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Executive Moves: April 15, 2013

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Close Up: Todd Christie

Position: Director, Ernst & Young

Key role: Lead efforts around the development of new business relationships with both commercial and financial clients throughout the Northeast.

Goals for this role: To expand Ernst & Young's footprint throughout the Northeast region by educating prospective clients on the depth and breadth of EY's capabilities.

Previous jobs: Served as finance co-chairman for Christie for Governor, and was the New Jersey finance chairman for the Romney for President campaign. Prior experience also includes working at Goldman Sachs as participating managing director and served as CEO at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg Specialists, which was later acquired by Goldman Sachs.

Key Strengths: Broad experience in the financial, political and business development world, along with the ability to motivate people to accomplish their goals.

Career High: Being named managing director at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg in 1995, at the age of 31.

Next: Being an integral part of taking EY's Northeast presence to new heights.

Challenges: Unlike prior roles, there is no "report card" at the end of every day. Learning to take a step back and not seek the "instant gratification" — positive or negative — at each day's end that I was used to as a trader.

After Hours: Spending time with my wife and five children, and rooting for my favorite teams — the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Accounting

CohnReznick LLP has promoted two partners to co-managing partners of the firm's Central Jersey office:
  • John A. Corsaro, who leads the tax practice in Central Jersey, has more than 30 years of experience in the field of taxation. Corsaro received his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Dayton, and his master of science degree in taxation from Pace University.
  • Rose Ann Slawson, who leads the audit practice in Central Jersey, has a strong auditing background in a variety of industries. She received her B.S. degree in accounting from Seton Hall University.

Ernst & Young LLP announced that Timothy Tracy has been appointed managing partner of the firm's Metropark office. Tracy has been with Ernst & Young LLP for more than 23 years, and earned his bachelor's degree from Rider University.

Solomon Edwards announced the appointment of Sridhar Kuppa to manager of the business advisory team. Kuppa previously was a lead auditor with Ernst & Young, India. Kuppa earned his bachelor's degree in accountancy from Osmania University, India, and master's degree in accounting from University of Phoenix.

Engineering

The Louis Berger Group Inc. announced that Kirit Mevawala joined the firm as director of rail and transit, and will serve as the project manager for the Northeast Corridor Maglev project between Washington, D.C., and New York. Mevawala has worked on projects from conceptual stages through completion, spending the bulk of his career at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York.

Health Care

South Jersey Healthcare recently appointed Dave Yhlen as the new chief operating officer of Elmer Hospital. Yhlen also serves as site administrator of the SJH-Bridgeton Health Center and provides executive oversight for the system's behavioral health program. Prior to joining SJH's leadership team this past December, Yhlen served as vice president of hospital operations at Virtua Memorial Hospital from 2004 to 2012. Before his time at Virtua, he was employed with Graduate Health System, Metropolitan Health System and Cooper University Health Care in various finance related positions. Yhlen holds an M.B.A. from Eastern University.

Law

The Newark office of K&L Gates welcomed John P. Scordo as a partner in the insurance coverage practice group. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Scordo was a partner at a New Jersey law firm, focused on insurance, commercial disputes, mass tort, securities, and data privacy and protection. He received his J.D. from New York Law School, after earning a B.S. in meteorology from Rutgers University.

Public Relations

Rosica Communications announced the appointment of Ryan Smith to senior vice president of media and client relations. Smith joined the Rosica team in 2009 and possesses 15 years of experience in the communications industry. Smith started with Rosica as a senior account executive and has earned three promotions during his tenure.

Early in his career, Smith worked as a radio broadcaster and provided voiceovers for various radio and television programs including at WGHT in Pompton Lakes. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., where he earned a B.A. in communication arts.

Real Estate

Eileen Carey has been named managing director of corporate occupier and investor services at Cushman & Wakefield Inc., in East Rutherford. Carey, a 30-year real estate industry veteran, joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1997, and has since been promoted four times. She graduated from Marist College, where she majored in business administration.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate announced the hiring of new vice president Christina Del Duca. In addition to 10 years as a broker at Jones Lang Lasalle, Del Duca brings a wealth of sales experience in related CRE fields. Her experience includes time at CoStar Group, and most recently, a position at Cofco where she led corporate space planning and budgeting.

Technology

Stascom Technologies has announced two hirings:
  • John Brigham has been hired as account executive at Stascom Technologies. He has an associate's degree in criminal justice, and was a private investigator prior.
  • Christina Caravella has been hired as a researcher manager at Stascom Technologies. Caravella previously worked in the food industry.
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