Executive Alert: Claure sees short Sprint timeline, Tanqueray master distiller joins KC company

Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards and recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.

Career moves

Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger has been named as the new publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network. Egger previously led the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The media house owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

David Smith will replace Jerry Garland as president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. Garland joined Associated Wholesale Grocers, the Kansas City area’s second-largest private company by revenue, 25 years ago and has been serving in his current role since 2009. Smith has 17 years of experience working in the wholesale food business. He is currently the company’s executive vice president of operations.

Tom Nichol, who retired from his role as master distiller for Diageo, the owner of Tanqueray gin, has chosen to work with small Kansas City distillery J. Rieger & Co. Nichol got offers to work with distilleries across the world but chose the Kansas City upstart to make his signature gin. He said he chose Rieger, in part, because he wanted the gin to be a regular feature and not a limited release.

Awards and recognition

Trade publication Airport Revenue News has named Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, as its “Director of the Year” in the medium airports category. Currently, Hamm-Niebruegge has been serving as the director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

In the news

Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar, was as announced as the new CEO of Sprint on Aug. 7, 2014. He is pictured here during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr
Marcelo Claure became Sprint’s CEO in August 2014. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, after just more than a year at the helm of the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company, said he envisions a short timeline for turning around the struggling wireless provider. “What I know is I got hired to do a job, and I want that job to be completed in three to five years,” he said in an interview with the Kansas City Star.

Since Claure started Sprint, his leadership has deeply impacted the company. The CEO has ordered thousands of layoffs, torn up department budgets and shut down a huge marketing campaign in his first year on the job.

Ron Berry, the chief of staff who was fired by Sen. Paul LeVota, is back at work. LeVota was facing allegations that he had sexually harassed interns when he fired Berry in late July. LeVota eventually resigned resigned from his job. Berry will serve as chief of staff for LeVota’s vacant senate seat.

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