Blue Cross and Blue Shield announce leadership appointments – Twin Cities



Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shieldan Eagan-based health insurer, announced two leadership appointments: John Uribe, vice president of business development, was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Carey Smith returns to Blue Cross as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Smith served as Chief Information Officer at Blue Cross from 2012 to 2017.


Solvea Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency, announced the hiring of Kathleen Tax Wille as Creative Director/Partner, a new position at the agency.


Rasmussen UniversityBloomington, announced that Javier Miyares was named interim president; Tom Slaglethe current CEO of Rasmussen, will retire on August 1. … Leech Lake Tribal CollegeCass Lake, Minnesota, announced that it has appointed Helen Zaikina-Montgomery to serve as president of the quorum. Zaikina-Montgomery had served as the school’s acting president. … The University of Minnesota announced that Humphrey School Associate Professor Bonnie Keeler to was appointed to United States Environmental Protection AgencyCouncil of Science Advisors, Social and Community Science Sub-Committee.


Alerus Financial Corp.a North Dakota-based banking, investment and lending institution, announced that Jim Collins joined the company as executive vice president and director of banking and revenue, based in the Twin Cities. Previously, he served as Minnesota Regional General Manager and President of Business Banking for Former National Bank. … jim kasterformer Chairman of the Board of Maple Grove TopLine federal credit unionhad been named Best director of the year speak Minnesota Credit Union Network. Kaster retired from the board in April.


Gillette Kidsa chain of specialty clinics focused on pediatric care based in St. Paul, announced that Elie Bruette was named Vice President of Planning and Business Development. Bruette previously held a similar role at AdventHealthFort Worth, TX.


Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani announced the addition of Ellen A. Brinkman in the firm’s Minneapolis office, joining the labor law, commercial litigation, tort, and product and shareholder litigation practice groups. Brinkman graduated in 2006 from William Mitchell College of Lawnow Mitchell Hamlin, in Saint Paul. … Winthrop and WeinstineMinneapolis, announced that the attorney John M. Schmid joined the firm as an associate in the commercial lending practice. … Southern Minnesota Regional Legal ServicesSt. Paul, announced the following appointments: Lisa Hollingworthpromoted to Director of Advocacy and Litigation; Vannm Khenpromoted to Director of Finance; Molly Bryant, Gino Polverari and Alena Carl joined the St. Paul office as housing staff attorneys; Heather Mendiola joined as senior housing counsel; Susan McDonoughlawyer employed by the Hotline; Anna Martinez Pachecoparalegal in the Farmworker Project, and Lindsey Drozdfarm worker project staff attorney.


Protolabsa Maple Plain-based digital 3D printing manufacturer, announced Dan Schumacher as Chief Financial Officer; Schumacher served as interim chief financial officer and oversaw the company’s investor relations for nearly five years.


Collective measuresa Minneapolis-based performance marketing agency, announced the appointment of Liz Barrere as Chairman of the Board and additions of Board Members Laura Liu, Rachael Marret, Luke Schlegel and Allison McMenimen Bakken. Barrere has been a board member since 2020; Liu was previously an executive at Northwest Airlinesand Marret is the former president of McCann Minneapolis; Schlegel and McMenimen Bakken are collective measures executives.


goldfish swimming school announced the opening of a franchise store at 1278 Town Center Drive, Suite 160, Eagan. The franchise belongs to David and Sarah Handley.


Luxurya Shoreview-based business services company, announced the following promotions: John Herrickpreviously Vice President of Human Resources, to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Cameron Pottpreviously vice president of corporate communications, to senior vice president and chief communications officer.

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