Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home / Special Section / The RBJ 75 CEOs

The RBJ 75 CEOs

Jose Acevedo M.D.
President and CEO, Finger Lakes Health
Acevedo became the first physician to head Finger Lakes Health when he was named president and CEO in 2010. He joined the health system in 2004 as vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. In 2009, he became executive vice president. Before that he trained and worked at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Acevedo also received an MBA from New York Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of Seagate Alliance, the board of Keuka College, the community center advisory council of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission.

Donald Bain
President, St. John Fisher College
Bain has held various positions at the college since 1975, culminating in his appointment to the presidency in September 2004. He serves on the boards of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and the Rochester Business Alliance, and, as a retired judge, he is a member of the New York State Magistrates Association. In April 2012, he was elected chairman of the Rochester Area Colleges Presidents’ Council. He holds a graduate certificate in educational management from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. Bain, who served in the Navy and is a Vietnam-era veteran, is a specialist in 20th-century American national security. He has been a visiting scholar at the Defense Intelligence Agency and held a senior appointment at the National Defense University.

Mary Barra
CEO, General Motors Co.
Barra was named CEO of General Motors in January. She is also a member of the GM board of directors. Barra had been executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain, since August 2013, and before that was senior vice president, global product development, since February 2011. In these roles, she was responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world. Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985. In 1990, she graduated with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988.

Christopher Booth
President and CEO,
The Lifetime Healthcare Cos. Inc.
Booth became head of Lifetime in 2013. He began his career in 1986 at Hinman, Straub P.C. in Albany with a law practice dedicated exclusively to insurers and HMOs, and in later years he led the firm’s health care practice. He joined the Lifetime Healthcare Cos. in 2004 and held roles of increasing responsibility, including president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, prior to taking the CEO position. Booth is a director of the Rochester Business Alliance, the Business Council of New York State, WXXI, St. John Fisher College and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. He is also a member of the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. A native of Waterbury, Conn., he earned a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from Albany Law School.
James Branciforte
President and CEO, Lifetime Assistance Inc.
Branciforte became president and CEO of Lifetime Assistance in 1988. He received a B.S. from SUNY College at Brockport and an MSW from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. In 2008, he was named the Greater Rochester Awards Executive of the Year.
Daan Braveman
President, Nazareth College
Braveman became president of Nazareth College in 2005. A Rochester native, he graduated from Brighton High School and the University of Rochester. He obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was a law clerk to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. Braveman joined Syracuse University College of Law in 1977 and was dean from 1994 to 2002. Braveman serves on the boards of the New York Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the state Interest on Lawyer Account Fund, the Rochester Business Alliance and the Jewish Federation. He is co-chairman of the Sage Commission, a task force of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

William Brown
Chairman, president and CEO, Harris Corp.
Brown was appointed president and CEO in November 2011 and elected chairman of the board in April 2014. Earlier he had held executive positions in several divisions of United Technologies Corp. Before joining UTC in 1997, he worked for McKinsey & Co. as a senior engagement manager and at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. as a project engineer. Brown is a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the United States-Brazil CEO Forum and the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Ursula Burns
Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp.
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a summer intern in mechanical engineering and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, she led several business teams, including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president for corporate strategic services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox’s global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. Burns was named president in April 2007 and was elected to the company’s board of directors. She was named CEO in July 2009 and chairman in May 2010.

Marc Casper
President and CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Casper joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2001 and was named president and CEO in 2009. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, he was president, CEO and a director of Kendro Laboratory Products. Before Kendro, he worked at Dade Behring Inc. and at Bain & Co. as a strategy consultant and later joined Bain Capital. Casper received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University. He serves on the U.S.-China Business Council and the Massachusetts Math & Science Initiative and is a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of U.S. companies.

Jeffrey Clarke
CEO, Eastman Kodak Co.
Prior to joining Kodak, Clarke was a managing partner of Augusta Columbia Capital, a private investment firm focused on middle-market technology and technology-enabled businesses that he co-founded in 2012. From 2006 to 2011, Clarke was CEO of Travelport, Inc., a private technology firm, where he successfully launched an IPO for Travelport’s Orbitz business. He has been a member of Kodak’s board since his election as CEO in March 2014.

Mark Clement
Co-CEO, Rochester Regional Health System
Clement joined Rochester General Health System as president and CEO in 2006. Under his leadership RGHS has evolved into a health system of eight clinically integrated affiliates led by flagship Rochester General Hospital, which is nationally recognized for quality, efficiency and value. He previously was president of Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and president and CEO of both MetroWest Medical Center in suburban Boston and Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. A native of Cincinnati, Clement earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Xavier University.

Christopher Crane
President and CEO, Exelon Corp.
Crane has worked in the nuclear industry for more than 30 years. He joined Exelon (then ComEd) in 1998 and was named chief nuclear officer in 2004. He added responsibility for Exelon’s fossil, hydro and renewables facilities in 2007 and was named president of Exelon Generation in 2008. Before joining Exelon, Crane was Browns Ferry site vice president for the Tennessee Valley Authority and worked at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Texas and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona. He studied at New Hampshire Technical College and attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Frank Curci
CEO, Tops Markets LLC
Curci most recently served as chief operating officer for Alabama-based Southern Family markets, a subsidiary of C&S Wholesale Grocers, where he led the startup of two chains. While at Koninklijke Ahold N.V. from 1995 to 2003, he was CEO of Tops and held senior leadership positions at the BI-LO chain in South Carolina and Edwards Super Food stores on the East Coast. Curci also spent nine years at Mayfair Supermarkets, which operated as Foodtown in New Jersey. He earned a B.A. and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Daniel D’Aniello
Chairman, the Carlyle Group
D’Aniello is a founder of Carlyle. Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, he was the vice president for finance and development at Marriott Corp. for eight years. Before Marriott, he was a financial officer at PepsiCo Inc. and Trans World Airlines. D’Aniello is a 1968 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1974 graduate of the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, the Lumen Institute, the U.S.-China CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Research and the board of trustees of Syracuse University. D’Aniello also has served as chairman or director of several private companies in which Carlyle has or had significant investments.

Bruce Darling
President and CEO,
Center for Disability Rights Inc.
Darling is co-founder of the Center for Disability Rights Inc. During his career, he has dealt with a variety of disability issues. He also is a community organizer with ADAPT, a national grassroots community of disability rights activists, and has written a number of public policy analyses on disability rights issues. He holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Rochester and an M.S. degree in public relations management from Syracuse University.

Paul DeCarolis
Chairman, DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc.
DeCarolis runs the company started by his father, Louis DeCarolis, during the Great Depression. He has been a member of the Rochester Rotary Club, the Rochester Italian Charities and the Circus Saints and Sinners Club of America. He also has been director of the Truck Rental and Leasing Association, a trade group.

Thomas Degnan
CEO, Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd.
Degnan is a director of Reynolds Group Holdings and a director and officer of a number of companies within the group. He served as a director of Burns, Philp & Co. Pty. Ltd. and of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd. while both were public companies.

William Destler
President, Rochester Institute of Technology
Destler became pre-sident of Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007. He had been senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the Uni-versity of Maryland at College Park. He serves on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Effective Leadership and is a board member for the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation. He is a member of the board for New York¹s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He is on the steering committee for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Destler serves on community boards as well: Rochester General Health System, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance, Golisano Family Foundation, High Tech Rochester and Torvec Inc. He earned a B.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and a physics Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Anthony DiMarzo
President, Mark IV Enterprises
DiMarzo is a Rochester native whose family operated a small grocery store. He earned a degree in finance and real estate at Syracuse University and established Mark IV Construction Co. Inc. with other family members in 1967. Mark IV builds town-home communities, apartment communities and commercial and professional office developments. Over the last 10 years, Mark IV has developed nine Legacy retirement communities in the Rochester area. Mark IV and its affiliated companies also manage their holdings. Mark IV has added licensed assisted living to offer a continuum of care to its 1,100-plus Legacy independent living residents.

James Dimon,
Chairman, president and CEO,
JPMorgan Chase
Dimon became CEO on Dec. 31, 2005, and chairman of its board a year later. He has a B.A. from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Richard Dorschel
President and CEO, The Dorschel Group
Dorschel began his career in 1968 as a new-car salesperson and in 1977 purchased Dorschel Buick from his father, who had started it in 1949. The Dorschel Group now has six locations representing nine new-car franchises, a collision center and two special financing outlets for pre-owned vehicles in Upstate Auto Credit. Dorschel was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2007. He has served on the JPMorgan Chase regional advisory board and is a past board member of Pictometry International. He is a director of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association. He earned a B.A. in business administration/management from the University of Georgia and attended the GM Institute dealer program and the Pat Ryan Institute of auto finance and insurance.

Joseph Eazor
President and CEO, Earthlink Holdings
Appointed to his current position in January 2014, Eazor previously held executive positions at EMC Corp., Electronic Data Systems Corp., Hewlett-Packard and Springbow Solutions Inc. He has also served as a director at McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Daniel Edwards
President and CEO, Vision Automotive Group
Edwards and his wife, Margie, opened Empire Ford in 1995. Since then he has expanded to nine dealerships in Rochester, selling vehicles made by Kia, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, GMC and Buick. Edwards is past vice president of the Webster Lions Club and an active member of St. Rita’s Church. He is involved in Camp Smile, Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels and the Webster Soccer Association. Edwards graduated from SUNY College at Oswego with a marketing degree.
David Fiedler
CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union
Under Fiedler’s leadership, access to ESL has expanded significantly, resulting in membership of about 319,000 and an asset base of approximately $4.8 billion. Fiedler joined ESL in 1997 as senior vice president and retail operations manager. In 2000, he was appointed executive vice president and marketplace manager and was elected to the board of directors. He was appointed president and CEO in March 2003 and relinquished the president’s title in May 2012 when ESL appointed Faheem Masood as president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining ESL, Fiedler worked for Eastman Kodak Co. in a variety of financial positions, including director of cash management, director of foreign exchange risk management and director of investor relations. A native of Minneapolis, he graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He serves on the boards of ESL Federal Credit Union and Frontier Telephone of Rochester Inc. and is former board chairman of the United Way of Greater Rochester and treasurer of the Rochester Business Alliance.
Jose Ignacio Sanchez Galan
Chairman and CEO, Iberdrola S.A.
Galan is an industrial engineer trained at Escuela Superior Industrial ICAI of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid. He holds degrees in business administration and foreign trade from ICADE at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (Madrid) and from the Escuela de Organizacion Industrial of Madrid. In addition, he has been a professor at the School of Industrial Engineers at ICAI. He has held various management positions at Sociedad Espanola del Acumulador Tudor S.A. (now Grupo Exide). Also, he has been director/general manager of Industria de Turbo Propulsores S.A. (ITP), chairman of the German consortium Eurojet and CEO of Airtel Movil (now Vodafone Espana).

Jeff Gardner
President and CEO,
Windstream Communications Inc.
Appointed to his current position in December 2005, Gardner previously was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alltel Corp. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of U.S. companies. Gardner earned a degree in finance from Purdue University and an MBA from William and Mary. He is a certified public accountant. He serves on the board of directors of RF Micro Devices Inc., Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Darlington School and Loras College. He is chairman of the Arkansas Research Alliance and chairman of the advisory board for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Distance Health.

Mark Gearan
President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
A former director of the Peace Corps, Gearan has been president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1999. He was deputy chief of staff and director of communications in the White House during the Clinton administration. Gearan is chairman of the Talloires Network Steering Committee and is an appointee of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform. A native of Massachusetts, Gearan earned his B.A. in government at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University.
Marisa Geitner
President and CEO, Heritage Christian Services
Geitner has been with Heritage Christian Services for 20 years and became CEO in January 2013. She began with the agency by working relief shifts as a direct support professional. After becoming a full-time employee, she developed a speech pathology department and then a new model for day programs that spread throughout the state; created a workforce development department that now supports 1,400 employees; and planned and launched the agency’s Pieters Family Life Center. Geitner has served on boards for agencies including Seniors First, Home Care of Rochester, Holy Childhood, the Council of Reformed Charities and the New York Wine and Culinary Center. She also has served as an adjunct professor at Nazareth College of Rochester, teaching a graduate seminar in developmental disabilities. Geitner is a Nazareth alumna and earned her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in speech and language pathology there.

Ralf Gerbershagen
CEO, Kodak Alaris Holdings Ltd.
Prior to joining Alaris on April 1, 2014, Gerbershagen was vice president and general manager Europe for mobile devices at Motorola GmbH. Educated in electronics and computer science at the University of Bingen, Gerbershagen started his professional career with Siemens AG, where he held global responsibility for the power capacitors business. As export sales manager at Siemens & Matsushita, he was in charge of the passive components and electron tubes business for various regions. He moved to Motorola in 1995. Gerbershagen is a member of the BITKOM board of directors and the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Barry Gilbert
Chairman and CEO, IEC Electronics Corp.
Gilbert has been a director of IEC Electronics since 1993 and board chairman since February 2001. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Gilbert previously was president of the thermal management group of Bowthorpe PLC and corporate vice president and president of the analytical products division of Milton Roy Co., a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. He has an MBA from the Simon School and a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University.

Frank Hamlin III
President and CEO,
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Hamlin joined Can-andaigua National in 2004 as a member of the board of directors. He is the fifth generation of the Hamlin family to lead the company and is the great-great-grandson of Frank H. Hamlin, who was the first president of the bank in 1887. Prior to joining Canandaigua National, Hamlin was a defense attorney for more than a decade. He is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and received his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his law degree from Albany Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors for Thompson Health System and is a member of the Ontario County Bar Association.
Warren Hern
Co-CEO, Rochester Regional Health System
Hern was chief financial officer of Unity Health System before assuming the top post in 2010. He had worked in finance positions for Unity for approximately 30 years. Hern has served as national chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance, the Health Care Association of New York State, Nazareth College and the Center for Governmental Research and is on JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s regional advisory board. He received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA in finance from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Gidget Hopf
President and CEO, Goodwill of the
Finger Lakes and the Association
for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Hopf just completed a term as chairwoman of the board of Goodwill Industries International. She also serves on the New York State Vision Rehabilitation Association board, the Geneseo College Council and the Rochester Rotary Charitable Trust board. She was named Rochester’s Not-for-Profit Executive of the Year in 2009. Hopf earned her undergraduate degree in speech pathology from SUNY Geneseo, an M.A. in audiology and communication science from Kean College of New Jersey and an Ed.D. in leadership and organizational studies from George Washington University in 2005.
Robert Hurlbut
President and CEO, Hurlbut Care Communities
Hurlbut has led the company since 1994. He is a long-serving member of the state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council. Hurlbut earned a B.S. degree in hotel administration from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Food, Hotel and Travel Management in 1984.

Jeremy Jacobs
Chairman and CEO, Delaware North Cos.
In addition to his leadership of Delaware North Cos., Jacobs has owned the Boston Bruins for more than 30 years. In 2007, he was elected chairman of the NHL Board of Governors. He was inducted into the Western New York Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Jacobs has served on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. He is an alumnus of SUNY Buffalo’s School of Management and the Harvard School of Business Advanced Management Program.

Thomas Judson Jr.
Chairman and CEO, the Pike Co. Inc.
Judson began his career in construction during school summer breaks as a laborer and carpenter apprentice for John B. Pike & Son Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873. Judson became president of the company in 1975 and established the Pike Company Inc. in 1985. He serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology and the Rochester Business Alliance and on the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State Inc. Judson received his B.S. from Yale University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Daniel Katz
President and CEO, Jewish Senior Life
Katz has been president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life since July 2004. Before he joined Jewish Senior Life, he was vice president for post-acute services at the Stamford Health System in Connecticut. Katz is board chairman of the Senior Health Alliance of Greater Rochester, chairman of the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a member of the Sage Commission of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and a member of the Rochester Innovation Health Collaborative. He has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a degree in health services administration from Quinnipiac College.

Patrick Kron
Chairman and CEO, Alstom S.A.
Kron is a graduate of École Polytechnique and the Paris École des Mines. He started his career in the French Ministry of Industry, then joined the Pechiney Group in 1984. In 1993, he became a member of the executive committee of the Pechiney Group and was appointed chairman of the Carbone Lorraine Co. From 1998 to 2002, Kron was CEO of Imerys before joining Alstom. He has been CEO and chairman of Alstom since 2003.

Giovanni LiDestri
President and CEO, LiDestri Food & Beverage
LiDestri began his career only two years after coming to America from Italy. Starting at age 16, he worked through high school and college as a manufacturing and operations employee for Ragu Foods Inc. He remained at Ragu until 1976, when he was hired to be general manager at Cantisano Foods Inc. In 1991, LiDestri became its president, and six years later he was named CEO. LiDestri purchased all outstanding shares from the Cantisano family in September 2002 and changed the name of the company to LiDestri Foods Inc.

Lowell McAdam
CEO and chairman, Verizon
CEO of the company since 2011 and chairman since 2012, McAdam held key executive positions at Verizon Wireless since its inception in 2000. Earlier, he was president and CEO of PrimeCo Personal Communications and held executive positions with Pacific Bell. McAdam is past chairman of the board of directors of the CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. He is a director of the National Academy Foundation, a partnership between business leaders and educators that helps American high schools operate technical and service academies to prepare students for college and careers. He is also co-chairman of the CEO Council on Health and is a member of the Cornell University board of trustees. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell and an MBA from the University of San Diego. He spent six years in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and became a licensed professional engineer in 1979.

Michael McRae
President and CEO, St. Ann’s Community
McRae came to St. Ann’s in 2010 as senior vice president and administrator. Prior to that, he had spent more than 20 years in health care, including the previous nine as administrator at Catholic Health in Buffalo and six years before that as continuous quality improvement director at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He earned a B.S. degree in gerontology from SUNY Buffalo in 1988 and a master’s in human services from SUNY College at Buffalo in 1993.

David Melcher
President and CEO, Exelis Inc.
Melcher joined the company in 2008 after 32 years in the U.S. Army. He has more than 25 years of defense community experience in program management, strategy development and finance, and working with key decision-makers within the Army, Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. Melcher holds a bachelor’s degree with concentration in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two master’s degrees, including one in business administration from Harvard University and another in public administration from Shippensburg University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New Hampshire and a former White House Fellow who served as executive assistant for the director, Office of Management and Budget, in the White House. He is a member of the executive committees for the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Defense Industrial Association and serves on the board of directors of Exelis Inc. and C.R. Bard Inc.

Robert Morgan
President and CEO, Morgan Management LLC
Morgan earned a B.S. degree in business from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979. He was inducted in the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2013. In the same year, he received the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award.

Martin Mucci
President and CEO, Paychex Inc.
Mucci was named president and CEO in 2010. He had joined the company in 2002 as senior vice president of operations. Before joining Paychex, Mucci was CEO of Frontier Telephone of Rochester and president of telephone operations for Frontier Communications, with responsibility for sales, operations, customer service and financial performance of Frontier’s 34 local telephone companies. Mucci holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College and is past chairman of its board of trustees. He also has an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. Mucci is a member of the Upstate New York regional advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the board of Cbeyond Inc., which provides managed communications and information technology services.

Michael Pearson
Chairman and CEO,
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
Pearson joined Valeant as CEO in 2008 after having been global head of McKinsey & Co. Inc. and a member of McKinsey’s board of directors. He had joined McKinsey in 1984 and held various positions, including head of its global pharmaceutical practice and head of its mid-Atlantic region. He has B.S. and BSE degrees from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

John Perrotti
President and CEO, Gleason Corp.
Perrotti has been president and CEO since 2005 and had been executive vice president and chief financial officer. He became vice president and controller in 1993, vice president of finance in 1995 and treasurer in 1997. He is active in professional and trade organizations and is chairman of the audit committee and a member of the board of directors of Hardinge Inc., a publicly traded supplier of precision metalworking solutions. He has been a Hardinge director since 2003. He holds a B.S. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
Chris Peterson
Executive director, Arc of Livingston-Wyoming
Peterson joined the Arc in 1990 as director of Hilltop Industries, the vocational services program, and was promoted to executive director in 2006. He is a member of the NYSARC Executive Director Association and treasurer of the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, a regional association of 11 non-profit NYSARC Inc. human service agencies. Peterson graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in history and secondary education.

Deana Porterfield
President, Roberts Wesleyan College
Porterfield took office on July 1. She served at Azusa Pacific University and Azusa Pacific Online University for more than 24 years in various roles, including vice president for enrollment management, chief of staff and senior vice president for people and organizational development at APU and, more recently, as executive vice president at APOU. She earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in California and also holds a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in music from Azusa Pacific University.

Jonathan Rich
Chairman and CEO, Berry Plastics Group Inc.
Rich became chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics Group in October 2010. Before that, he was president and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. from June 2007 until October 2010. Prior to Momentive, he held executive positions at Goodyear Tire and Rubber from 2000 until 2007, including president of Goodyear North American Tire and president of Goodyear Chemical. Rich began his career at General Electric in 1982, where he was employed for 18 years in a range of research, operational and executive roles. He has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Dennis Richardson
President and CEO,
Hillside Family of Agencies
Richardson joined Hillside, one of New York’s largest family and children’s services agencies, in 1994. Before that, he was executive director of the Children’s Study Home in Springfield, Mass. He also worked at St. Joseph’s Children’s Services in Brooklyn and at the Catholic Guardian Society of Brooklyn and Queens. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Richardson is board chairman of the Alliance for Children and Families and a member of the boards of Families International Inc., the Business Council of New York State and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work.
George Romell
President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester
Romell has led the YMCA since 1998 and was vice president of operations and CEO for five years before then. He joined the YMCA of Greater Rochester as executive director of the Southeast Branch in 1989. Before joining the Rochester association, Romell was the associate executive director at the Rome Family YMCA. He began his career as assistant director of youth and family services at the Springfield (Mass.) Metropolitan YMCA. Romell is on the boards of the Council of Agency Executives and the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School. He has a master’s degree from Springfield College.

Charles Runyon
President and CEO,
St. John’s Senior Services Inc.
Runyon has led St. John’s since 2001. For eight years before that, he was executive vice president, chief operating officer and administrator. Runyon is a board member and treasurer for the Alz-heimer’s Association. He has served as chairman of the Rochester Association of Homes and Services to the Aging and the New York State Leading Age Association. Runyon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Robert Sands
President and CEO, Constellation Brands Inc.
Sands joined Constellation Brands in 1986 as general counsel overseeing the company’s legal affairs, particularly acquisitions. He became president and CEO in 2007. He is also a member of Constellation’s board of directors. Prior to joining Constellation, Sands was an associate with the Rochester law firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery. Sands is chairman of the board of the New York Wine & Culinary Center, a member of the board of trustees of Rochester Regional Health System, a member of the board and executive committee of the Rochester Business Alliance and a member of the board of trustees of Thompson Health. In 2008, he was named an inaugural member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Upstate Regional Advisory Board.

Ann Scheetz
Executive director, Ontario ARC
Scheetz, who had been the agency’s associate executive director of community services, was named executive director in 2012. She began her career at Ontario ARC in 1984 and developed an extensive background in all facets of the agency’s core programs. Scheetz has served on the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and NYSARC’s Collaborative of the Finger Lakes and as a member of the Executive Directors Association of NYSARC.

Mark Schoell
President and CEO,
United Memorial Medical Center
Schoell, a Tonawanda native, worked for many years with the Catholic Health System and Mercy Health System of Western New York. He was vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Ellis Hospital in Schenectady until 2004, when he accepted his current post at United Memorial. He serves on the board of directors for the Lake Plains Community Care Network, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Western New York Healthcare Association, Healthcare Professional Insurance Co. and Mercy Flight Western New York. He is a fellow and past president of the Western New York chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Schoell, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of Canisius College with a B.S. degree in accounting. He has an M.S. in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Gerald Schwartz
Chairman and CEO, Onex Corp.
Before establishing Onex in 1984, Schwartz was the co-founder and president of CanWest Capital. Prior to that he worked at a Wall Street investment banking firm, specializing specialized in mergers and acquisitions. His previous experience also includes the practice of corporate law in Canada. Schwartz has been appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He serves as a director of Indigo Books & Music Inc. He is also vice chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital and a member of the Harvard University board of overseers. Schwartz holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and an L.L.B. and B.Comm. from the University of Manitoba.

Joel Seligman
President, University of Rochester
Seligman became president of the University of Rochester in 2005. Previously, he was the dean of the Washington University School of Law. One of the nation’s leading experts on securities law, Seligman is one of three co-authors of the 11-volume “Securities Regulation,” the leading treatise in the field, and author of “The Transformation of Wall Street: A History of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Modern Corporate Finance.” He has authored or co-authored 20 books and more than 40 articles on legal issues related to securities and corporations. Seligman is co-chairman of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and a member of the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In Greater Rochester, he serves on the boards of the George Eastman House, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Rochester Business Alliance. Seligman earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his law degree from Harvard University.
Sankar Sewnauth
President and CEO, CDS Monarch
Sewnauth has been with CDS Monarch since 1989. He became executive director in 1998 and was named to his current post in 1999. A native of Guyana, Sewnauth received his B.A. in psychology from Nazarene College in Olathe, Kan., and his M.A. in public administration from SUNY College at Brockport.

James Smith
President and CEO, Thomson Reuters
Smith began his career as a journalist and rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America. He then led a number of professional publishing businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He was global head of human resources before becoming chief operating officer of the Thomson Corp. After the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, he ran the professional division of the combined company. He was named CEO in January 2012. He graduated from Marshall University.

Masahiko Uotani
President and CEO, Shiseido Group
Uotani received an MBA from Columbia University. Among numerous positions, he has been a manager for Citibank N.A.; representative director and vice president of Kraft Japan Limited (currently Mondelez Japan Ltd.); and representative director, president and chairman of Coca-Cola (Japan) Co. Ltd. He became president and CEO of Shiseido Group in April.

Dilip Vellodi
Chairman and CEO,
Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Vellodi is the founder of Sutherland Global Services. He has been involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors including the Mayo Clinic, the Boy and Girls Club, and the Humane Society. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. Vellodi began his career as a consultant to Merck, subsequently joining Xerox Corp., where he held several senior assignments. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with mathematics and statistics from Loyola College and holds an MBA from Rutgers University.

Barbara Wale
President and CEO, the Arc of Monroe County
Wale started her career at the Arc of Monroe County in 1978. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in speech pathology from SUNY College at Geneseo. She also has an MBA from the Bittner School of Business at St. John Fisher College.

Danny Wegman
CEO, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Wegman joined his family’s business in 1964, becoming a store manager in 1969. In 1971, he directed implementation of the planning and scheduling process, and in 1976 he was named president. He became CEO in 2005. Wegman serves on the board of directors of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, co-chairs the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, is on the board of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and is a senior trustee of the University of Rochester. Since 1981, he has served on the Food Marketing Institute’s board of directors, and he is past chairman of its task force on food safety. In October 2008, Ethisphere magazine named Wegman to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” Wegman graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
Robert Weiss
President and CEO, Cooper Cos.
Weiss has served as president since March 2008 and CEO since November 2007. He also served as president of CooperVision, the contact lens subsidiary, from 2007 to 2008. He previously served as chief operating officer from 2005 to 2007 and as executive vice president from 1995 to 2007. He was chief financial officer from 1989 to 2005 and treasurer from 1989 to 2002. Since joining Cooper in 1977, he has held finance positions both with the company and its former parent, Cooper Laboratories Inc. Weiss is also a director of Accuray Inc.

Maggie Wilderotter
Chairman and CEO,
Frontier Communications Corp.
Wilderotter joined the company in 2004 as president and CEO and a member of the board. Her prior positions include senior vice president of worldwide public sector at Microsoft and president and CEO of Wink Communications Inc. She serves on the boards of Xerox Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. In May 2014, Wilderotter became co-chair of the Committee for Economic Development, a non-profit public policy organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross College.

Robert Wilmers
Chairman and CEO, M&T Bank
Wilmers has been chairman and chief executive officer of M&T Bank Corp. and its principal subsidiary, M&T Bank, since May 1983. He graduated from Harvard College and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. After working in banking in New York, he served in New York City government and then worked at Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. He has served as chairman of the Empire State Development Corp., chairman of the New York State Bankers Association and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Louise Woerner
Executive chairman, HCR Home Care
Woerner is the founder of HCR, a certified home health care company headquartered in Rochester. She has received the Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award and a Presidential Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and she is the first woman to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Woerner also received the Archon Award for Service to the Nursing Community from Sigma Theta Tau International and was the first non-nurse inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Woerner holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Trinity University in San Antonio. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Nazareth College in 2010.

Karen Zandi
President and CEO,
Mary Cariola Children’s Center
Zandi joined Mary Cariola Children’s Center in October 2012. Before that she was executive director of Hillside Children’s Center, where she worked for 25 years. Zandi is a board member for the New York State Coalition of 853 Schools. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lewis Zulick M.D.
Interim CEO,
Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic
Zulick was named interim CEO in January 2013. He previously served as chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic since 2002. He is board-certified in surgery with recertification in 2009. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery, the American College of Physician Executives and the Wound Care Society.

7/25/14 RBJ 75 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email [email protected]


Check Also

Construction company leaders weigh in on 2022 outlook (access required)

Inflation is back, a new variant of COVID threatens public safety, supplies and materials are hard to get and workers are hard to find.

Initiative seeks to support emotional health of children of color (access required)

Sara Taylor knows firsthand that navigating the complex mental health system in support of one’s children can be tricky, and that is especially true for people of color.   

Amid buying spree by entertainment mogul, Silver says Red Wings not for sale (access required)

Endeavor, a private equity-backed sports and entertainment firm, announced it will purchase nine minor league baseball teams, the start of ...