Executive Moves: Buckle, LabVantage 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.

James Camerino, Buckle

Buckle, a tech-enabled financial services company, has named James Camerino as head of strategic partnerships. He comes to Buckle from Everest Reinsurance Co., where he spent more than a decade, most recently as chief operating officer. Previously, he was senior vice president at Munich Reinsurance America Inc., where he held claim, legal and underwriting leadership positions.

“We are looking forward to Jim supporting Buckle’s revenue generating go-to-market strategic plan, which includes managing general agents, reinsurance and mergers and acquisitions,” said Sharon Fernandez, head of Buckle’s Insurance Division. “His experience is a tremendous asset that will help us expand our capabilities and serve a broader customer base.”

At Everest Reinsurance Co., prior to his COO role, James held the roles of chairman and CEO of Heartland Crop Insurance Co. and chief agent and head of Everest Re Canada. He has his law degree from Rutgers University and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar.

Mikael Hagstroem, LabVantage Solutions

LabVantage Solutions Inc., the leading provider of laboratory informatics solutions and services, including purpose-built LIMS solutions that allow labs to go live faster and at a lower total cost, announced the appointment of Mikael Hagstroem as CEO.

Hagstroem brings LabVantage almost 30 years of experience as a pioneer and expert in digital transformation, helping global enterprises harness data and analytics to reimagine their business models, achieve better performance and create a long-term sustainable advantage.

In his 25 years at the SAS Institute, Hagstroem helped build the analytics software powerhouse into a multibillion-dollar enterprise that is one of the world’s largest privately-held software businesses. His client focus and success in consistently growing sales and profits resulted in assignments of increasing responsibility. He ultimately held the positions of executive vice president of SAS and president of SAS International, with P&L responsibility for more than half of total corporate revenues.

Linda C. Harrison, Association of Art Museum Directors

Linda C. Harrison, CEO and director of the Newark Museum of Art, the largest art institution in New Jersey, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Association of Art Museum Directors, a national professional organization that brings together art museum directors at top institutions in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Harrison is one of five new AAMD trustees, which include the directors of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Art Gallery of Ontario and Harvard Art Museums. AAMD members approved the new appointees at the organization’s first virtual annual meeting.

“I am tremendously honored to be chosen to serve with this esteemed group of art leaders,” Harrison said. “We are at the precipice of a new era for arts institutions that calls for a fresh, thoughtful approach to leadership that embraces radical change in order to overcome the greatest challenges facing our industry.”

Arturo Ponciano, Ware Malcomb

Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced Arturo Ponciano has been promoted to studio manager, interior architecture & design, in the Princeton office. In this new role, he helps lead and manage the office’s interior architecture & design studio and manages select projects.

Ponciano joined Ware Malcomb as senior project manager in 2017, specializing in repositioning and corporate fit-out projects. He has managed a variety of projects, from renovations to new construction. Ponciano’s background in interior architecture and design includes office, industrial, health care, public, retail and R&D facilities. His experience also includes building façade renovations, site and landscape projects. Ponciano’s finesse with clients along with planning, interpreting and communication skills have been a valuable asset to the team.

“Arturo’s extensive interior design expertise, coupled with his calm demeanor, make him a valuable mentor and strong leader,” said Marlyn Zucosky, director, interior architecture & design, of Ware Malcomb’s Princeton and Newark offices. “Arturo’s dedication to our team and clients is apparent in everything he does, and we look forward to his continued growth in years to come.”

Felicia Williams, Realogy

Realogy Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate services company in the United States, announced the appointment of Felicia Williams to its board of directors.

Williams, a longtime Macy’s Inc. senior finance executive, will join Realogy’s Audit Committee and has been designated an “Audit Committee Financial Expert” by the board. With this appointment, the Realogy board now consists of 11 directors, 10 of whom are classified as independent directors for purposes of the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange.

“We are excited to welcome Felicia Williams to the Realogy board of directors and the Audit Committee. Felicia is a proven leader with a wealth of finance and risk management skills and experiences that will undoubtedly complement Realogy’s highly distinguished board. We look forward to working with her immediately,” Michael J. Williams, chairman of the board, said.

Pamela Fink, Northfield Bank

Northfield Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northfield Bancorp Inc., announced that Pamela Fink has joined the bank as a vice president in Small Business Lending, supporting the N.J. East & West markets.

“Pamela is relationship-focused with knowledge in lending solutions and cash management products; we are thrilled to welcome her to our team,” stated Erik Larsen, senior vice president, C&I Lending Team lead. “Pamela’s skillset extends beyond lending products and services, her extensive experience in developing and executing strategies to streamline operations and develop synergies across the organization will be an asset to Northfield Bank.”

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Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and northern Warren counties, announces six new members to its board of directors. Comprised of inspiring business leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries, the GSNNJ Board of Directors helps to set the strategic vision for the organization as it works to carry out its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

They are:

  • Jill Andersen, general counsel & chief compliance officer, Oyster Point Pharma Inc.;
  • Lynn Gregorski, president of Rapunzel Creative Marketing Agency;
  • Germaine Lacqua, vice president, U.S. commercial compliance at AbbVie;
  • Nashira Layade, senior vice president, chief information security officer, Realogy Holdings Corp.;
  • Divina E. Lopez, pediatric specialist;
  • Nikki Sumpter, SVP, chief human resources officer, Atlantic Health System.

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W. Taylor Kamp, One Team Capital

OneTeam Capital, an industry-leading underwriting and credit analysis company providing the best quality commercial financing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses, announced that its membership has appointed specialty finance industry veteran W. Taylor Kamp as CEO.

Kamp brings an impressive 35-year career of building and growing businesses to OTC. Kamp most recently served as the chief financial officer of Marlin Capital Solutions, beginning in 2015, where he was responsible for all accounting, treasury, M&A, investor relations and strategic analytics, demonstrating exceptional versatility. As the co-architect of Marlin’s new tech-enabled strategy for increasing returns from equipment leasing, working capital loans, insurance and efficiently utilizing the balance sheet, Kamp helped to more than double the company’s stock price and quadruple daily stock trading volume. Through the introduction of sophisticated analytics and capital management techniques, he reduced capital needs and returned capital to shareholders. He also completed Marlin’s largest securitization to date and closed Marlin’s first two acquisitions.

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Yi Larson, LianBio

LianBio, a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing paradigm-shifting medicines to patients in China and other major Asian markets, announced the appointment of Yi Larson as chief financial officer. Larson will be based in the company’s Shanghai headquarters. LianBio has its U.S. offices in Princeton.

“Yi brings biopharma financial expertise that will be instrumental in guiding LianBio through our next phase of growth,” said Konstantin Poukalov, managing director, perceptive advisers, and executive chairman, LianBio. “She is a proven leader with an extensive track record of executing financial transactions and guiding corporate strategy across both operational and investment banking roles. Yi shares our passion for LianBio’s mission to bring innovative therapeutics to patients in China and major Asian markets, and we look forward to welcoming her to our growing team.”

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Brett Rubin, Saxum Real Estate

Brett Rubin has joined Saxum Real Estate as director of development to lead Saxum in overseeing development for the firm’s growing multifamily division. Rubin brings an extensive development history and expertise totaling over 20 years, which led to the entitlement, development and construction of over 4,500 multifamily units.

Prior to joining Saxum, Rubin was the head of development for Gemdale USA, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s East Coast design, development and construction activities. He oversaw more than $2.5 billion of ground-up development in New York City and Boston, representing approximately 3.7 million square feet of space.

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