Executive Alert: Nixon appoints UM curators, SSM chief to retire

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed three new board members and one student representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Nixon added Jon SundvoldThomas R. Voss and Mary E. Nelson. Sundvold, of Columbia, is the president of investment advisory firm Sundvold Financial. He was an All-American basketball player at MU and played for several years in the NBA. Voss, of Eureka, is the former chief executive of Ameren and currently the chairman of SmartWires, a grid organization company. Nelson, of St. Louis, is the general counsel and chief legal officer for the St. Louis Community College District. She was appointed by Nixon in 2015, but the Senate did not approve her.

Shortly after protests at MU last fall, the only two black board members, Yvonne Sparks and David Steward, resigned. Both represented the St. Louis area. For most of the year the board has been operating with six members out of possible nine. Since the latest appointments were made when the Missouri Legislature was not in session, each appointee immediately becomes a full, voting member of the board. The Senate can vote on the appointees after the lawmakers return for a session.

Marv Danielski announced his resignation from the post of a president and general manager at KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis. Danielski will officially leave his post July 1.

Bill Thompsonwill retire from his role as chief executive of SSM Health after almost five years as CEO. Thompson will remain in his position until the next CEO is named, the St. Louis-based health system said.

MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries promoted David Kutchback to the role of president and CEO. Kutchback has held the posts on an interim basis since the previous president and CEO, Lewis Chartock, retired in October. Before that, Kutchback served asa assistant CEO, chief of staff and chief operating officer for the St. Louis-based nonprofit.

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