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Executive Moves: April 29, 2013

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Close Up: Jorge Reina Schement

Position: Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University.

Key Role: The office aims to build and expand all diversity and inclusion activities at Rutgers. Some of them are established by the institution, some are established by the good will of individuals.

Goals: I am hoping we can conduct an in-depth survey of all activities taking place across our four campuses. We also want to create an atmosphere for students that makes them feel at home no matter where they come from.

Previous jobs: Director of the office of information for the Latin American Center at UCLA from 1984 to 1987. Taught at Rutgers from 1987 to 1996 before returning as dean in 2008. Founded and co-directed the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State from 1997 to 2008. Also served as an adviser to the Federal Communications Commission. Founding member of the diversity committee of the FCC.

Key Strengths: Devoted my career to diversity activities. I come from a multiracial family, part Mexican, part Native-American and part Jewish. There is a lot to draw on.

Career Highs: Having breakfast with Bill Clinton in 1995 for my work in federal telecommunications policy and bridging the digital divide.

Next: To take Rutgers to the next level in terms of diversity inclusion.

Challenges: Making Rutgers meaningful and relevant for people who come from lots of different backgrounds.

After hours: Reading history, fishing.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Banking

Provident Bank has named Melissa M. Juska vice president in the company's commercial real estate lending division. She will be based in Provident's Iselin office.

Juska will be responsible for commercial loan development and underwriting. Juska, who joined Provident in 2009, has more than 30 years experience in the banking industry serving as vice president and relationship manager, followed by portfolio manager, in the commercial real estate finance division at Sovereign Bank.

Team Capital Bank has named Laura Rowe vice president and branch manger of the company's Clinton office. She will lead customer service, new business development, lending activities, commercial loans and branch deposit activity. She will also counsel customers.

Before joining Team Capital Bank, Rowe was vice president and branch manger with PNC Bank. She also held senior roles in Morgan Stanley in Clinton and First Union Bank in Flemington. Team Capital Bank has branches in central and western New Jersey.

Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical company Onconova Therapeutics Inc., which develops therapies to treat cancer, has named Ajay Bansal as chief financial officer. Bansal has more than 25 years life sciences industry experience and most recently served as chief financial officer at Complete Genomics.

Bansal received master's degrees in both management and operations research from Northwestern University.

Public relations

The S3 Agency, a Boonton-based advertising and public relations agency, has named Walid Elshahed as web designer/content administrator. Elshahed, with background in web, video, animation, 3D and print, will produce websites, digital campaigns and social graphics.

Before joining S3, Elshahed spent six years as head of the graphic design department at the Anthem Institute. A graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Elshahed has worked with clients including VH1, the History Channel, Fuse and the National Football League.

Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has named Ruddnya Prochet Roldan senior financial consulting analyst for the company's National Financial Consulting Group. She will provide analytical support for the commercial real estate service firm's brokerage professionals, clients and service lines.

Before joining this group, Roldan spent more than four years in Cushman & Wakefield's Corporate Occupier and Investor Services Group, most recently as a senior account associate. Roldan earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Seton Hall University and master's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University.

Retail

Kings Food Markets announced several promotions to its executive, operations and merchant teams:
  • Richard Durante has been promoted to chief operating officer. A 35-year industry veteran, Durante joined the Kings team in 1988 and most recently served as executive vice president of merchandising, engineering and operations. Previously, he held various leadership and operational positions, including senior vice president of operations, senior director of operations, area director and resident supervisor.
  • Jessica Gasser has been promoted to vice president of human resources, labor relations and administration. Her role has been expanded to include the oversight of information technology. A 15-year Kings veteran, Gasser has held positions of increased responsibility throughout human resources and project management.
  • Joseph Parisi has been promoted to senior director of operations. Parisi has been with Kings for more than 20 years and has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility. He most recently served as regional area director.

Technology

Checkpoint Systems Inc. has named Joseph G. Driscoll chief accounting officer. Driscoll will oversee internal controls for the company's accounting systems and processes in addition to managerial report preparation, general accounting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable. He is also responsible for directing the consolidation of the company's financial and operational statements and public company reporting.

Datapipe announced the appointment of Chris Mooney as the company's new vice president of global channel sales. Mooney brings more than 15 years of direct and channel IT sales experience to Datapipe and joins the company from Serena Software, where he built channel sales teams to capture greater market share. Prior to Serena, Mooney served as vice president of sales for Intralinks and held senior sales positions at MessageLabs and Microsoft.
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