Executive Moves: Bed Bath, Fox Rothschild 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.

Cindy Davis, Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced the appointment of Cindy Davis as executive vice president, chief brand officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and president, Decorist. Davis will report directly to Mark Tritton, Bed Bath & Beyond’s CEO and president.

Davis will be responsible for developing and implementing the Promise pillar of the company’s strategic growth plan. Her responsibilities will include stewardship and execution of brand strategy, as well as marketing and communications across the company’s retail banners. Davis will also support the team responsible for developing and executing the growth strategy for the company’s online interior design platform, Decorist, which provides customers with personalized home design services.

Tritton said: “We have continued to invest in our business and take measured steps to enhance how we serve our loyal customers throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Cindy’s arrival as chief brand officer follows a number of recent executive appointments as we establish a world class leadership team to rebuild our business and strengthen our authority in the home space.”

John Galluccio, Fox Rothschild LLP

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to welcome John V. Galluccio in Morristown as a partner in the Real Estate Department.

“John is an experienced real estate adviser with a national practice focusing on construction financing, acquisitions and distressed debt disposition,” said Deirdre Moore, Fox’s Morristown Office managing partner. “He will be a tremendous asset to our existing real estate team.”

With nearly two decades of experience in all aspects of real estate law, Galluccio helps clients capitalize on emerging opportunities ranging from complex 1031 acquisitions and dispositions to construction financings and warehouse leases. A strategic adviser, he helps clients leverage new techniques and opportunities as well as avoid potential risks. He also assists a national roster of landlords and tenants in preparing and negotiating lease agreements for office, industrial and retail properties.

Joe Masciandaro, Care Plus NJ Inc. 

Care Plus NJ Inc., a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, announces Joe Masciandaro, CEO and president, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors an individual whose tireless efforts, far-reaching impact and commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions is unmatched.

Since 1978, Masciandaro has served as CEO and president of CarePlus and has succeeded in creating and leading the most comprehensive community mental health care system in northern New Jersey. Under his leadership, CarePlus continues to be an innovator in integrated primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. Emphasizing the four pillars of behavioral health care, primary care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment and access to social support services, CarePlus provides integrated treatment options and over 72 programs designed to address each pillar through advocacy, community education and a complete continuum of care.

Michelle McLaughlin, Chubb

Chubb has appointed Michelle McLaughlin chief underwriting officer of its North America retail commercial property and casualty insurance division that serves middle market and small businesses through 48 offices in the United States and Canada.

In this capacity, McLaughlin will guide the business lines’ underwriting strategies and authority, as well as general underwriting management.

Based in Whitehouse Station, McLaughlin will report to the division presidents of both the company’s Small and Middle Market business lines.


Alacriti, a fintech company specializing in payments, announced that it has hired Carl Robinson as senior vice president of sales and Vanessa Varian as vice president of marketing to accelerate company success during its next stage of growth.

“Carl and Vanessa bring a wealth of experience to their new roles and we are excited to welcome them to the Alacriti team,” said Manish Gurukula, Alacriti’s CEO. “Their leadership, knowledge, and insight will be key as we work to accelerate our growth trajectory.”

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Michael Axelrod, Bleakley Financial

Bleakley Financial has added Michael Axelrod — a 28-year veteran with the firm — as a principal and equity partner. Axelrod will also serve on the Executive Committee for Bleakley.

With the agreement closing in early May, Axelrod becomes the first new equity member in over 27 years. Terms of the arrangement were undisclosed; however, financing support was provided through Skyview Partners.

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Christopher Boyer, BrainsWay

BrainsWay Ltd., a global leader in the advanced noninvasive treatment of brain disorders, announced the appointment of Christopher Boyer as vice president of global marketing. Boyer will be responsible for worldwide marketing activities with a focus on expanding BrainsWay’s market share, leading the corporate go-to-market strategy and overseeing the continued development of the BrainsWay brand. He has more than 15 years of medical device marketing and business development experience in both privately-held and multibillion-dollar publicly-held medical device companies.

“Chris is a seasoned marketing executive in the medical device industry, and we are pleased to welcome him to our senior leadership team,” said Christopher von Jako, CEO and president of BrainsWay. “Chris has extensive experience leading and growing commercial organizations. We look forward to leveraging his significant experience as we seek to continue growing the demand for our Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system in major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.”

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Theranica USA, a fully owned subsidiary of Theranica Bioelectronics, a biomedical technology company developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other pain conditions, announced the appointment of two senior executives amid growing demand for the company’s prescription migraine treatment device Nerivio. Dave Duff, formerly of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, joins Theranica as head of marketing and training, and Jennifer Stanton from pharmaceutical company Zogenix joins as head of market access to lead all reimbursement and access initiatives for Nerivio.

Nerivio, an FDA-authorized prescribed wearable device for the acute treatment of migraine, is worn on the upper arm at migraine onset, and utilizes electrical impulses controlled by a smartphone to provide patients with drug-free therapy. Over the past six months, in a limited launch program with select headache clinics in the U.S., Nerivio was used to treat more than 5,000 patients and provided upwards of 30,000 treatments. Recently, Theranica expanded availability of Nerivio via telemedicine partnerships with Cove and UpScript to enable rapid consultation with a licensed physician and home delivery of the prescribed device.

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Vanessa Valencia, Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation announced that Vanessa Valencia has joined the organization as foundation associate. In this role, she will assist in the implementation of goals, operations and support the management of the foundation’s grant program that totals approximately $1 million in annual giving across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The foundation makes grants in three priority areas: Community Enrichment; Education; and Health, Youth & Families.

Before joining the Provident Bank Foundation, Valencia was a member development associate at the Conference Board in New York, where she connected business leaders to unbiased and objective business insights. She also previously worked for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and SunTrust Bank.

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Evan Yablonsky, Bressler, Amery & Ross

The law firm Bressler, Amery & Ross today announced that Evan Yablonsky has been named chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. The move is part of an ongoing commitment to succession planning, growth and development as younger members of the firm join the ranks of Bressler leadership.

Among Yablonsky’s goals as head of the committee are to provide first-rate legal services to low-income communities, help those in need and foster community relationships. Yablonsky intends to do this through pro bono collaborations with existing clients across the firm’s offices throughout East and Southeast.

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Michael Zacharias, Ferrero

Ferrero USA Inc., part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, announced that Michael Zacharias has joined the organization as vice president, trade marketing and category management, U.S.A. In this new role, Zacharias will lead trade marketing, category management and shopper marketing for Ferrero’s portfolio, which includes Nutella, Kinder, Tic Tac, Ferrero Rocher, Crunch, Baby Ruth and Butterfinger. Zacharias will report to James Klein, Ferrero chief customer officer, Ferrero USA.

“Michael’s deep experience in the food and beverage industry, his extensive market management and his strategic planning experience expertise will be valuable assets to Ferrero and help drive the continued growth of our brand portfolio,” said Klein.

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