Executive Alert: Wilson named CEO of Blue KC, Brown Shoe has new CFO

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

Career moves

Danette Wilson| Courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Danette Wilson| Courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Danette K. Wilson is now the president and chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City after serving as interim chief executive for six months following David Gentile’s retirement last year. Wilson, who was previously responsible for the sales and marketing department at Blue KC, has been with the company for more than 25 years.

Dave Nichols, who has served as director of the Missouri Department of Transportation since April 2013, announced he will retire May 1. The news came one day after the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved MoDOT’s “Missouri 325 System,” a plan for 2017, when the department’s budget will drop to $325 million.

Russ Hammer is leaving Brown Shoe Company after less than a year as CFO of the St. Louis-based footwear company. Kenneth Hannah who most recently served as CFO of J.C. Penney Co., will fill Hammer’s role. The company did not provide a reason for Hammer’s departure.

Michael Benson will assume the role of chief operating officer at GROUP360, a St. Louis marketing firm. In his role as COO, a newly created position within the company, Benson will manage organization’s daily operations and report to CEO Tim Rutter.

In the news

Ramona Segers-Howard, a former Enterprise Bank & Trust executive, alleges she faced racial and sex discrimination during her time with the company. Segers-Howard, who worked at Enterprise from 2004 to 2014, filed a suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court that alleges, among other things, she received raises that were smaller than those given to her white, male counterparts.

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