Coca Cola (KO) Marketing Chief Tripodi to Retire Oct 23, 2014 10:02AM

Coca Cola (NYSE: KO) announced that after more than seven years of distinguished leadership and service as the Company’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, Joe Tripodi will retire from the Company at the end of February 2015.

Tripodi will be succeeded by Marcos De Quinto, a seasoned and respected Company veteran who is currently President of the Iberia Business Unit & Vice President, Europe Group.

“During his tenure, Joe has successfully led our Company’s worldwide marketing and commercial organization, and played a vital role in building and leveraging our marketing capabilities and talent around the globe,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “I want to thank Joe for his leadership, dedication and many contributions to our business, and wish him and his family much happiness in his retirement.”

Under Tripodi’s leadership, The Coca-Cola Company launched one of its most successful global campaigns for brand Coca-Cola, Open Happiness. The Company was named the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year in 2013, while Trademark Coca-Cola continued its multi-year run among the top of Interbrand’s Most Valuable Global Brand List. In addition, The Coca-Cola Company’s marketing strategies and innovative consumer engagement work earned it a place among Fast Company magazine’s Top 15 Most Innovative Companies in the World in 2013. The Company was also recognized as Advertising Age Marketer of the Year and Mobile Marketing Association Marketer of the Year. Earlier this year, Tripodi was inducted into the American Marketing Association Hall of Fame.

Tripodi joined Coca-Cola in 2007 from Allstate Insurance Company, where he was Chief Marketing Officer. He also served in Chief Marketing Officer roles for The Bank of New York, Seagram Spirits & Wine, and MasterCard International.

De Quinto will succeed Tripodi as Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 1, 2015.

“Over his tenure with Coca-Cola, Marcos has been known for his ardent passion for our brands, our business and our system, as well as his strategic capabilities,” said Mr. Kent. “Although Marcos’ DNA is that of a marketer, he has held a number of leadership roles throughout his career and he will bring a global view with strong operational experience to this key role. Through Marcos’ leadership, the Iberia Business Unit has become one of our best marketing centers of excellence worldwide. Our global marketing organization will benefit greatly from Marcos’ proven track record of success and his unique combination of world-class operational and marketing expertise.”

De Quinto has been in his current role since 2000. Previously, De Quinto held various Division Marketing roles across Spain, Southeast & West Asia, Germany, as well as general management roles in Singapore & Malaysia.

De Quinto has a Bachelor of Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Masters in Business Administration from the Instituto de Empresa.

Over the next several months, Tripodi and De Quinto will work in partnership to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

Knight Transportation (KNX) COO Keith Knight Resigns Oct 23, 2014 09:28AM

Knight Transportation (NYSE: KNX) announces, effective October 23, 2014, that Keith Knight has relinquished his role as COO of the Company. Keith will continue to serve the Company on a full time basis, though not as an officer. Keith will continue to support the growth and development of our Sales and Operations teams.

Kevin Knight, Chairman and CEO, commented, “We appreciate all that Keith has done and will continue to do for the Company. We greatly appreciate Keith’s positive influence with our people, our customers and our culture.”

Randy Knight, one of the Company’s Founders and a Director since 1990, resigned from the Board of Directors, effective October 23, 2014, in order to devote his attention to personal and family interests.

Kevin Knight commented, “We are very grateful for Randy’s leadership and service. We would like to thank Randy for all that he has done for our company. We would not have become the company that we are today without his strong influence, especially in our early years.”

Nokia (NOK) Names Sean Fernback as HERE President Oct 23, 2014 05:57AM

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced the appointment of Sean Fernback as President of HERE, Nokia's mapping and location intelligence business, and as a member of the Group Leadership team, with effect from November 1, 2014. Sean Fernback, who has been serving as Senior Vice President at HERE, is a trained engineer and a well-recognized technology expert with deep experience in the location, automotive, consumer and telecommunication businesses gained across a 25 year career.

Sean Fernback joined Nokia in early 2014 from TomTom, where he was a Senior Vice President of Engineering & Product Development and a member of the management team. At TomTom, he was responsible for overall consumer map production and distribution for the consumer market, hardware development, manufacturing and software engineering. Prior to joining TomTom in 2006, Sean served as chief technology officer of both TV Compass and Boardbug; chief information officer of Pogo, and other entrepreneurial positions.

"Location intelligence is becoming more important for businesses everywhere and we look forward to further unlocking the potential of that business," said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. "I believe that Sean has the insight and skills to lead and inspire the HERE team as it moves towards its goals."

"I am very excited about this role because I truly believe this company can do some great things in the coming years," said Sean Fernback, incoming President of HERE. "Our maps and location cloud will be critical enablers for automated driving as well as new location experiences for enterprises and consumers. I am pleased to be leading the team that makes it happen."

LSI Industries (LYTS) Names COO Dennis Wells as CEO Oct 22, 2014 12:42PM

LSI Industries (NASDAQ: LYTS) announced that Dennis W. Wells has been promoted from Chief Operating Officer (COO) to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As previously contemplated, and consistent with the Company's management succession plan, Robert J. Ready no longer holds the title of Executive Chairman, but will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Company expects to release its results for the first quarter ended September 30th on November 10, 2014.

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