WHI Solutions, a Rye Brook-based provider of online products for the automotive industry, said that Al Giombetti has been elected to its board of directors. Giombetti is the former president of Ford Lincoln Mercury and general manager of Ford’s Customer Service Division.
Vision-Sciences Inc., an Orangeburg company that makes medical devices, said that Lothar Koob has been named a member of its board of directors. He also has been appointed to serve on Vision-Sciences’ audit and compensation committees. Koob is a cofounder of Extera Partners LLC, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that provides management and consulting services for U.S. and European companies.
General Patent Corp., a Suffern-based company that focuses on patent licensing and enforcement, said that Jack Granowitz has joined its advisory board of directors. Granowitz was one of the founders of the technology transfer office at Columbia University and its executive director from 1988 until 2000.
MBIA Inc., the Armonk-based bond insurer, said that John A. Rolls has resigned from its board of directors. Rolls, a board member since 1995, also served as chairman of the board’s finance committee and as a member of its audit committee and compensation and organization committee. Rolls, 67, retired as president and CEO of Thermion Systems International in 2007.
iMedicor, a Nanuet-based medical technology company, said that Michael K. Lorelli has joined its board of directors. Lorelli is chief executive officer of Water-Jel Technologies LLC in New Jersey.
ITT Corp. shareholders at today’s annual meeting rejected a proposal by several church groups that would have required the global manufacturer to prepare a report on its foreign sales of military and weapons-related products and services.
The proposal drew just 6.8 percent of the votes cast at the meeting, the company said. Its sponsors were the Mercy Investment Program and the Dominican Sisters of Hope, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church.
ITT said 83 percent of common shares outstanding were voted at the meeting, held at ITT’s new offices at 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains. Shareholders elected 10 board members.
Shareholders at Provident Bank of Montebello and Community Mutual Savings Bank of White Plains will elect directors at their annual meetings Thursday.
Five incumbents at Provident New York Bancorp, Provident’s parent company, are on the ballot at its meeting at the Holiday Inn in Montebello starting at 11 a.m.
They are Judith Hershaft, president and chief executive of Innovative Plastics Corp. in Orangeburg; Thomas F. Jauntig Jr., a retired partner at the accounting firm of Korn, Rosenbaum LLP; investment advisor Thomas G. Kahn, president of Kahn Brothers Advisors LLC in New York City; Richard A. Nozell of Montebello, owner of Richard Nozell Building Construction; and Carl J. Rosenstock, secretary-treasurer of General Sportwear Co. Inc. in Ellenville, N.Y., a manufacturer of children’s apparel.
Community Mutual’s parent company, CMS Bancorp, will hold its meeting at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains at 3 p.m. Two incumbents are seeking re-election.
They are Susan A. Massaro, executive vice president, professional services of Scivantage Inc. in Jersey City, N.J., a technology consultant to the financial services industry; and Matthew G. McCrosson, partner in charge of consulting for the accounting firm of O’Connor, Davies, Munns & Dobbins LLP, with offices in Harrison, White Plains, Stamford, Conn. and Manhattan.
Also on Community Mutual’s agenda is an amendment that would reduce the number of shares of common stock that the parent company is authorized to issue from 14 million shares to 7 million.
EpiCept Corp., a pharmaceutical company in Eastview, said that John F. Bedard has resigned from the company’s board of directors because of a family health reason. Bedard, a former executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb, has been a member of EpiCept’s Board since 2006. EpiCept said that it hopes to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.
The Rockland Economic Development Corp. recently announced new officers for 2009. Steven M. Yassky, president of Rockland Realty, will serve as chairman of the board. Other officers are Vice Chair Jack F. Holt, CEO of Holt Construction Corp.; Vice Chair William F. Helmer, president of Helmer-Cronin Construction Inc.; Vice Chair/secretary James B. Tully, executive vice president of CB Richard Ellis Inc.; Treasurer Quinton C. Van Wynen Jr., director of business at Pearl River Union Free School District; and President & CEO Ronald Hicks.
Pace University recently appointed Richard F. Zannino to its board of trustees. Zannino, a media and retail executive, is the former chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Zannino is an alumnus of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and earned an MBA in finance in 1984.
Dress Barn Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer David R. Jaffe and two other incumbents were re-elected to the retailer’s board of directors at last week’s shareholder’s meeting at the company headquarters in Suffern.
Jaffe, Klaus Eppler, and Kate Buggeln will serve three-year terms until 2011. Shareholders also authorized the board to increase the number of shares of common stock from 75 million to 165 million.
The board of directors of Emisphere Technologies Inc. plans to name a successor to fill the seat of longtime director Howard M. Pack of Scarsdale, who died of a heart attack while seeing his doctor on Dec. 9, company spokesman Bob Madison said yesterday.
Pack, 90, had been on the board since Emisphere’s inception in 1986 and had chaired the board’s compensation committee. He had retired as executive vice president of finance in 1988. Pack’s term expires in 2010.
Emisphere is headquartered in Cedar Knolls, N.J. and has a research lab in Eastview.
Acorda Therapeutics Inc., a Hawthorne-based biotech company, recently named John P. Kelley to its board of directors. For the past four years, Kelley has been president and chief operating officer of The Medicines Company, a developer of acute care hospital pharmaceutical products.
MBIA Inc., the Armonk-based bond insurer that has been hurt by the subprime mortgage crisis, said that Charles R. Rinehart has been elected to its board of directors. Rinehart, 61, is the former chairman and chief executive officer of H.F. Ahmanson, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company that was sold to Washington Mutual in 1998.
The Westchester Bank in Yonkers has named three businessmen in the county to its board of directors: Eugene S. Reisman, Peter C. Cunningham and Howard B. Arden.
Reisman, a Pleasantville resident, is chief operating officer and managing member of the real estate law firm of Novick, Edelstein, Lubell, Reisman, Wasserman & Leventhal in Yonkers. Reisman was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1976 and was admitted to the New York state bar in 1977. He is a governor of the Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors, and a director of the Bronx Realty Advisory Board. He also serves as employer trustee of the Local 32BJ North Service Employees International Union Health and Welfare Funds.
Cunningham, a New Rochelle resident, is president and chief executive officer of Dover Garage II Inc. and its affiliate, The Dover Group Inc. Dover owns and operates commercial, industrial and retail properties in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester. Cunningham serves as president of the board of managers of The Kimberly Condominium. He also serves on the Alumni Executive Board of Texas Christian University where he earned an MBA degree from The Neeley School of Business.
Arden, an Armonk resident, is president of Arden Business Systems Inc. of Armonk, an office products company he founded in 1986. Arden is founder and president of the Friends of Muscoot Park, a 777-acre county park in Somers. He also serves as chairman of the Muscoot Park Advisory Board, chairman of the North Castle Open Space Committee and treasurer to the Board of Trustees of The Friends of Westchester County Parks. He holds a master’s of public administration degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. of White Plains has named Clayton C. Daley Jr. as a member of its board of directors. Daley, 57, is vice chair and chief financial officer for Procter & Gamble. He has spent his entire 34-year career at the CIncinnati-based consumer products company.
LeCroy Corp., a Chestnut Ridge supplier of oscilloscopes, said that shareholders approved changes in the board of directors at Mondayâ€™s annual meeting.
First-time nominee Robert W. Chlebek was elected to the board. Chlebek is the president of electronic instruments for Ametek Inc., an electronic instruments maker based in Pennsylvania.
Norman R. (Bud) Robertson was re-elected to the board. Robertson is chief financial officer of Progress Software Corp. in Massachusetts. The board elected Allyn C. Woodward Jr. as chairman. He is former vice chairman of Adams Harkness & Hill and a current LeCroy board member.
Six area buiness leaders have been named to the board of the Westchester County Association, a local business group.
The new board members are Howard P. Klein, managing partner of EZKR LLP, an accounting and consulting firm in White Plains; Markham Rollins III, co-chairman and CEO of The Rollins Agency Inc., an insurance and risk management firm in Tuckahoe; Robert Roth, senior associate and managing partner of John Meyer Consulting PC, a site development firm in Armonk; Jody E. Specht, senior vice president, The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in White Plains; Adam J. Stark, president and founder of Stark Business Solutions Inc. in Harrison; and Martin A. Rego, chairman emeritus of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
A retired U.S. Army general has joined the board of directors of ITT Corp. of White Plains. The company, which makes pumps, night-vision goggles for the military and other high-technology products, said retired Gen. Paul J. Kern, 63, the president and chief operating officer of AM General LLC of South Bend, Ind. and senior counselor to The Cohen Group in Washington, D.C. has joined the board, giving the company 10 directors.
Summit Business Media has named Rye-resident Andrew L. Goodenough as chief executive of the Manhattan-based provider of information to the insurance, financial and professional-services markets.
Goodenough, 52, replaces William F. Reilly, who will continue to serve as non-executive chairman.
In September, Goodenough was named Summit’s president.