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September 21, 2017

Government Headlines 

On Tuesday, September 19, the Senate confirmed Noel Francisco to be the next solicitor general by a vote of 50-47. In this role, Francisco will be tasked with representing the government before the Supreme Court, and will be expected to defend some of President Trump’s more controversial actions.   
 
On September 15, President Trump announced that he will nominate Irvin Steven “Steve” Goldstein to be under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the Department of State. Goldstein is currently senior vice president at BP Global Solutions, a consulting firm in New York.  
 
On Monday, the Senate passed a massive $700 billion defense bill for the fiscal year. Senators voted 89-8 to approve the measure known as the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes support for Pentagon programs and combat options.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Dollar Tree, Inc. named Gary Philbin President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Bob Sasser. Philbin has worked at Dollar Tree since 2001, serving most recently as Enterprise President.
 
Dave McClure, Ph.D., former Associate Administrator of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration, has been appointed head of Federal CIO Leadership at Accenture Federal Services, a division of Accenture plc.
 
Digital Realty Trust Inc. completed its $7.8 billion acquisition of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. on September 14, 2017.  
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Eric Kenneth Fanning, former United States Secretary of the Army, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. effective January 1, 2018.   
 
James E. Ryan has been selected to be the next President of the University of Virginia, effective October 1, 2018, following a transitional period in the summer of 2018. 
 
At The Chicago Community Trust, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, Chief Executive Officer at McKinsey Social Initiative, was named Chief Executive Officer, effective late September 2017.  
 

 

Media Headlines

Co-Host Jedediah Bila announced her departure from ABC's “The View.”
 
Ben Mullin, former Managing Editor of Poynter, will join The Wall Street Journal as a Media and Advertising Reporter effective September 25th.   
 
Dan Bigman was named Chief Content Officer and Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine. He had a long career with Forbes as Business Editor.
 
Dulcé Sloan joined Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” as a Correspondent.
 


Legal Headlines

This week, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Steven R. Jensen to be Justice on the South Dakota Supreme Court
 
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas announced Lee Ann Reno has been named magistrate judge. Judge Reno will replace current magistrate judge Clinton E. Averitt effective October 1, 2017.  
 
Jenner & Block announced that Michael T. Wolf, formerly corporate vice president and global chief counsel for corporate at Aon plc, has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Chicago, IL office. 
 

 

Health Headlines

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies selected Helen Burstin as the organizations next Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. She will succeed Noman Kahn on January 1, 2018.
 
Welltok, Inc. announced September 19, 2017 that they had chosen Chris Power, an individual who has spent over twenty-five years in financial, strategic, and operational leadership positions, as their new Chief Financial Officer.
 
Mark Fulco was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Medical Center effective October 9, 2017. 

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Valentin Rybakov, previously Belarus’ Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, has presented his credentials as his nation’s new Ambassador to the United Nations.
 
Mari Bim Amude Alkatiri has been sworn in as Prime Minister of East Timor.
 
Mercedes Aráoz has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14, 2017

Government Headlines 

On September 12, President Trump announced that Hope Hicks will serve as his new communications director. Hicks, whose official title is assistant to the president and communications director, had been serving in this role in an interim capacity since August 16.  
 
Retired Air Force colonel and Senior Executive Service member James F. Geurts has been nominated to be assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition). Geurts currently serves as the acquisition executive for the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Special Operations Research, Development, and Acquisition Center
 
Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA, 15th) announced last Thursday he would not seek re-election in 2018. In a statement, Dent cited growing instability and dysfunction in Washington as his primary reasons to retire, and said he had been contemplating retirement since the October 2013 government shutdown.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Sealed Air Corporation announced the retirement of Jerome A. Peribere as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective December 31, 2017. Edward L. “Ted” Doheny, II, former CEO of Joy Global Inc., will join the company as Chief Operating Officer on September 18th and become CEO and President on January 1, 2018.
 
Mars, Incorporated completed its $9.1 billion acquisition of VCA Inc. on September 12, 2017. VCA will continue to operate as a separate business under the leadership of company co-founder and CEO Bob Antin. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Kelly (Shea) Hitchcock, previously Staff Assistant, Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, is now Director, Financial Services Policy for the Investment Company Institute.  
 
Keith T. Parker, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer at Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Goodwill Industries of North Georgia, effective Fall 2017.
 
P. Kay Norton, President of the University of Northern Colorado, has announced that she will step down effective June 30, 2018.
 

 

Media Headlines

At Fox News Channel, Host Eric Bolling left the company and his show “Fox News Specialists” was cancelled.  
 
Wendy Benjaminson was named Managing Editor for Government and Politics at USA Today. She was previously National Editor at the Associated Press.   
 
At Thomson Reuters, John Foley will take on the role of U.S. Editor of Reuters Breakingviews in October, succeeding Jeff Goldfarb, who is moving to Hong Kong as Deputy Editor.
 
Time magazine announced that Nancy Gibbs stepped down from her position as Editor-in-Chief.  Gibbs is succeeded by Edward Felsenthal, who was appointed Editor-in-Chief on September 14, 2017.
 


Legal Headlines

This week, President Trump nominated three to serve on the United States Court of Appeals. Those nominated were Ryan Bounds to serve as Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit, Elizabeth L. Branch to serves as Circuit Judge on the Eleventh Circuit and Gregory Katsas to serve as Circuit Judge on the District of Columbia Circuit. 
 
Chan Park, previously with the Senate Judiciary Committee serving as general counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, joined Monument Policy Group, LLC as a principal. 
 
Ambassador Stuart E. Jones, most recently with the State Department serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, joined The Cohen Group as a Vice President. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Mylan N.V. announced September 13, 2017 the appointment of Dennis Zeleny, formerly of Sunoco Inc., to the role of Chief Human Relations Officer.
 
Medstar Health has named Stuart M. Levine the new President and Chief Medical Officer for MedStar Harbor Hospital, effective immediately. 
 
Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced September 11, 2017 that Kåre Schultz will be assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at an undisclosed future date.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Ramush Haradinaj has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Kosovo.
 
Halimah Yacob has been sworn in as President of Singapore.
 
The United Nations General Assembly has begun its 72nd session.  Miloslav Lajcak of Slovakia is now President of the UN General Assembly.  Mouayed Saleh of Iraq (1st Committee), Sven Jürgenson of Estonia (2nd Committee), Einar Gunnarsson of Iceland (3rd Committee), Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño of Venezuela (4th Committee), Tommo Monthe of Cameroon (5th Committee), and Burhan Gafoor of Singapore (6th Committee) are now Chairmen on the UNGA’s Main Committees.
 
Ten new Permanent Representatives to the United Nations have presented their credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres.  They are Sheila Carey (Bahamas), Doma Tshering (Bhutan), Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue (Côte d’Ivoire), Diego Morejón Pazmiño (Ecuador), Maria Theofili (Greece), Fernando Delfim da Silva (Guinea-Bissau), Mohammad Hussein Ali Bahr Aluloom (Iraq), Teburoro Tito (Kiribati), Tore Hattrem (Norway), and Francisco António Duarte Lopes (Portugal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 7, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump sent 46 nominations to the U.S. Senate on September 5. Among the nominees is Oklahoma Congressman James “Jim” Frederick Bridenstine, who was selected to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).   
 
On September 1, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue filled a key vacancy within the Department of Agriculture (USDA) by appointing Gary Washington as acting chief information officer. Washington replaced Jonathan Alboum, who left the position in early August amidst a mass departure of CIOs in several federal departments. 
 
Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) announced on Wednesday he will retire from the House at the end of his term. Reichert, who was first elected in 2004, stated, "It was not an easy decision but I believe it was the right one for my family and me." 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

GNC Holdings, Inc. named Ken Martindale Chief Executive Officer, effective September 11, 2017. He replaces interim CEO Bob Moran, who will become Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.  
 
Jennifer Mullin, former Communications Director for Former Senator Tom Harkin, was named Director of Public Advocacy at Exelon Corporation
 
The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company completed their merger of equals on August 31, 2017, creating DowDuPont Inc. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Theodore Reed “Ted” Mitchell, former United States Department of Education Under Secretary, is now President of the American Council on Education.  
 
Sara W. Armstrong, previously Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee, is now Vice President, Political Affairs and Federation Relations of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
Mandy Chapman Semple was named Director, Learning and Evaluation at the Houston Endowment.
 

 

Media Headlines

Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach joined the Breitbart News Network as a Contributing Columnist
 
At ABC News, Katie Nelson, former HuffPost News Director, was named Executive Producer of ABC News Content, reporting to Colby Smith, Vice President of ABC News Digital.   
 
The Washington Post announced its Snapchat Discover editorial team. John Taylor is now Snapchat Editor, Chris Barber is Design Editor, and Andrea Platten and Ryan Weber are Multiplatform Editors. 
 
Melinda Newman was named West Coast Editor of Billboard, returning to the position she held at the magazine in 2006. 
 


Legal Headlines

The United States Senate confirmed Timothy J. Kelly to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
 
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed David M. Ishee to be Associate Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Judge Ishee will replace current Associate Justice Jess H. Dickinson effective September 18, 2017. 
 
Edith Ramirez, former Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission(FTC), joined Hogan Lovells as partner and co-head of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition practice.
 

 

Health Headlines

HCA Healthcare, Inc. appointed Ashley Johnson Chief Financial Officer of HCA Healthcare’s American group on September 1, 2017. 
 
Orion Health Ltd. appointed Terry Macaleer President of Orion Health Inc. He will assume the position in September 2017 and will replace Wayne Oxenham, current president of the U.S. branch of Orion.
 
Advocate Health Care has named Barbara Byrne the new Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. 

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Foreign Nation Headlines

João Lourenço has been elected President of Angola.  He will assume this position on September 25, 2017.
 
Edouard Ngirente has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Rwanda.
 
Singapore President Tony K. Y. Tan’s term concluded at the end of August.  J. Y. Pillay is now Acting President.
 
Lin Chuan has resigned as Premier of Taiwan.  Lai Ching-te has been named as his replacement.
 
Mark Lowcock is the new Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 31, 2017

Government Headlines 

On Friday, August 25, the White House confirmed that Sebastian Gorka was no longer serving within the Executive Office of the President. Gorka had been deputy assistant to the president focusing on national security issues, and garnered criticism for his harsh views on Islam and suspected ties to far-right Hungarian groups.  
 
President Trump also announced his intent to nominate Michael Evanoff to be assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security. Evanoff served as a special agent in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the Department of State from 1985 to 2011.
 
Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA, 11th) announced Tuesday his candidacy for U.S. Senate, challenging Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Uber Technologies, Inc. named Dara Khosrowshahi as its new Chief Executive Officer, filling a role that had been vacant since the resignation of Travis Kalanick in June. 
 
KBR, Inc. appointed retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Wendy M. Masiello to the company’s board of directors. She served as Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency from 2014 to 2017.
 
Amazon.com, Inc. completed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Inc. on August 28, 2017. Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey will continue as Chief Executive Officer.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Richard A. Moscicki, currently Deputy Director for Scientific Operations at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has been named Chief Medical Officer and Executive President, Science and Regulatory Affairs for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America effective in early October 2017.   
 
At YWCA USA, Alejandra Y. Castillo, previously National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, was named Chief Executive Officer, effective September 18, 2017.
 
Steven M. Altschuler, currently Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Miami and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Health System, has announced that he will resign effective September 15 to pursue other interests in biotechnology. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Michael Thorn was named President of Entertainment for FOX Broadcasting Company, starting at the end of September 2017.
 
At MTV, Albert Lewitinn was named Head of Live Programming and Executive Producer of “Total Request Live.” He served as Executive Producer at CBSN since 2016.  
 
At The New York Times, David Enrich joined Business Day as Finance Editor. Enrich was previously Financial Enterprise Editor for the Wall Street Journal.  
 
Bill Kelly was named Chief Meteorologist at WJLA-TV, effective October 23, 2017.
 


Legal Headlines

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed G. Richard Bevan to be Justice on the Idaho Supreme Court. Bevan replaces Justice Daniel Eismann, who is retiring. 
 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that Beth George, former deputy general counsel at the Defense Department in the Obama administration, has joined the firm as Of Counsel. 
 
Steven M. Wernikoff, the former enforcement director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm’s Chicago, IL office.
 

 

Health Headlines

Anika Therapeutics announced they have appointed Steven Chartier Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs.
 
Fairview Health Services has named Osman Akhtar the new Chief Operating Officer, Laura Reed the new Chief Nursing Executive, and Mark Welton the new Chief Medical Officer. 
 
Anthem Inc. has announced their appointment of Tomas Orozco, formerly Executive Vice President of Simply Healthcare’s South Florida Market, as President of Anthem’s Medicare East Region.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Sapar Isakov has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2017

Government Headlines 

On Friday, August 18, all 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities released a public letter announcing their resignation from the body. The members cited President Trump’s “refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred” embodied by white supremacist groups at the August 12 far-right rally which resulted in the murder of a counter-protestor as the cause for their departure.  
 
On Friday, August 18, Stephen Bannon left his position as assistant to the President and chief strategist and senior counselor at the White House. Bannon was one of Donald Trump’s most trusted advisors during the presidential campaign, holding the title of chief executive officer at Donald J. Trump for President, Inc
 
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO, 7th) announced on Monday that he is running for re-election, reversing his decision to leave Congress at the end of his term. Perlmutter had originally vacated his seat to run for Governor, but dropped out of the race in July and stated he would not run for re-election to the House. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

H&R Block, Inc. named Jeffrey J. Jones, II as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 9, 2017. Jones served most recently as President of Ridesharing at Uber Technologies, Inc.
 
David W. Hult was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., effective January 1, 2018. 
 
Sempra Energy agreed to acquire Energy Future Holdings Corp. and its subsidiary Oncor Electric Delivery Company for $9.45 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.
 
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Media Headlines

Steve Bannon returned to Breitbart News as Executive Chairman. 
 
Steve Warren joined CNN as a Military Analyst. He was most recently Senior Media Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
 
The Village Voice announced that it is ending its free weekly print edition, which has been distributed across the New York area since 1996. It will continue publishing digitally. 
 
Lori Leibovich was named Editor-in-Chief of Health magazine.
 


Legal Headlines

Associate Justice Geraldine Hines retired from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
 
Stark & Stark announced that Denise Mariani has been named chair of the firm’s Nursing Home Litigation Group.
 
Maya Uppaluru, most recently a member of the health care team at the U.S. Digital Service, joined Crowell & Moring LLP as an associate in the firm’s digital health team.
 

 

Health Headlines

Beacon Health Options has named Daniel McCoy the new Chief Operating Officer.
 
Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City has announced the resignation of James Fitzpatrick from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. 
 
National Health Investors, Inc. has named Michelle Kelly the new Senior Vice President of Investments. 

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned as Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan.  Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev is now Acting Prime Minister.
 
Anatoly Antonov, most recently Deputy Foreign Minister, has been appointed Russia’s next Ambassador to the United States.
 
Six new Ambassadors to the United Nations have recently presented their credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.  They are Michel Xavier Biang (Gabon); Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ireland); Audra Plepyte (Lithuania); Craig John Hawke (New Zealand); Michal Mlynár (Slovakia); and Darja Bavdaz Kuret (Slovenia).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2017

Government Headlines 

Following the short tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who departed only ten days after his appointment was announced, the White House announced that Hope Hicks will serve as interim communications director until a permanent director is named. 
 
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) will advance to a primary runoff on September 26 after neither managed to win a the majority of votes during the primary election held Monday. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL, 5th), who was also a candidate, only won 20 percent of the vote and will not proceed to the runoff election. 
 
Provo Mayor John Curtis won the Republican primary election for Utah’s 3rd District, in a race to replace retiring Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, 3rd), who resigned at the end of June.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Pandora Media, Inc. named Roger Lynch Chief Executive Officer and President, effective September 18, 2017.
 
Joe Ellis, former Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management in the Department of Health and Human Services, has been named Vice President and Head of U.S. Government Affairs at BP.
 
Genesis Energy, L.P. agreed to acquire Tronox Limited's Alkali Chemicals business for $1.325 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Kate Penn, currently Chief Content and Publishing Officer, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Society of American Florists effective November 1, 2017.   
 
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has moved its headquarters office to a new location in Washington, DC.
 
Tammy D. McLeod, Vice President, Resource Management at Arizona Public Service Company, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at The Flinn Foundation, effective October 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

James E. Risen will join First Look Media in September as Senior National Security Correspondent for The Intercept and Director of the Press Freedom Defense Fund.
 
Gregg Easterbrook will relaunch his “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” column at The Weekly Standard effective August 22.  
 
Alaska Dispatch News filed for bankruptcy, and Ryan Binkley and Jason Evans were named Co-Publishers.   
 
GateHouse Media, LLC, acquired eleven newspapers from Morris Publishing Group, including the Savannah Morning News, the Topeka Capitol-Journal, the Florida Times-Union, the Athens Banner-Herald, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and the Amarillo Globe-News.
 


Legal Headlines

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg was appointed Chief Judge of the Florida Court of Appeal, Third District. Judge Rothenberg replaces former Chief Judge Richard Suarez, who will remain on the bench.
 
Former U.S. Representative J. Randy Forbes joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a Senior Director in the firm’s Washington, D.C. Office. He will be working with the Government Law & Policy practice’s Federal team.
 

 

Health Headlines

Array Biopharma Inc. appointed Curtis G. Oltmans General Counsel. He succeeds John R. Moore, who is retiring as Vice President and General Counsel.
 
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated promoted David S. Wichmann to Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2017. 
 
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Inc. has named Amanda Maggard the new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Ahmed Ouyahia has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Algeria.  This is the fourth different time he has held this position.
 
Alison Smale, previously Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times, has been appointed Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications for the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is back to full strength as of August 3, when the U.S. Senate reconfirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and confirmed Brendan Carr. 
 
A primary election for the Alabama Senate special election to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take place next Tuesday, August 15th.
 
Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA, 3rd) announced her retirement from the House on Wednesday following ten years in office, saying in a statement that she looks forward to spending more time with her children and grandchildren.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Avaya Inc. named Jim Chirico as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2017. He succeeds Kevin Kennedy, who will continue as an advisor to the company. 
 
Katherine Hammack has joined Ernst & Young LLP as an Executive Director in the firm’s Government and Public Sector Advisory practice.
 
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. completed its $1 billion acquisition of Water Pik, Inc. on August 7, 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have selected Karen M. Whitney as Interim Chancellor, effective September 12, 2017. Whitney currently serves as the President of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a position she has held since July 2010. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Effective August 21, Hadas Gold will join CNN as a Media Reporter covering European politics, media and business. She is currently Media Reporter for POLITICO. 
 
Effective September 11, Ana Swanson will join The New York Times as Trade Reporter, based in the Washington Bureau.  
 
At the Associated Press, Julie Pace was promoted to Washington Bureau Chief.   
 
Chloe Metzger was named Digital Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. Metzger previously served as Associate Editor at Allure.
 


Legal Headlines

President Trump nominated two to the United States Courts of Appeals. Those nominated were Leonard Steven Grasz to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Michael B. Brennan to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
 
Jeffrey L.  Papa, formerly chief of staff and chief legal counsel for the Indiana Senate, has rejoined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Immigration and Global Mobility Services and Labor and Employment Law practices.
 

 

Health Headlines

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. appointed Joel Saban President, succeeding Paul Urick, who will continue to serve as President Emeritus until November 7, 2017.
 
Hospital Sisters Health System has appointed Joan Coffman the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 5, 2017. 
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina appointed Patrick Conway President and Chief Executive Officer. 

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August 3, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 1. Wray, a former federal prosecutor and Department of Justice official, was seen as a safe pick for the administration, having worked on counterterrorism and anti-fraud units during his time in government 
 
Representative John Delaney (D-MD, 6th) announced his retirement from the House last Friday, and became the first Democrat to formally enter the 2020 presidential race.
 
Representative Diane Black (R-TN, 6th) entered the Tennessee governor’s race on Wednesday, setting off a scramble to fill her position as chairman of the House Budget Committee. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Mondelez International, Inc. named Dirk Van de Put, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods Limited, as its next CEO, effective in November 2017.
 
Discovery Communications, Inc. has agreed to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. for $14.6 billion. The deal will add TV brands including HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, and DIY Network to Discovery’s portfolio.
 
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation announced plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies: Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Keith Michael Fiels has retired after 15 years as Executive Director of the American Library Association.  
 
Craig Coleman, formerly Vice President, Client Solutions and Marketing at Gannett Co., Inc., is now Vice President, Marketing at the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
 
Paula M. Krebs, formerly the Dean of Bridgewater State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2012-17), is the new Executive Director of the Modern Language Association effective August 1st. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Blaise Zerega resigned as Editor-in-Chief of VentureBeat.
 
Sirius XM Radio launched a new daily radio show “The Power Hour” hosted by comedian and actor Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr.  
 
Craig Swagler was named General Manager of CBS News Radio, succeeding Constance Lloyd, who has been in the position since 2000.   
 
The Wall Street Journal announced the opening of its Barcelona Bureau. The newsroom will be headed by Sarah Sloat as Newswires Editor overseeing corporate and other disclosure news from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
 


Legal Headlines

The United States Senate confirmed Kevin C. Newsom to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
 
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel was named Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
 
Thompson & Knight announced that as of August 14, 2017, the firm’s Houston, TX location is moving to the BG Group Place at 811 Main Street, Suite 2500. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Cardinal Health, Inc. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Medtronic plc's Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency business for $6.1 billion. 
 
Mediware Information Systems Inc. appointed William “Bill” Miller Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Kelly Mann, who has stepped down from the role.
 
The Detroit Medical Center has appointed Karima Bentounsi as the Chief Executive Officer for Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and Conrad Mallett as the Chief Executive Officer of Sinai-Grace Hospital, effective August 14, 2017.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Shahid Abbasi has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan following the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
 
Five new Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Christoph Heusgen (Germany); Ali Naseer Mohamed (Maldives); Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia (Russia); Abukar Dahir Osman (Somalia); and Samuelu Laloniu (Tuvalu), presented their credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 27, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump unveiled his pick to lead the White House Office of Communications last week, resulting in a series of resignations and promotions within the press team. On Friday, July 21, President Trump announced that Anthony Scaramucci had been appointed White House communications director, effective August 15.  
 
Mark T. Esper’s nomination to be secretary of the army was sent to the Senate on July 25, which marks President Trump’s third pick for the position after Vincent Viola and Mark Green withdrew their names from consideration. 
 
Meanwhile, Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (R-IN, 6th) announced that he’s running for Senate on Wednesday, following months of speculation that he would enter the race. He will challenge incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), who has held the seat for three terms.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Seagate Technology plc named Dave Mosley, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2017. He succeeds Steve Luczo, who will become Executive Chairman.
 
Gene B. Sperling, former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy for Presidents Clinton and Obama, was elected to the Board of Directors at United States Steel Corporation.
 
First Financial Bancorp has agreed to acquire MainSource Financial Group, Inc., the holding company for MainSource Bank, in a $1 billion deal. Under the agreement, MainSource Bank will merge into First Financial Bank, a subsidiary of First Financial Bancorp. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Theodore Reed “Ted” Mitchell, formerly Under Secretary, United States Department of Education (2014-17), has been named the next President of the American Council on Education effective September 1, 2017. 
 
Destination Marketing Association International has changed its name to Destinations International
 
At Internet Association, Melika D. Carroll, Policy Advisor in the Officer of Senator Brian Schatz, was named Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, effective August 21, 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

Former Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, Cameron Joseph, joined Talking Points Memo as Senior Political Correspondent.  
 
Effective September 2017, David Halbfinger will begin his new role as Jerusalem Bureau Chief at The New York Times
 
At Thomson Reuters, Jean Yoon was named Executive Editor, Editorial Strategy. She is returning to New York after having served as Regional Editor for Asia, based in Singapore.  
 
Richard Beckman joined The Hill as its first President. Beckman was most recently Chief Revenue Officer at Group Nine Media, and prior to that held the same position at VICE Media. 
 


Legal Headlines

The United States Senate confirmed John K. Bush to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
 
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum appointed Jon Jensen to be Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court
 
David Horowitz, former deputy general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. 
 

 

Health Headlines

WebMD Health Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Internet Brands, a KKR portfolio company, for approximately $2.8 billion.
 
New York Presbyterian Hospital has named Michael Breslin the new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2018. 
 
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appointed Thomas E. Needham, Jr. Chief Business Officer. 

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Ilir Meta has been sworn in as President of Albania.
 
Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn in as President of India.
 
Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s Ambassador to the United States since 2008, has concluded his assignment.  Denis Vladimirovich Gonchar is now Chargé d’Affaires at the Russian Embassy.
 
Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II has been sworn in as Head of State of Samoa.
 
The following recently arrived ambassadors have presented their credentials to President Trump:  Abdullah bin Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Francisco Daniel Gutierrez (Belize), Camilo Reyes (Colombia), Barfuor Adjei Barwuah (Ghana), Ali Naseer Mohamed (Maldives), Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (Saudi Arabia), Stanislav Vidovic (Slovenia), Robert Sisilo (Solomon Islands), Niermala Sakuntala Badrising (Suriname) and Samuelu Laloniu (Tuvalu).

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump announced that he will nominate former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to be ambassador to Russia. Huntsman served as ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011 and ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993. 
 
On July 18, the United States Senate confirmed Patrick Shanahan as deputy secretary of defense with a vote of 92 to 7. Shanahan replaces Obama administration holdover Robert Work, who had served in the position since 2014. 
 
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with brain cancer after a tumor was discovered this week when the Senator underwent a minor procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. Medical experts stated that the type of brain tumor McCain has, glioblastoma, is one of the most common but also the most malignant type. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Charles W. Scharf was named Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, succeeding Gerald L. Hassell, who will continue as Chairman until his retirement at the end of this year.
 
Kristina Baum, Communications Director for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has been named the new Chief Spokesperson at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, effective August 14, 2017. 
 
Hydro One Limited announced that it will acquire Avista Corporation in a merger agreement worth $5.3 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed by the second half of 2018.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

David F. “Dave” Melcher, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CSE since 6/8/15) of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc., is leaving effective December 31, 2017.  The AIA Executive Committee has begun the search to fill the position.
 
Frank T. Brogan has announced that he will resign as Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, effective September 1, 2017. 
 
At Public Welfare Foundation, Candice Jones was named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2017. She will succeed Mary E. McClymont.
 

 

Media Headlines

At Yahoo News, Bob Condor resigned from his position as Vice President and Editor in Chief of Yahoo Sports. 
 
Chicago Sun-Times was acquired by ST Acquisition Holdings, LLC, a group organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and Edwin Eisendrath.  Edwin Eisendrath now serves as Chief Executive Officer and Jim Kirk remains Editor-in-Chief.
 
The Washington Post announced that Tokyo Bureau Chief Anna Fifield and China Bureau Chief Simon Denyer will trade roles, effective July 2018. 
 
Dan Oshinsky, previously at Buzzfeed, was named Newsletter Editor at The New Yorker.
 


Legal Headlines

Larissa Martinez, previously a member of President Trump’s transition team, joined government relations firm Invariant.
 
Blank Rome LLP announced that Andrea J. Markstrom, formerly with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where she led technology infrastructure and support operations, has joined the firm’s New York, NY office as Chief Information Officer. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Magellan Health, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Senior Whole Health LLC for approximately $400 million. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2018. 
 
Medical City Dallas Hospital has appointed Kenneth Rothfield the new Chief Medical Officer, effective August 14, 2017. He replaces Michael Gruber who is stepping down.
 
Lannett Company, Inc. appointed Samuel H. Israel Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Dragan Covic is now Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
Julie Payette has been named the next Governor-General of Canada.  She will assume this position in the Fall of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 13, 2017

Government Headlines 

On July 10, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Neomi Rao as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs by a vote of 54-41. The agency, housed within the Office of Management and Budget, is responsible for reviewing regulations written by executive branch agencies.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will keep the Senate in session for the first two weeks of August as the Senate faces a number of legislative issues. McConnell made the announcement on Tuesday calling for more time to achieve its legislative goals given the current state of negotiations over the GOP healthcare legislation.
 
Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA, 34th) was sworn-in on Tuesday as the newest member of the 115th Congress, replacing former Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA, 34th)
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Tiffany & Co. named Alessandro Bogliolo as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective no later than October 2, 2017. He will succeed Chairman Michael J. Kowalski, who has been serving as interim CEO since February 2017.
 
Sanmina Corporation named Bob Eulau as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective October 2, 2017. 
 
Coach, Inc. completed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Kate Spade & Company on July 11, 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Christopher S. “Chris” Cylke joined the American Gaming Association on Monday, July 10th as Vice President, Government Affairs. 
 
James R. “Jim” Arnette Jr. is the new President of the National Executive Committee at the Association of Government Accountants. 
 
R. Barbara Gitenstein has announced that she will step down as President of The College of New Jersey in June of 2018.
 

 

Media Headlines

Wendy Sherman, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Obama administration, joined NBC News and MSNBC as a Global Affairs Contributor. 
 
The New York Times named Terrance Hayes as the new Poetry Editor for New York Times Magazine. 
 
Former Editor-in-Chief of Cooking Light, Hunter Lewis, takes on the role as Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine
 
Jill Mullikin-Bates was named Co-Executive Producer of NBCUniversal’s daytime entertainment show Harry, hosted by Harry Connick Jr.
 


Legal Headlines

The United States Senate confirmed David C. Nye to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.
 
Crowell & Moring LLP announced that Ambassador Robert W. Holleyman II, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, joined C&M International, the firm’s international policy and regulatory affairs affiliate, as its new President and CEO.
 
Allen & Overy announced that Vince Neicho, previously Litigation Support Senior Manager for the firm, has left to join Integreon as an expert legal solutions consultant.
 

 

Health Headlines

Allstate Insurance Company promoted Julie Parsons to Executive Vice President of Product Operations. She replaces Steve Sorensen, who is now Executive Vice President of Brand Operations.
 
Cancer Treatment Centers of America has named Julian Schink the new Chief of Gynecological Oncology. 
 
eHealth, Inc. appointed Dave Nicklaus Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations and Tim Hannan Chief Marketing Officer.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Khaltmaa Battulga has been sworn in as President of Mongolia.
 
Tallis Obed Moses has been sworn in as President of Vanuatu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Donald Trump nominated Kathryn “Kay” Bailey Hutchison to be U.S. permanent representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 
 
Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, 3rd) resigned from the House of Representatives on Friday. He had announced his resignation last month, and is now a contributor for Fox News. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC, 4th) has replaced him as chairman of the House Oversight Committee.  
 
In the Senate, the battle for healthcare reform continues even as senators returned home for the July 4th recess.  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has proposed a provision that would give insurance companies a path around Obamacare regulations, allowing them to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare regulations, so long as they also sell plans that are compliant with those rules. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. named John Doyle Chief Executive Officer of its Marsh subsidiary. Doyle has served as President of Marsh since April 2016. 
 
On July 3, 2017, General Electric Company completed its acquisition of Baker Hughes Incorporated and combined it with GE Oil & Gas to establish Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC.
 
United States Steel Corporation completed its agreement to sell Stelco Inc., formerly known as U.S. Steel Canada, to Bedrock Industries Group LLC on June 30, 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Thomas W. Toomey, the President and Chief Executive Officer of UDR, Inc., is the new Global Chairman of ULI-the Urban Land Institute.
 
The University Of Texas System Board Of Regents has named T. Taylor Eighmy as the sole finalist for the position of President at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
 
Adam Frederick Falk, President, Williams College, was named President at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, effective January 2018. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Polly Curtis was named Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost UK.
 
Lauren Gustus, former Executive Editor at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, was named Vice President and Executive Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 
Hannah Hess stepped down from her position as a Reporter at E&E News.
 
Andrea Isom, previously at WJBK-TV, was named Investigative Reporter at WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV.
 


Legal Headlines

The Missouri Supreme Court named Judge Zel Fischer as Chief Justice. Fischer succeeds Judge Patricia Breckenridge, who will remain on the court. 
 
Joel Leftwich, former majority staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, will be joining The Glover Park Group as a Managing Director in the firm’s government relations practice.
 
Hoge Fenton announced that Lloyd A. Schmidt, formerly a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, has joined the firm as counsel.
 

 

Health Headlines

Baptist Health South Florida has selected Joe Natoli as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, effective July 10, 2017.
 
CHI St. Luke’s Health has announced that Michael Covert will be resigning as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 31, 2017.
 
Pharmavite LLC appointed Matthew Roberts Executive Vice President and Chief Technical and Quality Officer.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Carrie Lam is the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
 
Mihai Tudose has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Romania.
 
Ana Brnabic has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Serbia.
 
Four new Permanent Representatives to the United Nations representing Mauritania (Ousmane Ba), Moldova (Victor Moraru), Swaziland (Melusi Martin Masuku) and Zambia (Lazarous Kapambwe) presented their credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week.
 
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has begun his term as Director-General of the World Health Organization.
 
Alan Wm. Wolff, Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council, has been named a Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization effective in September 2017.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2017

Government Headlines 

On June 26, President Trump nominated Thomas G. Bowman to be deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A retired U.S. Marine Corps Col., Bowman is currently staff director for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, working under Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA). 
 
This week in congressional news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced on Tuesday that Republicans are delaying their plans to vote on repealing Obamacare after the bill faced strong resistance from both moderate and conservative Republicans.
 
Congress welcomed its two newest members this week, as Representatives Karen Handel (R-GA, 6th) and Ralph Norman (R-SC, 5th) were sworn-in on Monday.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Tim Westergren stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Pandora Media, Inc. on June 27, 2017. Naveen Chopra, Pandora’s Chief Financial Officer, was appointed interim CEO. 
 
Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Chris Tucker was named Vice President and Managing Director of Middle East Operations at Harris Corporation
 
Staples, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm, for $6.9 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed by December 2017, pending regulatory and stockholder approval.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Derek Schmidt, the Attorney General of the State of Kansas since 2011, is the new President of the National Association of Attorneys General.
 
Harold Martin Jr. has been appointed Interim President of Morehouse College following the sudden passing of former Interim President William J. Taggart. Taggart had been leading the school for just over two months at the time of his death.
 
At Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Christine M. Morse will retire from her role as Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2017. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Jason Koebler was named Editor-in-Chief of Motherboard at Vice, succeeding Derek Mead.
 
MSNBC launched “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” hosted by Hugh Hewitt on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
 
Stella Bugbee was named President and Editor-in-Chief of New York’s The Cut. She was previously Editorial Director since 2012.
 
American Media, Inc. acquired Men’s Journal from Wenner Media LLC.
 


Legal Headlines

The New Hampshire Executive Council confirmed Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Hantz replaces retiring Justice Carol Ann Conboy. 
 
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Massachusetts Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott Kafker to be Justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
 
Dentons announced that Beth Wilson, former Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner at KPMG LLP, has been selected as the firm’s next Canada CEO effective July 1, 2017. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Miami Children’s Health System has named Dr. Saima Aftab the new Medical Director of Fetal Care Center. 
 
Day Kimball Healthcare has appointed Anne Diamond the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 2017.
 
Geisinger Health System has named Karen Murphy the new Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. 

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June 22, 2017

Government Headlines 

On Friday, June 16th, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) publicly resigned, denouncing what they characterized as the Trump Administration’s unwillingness to contribute to efforts to improve the lives of Americans with HIV/AIDS.
 
President Trump nominated Kelly Knight Craft to be ambassador to Canada. Craft is a longtime donor to Republican candidates and runs Kelly G. Knight LLC, a business advisory firm. 
 
Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT, At Large) became the newest member of the 115th Congress on Wednesday, just one week after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault against a reporter. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Whirlpool Corporation named Marc Bitzer, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2017. 
 
Deutsche Bank named Richard Weber Managing Director and Head of Anti-Financial Crime for the Americas, effective June 26, 2017. He joins the company from the Internal Revenue Service, where he serves as Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division.
 
Amazon.com, Inc. has agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market, Inc. in a $13.7 billion deal. The merger is expected to close in the second half of this year.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Manos “Manny” Avramidis, previously Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Management Association.
 
Douglas D. “Doug” Baker will be stepping down as President of Northern Illinois University effective June 30, 2017.  Current Provost and Executive Vice President Lisa C. Freeman will be Acting President effective July 1, 2017.
 
Gary Ginstling, President and Chief Executive Officer at Indianapolis Symphony Society, Inc., was named Executive Director at The National Symphony Orchestra, effective summer 2017. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Emma Carmichael, the Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel, will step down from her position in July 2017.
 
Michael LaRosa left his position as Producer for MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews for a position on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
 
Tamer El-Ghobasy, currently Middle East Correspondent at the Wall Street Journal, was named Baghdad Bureau Chief at the Washington Post. He will join the New York newsroom on July 17, and move to Baghdad in August. 
 
Joe Pompeo, currently Media Reporter and author of the Morning Media newsletter at POLITICO, was named Senior Media Correspondent at Vanity Fair’s Hive, effective July 17.
 


Legal Headlines

President Donald Trump officially nominated Stephanos Bibas to be Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
Philip L. Verveer, former Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the FCC during the Obama administration from 2013 to 2017, joined Venable LLP as a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office. 
 
Kathy Keneally, formerly an attorney at DLA Piper and led the Justice Department’s tax division, has joined Jones Day as a partner in the firm’s tax practice. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Ciox Health, LLC appointed Paul Roma Chief Executive Officer, succeeding J. Edward Coleman, who will remain a member of the Board of Directors.
 
Mercy Medical Center has announced the retirement of Thomas E. Cecconi from his post as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 31, 2017.
 
Kaiser Permanente appointed Linda Knodel Senior Vice President of National Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive.

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June 15, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump announced his intention to appoint Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless as the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
 
As the countdown to the North American Free Trade Agreement re-negotiation talks in August continues, the Trump administration is scrambling to pull together its trade team. U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer is still missing two-thirds of his team. 
 
In other news, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC, 4th) officially became Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Marissa A. Mayer resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo! Inc. after Verizon Communications Inc. completed its acquisition of Yahoo’s operating business on June 13, 2017.
 
Richard D. Phillips was appointed interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Essendant Inc., replacing Robert B. Aiken, Jr., who has left the company.
 
Christian Marrone, former Chief of Staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, has been promoted to be Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at CSRA Inc.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Ralph F. Boyd, the Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross of Massachusetts, is joining ULI-the Urban Land Institute as Chief Executive Officer, Americas effective July 1.
 
Drew Faust, currently the 28th President of Harvard University, has announced that she will step down on June 30, 2018. Faust has served in her position since July of 2007 and is the first woman to lead the institution. 
 
At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel H. Weiss, President and Interim Chief Executive Officer, was named President and Chief Executive Officer.  
 

 

Media Headlines

Jeff Blatt, most recently a Senior Vice President at Time, Inc., was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Everyday Health.
 
Noah Kotch was named Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Fox News Digital.
 
Julie Pace was named Washington Bureau Chief at the Associated Press.
 
Sally Bugbee's, previously Editorial Director, was named President and Editor-in-Chief of New York's The Cut. 
 


Legal Headlines

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Christopher Goff to the Indiana Supreme Court. Goff replaces former Justice Robert Rucker, who retired in May. 
 
Polsinelli PC announced that F. Chase Simmons, current Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, was named Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the firm.
 
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP announced that they have launched a new corporate practice in London. Tom Ferns, previously a partner at Rosenblatt, will head the practice.
 

 

Health Headlines

Aflac Incorporated announced that Paul S. Amos, II, will resign as President of Aflac and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2017.
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana appointed B. Vindell Washington Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  
 
Tampa General Hospital has appointed John Couris the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2017. 

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June 1, 2017

Government Headlines 

After serving for only three months, Michael “Mike” Dubke tendered his resignation as assistant to the president and White House communications director.
 
John Sullivan was sworn in as deputy secretary at the Department of State after being confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 94 to 6. Previously, Sullivan was a partner at the law firm Mayer Brown LLP
 
In other news, Jim Bunning, former congressman and Major League Baseball player, passed away last week at the age of 85. Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher, served six terms as a member of the House of Representatives and later two-terms in the Senate representing Kentucky.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Dave Lougee was named President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc., succeeding Gracia Martore, who has retired. 
 
Frank Benenati has joined United Airlines, Inc. as Director, Corporate Communications. He served as Associate Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2016 to 2017. 
 
First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. completed its acquisition of Cascade Bancorp, parent company of Bank of the Cascades, on May 30, 2017. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers announced that Tony Dunaif has joined the staff as Executive Vice President and Head, International Affairs.
 
Carmen Twillie Ambar has been selected as the 15th President of Oberlin College, effective September 2017. Ambar currently serves as the President of Cedar Crest College, a position she has held since 2008.
 
Douglas A. Girod has been appointed as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas, effective July 1, 2017. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Mark Seibel was named National Security Editor at Buzzfeed. He previously served as Chief of Regional Correspondents at The McClatchy Washington Bureau.
 
At CBS News, Scott Pelley abruptly departed “CBS Evening News” this week. He will remain as Correspondent with “60 Minutes.” 
 
Shree Paradkar joined the Toronto Star as Columnist, covering race and gender issues.
 
Lauren Kern left her position as Executive Editor of New York Media for a position at Apple News.
 


Legal Headlines

The United States Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar to be Circuit Judge for the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed William R. Sellers to be Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court
 
Tom Nagle, previously director of U.S. government relations for Accenture plc, joined Public Strategies Washington, Inc. as a principal. 
 

 

Health Headlines

Patterson Companies, Inc. announced that Scott P. Anderson has stepped down as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, but will remain a member of the Board of Directors until the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. 
 
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has appointed Mohamed Rehman the new Chair of the Department of Anesthesia. 
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center has appointed Kaushal Mehta the new Chairman of Radiology.

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May 25, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Department of Justice named former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel. Appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Mueller is tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 
 
Terry Branstad was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be ambassador to China by a vote of 82 to 13 on Monday, May 22. Two days later, Branstad resigned as Iowa’s governor to be sworn in as ambassador
 
Retiring Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, 3rd) announced last week that he will resign his House seat effective June 30. In a letter he sent to constituents, Chaffetz wrote that he viewed his congressional career as a temporary position, and not a lifetime career. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Jim Hackett was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, replacing Mark Fields. 
 
Andrew Malcolm, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, has joined Exelon Corporation as Public Advocacy Communications Manager.
 
Huntsman Corporation and Clariant have agreed to merge. The combined company will be named HuntsmanClariant, with Huntsman President and Chief Executive Office Peter Huntsman serving as CEO. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

David F. Levi, the Dean of the School of Law at Duke University, is the new President of The American Law Institute.
 
Leo E. Morton has announced his retirement as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, effective Spring 2018. Morton has served in the position since December of 2008. 
 
At The Obama Foundation, Lynn Taliento was named Chief Program Officer.
 

 

Media Headlines

Effective June 14th  Heather Dietrick will join The Daily Beast as President and Publisher. Ms. Dietrick served as President and General Counsel for Gawker from 2014-2016.
 
NBC News announced that Megyn Kelly will make her debut on Sunday, June 4th at 7 p.m. with her news magazine show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.”
 
Los Angeles Times hired Geoff Berkshire as Film Editor. He was previously Associate Editor at Variety. 
 
Jeffries Blackerby, previously Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure, was named Editor-in-Chief of Departures.
 


Legal Headlines

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed nine to be Associate Justices on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
 
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett announced that David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office.
 
Loeb & Loeb LLP announced that Mitchell Nussbaum, former Managing Partner of the firm’s New York, NY office, has been promoted to Vice Chair of the firm. 
 

 

Health Headlines

DaVita Kidney Care appointed George R. Aronoff Vice President of Clinical Affairs.  They also appointed Eric Severson Chief People Officer.
 
St. Vincent’s Medical Center has appointed Vicki Briggs the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2017. She replaces Vincent Caponi who is retiring.
 
Highmark Health appointed Cindy Donohoe Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

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May 18, 2017

Government Headlines 

By a vote of 82 to 14, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer to be the 18th United States trade representative. He was sworn in on May 15, 2017. In this role, Lighthizer serves as President Trump’s main advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade. 
 
Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL, 5th) announced his candidacy for the state’s Senate seat, setting up a primary battle against Senator Luther Strange (R-AL). In a statement, Brooks said he is running for the Senate because “America’s status as the greatest nation in world history is at risk, because Congress is failing the American people by not rising to the challenges America faces.” 
 
In other news, the Republican primary runoff election for South Carolina’s open 5th district is heading toward a recount. After Tuesday’s vote, former state Representative Ralph Norman led state House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope by margin of 200 votes, narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) named Brian Duperreault as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Peter D. Hancock. 
 
Aaron Shapiro, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy, joined Consolidated Edison as Section Manager, Federal Government Affairs.
 
Owens Corning has agreed to acquire Pittsburgh Corning for $560 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Karen Bailey-Chapman has joined the American Beverage Association as Senior Vice President, Political Affairs. 
 
Angela Roberts, formerly Managing Director, Strategic Communications at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has joined the American Veterinary Medical Association as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.
 
The Juilliard School has named Damian Woetzel as its seventh President, effective July 2018.
 

 

Media Headlines

Tara Murphy, Editor-in-Chief of TheStreet.com and The Deal, resigned this week.
 
Oxygen Media announced the launch of a new crime show “Mysteries and Scandals,” hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Nancy A. Grace joined Oxygen as Host and Executive Producer of another new crime show called “Retired.” The shows are scheduled to debut this summer.
 
The Washington Post launched “The Health 202” vertical/newsletter with Paige Winfield Cunningham as Healthcare Newsletter Anchor. 
 
Anne Sachs, a Condé Nast digital executive who used to work for Glamour.com and Vogue.com, was named Executive Digital Director of W magazine. 
 


Legal Headlines

Brent Wible, former Senior Counsel and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as Counsel in the firm’s U.S. Litigation and Global Investigations practice group.
 
Kia Scipio joined Fish & Richardson as Diversity & Inclusion Manager. 
 
Delaware Governor John Carney nominated Gary F. Traynor to be Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Kemper Corporation appointed Michael Plazony President of Kemper Home Service Companies.
 
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has named Rosemary Ventura the new Chief Nursing Informatics Officer.
 
Holy Cross Hospital has announced the appointment of Lou Damiano as the President on an acting basis. 

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May 11, 2017

Government Headlines 

James Comey was fired as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by President Donald Trump this week. Comey was appointed director in September 2013 by former President Obama.
 
Scott Gottlieb was confirmed by the Senate to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a vote of 57 to 42.
 
Two-term Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV, 3rd) announced on Monday he’s running for Senate against Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in 2018. In his announcement video, Jenkins attacked Manchin on his record on gun control and his support over the years for former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
 


Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Derrick O.  Morgan, formerly Chief of Staff to US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), is joining American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers as Senior Vice President, Federal and Regulatory Affairs. 
 
Mary L. Heitman, formerly Vice President, Retail Programs at the National Retail Federation Inc., has joined the International Franchise Association’s Franchise Education & Research Foundation as Executive Vice President.
 

 

Media Headlines

Jim Rich, former Editor-in-Chief of The Daily News, will join HuffPost as Executive Editor effective May 15.
 
Susan Hennessey joined CNN as National Security and Legal Analyst.
 
The New York Times announced that Shane Goldmacher, current Chief White House Correspondent at POLITICO, will join the Times as Chief Political Correspondent effective July 2017.
 


Legal Headlines

President Trump nominated John K. Bush and Joan L. Larsen to be Circuit Judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 
President Trump announced his intent to nominate Dabney L. Friedrich to be District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Terry F. Moorer to be District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
 
Jones Day announced that Andrew M. Luger, former United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, has joined the firm's Minneapolis, MN office as a partner in its Investigations & White Collar Defense practice. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Dignity Health has appointed Douglas Watson the Chief Financial Officer for its Arizona service area.
 
MultiCare Health System has named David O’Brien the new Senior Vice President and Chief Executive of the East Region, effective June 19, 2017.

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Foreign Nation Headlines

Boiko Borissov has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
 
Emmanuel Macron has been elected President of France.
 
Moon Jae-in has been sworn in as President of South Korea.
 
Mamadou Tangara (Gambia), Tijjani Muhammad Bande (Nigeria), Ronald Jean Jumeau (Seychelles) and Adonia Ayebare (Uganda) have presented their credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as their nations’ Ambassadors to the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2017

Government Headlines 

R. Alexander Acosta was sworn in as secretary of labor after being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 60 to 38. Acosta had been the dean of Florida International University College of Law since 2009. 
 
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) announced earlier this week she will retire from Congress after nearly three decades in office. In her announcement, Ros-Lehtinen said she enjoyed serving her community in Congress and stated she was not retiring due to disagreements with the Trump administration and the more conservative elements of her party.
 
In other news, South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District held a primary on Tuesday for the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, who is now the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Republicans Tommy Pope and Ralph Norman forced a two week runoff as neither won 50 percent of the vote.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

General Mills, Inc. named Jeffrey L. Harmening as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2017. He succeeds Ken Powell, who will remain Chairman.
 
Julie Brill, former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, will be joining Microsoft Corporation this summer as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs. 
 
Cable One, Inc. completed its $735 million acquisition of NewWave Communications on May 1, 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Stephen J. “Steve” Welch, who had been serving as Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Chest Physicians since May 2016, is now Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. 
 
Garnett Stokes has been named Interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri – Columbia, effective May 3, 2017. Stokes has served as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the university since February of 2015, a position she will continue to hold. 
 
Wes Moore was named Chief Executive Officer at Robin Hood Foundation, effective June 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

Business Insider named Mike Shields Advertising Editor. Mike was previously Senior Editor at the Wall Street Journal’s Media and Marketing Desk. 
 
Bill Shine, Co-President of FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network, resigned this week. Jack Abernethy remains as Co-President of FOX News and CEO of Fox Television Stations. 
 
Bob Mankoff, the former Cartoon Editor at the New Yorker, joined Esquire as Cartoon and Humor Editor.
 
Ryan Seacrest was named Co-Host of “Live With Kelly” and the show was renamed “Live With Kelly and Ryan.”
 


Legal Headlines

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Patrick L. Woodward to be Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Judge Woodward has served on the court since 2005 and the appointment is effective May 6, 2017. 
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Stuart had been serving as acting Chief Judge and was officially appointed to the position after the resignation of former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

David Turner has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at Hitachi Data Systems Federal, Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation.
 
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. completed its previously announced acquisition of Universal American Corp., which now operates as a subsidiary of WellCare.
 
Children’s National Health System has named DeAnn Aston Marshall the new President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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April 27, 2017

Government Headlines 

Back from a two-week recess, Congress faces the difficult task of avoiding a government shutdown. With federal funding set to run out Friday, lawmakers are expected to pass a one-week funding extension in order to put the finishing touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill. 
 
In other news, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) and Republican leaders have finalized a new Obamacare repeal and replace plan. The new proposal still does not fully repeal Obamacare, but has garnered support from the hardline Freedom Caucus, a key endorsement in passing the bill.
 
President Donald J. Trump appointed Randolph “Tex” Alles as the 25th director of the United States Secret Service (USSS). Alles comes to the Secret Service from United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where he most recently served as acting deputy commissioner.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Weight Watchers International, Inc. named Mindy Grossman as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 5, 2017. The CEO role has been vacant since the end of September 2016, when James Chambers resigned from the company.
 
Mark W. Lippert has joined The Boeing Company as Vice President, International Government Affairs. Mr. Lippert served as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 2014 to 2017.
 
LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton and the Arnault Family Group announced an agreement to fully acquire Christian Dior S.A. in deal valued at $13.1 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Travis Gibbons, formerly Director, Federal Government Affairs at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, has joined the Beer Institute as Senior Director, Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs. 
 
Kristina M. Johnson has been named the 13th Chancellor of the State University of New York System, effective September 5, 2017.
 
Caroline Anstey was named Chief Operations Officer at Open Society Foundations, effective June 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

POLITICO announced that effective May 8, Patrick M. Steel will join POLITICO as its next CEO. Current Publisher and CEO Robert Allbritton will return to his role as Publisher and Executive Chairman.
 
NBC News announced that Kate Snow is leaving her MSNBC show for an expanded role at NBC News. In addition to anchoring Sunday Nightly News, Snow will be reporting stories for NBC’s upcoming Sunday news magazine show, which will be hosted by Megyn Kelly.
 
The Huffington Post rebranded as HuffPost.
 
Laura Brounstein, Special Projects Director at Cosmopolitan, took over the role of Director of Editorial and Business Development, for both Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines. 
 


Legal Headlines

Marty Paone, previously President Obama’s Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs, rejoined Prime Policy Group as a Senior Advisor. 
 
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart as the next Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court
 
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper appointed John Arrowood to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Arrowood replaces former Judge Douglas McCullough, who resigned.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

CNA Financial Corporation appointed Nick Creatura as President and Chief Executive Officer for CNA Canada, effective May 15, 2017.
 
Aflac Incorporated promoted Masatoshi Koide from Deputy President to President and Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1, 2017. He succeeds Hiroshi Yamauchi, who will assume the role of Vice Chairman.
 
Adventist Health System has named David Ottati to the newly created role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Florida Division of the North Region. 

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April 20, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump announced his intent to fill two key positions at the Export-Import Bank. 
 
This week in congressional news, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, 3rd) announced on Wednesday he is not running for reelection in 2018.
 
On Monday, April 17, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of Melissa DeRosa as Secretary to the Governor.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Regis Corporation named Hugh E. Sawyer as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaced Dan Hanrahan, who has left the company. Mr. Sawyer previously served as Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group Inc.
 
Post Holdings, Inc. has agreed to acquire Weetabix Limited for £1.4 billion.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Russell Tripp, previously Florida Engineer, is now President of the American Concrete Pipe Association.  He has replaced Matt Childs who had led the association since 2005.
 
Marcus A. Peacock has joined the Business Roundtable as Executive Vice President.
 

 

Media Headlines

Peter Stern, currently a Media Reporter at POLITICO, will leave his position on April 21 to lead a new initiative at the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
 
Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return to the Fox News Channel. “The Factor” will air its final show this Friday with Greg Gutfeld as Host. Beginning Monday, April 24, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will take over the 8 p.m. timeslot and “The Five” will move into the 9 p.m. timeslot. Effective May 1, Martha MacCallum will start a new show "The Story with Martha MacCallum" which will air in the 7 p.m. timeslot and Eric Bolling will get his own show in the 5 p.m. timeslot. 
 


Legal Headlines

Ballard Partners, Inc. hired former Rep. Robert Wexler. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 13 years in Congress before resigning to become president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, a position he’ll continue to maintain while working at Ballard.
 
Todd Novascone, previously the chief of staff to Sen. Jerry Moran, joined Ogilvy Government Relations as a principal. He served as a Kansas state representative from 2000 until 2005, when he began working under Sen. Moran, who was then a congressman.
 
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP announced that Alexander J. Hadjis has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation and PTAB Trial practices.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Carestream Health, Inc. announced on April 13, 2017, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to divest Carestream Dental, its dental digital business, to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and CareCapital Advisors Limited. Lisa Ashby will serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer and John Dineen as its Chairman. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.  
 
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research promoted Sohini Chowdhury from Senior Vice President of Research Partnerships to Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
 

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 April 13, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Dr. Mark E. Green to be secretary of the army. Green currently serves as Tennessee state senator for District 22, and chairman and chief executive officer of Align MD.
 
Kansas held a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS, 4th). Ron Estes, the Republican candidate for the empty seat, defeated James Thompson in a surprisingly competitive race.
 
In other news, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO, 7th) announced he is running for governor of Colorado in 2018. Perlmutter announced his candidacy at a rally on Sunday, citing his frustration with the Trump administration and gridlock in Washington as his reasons to run for governor.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Rent-A-Center, Inc. named Mark Speese Chief Executive Officer on April 10, 2017. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis since January 9th, when the company’s former CEO Robert D. Davis resigned.
 
Lauren Vrazilek has joined Universal Pictures as Director, National Publicity. She previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for former First Lady Michelle Obama from 2015 to 2017.
 
Rockwell Collins, Inc. completed its $8.6 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace, Inc. on April 13, 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Former Pentagon Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Defense, Peter C. Cook, joins the American Bankers Association as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer effective April 17th.
 
Following its April meeting of the Board of Trustees, Morehouse College has named former Chief Operating Officer William J. Taggart as its Interim President, effective immediately.
 
At the Biden Foundation, Lynn Rosenthal, previously Senior White House Advisor on Violence Against Women in the Office of the Vice President, was named Policy Director.  
 

 

Media Headlines

Business Insider launched a weekly live-streamed show “The Bottom Line with Henry Blodget.” Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s Chief Executive Officer, Global Editor in Chief and Host of the program will cover business news of the week.
 
Dan Fierman will leave his position as Vice President and Editorial Director at MTV effective April 21, 2017.
 
Sara Sorcher, former Deputy Editor for Cybersecurity and Technology at The Christian Science Monitor, joined USA Today as White House Editor. 
 
Robert Messenger re-joined The Weekly Standard as Executive Editor, after having served as Books Editor at The Wall Street Journal. 
 


Legal Headlines

On April 7, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch as Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States. Associate Justice Gorsuch was sworn in on Monday, April 10, 2017.
 
Mark Feierstein, formerly special advisor to President Obama on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, joined CLS Strategies as a senior advisor. 
 
Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP announced that Leslie S. Johnson has been named Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Columbus, OH office.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

CNA Financial Corporation announced that Jonathan D. Kantor will retire as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary effective July 7, 2017.
 
CVS Health Corporation appointed Thomas M. Moriarty to the new position of Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer. He will remain Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
 
The Community Hospital Corporation Board of Directors has appointed Jim Kendrick the new President and Chief Executive, effective April 17, 2017. He replaces Michael Williams who is stepping down. 

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April 6, 2017

Government Headlines 

Elaine Duke was confirmed by the Senate to be deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by a vote of 85 to 14, becoming the only Senate-confirmed deputy secretary serving in the Trump administration.
 
California held a special election primary on Tuesday for Representative Xavier Becerra’s (D-CA, 34th) vacant seat. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and Los Angeles city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, both Democrats, were the two top finishers in a crowded field that featured over 20 candidates. 
 
In other news, the Senate is preparing for a major showdown on Thursday over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Earlier this week, it became clear that Senate Democrats would filibuster President Donald Trump’s nominee when 44 Senators announced they would vote to block him. 
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. named Alasdair James President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2017. Mr. James previously worked at Sears Holdings Corporation as President and Chief Member Officer of Kmart from August 2014 to March 2017. 
 
Mastercard announced the appointment of Erika Brown Lee as Assistant General Counsel for Privacy and Data Protection on March 30, 2017.
 
Panera Bread Company has agreed to be acquired by JAB in a $7.5 billion deal. JAB is the controlling shareholder of consumer goods companies including Keurig Green Mountain, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Dan Shelley, formerly Senior Vice President, Digital Content Strategy at iHeartMedia, has been named Incoming Executive Director at the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation effective September 9, 2017.
 
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University has named former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter as its new Director, effective July 2017. 
 
Barbara Wong was named Director, Community Engagement at The Barnes Foundation, effective July 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

At CBS News, Political Director John Dickerson was named Chief Washington Correspondent in addition to his role as Host of Face the Nation. 
 
Gregory Raifman joined Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. as President, Nexstar Digital.
 
At GQ, Marian Bull was named Digital Food and Travel Editor of a new vertical called "Travel & Eats." 
 
Bloomberg LP announced that its Bloomberg Government service will merge with its Bloomberg BNA operation to form a new unit set to launch on July 1st
 


Legal Headlines

Oregon Governor Kate Brown appointed Meagan A. Flynn to be Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. Flynn had served on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2014 and replaced Justice Richard C. Baldwin, who retired. 
 
Matt Paul, most recently Chief of Staff for Sen. Tim Kaine during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, joined Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President of Strategic Communications. 
 
Pete Landrum, who was senior adviser to former Sen. Jeff Sessions for a decade, joined BGR Government Affairs, LLC as Vice President.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Peabody Energy Corporation named Holly Krutka, Ph.D, to be Vice President, Coal Generation and Emissions Technologies.
 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited appointed Ricardo Marek President of its Emerging Markets Business Unit. He succeeds Giles Platford, who has been named President of Europe and Canada.
 
MD Anderson Cancer Center has named Dr. Marshall E. Hicks the new President. He replaces Ronald DePinho who has retired.  

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March 30, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Trump Administration announced the establishment of the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI). This new office will collaborate with career government officials and the private sector to make recommendations to President Trump on policies to improve government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans, and create jobs.
 
The Senate is gearing up for a major showdown over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) predicted that the Senate would confirm Gorsuch on April 7th before a two week recess. But as Democratic opposition continues to grow, some Republicans are worried they may not have the 60 votes necessary to push the nomination through and will have to use the “nuclear option.” 
 
In other news, Congress overhauled the nation’s internet privacy protections for individuals on Tuesday. In a 215-205 vote largely along party lines, House Republicans overturned regulations created by the Federal Communications Commission in October.
 


Corporate and Financial Headlines

Jim Gianopulos was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation, effective April 3, 2017. 
 
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. named Colleen Wegman President and Chief Executive Officer. She succeeds her father Danny Wegman, who will continue as Chairman.
 
China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd completed its acquisition of International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) on March 29, 2017. China Oceanwide now owns 90% of IDG. IDG Capital, a Chinese venture capital firm, holds the remaining 10%.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Donald W. Fisher, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CSE) of the American Medical Group Association, Inc. (CSE since October 1980) died of cancer on March 26, 2017.
 
Ernest J. Moniz, previously Secretary of Energy, was named Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman at Nuclear Threat Initiative, Inc., effective June 1, 2017.
 
The New York Institute of Technology has appointed Henry C. “Hank” Foley as its fourth President, effective June 1, 2017. Foley currently serves as the Interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a position he has held since November of 2015.  
 

 

Media Headlines

Lee Stranahan resigned from his position as Lead Investigative Reporter at Breitbart News Network.
 
Joshua R. “Josh” Earnest, former Press Secretary in the Obama Administration, joined MSNBC as a Political Analyst.
 
Gabriel Escobar was named Editor of the Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.
 
Effective this summer, The Atlantic’s National Correspondent James Fallows will move to the United Kingdom to open the magazine’s London Bureau. This is part of the magazine’s major international expansion. 
 


Legal Headlines

Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced the appointment of Karen Carroll to the Vermont Supreme Court. Carroll will replace Justice John Dooley, who will retire effective March 31, 2017.
 
Liz Allen, previously White House Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Obama, joined the Glover Park Group as Senior Vice President in the firm’s strategic communications office.
 
Jeff Cardwell, former Indiana Republican Party chairman, joined Sextons Creek as a Senior Vice President.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

New Jersey Resources Corporation appointed Nancy A. Washington as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
 
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appointed Ludwig N. Hantson Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He succeeds David R. Brennan, who has served as interim Chief Executive Officer since December 2016.
 
Mercy Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of William McConnell the new President and Chief Executive Officer. 

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March 23, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Republican health care plan is expected to go to a vote on Thursday, and many in Congress are uncertain it will pass. Despite aggressive efforts by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI, 1st) and President Donald Trump to persuade key GOP opponents of the bill to support the bill, holdouts from the moderate and conservative wings of the party threaten the bill’s passage.
 
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began this week, which will span four days. Facing the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch began the hearings with his opening statement, portraying himself as a reasonable jurist who would do his best to uphold the rule of law. 
 
President Trump announced his intent to nominate David Glawe to serve as under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this capacity, he will be responsible for delivering intelligence and information to state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners in order to keep the nation safe.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, named Jason Marker as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective in April 2017.
 
Omar M. Asali will resign as President and Chief Executive Officer of HRG Group, Inc. on April 14, 2017. Joseph S. Steinberg, HRG’s Chairman, was appointed to the additional role of CEO.
 
Cintas Corporation completed its $2.2 billion acquisition of G&K Services, Inc. on March 21, 2017. The annual revenues of the combined company is expected to exceed $6 billion. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Arthur C. Evans Jr., formerly Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association effective March 20, 2017. 
 
Steven Leath has been named the 19th President of Auburn University, effective July 15, 2017. Leath currently serves as the President of Iowa State University, a position he has held since 2012.
 
At The Chicago Community Trust, Terry Mazany will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective late September 2017.   
 

 

Media Headlines

Derek Mead, previously Editor-in-Chief of Motherboard, was named Executive Editor for Vice Media's global editorial operations.
 
Dr. Richard D. “Rick” Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center since June 2012, is leaving the agency to become an on-air Hurricane Expert at The Weather Channel.
 
Joanne Lipman was named Editor-in-Chief of USA Today.
 
American Media, Inc., a publisher of celebrity journalism and health and fitness magazines in the United States, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Us Weekly from Wenner Media.  
 


Legal Headlines

President Trump nominated Amul R. Thapar to be Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigby was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Blackburne-Rigsby replaces former Chief Judge Eric Washington. 
 
Harold Hancock, previously tax counsel to the Ways and Means Committee for over six years, joined McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

The Williams Companies, Inc. appointed Judge T. Lane Wilson as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective April 17, 2017.
 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc. appointed Gwen Nichols Chief Medical Officer.
 
Affinity Health Plan, Inc. appointed Michael Murphy President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing James Hooley, who has been filling the role in an interim capacity since June of 2016.

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March 16, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to the CBO’s report on Monday, the replacement plan would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2024, while reducing the federal deficit by $337 billion.
 
The House Intelligence Committee have launched an investigation into intelligence community leaks involving aides to President Donald Trump. The committee, led by Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA, 22nd) and Adam Schiff (D-CA, 28th), is pressing the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency to provide information on spying involving Trump’s 2016 campaign associates.
 
The Senate confirmed two more of President Trump’s nominations this week as Dan Coats became the new director of national intelligence and Seema Verma became the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Savi Technology, Inc. named J. Richard “Rich” Carlson as its new Chief Executive Officer. He replaced interim CEO Sean McGuinness, who will continue as Chairman of the Board.
 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) appointedNathaniel Stankard as Senior Advisor to the CEO, Robert W. Cook. Mr. Stankard joined FINRA from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.
 
Intel Corporation has agreed to acquire Mobileye N.V., an Israeli company that develops technology for autonomous vehicles, for $15.3 billion. The merger is expected to be completed within nine months.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Todd Unger, formerly Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at the Daily Racing Forum, is now Chief Experience Officer at the American Medical Association. 
 
Carol T. Christ has been named the 11th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, effective July 1, 2017. 
 
Deborah Borda, the President and Chief Executive Officer at Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at the New York Philharmonic, effective September 15, 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

At Grist, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw was appointed Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Chip Giller, Grist’s Founder. 
 
Jillian Jorgensen, previously Features Manager at amNewYork, was named City Hall Bureau Chief at the Daily News.
 
At Thomson Reuters, Joanna Webster was named Managing Editor, Strategy and Operations, EMEA and Scott Malone was named Boston Bureau Chief. He remains to serve as Northeast Editor in Charge.
 
Linda Johnson Rice rejoins Ebony magazine as Chief Executive Officer. 
 


Legal Headlines

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin appointed Robert G. Johnson to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Johnson fills the seat that was vacated due to the election of Laurance VanMeter to the Kentucky Supreme Court
 
Jordan Blumenthal joined Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. as an attorney and government relations consultant in the firm’s government law and lobbying practice. He will be based in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
 
Former Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. M.D., joined Capitol Counsel LLC as a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC Office.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

General Electric Company announced that Nancy Dorn will be retiring as Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy effective in the fall of 2017.
 
University of Cincinnati Medical Center has named Richard Shumway the new Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, effective May 1, 2017.
 
The Detroit Medical Center has named Conrad L. Mallett Jr. the new Chief Executive Officer of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital on an interim basis.

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March 9, 2017

Government Headlines 

House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The House plan, known as the American Health Care Act, would repeal the individual mandate in favor of a new system of tax credits to encourage people to purchase insurance on the open market, and eventually roll back the expansion of Medicaid.
 
On March 2, another Trump cabinet pick was sworn in as retired neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin “Ben” S. Carson Sr. became the 17th secretary of housing and urban development. Dr. Carson headed the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children’s Center from 1984 to 2013 and unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential election, ultimately joining the then President-elect’s Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee as vice chair.
 
Darrel Galera resigned from the Hawaii Board of Education on March 6, 2017, after publicly stating his intent to apply for the soon-to-be-vacant position of Superintendent of the Department of Education.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Mahesh Madhavan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited, effective April 1, 2018, succeeding Michael J. Dolan. Mr. Dolan will remain on the board of directors until the 2019 annual general meeting. 
 
LaVerne H. Council joined The MITRE Corporation as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Center for Connected Government. She served Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2015 to 2017.
 
General Motors Company has agreed to sell its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial's European operations to Groupe PSA, owner of Peugeot, Citroën and DS. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Patrick J. Hogan is the new President of the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association. He replaced former President Jon R. Runge (CSE since 11/12/13) who has retired. 
 
Pepperdine University has named Paul L. Caron as its next Dean of the School of Law, effective June 1, 2017. 
 
At The Flinn Foundation, Jack Jewett, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire in late September 2017. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Elena Bergeron was promoted from Executive Editor to Editor-in-Chief at SB Nation.
 
CNN’s Executive Producer for Special Events Jeff Kepnes re-joined MSNBC as Senior Executive Producer of Specials.
 
Former New York Post and New York Daily News reporter Doug Feiden was named Investigative Reporter at Straus Media, which owns the hyper-local Manhattan newspapers Our Town, Our Town Downtown, and The West Side Spirit.
 
Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker Cartoon Editor, announced his retirement effective May 1. He will be succeeded by Emma Allen.
 


Legal Headlines

Chief Judge Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee announced he will assume senior status effective March 17, 2017. The court has not yet selected his replacement as Chief Judge. 
 
Elliot Williams, previously deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Department of Justice, joined The Raben Group LLC as a principal.
 
David A. Newman, formerly Associate Counsel to President Obama, joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as Of Counsel. At the White House, Mr. Newman advised the president and senior staff on counterterrorism legal and policy matters and was instrumental in organizing the administration’s response to domestic and international crises.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Loews Corporation subsidiary CNA Financial Corporation appointed Joyce Trimuel as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.
 
CVS Health Corporation appointed Jonathan C. Roberts Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
 
Fairview Health Services and HealthEast Care System announced that the organizations will combine to create one comprehensive health systems. The organizations plan to begin integration efforts upon receiving regulatory and legal approval in the spring of 2017.

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March 2, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Senate continued to approve President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. On Monday, the Senate confirmed Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor, to lead the Commerce Department by a vote of 72-27. With the confirmation of Ross, the most important members of Trump’s economic team are in place.
 
In other news, Representative Keith Ellison (DFL-MN, 5th) asked the Department of Justice to investigate recent vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Ellison called for the vandalism to be "swiftly and thoroughly investigated,” and cited “the recent surge in threats against the Jewish community, as well as the symbolic and violent history connected to the desecration of Jewish burial sites.” 
 
Democrat’s maintained control of the Delaware Senate after Stephanie Hansen defeated Republican John Marino by a margin of 58 percent to 41 percent in a special election held Saturday, February 25. Hansen’s victory gives the Democratic Party control of 11 of the 21 seats in the chamber, and ensures Delaware remains one of only six states in which Democrats control both house of the legislature and the governor’s office. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Tom Gebhardt was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation of North America, effective April 1, 2017. He succeeds Joseph M. Taylor, who will remain with the company as Vice Chairman until December 31, 2017.
 
CBOE Holdings, Inc. completed its $3.4 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, Inc. on February 28, 2017. 
 
Renesas Electronics Corporation completed its $3.2 billion acquisition of Intersil Corporation on February 24, 2017. Intersil will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary or Renesas, with Necip Sayiner continuing as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Ajit Manocha, formerly Chief Executive Officer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (2011-14), is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International effective March 1, 2017. He replaced current SEMI President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis P. “Denny” McGuirk (CSE 11/14/11-3/1/17), who announced his retirement in October.
 
At CARE, Heather Anne Higginbottom, previously Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources at the U.S. State Department, was named Chief Operating Officer.
 
At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas P. Campbell resigned as Museum Director and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 30, 2017.  As part of the transition process, Daniel H. Weiss, President of the museum, was named Interim Chief Executive Officer.
 

 

Media Headlines

Mark Silva was named Assistant Managing Editor of U.S. News & World Report's new Best States platform that will feature rankings, tools and analysis to measure how states best serve their citizens.
 
FOX News Channel signed David Bossie as a Political Contributor. David Bossie is President of Citizens United Super PAC and President Donald Trump’s former Deputy Campaign Manager. 
 
MSNBC announced a new program called “The Point,” hosted by Ari Melber. It airs on Sunday evenings. Jonathan Wald, previously Producer at CNN, was named Senior Vice President of Programming and Development.
 
Nick Haramis, previously Articles Editor at T Magazine, was named Editor-in-Chief of Interview.
 


Legal Headlines

The United States District Court for the Central District of California appointed John D. Early to serve as Magistrate Judge.  Early succeeds former Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato. 
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Dennis Deters to be Judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals, First District. Deters replaces former judge Pat DeWine, who was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.
 
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP hired Renata Hesse, previously head of the antitrust division at the Justice Department. She will be working as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

EQT Corporation appointed Lisa Hyland to be Senior Vice President, EQT Corporation and President, Midstream, and Donald “Blue” Jenkins as Chief Commercial Officer.
 
CTI BioPharma Corp. appointed Adam Craig President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective March 20, 2017. He succeeds Richard Love, who has been serving as interim President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2016 and will continue on the company’s Board.
 
O’Connor Hospital has named Scott Bonderoff to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Carlton Rule who has stepped down.

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February 23, 2017

Government Headlines 

President Trump selected Lieutenant General Herbert “H.R.” McMaster to serve as assistant to the president for national security affairs after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned from the post last week. McMaster comes to the White House after serving as director for the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general for futures from 2014 to 2017.
 
R. Alexander Acosta is President Trump’s new pick to be secretary of labor after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination amidst criticism from members of both parties. Acosta comes to the Department of Labor from Florida International University College of Law, where he’s been dean since 2009.
 
Now that Representative Mulvaney has resigned to take over the OMB, the race for South Carolina’s 5th district has begun. The early leaders are two Republicans: former state Representative Ralph Norman and South Carolina House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Teleflex Incorporated announced the retirement of Benson Smith as Chief Executive Officer, effective December 31, 2017. He will be succeeded by Liam Kelly, currently President and Chief Operating Officer. 
 
Kristina Schake, former Director of Communications for former First Lady Michelle Obama, will join Instagram in March 2017 to lead its communications team. Ms. Schake served most recently as Deputy Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
 
Restaurant Brands International Inc.,owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons brands, has agreed to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. for $1.8 billion. The merger is expected to be completed by early April 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Thomas E. “Tom” Arend, Jr., currently Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of the American College of Cardiology, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons effective April 1, 2017.
 
The Law School at Yale University has selected Heather K. Gerken as its 17th Dean, effective July 1, 2017. Gerken is currently the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale and formerly clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit and Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court. 
 
At Hawaii Community Foundation, Kelvin H. Taketa announced he will be stepping down as Chief Executive Officer.  His resignation will be effective when a new Chief Executive Officer is in place.  
 

 

Media Headlines

Crooked Media debuted the “ With Friends Like These” podcast hosted by Ana Marie Cox and providing conversations with liberals and conservatives, religious leaders, writers and activists, talking about politics, religion, race and gender.
 
NPR created a new team that will cover the Trump Presidency and conflicts of interest. Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax will now also be the Editor of the new site called Trump Ethics Monitor.
 
Louise K. Kiernan was named Editor-in-Chief of ProPublica Illinois, a new unit at ProPublica which will focus on investigative stories covering key issues in the city of Chicago and across the state of Illinois.
 
Effective April 2017, Adam Auriemma, who is currently the Editor of Money.com, will become the Editor-in-Chief of Money, succeeding Diane Harris.
 


Legal Headlines

Louisiana Court of Appeals Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu announced she will step down to become Dean of the College of Law at Loyola University.  
 
Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced plans to combine in the second quarter of 2017. Following the combination, the firm will retain the Norton Rose Fulbright name.
 
Jenner & Block announced that Jason Yardley has joined the firm as a partner in its London office.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

CSX Corporation announced that Michael J. Ward will retire as Chief Executive Officer effective May 31, 2017.
 
CompuGroup Medical SE appointed Benedikt Brückle Senior Vice President of its United States and Canadian region and Chief Executive Officer of its United States subsidiary.
 
The Swedish Health Services has announced the appointment of Dr. R. Guy Hudson as the new Chief Executive on an interim basis. He replaces Tony Armada who has resigned.

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February 16, 2017

Government Headlines 

Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump’s national security advisor after media revelations that he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States prior to Trump taking office, and then failed to properly disclose those discussions with other top White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn’s resignation comes less than a month after he started his position as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
 
Dr. David Shulkin was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA.) Shulkin had been serving as the under secretary of health at VA since 2015, and was responsible for leading the Veterans Health Administration.
 
On Wednesday, the Senate voted to block a rule that prevented certain mentally ill people from purchasing firearms. The rule required the Social Security Administration to report the records of some mentally ill beneficiaries to the FBI’s background check system. Those who were deemed incapable of managing their financial affairs would have been affected by the rule.
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Jason Providakes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The MITRE Corporation, effective March 6, 2017. He succeeds Alfred Grasso, who will remain on the board of trustees. 
 
Jason Weller will be joining Land O'Lakes, Inc.’s SUSTAIN division as Senior Director of Sustainability, effective February 27, 2017. He served as Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2012 to 2017.
 
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company has agreed to be acquired by Reckitt Benckiser Group plc in a $17.9 billion deal. The merger is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2017. 
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Kenneth O. ”Ken” Preston has been promoted to Vice President, Noncommissioned Officers and Soldier Programs at the Association of the United States Army.
 
P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Iowa, was named President at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, effective March 13, 2017.  
 
Richard E. Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor at ABC News, was named President and Chief Executive Officer at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, effective April 2017.
 

 

Media Headlines

At NBC News, Noah Oppenheim was named President of NBC News, succeeding Deborah Turness, who took over as President, NBC News International.
 
Lea Goldman was named Editor-in-Chief at Lifetime Television.
 
Shazna Nessa, previously Journalism Director at the Knight Foundation, was named Deputy Managing Editor, and Global Head, Visuals at The Wall Street Journal.
 
At Wired, Andrea Valdez was named Editor of Wired.com, effective March 13, 2017. Valdez is currently the Editor of the Texas Monthly Online.
 


Legal Headlines

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Patrick Wyrick to be Justice on the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. Wyrick will fill the seat left open from the retirement of Justice Steven Taylor. 
 
Alaska Governor Bill Walker appointed Tracey Wollenberg to the Alaska Court of Appeals. The appointment of Wollenberg marks the first time that an Alaska appellate court will be majority women.
 
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC named Dorothy A. Davis and Timothy Q. Hudak as Co-Chief Executive Officers of the firm, effective March 1, 2017. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced that Roderick A. Larson will succeed M. Kevin McEvoy as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May, 5, 2017.
 
Henry Ford Health System has named Stephan Mayer the new Chair for the Department of Neurology. 
 
SSM Health has named Laura Kaiser the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2017. She replaces Bill Thompson who is retiring.

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February 9, 2017

Government Headlines 

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate to be Secretary of Education. The vote was 51 to 50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote. The Vice President later officiated at her swearing-in ceremony. 
 
The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as attorney general, ending a bitter confirmation battle. Sessions was approved by a margin of 52-47, with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) as the only Democrat flipping to back Sessions. The fight over Sessions escalated this week when Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) read a letter that Coretta Scott King had written in 1986 that accused Sessions, a U.S. attorney at the time, of using his power to prevent African Americans from voting. 
 
In other news, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is calling for a series of hearings on President Trump’s recent immigration orders. Durbin sent a letter to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) requesting a series of hearings on the president’s recent executive orders, stating, “these executive orders, which have dramatic implications for our immigration system, are inconsistent with America's heritage as a nation of immigrants and a safe haven for those fleeing persecution.” 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Frederic Cumenal resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany & Co. this week. Chairman of the Board Michael J. Kowalski was named interim CEO, returning to a role he previously held from 1999 to 2015.
 
Flowserve Corporation named R. Scott Rowe as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017. He will succeed Mark Blinn, who is retiring. Mr. Rowe will join the company from Schlumberger Limited, where he currently serves as President of the Cameron Group. 
 
Brian Hawthorne was named Director of Communications and Development at the PenFed Foundation, which is affiliated with Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Mr. Hawthorne previously worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Strategic Messaging and White House Liaison.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Kimberly A. Howard, formerly Vice President, Human Resources at Daymon Worldwide, is now Vice President, Human Resources at the Financial Accounting Foundation.
 
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has installed its new Officers and Board of Directors, led by Chair Christopher B. Nelson, the President of St. John’s College.
 
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has been named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He will hold joint appointments in the Annenberg School of Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences. 
 

 

Media Headlines

David Sirota, who was slated to be CEO David Brock's progressive media venture, has left the project. Sirota will instead stay with The International Business Times instead.
 
Rebecca Blumenstein, former Deputy Editor-in-Chief at The Wall Street Journal, joined The New York Times as Deputy Managing Editor.
 
Bon Appétit launched Healthyish, a new site covering food and wellness. Amanda Shapiro was named Editor.
 
Cheryl E. Brown was named Editor-in-Chief of Family Circle, succeeding Linda Fears.
 


Legal Headlines

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission selected Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby to be Chief Judge for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby succeeds Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, who did not seek a fourth term as Chief.  
 
Thomas Lopach, previously executive director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, joined Subject Matter’s government relations team. Mr. Lopach was formerly chief of staff to Sen. Jon Tester.
 
Former Sen. David Vitter joined Mercury, LLC as the lobbying firm’s new Co-Chairman. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

United States Steel Corporation named James F. Dudek to be Vice President, Asset Revitalization & Manufacturing Excellence, and Pipasu H. Soni to be Vice President, Finance.
 
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. appointed Yitzhak Peterburg interim President and Chief Executive Officer succeeding Erez Vigodman, who has resigned from the company and Board of Directors. 
 
Southeast Georgia Health System has appointed Janice L. Dunn the new President and Chief Executive Officer. She replaces Michael D. Scherneck who has stepped down.

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February 2, 2017

Government Headlines 

The Senate continued to be busy with confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be attorney general on Wednesday, by a margin of 11-9. His nomination now heads to the floor, where he is expected to be confirmed. 
 
In other news, House Democrats are launching an investigation into whether Trump’s national security advisor violated the Constitution when he took a paid speaking gig in Russia after retiring from the military. Ranking Democrats from six committees are asking the Pentagon to determine if Mike Flynn violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause when he spoke at an event in Moscow after he retired. 
 
After serving for only ten days, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Trump this week after she ordered Department of Justice officials not to defend his executive order banning travel from seven countries and suspending the United States’ refugee system for 120 days. Sally Yates was replaced by Dana Boente, who will lead the Department until Senator Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General nomination is confirmed by the Senate. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Ralph Lauren Corporation announced the departure of Chief Executive Officer Stefan Larsson, effective May 1, 2017. No replacement has been named yet. In a company statement, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Ralph Lauren said that he and Mr. Larsson “have different views on how to evolve the creative and consumer-facing parts of the business. 
 
Josh Drobnyk will join the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications on February 6th.
 
Apollo Education Group, Inc. went private on February 1, 2017, after it was acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Gary A. LaBranche, who has been President and Chief Executive Office (CSE) of the Association for Corporate Growth since 2008, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Investor Relations Institute effective March 17, 2017. 
 
Granville Martin, formerly Managing Director, Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co., is joining the Society for Corporate Governance as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in February 2017.
 
Sylvia Mathews Burwell has been named the 15th President of American University, effective June 1, 2017. Burwell most recently served as the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services under Barack Obama. 
 

 

Media Headlines

Roger Simon, POLITICO Chief Political Columnist, has retired after 42 years of writing columns.
 
CNN announced a new daily business show “Quest Express” with Richard Quest as Host. 
 
Steve Kandell, previously BuzzFeed's Executive Features Editor, is headed to Esquire.com,where he was named Editor.
 
At The New Republic, Laura Marsh, previously Story Editor, was named to the newly-created position of Literary Editor.
 


Legal Headlines

President Trump announced his nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil M. Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States
 
The South Carolina General Assembly elected George James Jr. to be Justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court. Also elected was D. Garrison Hill to be Associate Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals
 
Former Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick joined Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia, PA office. 
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Consumers Energy Company announced that Greg Salisbury has been named Vice President, Distribution Performance, effective February 15, 2017.
 
Johnson & Johnson announced on January 26, 2017, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. As part of the transaction, Actelion will spin out its drug discovery operations and early-stage clinical development assets into a newly created biopharmaceutical company led by Jean-Paul Cozel, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer. 
 
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Dr. Stephen Gottschalk, M.D., as the Chair of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, effective August 2017. 

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January 26, 2017

Government Headlines 

On January 20, 2017, the Senate confirmed two of President Trump’s cabinet secretaries: retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as the 26th Secretary of Defense and retired Marine Corps General John Kelly as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security. With a vote of 98 to 1, Mattis became the first of President Trump’s nominees to be confirmed.
 
The House passed legislation on Tuesday barring the use of any federal funds money for abortion services. The bill passed along party lines by a measure of 238-183, with three Democrats joining Republicans. Passage comes just one day after Trump issued an executive order prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion services. 
 
In other news, Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS, 2nd) announced on Wednesday that she will not be running for reelection to the House. In a statement, Jenkins ruled out a run for any public office, including Governor of Kansas, saying she wants to return to the private sector at the end of her term. . 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

The McClatchy Company named board member Craig I. Forman as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Patrick J. Talamantes.
 
Gregory J. Dean, Jr. will be joining the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as Senior Vice President for the Office of Government Affairs on January 30, 2017. Mr. Dean is currently Senior Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs at the Royal Bank of Canada. 
 
United Rentals, Inc. has agreed to acquire NES Rentals Holdings II, Inc. for $965 million. The transaction is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2017.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

Arthur C. Evans Jr., the Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will serve as the next Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association effective March 20, 2017. 
 
David C. Munson Jr. has been named the 10th President of Rochester Institute of Technology, effective July 1, 2017. He succeeds Bill Destler, who has served as President since 2007. 
 
At the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Jennie Lehua Watson, previously Vice President, Special Initiatives and Communications, was named Interim President, effective until January 2019.   Cathy Cha, Vice President, Programs, was named President, effective January 2019.
 

 

Media Headlines

At the Breitbart News Network, Samuel Chi was named Editor, Kristina Wong joined as Pentagon and Department of Defense Reporter, and Sean E. Moran joined as Policy Reporter.
 
The New York Times is opening a news bureau in Sydney, Australia. Damien Cave, former Digital Deputy Editor for the National Desk, was named Bureau Chief. He is joined by Reporter Jacqueline Williams and Contributor Michelle Innis. 
 
Lee Zellweger was named Group Publisher, Brands at Reader’s Digest.
 


Legal Headlines

New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed Ellen Biben as Administrative Judge of the New York Criminal Term courts. Biben replaces former Judge Michael Obus, who had overseen the Manhattan courts for eight years. 
 
Kevin J. Wolf, formerly a senior U.S. Department of Commerce official, joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Wolf spent the past seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Kevin Brown will retire as Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Refining at LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and will be replaced by Daniel Coombs effective in the middle of February 2017.
 
GenVec, Inc. announced on January 24, 2017, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Intrexon Corporation. The transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2017.
 
TriHealth, Inc. has named Kevin Joseph the new Chief Quality Officer. She comes from UC Health where she served as Senior Vice President and Inpatient Services.

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January 19, 2017

Government Headlines 

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20th. He enters the White House with all 15 of his Cabinet Secretaries up for confirmation in the U.S. Senate, announcing his selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture on Thursday. 
 
Before President Donald Trump took office on Friday, the Senate was busy with confirmation hearings for his cabinet picks. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for education secretary, was under attack on Tuesday from Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about her support of public education funding, previous political donations to Republicans, and the cost of higher education. 
 
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley pledged before Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday that if confirmed as ambassador to the United Nations, she would stand up to Russian aggression, becoming the latest cabinet pick to criticize Russia. 
 
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Corporate and Financial Headlines

Mattel, Inc. named Margaret H. “Margo” Georgiadis as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective February 8, 2017. She succeeds Christopher A. Sinclair, who will remain with the company as Executive Chairman of the Board.
 
Raytheon Company elected retired United States Navy admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr. to its board of directors.
 
On January 17, 2017, Crown Castle International Corp. completed its $1.5 billion acquisition of FiberNet from NextEra Energy, Inc.
 
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Association and Nonprofit Headlines

The Marketing Research Association, Inc. and the Council of American Survey Research Organizations, founded in 1975, merged effective in January 2017 to form the Insights Association
 
Barry Glassner, the President of Lewis & Clark College, has stepped down from the position, effective January 17. 
 
At The Municipal Art Society of New York, Elizabeth Goldstein was named President, effective February 2017, replacing Gina Pollara.   
 

 

Media Headlines

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former Campaign Manager, joined the One America News Network as Political Commentator.
 
At The New York Times, David S. Perprich will take on the role of President and General Manager of The Wirecutter on March 6.
 
At Home Accents Today, Susan Dickenson was promoted from Retail Editor to Editor-in-Chief.
 


Legal Headlines

President Obama nominated Charles R. Breyer and Danny C. Reeves to be members on the United States Sentencing Commission.  
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Rowan D. Wilson to be a Judge on the New York Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Wilson will replace former Judge Eugene Pigott, who retired. 
 
Robert J. Daley, formerly legislative aide to Sen. John Barrasso, joined Polsinelli PC as a legislative director in Washington, DC. He will be working with the firm’s public policy practice.
 

 

Energy and Health Headlines

Linde AG subsidiary Linde Engineering North America Inc. appointed Jason Cooper as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Community Health Systems, Inc. announced that Rachel A. Seifert will retire as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at the end of March 2017. Her role as General Counsel will be filled in an interim capacity by Ben Fordham, the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel.
 
Detroit Medical Center has announced the appointment of Anthony Tedeschi as the Chief Executive Officer, replacing Joe Mullany who has left the organization.

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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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