Executive Moves: URSB, Pru, DAK Group 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.

Jessica Bandoni, URSB

A key factor to Bandoni’s success has been her dedication to training and mentoring new team members. Even while she is perpetually learning and taking on new duties, she serves as a role model for younger and newer employees. For example, when URSB decided to hire younger part-time tellers, Bandoni stepped up to train her new employees in the banking business, and to ensure the job doubled as a learning experience for them.

Bandoni also has served as an exemplary community ambassador for URSB. The bank attends a lengthy list of community events, and she has proven instrumental in arranging prominent employee attendance at these events while ensuring the branch is well staffed. Of note, she has led URSB’s engagement in Carteret’s highly influential Seniors Club meeting, discussing elder abuse, speaking and providing information on USRB’s senior-friendly products and assisting prospective customers with account initiation.

Michael Domingos, Prudential Retirement

Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial Inc., announced that Michael Domingos, vice president, National Distribution Markets, has been promoted to senior vice president and head of Sales and Strategic Relationships, Prudential Retirement.

Domingos is succeeding Scott Gaul, senior vice president and head of Sales and Strategic Relationships, Prudential Retirement. Gaul became head of Prudential Retirement’s Investment & Pension Solutions businesses.

As part of Prudential’s leadership succession announcement for U.S. Businesses, Yanela Frias, current head of Retirement’s Investment & Pension Solutions businesses, which surpassed $100 billion in pension and longevity risk transfer sales under her leadership, will be promoted to president of Prudential Retirement.

Damir Makic, DAK Group

The DAK Group, a middle-market investment bank specializing in mergers, acquisitions, business sales and other strategic advisory services for middle-market business owners, is pleased to announce that Damir Makic has joined as a senior associate.

“We have grown and built DAK by attracting great people to work at our firm, and we are thrilled that Damir has joined us” said Alan J. Scharfstein, president of the DAK Group. “We continue to expand our team to meet our clients’ needs and offer best-in-class service with superior, personal attention throughout every step of the process.”

Makic will be part of the deal team, and is responsible for deal execution of sell and buy-side transactions. He works closely with businesses and supports the team with his extensive experience in developing operating financial models and deal materials that maximize value for clients’ businesses.

Celina Mikolajczak, Panasonic

Newark-based Panasonic Corp. of North America announced that Celina Mikolajczak has joined the company as vice president of battery technology. She leads a team of engineers and technical staff who work to continuously improve lithium ion cell manufacturing and to bring the latest cell technologies to mass production. Mikolajczak reports to Allan Swan, president of Panasonic Energy of North America.

An experienced engineering leader, Mikolajczak has held diverse roles within the energy industry and, over the years, she has led teams working in cell development and engineering, cell quality and reliability, battery design and safety testing, as well as battery standards development. Prior to joining Panasonic, she served as a technical consultant and director of engineering for San Francisco-based Uber. Before that, she served as a senior manager for cell quality and materials engineering for Tesla.

“We’re excited to welcome Celina to the team,” said Swan. “Her leadership and technical acumen will undoubtedly accelerate the history-making work of Panasonic’s team in Sparks, Nevada, and the role we’re playing in making the electric vehicle future a reality.”

Adam W. Scheinbach, Capehart Scatchard

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Adam W. Scheinbach has recently joined its Litigation Department as a shareholder.

Scheinbach has more than 22 years of experience as an attorney handling matters in insurance subrogation, insurance coverage, tort defense, personal injury, business and corporate agreements, and general litigation. His practice caters to insurance companies, attorneys and business owners.

He received his B.A. in 1993 from the University of Delaware and his J.D. in 1996 from Brooklyn Law School. Scheinbach is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.

Mike Cherenson, One to World

Lincoln Park resident and SCG Advertising + Public Relations Executive Vice President Mike Cherenson has joined the One to World board of directors, on which he will support the organization’s ongoing mission of bolstering connections between New York-area communities and international students, including Fulbright scholars.

One to World’s core activities include enrichment programs for international students, global education for area schools, and development and peer support for international educators. These are designed to provide a unique opportunity for U.S. residents and international students to interact and engage, in hopes of creating solid, international relationships.

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Ken Gosnell, Campbell Soup Co.

Campbell Soup Co. announced that Ken Gosnell, vice president – finance strategy and investor relations, has informed the company of his decision to retire from Campbell.

Gosnell, 57, has led Campbell’s Investor Relations since June 2015. Gosnell joined Campbell in 2003 and has served as senior vice president, finance, Pepperidge Farm. Prior to joining Pepperidge Farm, he worked in various financial leadership roles at Compaq Computer Corp. and PepsiCo.

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Tim Leahy, Concord Health Partners

Concord Health Partners, a health care-focused investment firm, announced that Tim Leahy has joined the firm as a managing director on the investment team.

Leahy is an experienced investment professional with over two decades of health care industry investing experience. He previously served as a managing director at BelHealth Investment Partners, a health care focused buyout firm, where he focused on originating, structuring and executing private equity transactions in health care services and medical products, specifically in the provider and medical technology industries.

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Dr. David Livingston, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School announced that Dr. David Livingston, professor and chief of the division of trauma and surgical critical care in the department of surgery at NJMS, has been named president-elect of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

The AAST is the premier scholarly organization dedicated to the science and practice of the field of trauma and critical care nationwide.

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Gary L. June, Barnes & Noble Education

Barnes & Noble Education Inc., a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12, announced that Gary L. June has been appointed to the newly-created role of vice president, head of institutional services, Digital Student Solutions. June will report directly to Kanuj Malhotra, president of DSS.

In his new role at BNED, June will drive the growth of the student services in the bartleby ecosystem through institutional sales and strategic business development with current and prospective clients as well as other strategic partners. June will work on the DSS team to scale the company’s digital study product, bartleby, through institutional sales and further promote the integration of bartleby into institutional bundles that include current BNED offerings such as FirstDay and FirstDay Complete.

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