Executive Alert: MU, KCUMB Welcome New Leadership

Career moves

Dr. Marc B. Hahn was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Hahn has been the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2012 and was responsible for a university-wide integration of tablet technology.

Hank Foley | Photo from umsystem.edu
Hank Foley | Photo from umsystem.edu

John H. Robinson joined Nowa Technology as the company’s new president and CEO. Robinson, a former managing partner with Black & Veatch, has worked in the wastewater industry for 40 years. He has most recently served as a private consultant for Kansas City-based Hamilton Ventures.

Doug Whitehead was appointed president-elect of the Missouri School Board Association. Whitehead, who has served as a member of the Jefferson City Board of Education for 12 years, will begin his term as organization president in June 2014.

Henry C. “Hank” Foley was chosen as the University of Missouri system’s new executive vice president for academic affairs. Foley is the vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at Pennsylvania State University. In his new position, he will be responsible for collaborating with campus leaders to improve and promote economic development, research and strategic planning.

Jeff Layman | Photo courtesy of morganstanleyfa.com
Jeff Layman | Photo courtesy of morganstanleyfa.com

Kevin Gunn will join the St. Louis office of Ponsinelli law firm as a shareholder. The former chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission has served on the board since 2008 and was a four-year member of the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Shawn Hagan was named president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank’s St. Louis operations. Hagan, who was hired in 2002 to start a loan production office, succeeds Thomas Welch, who has been promoted to president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank’s Western Michigan operations.

Awards and Recognition

Jeff Layman was named to Morgan Stanley’s Master’s Club, a group made of the firm’s top financial advisers. Layman is a senior vice president and portfolio management director at The Layman Group in the Springfield and Kansas City office.

In the News

Jill Suppes stepped down from her position as Brightergy’s CFO as the whistleblower lawsuit she filed against her former employer, Adknowledge, went to trial. Brightergy’s CEO stated that Suppes left for personal reasons and declined to address whether the decision was related to the lawsuit. Suppes joined Brightergy in April 2012.


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