Executive Alert: St. Louis arts commission picks director, YRC adds board seat

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

The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission office | Courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
Felicia Shaw will lead the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. | Courtesy of the St. Louis RAC

Felicia Shaw is the new executive director of St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission. Shaw has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit arts. She replaces Jill McGuire, who served RAC for more than 30 years.

YRC Worldwide Inc., the Overland Park, Kan.-based transportation and logistics services provider, has added a seat to its board and named Patricia Nazemetz as its newest board member. Nazemetz was the chief human resource officer at Xerox Corp. for more than three decades.

Oliver Goudet, the CEO of a private investment firm JAB Holding, is reportedly a favorite to be nominated as the next chairman of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgian parent company of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch. Goudet would succeed Kees Storm, A-B InBev’s current chair, whose term expires this year.

Jeff Johnson, Boeing Co.’s Middle East president, is moving to St. Louis to serve as the vice president, business development at Boeing Military Aircraft. He will report to BMA president Shelly Lavender.

Jeff Johnson | Courtesy  Boeing
Jeff Johnson | Courtesy Boeing

Robert Holmes will become the president and chief executive of Commerce Bank in St. Louis. Holmes, 51, previously served as the managing director and head of regional banking at The PrivateBank.

The Kansas City Star Media Co. has named Tony Berg as its new vice president of advertising. Previously, Berg had a similar role at The Wichita Eagle, where he had been working since September 2012.

Awards and honors

Terry Brewer, the founder and CEO of Rolla-based electronic materials manufacturer Brewer Science, received the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes Brewer’s  innovation in developing microelectronic products used in many modern electronics.

In the news

Teresa Jean Whitten of Claycomo was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution for her involvement in a $5 million mortgage fraud scheme. Whitten ran the scheme through a real estate business called Leadership to Homeownership.

George Paz, the chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holdings Co., saw his 2014 pay decrease less than one percent from 2013, according to a company proxy statement. Paz’s total compensation dipped to $12.92 million due to a decrease of nearly $1.4 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation.

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