Executive Moves: DLP, Aquestive, NYNJA 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.

Claudia Schiepers, DLP Real Estate Capital

DLP Real Estate Capital, which is based in Pennsylvania and has an office in Parsippany, announced its new hire, Claudia Schiepers, as chief administrative officer. Schiepers will join the company’s senior executive leadership team and help lead operations across the entire DLP family of companies.

Schiepers comes to DLP with over 15 years of experience in real estate and financial services. She previously served as chief marketing officer and operations project lead for Greystone, a real estate lending and investment company. In her new role, Schiepers will be responsible for leading mission-critical initiatives across the organization and strategically implementing improvements where necessary.

“DLP and its family of companies continue to break records in annual growth, and I look forward to adding value to their success story,” Schiepers commented. “Providing continued excellence to our investors, borrowers, renters, and team members will be our key focus as we navigate our ambitious goals for growth.”

Aquestive Therapeutics

Aquestive Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing differentiated products that address patients’ unmet needs and solve therapeutic problems, announced that John Maxwell, senior vice president, chief financial officer of the company, has provided his intent to resign his positions with the company to pursue other interests.

Plans call for Maxwell to continue to serve as CFO of the company until his departure, which currently is anticipated at year-end. Ernie Toth, a seasoned financial executive most recently with EHE Health as chief financial officer, will assume the role of CFO on an interim basis upon Maxwell’s departure.

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Michael Contini, NYNJA

NYNJA, the security-first, all-in-one communications platform for mission-critical telecommunications needs, announced that Michael Contini has been named director of sales. In this new role, Contini will oversee sales strategy for the organization, lead and train the sales team, and collaborate with NYNJA’s marketing team to ensure seamless communications across the company. Additionally, he will help elevate efforts with national brands to help grow NYNJA’s footprint in the U.S. Contini will report directly to the co-founder and CEO of NYNJA, J.R. Guerrieri.

For nearly a decade, Contini has helped various large and small companies such as Verizon, SpotMe, Vidyo and AudienceView to drive sales commitments and achieve their new business goals. His strengths include sales strategy and management, B2B/B2C sales, prospecting, lead generation, new business development, cross-selling/upselling, account management, sales intelligence and analysis, negotiation, startup, networking and customer retention, among others.

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Robert J. DeMalo, Indoor Environmental Concepts LLC

Indoor Environmental Concepts LLC, an industrial hygiene consulting company specializing in environmental inspections of commercial, residential and public properties, expands with a new brand and new partner.

IEC welcomed Robert J. DeMalo as vice president and partner. The licensed EPA/Pennsylvania Asbestos Building Inspector holds a Master of Science degree in industrial hygiene and has over 30 years’ experience in the industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety industries. Prior to joining IEC, DeMalo was senior vice president for laboratory services and business development at EMSL Analytical Inc. in Cinnaminson, where he spent 25 years coordinating and implementing expansion strategy, business development and overseeing the laboratory technical operations.

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Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College recently announced the election of two new members to its board of trustees and two members to the MCCC Foundation board of directors.

  • Winnifred Brown-Glaude (board of trustees) is a professor in the departments of African American Studies and Sociology & Anthropology at the College of New Jersey.
  • Lenora M. Green (board of trustees) is executive director of the Educational Testing Service Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy, overseeing philanthropy, social investment, community relations and employee engagement.
  • Thomas S. Onder (foundation board) is a shareholder of the law firm of Start & Stark, and chair of the firm’s Shopping Center and Retail Development Group, as well as a member of its Real Estate, Litigation, and Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Groups.
  • Kimberly Saul (foundation board) is a fourth-generation owner of Saul Funeral Homes Inc., along with her brother, W. Scott Saul.

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Ricardo Moreno, Freshpet Inc.

Freshpet Inc. announced the appointment of Ricardo Moreno as vice president of manufacturing. Moreno will oversee all manufacturing operations, and report to Steve Weise, executive vice president of manufacturing and supply chain.

“We are excited to welcome Ricardo to the Freshpet team in a newly created role to further support our planned growth,” said Billy Cyr, Freshpet’s CEO. “Ricardo has a demonstrated track record of leading successful manufacturing operations within the fresh and perishable products space. As our operations have grown and increased in complexity, we needed this incremental leadership to bring focus to our day-to-day production across a much larger footprint. We look forward to his contributions in fulfilling our mission of providing more pets with fresh all-natural foods that enrich their lives and the relationships with their pet parents, and doing so in ways that are good for our pets, for people and for our planet.”

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Output Services Group

Output Services Group, a global provider of leading customer engagement and payment solutions, announced it has enhanced its leadership team with the appointments of Kevin Keleghan as CEO, Ashok Vemuri as chairman of the board and Phil Hoggarth as president of OSG Europe.

“These additions across the business organization mark an energizing moment for OSG, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chairman of the board as the company builds upon its strong momentum,” said Vemuri. “In particular, we’re confident that Kevin’s experience and skill set align well with the company’s current plan and will further accelerate our ongoing need to serve customers’ digital needs and provide frictionless customer experiences.”

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Tim Rotherham, ZRG

ZRG, the fastest-growing global executive search firm, announced it has hired Tim Rotherham as managing director and member of the firm’s Financial Services and Private Equity Practice. Rotherham is based in ZRG’s new Dubai office.

Rotherham’s 15-year career in executive search includes an impressive tenure managing the talent acquisition function of a sovereign wealth fund, global institutional investor and Big Four professional services firm. He has experience recruiting for real estate, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds, and has led cross-border search engagements in all major financial services markets in North America, Europe and Asia. He is now bringing this experience to the Middle East markets, focusing on GCC countries (consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq), North Africa and parts of the Mediterranean region of Western Asia.

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Seth Van Voorhees, PDS Biotechnology Corp.

PDS Biotechnology Corp., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing novel cancer therapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the company’s proprietary Versamune T-cell activating technology, announced the appointment of Seth Van Voorhees as its new chief financial officer.

“Dr. Van Voorhees is a highly accomplished CFO with extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets, investment banking and licensing,” CEO Frank Bedu-Addo said. “His appointment comes at a time of significant opportunity and growth for our company. His business and financial expertise will be instrumental in helping us to continue to grow the company.”

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced that Mary R. Falvey, its chief administrative officer, has left the company as of Monday.

It also announced the promotion of its human resource leader for managed hotel operations in North America, Monica Melancon, to chief human resource officer, also effective Monday.

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