Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards and recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.
St. Louis University Hospital CEO Phil Sowa has announced he will step down, as the hospital is transitioning from its current owner Tenet Healthcare to SSM Health. Sowa, who has served as the head of the medical center since 2011, will be succeeded by Kate Becker, who is the president of SSM’s St. Mary’s Medical Center in Richmond Heights and a former CEO of SLUCare.
Washington University has named David H. Perlmutter as its new medical school dean, replacing Larry Shapiro, who earlier this year announced his plan to retire. Perlmutter currently serves as the Vira I. Heinz Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Washington University for 15 years. The appointment will be effective Dec. 1.
Barbara Feiner, vice chancellor for finance and CFO of Washington University, is planning to retire from her post on Dec. 31. The university has formed a search committee to look for a successor. Feiner joined the university in 1996 as director of investment management. She was named CFO in 1997, and took the position of vice chancellor for finance in 1999. Prior to her career in Washington University, Feiner has worked at Edison Brothers Stores Inc. for 13 years.
Troy Paino, the president of Truman State University, has received a four-year contract extension from the school’s Board of Governors. Paino has worked as the Kirksville school’s president since 2010.
St. Anthony’s Medical Center has tapped its board chair, David Sindelar, to replace Michael Rindler as CEO, effective Sept. 1. Sindelar will also become the fourth member of the office of the president at St. Anthony’s, which is led by the mix of physicians and administrators. Sindelar previously served as CEO of technology company Viasystems Group Inc.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital CEO Maryann Reese has resigned after winning a battle to relocate the hospital from Belleville, Ill., to O’Fallon, Ill. Reese will leave at the end of the month to become the COO of the St. Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau. She and her administration led the contentious relocation of the hospital, which was approved in April by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
Lenexa, Kan.-based Balance Innovations LLC has hired Darren Knipp to succeed acting president and CEO Kurt Mueller, who will continue as chairman of the board of managers. Knipp most recently served as COO at Lenexa-based Perceptive Software, now known as Lexmark Enterprise Software. He has also worked as group product manager for Interwoven Inc. and general manager for Boeing’s Silicon Valley lab.
Bank of America has named Jackie Yoon as new market president for St. Louis. Yoon, who currently serves as managing director of U.S. Trust’s Midwest region for St. Louis and Kansas City, has held several leadership positions in the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She also serves on the boards of Youth in Need and the Contemporary Art Museum.
Drew Solomon, a staffer at the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, was promoted to the new position of vice president of business and job development after a national search. Solomon joined the EDC in 2011 as a coordinator, and he has been a driving force behind entrepreneurial initiatives such as LaunchKC and luring Techweek to Kansas City. In his new position, Solomon will oversee business attraction, retention and expansion activities, as well as tech and entrepreneurship programs.