Executive Moves: CCSNJ, Edison Partners 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.

Hilary Beckett, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey

The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey announces the addition of Hilary Beckett as the organization’s manager of government affairs. Beckett will serve as CCSNJ’s primary lobbyist in Trenton and is responsible for the planning and execution of CCSNJ’s policy committee meetings.

Most recently, Beckett served as cabinet liaison in the office of Gov. Phil Murphy. In this role, Beckett was the principal point of contact between the front office and various cabinet departments, including the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Board of Public Utilities, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and several others. She was also responsible for ensuring each department properly executed the administration’s policy initiatives and assisted in the execution of the department’s long and short-term objectives.

Prior to her role in the Murphy administration, Beckett served as chief of staff to state Sen. Troy Singleton. Beckett will replace Christina Renna, who recently became CCSNJ’s CEO and president, and will report to Renna in her new capacity.

Kelly Ford, Edison Partners

Edison Partners, the growth equity investment firm, has promoted Kelly Ford to general partner. This promotion recognizes Ford’s contributions in shaping the firm’s differentiated approach to growth-stage investing and value creation, and her track record with enterprise software and fintech companies.

“Kelly has brought a number of critical firsts to Edison Partners. She was our first operating partner. She brought the Edison Edge operating platform to life and ushered in our uniquely integrated approach to growth-stage investing — where operators and investors work as one team to deliver more than capital to our portfolio companies. She established our Center of Excellence for Sales & Marketing, and is also the creator of the Edison Growth Index, a proprietary study on the key characteristics of fast-growing technology companies,” said Chris Sugden, managing partner, Edison Partners.

In 2014, Ford joined Edison after spending 20 years working inside high-growth business-to-business software companies. As partner, she pioneered the Edison Edge operating platform, a catalyst for the firm’s team-based approach that brings both investing and operating expertise to every investment. Ford has worked with more than 55 portfolio companies, has served on the boards of seven companies, and has completed three successful exits.

Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce the elevation of 24 attorneys to partner and three attorneys to special counsel. Based in 13 of the firm’s 22 offices, these attorneys represent practices including Appellate, Aviation, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Employment and Labor, General Liability, Global Insurance Services, Intellectual Property, Management and Professional Liability, OSHA and Worksite Safety, Product Liability, Retail and Hospitality, Sports and Entertainment, Trucking, and Workers’ Compensation.

“All of the members of our nationwide community congratulate our newest partners and special counsel,” said Richard J. Cohen, Goldberg Segalla managing partner. “These attorneys embody the very high standard that we set for ourselves and each other: to be excellent professionals, and even better human beings.”

The three partners working in the Newark office are: Ioannis “Yanni” S. Athanasopoulos, Nicole M. Crowley and Reshma Khanna.

New Jersey Realtors

New Jersey Realtors named Ya Yuan “Y.Y.” Lien, of Somerset, as 2019 Realtor of the Year and Patricia Salzer Beam of Wall Township as 2019 Realtor-Associate of the Year during the annual New Jersey Realtors Awards Ceremony at the Triple Play Realtor Convention & Trade Expo.

“While we are constantly applauding the achievements of our more than 56,000 members, it’s always special to be able to celebrate two outstanding New Jersey Realtors,” said 2020 NJ Realtors President Angela Sicoli. “Y.Y. and Patricia are dedicated professionals who we are proud to recognize and support. We congratulate them on their well-earned achievements.”

Lien and Beam have showcased outstanding commitment to the Realtor organization, professionalism in their businesses and expertise in their industry. They were selected from the pool of local board and association Realtors and Realtor-Associates of the Year.

Sun Hao, PGIM

Sun Hao has joined PGIM as head of its Institutional Relationship Group for China. PGIM Inc. is the $1.3 trillion global investment management business of Prudential Financial Inc.

Sun, who will be based in Shanghai, will report to Philip Hsin, head of PGIM’s Institutional Relationship Group in Asia Pacific, ex-Japan. In this newly created role, Sun will focus on building brand recognition and deepening relationships with chief investment officers, C-suite executives and other top decision-makers in the leading Chinese banks, pension plans and insurance companies. Sun will also liaise with local regulators and help PGIM to deepen its long-term relationships with Chinese institutional investors.

Sun was most recently general manager for Legg Mason’s Shanghai operations. He has previously held institutional client coverage and business development roles at AllianceBernstein, Amundi, PIMCO and ING Bank.

Tim Bower, MASAE

Talley Management Group Inc., a leading association management company, is pleased to announce that Tim Bower, director of the Associations Solutions Consulting Division, is the recipient of the MASAE 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

“I am so excited to be accepting the MASAE 2019 Distinguished Service Award, because it is recognition from my colleagues and peers in the association management community,” said Tim Bower. “As a professional in the association management industry, I think that all of us have an obligation to give back to our chosen profession through board and committee service. It has been my honor to work with some of the best association management professionals in the area while serving on the MASAE Board and various Committees.”

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Cole Schotz P.C.

Cole Schotz P.C. is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been elevated to members of the firm.

The new members include Heather L. Demirjian, Jenny R. Flom, Jacob S. Frumkin, Rachel A. Mongiello, Danielle M. Pasquariello and Robyn A. Pellegrino from the firm’s New Jersey Office.

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John DiAngelo, Inspira Health

John DiAngelo, CEO and president of Inspira Health, was presented with the national Steven Schroder Outstanding Healthcare CEO award at the Leapfrog Group’s annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes a hospital and/or health system CEO who has demonstrated courageous and ethical leadership addressing the twin issues of affordability and quality of health care in their community.

“Great health system leaders know that quality and affordability go hand-in-hand” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this award we’re pleased to join with Costs of Care in recognizing a CEO who tackles patient safety, quality, and cost simultaneously, and as a result provides better care to the community.”

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Betty Medina, Blue Foundry Bank

Blue Foundry Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest community banks, announced the addition of industry leader, Betty Medina, to its team as assistant vice president/channel management leader. In her role, Medina will be leading Channel Center operations, focusing on excellence in service delivery and the elevation of customer experience. She will be responsible for the development of a multichannel contact center where customers will have the option to choose their preferred method of banking

“We are delighted to welcome Betty to Blue Foundry Bank. Her comprehensive customer contact experience and extensive industry background will be essential as we build a state-of-the art Contact Center,” said Liz Miller, executive vice president/chief retail banking officer. “Her addition to our team will ensure that our ‘customer first vision’ is evident in every aspect of the banking experience at Blue Foundry Bank.”

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Kimberly Whelan, Agile Therapeutics Inc.

Agile Therapeutics Inc., a women’s health care company, today announced the appointment of Kimberly Whelan as vice president of market access. Whelan has over 35 years of experience in the health care industry working in finance, sales, marketing, business development and managed markets.

At the same time, Agile has filled two additional positions to further strengthen its finance and marketing capabilities. Charles S. Grass has been named senior director, finance, and Matthew Riley has been named product manager.

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