Executive Alert: Sprint reshuffles, James’ chief of staff returns to Polsinelli

Executive Alert is a weekly report on C-level news from across the Show-Me State.


Career moves

UniGroup has named Jim Powers as new president. Powers, who is currently serving as the president of UniGroup Logistics, succeeds longtime president Rich McClure. He will lead UniGroup as president beginning next year.

Nikesh Arora was recently appointed to Sprint's board of directors. |Courtesy of Flickr
Nikesh Arora was recently appointed to Sprint’s board of directors. | Courtesy of Flickr

Sprint Corp.’s chief marketing officer Jeff Hallock has decided to leave the company after meeting with new CEO Marcelo Claure. Hallock has been part of Sprint’s marketing department since 1999, and he will remain in charge of daily marketing operations until a successor is named.

Sprint has appointed SoftBank vice chairman Nikesh Arora to its board of directors. Arora is the chief executive of SoftBank Internet and Media and formerly a Google vice president. His appointment creates a ninth position on the board at Sprint.

Cindy Brinkley has joined Centene Corp. as executive vice president of international operations and business integration. Brinkley recently served as vice president of global human resources at General Motors until last year, and previously worked as president of AT&T Missouri.

John McGurk, Kansas City Mayor Sly James‘ chief of staff, has returned to Polsinelli PC, where he previously was an attorney for nearly four years before joining the mayor’s team.

Centene’s Chairman, President and CEO Michael Neidorff was named the 21st chairman of the National Urban League. Neidorff began his two-year term earlier this month.

Raymond T. Wagner, Jr., Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Enterprise Holdings Inc., was elected the Chairman of the Board of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM). Wagner has served as Director of Revenue in Missouri and legal counsel to former Missouri Governor John Ashcroft.

Todd Schnuck, a grandson of the founders of Schnuck Markets, rises to chairman and CEO of Schnuck Markets from the No. 2 spot at the company, succeeding his brother, Scott Schnuck.

Awards and recognition

Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson, The Studios Inc. founder Brad Nicholson and painter Mauricio Zuniga were announced as three individuals recipients of the 2015 ArtsKC awards.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke | Courtesy of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch
Rams owner Stan Kroenke | Courtesy of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch

Tim Barton, founder and executive chairman of Freightquote; Gary Fish, founder and board chairman of Fishnet Security Inc.; and Leo Morton, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City were honored and inducted into the Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame.

In the news

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke was scheduled to meet later this year with the mayor of Inglewood, Calif., a city located near Los Angeles. The move has added to speculation that Kroenke will move the team to the Los Angeles area.

A committee of lawmakers has been created to look into allegations that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has been exchanging political favors for campaign contributions.


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