Executive Moves: Bed Bath, BLS & Co. 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.

John Barresi, Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. last year named John Barresi as senior vice president of finance, chief accounting officer. Barresi will report to Gustavo Arnal, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In the newly created role, Barresi will lead a team responsible for the development and execution of all corporate accounting and financial reporting functions, including maintenance of fiscal records, management of transactional shared services, preparation of internal and external financial reports, SEC and other regulatory reporting, among other corporate accounting activities.

The company announced additional changes in senior finance positions, each of whom will report into Arnal, including:

  • The promotion of Laura Crossen to SVP, treasury, tax and finance transformation. Crossen was previously vice president and has been with the company since 2001.
  • Susie A. Kim as vice president of investor relations, succeeding Janet Barth. Kim was most recently vice president of investor relations and treasurer for ABM Industries Inc. She previously held investor relations positions with Aéropostale and, before that, was an equity research analyst.
  • Lisa Adinolfi as VP, controls, audit and risk services, succeeding Pasquale Monterosso. Adinolfi most recently served as partner with PwC’s Risk Assurance group.

Haley Hop, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co.

Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. has hired Haley Hop as its newest site selection and incentives consultant in its Princeton headquarters. BLS & Co. provides site selection, incentives advisory, redevelopment, energy and economic development services to clients across the country.

“We’re pleased that we continue to attract top talent and look forward to utilizing Haley’s engineering and economic development education, as well as her experience working with BIO Alabama, to serve our growing roster of clients,” said Jay Biggins, executive managing director, BLS & Co.

Hop’s work experience includes positions with the University of Alabama, Garver and BIO Alabama. During her time at BIO Alabama, she coordinated efforts to create the organization’s economic development strategic roadmap.

Nick Kim, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield announced that Nick Kim has rejoined the real estate services firm as a managing director in New Jersey. Kim brings more than 25 years of commercial real estate experience to this role, where he will be focused on leveraging the firm’s robust industrial platform to develop and maintain deep relationships with key occupier and investor clients. Kim will be located in the firm’s East Rutherford and Iselin offices.

Kim is a skilled leader with experience servicing both domestic and multinational clients, with a special focus on Asian-based clients. He specializes in tenant representation, as well as investment acquisition and disposition transactions on behalf of corporations and investors of public and private equities. He brings expertise in strategic planning, transaction management, project coordination, negotiation and development site acquisitions.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome back an industry leader of Nick’s caliber, not only to the Cushman & Wakefield team in New Jersey, but also to our robust national industrial platform,” said Andrew Judd, managing principal of New Jersey. “He is a strategic business professional who brings a broad range of market expertise across both institutional and occupier client requirements. His extensive experience will prove invaluable as we continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients while meeting the increasing demands of this thriving sector.”

Robert Mackowski, Pierson Commercial

Pierson Commercial, a leading retail-focused commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm with offices in New Jersey and New York, has announced the appointment of Robert Mackowski to its retail brokerage team. A highly proficient retail leasing and investment sales broker, the Hudson County resident has extensive experience representing both landlords and tenants throughout central and northern New Jersey.

“Robert has made his mark as one of New Jersey’s premier Gold Coast retail brokers, with a transaction record that includes arranging over 130,000 square feet of leases within Hoboken and Jersey City alone,” said Jason Pierson, president. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Robert to the Pierson Commercial team, where his skills and expertise will raise the bar for advancing our clients’ growth strategies throughout New Jersey.”

Established in 2011, Pierson Commercial provides a full range of acquisition, disposition and leasing services. The company’s broad client base encompasses institutional property holders and multifaceted real estate developers, as well as more than a dozen regional and national retailers. Pierson Commercial’s retail leasing and property marketing assignments span over 4 million square feet of retail space across major downtown redevelopments, ground-up new construction and existing retail shopping centers.

Andrew Marshall, Woodmont Properties

Woodmont Properties — a leading owner, developer and manager of multifamily properties throughout the U.S. Eastern corridor — announced Andrew Marshall has joined its executive team as executive vice president. In his new role at Woodmont, Marshall will support Woodmont’s continued growth and success across various real estate platforms, including multifamily, luxury senior housing, industrial, office, retail, hospitality and recreation.

“I’m excited to join Woodmont Properties, a company that has been highly regarded as one of the region’s preeminent real estate companies for decades, offering best-in-class redevelopment and ground-up construction projects across multiple sectors of the industry,” said Marshall. “Joining Woodmont’s distinguished executive team affords me the opportunity to work alongside esteemed leaders in the industry, as well as step into the next chapter of my career and bring my expertise to the entire Woodmont portfolio.”

Marshall brings over 20 years of experience in real estate development and a combined 30 years in the design, development and construction industry to the Woodmont Properties leadership team. In particular, he has extensive experience with redevelopment processes, agreements, incentives, entitlements and approvals, with a special focus in the Northeast — primarily in northern New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

Provident Bank

Provident Bank, a leading New Jersey-based financial institution, announced today the hiring of two talented leaders for its human resources team.

As part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to enhance the employee experience and support companywide strategic initiatives, Monica Sarantidis has joined the bank as senior vice president, HR business partner and organizational development director. In this role, Sarantidis will serve as a trusted adviser and change agent, working closely with organizational leaders to build a high-performing culture and foster employee engagement. In addition, together with her team, she will promote a culture of continuous growth and development, while ensuring the organization is embracing its Guiding Principles and complying with policies and applicable employment laws and regulations.

Provident Bank also announced that, as part of its ongoing commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, Xavia Mitchell has joined the bank as senior HR and diversity business partner. In this role, Mitchell will collaborate closely with HR leaders and organization stakeholders to spearhead the development and implementation of tactics to execute the organization’s diversity initiative and strategy. She will also support her client groups with transformation and change management, employee relations, and performance management and development to ensure the talent needs are aligned to meet current and future business needs.

Bradley Glover, Celularity

Celularity Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company leading the next evolution in cellular medicine with the development of off-the-shelf allogeneic therapies derived from the postpartum human placenta, announced the appointment of Bradley Glover, a global business and technical operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, as executive vice president and chief technology officer.

At Celularity, Glover will be responsible for leading all aspects of Celularity’s technical operations, including process development, quality, manufacturing, supply chain, information technology, facilities and engineering, and strategy and business operations for commercial products and clinical pipeline programs.

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Kelsey Nakamura, JLL 

JLL announced that it has hired nine-year industry professional Kelsey Nakamura as a senior vice president with the firm’s New Jersey Office Brokerage team. She will work in collaboration with the New Jersey Office Brokerage team, led by Tim Greiner, executive managing director of the New Jersey office.

Nakamura, a former director at Cushman & Wakefield, will focus on all aspects of office brokerage, including tenant representation, agency leasing and portfolio clients. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Nakamura served as director of leasing and asset management at Saxum Real Estate, a privately held real estate investment and development company. During her career, she has negotiated over 3.5 million square feet of transactions, with an aggregate deal value of over $750 million. Her deep understanding of tenant objectives and fresh perspective has helped companies transform their real estate to better attract the next generation of talent, and her insight into the landlord’s perspective enables her to provide a superior negotiating position in transactions.

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Saxum Real Estate

Saxum Real Estate continues to expand its team with three new hires. In addition to its other recent hires, Saxum has nearly doubled the firm size during the COVID pandemic.

Sri Vankayala has joined Saxum as director of capital markets, spearheading the firm’s institutional capital markets activities across its portfolio. Cameron Hughey joins Saxum as leasing associate in the Austin, Texas, office. And Chris Lubrano joins Saxum as acquisitions analyst.

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Verizon Business

T.J. Fox has been appointed senior vice president of industrial IoT and automotive for Verizon Business. The newly created role is dedicated to fueling the company’s expansion in the connected vehicle, device and industrial equipment markets, which are poised for continued growth. Fox is responsible for leading business development, commercial modeling and cross-functional efforts for Verizon’s Internet of Things and connected auto activities across multiple industries and business sectors.

Verizon Business also announced the appointment of Eric Spadafora as the new vice president and general manager of BlueJeans by Verizon. This also marks the one-year anniversary of Verizon’s acquisition of BlueJeans, a premiere enterprise video conferencing solution and an integral part of the Advanced Communications portfolio within Verizon Business.

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