Executive Alert: Centene CFO to retire, fomer Paric executive convicted of fraud

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

William Scheffel, chief financial officer of Centene, has announced he will retire next year. Scheffel will be succeeded by Jeffrey Schwaneke, senior vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer of the company. Schwaneke has 18 years of experience in the industry. Before joining Centene in 2008, he served as vice president, controller and chief accounting officer at Novelis Inc.

After announcing to resign, Doug Woodruff said he would continue to work with the riverfront stadium task force | Photo courtesy of Downtown STL
After announcing to resign, Doug Woodruff said he would continue to work with the riverfront stadium task force | Photo courtesy of Downtown STL

Doug Woodruff has resigned from his post as president and CEO of Downtown STL Inc. and the Community Improvement District (CID). Woodruff will join Wexford Science and Technology, where he has accepted a senior business position. Missy Kelley, Downtown STL’s COO, was named to head the nonprofit. Kelley has previously worked for Energizer, Coca-Cola, Express Scripts and Monarch Marketing.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center has hired Michael Knecht as new COO, replacing Trevor Wright, who left the COO spot earlier this year. Knecht most recently served as vice president of operations and chief experience officer at the Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta in California, where he was responsible for strategic master planning and human resources division.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has appointed Dr. John Dougherty to be the interim dean of the new Joplin campus, which will open to 150 new students in 2017. Dougherty will oversee the curriculum design, recruiting faculty and fundraising for the campus. In the meantime, he will continue his work as the senior associate dean for clinical affairs and graduate medical education at KCU’s Kansas City campus from a distance. After a permanent dean is in place, Dougherty will resume his position in Kansas City.

Bishop-McCann president Rob Adams was named to become the new CEO by Dan Nilsen, founder and long-time CEO of the Kansas City-based meeting, event and incentive travel agency. Nilsen will continue to serve in an advisory role. Adams, who previously served as general manager of Microsoft Dynamics Canada, joined Bishop-McCann in November and will remain president of the company as he takes on his new role as CEO.

In the news

Brian Paluch, former CFO and senior vice president at Paric Corp., has been convicted on three counts of mail fraud in which he used the company’s corporate funds to pay personal expenses. Paluch joined the St. Louis-based construction management firm in 2005, and was fired in February 2014. Sentencing is set for Nov. 30.

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