Executive Moves: InSight, EisnerAmper and more

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.

Shawn Ball, InSight Telepsychiatry

InSight Telepsychiatry has named telepsychiatry industry leader Shawn Ball to its chief operating officer position. Ball has served as the interim chief operating officer at InSight since August 2018.

Ball has extensive experience within the telepsychiatry industry, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, change management and account management. He has a background in business consulting and has held leadership positions with organizations such as Dell, Motorola and JSA Health Telepsychiatry. He has a strong ability to lead strategic business development initiatives from conception to implementation and understands the technical aspects of business to develop models to drive key performance metrics.

At InSight, Ball oversees the talent, human resources, external operations and internal operations teams. He is responsible for aligning these departments to realize InSight’s mission of delivering quality behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. Under Ball’s leadership, InSight will meet its goals of providing best of class, solution-oriented services to its partners, providers and consumers.

Stanley Barsky, EisnerAmper LLP

EisnerAmper LLP announced that Stanley Barsky has joined the firm as a principal in its Tax Group. He will specialize in federal income taxation, including issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, transaction advisory services, structuring inbound and outbound investments, and complex client matters.

Barsky’s broad-based experience also includes advising clients on tax issues relating to consolidated returns, bankruptcies, accounting methods, expenditure deductibility, tax treaty planning, tax equalization, earnings repatriation, tax residency and pre-immigration tax planning, qualified small business stock, subchapter S, subchapter C, subchapter K, the rules impacting cannabis businesses, and other areas. In addition, he represents clients who are under tax audits.

“Stan has deep experience in federal taxation issues. His background with respect to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including Section 199A and the complex international GILTI provisions, will be an invaluable resource for the firm,” said Michael Laveman, co-leader of EisnerAmper’s Tax Practice. “We’re excited for Stan to start doing what he does best — advising clients on complex tax matters.”

Dan Chichester, Ogilvy Health

Ogilvy Health, part of The Ogilvy Group, announced Dan Chichester has rejoined the network following a five-year hiatus, returning in the newly-created position of chief experience officer.

As CXO, Chichester will be responsible for driving forward Parsippany-based Ogilvy Health’s innovation, digital strategy and brand engagement. Chichester will lead his team in working to create greater synergy between the agency’s digital offerings and the evolving needs of its client brands, with the ultimate directive of creating a seamless customer journey and an optimal brand experience. He will work with leaders across the Ogilvy network to create an atmosphere designed to foster innovative thinking and produce ground-breaking solutions for agency clients, all while helping to grow both Ogilvy Health’s digital team and its suite of offerings.

Andrew Schirmer, CEO of Ogilvy Health and the person to whom Chichester will report, shared his thoughts on the new role: “It’s become clear to all those who are paying attention that digital is no longer a separate offering, channel or tool. Today, everything in the marketing, communications and transformation business operates through a digitally enabled ecosystem. What we are building for our clients are brand experiences that reach health care providers, payers, caregivers and patients through a myriad of channels, touchpoints and platforms.”

Jessica Gillespie, Prudential Group 

Jessica Gillespie has been promoted to head of distribution for Prudential Group Insurance and Tim Weber has joined as vice president, voluntary benefits distribution and workplace markets, underscoring the group benefits carrier’s commitment to growing its core businesses and talent pipeline. Prudential Group Insurance is a unit of Prudential Financial Inc.

Additionally, Chuck Brousseau, previously Group Insurance’s head of distribution, has been named Prudential Group Insurance’s chief operations officer. Both Brousseau and Gillespie will report to Jamie Kalamarides, president of Prudential Group Insurance, and sit on the Group Insurance Strategic Leadership Team.

Weber, who joined Prudential on April 8, will report to Gillespie. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the growth and retention of employee-paid insurance products within the group workplace and optimizing employee engagement with Group Insurance’s growing portfolio of financial wellness products and services.

Andrew Johnson, NAI Mertz

NAI Mertz, a leading full-service commercial real estate firm conducting business throughout the United States, and globally, from its regional offices in New Jersey, greater Philadelphia and northeastern Pennsylvania, announced Andrew Johnson has joined its Mount Laurel team as a new sales associate.

Johnson will focus on sales and leasing in the commercial office and retail sectors, with a focus on restaurants. He will work alongside Fred Meyer, executive vice president and director of brokerage and corporate services; Barry Mertz, chairman; and Rick Gordon, vice president of retail, as they expand the firm’s retail client base.

“We are thrilled to have Andrew join our company,” said Mertz. “He brings deep knowledge, expertise, and a drive for client satisfaction, which will serve him extremely well in this industry. Our team of seasoned leaders is engaging Andrew and providing him with fresh perspectives, that when coupled with his own personal experiences, will greatly benefit his clients. We look forward to Andrew’s contributions in strengthening and growing our retail services division.”

Tyler J. Kandel, Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of Tyler J. Kandel as a member in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Kandel brings more than 20 years’ experience in complex commercial litigation, in both federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York. His practice includes representation of financial institutions, public and private corporations, and other commercial clients in litigation involving a wide array of issues, including, but not limited to, contract disputes, financial transactions, consumer and business banking, Uniform Commercial Code Articles 3 and 4, safe deposit box disputes, real estate transactions, fiduciary obligations, corporate and personal trusts, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, commercial mortgage foreclosures, fraud, business torts, RICO and municipal building and fire code violations. Additionally, he advises clients regarding subpoena compliance, judgment enforcement and litigation avoidance, and regularly assists clients in the development of their internal strategies, policies and procedures.

Kandel received his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School in 1995 and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1991. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. Prior to joining the firm, Kandel practiced at Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP.

Dr. Franz Smith, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Dr. Franz Smith has been named the director of graduate medical education and chief academic officer for Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He specializes in surgical oncology with expertise in cutaneous oncology and sarcoma surgery. “Since joining SBMC, Dr. Smith has distinguished himself as an outstanding surgeon and respected educator. In his new role, we look forward to his expertise and contributions to medical education throughout our organization,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, CEO and president, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

“As a leader in our organization, Dr. Smith will continue to build upon the success of the multitude of our diverse health education programs, providing the highest quality education to medical and advanced practice provider students, resident physicians in training, postgraduate fellows, and also providing lifelong continuing medical education to practicing physicians,” said Dr. Gregory J. Rokosz, senior vice president for medical and academic affairs, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Smith received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and completed his surgical residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. During his residency, he did a three-year clinical research fellowship in tumor immunotherapy and surgical oncology in the Surgery Branch at the NCI/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Upon graduation from residency, he did a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Smith continued his professional education and received a Master’s in Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and most recently, earned a Master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Stro Cos.

The Stro Cos. added three key hires to help support and expand its rapidly growing portfolio. The Ridgewood-based company announced that is has hired Steven Matejek as its new senior controller, James Keenoy as its new director of capital markets and Rachel Dezio as its new executive assistant to the president.

“We are ecstatic to bring Steven, James and Rachel on board,” said Steven Millstein, president of the Stro Cos. “All three of our new hires will not only be instrumental in the growth and development of the company but will further establish Stro as a premier industrial buyer in the state of New Jersey.”

“This is an exciting time for Stro, as we add to both our footprint and our personnel count,” said Mitchel Kay, chief operating officer and general counsel at the company. “We believe we have assembled a team of all-stars and anticipate immediate results as we identify new opportunities for growth.”


Jenna N. Shapiro has become a shareholder of Wilentz’s Family Law group. She is based in the firm’s Woodbridge and Eatontown offices.

Shapiro focuses her practice in matrimonial and family law. She handles matters involving family law, including all aspects of divorce, including spousal and child support, custody and parenting time, alimony, equitable distribution, valuation of assets and businesses, prenuptial agreements, matrimonial settlement agreements and domestic abuse issues. Shapiro is an experienced litigator and she is certified as a trained mediator.

In addition, Joshua S. Kincannon has joined Wilentz as counsel in the firm’s Mass Tort/Class Action group. A seasoned trial lawyer, Kincannon has a long record of success securing recoveries for victims of defective medical device implants throughout the country.

In 2018, Kincannon was appointed as lead counsel in the In re Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Multi-County Litigation in New Jersey. He served as lead counsel to all of the plaintiffs in the Depuy ASR Hip Implant Multi-County Litigation in New Jersey, which settled with aggregate recoveries for plaintiffs valued at $2.5 billion. At Wilentz, Kincannon will continue to represent victims injured by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs and in class actions.

Sal Catalano, Looney Advertising & Branding

Looney Advertising & Branding has named Sal Catalano as vice president, client service. Prior to joining Montclair-based Looney, Catalano was a founding partner and account manager of Catalano, Lellos and Silverstein for 20 years, working with clients including American Express, Porsche, Walmart, Disney, Realogy and Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet.

Catalano will work directly with the senior partners, including agency co-founders Sean and Debbie Looney. In addition to overseeing day-to-day account responsibilities for several new clients, he will play an integral role in the strategic division, new branded content studio and overall agency growth.

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