Executive Alert is a weekly report on career moves, awards and recognition and other top news about executives from across the Show-Me State.
Anheuser-Busch executive Gary Rutledge is retiring from the brewer at the end of January. He will join St. Louis University’s law school as professor. Rutledge started his career as a partner at Clayton-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale before joining A-B in 1997. In 2008, he was named vice president of legal and government affairs of Companies.
Ryan VanWinkle, CFO at Overland Park, Kan.-based company Ferrellgas Partners L.P., has resigned. The company said VanWinkle left to pursue other opportunities. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Alan Heitmann, a senior vice president of finance, while the company searches for a permanent successor.
Kurt Heumann was named chief executive for Medicare & Retirement in Missouri and Kansas by UnitedHealthcare, replacing Mike Jones, who recently became the president of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Maryland. Heumann has worked for the company for 20 years. He previously served as CFO in the central region for UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual. In his new role, Heumann will oversee the portfolio of Medicare plans that are tied to more than 300,000 Medicare beneficiaries, including 250,000 in Missouri.
Springfield attorney Mark McQueary took office as the 2015 president of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA), succeeding 2014 President Dwayne Fulk. McQueary is a partner with Neale & Newman LLP. He is the 91st president of the association, which serves nearly 1,000 attorneys in southwest Missouri.
Alan Scarrow, previously president of Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, was promoted to president of Mercy Springfield Communities, which incorporates Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities. The move came after Mercy Health eliminated the position of president of its Springfield hospital. Scarrow, a practicing neurosurgeon, has been with Mercy since 2003.
Thomas Voss, retired CEO and Chairman of St. Louis-based utility Ameren Corp., was announced as chairman of Smart Wires, a utility transmission equipment firm based in Oakland, Calif. Voss joined Ameren as an engineer, and worked at the company for more than 40 years before his retirement last summer.
FutureFuel President Lee Mikles is resigning for personal reasons, effective Saturday. The company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Mikles will remain a member of FutureFuel’s board of directors, but he will not be active in the company’s management.
Bob Luke, Springfield franchise owner and senior regional manager for the Rib Crib Corporation, was named the new state president of The Missouri Restaurant Association. Alicia Cosgrove of DoubleTree by Hilton was named the new Springfield/Branson Chapter president for 2015.
St. Louis lawyer John Boyle has left Carmody MacDonald, and joined Doster, Ullom & Boyle in Chesterfield as a name partner. Boyle was a longtime partner at the Bryan Cave law firm. He joined the firm in 1980 and had been the group leader of the real estate and banking client service group since 2008, until he switched to Carmody MacDonald three years ago.
In the news
JoAnn Harmon Arnold, 74, the first female executive at Emerson, died Jan. 20 after a heart attack during a cruise in Asia. Arnold joined Emerson as a temporary secretary in 1966 and became the company’s first female executive in 1980. Emerson CEO and Chairman David Farr said in a statement that Arnold had shaped Emerson’s philanthropic programs, and steered the company’s major contributions, such as for the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park Forever, Washington University and the YWCA.
Jacqueline Leary, former vice president of Sunflower State Health Plan, who previously sued Sunflower and its Clayton-based parent Centene Corp. for wrongful firing, asked a judge Monday to toss out counterclaims accusing her of trying to extort $3 million. Leary filed the lawsuit in October, contending she was wrongfully fired after protesting potentially improper cost-cutting moves for the Kansas Medicaid program. The companies filed a counterclaim last month, alleging Leary tried to extort the money from them. Leary’s attorney said Leary has met with the Kansas attorney general’s office and state officials overseeing Medicaid, seeking sanctions.