Global Supply Chain Expert Seema Phull Joins KORE Power as Chief Operating Officer to Support Rapid Growth of KORE’s U.S. Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing

KORE Power, Inc.

KORE Power, the U.S.-based developer and manufacturer of battery cell technology, today announced that Seema Phull has joined the company as chief operations officer. As COO, Ms. Phull will play a critical role in the manufacturing and delivering of KORE’s U.S.-made lithium-ion battery cells and the operation of the KOREPlex battery manufacturing facility in Arizona. Ms. … [More]

Arizona Commission on the Arts Announces New Executive Director

Rick McCartney

We are very excited to announce the selection of Anne L’Ecuyer as the next Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts! L’Ecuyer will assume leadership of the agency in February 2022. L’Ecuyer is a policy strategist, facilitator, and seasoned executive who stays closely connected to an international network of creative leaders and individual artists. She is an … [More]

Long-Time CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ, Richard Boals, Joins MDI Health

MDI Health

MDI Health, a clinical platform that optimizes medication treatment at scale, announced that the former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Richard L. Boals, will join MDI as both an advisor and investor. Mr. Boals’ success as an innovative leader in the healthcare industry led to his impressive 14 year tenure as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s chief executive. MDI … [More]

Paige Soucie Joins Valley Leadership Team

Valley Leadership

Since March, Paige Soucie has been a vital team member on our Impact Maker Health Team, leading the team focused on reducing the stigma of opioid use disorder. She has helped build out and improve the team’s opioid stigma reduction toolkit for businesses and motivated employers to implement stigma-reducing policies and tools within their organizations. “There’s something so … [More]

Best Western Hotels & Resorts Announces John L. Kelly as New Board Chair

Best Western

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts announced that its Board of Directors has elected John L. Kelly as Board Chairman for 2022. Kelly, who previously served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, brings decades of hospitality experience and 28 years of Best Western ownership to his role as Chairman. His deep knowledge of the brand coupled with his extensive industry … [More]

Arizona Foundation for Women Announces SHE Leads!™ Class of 2022

Arizona Foundation for Women

Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW), a not-for-profit agency that advocates for women’s causes in Arizona, has selected 37 Arizona women to participate in their second annual SHE Leads!™ class, a women-centric leadership program dedicated to advancing women in the workplace. The SHE Leads!™ program offers a unique leadership curriculum specifically designed for women looking … [More]

Arizona Dispensaries Association Announces Incoming 2022 Board of Directors

Arizona Dispensaries Association

The Arizona Dispensaries Association (ADA), the professional association of Ariz. cannabis dispensaries, just announced their incoming 2022 board of directors who will lead the organization into the state’s second year of adult-use legalized cannabis. Members and their bios are below. ADA Executive Director Samuel Richard said, “We are extremely excited to have such a strong … [More]

ASU Names Former Head of AMPAS as Founding Director of Sidney Poitier Film School

Arizona State University has added another well-known name to its newly established film school. Highly respected American film marketing and public relations executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs will lead The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. Boone Isaacs will be the director of the three-campus film school starting on Jan. 1, 2022. She will lead from the ASU California … [More]

Transact Appoints Mechelle King Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement


Transact, the leader in innovative credential and payment solutions for a connected campus, today announced the appointment of Mechelle King as vice president for inclusion, diversity, and engagement. Ms. King brings to Transact nearly 30 years of human resources expertise and experience in the technology, healthcare, and financial services industries. Most recently, she served … [More]

Phoenix City Manager Names First Director of Office of Accountability and Transparency

City Manager Jeff Barton has named Roger Smith as the city’s first Director of the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT). The Phoenix City Council first approved the new office last year, finalizing the specific duties of the office in June. This includes monitoring or investigating members of the Phoenix Police Department and ensuring complaints against officers … [More]

First Internet Bank Expands Arizona Commercial Banking Team

First Internet Bank

First Internet Bank announced the hiring of Vice President of Commercial Banking, Ryan Hasher. Mr. Hasher joins First Internet Bank’s Arizona-based commercial banking team, reporting to Regional Vice President Neil Barna “Ryan is an invaluable addition to our team,” said Mr. Barna. “His experience and expertise will provide flexible financing solutions for our clients … [More]

WebPT Appoints Ashley Glover as New CEO


WebPT, the leading rehab therapy software platform for enhancing patient care and fueling business growth, today announced the appointment of Ashley Glover as Chief Executive Officer. Glover brings more than 20 years of experience as an executive at industry leading technology firms. She will succeed Nancy Ham, WebPT’s CEO for the last five years, who is retiring and moving to … [More]

Auto Dealership Names First Female Dealer Principal 

Yates Buick GMC

Whitney Yates-Woods was recently awarded the Dealer Principal position at Yates Buick GMC, a milestone first for the company and a move that breaks barriers in the automotive industry. The 35-year-old, mother of two strives to employ people of all walks of life, but now aims to hire more women in the male-dominated automotive field. In fact, a recent auto workforce study found … [More]

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance Names Mara Pernick as CEO

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance (AITA), the premier resource for companies and organizations in Arizona and Israel on collaborative initiatives, today announced it has named Mara Pernick as its chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. AITA founder and former CEO Leib Bolel will continue to serve as AITA president and board member, in addition to his role as … [More]

Construction Co. Taps Former Tempe Mayor for Development Director Post

Adolfson & Peterson Construction, a national construction management firm, general contractor and Engineering News-Record Top 100 Contractor, has named former Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell as Director of Business Development for its Southwest division. With over 21 years of construction materials experience and more than 20 years of service as an elected offical, Mitchell … [More]

New Phoenix City Manager Announces First Appointment, Names Assistant City Manager

​In his first move as the new Phoenix City Manager, Jeff Barton announced this week the appointment of Lori Bays as his Assistant City Manager, the number two position in the City Manager's Office. In this role, Bays will oversee several departments in the fifth largest city in the nation and help manage the more than 14,000 city employees. She has been the city's Chief … [More]

J.P. Morgan Hires Barry Lutz to Lead Arizona, Inter-Mountain Region Investment Banking

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Barry Lutz, a seasoned investment banker and Air Force veteran, has joined J.P. Morgan’s regional investment banking team to lead and drive business expansion of the firm’s the new Inter-Mountain region. Based in Phoenix, Lutz, will provide clients across Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico with strategic advice on mergers and … [More]

Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

Rick McCartney

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation has appointed Tom Egan to serve as the executive director for the organization. Egan, who most recently served as president and CEO of the Foundation for Senior Living, brings more than 20 years of nonprofit executive leadership experience to the position. His first day with The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is October 18, … [More]

Former Panasonic Gigafactory Manufacturing GM Joins KORE Power to Head Up Operations at Buckeye Facility       

KORE Power, Inc.

KORE Power, Inc. has tapped energy storage and battery manufacturing veteran Randy S.Cowder to lead operations at their KOREPlex facility in Buckeye. Cowder, who joins KORE as Vice President of Manufacturing, comes to the company from Panasonic’s gigafactory in Nevada, where he was general manager of manufacturing. With more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, … [More]

Insurance Benefits Services Co. Boosts Hiring to Meet Pandemic Demand

Lovitt & Touché

Spurred by ongoing pandemic demand for its insurance and benefits services, Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, has expanded its Tempe and Tucson teams, further strengthening its footprint and competitive position in the Arizona market. “The economy is booming across Arizona and businesses of all industries are seeking an experienced, … [More]

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