The Reader’s Digest Association Inc. in Chappaqua named Karol Nickell as vice president and editor-in-chief for its Home & Garden publishing business.
She will be responsible for the unit’s magazine brands based in Milwaukee including Birds & Blooms, Country, Farm & Ranch Living and Reminisce. The four magazines, which have a combined circulation of 4.5 million, also publish calendars, newsletters and books.
Nickell, a magazine publishing executive with 20 years of experience, previously was vice president and editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens from 2001 to 2006.
Gamco Investors Inc., the Rye-based money management firm, said that G. Anthony Bancroft II has joined the company in a marketing position to raise assets for the firm’s institutional separate account business and investment partnerships. Bancroft was most recently a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot stationed in San Diego. He spent 11 years as an aviator with the Marines, including service in Iraq.
Victor L. Crawford of White Plains, senior vice president of global operations and system transformation at Pepsi Bottling Group in Somers, has been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” list.
Crawford oversees the company’s PBG’s go-to-market strategy, manufacturing and warehouse operations, global revenue management, and information technology. He previously held management positions at Marriott International and Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Boston College.
The law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP recently named four new partners at its White Plains office. They are Joseph C. Baiocco, Lorraine E. J. Gallagher, Jennifer S. Heitman and Joseph A. H. McGovern. The firm has more than 750 lawyers who work at 20 offices nationally.
John C. Buonomo Jr. has been named president of Equisearch, an Elmsford-based provider of services for recovery of lost financial assets. Buonomo will oversee day-to-day operations of the company and Equisearch’s product expansion programs. Buonomo previosuly was vice president and director of product management for BNY Mellon Shareholder Services. He also previoussly held senior positions at Smith Barney Corporate Trust and Mellon Investor Services.
Robert G.M. Keating, dean of the New York State Judicial Institute, recently was named vice president for strategic initiatives at Pace University, effective Dec. 1.
Keating will working with the universityâ€™s president and provost to coordinate Paceâ€™s offerings in career-focused personal development for professionals, its government and community relations and its institutionally-funded faculty activities and research.
As dean of the New York State Judicial Institute, Keating has been responsible for supervising the continuing judicial education of the stateâ€™s 1,200 state-paid judges and more than 2,000 town and village justices.
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. announced three executive appointments to its management team.
Rob King, whose role as president of Pepsi Bottling Group North America gave him oversight of the company’s business in the United States and Canada since 2006, will expand his responsibilities to include Mexico.
Brent Franks has been named president of Pepsi Bottling Group Mexico. Franks has served as senior vice president of global sales and chief customer officer since 2006.
Victor Crawford has been named senior vice president of worldwide operations and system transformation. He has served as senior vice president of worldwide operations since 2006.
Eric J. Foss, chief executive officer of Pepsi Bottling Group, will take on the added position of chairman of the board. As a result of that change, Barry H. Beracha, the companyâ€™s non-executive chairman since 2007, will resume his responsibilities as a director, according to the Somers-based company. Foss was named CEO in July 2006. He has worked more than 25 years in the Pepsi system, holding numerous positions in both the United States and overseas.
Harry Nespoli, president of the New York City Uniformed Sanitationmenâ€™s Association, recently was elected chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group that represents nearly 100 public employee unions in the city with more than 350,000 members.
Nespoli, a resident of Stony Point, became a sanitation worker in 1970 and was soon active in the union as a shop steward. He was elected a trustee in 1980 and vice president in 1993. In 2001, he became president of the union that represents 6,000 workers.
Gregory D. Nelson has been named senior vice president of U.S. RE Securities LLC, the investment banking arm of U.S. RE Companies Inc. in Pearl River. Before joining the company, Nelson worked in the financial institutions group of Banc of America Securities LLC. Nelson earned an MBA at the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Western Michigan University.
Lynne C. Allan has been named chief operating officer at Community Bank of Orange.
In this position, Allan will be responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the Middletown-based bank. Allan has nearly 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Most recently, she was senior vice president of marketing and human resources for Union State Bank in Orangeburg.
She was co-integration manager for Cleveland-based Key Corp.â€™s recent purchase of Union State Bank. Allan earned a masters degree in corporate communication from Iona College in New Rochelle and a bachelors degree in finance from Siena College in Loudonville.
The New York Power Authority in White Plains has selected Richard M. Kessel to serve as president and chief executive officer.
The power authority is the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation. It operates 18 generating plants and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines across the state.
“Richard Kessel has extensive experience in both the energy industry and in consumer advocacy, and has the vision and leadership essential to advancing the power authorityâ€™s mission of providing clean, economical and reliable energy,â€ Acting Chairman Michael J. Townsend said in a written statement.
Kessel served as CEO of the Long Island Power Authority from 1997 to 2006, and chairman of its board of trustees from 1989 to 1995. Kessel began his career in public service as executive director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board from 1983 to 1995.
Michael T. Marrone has been named vice president/controller at U.S. RE Cos. Inc., a financial services company based in Pearl River.
Marrone joined U.S. RE four years ago as controller after holding accounting and financial management jobs at Munich American Reinsurance Co., Beth Israel Medical Center, Country-Wide Insurance Company, Broadview Network Services and other companies.
Marrone, a Certified Public Accountant, holds an MBA in finance and a bachelorâ€™s degree in accounting from Long Island University.
Riccardo Nicolini has been named senior vice president of U.S. RE Corp., a reinsurance brokerage firm based in Pearl River. Before joining U.S. RE, Nicolini was a senior executive at Assicurazioni Generali, an insurance company based in Italy. He was also president of Generali USA from 1984 to 2000.
Katherine Wolf has been named executive vice president of corporate development and chief financial officer at Vision-Sciences Inc., an Orangeburg-based manufacturer of medical instruments.
Before joining Vision-Sciences, Ms. Wolf was a managing director at HSBC in its investment banking division and a founding member of the companyâ€™s health care group.
Yoav M. Cohen, the chief financial officer at Vision-Sciences since 2006, is leaving the company to accept a job as managing partner at NYC Advisors LLC, a financial advisory firm in White Plains.
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.
Nancy Lewis has been named to the newly created job of chief learning officer at ITT Corp. Lewis, 55, was also elected a vice president of the White Plains-based company. Previously, Lewis worked for nearly 30 years at IBM Corp., most recently as vice president for IBM Sales and On Demand Learning. Under Lewisâ€™s leadership, IBM received recognition and awards for its training and development programs.
Stuart Hayman, executive director of the Westchester County Medical Society for the past 10 years, said yesterday he will leave his position on Aug. 22. Hayman will take over as executive director of the New York State Society of Anesthesiolgy in New York City on Sept. 1. Hayman said the county society is searching for his replacement.
A coalition of tobacco opponents today honored several businesses and local officials in the Lower Hudson Valley for their efforts in reducing tobacco use and exposure.
POWâ€™R Against Tobacco, Reality Check Youth Action Partners, Tobacco Free Schools, and POWâ€™R Cessation Center sponsored the event at the Thayer Hotel in West Point.
Recognized: Sal Zuccaro of the North Brewster Deli, who stopped selling tobacco products; Mamie Duncan-Gibbs of Youth Theater Interactions in Westchester County, who no longer accepts sponsorship or funding from tobacco companies; Marion Breland Oswald of Reachout Haverstraw, for helping POWâ€™R Against Tobacco with a local initiative; Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, who signed legislation banning smoking in private cars with children under the age of 18; and DeCicco Markets, which stopped selling tobacco at its six grocery stores in Westchester and Rockland.
Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Eastview said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Dr. Alton B. Kremer, its senior vice president of clinical research, had resigned on May 20 to pursue other interests.
Kremer had joined the company in October 2004. Last year he was paid $380,000 in salary and a $245,000 bonus, among other compensation, according to Progenicsâ€™ proxy statement.