Executive Alert: Webster dean joins Enterprise Bank board

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Benjamin Akande, Webster University Dean | Courtesy of Webster University
Benjamin Akande | Courtesy of Webster University

Benjamin Akande has joined the board of Enterprise Bank & Trust. He currently serves as dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University.

After thirty years of working in the Finance Division, Rich Weaver, Missouri’s Finance Commissioner has stepped down from office. His career began in 1985 in the mail room of the division. Weaver also served as deputy commissioner in the five years leading up to his appointment as Finance Commissioner in April 2009.

Joseph DeMartino was named COO of LMI Aerospace, an aerospace and defense supplier in St. Charles. DeMartino previously worked as a consultant and held executive positions in the aerospace industry prior to joining LMI Aerospace.

Tom Rogge has retired from his role as CEO of Cramer Products Inc. Rogge said he deferred his retirement until the company, which was acquired by biofreeze producer Performance Health Inc. in August 2013, was able to smoothly transitioned over. Rogge, who held the position for 23 years, said he will remain active on boards for Olathe Medical Center and the Association for Corporate Growth.

The Kansas City Art Institute has announced that president Jacqueline Chanda is retiring after spending nearly four years in office. The announcement came amid reports of ongoing tension between faculty and administrators. In May, the faculty submitted a vote of “no confidence” for Chanda to the institute’s board of trustees.

Contrary to early reports that said he would be retiring at end of 2014, Steve Elfman, president of products and services at Sprint Corp., will be leaving the company Aug. 16. Prior to working at Sprint, Elfman acted as executive vice president of Infospace Mobile and chief information office for AT&T Wireless. He remains on the board of the Competitive Carriers Association.

Roger Matthews, executive vice president and CFO of Panera Bread, has resigned. Matthews served as CFO for just more than a year. He previously worked for Goldman Sachs.


Executive Alert is a regular report on news involving the Show-Me State’s top executives.


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