Executive alert: Save-A-Lot names new CEO, CenturyLink sees cloud shakeup

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

Career moves

Eric Claus will serve as the new chief executive of Save-A-Lot, the Earth City-based grocery chain. Claus comes from the Canadian discount grocery chain Red Apple Stores Inc. to lead Save-A-Lot, which is a candidate for a spin-off by its parent company, Minnesota-based SuperValu. He replaces Save-A-Lot president and CEO Ritchie Casteel, who will continue as the company’s president.

Park University in Kansas City has named Greg Gunderson as its new president. Gunderson, who most recently served as vice president and CFO of Webster University in St. Louis, replaces interim president Jeff Ehrlich and will assume his new role as the university’s 17th president in January.

Ed Bartak will serve as chairman of accounting firm RSM US LLP for the next year. Chicago-based RSM, previously called McGladrey, has the seventh-largest presence of any accounting firm in Kansas City. Bartak, who is RSM’s managing partner for its Kansas City office, replaces Craig Radke, whose term expired at the end of November.

Mike Goff | Courtesy of Twitter/rmgoff
Mike Goff | Courtesy of Twitter/rmgoff

Barkley has named Mike Goff its new executive vice president for account leadership. The Kansas City-based advertising agency created the position for Goff, who will oversee key accounts for the company. Previously, he served as president of Overland Park, Kan.-based Premier Sports Management.

Harlan Brownlee is the new CEO of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. The position was created specially for Brownlee, who resigned in July from his role as CEO of ArtsKC, a regional arts council. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey was established in the 1980s as the second home of the New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Don Strom of Washington University in St. Louis will resign as the university’s police department chief, effective Dec. 28, and join Edward Jones as department leader of global security. Strom has worked at the university for 16 years.

Brenner Holland, vice president of development for Kansas City-based Hunt Midwest, has been chosen as the new president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. Holland will lead the association’s 2016 executive committee, which also includes Harold Phelps of Phelps Engineering; Gary Kerns of Gary Kerns Homebuilders; Mark Mather, of Mather Development; and Sara Corless.

In the news

John “Jack” Holley, the owner of Grandpa Pidgeon’s Roost who helped transform the discount retailer from a single store into a regional chain with 15 locations around the St. Louis area and Illinois, died at the age of 91 after a long illness. Holley continued the business that his father-in-law launched in 1953 by opening the first Grandpa Pidgeon’s Roost in Bridgeton.

Brian Paluch of Kirkwood, formerly chief financial officer and senior vice president of St. Louis-based construction company Paric Corp. will serve 38 months in prison for a fraudulent scheme in which he spent company’s money for personal expenses. Paluch also was ordered to pay $393,659 in restitution to Paric, and pay a $15,000 fine.

Jonathan King, a cloud computing executive for CenturyLink in St. Louis has left the company. He had been serving as vice president. King is one of two top cloud executives who resigned, potentially signaling a shift in the way the company views its cloud strategy. King came to CenturyLink after its bought Savvis for $3.2 billion acquisition of in 2011. He is also an investor in Cultivation Capital.

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