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.
Katherine Coleman, Care Plus NJ Inc.
Care Plus NJ Inc., a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, is bolstering its Addiction Recovery Services leadership team with the promotion of Katherine Coleman to the role of vice president of addiction recovery services. Coleman will work closely with Dr. Jerry Joseph, vice president of addiction medicine, to oversee CarePlus NJ’s Addiction Recovery Services, which includes a full continuum of outpatient care for adults and adolescents.
Further positioning the organization as a leader in the addiction treatment space, Coleman has been appointed to New Jersey’s Professional Advisory Committee, and Joseph has been named a member of the Bergen County Overdose Fatality Review Team.
With over 10 years of professional experience working in the field of substance use and mental health counseling, Coleman is well-versed in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings and has expertise working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Joining CarePlus NJ in 2013 as the program director for Addiction Services, Coleman excelled at overseeing all aspects of the provider’s adult and adolescent programming. In 2019, she was promoted to associate vice president of Addiction Services, where she played an integral role in the development and expansion of CarePlus NJ’s addiction recovery services care continuum.
Anthony M. Gruppuso, Brown Moskowitz & Kallen P.C.
Anthony M. Gruppuso has joined the litigation team as a partner at New Jersey business law firm Brown Moskowitz & Kallen P.C. Gruppuso will focus on dispute resolution and litigation for a clientele that includes professional services firms, trustees, medical practices, limited liability company members, manufacturers and distributors, and high net worth individuals.
Prior to joining Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, Gruppuso spent more than two decades as a civil litigator before the state and federal courts, both for large law firms as well as his own private practice. He has represented an array of clients in various high-profile, high-stakes cases. He was among the senior attorneys representing the SIPA trustee for the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in an adversary proceeding to avoid transfers and recover approximately $825 million from two foreign feeder funds. He also represented one of New Jersey’s largest real estate developers in arbitration proceedings at which ownership of more than 100 commercial and residential properties was resolved.
“We are pleased to have Anthony Gruppuso on our team as a litigation partner,” said Stuart M. Brown, managing partner. “Anthony brings a multifaceted legal skill set that is only attained through highly diverse representations. His vast depth of experience will be invaluable in servicing our industry-agnostic client base.”
Ryan Hughes, Effectual
Effectual, a modern, cloud-first managed and professional services company, has named Ryan Hughes as chief operating officer. Focused on creating positive business outcomes for Effectual’s customers, he will lead the advancement and strategic delivery of the company’s professional and managed cloud services.
Hughes was drawn to Effectual’s ability to engage enterprise customers and translate their unique business challenges into innovative, cloud-based solutions. A 20-year professional services veteran, he holds an MBA in project management from Penn State University. Most recently, Hughes oversaw the modernization of over 300 critical applications for Nationwide Insurance, where he was vice president of cloud enablement and devops. Prior to Nationwide, he held the role of cloud executive adviser at Amazon Web Services.
“Effectual’s leadership and team of technologists are ideally positioned to deliver on the transformation and modernization initiatives of public sector and enterprise organizations.” said Hughes. “I saw this role as an opportunity to help build a company focused on maximizing the value of cloud technologies for its customers. I am genuinely excited to wake up in the morning knowing that I have access to a portfolio of services that solve for the most challenging scenarios.”
Janna Hutz, Eisai Inc.
Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Eisai Co. Ltd., announced the appointment of Janna Hutz as president of the Eisai Center for Genetics Guided Dementia Discovery. In this role, Hutz oversees the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based exploratory research center that integrates cutting-edge strengths in human genetics, data sciences and precision chemistry. G2D2, founded in 2019, focuses on immunodementia: the discovery of novel immunotherapies for dementia, with the goal of expanding Eisai’s pipeline beyond amyloid and tau-specific drugs.
“Dr. Hutz is a tremendous scientist and leader, who has made a sizeable impact on Eisai since joining the company. She has been instrumental in leading the progress we continue to make pursuing targets underpinned by human genetics that drive the underlying pathophysiology of dementia,” said Ivan Cheung, president of the Neurology Business Group and chairman of Eisai Inc. “She takes the helm at G2D2 at a historic time in the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We are confident that, under her leadership, our talented team will continue to develop and deliver innovative therapeutic solutions to address the unmet needs of patients.”
Since joining Eisai in 2015, Hutz has played an integral role in Eisai’s efforts to identify and validate genetically-supported targets for dementia, utilizing human biology and data science driven target identification through early experimental validation. She most recently served as the head of discovery data science at G2D2, where she established and led a task force that provides comprehensive data analysis tailored to all of Eisai’s 21 global Neurology Discovery programs.
Christopher Reidy, BD
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.), a leading global medical technology company, announced that Christopher Reidy, 64, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, has retired.
BD also announced that Reidy has become a director of the company formed in connection with the previously announced separation of the Diabetes Care business into an independent, publicly traded company, Embecta. His appointment to the board will be effective upon the completion of the spinoff, which is expected to occur in the first half of calendar 2022 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions, including final approval from the BD board of directors and the effectiveness of a Form 10 registration statement that will be filed with the SEC.
“I want to thank Chris for his leadership and having been a valuable partner over his eight years at BD,” said Tom Polen, chairman, CEO and president of BD. “He has been integral to both the CareFusion and Bard acquisitions, especially on the cost synergies targets. We will certainly miss him at BD, but his leadership and experience will make him an excellent director.”
Robert “Bob” Souder, Surety Family of Cos.
Surety Family of Cos., a leading title insurance agency serving residential and commercial clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nationally, is pleased to welcome Robert “Bob” Souder as vice president, director of sales training. The newest member of Surety’s executive team will be responsible for working hands-on with the entire sales department, developing training and evaluation programs that will enhance customer focused initiatives.
Based at the corporate headquarters in Marlton, Souder will also contribute to discussions of corporate goals and be integral in the implementation of its strategic plans. This specifically includes those that involve the Surety commitment to blend the latest technology and the people that use it.
“I’ve known Bob for years and his reputation is beyond reproach in the title industry,” said Keith Langan, principal, executive vice president of Surety. “He not only recognizes the strength of sitting face-to-face with clients, but, at his core is the belief that there is nothing more important than treating others with respect and kindness.”
AvePoint Inc., the largest data management independent software vendor for Microsoft 365, announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the appointment of James “Jim” Caci to chief financial officer and Thomas “Tom” Lin to chief operating officer.
Appointing Caci to CFO is part of the company’s broader focus on building and diversifying responsibilities on a highly specialized executive leadership team, including Lin. Lin was the company’s first sales executive and has been instrumental in growing the multimillion-dollar business over the last two decades. The company’s existing CFO, Sophia Wu, will now serve as chief accounting officer and Brian Brown will continue serving as chief legal and compliance officer and as a director and secretary on the board.
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas is pleased to welcome Colin Chudzik to the firm as a new associate. Chudzik joined the firm’s Employment and Municipal Litigation departments, where he represents public entities, officials, and employees in the defense of Title 59 and civil rights actions.
It is also pleased to welcome Joseph J. Isola Jr., David J. Muhn and Kevin F. Smedley to the firm as new associates. Isola joined the Transactional Group and the Health Care Law Group, where he handles all aspects of business transactions as well as the defense of medical malpractice claims. Muhn joined the General and Automobile Liability Department, focusing on all areas of civil litigation defense, including premises liability, insurance defense, contract disputes, and products liability. And Smedley joined the Construction Law Department, where he represents architects, engineers, construction contractors, and private owners in various construction law matters.
Quad M Solutions Inc.
Quad M Solutions Inc. has appointed Joseph Frontiere and Douglas Cole to its board of directors, with Frontiere appointed its new interim CEO. Pat Dileo has resigned from his positions as CEO and BOD member.
Frontiere stated: “I am extremely excited to join Quad M Solutions Inc. as a member of its BOD and as its acting CEO. I believe the company’s staffing solutions, that provides full medical insurance, fills a major need in the market for PEOs (Professional Employer Organizations). I am impressed with the company’s infrastructure and the progress the company has made to allow it to scale its revenues. We want to emphasize data analytics, which will greatly improve the underwriting and development of new products through technology. In addition, I plan to implement several marketing partnerships to rapidly accelerate sales and earnings over the very near term. Under my leadership, we will focus on providing transparency, whether positive or negative, with open and regular communication with the shareholders.”
Chris Roach, SQUAN Construction Services LLC
SQUAN, an industry leader specializing in design/build services for telecommunications and power infrastructure, announced that the company has appointed Chris Roach as CEO. The former CEO, Duane Albro, becomes chairman of the board.
Roach comes to SQUAN with an extensive C-suite executive background in critical infrastructure services and solutions with an emphasis on power and smart technologies. Having recently served as CEO of Unified Power, he brings board level experience and a legacy of building strength and scale in teams and enhancing performance through systems improvements and process enhancements. Roach holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a BSEET from DeVry University. He has also performed duties as an adviser and active board member.