Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
New Glass Ceiling Needed at HHLA
German-based port terminal manager Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) named Angela Titzrath as chairwoman of the executive board (CEO) on the first day of 2017. She started her career in Italy at Mercedes-Benz as head of operative and strategic controlling. Between 1991 and 2012 Titzrath held senior management positions at the Daimler Group, which included CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Credit of Canada, managing director of the Mercedes-Benz Credit of North America in the US, and European managing director of Mercedes-Benz Bank. She also played a major role in the DaimlerChrysler merger.
Wanted: New Top Pizza Tosser at Papa Murphy’s
The Vancouver, Washington-based pizza chain Papa Murphy’s announced the resignation of Ken Calwell. Third-quarter sales and a plummeting stock price may have led to the six-year veteran stepping down. Chairwoman Jean Birch was appointed interim CEO. Named to the board in April 2015 and to the chair in September 2016, Birch is a 26-year veteran in the restaurant industry. She has held top management roles at Corner Bakery Café, IHOP Restaurants, Pizza Hut, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and YUM! Brands.
Head Shed Changes after Castlight and Jiff Merger
Two California-based health management software companies, Castlight Health and Jiff merged the first week of 2017. Giovanni Colella, founder and CEO of Castlight, was named chairman. In 2000 he founded RelayHealth, a part of McKesson since 2006. John Doyle, president of Castlight since mid-2016, was appointed CEO. Prior to Castlight, Doyle had worked for Achaogen, Genentech, and Renovis, prior to its acquisition by Evotec. Derek Newell, CEO of Jiff since 2011, was named president. Newell held executive positions at Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems from 2008 to 2011 and LifeMasters Supported SelfCare from 2006 to 2008.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!
Jim Harris is a project editor for D&B Sales & Marketing Solutions, including Hoover’s. He has worked for D&B for over 20 years. Prior to that, he spent 20 years as a US Army Intelligence Noncom & Warrant Officer and eight years as a federal government contractor.