Executive Alert: Peabody names chief legal officer, Sifton reflects on AG race

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

Bobby Olm-Shipman, St. Luke's Health System president and CEO | Courtesy of
Bobby Olm-Shipman | Courtesy of

Career moves

Peabody Energy has named A. Verona Dorch to replace Alex Schoch as executive vice president, chief legal officer, government affairs and corporate secretary. Dorch, who earned her juris doctor from Harvard Law School, previously served as the chief legal officer at Pennsylvania-based Harsco Corp. The appointment is effective Monday.

Saint Luke’s Health System has tapped Bobby Olm-Shipman to lead Saint Luke’s South Hospital as its new president and CEO, replacing Jani Johnson. Olm-Shipman joined the health system in 2003, and he most recently served as vice president of planning and project management. The appointment will take effect Sept. 8.

In the news

Sen. Scott Sifton, D-St. Louis, is the first Democrat to declare for the 2016 attorney general's race. | Courtesy of the Missouri Senate
Scott Sifton | Courtesy of the Missouri Senate

State Sen. Scott Sifton, who announced in late July that he would not run for attorney general and would instead seek re-election to his senate seat, spoke with St. Louis Public Radio about his decision to bow out of the attorney general race. Sifton said that the decision was not made under pressure from top Democrats. Sifton also expressed support for Teresa Hensley. Hensley, the former Cass County prosecutor, entered the Democratic scramble for attorney general after Sifton announced his departure. Sifton said he sees Hensley as better qualified for the position than St. Louis County Assesor Jake Zimmerman, because Hensley has been a prosecutor for about a decade.

Asim Pasha, the co-founder and former CEO of Sporting Innovation who was sued by the company for plotting to steal trade secrets, has filed a counterclaim. Pasha denied all the claims of wrongdoing made against him. He also argued that he was not just CEO, but a minority owner of Sporting Innovations and a personal owner of a patent that’s key to Sporting Innovations’ suit and its business.

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