Executive Moves: KRS, TrialScope, NVA and HERMA US

Executive Moves is an occasional feature on ROI-NJ.com describing some of the important personnel changes in the New Jersey business community. Reports are based on news releases, edited for content, clarity and style.

Kelley DaCunha, KRS CPAs

KRS CPAs, a Paramus-based certified public accounting firm, has promoted Kelley DaCunha, CPA, to accounting manager. She previously served as senior accountant.

DaCunha joined the firm in 2009 after receiving a B.S. in accounting from Rutgers University and her CPA license. She assists clients ranging from dental offices to home health care, technology and food distribution companies to establish accounting and bookkeeping procedures, deliver monthly financial reports and develop tax-saving strategies. DaCunha is also part of the new staff recruiting team and responsible for training staff accountants.

“Kelley began her career in public accounting when she joined KRS as an entry-level accountant,” said KRS Managing Partner Maria Rollins. “Through her hard work and dedication, she has proven that she is ready to lead a team and continue to grow as a manager. Her training and support of KRS staff members is so beneficial to the firm’s commitment to provide excellent service. Kelley truly exemplifies what KRS is looking for in our team members.”

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Francine Lane, TrialScope

Jersey City-based TrialScope, the global leader in clinical trial transparency and compliance solutions, announced that it has promoted Francine Lane to vice president of global transparency, a newly created position designed to better support sponsors in their management of complex global disclosure requirements.

More than 50 percent of clinical trials are conducted outside of the U.S., and there are currently nearly 40 trial registries worldwide. Disclosure requirements are not consistent, making it difficult, costly and time-consuming for sponsors to manage and stay compliant. In her new role, Lane will be responsible for helping customers meet and exceed current disclosure expectations globally, giving them the tools they need to meet all the requirements in this evolving industry.

“We are starting to see increased pressure — both legal and ethical — to disclose results, from regulatory bodies and activist groups,” said Lane. “I am thrilled to take on this unique role, helping sponsors manage disclosure more efficiently in today’s market and as new requirements emerge.”

Prior to assuming her role as vice president of global transparency, Francine was director of product management at TrialScope.

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Rick Renna, National Vision Administrators

Clifton-based National Vision Administrators, a leading vision benefits company with a national clientele, has appointed Rick Renna as sales director.

With 15 years of experience in the insurance industry and proven expertise in large group benefit plans, Renna will report directly to NVA President Dave Karlin. His territory will encompass Northern New Jersey, Connecticut and New York and he’ll work with brokers and plan sponsors to achieve the company’s mission of helping people be smarter buyers of eye care and eyewear.

NVA also has appointed Timothy Sherman as sales director. His territory includes Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas.

Finally, NVA has appointed Dan Lucas as sales manager, Southwest states. His territory encompasses Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

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Thomas C. Weickardt, HERMA US

HERMA US Inc. — a Fairfield-based subsidiary of HERMA GmbH, a Germany-based provider of labeling machinery and self-adhesive labels and materials for the global packaging marketplace — has hired Thomas C. Weickardt as sales manager, distributor and OEM. In this position, Mr. Weickardt will manage both original equipment manufacturer and distributor accounts.

As sales manager, distributor and OEM accounts, Weickardt will be responsible for overseeing HERMA’s existing U.S. distributor network, as well as identifying new opportunities and growing sales to OEM customers. HERMA expects to sell in excess of 4,000 of its signature model H400 Label Applicators in 2018, with over 50 percent sold to OEM customers.

“Tom’s history of success in the labeling and coding sectors will be a great benefit for HERMA, assisting us in achieving our strategic goals for the U.S. market,” said Peter Goff, CEO of HERMA US.

Prior to joining HERMA, Weickardt had worked with Weber Packaging, ID Technologies and Markem Imaje.

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