Executive Moves: CSG, Lakeland Bank 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.

Shirley U. Emehelu, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. is pleased to announce that Shirley U. Emehelu, former chief of asset recovery and anti-money laundering for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, has joined the firm as a member in its Government & Corporate Investigations Group. She is based in the firm’s West Orange office.

As a federal prosecutor, Emehelu investigated and prosecuted individuals and companies in a vast array of complex financial fraud matters. She now brings that extensive firsthand trial and litigation experience, and a keen understanding of prosecutorial strategy, to the firm.

From 2017 to 2019, Emehelu served as chief of the Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering Unit, where she had statewide responsibility for federal asset forfeiture, money laundering, victim restitution and federal judgment enforcement matters. She supervised and prosecuted the forfeiture of the proceeds and instrumentalities of various crimes, including complex white-collar fraud, health care fraud, money laundering and drug trafficking crimes. Emehelu served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2010 to 2017 in the District of New Jersey’s Criminal and Special Prosecutions divisions, where she investigated and prosecuted significant financial crime and public corruption cases.

Indya Kellman, Lakeland Bank

Thomas J. Shara, CEO and president of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointment: Indya Kellman has been hired as vice president, financial adviser based in Hackensack.

Kellman will be responsible for providing comprehensive financial planning, advice and services to individuals and businesses. With 11 years of financial industry experience, she was most recently a financial adviser at M&T Securities in North Bergen. Prior to that, she held the same position at First Niagara Bank in Stony Point, New York.

Kellman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She resides in Hackensack.

Michael Attiani, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate firm, announced that Michael Attiani has joined the firm’s formidable Property Management team as managing director, where he will be responsible for the property management operations of the office portfolio for the Philadelphia region, including South Jersey, with a special focus on business development.

With more than 30 years of experience, Attiani has managed more than 50 million square feet of commercial space (traditional office, medical office, educational, industrial and retail), leased more than 1 million square feet as a landlord representative and at least 1 million square feet as a tenant representative. Additionally, he has managed a due diligence department and has facilitated the sale or purchase of more than 20 million square feet nationwide.

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Tim Hartnett, CoWorx Staffing Services

CoWorx Staffing Services announces Tim Hartnett has become its CEO and president.

Hartnett spent the majority of his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network, where he served as global and U.S. private equity leader; and throughout his career, he has focused on acquisitions and growing companies through operational improvements.

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Louis Hobson, Chubb

Chubb announced that Louis Hobson has joined the company as senior vice president of flood insurance for its North America operations. In this new role, Hobson will work in conjunction with Chubb’s personal and commercial lines of business, and lead efforts centered on the development and implementation of strategies to further broaden the delivery of Chubb’s robust suite of flood coverage offerings throughout North America. He will also have responsibility for underwriting, strategy, and product development, as well as share profit and loss performance responsibilities with business leaders of Chubb’s personal and commercial lines.

“Chubb recognizes that extreme weather events are increasing in both frequency and severity, which is why we have deployed a flood center of excellence focused on providing greater flood protection to our personal and commercial clients,” said Derek Talbott, division president of Chubb’s North America Property & Specialty Lines. “Our flood practice is designed to meet the needs of those businesses and consumers who are currently underserved by existing public offerings available in the marketplace. The benefits of private flood insurance include more comprehensive coverage and higher limits than what is currently available.”

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National Integrity Title Agency

National Integrity Title Agency, a full-service title insurance and settlement company for commercial and residential real estate, has added four new title insurance specialists to its operations team. Gabrielle Bergman, Annamarie Lazar, Gena Prybella and Margaret (Meg) Stezzi are all experienced professionals in the title industry and will work at the company’s new corporate headquarters at 1 Holtec Drive in Marlton.

These new hires come on the heels of NITA’s move to Evesham Township and the launch of its Closing Café, a high-tech shared work environment and meeting venue for Realtors, lenders, attorneys and other professionals.

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Priya P. Patel, Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added special counsel Priya P. Patel to the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Group in Newark. Patel was previously with Malapero, Prisco & Klauber LLP in New York.

Patel represents insurers, self-insured employers and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters in pre-trial and trial proceedings throughout New Jersey and New York. Patel is involved in every stage of the litigation process from inception through resolution, including conducting depositions, settlement negotiations, and preparation of petitions and motions, and handling appeals before the Board Panel and Appellate Division.

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Ethan Perlstein, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced the appointment of Ethan O. Perlstein as the Reeve Foundation’s first chief scientific officer. In this role, Perlstein will manage the Reeve Foundation’s basic and translational research portfolio and lead venture philanthropy investments in pursuit of the foundation’s ultimate goal, curing spinal cord injury.

Since 1982, the Reeve Foundation has invested over $140 million in research labs around the world to accelerate the development of new treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury. The Reeve Foundation was a driving force behind some of the earliest discoveries in the field and created a consortium of labs and clinical trials network to advance a full spectrum of spinal cord research. Dr. Perlstein joins the Reeve Foundation as it restructures its approach to research by leveraging the latest advances and building an innovative pipeline of potential therapies. Additionally, Dr. Perlstein will work to galvanize key stakeholders by bringing together researchers, foundations, government, and industry to form strategic partnerships and optimize resources, as well as streamline the clinical trials process.

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Dr. Gustavo A. Suarez Zambrano, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Gustavo A. Suarez Zambrano to the leadership team as vice president of medical affairs. As the most senior medical authority for the company, Suarez Zambrano will oversee all medical affairs activities in North America.

“Dr. Suarez Zambrano has a strong neurology background, and brings a wealth of clinical and managerial experience to MTPA’s executive leadership team,” said Atsushi Fujimoto, president, MTPA. “His addition to MTPA will enable us to continue our mission as we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of patients facing serious diseases.”

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