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.
Chubb announced that it has expanded its North America claims leadership team to better address today’s complex litigation environment. Bill Hazelton has been named head of Chubb North America Claims, and Megan Watt has been appointed to a newly created leadership role, head of North America Complex Claims.
In this capacity, Hazelton will oversee the strategy for all aspects of the company’s commercial and personal lines claims operations. As head of North America Complex Claims, Watt will lead a team designed to complement Chubb’s underwriters and business partners and use her breadth of experience in casualty, mass tort and other complex claims to ensure the company is able to attain the best outcomes for its clients.
Chubb also announced that Stephen Buonpane has been named Construction Industry Practice leader for its large account segment, succeeding Hazelton. In this capacity, he will oversee strategic direction, while leading a broad team of dedicated construction underwriting and service specialists, across multiple lines of business, to deliver customized and innovative insurance solutions to Chubb’s distribution partners and construction customers.
Audrey Lafferty, Intac Actuarial Services Inc.
Audrey Lafferty, a defined benefits and pension consultant, has joined Intac Actuarial Services Inc., an Ascensus company. In her role as a pension consultant, she will serve clients who offer their employees a combination of defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans. Lafferty is a qualified 401(k) administrator and qualified pension administrator, with firsthand experience on both the plan administrator and plan sponsor sides of the qualified retirement plan relationship.
Her role at Intac aligns with her expertise in compliance testing and her work with plan sponsors who offer combination plans, including cash balance plans as a defined benefit option. Lafferty said she was attracted to Intac because of the scope of retirement plan services the firm offers and the opportunity her new role will provide to work directly with plan sponsors and their investment advisers.
“Building client relationships is one of the aspects of our work that I enjoy very much. With Intac’s focus on client service, I’m looking forward to providing retirement plan services for our clients and managing those relationships, as well,” said Lafferty. “In addition, I’ve been very impressed with the number of younger people working at Intac, who are eager to learn and grow in the field of actuarial and retirement plan work. I’m looking forward to seeing them develop into the next generation of plan designers, administrators and consultants.”
Danny Mangru, Savills
Savills added Danny Mangru, a senior real estate professional with experience in evaluating meaningful trends on a local and national level, as a research director.
In this newly created position, Mangru will be based in the firm’s New York office and will oversee research efforts, including Savills’ quarterly office market reports and other high-level market analytics for the tri-state region, including New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
“We are thrilled to welcome Danny to our team here in New York,” said Sarah Dreyer, vice president and head of Americas research. “His expert insight on the New York office market and strong leadership skills are sure to enhance our platform as we expand the data-driven tools and services that Savills research provides to our professionals and clients.”
Dayapatra Nevatia, Mindtree
Mindtree, a leading digital transformation and technology services company with its U.S. headquarters in Warren, announced that it has appointed Dayapatra Nevatia as the chief operating officer of the company. In this new role, Nevatia will support the company into its next phase of growth.
He will be based in Bangalore, India.
“We are excited to welcome Dayapatra to the Mindtree family. His vast industry experience along with proven track record will be a definite asset to Mindtree as we continue to stride on the journey of customer-centric growth,” said Debashis Chatterjee, CEO and managing director, Mindtree. “This appointment is a testimony of the Company’s focus on its leadership expansion across the globe.”
Carmen Rivera, Groundwork Elizabeth
Spencer Savings Bank, a leading New Jersey-based community bank, is excited to announce that Carmen Rivera, vice president and market manager, was recently honored with the “Outstanding Conservation Partner Award” by Groundwork Elizabeth.
“I’ve known Carmen for over a decade, and she is one of those people who are born with the ability to see everyone’s most positive qualities, and has the ability to take them and motivate them to the next level to succeed,” said Jonathan Phillips, executive director of Groundwork Elizabeth. “She loves the environment and regularly participates in outdoor sporting events, and wants everyone, even those in urban areas, to have the opportunity to enjoy a clean and safe environment.”
Rivera volunteers her personal time partnering with various local nonprofits to help create positive and lasting changes in the community. Her enthusiasm never stops and her commitment to others is unwavering. She is very active with many local charities, serving on the various boards of directors and committees, and her work and commitment to these organizations, and others, has been recognized through numerous recognition awards.
BOMA New Jersey
Earlier this year, BOMA New Jersey held its general meeting at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. The session began with a presentation from Junaith Shahabdeen, co-founder and CEO of ZANCompute, based in San Jose, California. His presentation discussed how artificial intelligence is impacting the commercial real estate industry.
During the meeting, BOMA New Jersey presented the following slate of board members for the 2020-2022 term, which was accepted by the membership and subsequently took the oath of office: Dana Getz of JLL, president; Amanda Zega of CBRE, vice president; Dominck Pico of Normandy Properties, secretary; Michael Donahue of Mountain Development Corp., treasurer; Connie Calantropio of Transwestern, Mark Hockenjos of Boston Properties, Christina Honthy of SJP Properties and Amy Ravenelle of Piedmont Office Realty Trust, directors; Debbie Sparks of Columbia Property Trust, immediate past president; Linda Licitra of John Mini Distinctive Landscapes Inc., allied service partner representative; and Raymond Koski, general counsel.
George Gosslin, Computer Design & Integration LLC
Computer Design & Integration LLC announced the promotion of George Gosselin to chief information officer.
In this role, Gosselin will be focused on managing, developing and deploying internal information technology support needs, including security, software and cloud initiatives. He will also continue to spearhead the evolution of the company’s technical skillset, support CDI’s enterprise customers and direct critical core technologies that will drive CDI’s services and solutions.
Dana Hall, Core Development Group
Core Development Group, a leading solar energy developer, has hired Dana Hall, an experienced renewable energy attorney, as general counsel.
Hall is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance on all matters affecting the company, as well as developing strategies to leverage renewable energy policies and programs at the local, state, and national level.
Chris Reber, Hudson County Community College
Hudson County Community College President Chris Reber will be recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society “Paragon President.”
The PTK “Paragon President” Award is given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their college. Reber was nominated for the award by members of the college’s PTK chapter. He is one of just 28 community college presidents in the United States to be named for the honor, and was chosen from more than 500 new college presidents.