Colby Howard

Published on May 1, 2024

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New CEO Hires in April 2024

April 2024 saw a notable series of CEO appointments across various industries, with several prominent companies welcoming new leaders to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This in-depth analysis examines the professional backgrounds, strategic visions, and potential market implications surrounding these high-profile CEO hires, providing valuable insights for investors seeking to understand the leadership changes shaping the corporate landscape.

Eric Friedrichsen, CS Disco, Inc. (LAW), Start Date: April 29, 2024

Eric Friedrichsen has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of CS Disco, Inc., a provider of cloud-based eDiscovery software, effective April 29, 2024. Friedrichsen brings extensive experience in the technology and legal industries to the role, having previously served as the CEO of DiscoverReady, a provider of eDiscovery and managed review services, and held various leadership positions at IBM, including Vice President of Strategy and General Manager of the IBM Discovery and Cognitive Legal Practice. Friedrichsen’s appointment comes as CS Disco seeks to expand its presence in the eDiscovery market and explore new opportunities in legal technology.

Friedrichsen’s career spans over two decades in the technology and legal sectors, focusing on driving growth and innovation. At DiscoverReady, he played a key role in establishing the company as a significant player in the eDiscovery and managed review services market. His success at DiscoverReady led to his recruitment by IBM, where he was responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategy in the legal technology market. CS Disco’s board of directors cited Friedrichsen’s industry knowledge, strategic vision, and ability to execute complex initiatives as factors in their decision to appoint him as CEO.

Peter Konieczny, Amcor Plc (AMCR), Start Date: April 15, 2024

Peter Konieczny has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amcor Plc, a global company that develops and produces packaging for various industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal care, and industrial applications. Konieczny brings extensive experience in the packaging industry to his new role, having previously held leadership positions at Sealed Air Corporation and Ball Corporation. At Sealed Air, he served as President and CEO, where he focused on improving operations, expanding the company’s global presence, and enhancing sustainability initiatives. During his tenure at Ball Corporation, Konieczny held various executive positions and contributed to the company’s growth and innovation strategies.

Konieczny assumes the role of CEO at Amcor during a challenging period, as the company navigates the evolving market landscape and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He succeeds Ron Delia, who stepped down in March 2024 due to personal reasons. As Amcor seeks to capitalize on new growth opportunities and maintain its position as a leader in sustainable packaging solutions, Konieczny’s appointment is expected to bring fresh perspectives and energy to the company’s leadership team.

Chris Hayes, Spruce Power Holding Corp. (SPRU), Start Date: April 12, 2024

Christopher “Chris” Hayes has been appointed as the new CEO of Spruce Power Holding Corp., a renewable energy company focused on solar power and energy storage solutions. Hayes brings over two decades of experience in the energy industry, having held leadership positions at General Electric, SunEdison, and GreenCharge Networks. His background includes working on power generation projects, expanding global footprints, and leading a company through rapid growth and expansion.

Hayes assumes the role of CEO at a time when Spruce Power Holding Corp. is looking to increase its market share in the renewable energy sector and take advantage of the rising demand for clean energy solutions. He succeeds the company’s interim CEO, who had been serving since the previous CEO’s departure in 2023. Hayes’ appointment follows a period of leadership transition at the company and is viewed as a strategic move by the board of directors to bring in an experienced executive with a strong background in the renewable energy sector.

Brian Finnegan, Brixmor Property Group, Inc. (BRX), Start Date: April 11, 2024

Brian Finnegan has been with Brixmor Property Group and its predecessor, Kramont Realty Trust, since 2004. Throughout his tenure, he has held various positions across the country, including Executive Vice President of Leasing, Regional Vice President of Leasing, Vice President of Redevelopment – South Region, and Senior Vice President Asset Manager – West Region. Finnegan’s expertise spans leasing, legal, accounting, finance, and marketing, allowing him to engage with all aspects of Brixmor’s business. His leadership has been acknowledged by industry publications such as Chain Store Age and Shopping Centers Today.

On September 28, 2023, Brixmor Property Group announced the promotion of Brian T. Finnegan to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this new role, Finnegan’s responsibilities have expanded to include overseeing the company’s construction and property management functions. The promotion reflects the company’s trust in Finnegan’s leadership abilities and his potential to contribute to the growth and success of Brixmor Property Group, a real estate investment trust that owns and operates a national portfolio of open-air shopping centers.

Steven Moskowitz, Crown Castle, Inc. (CCI), Start Date: April 11, 2024

On April 11, 2024, Crown Castle, Inc. (CCI) announced the appointment of Steven J. Moskowitz as its new President and CEO following a comprehensive search process. Moskowitz brings over 25 years of tower industry experience to the role, having previously served as the CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp and CFO of both Level 3 Communications and American Tower. His background includes expertise in domestic and international towers, small cell solutions, and the fiber and telecom industry. Moskowitz’s experience also extends to financial acumen and understanding shareholder perspectives, having worked as a longtime executive at ValueAct and as the CFO of Discovery.

Moskowitz’s appointment comes as part of Crown Castle’s efforts to create a stronger and more valuable company. The company is conducting a strategic and operating review of its fiber and small cell business and has taken steps to strengthen its Board with proven executives. According to the Crown Castle Board, Moskowitz was selected for his strong operating experience, domain expertise, strategic capital allocation, proven value creation, and prior CEO experience leading high-performing teams. The Board believes that Moskowitz’s leadership will enable Crown Castle to deliver sustainable value based on good governance, with a focus on improving performance and overseeing the execution of the company’s strategy.

Phil Moyer, Vimeo, Inc. (VMEO), Start Date: April 8, 2024

Phil Moyer has been appointed as the new CEO of Vimeo, Inc., effective April 8, 2024. Moyer began his career in the technology industry in the late 1990s, holding various roles at Microsoft and Amazon. In 2005, he joined YouTube as one of its earliest employees, contributing to the platform’s infrastructure and product offerings. Moyer later served as CEO of Vessel, a video streaming startup, which raised $135 million in funding before being acquired by Verizon in 2016. At Verizon, Moyer held the position of Senior Vice President of Video and TV Services, overseeing the development and launch of go90, a mobile-first video platform, and playing a role in the acquisition of HuffPost and the integration of its video content.

Moyer’s appointment follows the departure of Anjali Sud, who served as Vimeo’s CEO since 2017. During Sud’s tenure, Vimeo expanded its creator tools, entered the enterprise video market, and achieved revenue growth. However, the company faced increasing competition from larger platforms. Moyer has outlined plans to focus on expanding Vimeo’s enterprise video offerings, enhancing its creator tools, and exploring new revenue streams through partnerships and acquisitions. His experience in scaling video platforms and understanding of the media landscape has been noted by Vimeo’s Board of Directors.

Jeff Kip, Angi, Inc. (ANGI), Start Date: April 8, 2024

Jeff Kip, a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the technology and digital media industries, has been appointed as the CEO of Angi, Inc. effective April 8, 2024. Prior to this role, Kip served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IAC Applications from January 2022 to March 2024, overseeing the operations of IAC’s portfolio of mobile applications. Kip’s career also includes leadership roles at HomeAdvisor, where he served as CEO from 2018 to 2021, and positions at Expedia and TripAdvisor, where he held various senior roles in product development, marketing, and operations.

Kip’s appointment comes following the departure of Oisin Hanrahan, who stepped down as CEO on April 8, 2024, to pursue other opportunities within IAC. The board of Angi, Inc. expressed confidence in Kip’s ability to lead the company forward, citing his deep understanding of the company’s business model and his extensive experience in the digital media and technology industries. As CEO, Kip is expected to drive growth, innovation, and deliver value to Angi, Inc.’s customers and shareholders.

Mala Murthy, Teladoc Health, Inc. (TDOC), Start Date: April 5, 2024

On June 8, 2023, Teladoc Health, Inc. announced the appointment of Mala Murthy as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Murthy, who previously served as Teladoc Health’s Chief Financial Officer since June 2019, brings a wealth of experience in financial management and leadership from her roles at various multinational corporations. Prior to joining Teladoc Health, Murthy held the position of Senior Vice President and CFO of the Global Commercial Services Segment at American Express, where she was responsible for financial management, including financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and investment and operating expense management.

Throughout her career, Murthy has held leadership positions at major companies such as PepsiCo, where she gained experience in financial planning and analysis, corporate and international treasury, and corporate strategy. Her appointment as CEO of Teladoc Health appears to be a natural progression given her background as a seasoned financial leader and her previous role as the company’s CFO. While the specific circumstances surrounding her appointment have not been disclosed, Teladoc Health’s press release emphasizes Murthy’s extensive, multi-national financial experience and her track record of delivering on top- and bottom-line growth commitments as key factors in her selection for the role.

Bryan Hanson, Solventum Corp. (SOLV), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Bryan Hanson has been appointed as the new CEO of Solventum Corp., a provider of clean energy solutions, effective April 1, 2024. Hanson brings over 20 years of experience in the technology and engineering sector, having previously served as the CEO of CytoCore, a medical device company, where he led the organization through a period of growth and transformation. Prior to CytoCore, Hanson held executive positions at General Electric (GE) and Honeywell International, where he played key roles in expanding the companies’ renewable energy and aerospace divisions, respectively.

Hanson’s appointment follows the departure of the previous CEO, Dr. Sarah Johnson, who stepped down citing personal reasons. The board of directors conducted a search for a candidate with a strong background in technology, engineering, and operational management, and Hanson’s credentials and track record made him the standout choice for the role. As CEO, Hanson’s strategic priorities include accelerating Solventum Corp.’s growth in the clean energy market, strengthening the company’s research and development capabilities, and fostering a culture of innovation and operational excellence.

Gil West, Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (HTZ), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Gil West has been appointed as the new CEO of Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) effective April 1, 2024, succeeding Stephen Scherr. West brings extensive experience in operationally intensive businesses, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines (DAL) from 2014 to 2020. In this role, he was responsible for worldwide operations and oversaw more than 70,000 employees, as well as the company’s subsidiary businesses. Prior to his tenure at Delta, West held the position of President and CEO at Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc., a transportation services provider, and spent time at General Motors’ (GM) Cruise unit from 2021 to 2023.

West’s appointment comes at a time when Hertz is facing challenges such as higher repair costs and weak demand for electric vehicles. The company has stated its commitment to strategic initiatives aimed at improving technology, enhancing commercial partnerships, and revitalizing its value brands. West’s leadership is expected to play a key role in driving these efforts forward and positioning Hertz for success in the evolving automotive landscape.

Tim Cofer, Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc. (KDP), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) announced on April 1, 2024, that Tim Cofer has been appointed as the company’s new CEO, succeeding Robert Gamgort, who will transition to the role of Executive Chairman. Cofer joins KDP with a background in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector, having previously served as the CEO of Central Garden & Pet Company, where he oversaw a period of revenue and profit growth and led several strategic acquisitions. His career spans over three decades, including more than 25 years at Mondelēz International and its predecessor, Kraft Foods, where he held various leadership positions across multiple product categories, such as coffee, chocolate, and packaged food.

Cofer’s appointment is the result of a comprehensive succession planning process conducted by the KDP Board of Directors, which considered both internal and external candidates. Analysts have noted that Cofer’s extensive experience in the CPG sector and his track record of driving growth make him well-suited to lead KDP in its next phase of development. The company’s leadership has expressed confidence in Cofer’s ability to guide KDP’s growth strategy as it navigates the evolving landscape of the beverage industry.

Adaire Fox-Martin, Equinix, Inc. (EQIX), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Adaire Fox-Martin has been appointed as the new CEO of Equinix, Inc., effective April 1, 2024. Fox-Martin brings over two decades of experience in the technology industry to her new role. She spent a significant portion of her career at SAP, where she held various leadership positions, including global head of customer operations and president of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. In these roles, she focused on driving customer success and expanding the company’s presence in key markets. In 2020, Fox-Martin joined Salesforce as the co-CEO of its global customer organization, where she contributed to the development of the company’s customer engagement strategies.

Fox-Martin’s appointment follows the departure of Charles Meyers, who stepped down as CEO of Equinix in March 2024 after leading the company through a period of growth and transformation. The board of directors selected Fox-Martin for the role based on her extensive experience in driving customer success and her understanding of the technology industry. Analysts have noted that her background positions her well to lead Equinix as it navigates the evolving digital infrastructure landscape and focuses on its next phase of growth.

J. Shepherd, Discover Financial Services (DFS), Start Date: April 1, 2024

J. Shepherd has been named the new CEO of Discover Financial Services (DFS) effective April 1, 2024, succeeding Roger Hochschild, who served in the role for nine years before announcing his retirement in December 2023. Shepherd brings over two decades of experience in the financial services industry to her new position, having previously held senior roles at Citigroup, where she led the global credit card business and drove growth in key markets. In 2019, she joined DFS as the President of the Discover Card division, and her success in this role led to her promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2021.

As President and COO, Shepherd played a crucial role in guiding DFS through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and positioning the company for long-term success. The board of directors conducted an extensive search for a suitable successor to Hochschild, and Shepherd’s industry expertise and proven leadership skills at DFS made her the ideal choice for the role. Under her leadership, DFS is expected to continue focusing on digital transformation, expanding its product offerings, and prioritizing customer experience in the rapidly evolving financial landscape.

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Michael Spillane, Boston Beer Co., Inc. (SAM), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Michael Spillane has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Boston Beer Company, effective April 1, 2024. Spillane, who has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 2016, brings experience from his previous roles at Nike and his current position as a director at Supergoop. He takes over from Dave Burwick, who served as CEO for six years and oversaw significant revenue growth, from $850 million to over $2 billion, while building a strong leadership team.

Spillane’s appointment comes at a challenging time for The Boston Beer Company, as the beer industry and hard seltzer market face headwinds. The company’s fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2023 financial results showed a 3.9% decrease in net revenue, with an $18.1 million loss in the fourth quarter. Industry-wide beer sales fell 5% in 2023, with expectations of continued decline in 2024. Despite these challenges, founder Jim Koch has expressed confidence in Spillane’s ability to lead the company through the evolving beer industry, while Spillane himself has stated his commitment to advancing the company’s long-term goals and driving a new phase of growth.

Joseph Otting, New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB), Start Date: April 1, 2024

Joseph Otting has been appointed as the new CEO of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYCB). Otting brings extensive experience in the banking industry, having held leadership positions at various financial institutions. In his previous roles, he has been involved in guiding banks through challenging periods and implementing strategies to improve their performance. Otting’s appointment comes at a time when NYCB is facing several challenges, including shifts in its deposit base, exposure to the commercial real estate sector in New York, and questions surrounding its internal control processes.

In April 2024, NYCB received a significant equity investment of $1 billion from a group led by Liberty Strategic Capital, founded by former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The investment group also includes other firms and members of the bank’s management team. Following this investment, Otting and non-executive chair Alessandro DiNello announced plans to present a new business strategy for the bank. Otting’s vision for NYCB involves transforming the institution into a well-diversified regional bank with a focus on improving its financial performance. To achieve this, he has outlined plans to reduce the bank’s exposure to commercial real estate, diversify its loan portfolio, and enhance its funding profile.


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