Executive Moves: Guaranteed Rate, Spring Hills 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.

Marc Demetriou, Guaranteed Rate

Marc Demetriou, a vice president of mortgage lending for Guaranteed Rate, was recently recognized with two national awards for his dedication and success within the mortgage industry.

Demetriou was selected by RISMedia as a 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker. The award is an annual recognition honoring individuals making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry.

Demetriou was also recently recognized by Five Star Professional as a 2020 Five Star Mortgage Professional. The annual award conducts market-specific research to select and honor mortgage professionals who are committed to client satisfaction and have an impressive track record within the industry.

Joseph R. Laudisio, Spring Hills Senior Communities

Spring Hills Senior Communities is proud to welcome Joseph R. Laudisio as the new senior vice president of strategic development. Laudisio brings over 25 years of proven ability to analyze an organization’s needs and opportunities within the health care industry.

He is joining Spring Hills because of the company’s vision to develop a unique post-acute strategy with a comprehensive portfolio of services.

“The post-acute area has always been undervalued for the impact that it can have on overall patient management, along with supporting initiatives related to managing overall cost of care,” he explains. “Additionally, services offered in the post-acute area haven’t been coordinated throughout the continuum of care and have left health systems and health plans trying to figure out a solution once patients leave the hospitals. Because Spring Hills has a full service of offerings, my experience with strategic development and building organizations and programs is a good fit. I look forward to delivering compassionate, quality care to our residents.”

Eric LeGrand, MYOS RENS Technology Inc.

MYOS RENS Technology Inc., a bionutrition company and the owner of Fortetropin, a proprietary bioactive composition made from fertilized egg yolk that helps build lean muscle, announced it has hired former Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand as a special adviser for its Yolked sports nutrition brand.

In an October 2010 college football game against Army, LeGrand suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle, leaving him paralyzed. Since that time, he has become an inspiration to millions around the world by sharing his story with an unwavering positive perspective and indomitable spirit. Through his high-profile advocacy, he has helped raise over a million dollars for spinal cord research.

In addition to his work as a public speaker, LeGrand is also a sports broadcaster and business owner. As special advisor for Yolked, LeGrand will utilize his incredibly strong relationships in sports, his experience as a Division I football player, and his innovative entrepreneurial abilities to help grow the brand’s presence in the elite athlete community.

On Location

On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments, is proud to promote two members of its account executive team and two account managers in recognition of exemplary performance and relentless commitment to providing the highest level of client return on experience.

As a result of their efforts and continued overall business growth, the company introduced two newly created senior positions. Joyce Mollure and Jeff Popovich have been promoted to senior account executive, while Allison Addotta and Conchetta Lehman will now hold the title of senior account manager.

The quartet have a combined 80 years’ experience in the exhibits, events and environments industry and each has been with On Location for more than eight years. Viewed as leaders within the company and industry as a whole, they are dedicated to clients and act as mentors to those newer within the business or position.

Erica Bennington, Simon

Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, announced Erica Bennington as the new mall manager of Rockaway Townsquare in Rockaway.

Previously, Bennington was the mall manager at Simon’s Livingston Mall. Prior to joining Simon, Bennington worked for Estee Lauder as the North America operations manager and for Diane Von Furstenberg as the director of operations and development.

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Ciberspring International, a leading digital strategy and marketing technology agency, announces the hire of an experienced Salesforce engagement manager, Krista Santucci, and the elevation of Ashaar Sheikh with a promotion to vice president of digital transformation.

A thrice-certified Salesforce expert, Santucci will lead Ciberspring’s Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud group, overseeing projects for clients in a variety of industries, including health and life sciences. An information technology veteran with 20 years of experience, Sheikh is well prepared for his new role, where he will run Ciberspring’s digital transformation group.

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Greenberg Traurig

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP is deepening its capabilities in New Jersey with the addition of Galit Kierkut in the Labor & Employment and Litigation practices and Paul Schafhauser in the Litigation Practice. Both join the office as shareholders.

“The addition of Galit and Paul speaks to the firm’s commitment to proactively address the needs of our clients locally and globally. Galit is known for her representation of employers in court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various Departments of Labor. Paul regularly advises businesses on commercial disputes throughout New York and New Jersey, in state and federal courts,” said Philip R. Sellinger and David Jay, co-managing shareholders of the firm’s New Jersey office.

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Dr. Loretta Itri, Immunomedics

Immunomedics Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company in the area of antibody-drug conjugates, announced the appointment of Dr. Loretta Itri as chief medical officer. In her new role, Itri will lead all research and clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs activities of the company. Itri is a well-established pharmaceutical executive with decades of experience and a strong track record of bringing innovative drugs to market for multiple biopharma organizations.

“I am thrilled Loretta has agreed to join us as our permanent CMO,” remarked Dr. Behzad Aghazadeh, executive chairman. “Loretta has been working with us in overseeing our clinical and regulatory activities since the spring of 2019. She has been an invaluable member of our leadership team, with important contributions to the refiling of our Biologics License Application for sacituzumab govitecan and accelerating our clinical development programs into new indications. I look forward to working closely with Loretta to invest in and expand our novel and differentiated antibody-drug conjugate platform assets for the benefit of cancer patients worldwide.”

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Doug Salas, Datacor Inc.

Datacor Inc., a leading provider of process manufacturing and distribution software, is delighted to welcome Doug Salas as chief technology officer, a newly created role for the company. As CTO, Salas will drive strategic initiatives with a strong focus on leveraging emerging technology to enhance products and services for customers.

Salas brings over 25 years of experience in vertically focused software, with a strong track record of building secure solutions for industries with rigid security and privacy regulations. He joins Datacor from Rev360, where he served as senior vice president of engineering for the company’s Electronic Health Record software, which serves the eye care industry.

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Russell Thomson, Nymox

Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp. is pleased to announce the new appointment of Russell I. Thomson to the position of Nymox vice president of quality and regulatory affairs. Thomson is an authority in the field of quality assurance and control in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Thomson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.), a chartered chemist and chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry Qualified Persons Assessors Panel. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in positions including head of quality and director of QA and regulatory affairs, and as consultant qualified person at numerous large and small drug manufacturing facilities in the EU and the U.S. for over 20 years.

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Jim Walter, Catalent

Catalent, the Somerset-based global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, and consumer health products, announced the appointment of Jim Walter as vice president of operations for its Oral and Specialty Delivery business. Walter will have operational responsibility for five of the company’s facilities and will report directly to Jonathan Arnold, president of the business unit.

In the role, Walter will be based at the company’s Morrisville site in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, which is one of the sites within his responsibility. Additionally, he will oversee operations at Woodstock, Illinois, and Malvern, Pennsylvania, in the U.S., as well as Swindon and Dartford in the U.K.

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