional Executive for Latin America at Lockheed Martin International. Mr. Trulio worked in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council from 2006 to 2008.
 
CenturyLink, Inc. has agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications, Inc. in a $34 billion deal. CenturyLink chief executive Glen Post will continue as President and CEO after the merger closes.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Tony J. Conant, the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Supply Management (since 2014), has been named Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Rental Association effective in mid-November 2016. He will be replacing current ARA Chief Executive Officer Christine “Chris” Wehrman (11/20/2000), who is retiring at that time.
 
Mun Y. Choi has been appointed President of the University of Missouri System, effective March 1, 2017. Choi currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut, a position he has held since 2012. 
 
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Media Headlines

At The Deal, Jeffrey Davis was named President. Prior to taking the job, he served as Managing Director and Global Head of Client Strategy at Barclays Investment Bank from 2014-2016.
 
Alexis Gelber has been named Editor in Chief at Straus Media-Manhattan, a chain of community newspapers that includes titles like Our Town, The West Side Spirit and Chelsea News.
 
At the Associated Press, Kim Johnson Flodin was named News Editor, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
 
At POLITICO, Paul Volpe was named Executive Editor. Volpe comes to the company from The New York Times, where he most recently served as Deputy Politics Editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for digital.
 
Neal Carruth was named General Manager of Podcasting at NPR, a new position, after seventeen years in various roles at the company. 
 

Legal Headlines

This week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Clyde L. Reese to be Judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. Reese is currently the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. He will replace Judge Herbert Phipps effective December 1, 2016. 
 
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver announced plans to combine. Post-merger, the firm will retain the Baker Donelson name. The combination is currently expected to take effect on January 1, 2017.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

EQT Corporation announced that Steven T. Schlotterbeck would succeed David L. Porges as Chief Executive Officer, effective in the first quarter of 2017.
 
Exterran Corporation announced that Jon C. Biro has resigned as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and have appointed David A. Barta to replace him in that role effective November 7, 2016.
 
General Electric Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced an agreement to merge GE Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes, worth $32 Billion. The transaction is expected to close in the middle of 2017.
 
HealthSouth Corporation announced that Jay Grinney will retire as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at the end of 2016. He is succeeded by Mark J. Tarr, who will be promoted from Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
 
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging appointed Edward O. Lanphier, III, President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Brian Kennedy who has resigned from the position.

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October 27, 2016

Government Headlines 

With two weeks left until the general election, Republicans are making a last ditch effort to save their majority in Congress. House Republicans are worried that Donald Trump’s presidential collapse has hurt the GOP’s hopes of keeping its losses in the single digits. Some senior House Republicans are worried Democrats could win as many as 20 seats, which would cut deep into their 30 seat majority.

This week, the Smithsonian Institution (SI) announced the selection of David Rubenstein as the next Chair of the agency’s Board of Regents. Rubenstein will begin his three-year term on January 31, 2017, replacing current Chair John McCarter.

Democrat Colin Van Ostern has taken a slight lead in the polls over Republican Chris Sununu as the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire comes down to the final weeks. A recent poll from Monmouth gave Van Ostern a 48 percent to 43 percent advantage over Sununu, and a poll from WMUR/University of New Hampshire puts Ostern’s lead at 44 to 38.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Ericsson named board member Börje Ekholm as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 16, 2017, replacing interim CEO Jan Frykhammar. Mr. Ekholm most recently served as CEO of Patricia Industries. Before that, he was President and CEO of Investor AB from 2005 and 2015.
 
Paul M. O’Brien was named Vice President of Ethics and Compliance at TK Holdings, Inc. (THK), a subsidiary of Takata Corporation. Mr. O’Brien joins Takata from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served most recently as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division.
 
AT&T Inc. reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion in a deal that will bring together AT&T’s TV, mobile and broadband capabilities with Time Warner’s content. The merger is expected to be completed before the end of 2017, subject to approval by Time Warner shareholders. The transaction, which is already facing political opposition, will also need to clear steep regulatory hurdles.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The International Franchise Association has announced several staff promotions including:  Scott Lehr, who is now Executive Vice President, Development, Marketing and Conferences, Matthew “Matt” Haller, who is now Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Elizabeth Taylor, who is now Chief Legal Officer and Chief of Staff, and Paul Rocchio, who is now Vice President, Development and Member Services.
 
Jeremy Travis, President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has announced that he will step down effective August 1, 2017. Travis has served as President since 2004. 
 
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Media Headlines

Curt Schilling joins Breitbart News Network as Host of a new radio show “Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling.”
 
At The New York Times, Jim Yardley was named Europe Editor for The New York Times International Edition, succeeding Dick Stevenson, who served as Europe Editor for the past three and a half years. Stevenson’s next appointment will be announced soon. Jim Yardley was previously the Rome Bureau Chief for the paper.
 
Karen Mracek, a Federal Reserve Board Reporter for Market News International, was promoted to Acting Managing Editor for the global news service. Jean Yung took over as Federal Reserve Board Reporter.
 
Rob Daumeyer was named Interim Editor-in-Chief of the Silicon Valley Business Journal, succeeding Scott Ard who left the journal.
 

Legal Headlines

United States Magistrate Judge David D. Noce was reappointed to his sixth, eight-year term, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The reappointment makes Judge Noce the longest serving magistrate judge in the U.S. federal courts.
 
Dentons opened a new office in Sacramento, CA, which will serve as the headquarters for the firm’s California public policy, transactional and litigation practices. The new office will be anchored by Marc Burgat, a principal in the public policy and regulation practice.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Norsk Hydro ASA announced that Alberto Fabrini has stepped down as Executive Vice President and Head of Hydro’s Bauxite & Alumina and has been replaced in an acting capacity by Eivind Kallevik.
 
ALLETE, Inc. appointed Robert J. “Bob” Adams to be Chief Financial Officer, effective March 4, 2017.
 
EQT Corporation has agreed to purchase Trans Energy, Inc. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
 
Adena Health System has announced that Mark Shuter is stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Hylant Group, Inc. appointed Debbie Fischer Vice President and Property and Casualty Service Leader. She most recently served as the company’s Vice President of Client Services. 

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October 20, 2016

Government Headlines 

With just three weeks until the general election, Democratic leaders are predicting huge gains in both chambers of Congress, and are growing more confident they can gain control of the Senate. On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12th) told reporters in the Capitol that she predicts House Democrats will pick up at least 25 seats.
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) selected Dr. John Zangardi to be its new Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. He started early October and reports to Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen. Zangardi was previously the Department of the Navy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for C4I and Space Programs.

Vermont gubernatorial candidates Phil Scott and Sue Minter went head-to-head in the race’s final debate held on Tuesday, October 18 in Burlington. Republican Phil Scott, the current Lieutenant Governor, stressed a need to limit budget spending growth, while Democrat Sue Minter spoke about the need for greater mental health services. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Visa Inc. named board member Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2016. He succeeds Charlie Scharf, who is resigning “because he could no longer spend the time in San Francisco necessary to do the job effectively,” according to a company press release.

Debra A. Crew was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Reynolds American Inc., effective January 1, 2016, succeeding Susan M. Cameron, who will remain with the company as Executive Chairman. Ms. Crew currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, a subsidiary of Reynolds American.

SUPERVALU has agreed to sell its Save-A-Lot business to private equity firm Onex Corporation for $1.365 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed by January 31, 2017, pending receipt of regulatory approvals. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Advertising Council Inc. announced the addition of twelve members to its Board of Directors.
The American Bankers Association has installed its new Board of Directors, led by Chairman Dorothy A. Savarese, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. She is only the second woman to head the ABA Board.
 
Steve Wrigley has been named Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, effective January 1, 2017. Wrigley had previously been announced as Interim Chancellor on August 10, following current Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby’s announcement that he would retire on December 31. 
 
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Media Headlines

Erin Keane was promoted from Culture Editor to Managing Editor at Salon.com.

Billy Bush, the host on NBC's "TODAY," left the show this week, following his involvement in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" videotape with Donald Trump.
 
Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger, the son of New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., was named Deputy Publisher. A.G. Sulzberger previously served as Associate Editor at the Metro Desk.
 
Jason Feifer was promoted from Executive Editor to Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine. 
 

Legal Headlines

Mayer Brown LLP announced that Daniel L. Stein, previously Chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, will be joining the firm on November 28, 2016 as a partner in the firm’s New York, NY office.

McBee Strategic Consulting changed its name to SIGNAL Group, LLC. The new name reflects the departure of founder Steve McBee, who left two years ago, and the subsequent acquisition of the firm by Wiley Rein LLP.
 
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Paul McMurdie to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. McMurdie replaces Judge John C. Gemmill, who retired.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Caterpillar Inc. announced that Doug Oberhelman will step down as Chief Executive Officer and will be replaced by D. James “Jim” Umpleby, effective March 31, 2017.
 
CNA Financial Corporation appointed John Kaas to be Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Zone Officer, and also appointed Laurie Munson as Vice President, Global Services.
 
SIGA Technologies, Inc. appointed Phil Gomez Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Eric Rose, who will continue with the company as Executive Chairman.
 
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. appointed Elizabeth Miller State President of Florida. She succeeds Gregg MacDonald, who now overseas Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
 
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock has named Dr. Richard Turnage the new Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs and Chief Executive Officer for its Medical Center. 

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October 13, 2016

Government Headlines 

With less than a month until the general election, Republican congressional leaders have gone into crisis mode, distancing themselves from their presidential nominee, Donald Trump. With new polls showing Trump trailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton badly, many Republicans fear that their majorities in Congress are in jeopardy.

18F, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) office tasked with helping federal agencies build and share digital services, lost its Executive Director this week. Aaron Snow, who ran 18F since April 2015, is moving to the GSA’s Technology Transformation Service (TTS) to become an Advisor.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a series of major staff changes within the Office of the Governoron Monday, October 10, 2016. Chris Benge, who is currently serving as both Secretary of State and Secretary of Native American Affairs, will become Gov. Fallin’s new Chief of Staff. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

John G. Stumpf resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company just over a month after the company was fined $185 million for illegal sales practices. Timothy J. Sloan, Wells Fargo’s President and Chief Operating Officer, was named President and CEO. 

Brad Carson joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a Senior Advisor to its Public Sector Practice. Mr. Carson served as Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness from April 2015 until June 2016. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2005, representing Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District.

On October 11, 2016, Molson Coors Brewing Company completed its $12 billion acquisition of SABMiller plc’s 58% stake in MillerCoors LLC. MillerCoors was formed in 2008 as a joint venture between Molson and SABMiller.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Alethia Baggett has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the American Bankers Association effective October 14th.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association has installed its 2016-17 Executive Committee. David S. Zachry of Zachry Construction Corporation was re-elected Chairman.

Samuel Olens has been named President of Kennesaw State University, effective November 1, 2016. Olens currently serves as the Attorney General for the State of Georgia, a position he was appointed to in 2011. 
 
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Media Headlines

Liz Heron has left her position as Executive Editor at The Huffington Post

At Fusion, Dodai Stewart, previously Executive Editor, was named Editor-in-Chief of Fusion.net.  She succeeded Alexis Madrigal who is now Editor-at-Large for the website. 

At Chicago Sun-Times, Chris Fusco was promoted from State of Illinois and Investigative Reporter to Managing Editor. Steve Warmbir, former Metro Editor, was named Director of Digital and Editorial Innovation.

At The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, previously National Correspondent since 2007, was named Editor-in-Chief. 
 
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Legal Headlines

Norton Rose Fulbright announced that Daryl L. Lansdale, Jr. will serve as the firm’s next US Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2017, succeeding Linda L. Addison. He will also be succeeding Ms. Addison as Chair of the US Management Committee on the same date. Mr. Lansdale currently serves as head of the firm’s US Business Law Practice.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Lyn Stuart was elevated to acting Chief Justice. Justice Stuart replaces former Chief Justice Roy Moore as a result of his suspension for the remainder of his term. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Georgia Power Company elected Meredith Lackey to be General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary.

Duke Energy Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell Duke Energy Brazil to China Three Gorges Corporation for $1.2 Billion, and it has also agreed to sell Duke Energy Argentina to I Squared Capital for that same amount.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. announced that Michael Rogers has resigned as Chief Financial Officer. David Lawrence has assumed the additional role of Principal Accounting Officer.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced on October 6, 2016, that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Inc., a subsidiary of Care1st Health Plan, Inc., for approximately $157.5 million.

Skiff Medical Center has announced that Brett Altman is stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2, 2017. 

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October 6, 2016

Government Headlines 

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is suffering major blowback from a comment she made Monday evening calling Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump a role model for children. Ayotte’s comment came during a televised Senate debate against Governor Maggie Hassan, who is mounting a competitive bid to unseat her.

The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, announced that his last day will be October 28, 2016. Mayorkas started as Deputy Secretary in December of 2013 and has served as DHS’s second-in-command for the past 34 months.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced that Deryl Schuster will resign from his position as head of the Office of the State Bank Commissioner at the beginning of November. Schuster has served in this role, which regulated state-chartered banks, since being appointed by Gov. Brownback in March of 2014.  
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Alion Science and Technology Corporation named Christopher Zember as its new Chief Technology Officer. Zember will be joining the company from the U.S. Department of Defense, where he serves as Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy.

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has agreed to acquire Promontory Financial Group, which will operate as a subsidiary of IBM. The acquisition is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Cabela’s Incorporated has agreed to be acquired by Bass Pro Shops, Inc. for $5.5 billion. The combined company will be privately held, with Bass Pro Shops Chief Executive Officer Johnny Morris remaining at the helm.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

William R. Vanecek, the Director of Aviation at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, is the new Chair of Airports Council International-North America.

The American Society of Plant Biologists has installed its new Executive Committee. Sally A. Mackenzie of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the new President effective October 1st.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 2016-17 Board of Directors has been installed. David C. Beyer is the new Chair.
 
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Media Headlines

Jim Miklaszewski, Chief Pentagon Correspondent for NBC News, retired this week.

Jill Jorden Spitz, a former Society of American Business Editors and Writers President, was named Editor of the Arizona Daily Star.

At Thomson Reuters, Tiffany Wu, former Americas Desk Editor, was promoted to Managing Editor for News, Americas.

At Vanity Fair, Jessica Diehl was promoted from Fashion and Style Director to Creative Director for Fashion and Style. 
 
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Legal Headlines

Former U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY, 1st) joined Farragut Partners LLP as a principal. The firm specializes in energy, health care and telecommunications.
 
This week, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled that Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore violated the states canon of judicial ethics by telling local judges they could refuse to allow same-sex couples to wed. The court voted unanimously to suspend Chief Justice Moore for the remainder of his term, which expires in 2019. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

AECOM appointed Randall A. Wotring as President, Technical and Operational Services. John C. Vollmer will replace him as President, Management Services. The company also appointed Mark Whitney to be Chief Operating Officer for its Nuclear and Environment Strategic Business Unit.

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that Jack Balagia will step down as Vice President and General Counsel, to be replaced by Randall Ebner, effective November 1, 2016.

Prothena Corporation plc promoted Gene G. Kinney from Chief Scientific Officer to President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Dale B. Schenk, who recently passed away.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced that H. James Dallas, consultant and former Senior Vice President of Quality and Operations for Medtronic, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Parkridge Health System has announced that Darrell Moore is retiring as Chief Executive Officer, by December of this year.

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September 29, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, Congress voted Wednesday to overturn a veto from President Barack Obama of a bill that would allow the families of terrorist victims to sue governments suspected of sponsoring terrorism. The Senate voted 97-1 in favor of the override, and several hours later the House followed suit voting 348-77 in favor of overturning the veto, the first time in President Obama’s tenure. 
 
At the Department of State (DOS), President Obama nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years. DeLaurentis is already the highest ranking official at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, where he has served as Chargé d’Affaires since 2015. 
 
Dawnna Dukes announced on Monday that she will be retiring from the Texas House of Representativeseffective January 10, 2017. 
 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Linda K. Zecher resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company(HMH). She was replaced by former Wall Street Journal Publisher L. Gordon Crovitz, who will serve as interim CEO. Crovitz has served as a member of HMH’s board since 2012.
 
USG Corporation named Jennifer F. Scanlon President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2016. She succeeds James S. Metcalf, who is retiring at the end of October. Steven F. Leer, USG’s Lead Director, will replace Metcalf as Chairman of the Board.

Lands’ End, Inc. announced the resignation of Federica Marchionni as President and Chief Executive Officer, after less than two years in the role. Joseph M. Boitano and James F. Gooch were named interim Co-CEOs. Boitano is Lands’ End’s Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Design Officer. Gooch, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer, is a former CEO of RadioShack Corporation.

Brad Weston was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., effective February 1, 2017. He will succeed James M. Myers, who will continue as Chairman. Weston currently serves as President and Chief Merchant.

Marriott International, Inc. completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. on September 23, 2016. Three former Starwood board members, Bruce Duncan, Eric Hippeau and Aylwin Lewis, have joined Marriott’s board of directors. 

 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Devin A. Jopp, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer for the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the American College Health Associationeffective October 1, 2016.
 
Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor of the University of Kansas, has announced that she will step down from her position in summer 2017. She has served in the position since August of 2009. She previously served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gray-Little is the 17th Chancellor of the University of Kansas, as well as both the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position.
 
 
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Media Headlines

Andrew Golis was named General Manager of Vox.com at Vox Media.
 
At the Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara, previously Television Critic and Senior Culture Editor, was named Assistant Managing Editor for Arts and Entertainment.  

 
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Legal Headlines

Archer & Greiner announced that former Philadelphia city solicitor Shelley Smith has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment practices.

 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Endo International plc appointed Paul V. Campanelli President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He had previously been serving as President of its Par Pharmaceutical division. Campanelli succeeds Rajiv De Silva, who has stepped down from his position.

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September 22, 2016

Government Headlines 

The Senate voted Tuesday evening to advance a “shell bill” that eventually will be used to fund the government through December 9 and combat the Zika virus.
 
President Obama nominated Justin Siberell to be the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Ambassador at Large at the Department of State. Siberell has been acting in this position since early this year.
 
Iowa State Senator Joe Seng passed away on September 16, 2016. Seng, a Democrat representing eastern Iowa’s District 45, had been battling cancer for the last two years. 
 
Two leaders in the New York Police Department were sworn in this week.  On September 19, James O’Neill was sworn in as Police Commissioner and Carlos Gomez was sworn in as Chief of Department.  O’Neill replaces William Bratton who had served as Commissioner since 2014.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Univision Communications Inc. named Raju Narisetti Chief Executive Officer of Gizmodo Media Group (GMG), formerly known as Gawker Media. Narisetti, currently Senior Vice President of Strategy at News Corporation, will join GMG in late October. 

John Boehner was elected to Reynolds American Inc.’s board of directors. Boehner served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. has agreed to acquire Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. in a $1.7 billion deal. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.  Two Isle of Capri board members will join Eldorado’s board after the transaction is completed.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has changed its name to NCTA – The Internet & Television Association.

James R. Stellar has been named Interim President of the University of Albany, following the departure of Robert J. Jones, who will become the Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective next week. Stellar has served as Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Albany since February of 2015.
 
At Catholic Relief Services, Sean Callahan, Chief Operating Officer, was named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. He will be succeeding Carolyn Woo.

Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President at United Way Worldwide, was named President at March of Dimes Foundation, succeeding Jennifer L. Howse.  Effective November 7, 2016, she will begin transitioning as President and then assume all duties effective on January 1, 2017.

 
 
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Media Headlines

Matt Bean, previously Senior Vice President of Editorial Innovation at Time Inc., was named Vice President and Editor in Chief at Men’s Health

Nora Barak, previously Head of Social Media at the New York Post, was named Engagement Editor at New York Magazine.

Wendy Turner, Vice President of Digital and Technical Operations at WBEZ-FM, was named Executive Director and General Manager at WKSU-FM.  She begins her new role on October 31, 2016. 

 
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Legal Headlines

The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously elected Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier as its next Chief Justice. Justice Karmaier will succeed current Chief Justice Rita B. Garman effective October 26, 2016.

Jonathan Meyer, the former Department of Homeland Security Deputy General Counsel, has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a partner. 

Ira J. Coleman was elected the next Chairman of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, effective January 1, 2017. He’ll be succeeding Jeffrey E. Stone and Peter J. Sacripanti, who will be stepping down as Co-Chairmen after eight years.

 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power Company appointed Jack Bonnikson to be a Communications Manager.

General Electric Company announced the following appointments: Ramesh Singaram was promoted to be Vice President, Commercial, for GE’s Power Services business and Thomas J. McGuinness was appointed Vice President and Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer for GE Healthcare.

3M Company appointed Mojdeh Poul as President and General Manager, 3M Canada.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation announced that Lizanne C. Gottung will retire as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at the end of 2016. She will be succeeded by Scott Boston, who will be promoted to the position from Vice President of Human Resources.

Johnson & Johnson announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Abbott Medical Optics from Abbott Laboratories for $4.325 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.

 

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September 15, 2016

Government Headlines 

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the first woman and African-American Librarian of Congress on Wednesday. Hayden takes charge at a time when the library is transitioning into the digital age, and emphasized the need to move the institution forward and make its 162 million items more accessible in her remarks during the swearing-in ceremony.
 
The Obama Administration announced retired Brigadier General Gregory J. Touhill as the first ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer, a position based out of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House.
 
Delaware and New Hampshire became the final two states to host a gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, September 13. Delaware State Treasurer Colin Bonini claimed nearly 70 percent of the vote to defeat retired state trooper Lacey Lafferty in the Republican race. Bonini will face U.S. Representative John Carney, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Rich Battista was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Time Inc., replacing Joe Ripp, who remains with the company as Executive Chairman.
 
Ira “Gus” Hunt was named head of the cybersecurity practice at Accenture Federal Services. Hunt retired in 2013 from the CIA, where he served as Chief Technology Officer.
 
Bayer AG reached a deal this week to acquire Monsanto Company for $66 billion. After the merger closes, the combined Seeds & Traits and North American commercial business will be based in St. Louis, MO, where Monsanto is headquartered. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Frank J. Purcell, currently Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Nurse-Midwives effective October 17, 2016.
 
Erik Balsbaugh, formerly a Senior Associate at Dewey Square Group, has joined the American Gaming Association as Vice President, Public Affairs.
 
Irving Washington, Deputy Director at Online News Association, was named Executive Director replacing Jane McDonnell, effective January 1, 2017.
 
At National Dance Institute, Traci Lester was named Executive Director, replacing Kathy Landau.
 
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Media Headlines

Joanna Coles, previously Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan since 2012, was named Chief Content Officer at Hearst Magazines.
 
At Vox.com, Christopher Shea becomes Senior Editor, The Big Idea.
 
At the Sun Sentinel, former Business Editor Randy Roguski was promoted to Metro Editor.
 
Mark Bergen, previously Senior Editor at Re/Code, was named Technology Reporter of Bloomberg Tech at Bloomberg News
 
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Legal Headlines

Brian McKeon, most recently legislative director and acting chief of staff for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP as a senior policy advisor. He’ll be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, working in its government relations department.
 
Former Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, joined Dentons as a consultant working out of the firm’s Calgary office. He’ll be advising clients on issues such as market access and maximizing value in global markets.
 
President Obama nominated Diane Gujarati to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Linde AG announced that Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Büchele will step down from his position, effective April 2017.
 
Spire Inc. completed its acquisition of EnergySouth, Inc. from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for $320 million.
 
Acelity L.P., Inc. announced that Tom Casey will resign as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective September 16, 2016. Todd Wyatt, Vice President of Global Corporate Finance, will serve as interim Chief Financial Officer until a replacement has been named.
 
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that scientists Bonnie L. Bassler and Huda Y. Zoghbi have been appointed to its Board of Directors.
 
San Joaquin Community Hospital has announced the departure of Doug Duffield who will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 30, 2016. Sharlet Briggs, the current Chief Operating Officer, will be assuming his responsibilities on an interim basis. 

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September 8, 2016

Government Headlines 

As Congress returned from its summer recess, Senate Democrats blocked a bill aimed at combating the Zika virus over divisive language targeting Planned Parenthood. Democrats, who blocked similar legislation back in June, voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to prevent the bill from moving forward.

This past week, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. hired David Bossie as Deputy Campaign Manager. Bossie is the President of the conservative Citizens United Super PAC LLC, a position he has held since 2001.

Donald Trump faced allegations this week that his foundation donated $25,000 to Florida Attorney GeneralPamela Bondi in 2013 to persuade her not to join an investigation into Trump University. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

James P. Snee was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hormel Foods Corporation, effective October 31, 2016. Snee, currently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeds Jeffrey M. Ettinger, who will remain Chairman.

Charter Communications, Inc. named Elizabeth Biley Andrion Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. She previously spent 10 years working at the Federal Communications Commission, where she served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

Johnson Controls, Inc. and Tyco International plc completed their merger on September 2, 2016, forming Johnson Controls International plc. Johnson Controls CEO Alex A. Molinaroli continues to lead the combined company. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Darilyn V. Moyer, formerly Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, is the new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians effective September 6, 2016.

Allyson K. Anderson Book, formerly Associate Director for Strategic Engagement, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Office of the Assistant Secretary, United States Department of the Interior, is the new Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute effective September 6, 2016.

Marvin Krislov, President of Oberlin College, has announced that he will step down from his post on June 30, 2017. Krislov has served as President since 2007. 
 
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Media Headlines

At Fusion, Justine Gubar, previously Producer of Outside the Lines at ESPN, inc. since 2000, was named Supervising Producer of Investigations, Catherine Dunn was named Investigative Reporter, and Deirdra Funcheon was named Digital Investigations Writer. 

Charlie Cooper, previously Whitehall and Health Correspondent at The Independent, was named Brexit Reporter at POLITICO Europe based in London. 

Ellen Levine is leaving her position as Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines at the end of 2016.  
 
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Legal Headlines

President Obama nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
 
The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously elected current Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines to become the its next Chief Justice. Also unanimously elected was Justice Harold D. Melton to become the next Presiding Justice. Both will begin their new roles effective January 6, 2017. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

The Andersons, Inc. appointed Anthony Lombardi to be Chief Information Officer.

First Solar Inc. announced that James A. Hughes has stepped down from the board as a Director.

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. appointed Mark J. Gergen Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Novo Nordisk A/S promoted Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen from Executive Vice President to President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016.

The University Hospitals Parma Medical Center has announced the resignation of Nancy Tinsley as President of the organization, effective September 16, 2016. 

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September 1, 2016

Government Headlines 

Arizona and Florida held their primaries on Tuesday, containing many high-profile races. In Arizona, SenatorJohn McCain (R-AZ) scored a decisive victory over challenger Kelli Ward in the Republican Senate primary, winning by double digits. In Florida, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Patrick Murphy (D-FL, 18thwill face each other in November in a long awaited showdown.

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. hired Bill Stepien as national field director. Stepien is a longtime Republican operative who managed both of Chris Christie’s campaigns for New Jersey Governor. He was also national field director for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in 2007-2008.

On Tuesday, August 30, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment of State Representative Bill Gossage as his new Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations. Gossage will work alongside Ateca Williams, who was hired as Deputy Chief of Staff for Internal Operations in July.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Fred's Inc. named Michael K. Bloom as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Jerry A. Shore, who will continue as an advisor until February 2017 and remain on the company’s board of directors thereafter.

Michael L. Davis has joined T. Rowe Price as Head of Defined Contribution Plan Specialists for its Institutional business. Davis previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Employee Benefits Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor from 2009 to 2012.

Westlake Chemical Corporation completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of Axiall Corporation on August 31, 2016. The combined company is expected to generate revenues of over $7 billion. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Shervan A. Sebastian, formerly a Legislative Analyst at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, is now Senior Manager, Government and Political Affairs at Airports Council International-North America.

Allyson K. Anderson Book, the Associate Director for Strategic Engagement, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the United States Department of the Interior, has been named Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute effective September 6th.

At FWD.us, Trevor Kincaid, previously Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs in the Executive Office of the President, was named Senior Communications Strategist. 
 
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Media Headlines

At VICE, Alberto Riva has left his position as Managing Editor of Vice News and Mary H.K. Choi was named Culture Correspondent for Vice News Tonight.

Charles Osgood is retiring as Anchor of CBS Sunday Morning at CBS News after 22 years.  His last day will be September 25, 2016 and he will continue to Anchor his show on CBS Radio. 

The Washington Post announced that Griff Witte, current London Bureau Chief, will become Berlin Bureau Chief effective next summer.

Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Joe Levy joined The Village Voice as Editor-in-Chief. He will continue to contribute to Rolling Stone while he fills in at the Voice. 
 
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Legal Headlines

Venable LLP announced that Stuart P. Ingis will succeed James L. Shea as the firm's Chair in February 2017. Mr. Ingis will serve as Chair-Elect until February 1, 2017, when he will become Chair. Mr. Shea will then serve as Chair Emeritus.
 
Andrews Kurth announced that 55 lawyers from Kenyon & Kenyon will join its intellectual property and technology practice in early September. The merged practice group and certain offices will market as Andrews Kurth Kenyon.

David Lowy and Kimberly Budd were sworn in as Justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. With the start of the Justices Lowy and Budd, the court is now officially back at full strength after three justices retired earlier this summer. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

GE Capital announced that Richard A. Laxer will become President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing the retiring Keith S. Sherin.

The Williams Companies, Inc. appointed Stephen Bergstrom, Scott Sheffield, and William Spence to its board of directors.

Eli Lilly and Company announced that Jamere Jackson, Chief Financial Officer of Nielsen Holdings, has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective October 1, 2016.

Rush University Medical Center has appointed Angelique L. Richard the new Vice President for Clinical Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota promoted Dana Erickson from Senior Director to Vice President of Case Management and appointed Erin Satterwhite Vice President of Innovation. 

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August 25, 2016

Government Headlines 

Paul Manafort resigned as Donald J. Trump for President’s chairman, a day after Trump named a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and a chief executive, Stephen Bannon. The Trump campaign has gone through a series of leadership changes. In June, Trump fired his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

Lawmakers are clashing with the pharmaceutical company Mylan over the price hike of their flagship product, the EpiPen. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to Mylan’s CEO this week seeking information on the company’s pricing practices, and any analysis related to pricing or market share of the EpiPen.

On Thursday, August 18, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf nominated state Inspector General Bruce Beemer to serve as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The nomination came one day after Kathleen Kane resigned from the Attorney General seat following her conviction for perjury and other crimes. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The battle for control over Viacom Inc. finally came to an end, with Sumner M. Redstone and his daughter Shari E. Redstone (Viacom’s Chairman Emeritus and Vice Chairman respectively) emerging as the victors. Philippe P. Dauman agreed to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer, but will continue as Non-Executive Chairman until September 13, 2016.

Office Depot, Inc. announced that Roland C. Smith plans to retire as Chief Executive Officer once his successor is named, but will continue as Chairman of the Board. The company expects to name a new CEO by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

On August 22, 2016, Comcast Corporation announced that its NBCUniversal division has completed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Stephen J. Welch, the Senior Vice President, Publications and Digital Content, has been asked to serve as Interim Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Chest Physicians through June 30, 2017.

The Case Management Society of America has installed its new Board of Directors, led by President Mary McLaughlin-Davis.

Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. has announced that he will step down as President of the University of Scranton, effective June 1, 2017. Quinn is the 25th President of the university and was appointed to the position in 2011. 
 
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Media Headlines

Bubba Atkinson has left his position as Editor-in-Chief at the Independent Journal Review.

Nancy Han, previously Executive Producer of ABC News Now at ABC News, was named Senior Producer of CBS This Morning at CBS News.

Lilia Castillo Jones, Publisher of the Valley Morning Star since 2012, was named President and Publisher of the El Paso Times and the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Former NPR Producer Alicia Montgomery joined WAMU-FM to serve as the newsroom’s Editorial Director.
 
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Legal Headlines

John Squires, previously Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Goldman, Sachs & Co., joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York, NY Office.

Joshua Teitelbaum, who was recently Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials for the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as counsel.

The Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously elected Justice Jeff Bivins to be the next Chief Justice effective September 1, 2016. He replaces former Chief Justice Sharon Gail Lee, who will remain on the court. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Marathon Oil Corporation announced that J.R. Sult will retire as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, with Pat Wagner replacing him in the interim.

Rowan Companies plc appointed Charles L. Szews to its board of directors.

Telesta Therapeutics Inc. announced on August 24, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. The transaction is expected to close in early November 2016.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. appointed Paul S. Herendeen Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Robert L. Rosiello, who will continue as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy.

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. announced that Judy Bruner, retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SanDisk Corporation, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. 

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August 11, 2016

Government Headlines 

Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin held congressional primaries on Tuesday, with the biggest news coming of Wisconsin’s 1stSpeaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) crushed his primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, capturing 85% of the vote.

It was an odd week for the presidential election as Evan McMullin threw his hat into the race. A relative unknown outside of the Beltway, McMullin was a staffer with the U.S.House of Representatives for close to four years.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Roger Millar to serve as Secretary of theWashington State Department of Transportation, effective immediately. Millar had been serving as Deputy Secretary of the agency since last October and as Acting Secretary since February. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Scientific Games Corporation named Kevin M. Sheehan, former Chief Executive Officer and President of Norwegian Cruise Line, as its new CEO and President. He succeeds Gavin Isaacs, who remains with the company as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

AAR CORP. named Marcus D. Jadotte as its new Vice President of Public Affairs. Jadotte joins AAR from the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis for the International Trade Administration.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced a deal to acquire Jet.com, Inc. for $3 billion in an attempt to challenge Amazon’s dominance in e-commerce. Walmart.com and Jet will continue to operate as separate brands after the acquisition closes.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Charles J. “Charlie” Carter, formerly Vice President and Chief Structural Engineer (2008-16) has been named President of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc. effective in December 2016.
The Conference Board, Inc. announced the election of George S. Barrett, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., as Vice Chairman.

Following a lengthy investigation into accusations of nepotism, public relations missteps and misuse of university funds, Linda Katehi has resigned as Chancellor of University of California, Davis

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Media Headlines

At Law360.com, Anne Urda, previously Co-Managing Editor, is replacing Cat Fredenburgh as Editor-in-Chief.

Effective January 2017, Gerald F. “Jerry” Seib, the long-time Washington Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, will transition into the role of Executive Washington Editor and Chief Commentator. 
Rick Joyce was named Interim Executive Producer of “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider,” succeeding Brad Bessey, who left the programs.

Dave Strickland was named News Director at KPRC-TV.

 
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Legal Headlines

Terrance D. Carroll, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, joined Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC as an attorney in the firm’s Denver, CO Office.

Foster Swift announced that Richard Dietz and Michael Liddane have joined the firm’s Transportation Practice as senior attorneys.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Steven Taylor announced his retirement effective December 31, 2016. Taylor has served as Justice since 2004 with a stint as Chief Justice from 2011-2012. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

The Scoular Company appointed Paul Maass as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 22, 2016.

David Price has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for CNA Canada.

ImmunoGen, Inc. announced that Charles Morris will resign as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, effective September 2, 2016.

Rite Aid Corporation appointed Jeff Fields Chief Financial Officer of its Health Dialog and RediClinicsubsidiaries.

Kaleida Health has appointed Jessica Mabie, the former Manager of Hospital Operations, as the new Director of Strategic Planning and Integration. 

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August 5, 2016

Government Headlines 

There was continued unrest on the campaign trail this week as Donald Trump fired several senior aides and hired at least one new senior staffer. Among those fired was Ed Brookover, formerly a strategist with Carson America, who had joined the Trump campaign back in March as a senior advisor. 

Former Ohio Representative Steven LaTourette passed away on Wednesday at the age of 62 due to complications related to pancreatic cancer. LaTourette was first elected to the House in 1994 during the Republican sweep of the chamber, and represented a swath of northeastern Ohio that included industrial regions and the Cleveland suburbs.

In Missouri’s primary election, held on Tuesday, August 2, Eric Greitens won the Republican gubernatorial nomination, while Chris Koster captured the Democratic nod. Greitens, a former Navy Seal and Rhodes Scholar, took in 34.6 percent of the votes cast in the four person race. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. named Peter E. Baccile President, effective September 29, 2016. He will succeed Bruce W. Duncan as Chief Executive Officer on December 1, 2016, with Mr. Duncan continuing as Chairman.

KeyCorp completed its acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. on July 29, 2016. First Niagara has been merged into KeyCorp and no longer exists as a separate corporation.

Verizon Communications Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Fleetmatics Group PLC for $2.4 billion. This is the latest in a series of deals to expand Verizon’s telematics business. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Mark Goldblatt won the runoff election from the Film Editors Branch to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

The American Association for Justice has installed its new 2016-17 Officers, led by Julie Braman Kane of Colson Hicks Eidson.

The Suffolk University Board of Trustees have voted to dismiss President Margaret McKenna ahead of her resignation which was planned for Fall of 2017. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
At Vox Media, Melissa Bell, former Vice President, Growth and Analytics, was promoted to Publisher.

Newt Gingrich returned to the FOX News Channel as Political Contributor.

Michael C. Bender, previously Senior Political Reporter at Bloomberg News, was named Politics Reporter at The Wall Street Journal.  He is based in the Washington Bureau. 

Tim Grieve, Head of News Strategies, was named Vice President of News at The McClatchy Company.  He begins his new role on October 4, 2016 and will be based in Washington.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Lowenstein and Sandler announced that Donatella Verrico has been promoted from Director of Human Resources to Chief Human Resources Officer. Verrico has been with the firm for 15 years.

The Massachusetts Governor’s Council unanimously confirmed David Lowy to be Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
 
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Kenneth Desmond, James Lemire, Peter Sacks and Sookyoung Shin to be Associate Justices on the Massachusetts Appeals Court
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Jack Domme has resigned as Chief Executive Officer at Hitachi Data Systems Corporation.

Tesla Motors Inc. agreed to buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Array Biopharma Inc. appointed Jason Haddock Chief Financial Officer. He replaces David Horin, who has been filling the role in an interim capacity since November 2015.

Welltower Inc. promoted Mercedes Kerr to Executive Vice President of Business Development and Matthew McQueen to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center has named Paige Baker as the new Chief Nursing Officer.

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July 28, 2016

Government Headlines 

There has been a lot of chatter this week regarding potential plans to replace Senator and Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) were Hillary Clinton to become President Elect in November. Most of the talk has surrounded the potential plans of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), asthere is substantial speculation that McAuliffe may appoint himself to the Senate. 
 
Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman in American history to win the presidential nomination of a major political party this week. Clinton’s longest lasting primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), personally called to scrap a roll call vote and give her the nomination by acclamation, signaling a move by Sanders and the majority of his supporters to mend fences with the Clinton camp.
 
Following Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s appointment as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, the Indiana Republican State Committee voted on Tuesday to name Eric Holcomb as the party’s new nominee in November’s gubernatorial election. The 22 voting members of the committee chose Holcomb, currently the state’s Lieutenant Governor, over U.S. Representatives Susan W. Brooks and Todd Rokita, as well as State Senator Jim Tomes.  
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

GNC Holdings, Inc. appointed board member Robert F. Moran as interim Chief Executive Officer, replacing Michael G. Archbold, who has left the company. Moran previously served as CEO of PetSmart, Inc. from 2009 to 2013.
 
Univision Communications Inc. named Diego Rodriguez to the newly-created role of Chief Global Security Officer. Rodriguez, a 26-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most recently served as Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Division.
 
Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire Yahoo! Inc.’s operating business for $4.8 billion. Yahoo will be integrated with Verizon’s AOL business after the merger closes. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
P. Gayle Fuguitt has announced her intention to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Advertising Research Foundation effective October 31, 2016.
 
The Automotive Industry Action Group has announced that Courtney W. Harvath of Ryder System, Inc. and Jeffrey S. Wagner of Federal-Mogul Powertrain have been named to its Board of Directors.

Richard M. Englert has been named Acting President of Temple University. Englert previously served as Acting President in 2012, as well as Senior Vice President and Provost, and Dean of the Graduate School. His appointment follows a vote of no-confidence by the Board of Trustees in previous president Neil Theobald, who resigned just hours before the Board was expected to dismiss him. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Michael Learmonth, who was laid off by the International Business Times last month, was hired by Vice News as its News Director.
 
Roger Ailes resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
 
At The Morning Call, Robert York was named Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, replacing the retired David Erdman.
 
Dr. Elisabeth “Libby” Rosenthal was named Editor-in-Chief of Kaiser Health News.  She will replace John Fairhall and begins her new role at the beginning of September 2016. 
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Elaine C. Greenberg, formerly SEC Enforcement Division Senior Officer, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the firm’s litigation practice. She will be based in Washington, DC.
 
Chamberlain Hrdlicka announced that litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo has joined the firm’s Philadelphia office as a shareholder.  
 
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Dan Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Kelly will replace Justice David Prosser, who retired effective July 31, 2016. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Drummond Company, Inc. appointed Mike Tracy to be their new Chief Executive Officer.
 
Exxon Mobil Corporation and InterOil Corporation announced that both companies will merge with each other, a deal worth $2.5 Billion. It is expected to be completed in September 2016.
 
Biogen Inc. announced that George Scangos will resign as Chief Executive Officer within the next few months once a successor has been named.
 
Beaufort Memorial Hospital has named Edmond Russell Baxley III the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 12, 2016.
 
Health New England, Inc. appointed Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer.

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July 22, 2016

Government Headlines 

Representative Mark Takai (D-HI, 1st) passed away on Wednesday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Takai, 49, was elected to Congress in 2014 after serving for more than 20 years in the state legislature. He was also a member of the Hawaii National Guard for more than a decade, and served in Iraq.
 
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign once again rocketed to the forefront in media coverage this week. His nomination as the Republican candidate to be President of the United States became official, despite a couple of large bumps in the road, and he rolled out his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The governor is a solid, unquestionably conservative addition to the campaign, one that Trump hopes will help him win over the very establishment he tore down during the primary season.
 
Republican president nominee Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve as his running mate set off a domino effect through Indiana politics and a wild scene at the Indiana Office of the Secretary of State. Pence had to formally submit his withdrawal from the Indiana gubernatorial election to the Secretary of State’s office by noon on Friday, July 15, just one hour after the Trump campaign officially announced their vice presidential selection. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Alaska Air Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Ben Minicucci as Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America, Inc., succeeding David Cush. The appointment will become effective after Alaska Air Group completes its acquisition of Virgin America.
 
Airbnb, Inc. has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as an advisor to work on the company’s initiative to “fight bias and discrimination” within the Airbnb platform. Holder will help Airbnb develop an anti-discrimination policy.
 
The Kroger Co. announced an agreement for Axium Pharmacy Holdings, Inc. to acquire Modern HC Holdings, Inc. (ModernHEALTH). The combined company will operate as a subsidiary of Kroger under the leadership of Domenic A. Meffe, ModernHEALTH’s Chief Executive Officer.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has installed its new Board of Directors, led by Chair Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, the Dean of Instituto de Empresa Business School.
 
David Merritt, Managing Director at Luntz Global LLC, has been named Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at America's Health Insurance Plans effective August 15, 2016.
 
Robert J. Jones has been named Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its July 21 meeting. If approved, he will take office on October 3. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Effective August 1, Michael Cieply, The New York Times Media Reporter, will join Deadline Hollywood as Executive Editor.
 
After being appointed permanent Saturday Anchor for the NBC Nightly News, José Diaz-Balart leaves his anchor position at MSNBC.
 
Former Chief Political Correspondent for the Morning Consult Reid Wilson returned to The Hill as National Correspondent.
 
Erica Teichert, previously DC Bureau Chief at Law360, was named New York Bureau Chief at Modern Healthcare
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP announced that Faiza J. Saeed has been elected Presiding Partner, effective January 1, 2017. She succeeds current Presiding Partner, C. Allen Parker.
 
Husch Blackwell LLP and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. combined effective July 15, 2016. The combined firm retains the Husch Blackwell name and will continue to operate in all markets where both firms maintained offices.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Nova Scotia Power Inc. appointed Karen Hutt to be President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2016.
 
NextEra Energy, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. announced the termination of their proposed merger.
 
Detroit Medical Center has named Joel Keiper the new Regional Chief Business Development Officer.
 
Medical Specialties Distributors, LLC (“MDS”) appointed Tom Burke Chief Executive Officer, succeeding James Beck, who will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
 
The Lupus Research Institute announced on July 14, 2016, that it is merging with the Alliance for Lupus Researchand the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to form a new organization named the Lupus Research Alliance.

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July 14, 2016

Government Headlines 

On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation aimed at combating and treating opioid addiction in the U.S. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed by a vote of 90-2 after it was approved in the House on Friday by a margin of 407-5. The bill represents a shift from previous drug control policy, which has focused on law enforcement rather than treatment.

Donald Trump ginned up publicity for his campaign this week with speculation about his running mate, complete with reports of a big announcement by Friday, but the big story was Bernie Sanders effectively conceding the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton when he endorsed her run for the White House. The announcement was greeted with mixed enthusiasm.

Christopher B. Quinn was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 12. Quinn, a Republican member of the Middletown Township Council, won 58.45 percent of the votes cast to defeat Democratic nominee Diane Cornman-Levy. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Burberry Group plc announced that Marco Gobbetti will be joining the company as Chief Executive Officer in 2017, succeeding Christopher Bailey, who will become President and Chief Creative Officer. Gobbetti is currently Chairman and CEO of Céline.
 
Linda S. Miller has joined Grant Thornton LLP as Director, Public Sector Fraud Risk Assessment. Miller most recently served as Assistant Director of Forensic Audits and Investigative Service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
 
On July 12, 2016, IHS Inc. and Markit Ltd. merged to form IHS Markit Ltd. Jerre L. Stead, Chairman and CEO of IHS, now holds the same title at the combined company.
 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Maureen A.  Swick, formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive of Inova Health System is now Chief Executive Officer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Senior Vice President, Nursing of the American Hospital Association, Inc.

Michael R. “Mike” Fraser, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Medical Society has been named Executive Director of The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Executive Vice President of Programming and Production at ESPN, John Wildhack has been named the new Athletics Director at Syracuse University, effective August 15. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Garrett Murch, former Communications Advisor for Sen. Jeff Sessions, was named Senior Editor at LifeZette.

At CBS News, former CNN Senior Editorial Producer Albert Lewitinn joined CBSN as Executive Producer.

At The New York Times, Marc Lacey, former Deputy National Editor, was promoted to National Editor.

At Thomson Reuters, Don Durfee was appointed Managing Editor for Operations, Americas.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Robins Kaplan LLP announced that Scott Gautier has joined Howard Weg and H. Jeffrey Schwartz as national co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy Group.
 
Darrell T. Scott, previously serving under Governor Nikki Haley as chief of staff for the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, joined Capitol Resources, LLC.

United States Circuit Judge Roger L. Gregory began his term as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Gregory replaces former Chief Judge William Traxler, who will continue to serve as a Circuit Judge. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Lovejoy, Inc. appointed Mathew W. Happach as President, and former Chief Executive Officer Woodrow “Woody” Haddix as Advisor to the President.

The Williams Companies, Inc. appointed Kathleen B. Cooper as the new Chair of the Board.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. appointed Burkhard Blank permanent Chief Medical Officer. He has been serving as interim Chief Medical Officer since January 2016.

Cardinal Health, Inc. appointed Pamela O. Kimmet Chief Human Resources Officer.

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center has named Kris Gray the new Chief Medical Officer. He replaces Ronald Jimenez who left to become the Chief Executive Officer for Florida Hospital Flagler.

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July 1, 2016

Government Headlines 

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a spending bill that would have provided $1.1 billion in aid to fight the Zika virus. Democrats argued that Republicans sabotaged the legislation by using must-pass legislation to jam through unpopular policy changes and cut money from other programs, including provisions that would block access to contraception for women and reduce environmental restrictions on pesticide use.

It was the end of an era this week as Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh stepped down and Air National Guard Lieutenant General Joseph Lengyel was confirmed to be the new head of the National Guard Bureau. Together, Welsh and Lengyel’s predecessor, Army National Guard General Frank Grass, were the old guards of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – both of them took office within about a month of each other in 2012.

On June 29, 2016, Kaya Henderson announced she would be leaving her position as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Henderson joined DCPS in 2007 as a Deputy Chancellor working under controversial educational reform proponent Michelle Rhee, and was appointed to lead the agency in March 2011 by newly elected Mayor Vincent Gray. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Xerox Corporation announced that Jeffrey Jacobson will become Chief Executive Officer after the company completes its planned separation into two publicly traded companies, expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Michelle Patron has joined Microsoft Corporation as Director of Sustainability Policy. She previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change on the National Security Council.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has agreed to acquire Starz, LLC for $4.4 billion. The merger is expected to close by the end of this year.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is now managed by SmithBucklin effective July 1, 2016. AAOHN’s headquarters has moved to 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60611-7621. Kay N. Campbell remains the Executive Director.

Timothy J. “Tim” Gill, formerly the Deputy Chief Economist at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, is now Chief Economist at the American Iron and Steel Institute.

Willie D. Larkin, the President of Grambling State University, resigned after just over one year in the position. Larkin’s resignation follows a vote of no confidence by the Faculty Senate, citing concerns about the school’s budget, enrollment and the elimination of the nursing program.
 
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Media Headlines
 
Alex Bhattacharji, formerly Executive Editor at Details, was named Executive Editor at Salon.com.
 
Corey Lewandowski, former Campaign Manager of the Trump Campaign, joined CNN as Political Commentator. Samantha Murphy Kelly was named Technology Editor.
 
At The Bulletin, Erik Lukens was named Editor. He was previously the Editorial Page Editor at The Oregonian.
 
At Town & Country, Danielle Stein Chizzik was promoted from Features Director to Deputy Editor, replacing Mary Kaye Schilling, who named Contributing Editor for the magazine; William “Will” Kahn was named Fashion Market and Accessories Director; Whitney Robinson, was named Style Director; Adam Rathe was named Senior Editor, replacing Kevin Conley, who was promoted to Contributing Editor; and Norman Vanamee joined as Articles Director.

Sam Cohen was named News Director of KXTV-TV

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Legal Headlines
 
Bockorny Group, Inc. hired Allen Jamerson, the senior legislative clerk for the House Judiciary Committee and a former adviser to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He will focus on issues related to the House and Senate judiciary committees.
 
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced the addition of three attorneys to its New York City office and Commercial Litigation practice group. Geraldine “Gerri” A. Cheverko and Jonathan E. Samon join as of counsel, and Kristen D. Romano joins as an associate.

The United States Senate confirmed Robert F. Rossiter Jr. to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S appointed Soren Skou to be Chief Executive Officer, effective in July 2016.
 
GE Oil & Gas appointed Neil Saunders as Vice President, Subsea Systems & Drilling, and Kishore Sundararajan to be Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering.
 
Bioventus, LLC announced that Michael Minogue, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abiomed, has been appointed to its Board of Managers. He succeeds Evan Melrose, who is stepping down from the board.
 
Advocate Health Care has named Terika Richardson the President of Advocate Trinity Hospital.
 
LEO Pharma A/S announced that Jesper Hoiland, Executive Vice President of Novo Nordisk US, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

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June 23, 2016

Government Headlines 

House Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor Wednesday morning to push for action on gun control legislation. Over 40 Democrats, led by Representatives John Lewis (D-GA, 5th) and John Larson (D-CT, 1st),walked into the lower chamber and pledged to occupy the floor until GOP leaders allow a vote on gun control legislation.  

In between fundraising woes, delegates spoiling for a convention fight, and the firing of his campaign manager, it wasn’t a good week for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The aforementioned manager, Corey Lewandowski, had been an early supporter of Trump’s campaign bid, and is widely credited as the architect behind Trump’s rise from long shot to presumptive nominee. 
 
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has nominated his former Chief Counsel Christopher Porrino to serve as the state’s next Attorney General. Porrino was Vice Chair of the Litigation Department at Lowenstein Sandler from 2004 to 2012. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Umpqua Holdings Corporation announced that Raymond P. Davis will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017, and become Executive Chair of the board of directors. He will be succeeded by Cort L. O’Haver, who currently serves as President of Umpqua Bank.
 
Tribune Publishing Company, now known as tronc, Inc., appointed David T. Dreier, Chairman of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission, to its board of directors. Dreier was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013.
 
Revlon, Inc. has agreed to acquire Elizabeth Arden, Inc. for $870 million. The merger is expected to close by the end of 2016. E. Scott Beattie, Chairman, President and CEO of Elizabeth Arden, will join Revlon’s board as non-executive Vice Chairman after the transaction is completed.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Lorna D. Christie is the new Executive Director of the National Hardwood Lumber Association replacing Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Barford.
 
James M. “Jim” Cudahy has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Investor Relations Institute.  Matt Brusch, Vice President, Communications and Practice Information, and Michael C. McGough, Vice President, Marketing and Membership Development, will lead the association until a successor is named.
 
On June 17, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced the dissolution and reorganization of the Board of Trustees at the University of Louisville, citing serious dysfunction between the Board and President, James R. Ramsey. The university will be governed by an interim three-member board appointed by the Governor until a new board can be selected. President Ramsey has also stepped down from his position in the wake of the Governor’s decision.
 
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Media Headlines
 
Alex Bhattacharji, formerly Executive Editor at Details, was named Executive Editor at Salon.com.
 
Daniel Halper was named Washington, DC Bureau Chief for the New York Post.
 
At The Washington Post, Rebecca Sinderbrand takes over as Managing Editor of “The Fix” effective July 5, 2016.
 
Fahima Haque, Associate Editor at The New York Post, was named News Editor at The Guardian.  She begins her new role on June 29, 2016 and will be based in New York.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Dan Scandling, former Congressional Chief of Staff and Communications Director, joined APCO Worldwide Inc. as Senior Director for Public Affairs. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Ogilvy Government Relations.
 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP announced that Aaron Burstein, formerly with the Federal Trade Commission, has joined the firm as a partner.

The American Bar Association (ABA) released its evaluation of President Obama’s nominee to Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. The ABA gave him the assessment of “Well Qualified”, their highest possible rating. President Obama nominated Chief Judge Garland on March 16, 2016. The U.S. Senate has yet to vote on the Chief Judge’s confirmation. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
ENGIE North America Inc. appointed Frank Demaille as Chief Executive Officer. ENGIE Resources, a subsidiary, appointed Sayun Sukduang as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Par Pacific Holdings agree to purchase Hermes Consolidated, LLC for $271.4 Million. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-July 2016.

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. announced that Dwayne Montgomery has resigned as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for medical reasons. David A. Dresner, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of the Dresner Group, has been appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. promoted Alex Gourla and Ornella Barra to Co-Chief Operating Officers and appointed Ken Murphy Chief Commercial Officer, in addition to his current duties as Executive Vice President and President of Global Brands.

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America has named Rajiv Gupta the new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 20, 2016. 

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June 16, 2016

Government Headlines 

A group of Senate Democrats launched a filibuster demanding tougher gun control laws in the wake of the deadly attack in Orlando. The group, led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), took over the Senate floor specifically calling for legislation barring people on terrorist watch lists from buying firearms.

William N. Nettles, the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, surprised court watchers this week by stepping down from his office just a few months before the slated trial of suspected church shooter Dylan Roof. There’s room to speculate that he may have stepped down over Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to pursue the death penalty in the case. 
 
North Dakota hosted one of the biggest upsets of the campaign season when Fargo software entrepreneur and philanthropist Doug Burgum handily defeated Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary election. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Hanesbrands Inc. named Gerald W. Evans Jr., currently Chief Operating Officer, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2016. He succeeds Richard A. Noll, who will remain with the company as Executive Chairman.
 
Michael K. Lempke was named Vice President, Energy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Lempke served as Associate Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy from 2012 to 2014.
 
Microsoft Corporation announced an agreement to acquire LinkedIn Corporation for $26.2 billion. LinkedIn will continue to operate independently after the merger closes, with Jeff Weiner remaining as Chief Executive Officer. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to approval by LinkedIn's shareholders.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities [APSCU] has changed its name to Career Education Colleges and Universities [CECU] effective June 6, 2016. Eric Chiusolo has been elected Chairman.
 
Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning of Southern Company has been elected Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute. EEI has also announced the promotion of Emily Fisher to Vice President, Legal.

Earl H. Potter III, the President of St. Cloud State University, was killed on the night of Monday, June 13 in a single vehicle car crash while en route to the Twin Cities. Potter had served as President of the University since 2007. University Provost Ashish Vaidya has been appointed Acting President.
 
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Media Headlines
 
At TheStreet.com, Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Kanige was named Creative Director of the company’s new custom media division, Blue Chip Content Studio.

Thomas Kent, former Standards Editor at the Associated Press, was appointed President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Martin Gottlieb, previously Editor-in-Chief of The Record, was named Assistant Managing Editor for Investigations at Newsday.

Ken Gawrych, previously Managing Editor at GQ, was named Managing Editor at Popular Science
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Nanette DeRenzi, former judge advocate general of the Navy and a retired three-star admiral, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC. She succeeds Thomas Daffro.
 
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. announced that Madeleine McDonough was elected to a five-year term as the firm’s new Chair. Her term will begin on January 1, 2017, and she will succeed John Murphy, who has served as Chair for the past 15 years.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Jeffrey Funke to be Associate Justice on the Nebraska Supreme Court. Funke will replace retiring Justice William M. Connolly effective August 1, 2016. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
ENGIE North America Inc. appointed Frank Demaille as Chief Executive Officer. ENGIE Resources, a subsidiary, appointed Sayun Sukduang as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Par Pacific Holdings agree to purchase Hermes Consolidated, LLC for $271.4 Million. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-July 2016.

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. announced that Dwayne Montgomery has resigned as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for medical reasons. David A. Dresner, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of the Dresner Group, has been appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. promoted Alex Gourla and Ornella Barra to Co-Chief Operating Officers and appointed Ken Murphy Chief Commercial Officer, in addition to his current duties as Executive Vice President and President of Global Brands.

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America has named Rajiv Gupta the new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 20, 2016. 

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June 9, 2016

Government Headlines 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st)announced on Tuesday the Republican’s “anti-poverty” plan, which is a part of Ryan’s election-year policy agenda. Ryan’s plan is to focus more on work rather than welfare, and proposes to overhaul federal food, housing, and unemployment programs by imposing stricter work requirements.

Former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of StateHillary Clinton made history this week, effectively clinching the Democratic nomination for President of the United States after a grueling race with Senator Bernie Sanders. While Sanders has yet to concede the race as of this writing, and 113 delegates remain to be pledged, Clinton effectively eliminated him in the most recent round of primary voting

Arkansas State Representative Kelley Linck was appointed to serve as the new Chief of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the state’s human services agency. Linck is a Republican currently serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives, and represents District 99 in the northern part of the state. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Thomas C. Gentile, III was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., effective July 31, 2016. He succeeds Larry A. Lawson, who is retiring. Gentile currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Retired U.S. Army General Lloyd J. Austin, III will join United Technologies Corporation’s board of directors, effective September 1, 2016. Austin retired earlier this year as Commander of the U.S. Central Command, after serving nearly 41 years in the military.

NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc.Colony Capital, Inc. and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. have agreed to a merger of equals. The new company will be named Colony NorthStar, Inc., with Richard B. Saltzman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Colony Capital, serving as CEO. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Frank Fortin has taken up his position as Executive Director of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
 
America's Health Insurance Plans has announced that Joseph R. “Joe” Swedish, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anthem, Inc., will serve as Chair effective in January 2017.  Bernard J. Tyson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kaiser Permanente, will serve as Chair effective in January 2018.
 
Claire E. Sterk, Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, was named President at Emory University, effective September 1, 2016.  She will replace James W. Wagner. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Hans Nichols, former White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News, joined NBC’s Washington Bureau as a Correspondent. Nichols will eventually move to the Pentagon to take over for retiring Jim Miklaszewski.
 
At CBS News, Marsha Cooke, former Executive Editor of CBSN, was named News Director for CBS Newspath.

Dick Morris, the former Chief Strategist and Advisor to the Clinton-Gore 1996 Campaign and current Republican pundit, was named Chief Political Commentator and Correspondent by the National Enquirer.

Victoria Shannon joined Bloomberg News as Daybreak Editor. She was previously News Editor, NYTNow at the New York Times. 
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Robins Kaplan LLP announced that Breton A. Bocchieri, formerly with Novak Druce, has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group.
 
Baker & Hostetler LLP announced that former United States Congressman Mike Ferguson joined the firm in Washington, D.C. He will serve as Senior Advisor and leader of the Federal Policy team.

This week, the United States Senate confirmed Jennifer Choe Groves and Gary S. Katzmann to be Judges on the United States Court of International Trade
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Accenture plc appointed Debra A. (Debbie) Polishook as Group Chief Executive – Accenture Operations, replacing the retiring Michael J. Salvino.

Westport Fuel Systems Inc. completed its merger with and acquisition of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.

Regulus Therapeutics Inc. announced that Hugh Rosen, Professor in the Departments of Chemical Physiology & Immunology at The Scripps Research Institute, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

New York Life Insurance Company appointed Kirk Lehneis Chief Operating Officer of New York Life Investment Management, the company’s investment management subsidiary.

HonorHealth has announced Thomas Sadvarywill retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2017. Also Rhonda Forsyth will retire as President on December 31, 2016.

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June 2, 2016

Government Headlines 

House Republicans blocked a spending bill last Thursday over the inclusion of an amendment related to discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The House voted 305-112 to defeat the energy and water spending measure.

Admiral Michelle Howard left the Navy Staff this week, turning over the office of Vice Chief of Naval Operations to newly-frocked Admiral William Moran in the process. 

Chuck Ardo resigned from his position as Communications Advisor for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, making him the seventh spokesperson to quit the position during Kane’s tumultuous tenure. Ardo served as Kane’s spokesperson for thirteen months, which is longer than any of the previous six people. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The Wendy's Company named Todd Penegor Chief Executive Officer, replacing Emil Brolick, as part of a planned succession process.

Kathleen A. Zadareky was named the head of investor and regulatory strategy for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. She joined SunTrust from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing.
 
US Foods Holding Corp. launched its initial public offering and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on May 26, 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
D. Christopher “Chris” Cathcart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, has announced his intention to retire effective in January 2017.
 
Solar Energy Industries Association Vice President, Executive Affairs and General Counsel Thomas P. “Tom” Kimbis has been named Interim President.  He replaces Rhone Resch who stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer at the end of May.

Scott L. Scarborough, the President of the University of Akron, has resigned, effective May 31. Since taking the position in 2014, Scarborough has faced criticism on a number of issues including falling enrollment and donations as well as his attempts to rebrand the school as a “polytechnic” university. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Gaurav Sharma was named Business Editor and Columnist at the International Business Times UK.

At CNN, Leezel Tanglao was named Assistant Managing Editor, Programming of CNNMoney.com. This summer, S. Mitra Kalita will join CNN.com as Vice President, Digital Programming. 

Assistant Managing Editor for News Samuel C. Davis was promoted to Managing Editor at The Baltimore Sun.

Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen joined BBC World News America as World Affairs Analyst.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC announced that Joseph A. Dougherty has officially taken over as the firm’s new Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board. John "Jack" A. Barbour, the firm’s former CEO, has transitioned to the position of Executive Chairman. Prior to his appointment, Dougherty served as Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Philadelphia, PA Office.
 
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP announced that Stephen L. Ferszt has joined as a partner and practice group leader in the firm’s Employee Benefits practice. Ferszt joins from Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.
 
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Joseph M. Getty to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Getty previously served as Chief Legislative Officer in the Governor’s Administration. Governor Hogan also appointed Donald E. Beachley and Melanie M. Shaw Geter to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
De Beers Group named Bruce Cleaver to be its new Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2016.

Great Plains Energy Inc. agreed to acquire Westar Energy Inc. for a total value of $12.2 Billion. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

Henry Schein, Inc. announced that Joseph L. Herring, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Covance, and Kurt P. Kuehn, former Chief Financial Officer of United Parcel Service, have been elected to its Board of Directors.

Dallas County Hospital District has named David Lopez the new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He formerly held the post on an interim basis.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota appointed Kirstie Foster Vice President of Public Relations and promoted Jason Newman to Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer.

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May 26, 2016

Government Headlines 

The House Natural Resources Committee struck a bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico handle its debt crisis. The Republican-led House Committee approved legislation on Wednesday in a 29-10 vote, sending the bill to the House floor. 

A former administration heavyweight returned to the limelight this week as President Obama announced his intention to appoint Rand Beers to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Beers most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.

Richard Crandall announced he would step down from his position as Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education after leading the agency for just four-and-a-half months. In a statement, Crandall cited his family and young children, who live out of state, as a primary reason for his resignation. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

DeVry Education Group Inc. named board member Lisa W. Wardell as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Daniel M. Hamburger, who has left the company. 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company announced plans to spin off and merge its Enterprise Services business with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

FedEx Corporation completed its acquisition of TNT Express N.V. on May 25, 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Darilyn V. Moyer, currently Assistant Dean, Graduate Medical Education at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians, effective September 6, 2016.

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel J. “Dan” Roth  (CSE since 1/1/103) is retiring from the National Futures Association in 2017. 

Jo Ann Rooney has been elected the 24th President of Loyola University Chicago, effective August 1. She will succeed Rev. Michael Garanzini, who stepped down in June of 2015, having served as President since 2001. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
Vice Media promoted Ciel Hunter to Global Head of Content and Josh Tyrangiel to Executive Vice President, Global News.

Stephanie Ruhle was named Co-Anchor of NBC News Today Saturday.

The Washington Post introduced its new Global Opinions section, led by Op-Ed Columnist Anne Applebaum.

The former Publisher of Adweek, Suzan Gursoy, joined The Village Voice as Publisher.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Sonja Nesbit, formerly deputy assistant secretary for legislation for human services at the US Department of Health and Human Services, joined Arent Fox LLP as senior government relations director.

This week, Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Stephen R. McCullough was officially sworn-in by Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons.  McCullough replaces former Justice LeRoy Milette, who retired. 


 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Pioneer Natural Resources Company announced that Scott D. Sheffield will step down from his Chief Executive Officer position.

Edison International announced that Theodore F. Craver Jr. will step down as President on June 1, 2016 and will be replaced by Pedro J. Pizarro.

Regulus Therapeutics, Inc. appointed Allison Wey Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications.

WebMD Health Services Group, Inc. appointed Michael Sokol Chief Medical Officer.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. announced that Barry Rosenstein, managing partner of JANA Partners, has stepped down from its Board of Directors. 

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May 19, 2016

Government Headlines 

The Senate voted to approve $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat Zika virus. The measure passed by a vote of 68-29, but falls short of the $1.8 billion President Barack Obama asked for three months ago. 

History was made this week as Eric K. Fanning became the first openly gay official to formally head a branch of the armed services. After months of grinding his way through the Senate, Fanning was unanimously confirmed as the new Secretary of the United States Army

Political newcomer Bud Pierce won the Republican nomination for Governor in Oregon’s primary election held on Tuesday. Pierce, an oncologist from Salem, won 48 percent of the votes cast in the five-candidate field.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The Progressive Corporation announced the appointment of Tricia Griffith as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2016. She succeeds Glenn M. Renwick, who will continue as Executive Chairman.

 Travis Considine has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Vice President, Public Affairs in its Austin office. Considine was former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Deputy Press Secretary, and later went on to serve as Press Secretary for Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. completed their merger on May 18, 2016. In a related transaction, Charter also completed its acquisition of Bright House Networks, LLC from Advance/Newhouse Partnership.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Private Equity Growth Capital Council has changed its name to American Investment Council.
 
The Society of American Florists has moved its headquarters to a new location in Alexandria, Virginia.

Daniel J. Klaich, the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, resigned on May 12 following the discovery of emails indicating that he misled lawmakers studying equity in the distribution of state funding in 2011 and 2012.
 
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Media Headlines
 
Business and Media Reporter Jason Abbruzzese was promoted to Business Editor at Mashable.
 
Effective August 2016, Access Hollywood Anchor Billy Bush will join NBC’s Today as Co-Anchor.
 
At The Daily Mail, Paul Zwillenberg was named Chief Executive Officer, replacing Martin Morgan effective June 1, 2016. 

Kris Frieswick, Senior Editor at Inc., was promoted to Executive Editor. 

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Legal Headlines
 
Vinson & Elkins LLP announced the opening of an office in Taipei, Taiwan. The office will be overseen by partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao.
 
Squire Patton Boggs hired Patricia R. Hatler to be of counsel in the firm's Financial Services Practice. 

LeClairRyan announced the addition of eight attorneys and seven professional staff to its Newark, NJ office. The team will join the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
NRG Yield, Inc. appointed Christopher Sotos as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Accenture plc appointed Jill Kramer as Managing Director for Advertising.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited appointed James Kehoe Chief Financial Officer, effective June 15, 2016.
 
Extreme Networks, Inc. appointed Drew Davies Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2016.
 
Christian Hospital has named Rick Stevens the new President, effective June 27, 2016.
 
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May 12, 2016

Government Headlines 

The House is set to pass legislation to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. House Republicans have scheduled votes on 18 opioid related bills ranging from reducing opioid prescriptions, increasing treatment for veterans, providing more tools to combat drug trafficking, and strengthening protection for those intervening to prevent drug overdoses. 

The Air National Guard changed hands this week, as newly frocked Lieutenant General Leon Scott Rice took over from acting director Major General Brian G. Neal, who had been keeping the seat warm since Stanley Clarke's departure and retirement late last year.

West Virginia voters cast their primary ballots in six statewide races and several more legislative races on Tuesday, May 10. Billionaire coal magnate Jim Justice, who was recently named as the wealthiest person in West Virginia by Forbes Magazine, won the Democratic nomination for Governor.  
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Darren R. Huston resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Priceline Group Inc. following a board investigation, which found that his personal relationship with a Priceline employee violated the company’s code of conduct.

Weber Shandwick announced the appointment of Andrew “Drew” O’Brien as Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships within its Global Corporate practice.

Comcast Corporation’NBCUniversal unit has agreed to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. DreamWorks will operate under the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group after the acquisition is completed.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 

Christine Ross has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce effective July 11, 2016.

Richard A. White, Vice President, Member Services (since 2015), is the new Acting President of the American Public Transportation Association effective April 29, 2016. 

Richard P. Lifton has been elected as the 11th President of Rockefeller University. Lifton currently serves as the Sterling Professor of Genetics and Chair of the Department of Genetics at Yale University. 
 
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Media Headlines
 
The Financial Times named Alex Barker as its Brussels Bureau Chief, replacing Peter Spiegel, who assumed the role of News Editor, based in London.
 
Sean McDonough was named Play-by-Play Commentator Monday Night Football at ESPN.
 
At the Associated Press, Fernando Gonzalez assumed the role of Deputy News Director, Latin America and Caribbean based in Mexico City.
 
Steve Carter was named President and General Manager at KUSA-TV.
 
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Beau Rothschild, former chief of staff to Rep. Blake Farenthold, joined Bridge Street Group, LLC as principal. He was previously Member Services Director for the House Administration Committee.
 
Joseph McMonigle, a former chief of staff at the United States Department of Energy, joined Blank Rome LLP as a principle.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
The FMC Technologies Board of Directors appointed Douglas J. Pferdehirt, President and Chief Executive Officer of FMC Technologies, effective September 1, 2016.
 
At American Water Works Company, Inc., Deborah A. “Deb” Degillio was named President of American Water Enterprises.
 
BIND Therapeutics, Inc. announced on May 2, 2016, that it has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The company intends to operate normally during the process.
 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation appointed Marc Ginsky Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
 
Kemper Corporation appointed Charles T. Brooks Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that Howard B. Schiller, Ronald H. Farmer, Colleen Goggins, Theo Melas-Kyriazi, G. Mason Morfit and Norma A. Provencio will not stand for re-election at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 14, 2016. They are succeeded by Argeris N. Karabelas, Russel C. Robertson and Amy B. Wechsler, who will all stand for election.
 
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May 5, 2016

Government Headlines 

Puerto Rico’s debt crisis worsened on Monday when it began defaulting on a portion of its debt, after lawmakers in the House failed to pass legislation to help it avoid a potentially catastrophic financial crisis.

Indiana held its congressional primary on Tuesday. The biggest news of the evening came as Representative Todd Young (R-IN, 9theasilydefeated Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN, 3rdin the Senate GOP primary to replace retiring Senator Daniel Coats (R-IN). 

The knockout bell rang in Indiana this week as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Governor John Kasich of Ohio officially called it quits, leaving real estate mogul and reality TV show star Donald Trump as the last candidate standing. He is now the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee to become the President of the United States.
 
This week also featured the confirmation of Roberta S. Jacobson as the next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Jacobson’s confirmation marks the end of an eleven-month slog through the United States Senate, where Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) held her up over opposition to the Obama Administration’s thawing of relations with Cuba. 
 
Michael Lamoureux, the Chief of Staff to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, has announced he will step down from that position at the end of May. In a statement, Lamoureux announced he will resign to accept an unspecified “professional opportunity.”
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Darren R. Huston resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Priceline Group Inc. following a board investigation, which found that his personal relationship with a Priceline employee violated the company’s code of conduct.

Weber Shandwick announced the appointment of Andrew “Drew” O’Brien as Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships within its Global Corporate practice.

Comcast Corporation’NBCUniversal unit has agreed to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. DreamWorks will operate under the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group after the acquisition is completed.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Annie K. Lo, currently Director, Global Investment Performance Standards, Asia-Pacific, Asia Pacific Office at the CFA Institute, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific, at AACSB International Ltd. AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business effective in July.

The American Insurance Association has moved to a new location in Washington, DC. The phone and fax numbers have not changed.

Effective April 27, University of California, Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was placed on administrative leave. The decision by UC President Janet Napolitano follows weeks of student protests that Katehi be fired, as well as investigations into numerous possible violations of university policies.
 
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Media Headlines
 
At Quartz, Heather Landy became Managing Editor and Xana Antunes Executive Editor.
 
At CNBC.com, Jenna Goudreau will join as Managing Editor, Strategy and Execution effective May 17, 2016.
 
Tampa Tribune ceased publication after it was acquired by Tampa Bay Times.
 
Eric Bates was named Editor of The New Republic.
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Chip Smith, CEO of the lobby and public affairs firm Glover Park Group, will join 21st Century Fox as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in late June 2016.
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Lowell Segal has rejoined the firm from Ropes & Gray as a partner in the Palo Alto, CA office. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
First Solar, Inc. announced that Mark R. Widmar will replace James A. Hughes as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2016.
 
Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced that both companies have terminated their proposed merger.
 
The University of Maryland Medical System has named Lisa Rowen the new Chief Nurse Executive.
 
McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital has named Brett Kirkpatrick the new Executive Director of Operations.
 
Medical Properties Trust has completed the acquisition and merger of Capella Healthcare and RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Inc. The resulting company has been named RCCH HealthCare Partners.
 
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April 28, 2016

Government Headlines 

Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a spending bill over an amendment that would prevent the United Statesfrom purchasing nuclear materials from IranThe amendment, proposed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), would prevent the U.S. from purchasing “heavy water” produced by Iranian nuclear facilities. 
 
Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA, 2nd) became the first House incumbent to lose a primary this election cycle, amid a federal indictment over ethics violations. Fattah lost by ten points to Democratic state Representative Dwight Evans on Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s congressional primary.

After a few weeks of deliberating, President Obama and Defense Secretary Carter went with a relatively safe pick for the next Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force: General David Goldfein, who beat out frontrunners like Space Command’s John Hyten and Materiel Command’s Ellen Pawlikowski to secure the nomination.
 
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, long the frontrunners of their respective parties, each came several steps closer to locking in the nomination. Clinton took four states in the latest round of voting, losing only Rhode Island. Trump, on the other hand, swept all five states on Tuesday in spite of a lukewarm, seemingly short-lived alliance between his remaining rivals, John Kasich and Ted Cruz 
 
Pennsylvania held a primary election on Tuesday, April 26, to determine party nominees in this November’s Attorney General election. Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro won the Democratic nomination. Shapiro will face State Senator John Rafferty, who won 64 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Pinnacle Foods Inc. named Mark A. Clouse, currently Mondelez International, Inc.’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 23, 2016.

Global Payments Inc. completed its acquisition of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. on April 25, 2016. The combined company operates under the Global Payments name.

NIKE Inc. appointed Davide Grasso  as President and Chief Executive Officer of its Converse Inc. subsidiary, replacing James Calhoun. Grasso previously served as NIKE’s Chief Marketing Officer.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Maureen A. Swick, formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive of Inova Health System, who is the current President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, has been named Chief Executive Officer of AONE and Senior Vice President, Nursing of the American Hospital Association, Inc.

Jillanne Schulte, formerly Director, Regulatory Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association, is now Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Ladan Ahmadi, previously Communications Director in the Office of U.S. Representative Gregory W. Meeks, was named Senior Media Manager at Third Way.
 
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Media Headlines
 
Effective May 9, 2016, Kira Bindrim will join Quartz as Editor, Talent Lab. She is former Managing Editor of Newsweek.
 
At Fox News Channel, Jay Wallace was named Executive Vice President, News and Editorial, replacing Michael Clemente, who will now oversee a new long-form news specials unit.
 
Guy Vidra resigned as Chief Executive Officer of The New Republic.
 
Joel Davis was named Vice President and General Manager at KGTV-TV
 
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Legal Headlines
 
Anne MacMillan, former deputy chief of staff at the United States Department of Agriculture,joined Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC. She previously served as Director, Government affairs at The Wonderful Company LLC.
 
D. Joe Smith has rejoined Jenner & Block from Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC as chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Questar Corporation announced that Ronald W. Jibson will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer when the merger between Questar and Dominion Resources, Inc. is completed, by the end of 2016.
 
Michael G. McAuley has left his Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer position at RTI International Metals.
 
ImmunoGen, Inc. appointed Mark J. Enyedy President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective May 16, 2016. He succeeds Daniel Junius, who will continue to serve on the Board.
 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) announced that Mark Fischer-Colbrie will assume the role of Chairman of the International Board of Directors on July 1, 2016. He succeeds John Brady, whose two-year term ends at the end of June.
 
Netsmart Technologies, Inc. completed its previously announced transaction under which it has been acquired by GI Partners in partnership with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. 
 
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April 21, 2016

Government Headlines 

The Senate passed a comprehensive energy bill on Wednesday, the first of its kind in nearly a decade. The measure touches on virtually every aspect of the nation’s energy sector, and is centered around the theme of modernization. 
 
Also this week, freshman Representative Gwen Graham (D-FL, 2nd) announced on Thursday that she will not run for re-election this year. Graham, viewed by many as a rising star in the Democratic Party, said she is instead “seriously considering” a bid for governor of Florida in 2018. 
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs got a new Inspector General this week: Michael J. Missal, who was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday evening. Missal arrives at VA after a grueling six month confirmation process, four of which were spent in limbo after being voted through committee in January. 
 
For supporters of long-shot candidates, this was also the week the Empire State struck back as New York handed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump solid wins in the Democratic and Republican primaries. 
 
New York held four special elections on Tuesday, April 19, to fill vacant legislative seats. The Democrats took two seats to the Republicans' one, while one race remains too close to call. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Rockwell Automation, Inc. appointed Blake D. Moret as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Keith D. Nosbusch, who will remain Chairman. Moret has served as Senior Vice President, Control Products and Solutions since 2011. 

BAE Systems, Inc. has appointed Jonathan W. Greenert to its board of directors. Greenert, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, served as Chief of Naval Operations from 2011 to 2015. 

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. completed its acquisition of Jarden Corporation on April 15, 2016. Newell Rubbermaid was renamed Newell Brands Inc. following the completion of the merger. 

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 

The Association of Government Relations Professionals has announced it is winding down its operations.

Rhone Resch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association, has announced his intention to step down on May 31, 2016. 

Krista Newkirk has been selected as the tenth President of Converse College, effective July 1, 2016. Newkirk has served as the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2012.

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Media Headlines
 
Fritzie Andrade was named Executive Video Director at Gawker.

Hannah Van Winkle was named Producer for Weekend Today, the Saturday morning edition of NBC

Timothy Farkas, previously Senior Digital Editor of The Daily Gazette, was named Executive Editor of The Times Leader

Liana Baker and Lauren Hirsch were named Deals Team Leaders for Thomson Reuters.  Lauren Hirsch already transitioned into her new role and remains in New York, while Liana Baker will be based in San Francisco and begins her new role on May 1, 2016. 


 
Legal Headlines

Stuart Chapman, formerly of American Continental Group, Inc., joined Thorn Run Partners as a partner. Previously, he served as chief of staff to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

Cole Schotz P.C. announced the opening of their new office in Boca Raton, FL. The office will be managed by member Linda L. Snelling. 


 
Energy and Health Headlines

Southwest Gas Corporation has appointed Paul M. Daily as Chief Executive Officer of its Centuri Construction Group, Inc. subsidiary. 

Accenture plc appointed Jill Standish to be Senior Managing Director, Retail for its Accenture Consulting division. 

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. announced on April 14, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc., under which Synta will acquire Madrigal in an all-stock transaction.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network announced that Jason Kuhn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kuhn Automotive Group, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. 

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. appointed Darren Ghanayem Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. 

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April 14, 2016

Government Headlines 

Congress is expected to miss the April 15th deadline to pass a budget, with little hope to do so in the future. Republican leaders are in a standoff with the party’s more conservative members over the proposed $1.07 trillion spending level, exposing deep divisions within the party.
 
Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL, 4th) announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election. In a statement, Crenshaw said “it is time to turn the page on this chapter of my life and see what’s next.” 
 
The Joint Chiefs of Staff resumed a long-running game of musical chairs this week, as General Mark A. Welsh III announced his retirement on July 1st
 
Brad Carson also stepped down this week, bringing to an end a long, painful, and ultimately futile battle with Senate Republicans. A former congressman himself, Carson had been acting for most of a year as the Obama Administration’s ninth military personnel chief.
 
Micah Lasher has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff in the New York Office of the Attorney General to focus on a run for the New York State Senate. Lasher had served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman since 2013.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Fiduciary Trust Company International named John M. Dowd as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing interim CEO William Y. Yun. Dowd previously served as Senior Managing Director, Northeast Region at Wells Fargo Private Bank. 
 
David Stoudt has joined Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. as Senior Executive Advisor and Fellow. Stoudt previously served as Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy.
 
Gannett Co., Inc. completed its acquisition of Journal Media Group, Inc. on April 8, 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Matt J. Granato has stepped down as Executive Director of the American College Health Association.
 
Beth Werlin, previously Policy Director, is the new Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.
 
Steven Rosenstone has announced his intention to step down as the Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, effective July 31, 2017. Rosenstone has led the system since 2011.


 
Media Headlines
 
Freddy Rolón was named Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Deportes at ESPN, Inc.
 
John Walcott was named Foreign Affairs and National Security Editor at Thomson Reuters.
 
At Condé Nast Traveler, Candice Rainey was named Executive Editor, Lauren DeCarlo Deputy Editor and Alexandra Postman Features Director.
 
Chris Licht, previously Executive Producer of CBS This Morning, was named Executive Producer and Showrunner of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announced that Randall S. Newman, formerly of Randall S. Newman, P.C., has joined the firm as a partner in its New York Office.
 
Cornerstone Government Affairs hired Lisa Duarte, former Chief of Staff to the Mayor's Economic Council at the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago, as Vice President. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Emerson Electric Co. appointed Sara Yang Bosco as Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, effective May 15, 2016, Michael H. Train as Executive Vice President and Group Business Leader of its Automation Solutions business and Steven A. Sonnenberg as Chairman, Automation Solutions, effective May 1, 2016.
 
CONSOL Energy Inc. announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, James C. Grech has retired.
 
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network promoted Lynn Matrisian to Chief Research Officer and appointed Doug Laidlaw Vice President of Scientific and Medical Affairs.
 
Tenet Healthcare Corporation appointed Howard Hacker Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, effective May 2, 2016.
 
Mercy Health has appointed Anton Decker the new Chief Clinical Officer. Brian Smith has been named Chief Operating Officer. Drew Banks has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer.
 
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April 7, 2016

Government Headlines 

The Senate returned from recess, and lawmakers continued to meet with Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME)John Boozman (R-AR)Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) all met with the nominee this week, something the White House sees as a positive sign. 
 
In other news, a new report released on Tuesday by the Office of the Congressional Ethics (OCE) listed a half-dozen possible violations of House rules by Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL, 9th), who is running for the open Senate seat in Florida.
 
Jonathan Woodson announced his intention to step down as Assistant Secretary of Defense this week, closing up shop after more than five years as head of the military’s healthcare systems. Woodson first took office back in January 2011 after an eight month slog through the Senate.
 
Todd Stern was replaced by Jonathan Pershing, who took office as the newly appointed Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Department of State. Pershing comes to State from the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy, where he served as Principal Deputy Director. 
 
Alabama State Representatives filed articles of impeachment against Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Governor Bentley has been under fire for the past two weeks after a fired state employee alleged Bentley and his now former political advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, had an illicit and potentially illegal affair. Governor Bentley has said there are no grounds for his impeachment and continues to say he will not resign.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Shawn Morin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Content Group Inc., has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President. He succeeds John R. Ingram, who remains Chairman.
 
Daniel Christenson has joined PepsiCo, Inc. as Director, Federal Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2014 to 2016.
 
Alaska Air Group, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Virgin America, Inc. for $2.6 billion. The combined company will be based in Seattle and led by Bradley D. Tilden, Chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group. The merger is expected to be completed by January 1, 2017, subject to regulatory approval and approval by Virgin America shareholders.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Institute of Industrial Engineers has changed its name to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
 
Bradley Jackson is the Interim President of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  He has replaced Catherine Glover who stepped down this month.
 
Sabah U. Randhawa has been selected as the 14th president of Western Washington University, effective July 1. Randhawa is currently the Provost and Executive Vice President of Oregon State University, a position he has held since 2005.


 
Media Headlines
 
At C-SPAN, Richard Weinstein, former Managing Editor, was promoted to Vice President, Digital Media.
 
Amy Glennon, former Publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was named Publisher of Mundo Hispanico.
 
Daniel Ragone, former President and Publisher of Interview Magazine, was named Publisher and Group Media President at Maxim
 
Matt Piacente was named News Director at WFLD-TV.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Jenner & Block announced that Michael McNamara has joined the firm as co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Practice. He will be based in the Los Angeles, CA Office.
 
Linklaters appointed partners Rebecca Jarvis and Richard Bussell as the new global co-heads of restructuring and insolvency. They replace partner Tony Bugg, who is now the global head of banking.
 
Crowell & Moring LLP hired Rob Burton, former Acting and Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as a partner in the firm’s Government Contracts practice group. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
TerraForm Power, Inc. and TerraForm Global announced that Chief Executive Officer Brian Wuebbels will resign from both companies.
 
Honeywell International Inc. appointed Darius Adamczyk as President and Chief Operating Officer and Rebecca Liebert to be President of Honeywell UOP.
 
ImmunoGen, Inc. announced that Daniel Junius will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer once a successor has been named. He will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors.
 
Anthem, Inc. appointed Swati Mathai Vice President of National Account Management succeeding Perry Pogany, who will be retiring from the company.
 
Aetna Inc. appointed Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., Executive Vice President and General Counsel effective April 25, 2016. He succeeds William J. Casazza, who will retire from the company once it closes its transaction with Humana.
 
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March 31, 2016

Government Headlines 

Republican lawmakers unveiled legislation intended to save Puerto Rico from its impending debt crisis, with the House Natural Resources Committee releasing a first draft that would give Puerto Rico the ability to restructure some of its debt.
 
In other news, as the battle over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland wages, Senate Democrats proposed a timeline for his confirmation in a letter sent to Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary CommitteeHowever, this is timeline is highly unlikely, as Republican leaders have consistently pledged to block any Supreme Court nomination made by President Barack Obama. 
 
It was a big week for the military as the leadership of US Central Command and US Special Operations Command both changed hands. Army General Lloyd J. Austin retired, ending a long, distinguished career in the shadow of a still-ongoing revolt among CENTCOM’s intelligence analysts. 
 
This week also saw a major announcement coming out of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: David Medine, the board’s very first chairman, will be stepping down in early July to pursue undisclosed opportunities in the private sector. 
 
Rebekah Caldwell Mason resigned from her position as top advisor to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday, March 30, a full week after a fired state employee alleged her and the governor of carrying on an illicit and possibly illegal affair. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

PartnerRe Ltd. promoted its President Emmanuel Clarke to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer. Clarke replaced Mario Bonaccorso, who served briefly as interim CEO following the completion of EXOR S.p.A.’s acquisition of PartnerRe earlier this month.
 
Pandora Media, Inc. appointed Tim Westergren, the company’s founder, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Westergren, who had been serving as a board member, succeeded Brian McAndrews as CEO. James M.P. Feuille replaced McAndrews as Chairman of the Board.
 
Foxconn Technology Group and Sharp Corporation have announced a strategic alliance deal under which Foxconn will acquire a 66% stake in Sharp for $3.5 billion.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Anne L. Alonzo, previously Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Egg Board.
 
David J. Berteau has taken up his position as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council.
 
Hunter R. Rawlings III has been appointed Interim President of Cornell University, effective April 25. Rawlings served as the tenth president of Cornell from 1995 to 2003. 


 
Media Headlines
 
At Slate, Susan Matthews was named Senior Science Editor.
 
At The Wrap, Scott Collins became Television Editor.
 
Univision Television Network hired Chris Peña as Senior Vice President, News, Local Media.
 
Pam Browne was promoted to Senior Executive Producer and Director, Long-Form Series and Specials for the FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network.
 
Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor of The New York Times, joined The Guardian as a columnist.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
James G. McGovern, formerly Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York, joined Hogan Lovells. He will be based in the firm’s New York Office, joining their White Collar and Fraud practice.
 
Allen & Overy announced that partners Philip Bowden and Andrew Thomas have been elected as the firm’s new global co-heads of banking. They replace partners Stephen Kensell and Andrew Trahair.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. promoted Stephen Falgoust to be Vice President, Asset Integrity; Dean Gore to be Vice President, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance; Barry Holtzman to be Vice President, Safety, Security and Training; Megan Prout to be Vice President, Commercial Law and Litigation; James Roberts to be Vice President, Lease Supply; and Jim Tillis to replace Roger Everett as Vice President, Human Resources.
 
Exelon Corporation completed its acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc.
 
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research announced on March 24, 2016, that it has entered into an agreement with Parkinson's Action Network under which PAN will merge with and integrate into MJFF as part of its new public policy department. Two organizations expect the transition to occur over the next several weeks.
 
Centene Corporation announced on March 24, 2016, that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Health Net, Inc.
 
Hartford HealthCare has named Peter Paul Yu M.D. the new Physician-in-Chief of the Cancer Institute.
 
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March 24, 2016

Government Headlines 

The House Homeland Security Committee, reacting to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, approved a bill Wednesday aimed at restricting recruitment efforts by terrorist organizations.
 
The House Ethics Committee formally launched an investigation into allegations that Representative Corrine Brown (D-FL, 5thwas involved with “improper conduct” with an outside organization.
 
It was a big week in defense as several flag and general officers were nominated, promoted, and in one ignoble case, sacked. The Air Force’s Lt. Gen. John Hesterman was fired from his post as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of Air Staff for conduct unbecoming of an officer. 
 
Nearly seven years after joining the Obama Administration, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Susan L. Kurland is stepping down for a new job with the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation.
 
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley held a press conference late Wednesday afternoon to deny allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a top political advisor.  
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Tamara Ingram was named Chief Executive Officer of J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT). She replaced Gustavo Martinez, who was accused of sexist and racist behavior in a lawsuit filed by JWT Chief Communications Officer Erin Johnson. Ingram previously served as Chief Client Team Officer at JWT’s parent company, WPP plc.
 
Brian R. Besanceney was named Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., effective April 1, 2016. He joins Walmart from The Walt Disney Company, where he was Senior Vice President, Walt Disney World Public Affairs and Worldwide Government and Industry Relations. Before joining Disney, Besanceney served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning at the U.S. State Department from 2006 to 2009.
 
The Sherwin-Williams Company announced an agreement to acquire The Valspar Corporation for $11.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory and Valspar shareholder approval.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. announced the promotions of four staff: Dawson R. Hobbs to Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Reilly O’Connor to Vice President, Head of Federal Affairs and Policy, Catherine McDaniel to Vice President, Federal Affairs, and Alexandra “Ali” Prolago Gormley to Director, Federal Affairs.
 
The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry has installed the new members of its Board of Directors: Richard Berry, James R. “Jim” Haeffele, and Anthony V. “Tony” Lyons.
 
Melissa Murray, tenured faculty member at the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, has been appointed interim Dean. Murray’s appointment follows the March 10 resignation of former dean Sujit Choudhry, who left the position amid accusations of sexual harassment.


 
Media Headlines
 
Cory Tolbert Haik was named Executive Editor at Mic.
 
CNN named Adam Charlton Executive Producer of New Day Weekend.
 
At the Associated Press, Jonathan Fahey was named Global Health Editor.
 
CQ Weekly changed its name to CQ Magazine.
 
At People magazine, Maria Mercedes Lara was named Senior News Editor for People.com.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Allen & Overy announced that partner Richard Browne has joined Dirk Meeus as joint leader of the firm’s Global Corporate Practice. Browne replaces Andrew Ballheimer, who was recently promoted to global managing partner.
 
Steptoe & Johnson LLP hired Allison Nyholm as a director. She was formerly an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Rio Tinto plc announced that Sam Walsh will retire as Chief Executive Officer and Jean-Sebastien Jacques will replace him, effective July 1, 2016.
 
TransCanada announced that it will acquire Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. for $13 Billion. It is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016.
 
Netsmart Technologies, Inc. announced on March 23, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by GI Partners in partnership with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Once completed, Netsmart will be merged with Allscripts' homecare software business unit. The combined company will continue to be led by Mike Valentine, Netsmart's current Chief Executive Officer. The transaction is expected to close in April 2016.
 
Capella Healthcare Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement with RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Inc., under which the two will be merged to create a single healthcare company. The combined company's name will be RCCH Health Partners and the transaction is expected to close during second quarter 2016.
 
Cantel Medical Corp. announced that Jorgen B. Hansen has been promoted from President and Chief Operating Officer to President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective August 1, 2016. He succeeds Andrew A. Krakauer, who is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board but will continue to serve as a Senior Advisor until October 15, 2016.
 
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March 17, 2016

Government Headlines 

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Merrick B. Garland to be Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Garland, known as a centrist and moderate, is currently the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a position he’s held since 2013. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) once again vowed to block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, insisting that the vacancy should be filled by the next president.
 
In elections news, three states held their congressional primaries on Tuesday, with little surprise. In Ohio, businessman Warren Davidson beat out 15 other Republicans in the primary to fill the vacancy left by former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH, 8th)
 
Marco Rubio finally threw in the towel this week, narrowing the Republican primary field down to just Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor John Kasich, with Trump poised to win the whole thing. The junior senator from Florida managed to unseat Jeb Bush as the party establishment’s pick a scant four months ago, but the sudden influx of donations, endorsements, and general support just wasn’t enough to salvage his campaign. 
 
This week also saw Brad Carson, Obama’s pick to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, declaring his intention to leave the Department of Defense after nearly nine months of slogging through the Senate and more time still spent performing the duties of that position.  
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Cabot Corporation named Sean D. Keohane as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Patrick M. Prevost, who remains with the company as an advisor and board member. Keohane most recently served as Executive Vice President and President of Cabot’s Reinforcement Materials Segment.
 
Nandita Bakhshi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer-designate of Bank of the West, effective April 1, 2016. She most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head, Direct Channels at TD Bank, N.A. 
 
Nasdaq, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire International Securities Exchange from Deutsche Börse Group. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Association for Information and Image Management International President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Mancini (CSE since 5/13/1996) is now President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Evangelist and is transitioning to a more advisory role.
 
Adam Rice, the Communications Director for US Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)  isjoining the staff of The Financial Services Roundtable as Communications Director on March 21st. FSR has also announced that Jon Evans has been named Senior Manager, Digital Strategy.
 
Sujit Choudhry, the Dean of the School of Law at University of California, Berkeley, resigned on March 10 following accusations of sexual harassment by his former executive assistant. Choudhry had served as Dean since 2014. The naming of an interim replacement is expected within the next two weeks. 


 
Media Headlines
 
Effective late April 2016, Andrew Rosenthal will step down as Editorial Page Editor at the New York Times. James Bennet was named the new Editorial Page Editor effective May 1, 2016. Elizabeth Webbe Lunny was named Vice President and Publisher of  T: The New York Times Style Magazine at the New York Times.
 
Maria Baugh, previously Managing Editor of Food Network Magazine, was named Executive Managing Editor of Seventeen.
 
Emily Greenhouse was named Managing Editor at The New Yorker.
 
Tara Murphy was named Managing Editor at TheStreet.com.
 
At CBS News, Ted Koppel was named Special Contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Alston & Bird LLP hired Thomas G. Walker, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. His practice will focus on government investigations, internal corporate investigations, and white collar criminal defense.
 
Former Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, Susan Phillips Read, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She will serve as Of Counsel in the firm’s Global Litigation Practice.
 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced the promotions of Mary Lehner, Caroline Richard, and Ryan Suda to partner, effective May 1, 2016. Suda is based in the firm’s New York office, and both Lehner and Richard are based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
C&J Energy Services Ltd. appointed Randy McMullen as Chief Executive Officer in addition to his current position as Chief Financial Officer, following the death of previous CEO Josh Comstock.
 
SunEdison, Inc. appointed Ilan Daskal Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 4, 2016.
 
Chevron Corporation named Mark A. Nelson Corporate Vice President, Strategic Planning, effective April 1, 2016.
 
Broward Health has appointed Pauline Grant as President and Chief Executive Officer in an acting capacity. She replaces Kevin Fusco, current Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, who will be returning to his role as Chief Operating Officer.
 
Allstate Insurance Company announced that Judith P. Greffin will retire as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer on March 31, 2016. Chief Financial Officer Steve Shebik will fill the role in an interim capacity until a replacement has been named. In a separate announcement, the company also announced that Glenn Shapiro has been appointed Executive Vice President of Claims effective April 4, 2016. He succeeds Michael J. Roche, who is retiring from the company.
 
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March 10, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, the Senate is on the cusp of an aid deal for Flint, Michigan and other cities with water contamination problems. Key Senators are in the final stages of negotiating an aid package after being bogged down by partisan and procedural obstacles. 
 
In elections news, Mississippi held its congressional primary on Tuesday, with all the incumbents winning easily. Former Democratic Representative Joe Baca is running for a seat in the House, but has decided to switch parties. Baca filed his papers to run against Representative Pete Aguilar (D-CA, 31st) as a Republican, saying the switch reflected his Christian values.  
 
It was a rough week for Marco Rubio as Donald Trump crushed him in multiple primaries and Ted Cruz started sidling up to the very Establishment supporters that he’s relying on to stay in the race. Cruz picked up the quiet Bush brother, Neil, as a member of his finance team, and then nabbed an endorsement from former competitor Carly Fiorina. On Tuesday night, Cruz was the only candidate to beat Trump in any state, preventing the current frontrunner from making a clean sweep.
 
Outside of elections, the biggest newsmaker this week was Therese McMillan, who formally withdrew her nomination to be head of the Federal Transit Administration after more than a year and a half of being stuck in the Senate. 
 
The Kentucky House of Representatives remains under Democratic control after the party won three of the four special elections held on Tuesday, March 8. 
 
Kyle Tasker resigned from his seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 9, following his arrest on felony drug charges and using the internet to lure an underage girl into having sex with him. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Commerzbank AG named Martin Zielke Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors (the functional equivalent of a CEO), effective May 1, 2016. Zielke, who currently serves as Managing Director, will succeed Martin Blessing.
 
Mark T. Smucker, currently President, Consumer and Natural Foods, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company, effective May 1, 2016. He will succeed Richard K. Smucker, who will become Executive Chairman of the Board.
 
On March 3, 2016, an investor group led by JAB Holding Company completed its acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. As a result, Keurig Green Mountain became privately owned.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The American Academy of Dermatology has installed its new Officers and members of the Board of Directors, led by President Abel Torres of Case Western Reserve University.
 
The American Massage Therapy Association has installed its new Officers and Board of Directors, led by President Nathan J. Nordstrom.
 
Elizabeth Garrett, who became the first female President of Cornell University in July 2015, died of colon cancer on March 6, 2016 at the age of 52. She was the 13th president of the university and the first to die in office. Garrett had previously served as the Provost of the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2015. Cornell Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff currently serves as Acting President. 
 
S.Y. Lee, previously Deputy Press Secretary, Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was named Director, Communications at The Internet Association
  
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Media Headlines
 
Paul Haven was named News Director of Latin America and the Caribbean for the Associated Press.  He is based in Mexico City.
 
Luis Fernandez was named Executive Vice President of Network News for Telemundo.  He replaced Luis Carlos Velez, who was named News Anchor and Senior Correspondent for the network. 
 
Eliza Barclay was named Science and Health Editor at Vox Media.
 
Matt Buchanan, previously Editor of The Awl, was named Features Editor of Eater.  He begins his new role at the end of March 2016.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. joined DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. He will be based in the firm’s Brookfield, WI Office.
 
Squire Patton Boggs and Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to combine firms. Upon completion of the merger, Carroll Burdick will operate as an integrated part of Squire Patton Boggs. The merger is expected to be completed before the end of March 2016.
 
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. announced that Clay Constantinou, the former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, has rejoined the firm as Of Counsel in the Woodbridge, NJ office.
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
Vivint Solar announced that it has terminated the merger agreement with SunEdison, Inc.
 
Mark Williams has stepped down as Chairman of Hess Corporation and will be replaced by James Quigley.
 
Southwire Company’s North American President, Jack Carlson, has retired. Norman Adkins was promoted to be President, Construction Systems and Solutions Group, and Charlie Murrah has been promoted to be President, Power Systems and Solutions Group.
 
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that Peter J. Arduini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Integra LifeSciences, has been elected to its Board of Directors effective April 1, 2016.
 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that Fred Eshelman, founder and former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Stephen Fraidin, Vice Chairman of Pershing Square Capital Management, and Mr. Thomas W. Ross, Sr., former President of the University of North Carolina, have been appointed to its Board of Directors.
 
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March 3, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, a bipartisan bill aimed at combating opioid drug abuse passed its first procedural hurdle on Monday. The Senate voted 89-0 to move forward toward considering the bill, known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rob Portman (R-OH)
 
In elections news, while all eyes were focused on the Presidential primaries of “Super Tuesday,” ArkansasAlaska, and Texas kicked off the Congressional primary season this week, where both House and Senateincumbents largely won easily.
 
Campaigns again took center stage this week as Democrats and Republicans battled it out internally for Super Tuesday. Current frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both scored seven-state wins, with Clinton crushing Sanders for six of hers and Trump scoring solid pluralities in five of his. 
 
It was also a momentous week for US Forces – Afghanistan, as Army General John Campbell stepped down and retired following about two years near the front lines of America’s longest war.
 
Democrats were victorious in each of the three special elections held Tuesday, March 1, to fill vacancies in the Massachusetts House of Representatives
 
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced a major overhaul of his communications team on Thursday, February 25. It is unclear whether these recent changes have anything to do with the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Mitchell R. Butier was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Avery Dennison Corporation, effective May 1, 2016. He succeeds Dean Scarborough, who will remain with the company as Executive Chairman. Butier has been Avery Dennison’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2014.
 
Snyder's-Lance, Inc. completed its acquisition of Diamond Foods, Inc. on February 29, 2016.
 
Krysta Harden has joined E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) as Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer. Harden most recently served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
David J. Berteau, currently Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness at the United States Department of Defense, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council effective March 28, 2016.
 
Scott C. Farrell, formerly Chief Financial Officer and Associate Executive Director, Business and Operations at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, is the new Executive Director effective March 2nd. He replaced former AAOMS Executive Director and Secretary Robert C. Rinaldi (CSE 1997-3/2/16), who has retired.
 
Joseph J. McGowan, the third President of Bellarmine University, passed away on March 1 at the age of 71 following a brief illness. McGowan had served as President of the university since 1990 and oversaw the graduation of Bellermine from a college to a university in 2000. An interim replacement has yet to be announced.
 
Simon Newman, the 25th president of Mount St. Mary’s University, resigned following faculty outrage over abrupt firings and controversial statements made by Newman following his hiring in late 2015. Karl Einolf, Dean of the university’s School of Business, has been named Acting President.
  
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Media Headlines
 
Riley MacLeod is the new Managing Editor at Kotaku.
 
Karen Leever was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media for the Discovery Networks.  She replaced Sean Atkins, who was named President of MTV.  
 
Steve Kiggins was named Executive Editor of The Spectrum.
 
Hamilton Fish was appointed Publisher and Editorial Director of The New Republic.
 

 
Legal Headlines
 
Kelly T. Currie, former Acting U.S. Attorney and Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, returned to Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement practice group.
 
McDonald Hopkins LLC elected Shawn M. Riley as its new President effective October 1, 2016. Carl J. Grassi, the firm’s current president, will become Chairman of the firm.
 
Pamela Cothran Marsh, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, joined Berger Singerman as a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Government Regulatory practices. 
 

 
Energy and Health Headlines
 
As a part of a restructuring, Royal Dutch Shell plc announced that Marvin Odum would be leaving as President of subsidiary Shell Oil Company, and will be replaced by Bruce Culpepper, effective at the end of March 2016.
 
Dynegy, Inc. and Energy Capital Partners have agreed to acquire ENGIE's U.S. fossil portfolio for $3.3 Billion. It is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
 
General Electric completed the sale of the majority of its North American commercial lending and leasing businesses to Wells Fargo & Co. for around $26 Billion.
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced that Tina Holmes has been appointed Vice President and Chief of Staff. Also, Eric Hoag has been appointed the Vice President of Provider Relations. Janelle Waldock has been appointed the Vice President of Community Health and Health Equity. Finally, Peter Wickersham has been appointed Vice President of Health Service Operations and the Executive Pharmacy Officer.
 
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February 25, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, the Senate reached an agreement on an aid package for Flint, Michigan to address the city’s ongoing water crisis.
 
President Barack Obama has nominated Carla D. Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. Hayden, the longtime head of Baltimore’s library system, would be the first woman and first African-American to hold the position in the institution’s 214 year history. 
 
After months of low poll numbers and poor finishes in every one of the big three early primary states, Jeb Bush finally bowed out of the race for the Republican nomination on Saturday. 
 
New York Assembly Member Barbara Clark passed away on Monday, February 22, at the age of 76.
 
Democratic Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith passed on Sunday, February 21 in Reno following a year-long battle with a brain tumor. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Justin C. Dearborn was named Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Publishing Company, replacing John H. “Jack” Griffin, Jr. Dearborn most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Merge Healthcare, Inc. 
 
Weyerhaeuser Company completed its acquisition of Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. on February 19, 2016.
 
Activision Blizzard, Inc. completed its acquisition of King Digital Entertainment plc on February 23, 2016. King will continue to operate under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Riccardo Zacconi.
 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Daniel “Dan” Cardinali has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of INDEPENDENT SECTOR effective in July 2016.
 
Susan A. Cantrell, formerly Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DIA Americas at the Drug Information Association is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
 
The board of trustees of Miami University has appointed Gregory P. Crawford as the university’s 22nd President, effective July 1. Crawford is currently a Professor of Physics as well as Vice President and Associate Provost of the University of Notre Dame.  He previously served as Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science from 2008 to 2015 and as Dean of Engineering at Brown University from 2006 to 2008. He succeeds David C. Hodge as president of Miami University, a position he has held since 2006.
 
 
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Media Headlines

Alan Henry, previously Deputy Editor, was named Editor-in-Chief of Lifehacker.

Stephen Lacey, Previously Senior Editor of Energy Efficiency, was named Managing Editor of Greentech Media

Stephanie Jones, previously Local Editor, was named Managing Editor of The Journal Times.

At The New York Times, Marie-Amélie Sauvé was named Fashion Director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

 

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Legal Headlines
 
Rick Healy, formerly of the House Appropriations Committee, joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a Senior Legislative Advisor.
 
Jenner & Block announced that Craig C. Martin has been named chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Martin is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office.
 
Adam Lurie, a former partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, has joined Linklaters as a partner in the firm’s U.S. Dispute Resolution Practice. Lurie will head Linklater’s Washington, D.C. Litigation and Government Investigations Practice.
 
 
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Energy and Health Headlines
 
ConocoPhillips announced that Jeff Sheets as Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Don Wallette will succeed him in that position, Al Hirshberg has been named Executive Vice President, Production, Drilling and Projects, and Matt Fox was named Executive Vice President, Exploration and Technology, all effective April 1, 2016.
 
Pacific Gas and Electric Company promoted Patrick M. Hogan to be Senior Vice President, Electric Transmission and Distribution and Dinyar B. Mistry to be Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the parent company and subsidiary Pacific Gas and Electric Company, effective March 1, 2016.
 
Royal Dutch Shell plc completed its acquisition of BG Group plc for $50 Billion.
 
Southern Company announced that it will acquire PowerSecure International, Inc. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. appointed Geneviève Lemaire Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. She succeeds Keith Santorelli, who has resigned from the company.

 

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February 18, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated the vacancy should not be filled until after the presidential election, setting up a clash of powers during President Barack Obama’s remaining days in office. 

Friday ended up being huge for the State Department as Senator Ted Cruz lifted his holds on six nominees, all of whom were confirmed before the morning was out.

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s scandal-ridden Attorney General, announced in a press conference on Tuesday, February 16, that she will not be seeking reelection to a second term this November.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The ADT Corporation has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, LLC. Under the deal, ADT will merge with Protection 1 (an Apollo portfolio company), with the combined business operating under the ADT brand name.  

Gary F. Locke, former Governor of Washington, was appointed to AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.’s board of directors. Locke also served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011 and as U.S. Ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014.

Ingram Micro Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company, Ltd. for $6 billion. After the merger closes, Ingram Micro will become a part of HNA Group, with the current executive team, including CEO Alain Monié, remaining with the company.  

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Association of American Colleges and Universities has installed its new Board of Directors, led by Chair James Paul Collins of Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus.
 
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert L. Hughes was named Director, K-12 Strategy, effective June 1, 2016. 

The members of the American Association of Law Libraries voted down a proposal to change the association’s name to the Association for Legal Information.

Juanita D. Duggan, previously President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has taken up her new position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of Independent Business
 
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Media Headlines

At the Washington Post, Lori Montgomery was promoted to Deputy National Editor.

At the New York Times, International Business Editor Adrienne Carter  will move to the London Bureau in the spring of 2016. Conor Dougherty joined the San Francisco Bureau as Economy Reporter. 

Melinda French Gates was named Contributing Editor at Marie Claire.

At Cosmopolitan, Maressa Brown was named Parenting Editor of Cosmopolitan.com.

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Legal Headlines
 
Blank Rome LLP announced that more than 100 attorneys and additional staff from Dickstein Shapiro LLP’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices have joined the Firm. James Kelly, former Chairman of Dickstein Shapiro now serves as the Chairman of Blank Rome's Washington, D.C. Office. 
 
The Center for Effective Government will cease operations effective March 4, 2016.

On February 13, 2016United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Scalia’s passing comes at a crucial time, with both political and legal implications. Prior to his death, conservatives enjoyed a slight 5-4 majority on the bench and an edge on many cases. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Chevron Corporation announced that Melody B. Meyer will retire as President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production. Stephen W. Green will replace her, with Joseph M. Naylor replacing Green as Vice President, Policy, Government and Public Affairs.

TAC Energy appointed Christine McHale as Regional Sales Manager.

Rush University Medical Center has announced that Peter Butler will retire as President, effective July 1, 2016. 

Kemper Corporation announced that Denise I. Lynch has resigned as Property & Casualty Group Executive. Her role is assumed on an interim basis by Joseph W. Metz, the company’s Personal and Commercial Lines President.   
 
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February 11, 2016

Government Headlines 

The Senate passed legislation aimed at hurting North Korea’s nuclear program after the nation’s recent satellite launch. The Senate approved the sanctions bill 96-0, which targets North Korea’s ability to finance the development of nuclear warheads and the long-range missiles to deliver them.

The Senate confirmed Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson as Commander of U.S. Forces -Afghanistan. He has had a long military career, most recently serving as NATO’s Commander of Allied Land Command, based in Turkey. 

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced this week that she would be resigning to apply for the position of President of Ivy Tech Community College.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Apollo Education Group, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC, and Najafi Companies. 

Lisa Dolly, currently Chief Operating Officer, was named Chief Executive Officer of Pershing LLC, effective February 16, 2016. She succeeds Ronald DeCicco, who will serve as an executive advisor.

Black Box Corporation appointed E.C. Sykes as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 29, 2016, succeeding Michael McAndrew. Sykes most recently served as President and CEO of Switch Lighting.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Genevieve “Gen” O’Sullivan, formerly Director, Communications at the National Association of State Foresters, is the Director, Communications and Marketing at CropLife America.
 
Marjorie Hass, the President of Austin College, has been elected Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 
Joy Sisisky was named Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula and Sonoma Counties, effective April 1, 2016.
 
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Media Headlines

Jamie Page Deaton was named Managing Editor for the Auto section of U.S. News & World Report

Lauren Piro became Digital Editor at FoodNetwork.com.

The Los Angeles Times hired Allison Wisk as the new State Politics Editor effective March 2016.

At The New Republic, Laura Marsh was promoted to Story Editor.

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Legal Headlines

Jenner & Block announced that H. Kurt von Moltke has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner. He joins the Securities, Corporate Finance, and Corporate practices, and will co-chair the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice.

Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma, joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in its Washington, D.C., and Tysons, VA offices.

This week, President Obama nominated Stephanie A. Finley to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
 
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Energy and Health Headlines
 
Exelon Corporation appointed Nancy L. Gioia to its board of directors.
 
Precision Castparts Corp. was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for $37.2 Billion.
 
The Medical College of Wisconsin has appointed Christopher Kops the new Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Chief Operating Officer.

Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach has named Kristin Mascotti the new Quality Medical Officer.

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February 4, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, House Democrats called for an investigation into Flint, Michigan’s ongoing drinking water crisis.
 
It was a barnburner of a week for elections, and not a good one if you happened to be leading in the polls. With a near-flawless ground game and heavy support from evangelicals, Ted Cruz managed a not-quite-unpredicted upset against Donald Trump in Iowa for the Republican Caucus, while Hillary Clinton barely eked out a win over insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders in the neighboring Democratic Caucus – a race so close it was determined by coin tosses in several districts. 
 
Last week the Inspector Generals of both the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Postal Service announced their resignations.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated former newspaper editor Rossana Rosado to serve as the state’s next Secretary of State

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Delta Air Lines, Inc. announced the promotion of Edward H. Bastian to Chief Executive Officer, effective May 2, 2016. 

SUPERVALU INC. appointed Mark Gross as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 5, 2016.

Alexander N.M. Niejelow was appointed Senior Vice President, Public Policy at MasterCard International Incorporated, effective February 8, 2016.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
 
The American Apparel & Footwear Association is in the process of relocating from Arlington, VA to 740 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The move is expected to be completed by sometime in March 2016.
 
Hadar Susskind has been appointed as Vice President, Public Policy and Legal Affairs at The Council on Foundations.
 
Donald P. “Don” Welsh, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose Chicago (until March 25, 2016) has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Destination Marketing Association International effective March 29, 2016. He will replace DMAI’s Chief Operating Officer Charles Jeffers II, who has been Interim Chief Executive Officer since September 2015.

Paul Meecham, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc., is leaving to join Utah Symphony and Utah Opera effective July 1, 2016.

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Media Headlines

Patricia “Tricia” Miller was promoted from Editor to Publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal.

Marcia Myers became Editor of CQ Weekly.

David Granger is stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Esquire effective March 31, 2016. Jay Fielden, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country, will succeed Granger.

At ESPN The Magazine, Alison Overholt was named Editor-in-Chief. She continues as Editor-in-Chief of espnW.

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Legal Headlines

Lisa Schrader, formerly Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, joined Hill & Knowlton Strategies as a Senior Vice President.

Jones Day announced that they have opened a new office in Brisbane, Australia. This is the firm’s third office in Australia and its 43rd worldwide. Partner John Cooper will serve as the office’s Managing Partner. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Ensco plc announced that Michael McGuinty has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

Gulf Oil L.P. announced that Rick Dery will step down as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. promoted John F. Milligan, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, to Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective March 10, 2016. Current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John C. Martin will assume the role of Executive Chairman.

Abbott Laboratories announced on February 1, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alere Inc. for $5.8 billion.

NBTY, Inc. announced on February 2, 2016, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Vitamin World business to Centre Lane Partners. The transaction is expected to close by mid-February 2016.

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 January 28, 2016

Government Headlines 

This week in congressional news, Senate Democrats released a letter Wednesday pushing for Puerto Rico to get bankruptcy protections in order to help the country tackle its massive debt problem. Every Senate Democrat signed on to the letter.

The Senate confirmed Lisa Disbrow as Under Secretary of the Air Force last week. Disbrow had been serving as Acting Under Secretary since April 2015 and was officially nominated in September. 

Republican John Lujan won a special election held Tuesday, January 26, to represent San Antonio-area District 118 in the Texas House of Representatives. Lujan, a retired firefighter, won 52.4 percent of the vote in the historically-Democratic district. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Nkechi “Payton” Iheme has joined Facebook, Inc. as Public Policy Manager. She previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Communication Technology in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated has agreed to acquire FirstMerit Corporation for $3.4 billion. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

Johnson Controls, Inc. and Tyco International Ltd. have agreed to merge. The combined company will be domiciled in Ireland and renamed Johnson Controls plc.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
The Natural Gas Supply Association and the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas [CNLG] have merged effective in January 2016.
 
At Feed the Children, J.C. Watts, Jr. was named President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Kate Schecter, effective February 1, 2016.

Aranthan S. Jones, previously Principal, Podesta Group, Inc., was named Chief Policy and Communications Officer at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, effective February 1, 2016. 

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Media Headlines

Lori Rackl, previously TV Critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, was named Travel Editor for the Chicago Tribune.  

At the New York Times’ “The Upshot,” Amanda Cox was named Editor and Kevin Quealy Deputy Editor.

Samantha Gowen was named Business Editor of the Orange County Register.

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Legal Headlines

Jonathan E. Eady, former co-leader of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP’s Real Estate Practice, was named the firm’s new managing partner. 

Sherman Gillums, Jr., previously Deputy Executive Director, is now the Interim Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Michael Vazquez to be District Judge the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

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Energy and Health Headlines

CMS Energy Corporation named Melissa Gleespen Chief Compliance Officer for their company and subsidiary Consumers Energy Company.

E.ON SE has hired Barbara Schaedler as their Head of Corporate Communications.

DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. appointed Jim Rechtin President of its California-market HealthCare Partners Medical Group, effective February 15, 2016. 
Stryker Corporation announced that William R. Jellison will retire as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  

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January 21, 2016

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would impose stricter screening requirements for refugees from Iraq and Syria.
 
This week saw a resignation announcement from one of the Obama Administration’s most important legal figures: Deborah Leff, the attorney charged with handling the presidential pardon process, is stepping down at the end of the month. 
 
Delaware Governor Jack Markell has appointed Patrick Gilliam-Johnson to serve as the state’s next Secretary of the Department of Labor.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Samuel A. Scales has joined Ford Motor Company as Manager of Government Affairs. He previously served as Director of Coalitions and Member Services at the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.

On January 14, 2016, ACE Limited completed its acquisition of The Chubb Corporation and subsequently changed its name to Chubb Limited.

Pinnacle Foods Inc. completed its acquisition of Boulder Brands, Inc. on January 15, 2016.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Linda Thomas Brooks is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of MPA- The Association of Magazine Media.

At the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, Nicole George-Middleton and Shawn LeMone have both been promoted to Senior Vice President, Membership.

The American Waterways Operators has announced that Jennifer A. Carpenter has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

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Media Headlines

Amanda Meigher, previously Managing Editor of Teen Vogue, was named Managing Editor of Allure.  

Lynette Pone McIntyre was named Accessories Director of People StyleWatch.   She will be the first Accessories Director at the magazine.

Grace Coddington, Creative Director at Vogue for 28 years, stepped down from her position.  She will now be a Creative Director at Large for the Magazine.  

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Legal Headlines
 
Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will be joining the firm in the near future. He previously worked at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, which will henceforth be known as Bracewell LLP 
 
Susan M. Liss, currently Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has been named Executive Director of Justice at Stake effective February 16, 2016.

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wilhelmina Marie Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

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Energy and Health Headlines
 
Caterpillar Inc. elected Denise Johnson, as Group President of Resources Industries, effective April 1, 2016. 
 
New Jersey Resources Corporation appointed Rhonda Figueroa as the company’s Diversity Officer and Richard Reich to replace her as Corporate Secretary. 
 
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. appointed Chris Miller Chief Executive Officer of its Paladina Health, LLCsubsidiary. 
 
Shire plc announced on January 11, 2016, that it has entered into an agreement to combine with Baxalta Incorporated in a transaction worth approximately $32 billion.
 
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January 14, 2016 

Government Headlines
 
This week in congressional news, House members approved new economic sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday, after the isolated nation claimed to successfully test its first ever hydrogen bomb last week.
 
It was a rough week for trailblazer and would-be Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning. After just a month and a half as Acting Secretary, Fanning was effectively forced to step aside from his position in order to address concerns from Senate Republicans. 
 
J.J. Dossett, a schoolteacher and political newcomer, was elected to represent Oklahoma Senate District 34 in a special election held Tuesday, January 12. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines
 
Robert Palleschi, currently Global Head of Full Service Brands at Hilton Worldwide, Inc., was named President and Chief Executive Officer of TGI Friday’s Inc.
 
Caroline M. Atkinson will be joining Google Inc. as Head of Global Public Policy in March 2016. She previously served as President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics.
 
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. and Glazer's, Inc. have agreed to merge to create Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines
 
Richard A. “Rick” Helfenbein, the President of TellaS/Luen Thai USA, who is currently the Chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has been named AAFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective February 15, 2016.  
 
At The Sugar Association, Inc., former President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew C. “Andy” Briscoe III (CSE 4/03-1/8/16) resigned effective January 8th
 
At the Ford Foundation, Bess Rothenberg was named Director, Strategy and Learning.
 
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Media Headlines

At Bon Appetit, Alexandra Beggs was named Senior Digital Editor.

Rebecca Mansour, former Speechwriter to Sarah Palin at SarahPAC, became Senior West Coast Editor at the Breitbart News Network.

Kevin Magee, former Executive Vice President at the Fox Business Network, was named Executive in Charge of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”  

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Legal Headlines

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that the firm will open a Boston office in February 2016. This will be the firm’s 10th U.S. location and its 15th worldwide.

Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of New York’s highest court, joined Latham & Watkins LLP in its New York office as Of Counsel. He retired from his post as chief judge at the end of 2015.

President Obama nominated Donald Karl Schott and Myra C. Selby to be Circuit Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
 
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Energy and Health Headlines
 
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. appointed Chris Miller Chief Executive Officer of its Paladina Health, LLCsubsidiary.
 
Capella Healthcare has appointed Vishal Bhatia the new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer.
 
NGL Energy Partners LP agreed to sell TransMontaigne GP LLC to an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners for $350 Million. This is expected to be completed by the end of January 2016.
 
Arch Coal, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.
 
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January 7, 2016

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Representative Steve Israel (D-NY, 3rd) surprisingly announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

Angela Bailey kicked the New Year off with a bang as she announced her transition from Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Personnel Management to Chief Human Capital Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, effective January 8th

Montana Governor Steve Bullock appointed former Secretary of State Mike Cooney to serve as Lieutenant Governor

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Triumph Group, Inc. appointed Daniel J. Crowley, former President of Integrated Defense Systems at Raytheon Company, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. 

On January 4, 2016, ARRIS Group, Inc. completed its acquisition of Pace plc. ARRIS is now known as ARRIS International plc.

Linda Kroening has joined Ernst & Young LLP as Executive Director, Tax Policy and Controversy. Kroening is a 28-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Anne Forristall Luke is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

At the Museum of the City of New York, Whitney W. Donhauser was named President and Ronay Menschel Director, replacing Susan Henshaw Jones.

Dennis M. Bartels was named Executive Director at Exploratorium.

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Media Headlines

Megan Greenwell, previously Senior Editor at ESPN Magazine, was named Features editor of The Cut at New York Magazine

Paula Szuchman, previously Senior Director of Digital Content, was named Vice President of On-Demand Content for WNYC-AM/FM.

The Meredith Vieira Show was cancelled after Season 2 ended.  The Show started in 2014 and January 8, 2016 marks the last episode. 

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Legal Headlines
 
Mellisa M. Davis has joined Thompson & Knight LLP as Counsel in the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Davis previously worked as an appellate attorney for the Texas Supreme Court and the First Court of Appeals.
 
Tracy Hart is now Chairperson of the National Health Council.
 
On January 5, 2015, Peggy Kuo was sworn in as the newest U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
 

Energy and Health Headlines

Clean Harbors, Inc. appointed Michael L. Battles as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Eric J. Dugas as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.

Eaton Corporation plc named Stephen Noble as Vice President, Manufacturing for their Vehicle Group.

TriHealth, Inc. has named Jim Hauschildt the new President of Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He replaces Morris Cohen who has retired.

NYU Langone Medical Center has appointed Joel Schuman the new Chairman for the Department of Ophthalmology.

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December 28, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY, 22nd) announced his plan to retire at the end of his term in 2016. Representative Robert Hurt (R-VA, 5th) also announced he will retire at the end of next year.

This week also saw the end of Lindsey Graham’s presidential ambitions. After months of sagging, sometimes nonexistent poll numbers, the South Carolina Senior Senator officially threw in the towel and withdrew his name from the race. 

On December 17, 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser selected Michelle Garcia to serve as the Administrator of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants

Cuyahoga County, OH - Melissa Kline was appointed the next Chief Nursing Officer of MetroHealth, the County’s health system. Kline replaces Mavis Bechtle, who was promoted to Chief Hospital Clinical Officer.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On December 17, 2015, The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) named Charles I. Plosser, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, to its Board of Governors.

Rick Rayford has retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookshire Grocery Company. Chairman of the Board Bradley W. Brookshire was appointed to the additional role of CEO.

On December 17, 2015 Avon Products, Inc. and Cerberus Capital Management announced a definitive agreement under which Cerberus will purchase an 80.1% interest in Avon North America.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Cecilia Sepp has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Health Care Administrators effective January 4, 2016.  

At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ramon Murguia was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Also, Cathann A. Kress was elected a new trustee, effective January 2016.

Stacey Franklin Jones has resigned her position as the Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, effective December 31.

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Media Headlines

At the New York TimesSusanne Craig, the current Albany Bureau Chief, was appointed City Hall Bureau Chief, and Jesse McKinley was promoted to Albany Bureau Chief. The changes take effect at the end of January 2016.

Effective January 4, 2016, Kevin Whitelaw, Editor of CQ Weekly, will become Head of the Congressional team at the Washington Bureau of Bloomberg News

Jeff Tkach was named Vice President and Managing Director for Rodale’s Organic Life.

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Legal Headlines
 
This week, the United States Senate confirmed Darlene Michele Soltys and Robert A. Salerno to be Associate Judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

On December 22, 2015, Michele Hotten was sworn in to the Maryland Court of Appeals. Hotten fills a vacancy that was created when Glenn T. Harrell Jr. retired. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Northwest Natural Gas Company announced that David Anderson, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will become Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Gregg S. Kantor. The transition will take effect on August 1, 2016.

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company began trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the new ticker symbol "IONS" on December 22, 2015.

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. announced that Enrique Carrazana will resign as Chief Medical Officer, effective January 4, 2016. Burkhand Blank, MD, will serve as interim Chief Medical Officer until a replacement has been named.

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December 17, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) unveiled a tax and spending package early Wednesday morning, raising budget limits with $66 billion in new spending for 2016 and adding an array of new tax benefits. 

It was a big week for at least one DOD alumnus: Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby, who was bumped up from State Department Spokesperson to Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Public Affairs.

Six months after stepping down from his position as New York Senate Majority Leader following an arrest for federal corruption charges, Dean Skelos was convicted on all charges and forced to resign his Senate seat.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Thomas B. Mangas was named Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., effective December 31, 2015.

Nick Pearson has joined Google Inc. as Manager, Public Policy and Government Affairs. He previously served as Federal Government Relations Director at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

On December 14, 2015, Newell Rubbermaid Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Jarden Corporation. The combined company will be named Newell Brands. 

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers [CRB] has changed its name to the Real Estate Benefits Institute [REBI]. The name change phasing in is now complete and includes a new website. 

At Chicago Botanic Garden, Jean Franczyk was named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2016, replacing Sophia Shaw.

Christian Schornich was named Chief Operating Officer at Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., effective January 1, 2016.

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Media Headlines

At The Daily Beast, Emma Carew Grovum becomes Assistant Managing Editor effective December 21, 2015.

At Refinery29, Christene Barberich was promoted to Group Editor in Chief and Amy Emmerich was promoted to Chief Content Officer.

At New York magazine, Rebecca Ramsey was named Style Director, The Cut.

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Bose Public Affairs Group LLC acquired mCapitol Management, Inc.’s public affairs business. As a result, Brad A. Queisser will join the Washington, D.C. office of Bose Public Affairs Group LLC effective January 1, 2016.
 
Thomas G. Mahnken has been named President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments effective in March 2016.  
 
Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves was sworn in as a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Montgomery-Reeves replaces former Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr., who retired. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Phyllis E. Currie and Mark S. Johnson joined the Board of Directors of Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO).

Aflac Incorporated appointed Gail A. Galuppo Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 4, 2016.

CVS Health Corporation announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Target Corporation’s pharmacy and clinic businesses.

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December 10, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Congress is slowly creeping towards a government funding deal after several long days of negotiations over policy amendments. As the Friday deadline to avoid a government shutdown looms, House Republicans are now considering passing a stop-gap bill that would cover a few days to buy more time for negotiations. 

At the federal level this week saw the revival – sort of – of the Export-Import Bank of the United States following nearly five months of the bank’s charter expiring amid Congressional infighting between far right Republicans and just about everyone else. 

Robert Patton, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, will resign from his position at the end of January. Patton’s resignation comes amidst an investigation into a series of botched executions administered by the department.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On December 4, 2015, Sequential Brands Group, Inc. completed its acquisition of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by JAB Holding Company for $13.9 billion.  The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2016.

Khanh T. Tran, currently President of Pacific Life Insurance Company, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Capital Group Corp., effective January 1, 2016. 

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Leonard Slatkin, Music Director at Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will be stepping down as Music Director after the 2017-18 season and then become Music Director Laureate.

Kim E. Schatzel has been appointed the President of Maryland’s Towson University, effective January 25, 2016. Schatzel is currently the Vice President and Provost at Eastern Michigan University, and has been serving as the Interim President of the same institution since July.

The Motion Picture Association of America announced that Chris Ortman has been named Vice President, Corporate Communications.

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Media Headlines

Kris Viesselman was named Senior Editor, Digital Content and New Products at the CQ-Roll Call Group.

Effective January 2016, Micheline Maynard, formerly with the New York Times, joins Here and Now as Senior Editor. Here and Now is a news magazine program produced by WBUR-FM.

At Mashable, Isabelle Chapman was appointed Associate Tech Editor covering Snapchat.

Laura Marcinek was appointed Senior Editor at espnW, ESPN’s site for women who love sports.

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Jones Day announced that Julie McEvoy, former deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice since 2012, is rejoining the firm’s Washington office as a partner in the antitrust and competition law practice.
 
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. “Dan” Malloy is now Chairman of the Democratic Governors’ Association.  Malloy, who had been named Chairman-Elect last year, has replaced Montana Governor Steve Bullock.  Washington Governor Jay Robert Inslee has replaced New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan as Vice Chairman.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Lynn Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court. Nakamoto replaces former Justice Virginia L. Linder, who retired. Governor Brown also appointed Roger J. DeHoog and Scott A. Shorr to be Judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals

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Energy and Health Headlines

Computer Sciences Corporation completed its separation from CSRA Inc., who merged with SRA International, Inc.,and also announced that have agreed to acquire Xchanging plc. The transaction is expected to be completed by June 2016.

Mayo Clinic Health System has named Bobbie Gostout the new Chief Executive Officer.  She replaces Rob Nesse who has stepped down.

Kaiser Permanente announced on December 4, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Group Health Cooperative. Once complete, Group Health will be fully integrated with Kaiser Permanente as the company’s eighth region.

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December 3, 2015

Government Headlines

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a plan that focused on reducing the expansion of Medicaid for low-income Americans, removing the “Cadillac tax” for high-cost plans, eliminating insurance exchanges and subsidies to help consumers buy insurance, and denying funds for Planned Parenthood.

At the Department of Defense Inspector General, Jon T. Rymer, announced his intention to step down in early January, following a little less than two and a half years on the job. Rymer’s tenure as Inspector General has been more eventful than many of his predecessors.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, following the release of a video where a police officer shot and killed a teenager.  

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by CVC Capital Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $4.6 billion. The transaction is expected to close in early 2016.

Diebold, Incorporated has announced an agreement to acquire Wincor Nixdorf AG for $1.8 billion. Andy W. Mattes, Diebold’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will become CEO of the combined company, which will be named Diebold Nixdorf. 

On November 30, 2015, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS) completed its acquisition of SunGard Data Systems Inc.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Lisa Selden, currently Senior Vice President, Strategy, Operations and Business Development - Music Brands at Viacom Media Networks, Viacom Inc., has been named Senior Vice President, Administration Services at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers effective January 1, 2016. 

Michael Yaffe was named Vice President, Scientific Programs at New York Stem Cell Foundation.

Cynthia D. Belar has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Associationeffective January 1, 2016.

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Media Headlines

Effective January 2016, Phil Mattingly will join CNN as General Assignment Correspondent. Mattingly was previously a Political Correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Effective January 2016, Keith Morrison will join Investigation Discovery as a host of a new program called Dateline on ID.

The Wall Street Journal launches a new magazine called The Future of Everything edited by Stan Parish, the former Senior Features Editor of Departures magazine.

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Legal Headlines

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, will join Armstrong Teasdale LLP in January 2016, the firm announced. He will be based in the firm’s St. Louis, MO Office.

Jennifer Johnson, founder of the government affairs practice at Washington Strategies and Bighorn Public Affairs, joined The Ingram Group. Previously, she worked under Senate Whip Al Simpson and Rep. Joel Hefley.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has been elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.  Wisconsin Governor Scott K. Walker has replaced her as Vice Chairman.
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Janet DiFiore to be Chief Judge for the New York State Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the New York State Senate, DiFiore will replace current Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman effective January 1, 2016. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Synchrony Financial completed its separation from General Electric.

Hitachi, Ltd. has completed its purchase of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

Invacare Corporation announced that Marc M. Gibeley, Head of Diabetes Care North America for Roche Holding, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

VHA-UHC Alliance NewCo, Inc., the new company created earlier this year through the merger of VHA Inc. and UniversityHealthSystem Consortium, announced that it will operate under the name Vizient, Inc. starting in January 2016.

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November 19, 2015

Government Headlines

Last Thursday, three members of Congress announced their retirement. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY, At Large), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX, 15th), and Sam Farr (D-CA, 20th) all announced they would not run for reelection in 2016.

Earlier in the week, Luis A. Aguilar of the Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed his intention to step down at the end of the year or sooner depending on the earlier confirmation and swearing-in of his designated successor, Lisa Fairfax. 

Judith Sachwald, the Director of Maryland’s Division of Parole and Probation, has announced she will step down after only eight months on the job. Sachwald announced her decision to return to criminal consulting work in an e-mail to her staff. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Marriott International, Inc. announced an agreement this week to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. for $12.2 billion. The merger will create the world’s largest hotel company. 

SkyWest, Inc. President Russell “Chip” Childs has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. He succeeds Jerry C. Atkin, who will remain with the company as Chairman of the Board.

ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced a plan to separate the company into two independent public companies: Conagra Brands, Inc., composed of ConAgra’s consumer brands portfolio, and Lamb Weston, comprising ConAgra’s frozen potato business.  

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Anne Forristall Luke, currently Vice President, Political and Public Affairs of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.  

Donna Orem, Chief Operating Officer, has been named Interim President of the National Association of Independent Schools.  She replaces President John E. Chubb who passed away last week.

Xian Zhang was named Music Director at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, effective September 1, 2016.

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Media Headlines

Libby Simes was named Interim Publisher of The Bismarck Tribune.  Brian Kroshus, previous Publisher, resigned to run for North Dakota Auditor.  

Zach Ahrens was named President and Publisher of The Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Lester Munson, former Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined BGR Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President. He was previously chief of staff to Mark Kirk in both the House and Senate.
 
Mika Marumoto is the new Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
 
New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis appointed Christopher Keating to be Executive Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts of New Hampshire.

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Energy and Health Headlines

SAS Institute Inc. announced it has appointed Cameron Dow as President of SAS Canada and Carl Farrell to be Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

Ken Cohen, Vice President, Public and Government Affairs at Exxon Mobil Corporation will retire at the end of the year. Suzanne McCarron will be selected to succeed him.

Perrigo Company plc announced that on November 13, 2015, its shareholders rejected the hostile takeover bid previously announced by Mylan N.V.

Astellas Pharma Inc. appointed Peter Sandor Vice President and Oncology Therapeutic Area Head for Marketing Strategy. He will be located at the company’s Northbrook, Illinois location.

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November 12, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate passed a revised annual defense policy bill on Tuesday, sending the bill back to President Barack Obama for a second time. 

This week also saw the appointment of Brian Burns as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security Operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Melissa McLawhorn Houston to serve as the state’s Commissioner of Labor until January 2019.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Macy’s, Inc. has elected Francis S. Blake, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., to its board of directors.

On November 11, 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and SABMiller plc reached an agreement under which SABMiller will be acquired by AB InBev for around $107 billion

On November 11, 2015, The Kroger Co. announced an agreement to acquire Roundy's, Inc. in a deal valued at $800 million.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Melodee Colbert-Kean, a Council Member in the city of Joplin, MO, is the new President of the National League of Cities.

Stephanie Cuskley was named Chief Executive Officer at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, replacing John Ettinger, effective November 30, 2015.

Sylvie Patry was named Deputy Director, Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator at The Barnes Foundation, effective January 2016.

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Media Headlines

David Eldridge, former Roll Call House Editor, was named Editor at InsideSources.com

Former Houston Chronicle Science Blogger Eric Berger joined Ars Technica as Senior Space Editor.

Carlos Chirinos was named Senior Political Editor at Univision Digital.

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Legal Headlines
 
Jamillia P. Ferris, former FCC Advisor, joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in the firm’s Antitrust practice. 
 
Wade J. Henderson has announced his intention to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at the end of 2016.
 
On November 6, 2015, President Obama nominated Vik Edwin Stoll to be a Judge on the United States Tax Court.  

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Energy and Health Headlines

Cheryl Norton has been named President of Missouri American Water, while Deron E. Allen becomes President of Indiana American Water and Michigan American Water, replacing Alan DeBoy, who has been appointed Vice President, Operations Excellence.

Lisa Rediger Hayward has been appointed the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Seattle Children’s Hospital, effective January 4, 2016.

Susan Huntz has been appointed the Co-Director of the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health.

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November 5, 2015

Government Headlines

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12thselected six Democrats for the GOP-led panel on Planned Parenthood. Most notably, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th) will serve as the ranking Democrat on the panel opposite of Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN, 7th)

Lawrence Lessig dropped out of the Democratic Primary this week, bringing to an end one of the longest of long-shot campaigns in the 2016 cycle. Lessig had hoped to replicate and build upon the success of current runner-up Bernie Sanders by tapping into a groundswell of populist support surrounding the issue of campaign finance reform

Four states held legislative elections on Tuesday, but none were as hard-fought as Virginia’s. Democrats were unable to turn a single State Senate district from red to blue.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Stephen Smith was named President and Chief Executive Officer of L.L.Bean, Inc., effective in February 2016. He will be joining the company from Yihaodian, a Chinese e-commerce business owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

Groupon, Inc. has promoted Chief Operating Officer Rich Williams to Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Eric P. Lefkofsky, who was named Chairman of the Board. 

DSW Inc. announced the appointment of Roger L. Rawlins as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. 

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

At The Washington Ballet, Shakira Segundo, Director, Human Resources and Chief Financial Officer, was named Interim Executive Director, effective November 2015.  

Delta Air Lines, Inc. announced its intention to end its membership in Airlines for America.  A4A voted to waive the six month notice period and accepted Delta’s departure effective immediately.

POPAI- The Global Association for Marketing at-Retail, founded in 1936, and The Association for Retail Environments [A.R.E.], founded in 1956,  have merged effective October 2, 2015 to form A.R.E./ POPAI. Former A.R.E. 

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Media Headlines

At The Huffington Post Media Group, Natalie Jackson was named Senior Polling Editor and Bill Bradley was named Entertainment Editor.

Heather Allan was named Senior Vice President, Newsgathering at Al Jazeera America.

PBS NewsHour appointed Julie Percha and Pamela Kirkland Politics Producers; Rachel Wellford Elections Producer; Rhana Natour National Affairs Reporter and Producer; and Geoffrey Guray Elections Reporter and Producer.

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Israel “Izzy” Klein, formerly a senior principal at Podesta Group, joined Roberti Global. She was previously a top aide to Senators Chuck Schumer and Ed Markey.
 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP announced that Radhika “Ronnie” Raju has joined the firm as of counsel. Raju previously served as a Trademark Examining Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed William W. Brash III to be Judge on the Wisconsin Court of AppealsDistrict I. Brash replaces Rebecca Bradley, who was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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Energy and Health Headlines

TriMas Corporation announced that Jerry Van Auken has retired as President of subsidiary Norris Cylinder, with Charles Manz succeeding Van Auken as President.

Johnson & Johnson announced on November 4, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Novira Therapeutics, Inc. 

MedAssets, Inc. announced on November 2, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Pamplona Capital Management for approximately $2.7 billion. 

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October 29, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) was elected on Thursday as the 54th Speaker of the House.

On the Republican side of the campaign trail, Jeb Bush’s financial woes came to the forefront this week as campaign fundraising disclosures came out, followed almost immediately by the flagging Bush campaign undergoing a reorganization with a large number of staffers being converted from paid to unpaid volunteers. 

Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter and Democratic State House Leader John Bel Edwards will face off in a runoff next month to see who will replace Bobby Jindal as Louisiana’s next Governor.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Chico's FAS, Inc. has named Shelley G. Broader President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2015. She succeeds David F. Dyer, who will remain on the board of directors as Vice Chairman. 

Barclays Bank PLC has appointed James E. “Jes” Staley as its new Group Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2015.

On October 26, 2015, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack for $835 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2016.

On October 27, 2015, Snyder's-Lance, Inc. signed an agreement to acquire Diamond Foods, Inc. for $1.91 billion. The merger is expected to be completed in early 2016, pending receipt of shareholder and regulatory approvals

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Deanna Marie Mulligan, the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, has been elected the first woman to Chair the Board of Directors of the American Council of Life Insurers.

The American Public Transportation Association has moved to 1300 I Street, NW, Suite 1200 East, Washington, DC  20005 effective October 26, 2015.

Diane Allemang, the Director, Global Portfolio Management, Strategic Marketing and North America Business Development at FMC Agricultural Solutions, has been elected the first woman to Chair the Board of Directors atCropLife America.

Richard D. Parsons was named Chair-Elect for the Board of Trustees at Rockefeller Foundation.  He will remain Chair-elect until June 2016 when he will take over as Chairman, succeeding David Rockefeller Jr. at the end of his term.  

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Media Headlines

WNYC and The New Yorker have joined together on producing a new radio show called The New Yorker Radio Hour.  The Show first aired on October 23, 2015.  It is a weekly Program that airs every Saturday at 10:00a.m. and Sunday at 7:00p.m.

Former Senior Writer for NBCNews.com, Erin McClam was named Senior Elections Editor at Fusion. Nona Willis Aronowitz became Fusion’s Features Editor.

At the New York Times, Jan Benzel was promoted from Metro Desk Editor to Sunday Metro Section Editor. Benzel succeeds Amy Virshup who will take the role of Deputy Metro Desk Editor. 

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Burns White LLC announced that all 11 attorneys and six support staff from Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, PC will be joining the firm’s Pittsburgh office, effective January 1, 2016. 
 
Ilir Zherka has been named Executive Director of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchangeeffective January 1, 2016. 

On October 26, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lawrence J. Vilardo to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Duke Energy acquired a majority share of Phoenix Energy Technologies, Inc. The company also announced that it will acquire Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. for $4.9 Billion.

Enable Midstream Partners, LP announced that it has appointed Rodney J. “Rod” Sailor as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2016.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. announced on October 27, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rite Aid Corporation for approximately $17.2 billion. 

Endologix, Inc. announced on October 26, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire with TriVascular Technologies, Inc. for approximately $211 million. 

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October 22, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) laid out a list of conditions under which he’d be willing to serve as Speaker of the House. He told his Republican colleagues that he will run for speaker if he can win support from the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), the Republican Study Committee (RSC), and the Tuesday Group. Ryan reiterated that he would only serve as speaker if the party was unified. 

With a speech worthy of the campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden effectively took over the news on Wednesday and laid to rest the prospect of a 2016 presidential run.

Democrat Margie Bright Matthews won a special election on Tuesday, October 20, to a fill the South Carolina Senate’s vacant District 45 seat. The seat was previously held by the late Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last June. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The Sherwin-Williams Company has named John G. Morikis as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. He succeeds Christopher M. Connor, who will remain Executive Chairman.

Andres Lopez was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Owens-Illinois, Inc., effective January 1, 2016. Lopez, currently President, Glass Containers and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Al Stroucken, who will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board until the annual shareholders meeting in May 2016.

Syngenta AG announced that Michael Mack will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer at the end of October 2015. John Ramsay, Syngenta’s Chief Financial Officer, will serve as CEO on an interim basis.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

National Foreign Trade Council, Inc. President William A. “Bill” Reinsch (CSE since 4/2/01) has announced his retirement effective in April 2016. 

The North American Retail Hardware Association has moved to a new location in Indianapolis, Indiana.

David J. Barth, previously Mission Director for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Agency for International Development, was named Director, Youth Opportunity and Learning Program at the Ford Foundation

Richard E. Allen announced he will be retiring as Chief Executive Officer from Space Center Houston effective Spring 2016.

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Media Headlines

ABC News just promoted Brian Kennedy to Vice president of Global News Gathering and Planning and also promoted Zach Toback to Vice President of News and Non-fiction Studio Operations. 

Kevin Merida is leaving his position as Managing Editor at the Washington Post at the end of October to become Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated at ESPN.  

David J. Butler, who was Executive Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Digital First Media, has been named Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of News and Audience Development.  

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Legal Headlines

Amy Hanson Swonger, former Aide to Republican Whip Mitch McConnell, joined Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC. Most recently, she was Senior Manager at Ernst & Young’s Washington Council.

Former lawyer of the United States Department of Justice, Geoffrey Graber, joined Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLCas a partner.

Theresa Pierno, previously Chief Operating Officer, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Conservation Association.  

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Energy and Health Headlines

Southern Company announced that Daniel S. Tucker has been elected Treasurer in addition to his Senior Vice President of Finance position.

NorthWestern Corporation announced that Crystal Lail has been promoted to be Vice President and Controller.

Robert J. Gfeller Jr. has been named the Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Media, and Chief Marketing Officer for the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Rex Healthcare has been renamed UNC Rex Healthcare to further emphasize the collaboration between Rex Healthcare and UNC Health Care

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October 15, 2015

Government Headlines

House Republicans are awaiting a decision from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1ston whether he’ll pursue a run for Speaker of the House.

Greg Ambrose, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Deputy Chief Information Officer for Product Development, is leaving  to pursue opportunities in the private sector. 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey made a handful of high-level appointments this week to the state’s insurance and revenue departments.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Klaus Zellmer was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America, Inc., effective November 1, 2015.

On October 12, 2015, EMC Corporation reached an agreement to be acquired by Dell Inc. in a $67 billion deal. Dell chief executive Michael S. Dell will remain Chairman and CEO of the combined company after the merger closes. The transaction is expected to be completed by October 2016, pending regulatory and EMC shareholder approval.

On October 13, 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and SABMiller plc announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to merge.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees has named Roberta “Bobbie” Cordano to serve as the 11th President of the university, effective January 1, 2016. Cordano currently serves as the Vice President of Programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She replaces T. Alan Hurwitz, who has served as President since January of 2010.

Mercedes T. Bass, previously Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Carnegie Hall Corporation, was named Acting Chairman.

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At Los Angeles Times, John Myers joins as Sacramento Bureau Chief effective October 20, 2015 and Sarah Wire joins the Washington Bureau as Correspondent effective October 19, 2015.

Samantha Harris returned to Entertainment Tonight as Co-Anchor.

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Legal Headlines

Daniel M. Hawke, former head of the SEC’s division of enforcement’s market abuse unit, joined Arnold & Porter LLP as a partner. He also previously served as director of the SEC’s regional Philadelphia, PA office.

Former New York Governor David Alexander Paterson has announced he is stepping down as State Committee Chair of the New York Democratic State Committee effective November 4, 2015.

Circuit Judge Timothy Tymkovich was elevated to Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Tymkovich succeeds Judge Mary Beck Briscoe.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Roper Technologies, Inc. announced that it has agreed to purchase Aderant Holdings, Inc. for $675 Million. It is expected to close between the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first half of 2016.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. announced that Rick Poulton has been promoted to President. He will retain his role as Chief Financial Officer until a successor has been named.

St. Jude Medical, Inc. completed its previously announced acquisition of Thoratec Corporation on October 8.

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 October 8, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA, 23rd) abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner (R-OH, 8th) during a meeting with Republicans on Thursday, prompting Boehner to postpone the election to choose the next Speaker. McCarthy entered Thursday’s meeting as the favorite to succeed Boehner, but some Republicans had doubts about whether he would gain the necessary votes to win the gavel. While it isn’t exactly clear why McCarthy dropped out, he recently came under fire for his remarks suggesting that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was created with the purpose of attacking Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, 3rd) and Representative Daniel Webster (R-FL, 10th) are the two candidates left vying for the gavel. Webster recently gained an endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus, a group of 40 hardline conservatives.  

Arne Duncan stole the show this Friday when he announced his plans to step down as Secretary of Education sometime in December. Clocking in at nearly seven years, Duncan is one of the longest-lasting members of the Obama Administration as a whole, and one of only two freshman cabinet-level secretaries who are still in their original positions near the end of Obama’s time in office. Duncan’s time in office has been one of the most momentous periods in the Education Department’s history, full of pitched but ultimately low-profile policy battles that have fundamentally altered the nation’s educational landscape. With relatively few resources, Duncan managed to shift the country towards the Common Core standards, cracked down on for-profit colleges and universities, and spearheaded the first real efforts to combat the country’s trillion dollar student debt crisis. A lifelong educator and politician himself, it’s likely that Duncan will pursue some sort of education activism after he steps down, and may very well lay the groundwork for the president’s own after-office activism if Michelle Obama’s recent comments are anything to go by. 

The head of New Jersey’s transportation department will resign from public office at the end of this month while he is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for ethics law violations. Jamie Fox, who was named Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation in September 2014, is under federal inquiry for allegedly using his influence to institute a United Airlines flight route that landed closer to a friend’s home.  Fox is also being investigated for not recusing himself from a closed-door meeting that discussed United Airlines, a company which he previously lobbied for. Governor Chris Christie announced Fox’s departure in a press release on Friday afternoon, and named Deputy Commissioner Joseph Bertoni as the acting replacement. The timing of the announcement has raised questions as to whether Fox’s resignation was voluntary or if he was dismissed.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

SUPERVALU INC. announced that Sam K. Duncan will retire as President and Chief Executive Officer on February 29, 2016. His replacement has not been named yet. The board of directors said that it will consider both internal and external candidates as it searches for Duncan’s successor. 

Jack Dorsey was named the permanent Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Inc. He had been serving as interim CEO since July, when Richard Costolo stepped down from the role. Dorsey will no longer serve as Twitter’s Chairman, but will continue as CEO of Square, Inc.

The Wendy's Company announced that Emil J. Brolick plans to retire as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2016, but will remain on the board of directors. Todd Penegor, currently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and International, is expected to succeed Brolick.

On October 2, 2015, Google Inc. completed its holding company reorganization. As a result, Alphabet Inc. became the new parent company of Google. Larry Page, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Google, is now CEO of Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, formerly Senior Vice President, Products, was promoted to CEO of Google.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

John D. Winnett, formerly the Chief Development and External Affairs Officer at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, is the new Executive Vice President at the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Federal Bar Association has installed its new Board of Directors, led by President Mark K. Vincent, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, Utah District, in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Elizabeth Alexander was named Director, Creativity and Free Expression Program at Ford Foundation.

At Robin Hood Foundation, Reynold Levy, previously President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, was named President.

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Media Headlines

At the Wall Street Journal, Alice Hagge was promoted to Lead Night Editor, Real-Time Desk, replacing Mark Long, who became Deputy Business Editor, Business and Technology Desk.

At the Washington Post, Al Kamen, the “In the Loop” Columnist, is retiring on October 9, 2015. Sudarsan Raghavan was named Cairo Bureau Chief effective January 2016. Scott Clement became Head of Post Polls. Christine Emba was named Editor of Washington Post’s blog “In Theory.”

At the New York Daily News, Joe Angio, former Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York, was named Editor, Digital Long-Form Team. Bruce Diamond will serve as Deputy Editor, Digital Long-Form Team. Rob Moore became Head of News and Clemente Lisi Deputy Head of News. Zach Haberman became Head of Content.

Jim Asher, the Washington Bureau Chief at The McClatchy Company, will step down at the end of the year. Jonathan Landay, the Senior National Security Correspondent, is leaving McClatchy to join the Thomson Reuters’ Washington Bureau as National Security Correspondent effective November 2, 2015.

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Legal Headlines

Levick Strategic Communications acquired The MACH 1 Group, adding a fourth office in Austin, TX. The office will be led by Katherine McLane, founder of MACH 1.

Patrick Murck, former Executive Director, General Counsel and founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation, joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a special counsel. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Robert Roach, Jr., previously General Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, is now President of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Helena R. Berger is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities.  Berger had been Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since Mark L. Perriello stepped down earlier this year.

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Energy and Health Headlines

SunCoke Energy, Inc. and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. announced that Katherine Gates has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and promoted John DiRocco, Jr. to be Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

ALLETE, Inc. announced the planned retirement of Vice President and Treasurer Donald W. Stellmaker, effective at the end of 2015.

BeneChill, Inc. appointed Elmar Landwehr Managing Director for the EMEA region.

Wright Medical Group, Inc. completed its previously announced merger with Tornier N.V. on October 1, 2015. The combined company now operates as Wright Medical Group N.V.

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October 1, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH, 8th) announced he would resign from Congress at the end of October. He made his announcement Friday morning in a meeting with other Republicans, as Congress was in the midst of avoiding another government shutdown. Boehner’s five year hold on the gavel grew increasingly unstable in recent weeks amid threats from Republicans, with tensions coming to an all-time high over the need to fund the government. During his tenure, Boehner faced constant pressure from conservatives to challenge President Obama’s agenda and wanted to avoid a potentially humiliating fight within the GOP if he decided to remain in Congress. During his announcement, Boehner stated “My first job as speaker is to protect the institution…It had become clear to me that this prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution.”

This week saw the sunset of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the agency that was responsible for tracking funds related to 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and relief efforts following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. The Board might have been born in controversy from Obama and Congressional Democrats’ attempts to stimulate the economy following the 2008 economic crisis, but six years later it went away quietly without much in the way of media coverage. In the Board’s farewell press release, dated to September 11th, the agency was credited with $157 million in recoveries, forfeitures, seizures, and estimated savings for American taxpayers. The final board membership consisted of Kathleen Tighe, Calvin Scovel, Phyllis Fong, Gregory Friedman, Russell George, Daniel Levinson, Eric Thorson, Mary Kendall, Michael Horowitz, John Roth, and Jon Rymer.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and his wife Dianne have officially settled their divorce. The couple, who married in 1965, have been separated since January and filed for divorce in August. Dianne has given up her duties as First Lady. Her profile was removed from the Alabama state government website, and all references to her were deleted from Governor Bentley’s online biography. While both parties have refused to speak to the press about the reasons behind the split, several local bloggers have published allegations that the Governor had an extramarital affair with a former staffer.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Ralph Lauren will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation in November 2015, but will remain with the company as Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. He will be succeeded by Stefan Larsson, Global President of Old Navy.

On September 24, 2015, Korn/Ferry International announced a definitive agreement to acquire Hay Group. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2015. Following the completion of the acquisition, Korn/Ferry will merge Hay Group with its Leadership and Talent Consulting (LTC) segment. The combined advisory business unit will operate under the Hay Group name, with Hay Group CEO Stephen Kaye remaining at the helm.

Allen W. Middleton, former Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency, has joined Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. as an advisor. Middleton also previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Budgets and Financial Policy.

Unisys Corporation appointed retired Army Brig. Gen. Frederick A. Henry as head of its Defense Information Systems Agency business. Henry served as Chief of Staff of the Defense Information Systems Agency from 2012 to 2014 and as Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command from 2010 to 2012.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

At the Dallas Museum of Art, Walter B. Elcock, President of the Board of Trustees, was named Interim Director, replacing Maxwell Anderson who left.

Salvador Salort-Pons, Executive Director of Collection Strategies and Information, was named Museum Director, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Detroit Institute of Arts, effective October 15, 2015.

Ralph P. Craviso was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.

Kelly Tweeddale, Executive Director of the Seattle Opera, will be leaving her position after being named President of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, effective November 16, 2015.  

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Media Headlines

Nylon Magazine named Sean Cullinane Chief Revenue Officer.  Cullinane came to Nylon from Crisp Media.

Michael Lafavore, who was most recently Maxim’s editorial director, was named Editorial Director of Men’s Health and Women’s Health Magazines. 

Maureen Ryan joined Variety as Chief TV Critic. Ryan was formerly a TV Critic at Huffington Post.

Hearst Television launched a new weekly program, “Matter of Fact,” which will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator, author, national radio host and entrepreneur Fernando Espuelas.

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Legal Headlines

Julie A. Veach, former chief of the wireline competition bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, joined Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Day Pitney LLP has appointed corporate partner Ellen Knarr as office managing partner of its New York office. Knarr counsels public and private companies on corporate and securities law matters.

The National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships has changed its name to the Master Limited Partnership Association.

This week, Federal Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull retired from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Virginia. As a result, Michael Aloi was sworn in as the new Magistrate Judge to replace Kaull. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

General Electric announced that Mark Little, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Director, GE Global Research, will retire at the end of 2015 and will be replaced by Vic Abate.

Atmos Energy Corporation promoted Michael E. Haefner to be President and Chief Operating Officer and Marvin L. Sweetin to be Senior Vice President of Safety and Utility Services.

Gary Terrinoni has been named the new President for the Brooklyn Hospital Center, effective November 2015. He replaces Richard Becker who will step down.

Victoria Seewaldt has been named the Ruth Ziegler Chair in Population Sciences for the City of Hope.

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September 24, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, with the threat of a government shutdown looming over Congress, Senate Republican leaders took a step towards advancing a temporary funding bill. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a motion to vote on a spending measure that would keep the government functioning until December 11th. However, the measure is bound to fail, as Democrats are likely to block the bill because of a provision cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. If everything goes as expected, Republican leaders are expected to press forward with a clean stopgap measure free of any Planned Parenthood dispute, just days before the October 1st deadline.

This week also saw the Department of Defense make history with the long expected nomination of Eric K. Fanning as Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary in the nation’s history, and one of the first, if not the first, openly gay member of a presidential cabinet – depending mostly on how you count Fred Hochberg during his tenure as acting SBA chief under Bill Clinton. Fanning’s nomination immediately drew a combination of flak from social conservatives, overwhelming support from social liberals, the defense industry, bureaucracy, senior officers, and a resounding shrug from the rank and file. He’s certainly one of the best qualified candidates for the job, having previously served as Under Secretary and then Acting Secretary of the Air Force during the run-up to current Secretary Debbie James’ confirmation. He also had a brief stint as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Chief of Staff, and served four years as the Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Navy.

Cyrus Habib, the first Iranian-American to be elected to a state legislature, has announced his campaign to be Lieutenant Governor of Washington. Habib, a blind Yale-educated lawyer and a Rhodes Scholar, made history in 2012 when his suburban Seattle district voted to send him to the Washington House of Representatives. Two years later, he was elected to the State Senate. Habib is challenging fellow Democrat Brad Owen, who has been Lieutenant Governor of the Evergreen State since 1997. Owen has faced ethics violations in recent years, including a fine for filing finance reports late, and he has not yet announced if he will run for what would be a sixth term as Lieutenant Governor.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Oshkosh Corporation announced the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Charles L. Szews, effective December 31, 2015. He will be succeeded by Wilson R. Jones, who has served as Oshkosh’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2012. 

Wayne B. Goldberg has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of La Quinta Holdings Inc. Chief Financial Officer Keith A. Cline will serve as interim President and CEO while the board searches for Goldberg’s permanent replacement.

Education Management Corporation has appointed Chairman of the Board Mark A. McEachen as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 28, 2015. The position has been vacant since the departure of Edward H. West in late August. McEachen most recently served as President and CEO of The Dolan Company.

Silvano Cassano has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia. His responsibilities will be split between Chief Operations Officer Giancarlo Schisano and Chief Financial Officer Duncan Naysmith until a new CEO is appointed, with both reporting to Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Alitalia’s Chairman of the Board.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Michael “Mike” Kelley, formerly Government Affairs Specialist at Mayer Brown LLP, is the new Director, Government Affairs at the Natural Products Association.

The Organic Trade Association has installed its new Officers and members of the Board of Directors. Melissa Hughes was re-elected as President. 

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture has installed the new 2015-16 Board of Directors, led by President Gregory A. “Greg” Ibach, the Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Geoffrey “Geoff” Burr, Vice President, Federal Affairs at the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., is leaving effective September 25 to join Cablevision

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Media Headlines

At MSNBC, Brian Williams returned as Breaking News Anchor. Pat Burkey became Executive Producer of afternoon news coverage and Izzy Povich was named Executive Producer of morning news coverage. Kate Snow, anchor of the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News,” will also anchor a weekly daytime program from 3-5 p.m. at MSNBC. Chuck Todd will launch a new show “MTP Daily” due to air September 28, 2015.

At NBC, Sam Singal was named Executive Producer of “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” replacing Pat Burkey.

Pete Austin joined Good Morning America as senior broadcast producer.  The network also announced Chris Brouwer is moving to the Good Morning America dayside production team.

David Westin, former ABC News president and Good Morning America-tamer, will host Bloomberg TV's new morning show Bloomberg.

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Legal Headlines

The law firm of SmithAmundsen continues growth in Indiana, adding 10 lateral attorneys in less than three months to its Indianapolis office. This significant expansion makes the firm's Indianapolis office its second largest.

Patent-focused law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt has acquired Stolowitz Ford Cowger LLP (StoFoCo). The Portland-based law firm’s seven attorneys will bring Portland-based Schwabe’s intellectual property attorney team to 32 people, making it one of the largest IP law groups in the Pacific Northwest.

W. Clark Bunting, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Parks Conservation Association, is stepping down. He will remain until a successor has been named.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has hired former Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins to be their next Administrative Director of the Courts. Effective October 1, 2015, Askins will replace current Director Michael Evans, who is retiring.

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Energy and Health Headlines

New Jersey American Water has appointed Shawn Bunting as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Divisional General Counsel & Secretary for the company’s Northeast Division.

Caterpillar Inc. announced the retirement of Chris Curfman, Vice President Mining Sales & Support Division, effective December 31, 2015.

Roger Spoelman has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer for Mount Carmel Health System on an interim basis. He temporarily replaces Claus von Zychlin who is going on medical leave.

Michael Fosina has been named the President of Lawrence Hospital. He replaces Edward Dinan who has retired.

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September 17, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, members of the House of Representatives welcomed its newest member on Thursday, Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL, 18th). An attorney and former state Senator, LaHood is the son of former Secretary of Transportation and Representative Ray LaHood (R-IL, 18th). He won the special election held last week to fill the seat of former Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th), who resigned in February in the middle of a spending scandal.

For this presidential primary season, something unusual happened this week: the pool of candidates actually got smaller. Rick Perry became the first of the twenty-three would-be nominees in either party to drop out of the race, following several weeks of high-profile campaign defections and well-publicized money troubles. Perry was a brief frontrunner back in the 2012 primaries before getting sunk by a bad performance in one of the debates. Much of his candidacy this time around looked and felt like an attempt at redeeming himself, with fewer gaffes and an image makeover that included glasses and an emphasis on military service and border security. Unfortunately for Perry, he emerged into a crowded field where he had considerable overlap with most of the other candidates; nothing stood out about him and he was never able to gain any traction, especially not when current frontrunner Donald Trump started sucking the campaign oxygen out of the room. Still, Perry might become an important figure down the line if he can leverage his connections properly – he’s the longest-serving governor in Texas history and most of its current politicians are a part of his legacy, whether they came into office because of him or in spite of him. He might be able to exert some influence when it comes time to endorse, assuming Trump doesn’t suck the oxygen out of that as well.

Two members of the Minnesota House of Representatives resigned from their seats on the Ethics Committee this week after a park ranger found them kissing in a parked car. State Representatives Tim Kelly and Tara Mack, both Republicans who are married to other people, were ticketed on August 25 by a park ranger in Eagan’s Lebanon Hills Regional Park for committing a nuisance. As the park ranger approached the vehicle, he noticed the two were “making out”, and recorded that Mack’s pant were “unzipped and down.” Both Kelly and Mack initially accused the park ranger of making false statements, but have since dropped those allegations and paid the fine. After meeting with Republican leadership, Kelly and Mack both agreed to give up their positions on the Ethics committee. Kelly has been replaced on the committee by Paul Torkelson, and Mack’s position as an Alternate Member is being taken by Jenifer Loon.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

99 Cents Only Stores LLC has named Geoffrey Covert, formerly Senior Vice President at The Kroger Company, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Covert replaces interim CEO Andrew Giancamilli, who remains Chairman of the Board.

Condé Nast Publications, Inc. announced that Robert A. Sauerberg will succeed Charles H. Townsend as Chief Executive Officer in January 2016, while retaining his current role as President. Townsend will remain with the company as Chairman of Condé Nast US.

Daniel Daviau was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., effective October 1, 2015. He succeeds David J. Kassie, who will continue as Executive Chairman. Daviau currently serves as CEO of North American Capital Markets.

On September 17, 2015, Expedia, Inc. completed its acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. The transaction was completed a day after the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said it would not block the deal, concluding that the merger is “unlikely to harm competition and consumers.”

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Michael D. Gehrisch, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Destination Marketing Association International (CSE 2001-9/8/15) has stepped down. A search to fill the position is in progress. Chief Operating Officer Charles Jeffers II is functioning as the senior executive in the interim.

The Financial Accounting Foundation’s Financial Accounting Standards Board announced on September 16th that Paul A. Beswick, and Robert B. Malhotra, partner at KPMG LLP, have been named to the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF). 

John Miller, formerly Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Government Relations and Managing Counsel at Intel Corporation, is the new Vice President, Global Cybersecurity Policy and Law at the Information Technology Industry Council.

Michael Reney has been named the Chief Financial Officer for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, effective fall 2015.

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Media Headlines

Tim Grieve, Co-President and Editor in Chief at National Journal, was named Head of News Strategies at The McClatchy Company, effective early October 2015.

Nancy Cook, the former Economic and Fiscal Policy Correspondent for the National Journal, joined Politico as Senior Policy Reporter.

Jennette Smith, who has been Managing Editor of Crain’s Detroit Business, has been promoted to Editor.

At Fortune, Aaron Task was named Digital Editor

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Legal Headlines

Winston & Strawn LLP announced that Jeffrey Kessler and Dan Webb have been elected Co-Chairmen of the firm. They will serve a three-year term through September 2018.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG) announced that the Honorable Patricia K. Costello will become Of Counsel to the firm, effective October 1, 2015. Judge Costello joins CSG after serving for more than 25 years as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, including the last decade as the Assignment Judge in Essex County.

Bob Dane, previously Communications Director, is now Executive Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

This week, President Obama nominated Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to be District Judge on the United States District Court of the Southern District of Iowa.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Sempra Energy announced that Jessie J. Knight, Jr., will retire as Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Sempra Energy and Chairman of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric, effective November 1, 2015. Steven D. Davis will replace him effective September 26, 2015.

As a part of moving segments of its company under GE Digital, General Electric announced that William “Bill” Ruh will become Chief Digital Officer. GE Energy Management CEO Mark Begor will retire and will be replaced by Russell Stokes, Jamie Miller replaces Stokes as President and CEO of GE Transportation, and Jim Fowler replaces Miller as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, all effective October 1, 2015.

DENTSPLY International Inc. announced on September 15, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Sirona Dental Systems Inc. and form a new company named DENTSPLY SIRONA. The combined company will be led by Jeffrey Slovin, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer, and Bret Wise, who will serve as Executive Chairman. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of calendar 2016.

athenahealth, Inc. appointed Tim O’Brien Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 2016. He succeeds Rob Cosinuke, who will assume a new role heading the athenahealth Leadership Institute. The company also announced that Dan Haley has been appointed General Counsel and Kyle Armbrester has been appointed Chief Product Officer, both effective immediately.

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September 10, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced on Tuesday their support for the nuclear deal with Iran. Their votes means that President Obama now has 41 yes votes from Democrats in the Senate, enough to reject a resolution disapproving of the deal without the need of using his veto pen.  Meanwhile, the motion of disapproval seems to be dead on arrival in the House, as many conservative GOP members favor a plan to have three different votes on the Iran deal, rather than one. The first vote will be on whether to approve the deal or not, which, while sure to fail, will force a number Democrats to be on the record against the White House. The second vote will be to prevent the President from lifting any congressionally mandated sanctions against Iran as part of the nuclear deal. Finally, members will vote on a measure declaring that the White house broke the law by not presenting lawmakers with all of the information regarding the landmark agreement. The House is expected to vote on the measures on September 11, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. 

This week saw the formal announcement of Larry Sweet’s departure from NASA, the highlight to a summer-long shuffle throughout Federal IT’s upper echelons. Sweet is stepping down as Chief Information Officer and taking up a short-term advisory gig once his successor, former EPA CIO Renee Wynn, takes office – he’ll fully retire at the end of November, capping off a nearly thirty-year career with the agency. Sweet became the CIO in 2013, when he replaced Linda Cureton. He previously served as the Director and Chief Information Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, a position he held for most of five years before his current job. He spent about twenty years bouncing around Johnson Space Center and NASA Headquarters, most of them spent in managerial or supervisory roles, before landing in the center’s CIO seat. He graduated from Texas Lutheran in 1978.

The New Mexico House of Representatives has created a new Special Committee to investigate charges filed against Secretary of State Dianna Duran. The Republican politician is facing 64 counts including embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, and campaign finance violations. The new committee includes five members from each party who will investigate the charges and make recommendations on impeachment. Duran is currently serving her second term as Secretary of State after winning reelection last November by a mere 3.2 percent.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On September 9, 2015, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and the National Geographic Society announced a deal to expand the joint venture that owns and operates the National Geographic Channels. The transaction will create a new entity called National Geographic Partners, which will combine National Geographic’s television channels with its other assets, including magazines, books, digital media, travel, and e-commerce businesses. 21st Century Fox will own 73 percent of the expanded joint venture and the National Geographic Society will own 27 percent. Declan Moore, currently Chief Media Officer of National Geographic Society, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of National Geographic Partners. The transaction is expected to be completed later this year.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. named Michael R. Shutley Vice President, Federal and State Government Affairs. He joined Dunkin’ from Brinker International, Inc., where he was Director, Government Relations. He previously served as Legislative Director for former U.S. Representative Ric Keller (R-FL, District 8).

Scott L. Thompson, former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., was named Chairman, President and CEO of Tempur Sealy International, Inc. He replaces interim CEO W. Timothy “Tim” Yaggi, who will continue as Chief Operating Officer.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Bethany Pantuck Shively, formerly Director, Communications at the National Association of Conservation Districts, has joined the American Seed Trade Association, Inc. as Director, Communications effective September 8th.

The American Society of Travel Agents has installed the new Officers and Members of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee effective September 1st.  Jay Ellenby of Safe Harbors Business Travel Group is now Vice Chair and Secretary and Jorge Sanchez of Mena Tours and Travel is now Vice Chair/Treasurer.

Colin Scott Cole “Scott” Fulton, formerly a Principal in the Environmental Practice at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Is the new President of the Environmental Law Institute. Executive Vice President Scott E. Schang had been serving as Acting President. ELI’s former President, John Charles Cruden (CSE 2011-14) resigned when he was confirmed as Assistant Attorney General of the Environment & Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Joel Anderson, the longtime University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor, who guided the school through budget cuts, restructuring and enrollment declines, announced on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, that he plans to retire on June 30, 2016, after leading the university for the past thirteen years.

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Robyn Tomlin has been appointed Managing Editor of the Dallas Morning News, effective September 21, 2015. Most recently, Robyn Tomlin served as Vice President, Digital and Communications at the Pew Research Center.

At the New York Times Washington Bureau, Elisabeth Bumiller was promoted to Bureau Chief.

Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP was named editor-in-chief of the American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. 

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced that Jeewon Kim Serrato has joined the firm as a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. Serrato joins the firm from Fannie Mae, where she was Chief Privacy Officer. She will practice in the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Dale Barnett is the new National Commander of The American Legion.

This week, the Senate confirmed Roseann A. Ketchmark to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Also, President Obama nominated three to become District Judges. Those nominated were Clare E. Connors to be District Judge for the District of Hawaii, Stephanie A. Gallagher to be District Judge for the District of Maryland and Mary S. McElroy to be District Judge for the District of Rhode Island

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Energy and Health Headlines

Emera Inc. announced that it will acquire TECO Energy, Inc. for $6.44 Billion. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by mid-2016.

Computer Sciences Corporation announced that their Public Sector spinoff company will merge with SRA International, Inc., with the spinoff being the parent company and SRA being the subsidiary. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of November 2015.

Express Scripts Holding Company announced that George Paz will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective following the company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders in May 2016. He will continue to serve the company as Chairman of the Board. He is succeeded as Chief Executive Officer by the company’s current President, Timothy C. Wentworth.

Gary Willis has been named the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Capella Healthcare.

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September 3, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced on Wednesday that she will support President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, giving the President enough votes to prevent Senate Republicans from turning a motion disapproving of the deal into law. Mikulski’s announcement means that at least 34 Senators, or more than a third of the chamber, will vote to sustain the President’s expected veto of the Republican-backed resolution, effectively assuring that the deal will stand. The question now is whether the President can get to 41 votes, the amount needed to filibuster the bill and prevent it from even passing Congress. 

President Obama focused on Alaska this week. While his most public gestures involved restoring the name of Denali to the state’s most iconic natural feature and taking time off to guest star on Bear Grylls’ survival reality show, Obama also shined a spotlight on the Denali Commission, naming it the lead coordinating agency for Federal, State, and Tribal resources aimed at assisting communities in dealing with climate change. The Denali Commission will act as a “one-stop-shop” for all things coastal, including the voluntary relocation of communities threatened by rising sea levels or permafrost degradation. Obama’s own Arctic Executive Steering Committee will take on an advisory role.  The USDA’s Rural Development agency is also getting in on the action, finalizing a rule that increases the availability of grants to rural villages threatened by water system vulnerabilities. 

North Carolina State Representative Rick Glazier announced Thursday, August 27, that he would be resigning from his seat in the state legislature at midnight to serve as Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center. Glazier was a Democrat serving his seventh term representing District 44 in Cumberland County. Local Democratic Party leaders quickly selected Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson to take his place in the State House. This is the second stint in the State House for Richardson, who previously served two terms in the mid-1990s.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

News Corporation announced the appointment of Rebekah Brooks as Chief Executive Officer of News UK, effective September 7, 2015, succeeding Mike Darcey. She previously held the same role from 2009 to 2011, when she resigned in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal involving newspapers published by the company. Brooks was cleared of all charges last year.

John D. Buchanan was named Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs at Comerica Incorporated. He joined the company from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

On August 31, 2015, Danaher Corporation completed its acquisition of Pall Corporation. Lawrence D. Kingsley resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pall with the completion of the merger. Rainer Blair, Vice President and Group Executive at Danaher, became Pall’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

On September 1, 2015, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. completed its merger with DTZ. The combined company operates under the Cushman & Wakefield name. Brett White, formerly Executive Chairman of DTZ, was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield, replacing Edward C. Forst as CEO.

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Thomas “Tom” McGee has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Shopping Centers effective September 21, 2015.  He will replace current President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Kercheval who has led the association since 2001.

Richard J. “Rick” Pollack, formerly Executive Vice President, Advocacy and Public Policy (1991-9/2/15) is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital Association, Inc. He replaced former President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. “Rich” Umbdenstock, who is now Past President and Chief Executive Officer. Umbdenstock retires on January 1. Pollack has replaced him on the Board of Trustees.

The CFA Institute has installed the new Officers and members of its Board of Governors, led by Chair Beth Hamilton-Keen, the Director, Private Client Investment at Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

Rhoda Mae Kerr, the Fire Chief in Austin, TX, has taken office as the first woman President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Media Headlines

At The View, Bill Wolff, the Co-Executive Producer for the show, announced his departure effective September 11, 2015.

Sewell Chan, previously Deputy Op-Ed Page Editor, was named International News Editor at The New York Times.

 

At Time Out New York, Carla Sosenko has been promoted to Editor .

Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” added three new correspondents to his team: Ronny Chieng, Roy Wood, Jr. and Desi Lydic.

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Legal Headlines

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Bruce Kisliuk, the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has joined the firm as a senior patent counselor. He will be based in the Washington, D.C., office.

Matthew Jones, previously counsel and chief of staff to D.C. attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as a partner. Mr. Jones will practice  out of the firm’s investigations and criminal litigation group.

This week, Keith G. Kautz was sworn in to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kautz will replace Justice Marilyn Kite, who retired.

 

Also, Amy Feldman was sworn in as the new Franklin Circuit Court Clerk in Franklin County, Kentucky. Feldman replaces former clerk Sally Jump, who retired. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Atlas Energy Group, LLC and Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. appointed Jeffrey M. Slotterback as Chief Financial Officer of both companies in addition to his Chief Accounting Officer title, effective September 18, 2015.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. announced that Jose A. Bayardo has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Ascension Health has announced that Crittenton Hospital Medical Center will become part of its Michigan branch.

 

Prime Healthcare Services has completed its purchase of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, which will now be rebranded as Lake Huron Medical Center.

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August 27, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the halls of Congress remain silent as lawmakers spend the last weeks of their summer recess doing constituent work back in their districts. In the meantime, the White House has stepped up its efforts in whipping enough “aye” votes for its nuclear deal with Iran ahead of a key September vote in which the Senate Republican majority is expected to pass a resolution disapproving of the deal. The President has threatened to veto this resolution, and in order to maintain the veto, according to Senate rules, he needs only 34 Senators to vote his way. With Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) being the latest member to announce her support on Tuesday, a total of 29 Senators have indicated that they will vote in favor of the deal. 

Elections dominated the week as Donald Trump started poaching from the ailing campaign of former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Sam Clovis, an outspoken Tea Party activist, radio personality, and professor of economics at Morningside College, previously served as Perry’s State Chairman for Iowa. Clovis is a borderline perennial candidate himself, having run for both the U.S. Senate and Iowa State Treasurer before jumping onboard the Perry campaign. He’s best known as one of the people current Senator Joni Ernst beat to win her freshman term. While he got a step up from State Chair for Perry to National Co-Chair for Trump, it remains to be seen how long he’ll stick with the current frontrunner’s campaign – backers from the Perry Campaign have already released emails with Clovis disparaging his new boss both on cultural and political grounds.

Mark Costello, the Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor, was killed on Sunday, August 23 at an Oklahoma City restaurant. Police arrested Costello’s son Christian, who allegedly stabbed his father to death while the two were having a meeting in the restaurant. Costello founded telecommunications company AMCAT before embarking on a political career. He was first elected Labor Commissioner in 2010 and was reelected with 63 percent of the vote in 2014. Costello was 59 years old at the time of his death. Governor Mary Fallin will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Costello’s term, which expires in January 2019.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Christopher S. Lehane has joined Airbnb, Inc. as Head of Global Public Policy and Public Affairs. Lehane served as Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton and as Press Secretary for Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign.

On August 21, 2015, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. completed its acquisition of ANN INC., owner of the Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey brands. ANN will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascena.

On August 24, 2015, Belk, Inc. announced an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $3 billion. After the acquisition is completed, Tim Belk will remain Chief Executive Officer of Belk and the company will continue to be headquartered in Charlotte, NC. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.

On August 24, 2015, The Home Depot, Inc. completed its $1.625 billion acquisition of Interline Brands, Inc.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Andy Kaplan, President, Worldwide Networks at Sony Pictures Television, has been elected Chairman of the National Association of Television Program Executives.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has installed its new Officers and Executive Committee, led by Michael J. Conzett, a Member of the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects.

Faye Malarkey Black, who has been serving as Interim President since February 9th, has been named President of the Regional Airline Association. She has been with the RAA since 1998. She replaced former President Roger B. Cohen (CSE 12/8/06-2/9/15).

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign provost Ilesanmi Adesida has announced that he plans to resign from the position on August 31 in the wake of disclosures that officials used private email accounts for university business in an effort to evade public records laws.

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Media Headlines

Terrance Egger was named Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, effective October 1, 2015, succeeding Harold F. Lenfest.

At the Worcester Business Journal, Editor Rick Saia is leaving the publication effective September 11, 2015.

At InStyle magazine, Patrick Connors, took over the role of Publisher.  He was most recently the Publisher for Men’s Fitness.

At the New Republic, Bob Moser is joining Politics Editor effective September 8, 2015; Michelle Legro is joining as Culture Editor.; and Stephanie Heimann is joining as Photo Editor effective September 8, 2015.

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Legal Headlines

Nick Peacock was named Baker Botts LLP’s first Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he spent four years as regional operating officer of Baker & McKenzie LLP’s North American operations.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. announced that James J. Murphy, former chief labor and employment counsel at General Dynamics, has joined the firm. He will co-chair the firm’s Defense Contracting Industry Group

Laura Barrett is the new Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.  She replaces Lois Marie Gibbs who founded the organization in 1981.

This week, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Howard Brill to be the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Brill will replace former Chief Justice Jim Hannah, who resigned on August 13, 2015. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

DuPont has named Jeanmarie F. Desmond as its Vice President and Controller.

Terex Corporation announced the following: that Tim Ford, President, Terex Cranes, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Ken Lousberg; George Ellis will be named Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and President, Terex Construction; and Scott Hensel has been named Vice President and Managing Director.

Frank Sacco has announced his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Healthcare System, effective February 29, 2016.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. announced that William M. Gracey, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, will retire at the end of August. He is succeeded by J. D. Hickey, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer.

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August 20, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) announced on Wednesday that he will vote in favor of the President’s nuclear agreement with Iran if it come to the Senate floor, becoming the 25th Senate Democrat to come out in support of the deal. While that number might not mean much for any normal vote, President Obama has threatened to veto any Congressional vote that disapproves of the Iran deal, which means his opponents would need to muster a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House to override his veto. That brings the number of Senate members the President needs to vote for the deal down to 34, and with 19 Senate Democrats still officially undecided, the legislative math looks good for the President’s supporters this time around.

In campaign news, New York state Senator Bill Perkins (D-30th) filed paperwork to run for retiring Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-NY, 13th) in 2016. Perkins, a five-term member of the state Senate, joins a crowded field of veteran Harlem Democrats seeking to fill a seat that hasn’t been open for four decades. The group includes former Clinton advisor Suzan Johnson Cook, Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright and former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV. New York’s 13th Congressional District is considered a safe seat for Democrats. 

It was a big week for the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard with changes both at and near the top for each service. The biggest of the three was the retirement of the Army’s Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno, a literal giant of a man best known to most Americans for shaving Stephen Colbert’s head some years ago. After issuing some final statements on military policy and future operations, Odierno stepped down and was immediately replaced by General Mark Milley, who hit the ground running with a speech that touched upon military families, budget cuts, and the Army’s intended purpose versus its real world missions. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Daniel J. Houston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Principal Financial Group, Inc. this week, succeeding Larry D. Zimpleman, who continues as Executive Chairman. Houston, a 31-year veteran of the company, most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Edward H. West will be resigning as President and Chief Executive Officer of Education Management Corporation, effective August 28, 2015, to “pursue other interests.” The company will be led by an Office of the Chairman while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated has named Karl G. Glassman, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. Glassman will succeed David S. Haffner, who is retiring at the end of this year after serving as CEO since 2006.

Raymond W. Kelly, former Police Commissioner of New York City, was elected to The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.’s board of directors. Kelly also served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and as Undersecretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department between his two stints as police commissioner. He joined Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. last year as President of Risk Management Services.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

J. Steven “Steve” Judge has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Private Equity Growth Capital Council.  He remains with the association as Senior Advisor.

The American Accounting Association has installed its new Board of Directors, led by President Bruce K. Behn of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The American Council of Life Insurers has announced that Larry Burton, formerly Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at CVS Health Corporation, will join the staff as Chief Operating Officer effective August 24. 

University of Hawaii-West Oahu chancellor Rockne Freitas will retire on December 31, 2015, following a two-year tenure in the position and 23 years at University of Hawaii.

Bemidji State University president Richard A. Hanson has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2016. The search for his successor will begin this fall. Hanson has served as president since July of 2010.

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Media Headlines

Sarah DiGregorio, previously Senior Editor, Food & Wine, was named Food Editor at BuzzFeed.

Pallavi Gogoi, previously Breaking News Editor, was named Markets and Economy Editor at CNNMoney.com

Jamelle Bouie was named Chief Political Correspondent at Slate.

Martha Nelson, previously Editor in Chief at Time, Inc., was named Senior Vice President and Global Editor in Chief, Yahoo Media at Yahoo! News.

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Legal Headlines

Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced that Heather Egan Sussman and Rohan Massey have joined the firm as partners, bringing their widely recognized skills to the firm's leading privacy & data security practice.

Bodman PLC announced that Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly will join the firm as a member on October 15, 2015.  She will practice in Bodman's Detroit office.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Terex Corporation announced the following: that Tim Ford, President, Terex Cranes, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Ken Lousberg; George Ellis will be named Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and President, Terex Construction; and Scott Hensel has been named Vice President and Managing Director.

Hooper Holmes, Inc. appointed Steven Balthazor interim Chief Financial Officer, effective the day after the company files its 10-Q for the second quarter 2015. He replaces Tom Collins who is resigning to join a private company in the Kansas City area.

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August 13, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced late Thursday evening that he opposes President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. While Obama had been gaining significant momentum in support of the deal, Schumer’s decision is a serious blow to the administration. On Monday, Schumer elaborated on his stance, stating “I believe we should go back and try to get a better deal,” and saying the initial deal fell short. To make matters worse for Obama, Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also came out against the deal Thursday night. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that if Congress rejects the deal, there is no chance of reaching a stronger agreement with Iran. While Schumer’s decision last week made it much more likely that legislation to kill the deal will get through both chambers of Congress, President Obama can still easily veto that legislation as opponents would have a hard time corralling the votes to override the veto.

There were also some shake-ups on the campaign trail this week, including a few dispiriting revelations about several campaigns. It’s no secret that a lot of the current Republican prospects are struggling to keep up with the Bush behemoth. Rick Santorum’s poor campaign fundraising has gotten the most press in recent weeks, and now it’s come to light that Rick Perry has had to cut pay to staffers in all of the Big Three early primary states. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not either or both of them will be able to hang on all the way to Iowa, never mind several upcoming debates. Donald Trump has also seen some unusual shake-ups this week, courtesy of his ongoing feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Top advisor Roger Stone was either fired or quit early this week – exactly what went down depends on who you ask – while the Trump campaign itself is preparing to go on a hiring spree ahead of the next round of debates. For all that, the Trump campaign remains the frontrunner in most recent polls, with his lead either remaining flat or shrinking by a small margin depending on the pollster.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is losing his Chief of Staff. Dennis Muchmore, who has served as Chief of Staff to Governor Snyder since he took office in early 2011, has announced he will step down from that position in January.  Snyder has named Communications Director Jarrod Agen to become his new Chief of Staff, while Muchmore will remain on staff to oversee special projects. Snyder also appointed Elizabeth Clement to serve in the new role of Cabinet Secretary, which she will hold in addition to her current position of Deputy Chief of Staff.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Neil Cole stepped down as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iconix Brand Group, Inc., but will remain with the company as a special advisor until September 30, 2015. Iconix board member F. Peter Cuneo was named Chairman and Interim CEO.

Caitlin Hayden, former Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Spokesperson, has joined Edelman’s Washington, DC office as Senior Vice President in the Media and Technology practices.

 

Ernst & Young LLP announced the appointment of Joe Huddleston, former Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission, as Executive Director in the firm’s National Indirect Tax group. Huddleston previously served as Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Revenue and as Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan Government of the City of Nashville and Davidson County.

On August 10, 2015, Google Inc. announced that it plans to reorganize into a holding company structure later this year. A newly created company, Alphabet Inc., will become the parent of Google. The company’s other businesses, including Calico, Nest, Fiber, and Google X, will be managed separately from the Google business. Current Chief Executive Officer Larry Page will become CEO of Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai, currently Senior Vice President, Products, will take over as Google’s CEO.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Emily M. Dickens has joined the Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges as Vice President, Public Policy and Executive Director, AGB Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance and Daniel “Dan” Ratner is now AGB’s Vice President,  Membership.

Thomas P. ” Tom”  Ostebo has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cruise Lines International Association for personal reasons after serving less than two months. Cynthia “Cindy”  D'Aoust, CLIA’s Executive Vice President of Membership and Operations, is now Acting Chief Executive Officer. A search to fill the position is in progress.

Deborah A. Ashenhurst has completed her tour as Special Assistant at the National Guard Bureau and resumed her functions as Chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States. She had been on leave from NGAUS during her stint at the National Guard Bureau. Elizabeth Colson has joined NGAUS as Public Affairs Assistant.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis M. Wise resigned her position, which she had held since October 2011. The Board of Trustees and President of the University of Illinois voted not to approve her resignation and have initiated formal dismissal proceedings against her. Barbara J. Wilson, dean of the campus’ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named acting chancellor.

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Media Headlines

Demetri Sevastopulo, previously U.S. Political Correspondent, was named Washington Bureau Chief, replacing Megan Murphy at Financial Times.

At the Los Angeles Times, Ben Chang was named Vice President and Events Editor and Ben Welsh was named Data Editor.

Dana Cimilluca was named Deals Editor at The Wall Street Journal, overseeing mergers and acquisitions coverage.

Megan Murphy, previously Bureau Chief at Financial Times, was named Washington Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News, effective September 2015.

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Legal Headlines

Boies, Schiller & Flexner signed a lease for a new office space at 1401 New York Ave., N.W. in Washington, D.C. They will move into the new office space during the third quarter of 2016.

Deborah Dorman-Rodriguez, former chief legal officer of Health Care Service Corp and former general counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, joined Freeborn & Peters LLP to head the firm’s new healthcare practice.

Anthony M. “Tony” Reardon, previously National Executive Vice President, is the new National President of the National Treasury Employees Union.  He replaces Colleen M. Kelley who had served as National President since 1999.  Jim Bailey has replaced Reardon as National Executive Vice President.

 

This week, the Oregon Judicial Department announced the retirement of Justice Virginia L. Linder of the Oregon Supreme Court and Chief Judge Rick Haselton of the Oregon Court of Appeals effective at the end of 2015

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Energy and Health Headlines

General Electric agreed to sell its healthcare lending business, GE Healthcare Financial Services and a package of loans to Capital One Financial Corp. for $9 Billion. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Computer Sciences Corporation acquired Fixnetix and Fruition Partners for an undisclosed sum. It is expected to close in the autumn of 2015

Centene Corporation announced that William N. Scheffel, its Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire in February 2016 after the company files its 10-K form, or when its Health Net transaction is completed, whichever is later. Jeffrey A. Schwanke, the company’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer following Mr. Scheffel’s departure.

Merge Healthcare, Inc. announced on August 6, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) for $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close later in 2015.

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August 6, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate voted 53-46 to block a bill that would have stripped Planned Parenthood of their federal funding, pushing the fight to a must-pass government spending measure this fall.However, Republicans are divided over whether they should use this fall’s government funding bill to attack Planned Parenthood and risk a high-stakes shutdown fight. On side is presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who’s pushing Republicans to do everything within their power to strip Planned Parenthood of federal support. Others within the party are advocating for a more cautious approach, reminding their GOP colleagues of their fight to defund Obamacare two years ago, which produced a disastrous shutdown and failed to make a dent on the Affordable Care Act. As lawmakers head home for the August recess, many feel the fight is inevitable.

This week, Air Force General Paul Selva was confirmed and sworn in as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signaling the beginning of the end of an era for the military’s top brass. For the first time in nearly four decades – and the first time ever with the current roster of service chief positions – every member of the Joint Chiefs will retire and be replaced in the space of just one year. As the first member of a wave of new service chiefs, Selva is already well-positioned to replace his future boss, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, as the Chairman during the next presidency. For now though, he gets to be #2 for the entire uniformed section of the Department of Defense. Selva comes to the Joint Chiefs from his previous position as head of Transportation Command, one of the military’s big two logistics outfits.

Two seats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives were filled via special elections held on Tuesday, August 4. Republican Greg Rothman defeated Democrat Bob Charles to fill the vacant District 87 seat. Rothman was previously Chairman of the Cumberland County GOP. Rothman will replace Glen Grell, who resigned in April to lead the state’s Public Schools Employee Retirement System. Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky was elected to represent District 161in the southern Philadelphia suburbs. Krueger-Braneky ran for and lost the seat in November 2014 to Republican Joe Hackett, who resigned just a few months later to join the District Attorney’s office.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

TGI Friday's Inc. announced that Nicholas P. Shepherd plans to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer in mid-October 2015. Chairman of the Board John Antioco will become interim CEO upon Shepherd’s departure.

W. R. Berkley Corporation announced that President and Chief Operating Officer W. Robert Berkley, Jr. will become Chief Executive Officer, effective October 31, 2015. He succeeds company founder William R. Berkley, who will remain as Executive Chairman.

Kevin M. Gilligan was named Chief Executive Officer of Appvion, Inc. Gilligan, formerly President of the Paper Division, succeeded Mark R. Richards, who will remain Chairman until his retirement at the end of this year.

NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NSAM) promoted Albert Tylis from President to Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds David T. Hamamoto, who continues as Executive Chairman. Hamamoto will also step down as CEO of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (an affiliate of NSAM) on August 11, 2015, when Jonathan A. Langer joins the company as Executive Vice President of NSAM and CEO of NorthStar Realty Finance.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Rhonda M. Payne, formerly Staff Vice President, Education and Certification at the International Council of Shopping Centers, is the new Chief Learning Officer at ASAE effective August 3rd. She replaced former Chief Learning Officer Anne Blouin (2004-15), who has retired.

Elizabeth K. Keyes, the Chief Operating Officer of the American Pharmacists Association, will serve as Interim Executive Director of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation effective August 14th. She will replace current Executive Director Mindy Smith, who is leaving to join PrescribeWellness. A search to fill the position is in progress.

Adam Krantz, the former Managing Director, Government and Public Affairs of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, is the new Chief Executive Officer effective August 1, 2015. Krantz, who has been with NACWA since 2001, replaced former Executive Director Kenneth P. “Ken” Kirk (CSE 1990-7/31/15, who has retired.

The National Court Reporters Association installed the new 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors, led by President Stephen A. Zinone. 

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Media Headlines

MSNBC cancelled the programs The Cylce, The Ed Show and NOW with Alex Wagner.

Kevin Dale resigned as News Director at the Denver Post, effective August 31, 2105.  He was named Executive Editor at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University, effective September 1, 2015. 

Hana R. Alberts,  previously Senior Editor, Curbed NY, was named Deputy Editor, Travel and Real Estate at the New York Post.

At The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, previously Senior Editor for Strategy, was promoted to Associate Editor.  Jesse Pesta was named Enterprise Editor on the Business Day Desk, effective September 21, 2015.

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Legal Headlines

Jenner & Block LLP announced that private equity lawyer Alan B. Roth has joined the firm as a partner in their Chicago office. He will be part of the firm’s Corporate, Private Equity, and Mergers and Acquisitions practices.

William Zarit, the former Minister for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor based in Beijing, China.

Cameron Phelps Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia and to Pakistan, officially became Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute this week.

This week, President Obama nominated seven to serve on the United States District Courts. Among those nominated were Susan Paradise Baxter for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Inga S. Bernstein for the District of Massachusetts, Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York, Robert John Colville for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Marilyn Jean Horan for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Dax Eric Lopez for the Northern District of Georgia. 

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Peabody Energy announced that A. Verona Dorch has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. announced that Mark Weinberg will become Chief Development Officer and Steven C. Boyd will become Senior Vice President, Operations, effective September 27, 2015.

Greatbatch, Inc. announced on July 30, 2015, that it plans to spin off its neuromodulation subsidiary, QiG Group LLC, into an independent company to be called Nuvectra Corporation. Scott Drees will serve as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer and Joseph A. Miller, Jr. as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. The spin-off is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Practice Fusion appointed Matt Ackley Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Gemmell Senior Vice President of Life Science Practice and Strategic Partnerships, Tim Rauschenbach Vice President of Customer Service and Support, and Dave Caldwell Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions. The company also announced that Alan Black, Chief Financial Officer of Zendesk, has been elected to its Board of Directors.

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July 30, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate voted on Monday 64-29 to revive the Export-Import Bank, a controversial government corporation whose purpose is to extend credit to U.S. exporters and their international customers. The amendment, introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), attaches the reauthorization of the bank to an already contentious long-term highway funding bill currently being debated in the Senate. The measure is opposed by many Tea-Party members as well as far-left Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who view the bank as a form of corporate welfare in which favored multinationals get government aid. It’s supporters, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH, 8th), argue, however, that thousands of jobs will be lost if the bank’s charter is not renewed. Congressional authorization for the Export-Import Bank expired on June 30th, 2015. 

 

It was a relatively quiet week for federal appointments, but that didn’t stop the administration from making a few waves. The biggest was the appointment of Michael Ratney as the new Special Envoy for Syria, replacing Daniel Rubinstein, who now awaits confirmation as the next Ambassador to Tunisia. Ratney is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently holding the rank of Minister-Counselor, with a history of service spanning twenty-five years, most of which have been spent in or focusing on the Middle East. Ratney most recently served a three-year stint as Consul General in Jersualem. Before that he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Media Engagement, Deputy Director for the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Chargé d’Affaires and then Deputy Chief of Mission in Qatar, and Regional Coordinator of the Basrah Branch Office of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, along with additional assignments in Lebanon, Morocco, and the odd assignment or two in Mexico. His wife, Karen Hideko Sasahara, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen. Ratney graduated from Boston in 1983 and George Washington in 1989.

New York State Senator John Sampson was convicted on Friday, July 24, of federal corruption charges and forced to resign from his southeastern Brooklyn seat. Sampson, a Democrat who had represented District 19 since 1997, was initially indicted for embezzlement, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal agents back in May 2013, at which point he was removed from his legislative committee assignments. Sampson’s resignation came just two days after Republican Tom Libous was convicted of lying to federal agents and forced to give up his District 52 seat. Governor Andrew Cuomo has not yet set a special election date to fill either vacant seat.

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Timothy J. Donahue was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Holdings, Inc., effective January 1, 2016. He succeeds John W. Conway, who will remain on the board as non-executive Chairman. Donahue has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2013.

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. announced the appointment of Kevin P. Riley as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 23, 2015. Riley, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will succeed Edward Garding, who is retiring.

On July 22, 2015, The Home Depot, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Interline Brands, Inc. for $1.625 billion. The transaction is expected to close during The Home Depot's fiscal third quarter, which ends on November 1, 2015.

 

On July 23, 2015, StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. StanCorp Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer J. Gregory Ness will continue to lead the company, which will remain headquartered in Portland, OR, after the acquisition closes. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, pending receipt of regulatory approvals. 

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Chester “Chip” Davis, Jr., the Executive Vice President, Advocacy and Member Relations at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association effective August 18, 2015. He will replace current President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph G. Neas (CSE since 2011). There will be a transition period and Neas’ exact departure date later this year has not yet been announced.

Edward “Ed” Brzytwa, formerly Director for APEC Affairs, at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, has joined the Information Technology Industry Council as Director, Global Policy for Localization, Trade, and Multilateral Affairs.

Ann S. Cohen, currently the Chief Financial Officer at the Woodfield Country Club, will join the Institute of Internal Auditors as Chief Financial Officer effective August 31. 2015. 

Jim Johnsen has been named the 14th president of the University of Alaska System, effective September 1, 2015. He is currently the senior vice president of human resources and process transformation at Alaska Communications. He will be replacing current UA system president, Patrick K. Gamble.

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Media Headlines

At Thomson Reuters, Leela de Kretser was named Managing Editor, Reuters.com, effective August 24, 2015.

At Advertising Age, Ken Wheaton, previously Managing Editor, was named Editor.  Nat Ives, previously Deputy Managing Editor, was named Executive Editor.  Natalie Zmuda, previously Deputy Managing Editor, was named Managing Editor.

Candace Beeke, previously Editor-in-Chief, Houston Business Journal, was named Publisher at Albuquerque Business First.

Matt McAllester, previously Europe Editor, Time, was named Editor, Newsweek Europe, effective August 17th.

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Legal Headlines

Lewis F. Murphy has joined the national Litigation Practice Group of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as a partner in the Miami office. His practice focuses on complex multidistrict and high-stakes commercial litigation.

Jones Day announced that Paul Kuo joined the firm's Singapore office as of counsel in its capital markets practice, where he will lead the capital markets activity in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He arrives from the Singapore office of Clifford Chance LLP, where he was counsel.

Zephyr Teachout, former Democratic Candidate for Governor in New York, is now Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Mayday PAC.

This week, Scott L. Kafker was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court after being confirmed by the Governor’s Council. Kafker replaces former Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, who retired. 

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Energy and Health Headlines 

Tesoro Logistics announced that they have completed their acquisition of QEP Midstream Partners, LP.

Noble Energy completed its acquisition of Rosetta Resources.

Alcoa announced that it has completed its acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc.

Anthem, Inc. announced on July 24, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation for $54.2 billion. Following the completion of the acquisition, Joseph Swedish will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and David Cordani will be President and Chief Operating Officer. In addition, five Cigna directors will join Anthem's board. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.  

Emory University Hospital promoted Bryce Gartland, MD, to Chief Executive Officer, effective August 14, 2015. He has been serving as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer since 2012. Dr. Gartland succeeds Robert Bachman, who will assume the role of Executive Director for Expansion/Renovation

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July 23, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate passed 81-17 on Thursday a bill to overhaul one of President George W. Bush’s signature laws, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which expired in 2007. The Senate bill, called the Every Child Achieves Act, would reinstate much of the policies included in NCLB, including standardized testing, but would return decision-making power over goal-setting and low-performing schools back to the states. It’s unclear if the bill will ever become law, though, as it still needs to go to conference with House members, who passed a more conservative version of it earlier this month. President Obama has expressed opposition to both bills.

The field of presidential candidates somehow managed to get even bigger this week as Ohio Governor John Kasich tossed his hat in the race. As candidate number sixteen among Republicans and twenty-two overall, Kasich is an exception to a lot of the beltway rules governing this campaign cycle. He’s a relative moderate who’s managed to strike the right balance between toeing the party line and being pragmatic, best demonstrated with his expansion of Medicaid. While many people are likely to know him mainly as a former FOX News personality, Kasich spent about twenty years in Congress as a Representative from Ohio, where he ultimately rose to chair the House Budget Committee for the latter half of the 90s. 

Decatur, IL – Mayor Mike McElroy died this week in a fatal automobile accident.  He had been serving as Mayor since 2009 and also served as a City Council Member.  Mayor Pro Tem Julie Moore-Woolfe will serve as interim mayor until the council appoints a successor to serve the remainder of McElroy’s term.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. announced that Gerardo I. “Gerry” Lopez will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and President on August 6, 2015. Craig R. Ramsey, AMC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, was named interim President and CEO.

Quanex Building Products Corporation announced that F. Timothy Reese has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of its Mikron Industries subsidiary, effective July 27, 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Operations at Trex Company, Inc.

On July 17, 2015,  GameStop Corp. completed its acquisition of Geeknet, Inc., the parent company of ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions.

 

On July 20, 2015, PayPal Holdings, Inc. completed its spin-off from eBay Inc. into an independent publicly-traded company.

 

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Rhonda M. Payne, currently Staff Vice President, Education and Certification at the International Council of Shopping Centers, will join ASAE as Chief Learning Officer on August 3rd. She will replace Anne Blouin (CLO since 2004), who is retiring.

At the Credit Union National Association, Inc., Amy Nigrelli has been promoted to Chief Marketing and Technology Officer. Douglas Kiker, formerly Managing Director at Kekst and Company Incorporated has joined CUNA as Chief Strategic Communications Officer effective July 10th.

Yejin Cooke, formerly Associate Legislative Director, Telecommunications and Technology at the National Association of Counties, has joined National Association of State Chief Information Officers as Director, Government Affairs effective July 15th.

APICS and American Society of Transportation and Logistics, Inc. have completed their merger.  American Society of Transportation and Logistics, Inc. is being integrated into APICS’ existing operations.  Abe Eshkenazi remains Chief Executive Officer of APICS.

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Media Headlines

G. Chambers Williams, previously Assistant Business Editor, was named Business Editor at The Knoxville News Sentinel, replacing Amy Nolan.

 

Sasha Frere-Jones was named Cultural Critic at Large at Los Angeles Times, effective July 27, 2015.

Elizabeth Paton, previously Fashion Correspondent, Financial Times, was named Fashion and Luxury Reporter at The New York Times in Europe, effective August 10, 2015.

At Thomson Reuters, Alessandra Galloni, Southern Europe Bureau Chief, was named Global News Editor, effective January 2016.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP announced that Patrice P. Jean joined the firm's intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm's New York office. Jean was previously a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.

Kristi W. Richard, an associate at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, has been honored as a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program Class of 2015.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt is now National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.  He has replaced Abraham H. Foxman who remains with ADL as National Director Emeritus.

 

This week, President Obama nominated Leonard Terry Strand to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. 

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Energy and Health Headlines 

Schneider Electric announced that it would acquire a 53.5% majority stake in Aveva Group plc, with that company acquiring Schneider Electric's industrial software business.

SunEdison announced that they will acquire Vivint Solar for $2.2 Billion and its rooftop solar portfolio for $922 Million.  The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Rite Aid Corporation promoted Frank Ho to Vice President of Indirect Procurement. He has been serving as Senior Director of Indirect Procurement since 2013.

HealthSouth Corporation announced that John Whittington will retire as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary on December 31, 2015. Following his retirement, he will continue to serve as Of Counsel to the company.

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July 17, 2015

Government Headlines

In campaign news, Representative Todd Young (R-IN, 9th) announced his candidacy to replace Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), who is retiring at the end of his term. The announcement comes less than a week after Young’s campaign revealed he’d raised more than $1 million in the second quarter of the year. Young, whose district runs from the suburbs of Indianapolis to the Kentucky border, is the third Republican to enter the race after Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN, 3rd) and Eric Holcomb.

On the Presidential Campaign front, Scott Walker finally announced his candidacy after months of build-up and a slightly botched early rollout on Twitter. The Wisconsin Governor joins the most crowded primary pool in history with a better chance than most of his rivals – he’s polling well so far and enjoys the personal support of the Koch Brothers, whose prolific campaign contributions have transformed the national political dialogue over the past decade.

Athens, GA – Scott Freeman was sworn in as the new Athens-Clarke County Police Chief this week.  He replaces Jack Lumpkin, who retired after 20 years as chief.  Freeman previously served as Police Chief in Rockdale, GA.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Robert J. Myers will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. on April 30, 2016, but remain on the board of directors. President and Chief Operating Officer Terry W. Handley will succeed Myers as CEO.

Guess?, Inc. has appointed Victor Herrero as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2015, succeeding company co-founder Paul Marciano. Herrero most recently served as Head of Asia Pacific for Inditex Group. Marciano will remain with the company as Chief Creative Officer and replace Maurice Marciano as Executive Chairman of the Board.

RentPath, LLC announced that Victor A. “Chip” Perry has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Perry is the former CEO of AutoTrader.com.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Ronald “Ron” Thorpe, President and Chief Executive Officer of The National Board for Professional Teaching Studies, passed away earlier this month.  Executive Vice President Peggy Brookings is now Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Matthew D’Uva has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer of SOCAP International.  Janice R. Lachance is now Interim Chief Executive Officer of the association.

AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, has installed its new Board of Directors, led by Chair William H. Glick, the Dean of Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

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Media Headlines

 At NPR, Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers were named Hosts of All Things Considered along with current Hosts Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel.  Michael Martin was named Host of Weekend All Things Considered.  The changes will take effect in September.

At Boston Globe, Ellen Clegg, Interim Editorial Page Editor, was named Editorial Page Editor. 

At Seattle Times, Jim Simon, previously Deputy Managing Editor, was named Managing Editor.

Jason Anders, previously Deputy Page One Editor, was named Business Editor at The Wall Street Journal, succeeding Dennis Berman who had been named Financial Editor.

John Prideaux, previously Washington Correspondent, was named U.S. Editor at The Economist.

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Legal Headlines

Pedro Ramos, partner and Co-Chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP’s Higher Education Practice Group, will step down from his position at the end of July to join The Philadelphia Foundation as President and CEO.

Linklaters announced the appointment of William Hague, former UK Foreign Secretary, as Chair of its newly created International Advisory Group.

Hinshaw & Culbertson Chairman Donald Mrozek is ceding his role as leader of the Chicago-based national firm to litigation partner and Vice Chair Kevin Burke.

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Energy and Health Headlines 

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC announced the following changes: Mark Lashier will become Executive Vice President, Commercial; Ron Corn will become Senior Vice President, Projects & Supply Chain; Scott Sharp will become Senior Vice President, Manufacturing; Dave Smith will become Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals; Dave Morgan will become Senior Vice President, Polymers; and Mitch Eichelberger will become Vice President, Specialties, effective August 1, 2015.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced that Robert J. Beall will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2015. He will be succeeded by Preston W. Campbell III, who has been serving as Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs since 1998.

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July 9, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX, 32nd), announced the chairmen and rosters of the two Rules subcommittees on Tuesday. The Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, which has responsibility over matters related to relations between Congress and the Executive branch,  will be chaired by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA, 7th) and will include Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC, 5th), Michael Burgess (R-TX, 26th), Bradley Byrne (R-AL, 1st), and Daniel Newhouse (R-WA, 4th). 

It was a huge week for diplomacy as the US and Cuba announced their official resumption of diplomatic relations, bringing to an end a fifty-four year freeze between the two countries. While the American Embassy in Cuba won’t fully open until later this month and the official appointment of an ambassador might not come until the next presidency, the first Charge d’Affaires has already been appointed. Jeffrey DeLaurentis succeeds Daniel M. Braddock, who held the post when it was abolished by President Eisenhower back in 1961. 

Rio Tilton, a 19-year-old Republican from the town of Seabrook, won a special election held Tuesday to fill an open seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Tilton defeated Democratic opponent Elaine Andrews-Ahearn by a tally of 772 votes to 375. The special election was held to find a successor to Dennis Sweeney, who resigned in April after serving just four months on the job. Tilton won despite controversy over his online social media profile, which featured sexual innuendos and references to drug use. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Ronald D. Boire, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Canada Inc., was named President and CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc., effective September 8, 2015. He succeeds Michael P. Huseby, who will become Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble Education, a new public company that will be spun off from Barnes & Noble, Inc. around the end of August.

Linda Douglass will be joining Bloomberg L.P. as Global Head of Communications for Bloomberg Media Group in September 2015. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Communications at The Atlantic. Douglass was the Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform from 2009 to 2010. 

On July 6, 2015, Dollar Tree, Inc. completed its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Howard R. Levine, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Family Dollar, has joined Dollar Tree’s board of directors.

On July 2, 2015, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and H.J. Heinz Company completed their merger, forming The Kraft Heinz Company. Bernardo Hees, Chief Executive Officer of Heinz, serves as CEO of the combined company. Former Kraft Chairman and CEO John T. Cahill is now Vice Chairman of Kraft Heinz’s board of directors.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Metals Service Center Institute has installed its new Officers and Executive Committee effective July 1st, led by Chairman Richard A. Robinson, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Norfolk Iron and Metal Company.

The National Academy of Engineering has installed its new Councillors effective July 1st. Ruth A. David, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of ANSER, Inc., is the new Foreign Secretary.

As part of an attempt to save the school from bankruptcy, Sweet Briar College has elected new officers for its board of directors, including Columbus, Ga. mayor Teresa Thompson as Chair. Also appointed to the board is former USMC general and retired president of Birmingham-Southern College, Charles C. Krulak.

University of Dayton director of athletics, Tim Wabler will retire in September after holding the position for seven years.

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Media Headlines

Kirsten Danis, Northeast U.S. Editor, The Wall Street Journal, was named Managing Editor at The Marshall Project, effective August 2, 2015.

At E!, Guiliana Rancic will leaving her position as Anchor of E! News, effective August 10th.

ESPN announced that it will not be renewing Keith Olbermann’s contract and the program Olbermann will conclude sometime this month.

Rosie Perez announced that she will be leaving her position as Co-Host of The View at the end of the current season.

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Legal Headlines

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. returned to Covington & Burling LLP as a partner. Mr. Holder held his previous position for more than six years.

Cullen and Dykman LLP announced the selection of Christopher Palmer as its new managing partner, effective July 1. Palmer takes over as managing partner from Thomas J. Douglas, Jr., who served in that role since 2002, and who will remain with the firm.

Marshall L. Doney, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Association.

This week, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to be a Circuit Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit. 

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Energy and Health Headlines 

FirstEnergy Corp. named Brett W. Reynolds Vice President, FE Products, effective August 1, 2015.

Peabody Energy announced that it has named Amy Schwetz to be Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Aetna Inc. announced on July 3, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Humana Inc. for $37 billion. Upon closing, Mark Bertolini will serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and four Humana directors will join Aetna's board. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.

Rite Aid Corporation appointed Paul Zikmund Group Vice President of Risk and Controls.

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July 2, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, former Bronx Representative Mario Biaggi (D-NY, 24th) passed away on Wednesday. Biaggi, first elected in 1968, was perhaps better known for having been forced to resign from the House in 1987 after being convicted of 15 felonies, including obstruction of justice and accepting illegal gratuities. He was 97 years old. 

The administration of the Smithsonian effectively changed hands this week as Dr. David J. Skorton took the keys from former Acting Secretary Albert G. Horvath, who now returns to his regular job as the Institution’s Under Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. Skorton replaces former Secretary Gerald Wayne Clough, who stepped down last year after nearly six years on the job. Skorton comes to the Smithsonian from Cornell University, where he served for the past nine years as President. He was previously the President of the University of Iowa, a position he held from 2003 to 2006. Skorton actually spent most of his academic career at the University of Iowa, beginning as a Director of the Cardiovascular Image Processing Laboratory all the way back in 1982.  

Massachusetts  State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy passed away on Sunday, June 28 at the age of 63. A Democrat from Brockton, Kennedy overcame a disability to serve over three decades in the state legislature. After a fall from a window left him a quadriplegic at the age of 19, Kennedy embarked on a career in politics. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representative in 1982 and served in the body for 26 years. Kennedy won a seat in the Massachusetts Senate in 2008, and won reelection three times. Governor Charlie Baker issued a statement reading, “Tom’s perseverance in overcoming his disabilities served as an inspiration for all those who knew him and for many more who are also working to surmount their own challenges in life."

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On June 29, 2015, Sysco Corporation announced the termination of its merger agreement with US Foods, Inc. The announcement came shortly after  the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia granted the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed merger. The FTC had charged that the merger would violate antitrust laws.

On June 29, 2015, TEGNA, Inc. (formerly known as Gannett Co., Inc.) completed the separation of its business into two independent publicly traded companies. Going forward, TEGNA will focus on its Broadcasting and Digital businesses, while Gannett Co., Inc. will focus on the Publishing businesses.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. has appointed William A. Powell as its new Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding W. Bruce Johnson. Powell previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. announced on June 25, 2015 that Ronald Kochman has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer. Michael D. Dean, current Chairman of the company, was appointed Interim President and CEO.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The American Health Lawyers Association has installed its new Board of Directors effective July 1st, led by President Lois Dehls Cornell, the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Tufts Associated Health Plans. 

Lauren Iossa has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers effective July 1st.. Karen Sherry, formerly ASCAP’s Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs and Vice President and Executive Director of The ASCAP Foundation, has retired effective June 30th,

Deborah S. “Deb” Delisle, formerly Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, at the U.S. Department of Education (2012-15), is the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASCD effective July 1st. She replaced former Executive Director Judy Seltz (CSE 2014-15), who has retired.

New Mexico Highlands University has named Sam Minnner its newest president. Minner is currently the provost ofRadford University, a position he has held since 2011, and was previously the dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University.

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Media Headlines

Karen Mahabir was named Managing Editor, News at The Huffington Post Media Group.

Kaelyn Forde was named Executive Editor, News at Refinery29.

Eli Hoffmann replaced David Jackson as Chief Executive Officer of Seeking Alpha.

FOX News Channel announced the new program Bob Massi is the Property Man, hosted by Legal Analyst Bob Massi.  The half-hour weekend show will begin airing on July 11th.

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Legal Headlines

Global specialist law firm Dechert LLP announced that its partners have re-elected Andrew J. Levander and Daniel O’Donnell to continue in their existing leadership roles as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, respectively. O’Donnell will serve as CEO through June 2016 and Levander will continue as Chair through June 2019. Starting July 1, 2016, Henry N. Nassau will assume the role of CEO for a four-year term. Until then, Nassau is serving as Deputy Chair for practice group management.

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling, active in the Middle East for over 50 years, has established an on-the-ground presence in Saudi Arabia in affiliation with Abdulaziz Alassaf & Partners. They have opened three new offices in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al-Khobar.

This week, in a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Constitution’s guarantee of due process and equal protection under the law means that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. As a result, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. Justice Kennedy, writing on behalf of SCOTUS, said the hope of gay people wanting to marry “is not to be contended to live in the loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

 

Also, Judge Sara Doyle was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal of Georgia. Doyle succeeds current Chief Judge Herbert Phipps.  

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Energy and Health Headlines 

Bradley Chambers has been named the new President of MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Patterson Companies, Inc. announced on July 1, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its medical business, Patterson Medical, to Madison Dearborn Partners for approximately $715 million. The divested company will continue to operate as Patterson Medical for a transition period before ultimately rebranding. The transaction is expected to close in the second fiscal quarter of 2015.

Emerson Electric Company announced that it will spin off its Network Power Business. It is expected to be completed by September 30, 2015.

 

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc., formerly the Babcock & Wilcox Company, completed its spinoff from its former parent, which was itself renamed BWX Technologies, Inc.

 

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June 25, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in Congressional news, Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC, 11th) was the latest victim in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH, 8th) effort to punish conservatives who have been a nuisance for the Republican leadership. Meadows was stripped of a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against a procedural motion during the trade debate. While the Speaker has punished dissent before, the latest wave has been particularly aggressive, mostly targeting members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus; earlier this month, three members of the caucus were kicked off the GOP whip team.

In Federal news, the big story this week was the confirmation of Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger as the new head of the Transportation Security Administration, passing the Senate by a comfortable margin of 81-1– most of the remaining Senators were on a delegation abroad and the lone dissenter, Ben Sasse (R-NE), only objected to the nomination as a protest vote on the TSA as a whole. Neffenger becomes the second senior-level Coast Guardsman to head the agency, following in the footsteps of former Admiral and Commandant of the Coast Guard Peter Loy, who himself was TSA’s second Administrator. 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan revealed in a press conference on Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo chemotherapy. Hogan, a Republican who was elected Governor in a stunning upset last November, is suffering from a late stage form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hogan said he would continue to serve as Governor during treatment, but Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford will take over some of his responsibilities when necessary. In his press conference, Hogan was both candid and upbeat while talking about his diagnosis. He said that his treatment would “beat the hell out of me” and that he would likely lose his hair. He also joked that his odds of beating cancer were better than his odds of beating Anthony Brown, his Democratic opponent last fall. 

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The Boeing Company named Dennis A. Muilenburg as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds W. James “Jim” McNerney, Jr., who is stepping down after 10 years as CEO. McNerney will remain Chairman and continue as a company employee until his retirement at the end of February 2016. Muilenburg first joined Boeing as an engineering intern in 1985 and worked his way up to his current role as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer.

W. Gregory “Greg” Lehmkuhl was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC, effective in mid-July 2015. He will succeed William J. Hendricksen, who will become Vice Chairman. Lehmkuhl most recently served as Executive Vice President of Con-way Inc. and President of Con-Way Freight, Inc.

Colliers International Group Inc. appointed Jay S. Hennick Chief Executive Officer, following the resignation of President and CEO Douglas P. Frye. Hennick will continue as Chairman of Colliers. Chief Operating Officer Dylan E. Taylor was promoted to the additional role of President.

 

Lewis F. Von Thaer was named Chief Executive Officer of DynCorp International, Inc. and its parent company, Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc., effective July 6, 2015. Interim CEO James E. Geisler will become non-executive Chairman of the board of directors. Von Thaer joins DynCorp from Leidos Holdings, Inc., where he currently serves as President of the National Security Sector.

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Colin Scott Cole Fulton, a Principal in the Environmental Practice at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.  since 2013, has been named President of the Environmental Law Institute effective in September 2015.  He will replace Executive Vice President Scott Schang, who has been serving as Acting President since early January.

Martin J. “Marty” Jackley, the Attorney General of South Dakota, is the new President of the National Association ofAttorneys General.

 

The Specialty Equipment Market Association has announced the results of its Board of Directors elections. Doug Evans will become Chairman in late July. 

Charles Owens, the president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, will leave his post on September 30 after the opening weekend. His departure follows a season of record-breaking ticket sales and performances at Carnegie Hall, but also two years of turmoil marked by financial instability, shortened seasons and an ugly public breakup with its former musical director, Arild Remmereit.

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Bill Carter, previously Television Reporter at The New York Times, was named a Contributor at CNN.

At NBC News, Lester Holt was named Anchor of NBC Nightly News and the name of the program was changed to NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

At The Columbus Dispatch, Alan Miller, previously Managing Editor, was named Interim Editor, replacing Ben Marrison who stepped down.

At The New York Times, Whitney Vargas, previously  Deputy Editor, was named Executive Editor at T Magazine.

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Robert Bell, previously a partner at Kay Scholer LLP, has joined Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s antitrust and competition practice as a partner in Washington.

 

Wilson Sonsini & Rosati announced that Lydia Beebe, who served as corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation for 20 years and was the first woman officer at the company, has joined the firm as Senior Of Counsel.

Cameron Phelps Munter, former U.S. Ambassador to Serbia and Pakistan, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the EastWest Institute effective August 1, 2015

Thursday, the Supreme Court held in a 6 – 3 decision that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges. Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, stating “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” This is now the second time SCOTUS has saved the law. 

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. promoted John C. Higgins to be Vice President, Gas Transmission and Distribution Operations; Aaron J. Johnson to be Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions and Mary K. King to be Vice President, Human Resources.

Melissa Hudson Russell has joined Caterpillar as International Advocacy Manager.

Jonathan Klein has been appointed the Medical Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network

SCAN Health Plan announced that Jennie Chin Hansen, Senior Strategic Advisor and former Chief Executive Officer of the American Geriatrics Society, has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

 

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June 18, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in Congressional news, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH, 8th) and Republican leaders are moving to revive President Obama’s trade agenda after failing to pass the House last Friday. Under the new plan, the House would vote on a bill that would give Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate a trade deal with Pacific Rim countries, after which the bill would go to the Senate for final approval. The House plans to vote on the legislation on Thursday. To alleviate Democratic concerns, the Senate would amend a separate bill to include the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a worker aid program that helps shield workers adversely affected by the trade deal. However, many pro-trade Democrats are weary of an outcome where both chambers pass the fast-track authority, but the TAA fails in the House. If the plan succeeds, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 nation agreement, would bind 40% of the global economy and be the largest free trade deal in history.

After nearly six months of one of the least subtle shadow campaigns in recent memory, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for the White House this week. As the latest superstar from one of America’s largest political dynasties, Bush is the odds-on favorite and de facto frontrunner for the Republican Party, setting up the possibility of a proxy rematch from both 1992, where his father lost to Bill Clinton, and 2000, where his brother beat Clinton’s vice president in the most narrowly contested election in the country’s history, assuming the former First Lady Hillary Clinton hangs onto the lead in the Democratic primary. Bush’s early candidacy has already been defined as an epic balancing act, running both with and against his family name, with and against his entire party’s recent platforms on immigration, abortion, education, and foreign policy, and with and against his own personal record on those same issues. 

South Carolina is mourning the loss of State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was killed during a shooting on Wednesday night at the church where he served as a pastor. Pinckney was one of nine victims killed by a gunman during a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston in an incident police are treating as a hate crime. Pinckney had represented the 45th Senate District since 2000, and had previously served in the state’s House of Representatives. He was 41 years old. 

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Showtime Networks Inc. announced that David Nevins, currently President, will be promoted to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. He succeeds Matthew C. Blank, who will remain Chairman.

Lawrence C. Nussdorf, formerly President and Chief Operating Officer, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Enterprises, Inc. The position had been vacant since A. James Clark passed away earlier this year.

The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack announced the appointment of Scott P. Sider as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing John Sweetwood, who has been serving as Interim CEO. Sider, who most recently served as Group President, Rent A Car Americas at Hertz, was also appointed to the company’s board of directors.

On June 17, 2015, Woolworths Limited announced that its Chief Executive Officer Grant O'Brien will retire, effective with the appointment of his replacement.

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RADM Garry E. Hall, USN (Ret) a former Member, The Spectrum Group, is now the Executive Director of the Association of the United States Navy. He replaced former Interim Executive Director John B. Totushek (CSE 8/28/13-5/14).

The Biotechnology Industry Organization has installed its new Officers, Executive Committee and new Board members, led by Chairman Ron Cohen, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acorda Therapeutics Inc. On June 17, 2015, BIO announced that it will change its name to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization effective in early 2016.

The Creating IT Futures Foundation of the Computing Technology Industry Association has announced its new Officers and Board of Directors led by Chairman James Afdahl, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GED Testing Service LLC.

 

The Marketing Research Association, Inc. has installed the new Officers and members  of its Board of Directors, led by Chairman Vaughn Mordecai.

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At CNN, Katie Hinman, previously Supervising Producer, The Lead, was named Executive Producer, State of the Union.

Jason Taylor, previously President and Publisher at Jackson Clarion-Ledger, was named President and Publisher at Las Vegas Review-Journal, effective July 6, 2015.

Sandy Smith, previously Director of Advertising, Washington Business Journal, was named Publisher, Philadelphia Business Journal.  He replaces Lyn Kremer who retired last month.

 

Debbie Matenopolous was named Host at The Insider, effective July 6th, replacing Thea Andrews.

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Jason Scism, previously of Bockorny Group, and Larry Brady, who most recently worked as majority staff director of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Rep. Darrell Issa, launched Bridge Street Group.

Kit Bond Strategies has brought on former Missouri GOP Rep. Kenny Hulshof to serve as vice chairman and partner. Hulshof most recently served as vice chair of Polsinelli’s public policy practice.

Former U.S. Representative James “Jim” Gerlach has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Industry Political Action Committee effective June 22, 2015.  He will replace Gregory S. “Greg” Casey who had previously announced his departure effective at the end of this month and who has held the position since 1999.

This week, President Obama nominated Brian R. Martinotti to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Also nominated as Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. 

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Leidos has named Nevin Carr Vice President and U.S. Navy Strategic Account Executive, and James Reagan to be Chief Financial Officer, effective July 6, 2015.

At Eaton Corp., ahead of his appointment as CEO, Craig Arnold was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. Uday Yadav replaces him as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Sector. Thomas Gross will retire from the company as Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Electrical Sector, and is replaced by Revathi Advaithi, effective August 31, 2015.

CVS Health Corporation announced on June 15, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Target Corporation's pharmacy and clinic businesses for approximately $1.9 billion. Target's pharmacies will be rebranded as CVS/pharmacy and its clinics as MinuteClinic. The transaction timing is still uncertain, but is expected to close near the end of 2015.

 

Allegan plc announced that it has changed its corporate name to Allergan plc.

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June 11, 2015

Government Headlines

In campaign news, former Marriot executive Kathleen Matthews announced that she will run for Maryland’s 8thCongressional District seat in 2016. Matthews, wife of MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews and a former TV news anchor herself, is expected to benefit from widespread name recognition and a deep network of well-connected friends in Washington, many who live in Maryland’s 8th. The seat is currently filled by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is not running for reelection in order to run for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) seat in 2016.

Defense took center stage this week with John M. McHugh’s announcement that he plans to step down as Secretary of the Army sometime later this year. McHugh has served as Secretary since September of 2009, and currently serves as both the highest ranking and longest lasting Republican in the entire Obama administration. In point of fact, McHugh’s estimated date of retirement marks him as the second longest-lasting Secretary of the Army, behind only John O. Marsh Jr., who served under both Presidents Reagan and Bush 41. Along with Ray Mabus, McHugh has been a relatively low-key pillar of stability in the armed forces, serving continuously through four Secretaries of Defense and numerous lower shake-ups in and around the ranks.

Facing allegations of embezzlement, Oklahoma State Senator Rick Brinkley has resigned from his leadership positions. Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman announced that Brinkley, a Republican, will no longer serve as Chair of the Pensions Committee or as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, and he had resigned as one of three Assistant Majority Floor Leaders. Brinkley is being sued by his former employer, the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa, which alleges he embezzled more than $1 million over the course of his 15-year employment. Brinkley denies wrongdoing. 

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Central Pacific Financial Corp. has appointed A. Catherine Ngo as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. Ngo, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed John C. Dean, who remains Executive Chairman.

Glen A. Taylor stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Corporation this week, but will remain Chairman of the Board. He was succeeded as CEO by his niece Deb Taylor.

Univision Communications Inc. named Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy. She joined Univision from Monument Policy Group, LLC, where she was a Partner. Before that, she served as Staff Director and General Counsel for the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Elaine L. Chao has been elected to Ingersoll-Rand plc’s board of directors. Chao served as U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009.

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National Federation of Independent Business President and Chief Executive Officer Donald A. “Dan” Danner has announced his retirement effective at the end of 2015.

The Computing Technology Industry Association has announced its new Board of Directors. M J Shoer remains the Chairman of the Board.

Joe Watson, formerly Director, Produce at Rouse’s Enterprises, LLC will join the Produce Marketing Association as Vice President, Domestic Business Development effective June 22, 2015.

Lorraine C. Howerton is now Senior Director, Government Relations at the U.S. Travel Association.

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At USA Today, Lawrence Kramer be retiring as President and Publisher of USA Today in late June 2015, following the spinoff of Gannett Co., Inc. into two publicly traded companies.

Lea Goldman, previously Features and Special Projects Director, was named Executive Editor at Marie Claire.

Rebecca Traister will be leaving her role as Senior Editor at The New Republic on June 19th.  She will be joining New York as a Writer-at-Large for the magazine and The Cut, effective July 27th.

Raven-Symoné was named Co-Host at The View.

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Thomas L. Weisenbeck, former Assignment Judge for the Morris/Sussex Vicinage of the Superior Court, joined Amery & Ross, P.C. as Of counsel. He will focus on mediation, arbitration, and special master services, as well as providing litigation counsel to the firm's clients.

Tensie Whelan will be stepping down as President of the Rainforest Alliance before the end of January 2016.  She is expected to remain in this position until a successor has been named.

Christopher Shelton is the new President of the Communication Workers of America.  He replaces Larry Cohen.  Also, Sara Steffens has replaced Annie Hill as Secretary-Treasurer.

This week, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead announced his appointment of District Judge Keith Kautz to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kautz will replace Justice Marilyn Kite, who will retire in August. 

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General Electric sold its private equity lending business to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $12 billion. The transaction is scheduled to be completed during the third quarter of 2015.

The Babcock & Wilcox Company approved the spin-off of the Power Generation business, creating a new public company, effective July 1, 2015.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company announced that Edward B. Rust, Jr. is retiring as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015, but will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is succeeded by Michael Tipsord, who will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer.

HCC Insurance Holdings announced on June 10, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. for approximately $7.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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June 4, 2015

Government Headlines

The Justice Department announced on Thursday an indictment against former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL, 14th) for allegedly structuring bank withdrawals in order to dodge bank reporting rules and then lying about it to FBI investigators. According to the indictment, the withdrawals were made in order to make payments to an unnamed individual in an effort to conceal an unspecified past misconduct. Later reports have stated that the misconduct refers to allegations of sexual abuse by Hastert when he was a high school wrestling coach. 

The 2016 presidential primaries took center-stage this week with announcements from Lindsey Graham, Martin O’Malley, George Pataki, Lincoln Chafee, and another announcement about an announcement from Bobby Jindal. Put simply: It’s getting (even more) crowded. Graham entered into the race as its sixth current or former Senator, most of them Republicans. He almost automatically displaces the younger Marco Rubio as the primary season’s biggest foreign policy hawk, and his ties to the Benghazi investigation are likely to serve him well as he moves against fellow Senators and Tea Party sweethearts Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. 

Beau Biden, the son of the sitting Vice President, passed away on Saturday, May 30, following a battle with brain cancer. Biden finished his second term as Attorney General of Delaware this January, and had been rumored to be considering a run for Governor in 2016. In 1972, at the age of 3, he and his younger brother survived a deadly car accident that claimed the lives of his mother and younger sister. Following that early tragedy, Biden grew up to become a federal prosecutor and later was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard. Biden was 46 years old.

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On May 29, 2015, Raytheon Company completed its joint venture transaction with Vista Equity Partners, combining its Raytheon Cyber Products business with Websense, Inc., a Vista Equity portfolio company. Raytheon owns 80.3 percent of the joint venture, which will temporarily be known as Raytheon|Websense and will continue to be led by Websense CEO John R. McCormack.

On June 1, 2015, Intel Corporation announced an agreement to acquire Altera Corporation in a deal valued at around $16.7 billion. Altera will become a business unit of Intel after the merger is completed. The transaction is expected to close in six to nine months, subject to regulatory and Altera shareholder approvals.

Toys “R” Us, Inc. has named David A. Brandon as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. He will succeed Antonio Urcelay, who is retiring. From 1999 to 2010, Brandon was CEO of Domino's Pizza, Inc., where he is still Chairman of the Board. He most recently served as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan.

 

NetJets Inc. has appointed Adam Johnson as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Jordan Hansell, who left the company to become Executive Chairman of QuickInsured, LLC. Johnson was previously President of NetJets.

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 Laura L. Lott, previously Chief Operating Officer, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Alliance of Museums.  She replaces Ford W. Bell who had led the association since 2007.

 

Thomas J. “Tom” Holland, formerly Executive Director of the Teton Valley Ranch Camp, is now Chief Executive Officer of American Camp Association, Inc.  The position had been vacant since the departure of Peg L. Smith earlier this year.

Jason Espinoza is the new President of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry.  He replaces President and Chief Executive Officer Beverlee J. McClure who had led the organization since 2007.

Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, is stepping down from the civic advocacy group at the end of the year. A search is being conducted to find his successor. Mr. Cipolla, 58, said he will remain active in the group and keep his position on its board of directors.

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Brett LoGiurato, previously Political Correspondent, Fusion, was named Political Editor at Business Insider, effective mid-June 2105.

At CNN, Jake Tapper will begin his role as Anchor of State of the Union on June 14th. 

Scott Lucas was named Political Editor at Las Vegas Sun, effective June 29, 2015.

Stephen Orr, previously Executive Editor, Condé Nast Traveler, was named Editor-in-Chief at Better Homes and Gardens, effective July 6th.  He replaces Gayle Butler who will be retiring at the end of June.

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Former U.S. Ambassador James Smith joined C&M International, Ltd. as President. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2013.

Kevin Hagan, previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Feed The Children, has assumed his position as Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association.

Donna E. Shalala, previously President of the University of Miami, has assumed her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court appointed former Director of State Courts J. Denis Moran to serve as Interim Director of State Courts. His appointment will be effective June 4, 2015. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

In the wake of a reorganization, Apache Corporation made the following appointments: Timothy J. Sullivan to be Senior Vice President - Operations Support; Thomas E. Voytovich to be Executive Vice President - International and Offshore Region and Exploration and Production Technology; James L. House to be Senior Region Vice President - Houston Region; Grady L. Ables to be Region Vice President - Canada Region and President, Apache Canada; Steven J. Keenan to be Senior Region Vice President - Delaware Basin; and Cory L. Loegering to be Region Vice President - UK Region and Managing Director, Apache North Sea.

EMD Serono, Inc. appointed David Trexler Senior Vice President of Oncology and Zhen Su, MD, MBA Vice President of Medical Oncology.

 

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. announced that Tim Theriault has stepped down as Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, but will continue to serve as a consultant and senior advisor to the company. He is succeeded by Anthony Roberts, who has been appointed Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer.

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 May 28, 2105

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The Senate voted on Friday to grant President Obama fast-track authority over trade agreements. The measure, which faces fierce opposition from members of the President’s own party, is expected to be picked up by the House when its members come back from recess next month. If passed, the method, formally called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), will allow the White House to send trade agreements to Congress for up-or-down votes, without the option of amending them. 

It was a big week for the Navy as one of its highest-ranking admirals, and a former candidate for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stepped down and retired. Admiral Sam Locklear presided over much of the Obama administration’s more recent efforts to pivot the focus of the defense department from Europe and the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region, was an ally in the president’s push to make climate change a national security issue, and was one of the first big names to be cleared from the Navy’s so-called Fat Leonard Scandal, wherein a defense contractor bribed Navy officers and officials in exchange for lucrative logistics support contracts.

The former Florida head of the Hillsborough County, Florida school system will now lead the New York State Education Department. The New York State Board of Regents voted on Tuesday, May 26, to appoint MaryEllen Elia as the Commissioner of Education, effective July 6. The Board of Regents had been searching since January to find a replacement for former Commissioner John King, who moved to D.C. to become Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Dollar General Corporation has named Todd J. Vasos, currently Chief Operating Officer, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 3, 2015. He succeeds Richard W. Dreiling, who will remain with the company as Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Board until January 29, 2016.

 

Perry Ellis International, Inc. announced that company founder George Feldenkreis will step down as Chief Executive Officer on January 30, 2016, and continue as Executive Chairman of the Board. He will be succeeded by his son Oscar Feldenkreis, who currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board.

On May 26, 2015, Hot Topic, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Geeknet, Inc., the parent company of online retailer ThinkGeek. Geeknet will operate as a subsidiary of Hot Topic after the transaction closes.

 

 

On May 26, 2015, Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard, Inc. announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to accept Reynolds’ proposed acquisition of Lorillard, and the transaction is expected to close by the end of June 2015.

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Natasha Rankin has stepped down as Executive Director of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.  Claire Shanley, the association’s Director, Membership, has been named Interim Executive Director.  Rankin is now Chief Operating Officer of the American Counseling Association.

Joseph Brady is the new Executive Director of North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc.  Brady, previously the association’s General Counsel, had been Acting Executive Director since Russ Iuculano stepped down last year.

Matthew D’Uva will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of SOCAP International effective July 8, 2015.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced that its leader Fadi Chehade will be leaving his position as president and CEO. His tenure will conclude in March 2016 then he’ll move to a new career in the private sector.

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Tribune Publishing Company acquired U-T San Diego and changed the name of the newspaper back to the original name of San Diego Union-Tribune. Austin Beutner, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer at Los Angeles Times, was  named Publisher and Chief Executive Officer for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Russ Newton was named President and Chief Operating Officer at the Union-Tribune.

At Thomson Reuters, Benjamin Klayman, Auto Industry Correspondent, was named Editor in Charge, U.S. General News, Midwest, effective July 1, 2015. 

Ellie Duque replaced Melissa Mattiace as Publisher of Entertainment Weekly.

Ollie Chandhok, previously Regional Audience Director, American City Business Journals Inc., will replace Douglas W. Copeland Jr. as Publisher of the Triad Business Journal, effective June 1st.

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Dentons hired former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as a Senior Advisor in its Public Policy and Regulation practice.

Public Campaign has changed its name to Every Voice Center.

This week, President Obama nominated Edward L. Stanton III to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

The Senate confirmed Jill N. Parrish to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Also confirmed was Jose Rolando Olvera to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Georgia Power’s Board of Directors appointed Valerie Hendrickson to be Vice President, Corporate Communication.

Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC and Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. announced that a subsidiary of Vanguard will merge into Eagle Rock, with Eagle Rock will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Vanguard. The transaction will close in the third quarter of 2015.

Kary McIlwain has been appointed the new Vice President of Marketing for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, effective July 2015.

 

Lynn Wold has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health – Sioux, effective June 1, 2015.

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May 21, 2105

Government Headlines

On the congressional agenda this week is the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, which expires on June 1, when Congress will still be in recess. On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a sharp critic of the PATRIOT Act in particular and government surveillance in general, began a filibuster that lasted ten and a half hours. However, many later claimed that Paul’s action did little to actually stall passage of the bill, as the Senate was killing time on Wednesday due to procedural motions related to the trade bill. 

This week, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham had an announcement about an announcement, setting the stage for his likely entry into the race on June 1st. If he enters, and by his own estimate there’s a 99.9% chance that he will, Graham will be one of five Senators in the race, four of whom are Republicans. While his chances for winning on the national stage are relatively slim, Graham is a seasoned campaigner who’s managed to survive multiple insurgencies from his own conservative base in South Carolina. 

Vermont State Senator Norm McAllister has been stripped of his committee assignments after being arrested and charged with multiple felony counts of sexual assault. McAllister, a Republican from Franklin, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will not resign from his seat. On Thursday, members of the Senate Committee on Committees met and agreed to remove McAllister from the Agriculture and the Institutions Committees.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

On May 15, 2015, Genting Hong Kong Limited completed its acquisition of Crystal Cruises, Inc. from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). Edie Rodriguez, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Cruises.

On May 18, 2015, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire ANN INC. The merger will add Ann Taylor and LOFT to Ascena’s portfolio of brands, which currently includes Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, Catherines, and Justice. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2015, subject to receipt of regulatory and ANN shareholder approvals.

On May 18, 2015, Whirlpool Corporation announced has entered into an agreement to acquire American Dryer Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in early July 2015.

Nathan Naylor has joined FleishmanHillard Inc.’s Washington, DC public affairs practice as Senior Vice President. Naylor served as Communications Director for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2013 to 2014.

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At the Global Market Development Center, President Patrick Spear will become President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2015. He will replace current Chief Executive Officer David T. “Dave” McConnell, Jr. (CSE since 1/2/00) who will remain as Special Projects Consultant until December 31, 2015. 

JA Worldwide has named Asheesh Advani as its next president and CEO. He succeeds Sean Rush, who has been at the helm of the organization since 2008, in July 2015.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has named Madeline Bell as President and Chief Executive Officer.  She has been the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2007 and replaces Steven M. Altschuler who is retiring. She takes her position at the helm of the institution on July 1, 2015.  

Anne Pasternak has been named to the top post of Brooklyn Museum beginning September 1, 2015.  Recently, she was the president and artistic director of Creative Time. She succeeds Arnold L. Lehman who has decided to retire after 17 years as the museum’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Director.

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At The New York Times, Janet Maslin will be transitioning from the position of full time Book Critic to Contributing Book Critic, effective July 1, 2015.

At USA Today, Laura Petrecca replaced Anne Willette as Money Editor, effective the week of May 25. Laura Petrecca will also remain New York Bureau Chief.  Donna Leinwand Leger, previously Crime and Justice Reporter, was named Breaking News Editor.

Marjorie Miller was named Director of Global News and Enterprise at Associated Press.

Jim Osman was named Bureau Chief for the newly opened Washington bureau at Media General where he will be reporting for their group of local television stations.

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP hired Craig A. Newman as a partner in its Litigation Department.  He will also lead the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, and be a member of its Structured Finance Litigation Practice Group.

Daniel Addison joined Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP as a partner in its federal government affairs and public policy practice. Mr. Addison joins from Squire Patton Boggs and previously served in senior-level positions in both the Reagan and first Bush administrations.

 Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. named Christopher Carson, Chair of the firm’s Strategic Talent Management Initiative, as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1, 2016. He replaces Jack Elliott, who has served as President and CEO for over 13 years.

This week, Patience Roggensack presided as Chief Justice over the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Roggensack was elected by her colleagues to replace longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Wisconsin voters last month approved a constitutional amendment allowing the justices to vote on who should serve as chief and picked Roggensack to replace Abrahamson. 

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FirstEnergy Corp. named Dennis M. Chack to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Branding, and Gary D. Benz to Senior Vice President, Strategy, effective June 1, 2015.

Duke Energy appointed Doug Esamann as President of the company's Midwest and Florida Regions and as Executive Vice President. Melody Birmingham-Byrd will replace Esamann as President of Duke Energy Indiana and Greg Wolf will become President, Commercial Portfolio.

Sandy Melzer has been appointed the Executive Vice President for Networks, Population Health for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas announced that James Klausman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Health, and Rick C. Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Capital Federal, have been appointed to its Board of Directors. They replace Edward J. Miller and Louis E. Moisiman, who have retired from the Board.

 

 

May 14, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate voted 98-1 to pass a bill that gives Congress the authority to review any deal with Iran that would lift economic sanctions on the country in exchange for limiting its nuclear program.Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who has been a vocal critic of the White House’s approach towards Tehran, was the only member to vote no. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was absent for the vote. 

The Week the Department of Justice welcomed Sally Quillian Yates as Deputy Attorney General on Thursday morning, following a confirmation battle that took almost as long as that of her new boss, Loretta Lynch. Yates’ appointment marks the first time that five of the department’s top positions have been held, whether formally or informally, by women – she and Lynch are both Senate-confirmed, as is Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the Criminal Division, while both the Civil Rights and Tax divisions are currently headed by women in an acting role. Yates previously served as U.S. Attorney for Georgia’s Northern District, and spent a couple of months as Acting Deputy Attorney General before her confirmation on Wednesday. She graduated Georgia in 1982 and earned her JD there in 1986.

Michelle Figlar was appointed to serve as a deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development within the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Ms. Figlar has served as the Executive Director of the Pittsburg Association for Education of Young Children since 2006 and has worked with local leaders to create programs that enhance professional development and develop plans for early care and education. She will start her new position as Deputy Secretary on June 10, 2015.

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Verizon Communications Inc. announced an agreement this week to acquire AOL Inc. for $4.4 billion. AOL Chairman and CEO Timothy M. Armstrong will continue to lead AOL’s operations after the acquisition closes. The transaction is expected to close this summer, subject to regulatory approvals.

On May 7, 2015, Microchip Technology Incorporated announced a definitive agreement to acquire Micrel, Incorporated. The acquisition is expected to close early in the third quarter of calendar 2015, subject to approval by Micrel's shareholders and regulatory approvals.

On May 11, 2015, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and DTZ announced a definitive agreement to merge. Brett White will become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company, which will operate under the Cushman & Wakefield brand. DTZ CEO Tod Lickerman, will assume the role of President. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year.

 

On May 11, 2015, Fiskars Corporation agreed to acquire WWRD Holdings Limited, which owns a portfolio of luxury brands, including Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Rogaska. WWRD is a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, LP. The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of July 2015.

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Marion C. Blakey, formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association of America (CSE 2007-15), has left to become Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce plc. A search for her replacement at AIA is in progress.

Lauren Kramer, formerly Director, Meetings at the International Council of Ophthalmology, is the new Vice President, Meetings and Education at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Inc.

Bryan Zumwalt, formerly the Chief Counsel of the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is the new Vice President, Federal Affairs at the American Chemistry Council.

Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, has announced that she will retire from the top post on June 30, 2015.   Bolger, director since 1998, will continue to advise the BMA through the transitional period as the search for her successor begins.

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Bradley Davis, previously Digital Editor, Markets at The Wall Street Journal, was named Business Editor at Omaha World-Herald.

Bill Sternberg, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, was named Editorial Page Editor at USA Today, succeeding Brian Gallagher, effective late May 2015.

At Federal Times, Steve Watkins will step down as Editor in late May and will stay on as a Contributing Editor.

At Mother Jones, Monika Bauerlein, previously Co-Editor, was named Chief Executive Officer, replacing Madeleine Buckingham.  Clara Jeffery, previously Co-Editor, was named Editor-in-Chief.  Maria Streshinsky was named Deputy Editor and Aaron Wiener was named Senior Editor.   

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Allen Matkins hired Ralph Allen as its new Chief Operating Officer. Ralph is based in the firm's Irvine office and will oversee all of the firm's operational functions. He succeeds Michael Palmer who retired after 10 years with the firm.

Buchalter Nemer opened its fifth office in St. Helena/Napa Valley.

Former Senator and Defense Secretary Charles Timothy “Chuck” Hagel has returned to the Atlantic Council as a Distinguished Statesman and member of its International Advisory Board.  Hagel had previously been Chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appointed Rebecca Bradley to be Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District One. Bradley fills the vacancy created by Judge Ralph Adam Fine, who passed away. 

 

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Energy and Health Headlines

The Lincoln Electric Company, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., promoted Steven R. Sumner to Vice President Global Equipment.

Dominion announced that Robert M. Blue has been named Senior Vice President-Regulation, Law, Energy Solutions and Policy, and Paul D. Koonce adds to his Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Energy Infrastructure Group positions by replacing Blue as President-Dominion Virginia Power.

Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc. announced that it has changed its name to Lifepoint Health, Inc. 

Bioventus, LLC appointed Jeanne Forneris Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel and Thomas Umbel Vice President of Business Development. 

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May 7, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Republican Dan Donovan won a special election in New York’s 11th District to replace Representative Michael Grimm, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Donovan, a Staten Island District Attorney, easily defeated his Democratic opponent, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile, 60 percent to 38 percent. The district has been in Republican hands for most of the past 35 years, with just one hiatus when Democrat Michael McMahon served a single term before losing the seat in 2010 to Grimm. As a District Attorney, Donovan oversaw the investigation of the police-involved death of Eric Garner in New York City, and received nationwide criticism over his handling of the case. 

The shadow race to succeed General Martin Dempsey drew to a close this week as President Obama announced the assignment of Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Military. Dunford, who was only recently appointed as Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps following about two years commanding US forces in Afghanistan, is only the second Marine to have ever been nominated for such a position. In order to get the nod, he had to effectively win a shadow campaign against the current Vice Chairman, Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, and Pacific Command’s Admiral Samuel Locklear, as well as possible competition from Generals Ray Odierno and Mark Welsh, respectively the chiefs of staff of the Army and Air Force, among others. 

Dean Skelos, the most powerful person in the New York State Senate, was arrested on Monday, May 4 and charged with six counts of federal corruption. Skelos, who serves as Temporary President and Republican Majority Leader of the New York Senate, is alleged to have used his position to pressure companies into doing business with his son, Adam Skelos, who also faces charges. Skelos claims he is innocent and has thus far refused to step down from his leadership position, despite increasing calls for his resignation from with his own party.

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Kohler Co. announced that Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2015, after serving in the role since 1972, but will continue as Executive Chairman. He will be succeeded by his son David Kohler, currently President and Chief Operating Officer.

Michael A. Wells has been appointed Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc, effective June 1, 2015. He will succeed Tidjane Thiam, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG. Wells is currently President and Chief Executive of Jackson National Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Prudential.

On May 5, 2015, Avago Technologies Limited completed its acquisition of Emulex Corporation. Emulex is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avago, led by Hock E. Tan, Avago’s President and CEO.

On April 30, 2015, Boulevard Acquisition Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with The Dow Chemical Company under which Boulevard will acquire AgroFresh, Dow's post-harvest specialty chemical business. Upon completion of the transaction, AgroFresh will become a stand-alone public company listed on NASDAQ.  Dow will retain a minority ownership stake in the company, and will be represented on the board of AgroFresh. 

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The  American Hospital Association, Inc. has named current Executive Vice President (since 1991) Richard J. “Rick” Pollack as its 11th President and Chief Executive Officer effective September 2, 2015. He will replace current President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. “Rich” Umbdenstock (CSE since 1/1/07) who announced last November that he would retire at the end of 2015.

Chet M. Thompson, formerly Co-Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group, Crowell & Moring LLP, is the new President of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers effective May 4, 2015. He replaced former AFPM President Charles T. “Chuck” Drevna (CSE 2007-5/4/15) who has retired.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has named Bruce McNamer as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He was most recently the CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He replaces Terri Lee Freeman on June 1, 2015.

Melia Peters Tourangeau has been named President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the head of Utah Symphony. She succeeds James A. Wilkinson, who is retiring, in August 2015.

 

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At The Washington Post, Scott Wilson, previously Interim Deputy National Editor, was named Deputy National Editor.  Anne Kornblut, on leave until mid-2015, will return to the National staff as Associate Editor when she returns and concludes her Knight fellowship. 

At Bloomberg News, Christine Harper, previously Managing Editor, Finance,  succeeded Otis Bilodeau as Executive Editor, Finance and Investing.  Heather Smith was named Legal News Managing Editor.

At Popular Science, Carl Franzen, previously News Editor, The Verge, was named Online Director of PopSci.com, effective May 18th.

Ric Harris, previously President and General Manager, WVIT-TV, was named President and General Manager at WCAU-TV.  He replaces Eric Lerner who was named President and General Manager at WNBC-TV in April.

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Jones Day formed a Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Practice.  The practice is led by Daniel J. McLoon.

Robins Kaplan LLP named Roman Silberfeld to the newly created position of National Trial Chair.  Silberfeld served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, and will be succeeded in that role by partner Michael Geibelson.

This week, President Obama nominated Elizabeth Ann Copeland to be Judge for the United States Tax Court.

 

Maine Governor Paul LePage announced his appointment of Thomas E. Humphrey to be Associate Judge for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Humphrey succeeds Warren M. Silver, who resigned.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Science Applications International Corp. announced it has completed the acquisition of Scitor Holdings, Inc. for $790 Million.

Crestwood Equity Partners LP announced that they will purchase Crestwood Midstream Partners LP for $3.5 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.

Frank Schwab has been named the new Chief of Spine Surgery for the Hospital for Special Surgery. He succeeds Frank Cammisa who has stepped down. 

Lionel Ivashikiv has been appointed the new Chief Scientific Officer of the Hospital for Special Surgery, effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Steven Goldberg who has been serving in the role since 2006.

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April 30, 2015

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 56-43. The vote, which took place on Thursday, came more than five months after Lynch was first nominated by President Obama in November of last year, making her confirmation process one of the longest in Senate history. She was sworn in Monday, thus becoming the first African-American woman to lead the Justice Department. 

The confirmation and subsequent swearing-in of Loretta Lynch, accompanied by the surprisingly low-key departure of Eric Holder, could’ve been expected to dominate the news cycle. Instead, the transfer of power at the Justice Department took a back seat to the nomination of Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger as head of the Transportation Security Administration. Neffenger currently serves as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard under Admiral Paul Zukunft, a position he’s held since late last year. He previously served as the Deputy Commandant for Operations from 2012 until his current assignment, and prior to that he was best known as the Deputy Commander for the Coast Guard’s Deepwater Horizon response team. Unlike some of Obama’s past selections, Neffenger’s nomination was greeted warmly on Capitol Hill, and his confirmation is about as much of a shoe-in as could be expected in the current political climate. 

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Irv Halter Jr. to lead the state’s Department of Local Affairs beginning May 1. Halter is a retired Air Force Major General who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014 as a Democrat. The Department of Local Affairs is tasked with providing local government assistance, including affordable housing, property tax administration, and emergency management services.

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The Boeing Company has named John P. Shannon as Vice President and Program Manager for the Space Launch System. Shannon’s 25-year career at NASA culminated in the role of Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Planning in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

Eric B. Beightel was named Associate Director, Federal Environmental Policy Practice at Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. He joined Parsons Brinckerhoff from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he served as Senior Environmental Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary.

On April 24, 2015, Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. terminated their $45 billion merger agreement. The Federal Communications Commission had recommended designating a hearing for the deal that would have likely doomed Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

 

On April 24, 2015, Scholastic Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Educational Technology and Services (EdTech) business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMH) for $575 million. EdTech’s employees and management team, including its President Margery Mayer, are expected to remain with the business as part of HMH.  The transaction is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. 

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The American Health Lawyers Association has announced that five individuals will join its Board of Directors following the June 27-July 1 Annual Meeting. Eric Zimmerman, a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP will become AHLA’s President-Elect-Designate.

American Waterways Operators has elected its new Officers for 2015-2016, led by Chairman David G. Sehrt, the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ingram Barge Company.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has announced two new members of its Board of Directors: Tim Ferry and Manfred Staebler.

Herman Saatkamp, president of Stockton University, has resigned, citing medical issues. Current provost Harvey Kesselman will serve as acting president until an interim president can be named. Kesselman was recently appointed president of the University of Southern Maine, a position he will begin on July 1, 2015.

 

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At ABC News, Dan Silver was named Executive Producer, ABC News Digital.

At The Weather Channel, David M. Shull, previously Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, DISH Network Corporation, was named Group President, The Weather Channel Television.

At Thomson Reuters, Richard Valdmanis, Boston Bureau Chief, was also named part of the energy coverage team focusing on reporting on energy and environment issues through a political perspective.

 

Mark Gongloff, previously Managing Editor, Business and Innovation, The Huffington Post Media Group, was named Digital Editor at Fortune, effective May 4th.

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Cozen O’Connor and Chicago-based Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (MBT) announced their respective partners have agreed to a combination of 60 attorneys from MBT with Cozen O'Connor. It is anticipated that MBT’s attorneys will join Cozen O'Connor effective June 1, 2015.

Alan Cohn, who formerly served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP as Of Counsel. Mr. Cohn will be based in Washington, D.C. and focus his practice on national and homeland security.

Nancy Keenan, formerly President of NARAL Pro-Choice America (2004-2013), is now the Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party.

This week, Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy Millette Jr. plans to retire effective July 31, 2015. With the Virginia General Assembly out of session, Governor Terry McAuliffe will make an appointment to fill the vacancy upon the Justice’s retirement

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Energy and Health Headlines

Houston American Energy Corp.’s CEO, John Terwilliger, has resigned in accordance with a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. John P. Boylan has been appointed President and CEO as his replacement. 

PJM Interconnection’s new President and CEO will be Andrew L. Ott, currently EVP of Markets. Current CEO Terry Boston will retire on December 31, 2015, and Ott will officially assume his new role later this year after a transition period.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated appointed Michael Tuffin Senior Vice President of Public Affairs.

 

Centene Corporation appointed Ken Yamaguchi, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Mary Mason, the company’s previous Chief Medical Officer, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of Specialty Companies

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April 23, 2015

Government Headlines

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed an anti-human trafficking bill after weeks of partisan wrangling.The main disagreement centered on whether existing restrictions on the use of federal money to fund abortions should be applied to the victim restitution fund established by the bill. The fight was made even more contentious after McConnell linked the nomination of Attorney General-Designate Loretta Lynch to the legislation, refusing to bring up Lynch’s nomination for a vote for weeks while negotiations over the human trafficking bill dragged on. Ultimately, a compromise was reached on the language of the abortion restrictions. With the passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the path is clear for McConnell to finally bring up Lynch’s nomination. The confirmation vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, and is expected to pass easily.

After weeks of presidential primary hijinks, Federal finally quieted down long enough to have a good old fashioned scandal again. This time it was the Drug Enforcement Agency’s turn in the limelight with revelations of illicit parties thrown for agents, among other things, allegedly taking place in Colombia. Not long after dealing with a hostile House Oversight Committee and declaring herself powerless to punish the offending agents, DEA’s director, Michele Marie Leonhart, announced her resignation. Astute readers will remember that Colombia as the country where Secret Service agents were busted a few years back during the run-up to 2012’s Summit of the Americas. Unsurprisingly, the cases are linked, if only because the investigation into alleged corruption at the DEA was sparked by a review beginning with the Secret Service.

On Thursday, April 16, a federal grand jury in Seattle indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on ten counts, include filing false tax returns, obstructing a civil lawsuit, and possessing stolen property.  Kelley announced he will take a leave of absence from his duties as a government official, beginning May 1. For many of Kelley’s colleagues, that is not soon enough. Governor Jay Inslee, a fellow Democrat, sent Kelley a letter calling on him to resign from office immediately, and similar statements have been made by the state’s attorney general, state treasurer, and secretary of state.  The former Democratic State Representative was elected in State Auditor in November 2012. 

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Coty Inc. has named Elio Leoni Sceti as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. Leoni Sceti currently serves as CEO of Iglo Foods Group Limited. Coty interim CEO Bart Becht will remain with the company as Chairman.

Martin Lundstedt, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Scania AB, was appointed President and CEO of AB Volvo, effective in October 2015. Volvo Chief Financial Officer Jan Gurander will serve as acting CEO in the interim.

Raytheon Company has entered into an agreement with Vista Equity Partners to merge Raytheon Cyber Products with Websense, a Vista portfolio company, to form a new joint venture. John R. McCormack, CEO of Websense, will lead the combined company. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, pending regulatory approvals.

 

On April 16, 2015, Magna International Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement to sell substantially all of its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin for approximately $525 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to a number of customary conditions, including antitrust approvals.

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Susan Henshaw Jones, President and Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York since 2003, has decided to retire in December 2015.

Better Medicare Alliance appointed Allyson Y. Schwartz as President and CEO. She replaces Krista Drobac who was serving as interim executive Director through the search process.  

CARE USA has announced the selection of a new helm of the global poverty fighting organization.  Michelle Nunn will begin as President and CEO on July 1, 2015. She replaces Helene D. Gayle who decided to step down after a decade of service.  

The Saint Joseph's University Board of Trustees today elected Mark C. Reed as the Jesuit institution's 28th -- and first lay -- president in its 164-year history. Dr. Reed currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, CT.

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Charlotte Greensit was named Managing Editor at The Intercept.

Sharon Carty was named Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Autos.

At Al Jazeera America, Ali Velshi will Host a new show called Ali Velshi on Target, debuting May 11th.  The program will replace Velshi’s current program Real Money with Ali Velshi.

At CNBC, Lisa Villalobos, previously Executive Producer, Fast Money, replaced Gary Schreier as Executive Producer, Closing Bell.  Maxwell Meyers replaced Lisa Villalobos as Executive Producer, Fast Money. 

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Eytan J. Fisch, formerly assistant director for policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Foreign Assets Control, joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as a counsel. Mr. Fisch will work in the firm’s financial institutions regulation and enforcement group.

 

Mark Brunner, former senior adviser to Sen. Mark Warner, has joined the Cohen Group as vice president. Prior to working for Senator Warner, Mark served for 20 years in the Navy, retiring in 2009 at the rank of Commander. Additionally, Tom West, former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council, joined the firm as an associate vice president. 

Andrew McElwaine has announced he is stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Farmland Trust effective at the end of April 2015.  Former American Farmland Trust President Ralph Grossi will replace McElwaine on an interim basis at that time. 

President Obama nominated Wilhelmina Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota

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Energy and Health Headlines

Lytx Inc. has appointed Kara Kerker as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Kelli Richard as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, both reporting to Brandon Nixon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 

American Energy Partners, LP has appointed Scott D. Sachs as Senior Geoscience Executive Advisor, James C. Johnson as Senior Marketing and Midstream Executive and Traci D. Cook as Chief Accounting Officer.Rite Aid Corporation appointed Steve Rempel Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

 

Rite Aid Corporation appointed Steve Rempel Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Actavis plc announced that Charles M. Mayr has stepped down as Chief Communications Officer and will retire from the company on May 15, 2015, due to health issues. He is succeeded by Alex Kelly, who was appointed Chief Communications Officer effective immediately.

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April 16, 2015 

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously voted in favor of a measure that would grant Congress the right to review President Obama’s potential nuclear deal with Iran. If passed by the Senate, the bill requires the President to submit the final deal to Congress and bars him from lifting the economic sanctions currently in place against Iran for 52 days after that. This time period includes 30 days for the upper chamber to initially review the deal, plus 12 days if Congress approves a bill and sends it to the President’s desk, and 10 more days to allow for congressional review in case Obama vetoes the final bill. In addition to the review process, the measure also requires the President to provide Congress with detailed reports on Iran’s nuclear program and other military capabilities.  

This week freshman Senator Marco Rubio threw his hat into the presidential race.  Rubio is a freshman who previously served eight years as a State Representative in Florida, where he was Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and finally Speaker of the House. He took a few years off before vaulting into the United States Senate in 2011, where he’s served on a host of subcommittees revolving around international affairs and the environment. As an overall candidate, Rubio runs the very real risk of getting lost in the crowd – he can be neatly pigeonholed at a glance alongside Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, both of whom have had high-profile conflicts with the administration, whereas Rubio is best known for backing away from his own immigration proposal. 

Florence Republican Jay Jordan was officially elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 14. The results of the special election to fill the vacant 63rd District seat were something of a foregone conclusion, as Jordan faced no Democratic opposition. He received 515 votes in a district of nearly 24,000 registered voters, and will replace Kris Crawford, who resigned from office in December. Jordan won the special Republican primary election in February by taking 55 percent of the vote against stiffer competition.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

AB Acquisition LLC, the parent company of Albertson's LLC, New Albertson's, Inc., and Safeway Inc., has named Robert G. Miller Chief Executive Officer. Miller will also continue as Chairman, a role he assumed after AB Acquisition completed its acquisition of Safeway Inc. in January. Former CEO Robert L. Edwards will remain with the company as Vice Chairman.

Citadel LLC announced that Ben S. Bernanke, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, will join the investment firm as a senior advisor. Bernanke will also continue in his current role as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at The Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. 

Unisys Corporation has appointed Casey Coleman, former Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration, as Group Vice President for Civilian Agencies, Unisys Federal. Coleman joins Unisys from AT&T Government Solutions, where she served as Client Executive Vice President. 

On April 14, 2015, Manulife Financial Corporation acquired New York Life’s Retirement Plan Services. The business will be combined with John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (JHRPS).

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Beverlee J. McClure will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry effective at the end of May 2015.

Lynn Schloesser, formerly Director, Government and Industry Policy at Eastman Chemical Company, is the new Director, Environment and Energy Programs at the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Christopher F. “Chris” Feeney has been named President-Technology Group: BITS, at The Financial Services Roundtable.

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair has installed its 2015-2016 Board of Directors, led by Chair Joseph “Joe” Laurentino, Vice President, Material Damage at Esurance Inc.

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Media Headlines

At CBS Radio Network, Andre J. Fernandez, previously President and Chief Operating Officer, Journal Media Group, replaced Dan Mason as President.

Dino Chiecchi, previously Administrative Editor, San Antonio Express-News, was named Managing Editor, Presentation and Website.

Ian Fisher, previously Deputy Executive Editor, Digital Operations, was named Investigations Editor at The New York Times.

David Meeks, previously Assistant Managing Editor, Investigations, was named Managing Editor, USA Today Sports, replacing Mary Byrne.

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Legal Headlines

Stratton Edwards, former legislative counsel for Rep. Tom Cole, joined Capitol Hill Consulting Group. Mr. Edwards took on Oklahoma State University as his first client at the lobbying firm.

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP hired Michael Pl. Motyka as executive director.   Motyka succeeds Steven D. Wingert, who has held the position since 2006.

This week, the Senate confirmed Alfred H. Bennett to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

 

President Obama nominated Wilhelmina Wright to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Charles River Associates has promoted Aaron Dolgoff, Robert Goldman, and Yianis Sarafidis to the roles of vice president, specializing in finance, intellectual property, and antitrust and competition economics, respectively.

Andrea Baier will replace Isabel Reiff as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Growth and Business Development when Reiff retires on July 31, 2015.

Health Net, Inc. appointed Billy Maynard President of Health Net Federal Services, LLC, effective May 1, 2015. He succeeds Thomas Carrato who is retiring from the company. In a separate announcement, the company also announced that it has appointed Kathleen Alyce Waters Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective April 27, 2015. She succeeds Angelee Bouchard, who is retiring but will serve as Special Counsel through May 26, 2015. 

Prime Therapeutics, LLC promoted Jim DuCharme President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 20, 2015. Mr. Ducharme has been serving as Chief Financial Officer since 2012. He succeeds Eric Elliott, who is resigning from the company to pursue other opportunities.

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April 9, 2015 

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA, 24th) announced that she will not seek reelection in 2016. Capps, 77, was first elected in 1998 to fill the seat of her husband, Walter Capps (D-CA, 22nd), who died of a heart attack ten months after taking office. Her retirement sets up what could be a very costly battle for the central coast district, as Democrats only hold a 3% voter registration advantage over Republicans. 

The 2016 primaries heated up as Rand Paul formally announced his candidacy for the White House and was promptly dogpiled on all sides by rivals, operatives, the media, and then some.  The junior senator from Kentucky, whose own operatives and allies are currently waging a legal battle to change his home state of Kentucky to a caucus so that he can run for both the Senate and the White House, represents an enormous threat to the Republican Party’s foreign policy establishment – he’s the only candidate right now, prospective or otherwise, who hasn’t seriously advocated war with Iran

The top aide to embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has left the office.  Blake Rutherford, who was brought on board Kane’s staff as Chief of Staff last December, resigned this week after spending fewer than four months on the job. Rutherford announced he was resigning to take a position at Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor, but his sudden departure is one more piece in a long line of bad press for Attorney General Kane. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Triumph Group, Inc. appointed company founder and Chairman Richard C. Ill as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jeffry D. Frisby, who is no longer with the company. Ill previously served as CEO from 1993 to 2009. Ralph E. “Ed” Eberhart replaced Richard Ill as Chairman of the board of directors.

Don A. Mattrick resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Zynga Inc. after two years in the role. Zynga founder and Chairman Mark Pincus was named CEO, a position he had previously held from 2007 to 2013.

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. announced the resignation of interim Chief Executive Officer Brian W. Kocher. Kocher had led the company since it was acquired by the Cutrale and Safra groups at the beginning of this year. Chiquita has not named a successor yet.

On April 1, 2015, RadioShack Corporation completed the previously announced sale of 1,743 Company-owned stores and inventory to General Wireless Inc. and Sprint Solutions, Inc. The Company currently expects that all of its stores that have not been acquired by General Wireless in the sale and that will not be acquired by Office Depot Mexico will be closed by April 30, 2015.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers has named Alice J. Kim, formerly Founder and Principal at DigiConsult, as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Development Officer. She reports to  Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth “Beth” Matthews 

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ [ASHP] ASHP Research and Education Foundation has named Barbara B. Nussbaum, formerly Director, Adult Learning and Educational programs in ASHP’s Educational Services Division as Vice President effective April 6, 2015.  

The Flexible Packaging Association has moved from Lanham, MD to Annapolis, MD. 

American Cancer Society has named Gary M. Reddy as the successor to the helm, replacing John Seffrin who has decided to retire.  Reedy will join the Society on April 27, 2015, after serving as Worldwide Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy with Johnson & Johnson.

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Media Headlines

At ABC News, Reena Ninan, previously Washington Correspondent, was named Anchor of America This Morning and World News Now.

At CBS News, Bob Schieffer will retire as Anchor, Face the Nation and Chief Washington Correspondent in Summer 2015.

Andrew Rashbass, Chief Executive Officer at Reuters, resigned effective late April.  He was named Executive Chairman of Euromoney effective in Fall 2015.  Stephen Adler, President and Editor in Chief at Reuters, will be assuming his duties until a new Chief Executive Officer is named.

Cameron Mathison was named Correspondent and Weekend Co-Anchor at Entertainment Tonight.

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Legal Headlines

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Singapore’s Stamford Law Corporation completed their merger. Stamford currently operates as Morgan Lewis's Singapore office, and does business in Singapore under the name Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP welcomed Bradley J. Bondi as a Partner in the Litigation practice group, and as a leader of its securities enforcement and regulatory practices. He will be in Cahill's Washington, D.C. and New York offices. 

Joseph J. Nigro is retiring as General President of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers effective April 30, 2015.  He will be replaced as General President by current General Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Sellers, Jr.  Richard McClees will be the new General Secretary-Treasurer replacing Sellers.

This week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced Judge James Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Thomas Russell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky will take seats on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court effective May 18, 2015. They replace Judge Mary McLaughlin and Judge James Zagel, whose terms will expire.

 

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Energy and Health Headlines

Columbia Pipeline Group announced that Bruce L. Connery has joined the company as Vice President of Investor Relations.

Yong Liu has stepped down from the role of Chief Technology Officer of JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. He has been replaced by Dr. Wei Shan, former head of JA Solar’s Research and Development division.

Astellas Pharma Inc. appointed Shontelle Dodson, MD, MBA Vice President of Medical Excellence for Medical Affairs. She is based at Astellas’ Northbrook, IL location. 

Health Care REIT, Inc. promoted Steven W. Schroeder to Vice President and Treasurer, succeeding Michael A. Crabtree, who retired at the beginning of the month. 

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April 2, 2015

Government Headlines

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the highest-ranking Hispanic member of the Senate, was charged on Wednesday with 14 counts of corruption in connection with a bribery scheme related to Florida ophthalmologist, and Menendez’ friend, Salomon Melgen. The charges include one count of conspiracy, one count of making false statements and eight counts of bribery. While Menendez has denied all charges, he decided to step down from his post as Ranking Member for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is only 12th sitting Senator to have ever been indicted. 

Rob Nabors was announced as the replacement for retired Army General Jose D. Riojas, who currently serves as Chief of Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Riojas joined the administration as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Operations, Security, and Preparedness back in 2009. He managed to stick it out through the tectonic shifts in the department after the Waitlist Scandal and, now that everything seems to be calming back down, is likely to head back into the private sector. Nabors currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, a role he took on just after the aforementioned scandal broke. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the White House, and before that he was the President’s Director of Legislative Affairs. He graduated Notre Dame in 1993 and North Carolina in 1996.

South Dakota State Senator Dan Lederman announced his resignation from the legislature on Monday, March 30, the date the 2015 session adjourned. Lederman, a Republican, had represented District 16 in the State Senate since 2011, and had previously served a single term in the House of Representative before that.  In a statement on his website, Lederman wrote, “My time in Pierre in done for now. I am in your debt as I begin repaying a debt of love to my family.” Governor Dennis Daugaard is tasked with selecting a replacement. Lederman endorsed State Representative Jim Bolin to fill the vacant seat.

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Paul D. Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., passed away this week. The firm said that he died following “complications related to a health incident while competing in a triathlon.” Canaccord Genuity appointed its Chairman David J. Kassie to the additional role of CEO.

Michael E. LaRocco was named President and Chief Executive Officer of State Auto Financial Corporation and its parent company State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, effective May 8, 2015. He will succeed Robert P. Restrepo, Jr., who will continue as Chairman until his retirement at the end of this year. LaRocco, a former CEO of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, most recently served as President and CEO of The AssureStart Insurance Agency LLC.

On March 31, 2015, CBRE Group, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business of Johnson Controls, Inc. GWS will operate as part of CBRE’s Global Corporate Services (GCS) business. Upon closing, John Murphy, GWS’s President, will join CBRE as Global Chief Operating Officer, GCS. The transaction is expected to close in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2015 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals. 

On April 1, 2015, The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications merged their broadcast operations to create an expanded Scripps and spun off and merged their newspaper operations to form a new publicly traded company called Journal Media Group. Scripps will continue to trade under the symbol SSP (NYSE) and Journal Media Group will trade under the symbol JMG (NYSE).

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Chet M. Thompson, currently Co-Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group, Crowell & Moring LLP, has been named President of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers effective May 4, 2015. He will replace current AFPM President Charles T. “Chuck” Drevna (CSE since 2007) who is retiring. 

Marcus Miller has been elected to the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers.

The Loyola Marymount University Board of Trustees has elected Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., as the 16th president of the university after a nationwide search. Snyder will assume his new position effective June 1, 2015.   

Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Edward J. Benz Jr., announced that he will be stepping down in June 2016.  He has been at the helm of the Institute since 2000, overseeing its growth from a regional medical center into an international hub for cancer research and treatment.

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Media Headlines

Nick Baumann, Senior Editor at Mother Jones, was named Senior Enterprise Editor at Huffington Post, effective May 2015.

Jonathan Allen, previously Washington Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News, was named Chief Political Correspondent at Vox.com.

At Fusion, Alicia Menendez, previously Anchor, AM Tonight, was named Host of Come Here and Say That.  The show will premiere on April 6th.

Paul Anger, Publisher and Editor at Detroit Free Press, announced he will be retiring from the newspaper in May 2015. 

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Legal Headlines

Michael J. Bresnick, former executive director of President Barack Obama's financial fraud enforcement task force, joined Venable LLP as a partner. Mr. Bresnick will serve as the chair of Venable’s financial services investigations and enforcement department.

Hogan Lovells announced plans to launch an Australian presence on July 2015, with offices in both Perth and Sydney. 

Peter Goettler is now President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cato Institute.  He has replaced John Andrew Allison IV who had led the organization since 2012.  Allison remains on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council for Cato’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. 

 

Chandini Portteus, previously Chief Mission Officer for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the Livestrong Foundation.

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Energy and Health Headlines

Ash Sahi, CSA President and CEO, has resigned as of March 31, 2015. An interim Office of the Chief Executive has been created to provide interim leadership. The Office consists of the Chief Operating Officer; Chief Financial Officer; EVP Human Resources; EVP Government Relations, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary; and Executive Director & VP Standards.

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced the following management appointments in its Corn business unit: Craig Willis has been named President, Ethanol; Kris Lutt has been named President, Sweeteners and Starches; Luther Pohlmann has been named Vice President, Corn Operations; and Andy Moore has been named Vice President, Sweeteners and Starches. 

Davita HealthCare Partners Inc. announced that Garry E. Menzel has stepped down as Chief Financial Officer. He is replaced by the company’s Chief Accounting Officer, James K. Hilger, who will fill the role in in interim capacity. 

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Catamaran Corporation and combine it with its OptumRx business. Upon completion, Mark Thierer will become Chief Executive Officer of OptumRx and Timothy Wicks will become President. Jeff Park will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Jeffrey Grosklags will remain Chief Financial Officer. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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March 26, 2015  

Government Headlines

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday 228-199 to pass a Leadership-backed budget resolution that will increase military spending by $20 billion more than what President Obama asked, while cutting $5.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. Many of the budget cuts in the resolution are controversial and nearly universally opposed by Democrats, including a plan to progressively privatize Medicaid and another measure to cut back spending on the food stamps program, but the real reason why the budget as it stand now is unlikely to be enforced is because it includes a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act, virtually guaranteeing a veto from the President. 

Perhaps the biggest story in federal law enforcement this week was the announcement of Byron Todd Jones’ impending departure from the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His departure is probably an example of the revolving door in action, but it may or may not also be connected to a recent dust-up involving a proposal to ban armor piercing ammunition under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). 

Democrats suffered an embarrassing loss in Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant 170th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Republican Martina White, a 26-year-old financial advisor, defeated Democrat Sarah Del Ricci with 57 percent of the vote, which is the same percentage Barack Obama received when he carried the district in the 2012 presidential election. 

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Rothschild Asset Management Inc. named Michael Woods Chief Executive Officer. Woods previously served as Head of the Americas, Global Client Group for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and CEO of DWS Investments.

Ally Financial Inc. appointed Diane Morais as Ally Bank’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. She replaces Barbara Yastine, who resigned from the company. 

On March 23, 2015, The J. M. Smucker Company completed its $6 billion acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands. David J. West, President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Heart Pet Brands, has joined J. M. Smucker as President, Big Heart Pet Food and Snacks.

On March 25, 2015, H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. announced an agreement to merge. The combined company will be called The Kraft Heinz Company and co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area. Bernardo Hees, Chief Executive Officer of Heinz, will serve as CEO of the combined company. Kraft Chairman and CEO John T. Cahill will become Vice Chairman. The merger is expected to close in the second half of 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Joshua “Josh” Tonsager, formerly a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has joined the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) as Legislative Director,  

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Richard B. Bennett as the first non-judicial member of its Board of Directors. 

Ready for Hillary plans to dissolve the campaign once Mrs. Clinton formally announces she is running for presidency. If so, the organization will push the supporters they’ve gained since starting in 2013, to sign on with Clinton’s official campaign. This allows her to enter the race with a huge potential of donors and volunteers. 

Dana Dunn, the provost and executive vice chancellor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro has been appointed acting chancellor, effective immediately. She replaces Linda Brady, who is on medical leave following heart surgery and will retire in June. The school hopes to have a permanent replacement in place by July 1.

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Media Headlines

Greg LaRose, previously Editor, New Orleans CityBusiness, was named Metro News Managing Producer, Business, City Hall and Healthcare at New Orleans Times-Picayune.

At The New York Times,  Zachary Woolfe was named Classical Music Editor and Rachel Saltz added the role  of Dance Editor to her position as Daily Book Editor. 

Lori Montgomery, previously Budgets and Fiscal Policy Reporter, was named America Editor on the National Desk at The Washington Post. 

Kevin Krolicki, previously Tokyo Bureau Chief, was named Washington Bureau Chief at Thomson Reuters. He replaced Acting Bureau Chief Karey Van Hall who was named News Editor at Politico. 

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Legal Headlines

King & Spalding expanded its litigation practice in Washington, D.C. by recruiting Bobby R. Burchfield and Matthew M. Leland as partners. They joined King & Spalding from McDermott Will & Emery, where Burchfield served as head of complex litigation, co-head of the Washington office, and member of the Management Committee.

Andrea Agathoklis Murino joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  She comes to Goodwin from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Murino will co-chair Goodwin’s firm-wide Antitrust Practice.

Jackson Lewis PC added Laura E. Prather as its Tampa office Managing Shareholder.  She succeeds Barnett Brooks who decided to relocate his practice.

This week, David A. Barber was sworn in as the newest Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Barber replaces former Justice Will T. Scott, who resigned to run for Governor.

 

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Energy and Health Headlines

FMC Technologies, Inc. and Technip signed an agreement to form an exclusive alliance and to launch Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture. It is expected to be closed later in 2015.

TriMas Corporation announced that Tom Benson, President of Cequent Performance Products, will be retiring at the end of April, with John Aleva succeeding Benson to become President, Cequent Americas, effective April 28, 2015.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe announced on March 23, 2015, that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Tenet will combine its ambulatory surgery and imaging centers in a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will own a majority stake in the joint venture and have full ownership within the next five years. USPI will continue to be led by Bill Wilcox and Kyle Burtnett will join USPI as President of Ambulatory Services and Chief Integration Officer. The transaction is expected to close by the third quarter of 2015.

 

 

Paladina Health, LLC appointed Jennifer Bajaj, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer.

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March 19, 2015 

Government Headlines

This week in congressional news, Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL, 18th) announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning from Congress on March 31, weeks after a Washington Post story on his lavishly redecorated office prompted several reporters to closely examine his office’s use of tax payer and campaign funds. In the flurry of scrutiny that followed, it was uncovered that Schock had not only spent tens of thousands of dollars from his government-funded account in office renovations and furnishing during his six years in Congress, but was also the 11th top travel spender in Congress, reporting in 2013 more than $100,000 in travel expenses, all the while representing a district that is neither particularly large or far away from Washington D.C.  

This week also saw Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote put on hold following a legislative brawl in the Senate over language in a human trafficking bill; Senate Democrats failed to notice or take issue with Republican-inserted language permanently banning funding for abortion through the Hyde Amendment. The amendment is normally included on a yearly basis as part of the Federal budget – the ban is a temporary provision that has to be renewed annually, whereas the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would have made it a permanent law.

Governor Rick Snyder appointed energy executive Nick Khouri to serve as Michigan’s next State Treasurer.Khouri was most recently Senior Vice President at DTE Energy Company, where he oversaw regulatory and community affairs. He will replace Kevin Clinton, who will return to the private sector after having led the Department of Treasury since October 2013.  

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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Sotheby’s appointed Thomas “Tad” Smith as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31, 2015. He succeeds William F. Ruprecht, who has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2000.

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. announced that Andreas Rouvé has been elected Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Rouvé ,who has served as Chief Operating Officer since February 2014, succeeds Dave Lumley, who is retiring from the company.

PineBridge Investments LLC announced that David Jiang has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and that Stephen Fitzgerald, Deputy Chairman of the Board, has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Fitzgerald will continue as Deputy Chairman, a position he has held since 2013. 

FactSet Research Systems Inc. named Philip Snow, currently President, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Philip A. Hadley, who will remain Chairman. FactSet also promoted Mark J. Hale to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Hale was previously Senior Vice President and Director, Content Operations.

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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The National Tooling and Machining Association has installed its new Officers, led by Chairman Herbert “Herb” Homeyer, the President of Homeyer Precision Manufacturing.

Virginia "Ginger" Juncker is the new Executive Director, Programs and Member Services at the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.

Lee Gillespie-White, formerly Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Special Olympics, Inc., is the new Corporate Counsel at Tax Executives Institute, Inc.

New York University has named Andrew Hamilton as the 16th President.  Hamilton, currently Vice Chancellor at the University of Oxford, will officially take helm of the university in January 2016.

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Media Headlines

At ABC News, Good Morning America announced several staff changes.  Simone Swink, previously Senior Producer, replaced Margo Baumgart as Senior Broadcast Producer of the 8:00 hour.  Margo Baumgart is now Senior Broadcast Producer, Futures and Special Programming.  Chris Brouwer, previously Senior Producer, World News Tonight, was named Senior Broadcast Producer.