Executive Alert: Emerson CIO departing, Missouri has new chief justice

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


Career moves

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge | Courtesy of courts.mo.gov
Patricia Breckenridge | Courtesy of courts.mo.gov

Patricia Breckenridge took office as the Missouri Supreme Court’s chief justice on July 1, following Mary R. Russell into the court’s top post. The succession marks the first time in Missouri history a woman has succeeded another woman as chief justice. Breckenridge was named to the Supreme Court by Gov. Matt Blunt in 2007. She started her career as an associate circuit judge in Vernon County in 1982, and was appointed to the appeals court’s division in Kansas City by Gov. John Ashcroft in 1990.

Emerson’s chief information officer Kathy McElligott is leaving for San Francisco-based McKesson Corp., a health information technology and drug distribution company where she will be serving as executive vice president, chief information officer and chief technology officer. Prior to joining Emerson as vice president of IT for power transmission in 2000, McElligott worked as CIO of supply chain with General Electric.

Michael Crews is leaving his post as CFO of Peabody Energy to take the top financial position at another undisclosed company. Amy Schwetz, a 10-year veteran of the St. Louis-based coal company, will replace Crews as Peabody’s executive vice president and CFO.

Sheila Sweeney will helm the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership on an interim basis. Sweeney, who serves as chairman of the economic development agency’s board, will take over for the retiring Denny Coleman, whose last day is Aug. 1. Sweeney said she is not in the running to fill the position on a permanent basis.

Independent insurance broker Lockton has announced that Peter Caine will become the chief operating officer and executive vice president of its St. Louis-area operations. Previously, Caine worked at global insurance broker Aon Risk Services for 14 years. In his new position, Caine will be responsible for risk management and employee benefits operations.

Duvel Moortgat, owner of Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing, has named Bobby Dykstra as the new vice president of sales of its U.S. company. Dykstra succeeds Steve Mills, who left the company to become chief executive of a Utah-based brewer. Dykstra has been working in the beer industry for 12 years, previously serving as Duvel’s director of sales-national accounts.

In the news

Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar, was as announced as the new CEO of Sprint on Aug. 7, 2014. He is pictured here during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr
Marcelo Claure made almost $22 million in eight months at Sprint. | Courtesy of World Economics Forum/Flickr

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is reported to be the highest-paid telecom leader in the United States. The Financial Times reports that Claure earned $22 million in less than eight months. By comparison, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson earned $24 million in a full year. According to Sprint’s SEC filings, between August 2014 and the end of March 2015, Claure’s pay package included a base salary of $923,000 and a $2.4 million bonus, as well as stock and options worth $18 million.

State Rep. Tommie Pierson, a Bellefontaine Neighbors Democrat, announced that he will run for lieutenant governor next year. Pierson, who serves as a senior pastor at Greater St. Mark Family Church, was first elected to the Missouri House in 2010. Pierson later became the chairman of state’s Legislative Black Caucus.


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