Steve Forte appointed as Virgin America’s new COO

Steve Forte appointed as Virgin America’s new COO

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Virgin America announced the appointment of thirty-year aviation industry veteran Steve Forte as the Company's new Chief Operating Officer. Forte will be the California-based airlines first ever COO, with oversight of Flight Operations, the Operation Control Center, Aircraft Maintenance, Safety and Guest Services. Forte spent most of his career at United Airlines, starting as a pilot, progressing through the ranks of Flight Operations management and ultimately serving as SVP-Flight Operations and Director of Operations, a position he held from 1999 to 2006. As a senior executive at United Airlines, Forte played a critical role in leading the company through complex business events including United's financial restructuring. Since then, he has served as President and CEO of two aviation software companies, including one (Naverus Inc.) that was acquired by GE Aviation. He has accumulated more…
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Bill Blais is appointed as Executive Vice President at LOYAL3

Bill Blais is appointed as Executive Vice President at LOYAL3

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Bill Blais has been named LOYAL3 Executive Vice President, effective immediately. LOYAL3 offers a technology platform that enables individual investors to buy stock in their favorite companies on Facebook or the web easily, in affordable amounts and with no fees to buy or sell stock. Mr. Blais will lead LOYAL3 Securities, Inc.'s efforts in positioning LOYAL3's highly scalable technology platform for IPOs and follow-on offerings. Called a Social IPO™, the platform provides IPO access to individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis on Facebook and the web at the same price, and the same time, as institutions. "Bill's 28 years on Wall Street make him uniquely qualified to lead our capital markets segment," said Barry Schneider, LOYAL3 Chairman & CEO. "People who have worked with Bill know and trust him, and we look…
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Lowe’s selects Marise Kumar for senior strategy position

Lowe’s selects Marise Kumar for senior strategy position

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced that Marise Kumar has joined the company as senior vice president of strategy and modeling. Kumar reports to Robert J. Gfeller, Customer Experience Design Executive. “We want to be trusted advisers for consumers at each step of their home improvement process, by helping deliver better experiences for them whenever and wherever they shop with Lowe’s” Kumar is responsible for identifying opportunities that will positively impact the customer experience. She will work closely with leaders in Customer Experience and across the organization to ensure these opportunities are practical, financially valid and create a compelling experience for customers across all channels. (more…)
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Former Yapta CEO Tom Romary joins Rearden Commerce to lead the company’s consumer and loyalty services business

Former Yapta CEO Tom Romary joins Rearden Commerce to lead the company’s consumer and loyalty services business

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Rearden Commerce, creator of the Deem™ ecommerce platform, today announced the appointment of Tom Romary as Senior Vice President, Consumer Services. An entrepreneur and seasoned executive with deep experience in managing consumer Internet and ecommerce businesses, Mr. Romary will be responsible for leading Rearden Commerce’s growing consumer and loyalty services business — both primary drivers of the Deem platform. (more…)
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Starbucks adds social media entrepreneur Clara Shih to their board

Starbucks adds social media entrepreneur Clara Shih to their board

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Starbucks Corp has added social media entrepreneur Clara Shih to the coffee giant’s board of directors. Shih is CEO of Hearsay Social, a San Francisco-based provider of social media platforms for companies. She developed Faceforce, a Facebook business app, and is a best-selling author. The addition of Shih, 29, comes at a time when Starbucks has been expanding its digital reach, with apps and location-based social networking websites such as Foursquare and Brightkite. (more…)
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Audi appoints Jeri Ward  as the first-ever Director of Customer Experience

Audi appoints Jeri Ward as the first-ever Director of Customer Experience

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Jeri Ward has been an employee of the automotive industry for over 20 years, but it was just recently that she was named the first-ever director of Customer Experience for Audi. Jeri Ward  is to build loyalty and create Audi fans through various customer insight activities, panels and programs. As Ward leads this new team within Audi of America, she says it is her roots that have given her the ability to become a successful businesswoman. (more…)
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Delta Names Tad Hutcheson Vice President – Community and Public Affairs

Delta Names Tad Hutcheson Vice President – Community and Public Affairs

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Delta Air Lines named Tad Hutcheson vice president – Community and Public Affairs, where he will oversee the airline's global strategy to enhance its leadership position in the communities it serves. Prior to joining Delta, Hutcheson served as vice president of Marketing and Sales for AirTran Airways. He had worked for Delta's planning and marketing departments prior to leaving the company in 1995. (more…)
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