Executive Moves: Campbell Soup, HUB 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.

Rebecca Gardy, Campbell Soup Co.

Campbell Soup Co. announced the appointment of Rebecca Gardy as vice president, investor relations. Gardy will lead the investor relations function and serve as the primary liaison between Campbell and the investment community. She will report to Mick Beekhuizen, Campbell’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Beekhuizen said: “Rebecca brings significant strategic and financial expertise to the role, having led investor relations functions at both publicly traded companies and startups. Rebecca will be a great addition to Campbell and a resource to the investment community as we continue on our path to generating sustainable growth and enhancing shareholder value.”

Gardy joins Campbell from GreenSky Inc., a financial technology company, where she served as senior vice president, investor relations, public relations and corporate communications. Previously, she served as investor relations officer for SecureWorks, a Dell Technologies company, and senior director of global investor relations at Nike Inc. Earlier in her career, Gardy held finance and investor relations leadership positions at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. and Quiznos LLC. She began her career in corporate banking.

HUB International Northeast

Leading global insurance brokerage HUB International Northeast announces the following promotions for New Jersey employees.

  • Formerly serving as senior account executive, Grace Cunningham has been promoted to assistant vice president of personal lines;
  • Formerly serving as senior account executive, Joanne Oehler has been promoted to assistant vice president of employee benefits;
  • Formerly serving as assistant vice president, Linda Lowery has been promoted to vice president of employee benefits;
  • Formerly serving as account executive, Judy Reuter has been promoted to vice president of personal lines.

Cunningham, Oehler and Reuter are based in Summit, while Lowery is based in Wall.


Dennis Wilson Jr., an award-winning marketing communications executive, and LaNella Hooper-Williams, who founded a communications firm that specializes in community impact, diversity and inclusion and change communications, have joined the board of the Public Relations Society of America New Jersey, the nonprofit chapter announced.

Wilson, who resides in Basking Ridge, is vice president of strategic marketing for the northern region and creative services at RWJBarnabas Health, which is New Jersey’s largest health care and hospital system. He will serve a three-year term as chair of PRSA NJ’s Growth & Membership Committee.

Hooper-Williams, who will serve as director on the Diversity & Inclusion and Growth & Membership committees, plans to help increase membership by 10%, while recruiting more diverse members. Hooper-Williams is president of Hooper Williams Communications LLC., a strategic communication firm.

Peter N. Shikar, CBRE

CBRE announced it has promoted Peter N. Shikar to first vice president at the firm. Having joined CBRE in 2011, Shikar has consistently been recognized for his work on industry-leading transactions.

Specializing in strategic planning and developing long-term real estate solutions for his clients, Shikar brings a broad range of skills with more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and new business development. At CBRE, he focuses exclusively on office leasing and sales, providing occupier and owner representation on both a national and international platform.

Serving on the landlord’s behalf, Shikar has represented numerous prestigious owners throughout New Jersey, including KABR Real Estate Investment, National Business Parks and the Silverman Group.

Voorhees Animal Orphanage

Voorhees Animal Orphanage, a nonprofit community animal shelter dedicated to providing shelter, food and medical care to stray and unwanted animals, has announced the appointment of two new board members, along with an organizational change to its board of directors.

Diane Magram, of counsel at Pringle Quinn Anzano, and South Jersey Realtor Val Nunnenkamp have joined the board of directors. David Semless has retired as board president after six years of service and has been succeeded by board member David Gordon.

Semless joined the board in May 2013, after two years of volunteering at the shelter. In November 2013, he was appointed to president. Semless was a key leader in the construction of the VAO’s long-awaited, new 8,900-square-foot facility and the launch of the shelter’s $1.6 million capital campaign, “Building for a Pawsitive Future.”

Tyler Bates, Prudential Center

Prudential Center announced the appointment of Tyler Bates as vice president of booking at Prudential Center, the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States. The arena hosts over 2 million guests annually and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year.

In his new role, Bates will be responsible for concert, family show and live event booking of Prudential Center, identifying unique live event opportunities across all Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment properties and expanding the HBSE entertainment portfolio. Bates will report to Sean Saadeh, executive vice president of entertainment at Prudential Center.

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James Montano, Wilson Elser

National law firm Wilson Elser announced that James Montano, formerly of McCullough Ginsberg Montano & Partners, has joined the firm’s Florham Park office as a partner. After nearly 25 years of practice, Montano is regarded as a formidable trial attorney with an enviable record of achieving favorable outcomes in and out of court. He builds defenses on solid foundations, forgoes settlements when he knows a case is winnable and otherwise makes his clients “hard targets” for litigation.

Montano focuses his practice on toxic tort, mass tort and product liability, with an additional emphasis on environmental matters. He has represented multinational Fortune 500 companies in matters with multibillion-dollar potential liabilities as well as independent small business owners.

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