Executive Alert: Google Fiber CEO departs; BJC chief honored for leadership

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

Ron Lockton | Courtesy of Lockton Companies
Career moves

Gregory McCray, CEO of Access, the Alphabet subsidiary that runs Google Fiber, left the position Monday after five months on the job. Previously, he served as the CEO of Aero Communications, a broadband and wireless service company. McCray replaced former CEO Craig Barratt, who stepped down in October 2016.

Glenn Spencer has resigned after less than three months as president and CEO of Lockton Cos. Inc., the privately held insurance company. Spencer had worked at Lockton since 2005 and served as COO and president of U.S. operations. He succeeded former CEO John Lumelleau on May 1 after his retirement. The company’s vice chairman, Ron Lockton, will take over as CEO.

Emily Lohse-Busch will serve as the new executive director of Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization supporting entrepreneurship in St. Louis. Previously, she had worked as the senior director of partner solutions with Global Impact and founded a strategic communication company in Chicago. She replaced Ginger Imster, who left Arch Grants in February for a job at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Emily Lohse-Busch | Courtesy of Arch Grants

Michael Lawrence was named the new president of Bank of America’s St. Louis market. Lawrence joined Bank of America in 2000 and previously served as market president for New Mexico. Lawrence replaces Jackie Yoon, who left the position in May.

Malcolm Robinson will serve as president of Caleres’ new men’s and international division. The St. Louis-based footwear company owns brands including Sam Edelman and Franco Sarto. Previously, Robinson was an executive at One Jeanswear Group, Tommie Copper and Phillips Van Heusen.

Awards and recognition

Steven H. Lipstein, president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, received the 2017 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Lipstein joined BJC, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the U.S., in 1999 after serving at the University of Chicago and John Hopkins medical centers. The annual award is given to a health care leader who makes significant leadership contribution.

In the news

Richard “Dick” Ford, former president and CEO of Centerre Bank, died on July 15 at age 81. Ford founded Gateway Associates, the predecessor of the private equity firm Two Rivers Associates.

Verna Cheryl Womack, former CEO of the commercial trucking insurance company National Association of Independent Truckers, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison without parole on Monday. She was found guilty of engaging in tax fraud involving offshore accounts. Womack was ordered to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution to the IRS.

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