Blue Cross and Blue Shield announces executive appointments – Twin Cities


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesotaan Eagan-based health insurer, announced two executive appointments: John Uribe, vice president of business development, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer; AND Kerry Smith is returning to Blue Cross as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Smith was an information technology executive at Blue Cross from 2012 to 2017.


selecta branding and advertising agency based in Minneapolis, announced the hiring of Kathleen Tax Wille as chief creative officer/partner, a new position at the agency.


Rasmussen UniversityBloomington, announced this Javier Miyares has been appointed acting president; Tom SlagleRasmussen’s current chief executive, will retire on August 1. … Leech Lake Tribal CollegeCass Lake, Minn., announced that it has appointed Helen Zaikina-Montgomery to serve as college president. Zaikina-Montgomery had been interim president at the school. … To University of Minnesota announced that Humphrey School Associate Professor Bonnie Keeler at is appointed to US Environmental Protection AgencyBoard of Scientific Advisors, Social and Community Sciences Subcommittee.


Alerus Financial Corp.a North Dakota-based banking, investment and lending institution, announced this Jim Collins has joined the company as executive vice president and chief banking and revenue officer, based in the Twin Cities. He previously served as Minnesota regional chief executive and president of corporate banking for Old National Bank. … Jim Custerformer board chairman of the Maple Grove-based TopLine Federal Credit Unionwas appointed Outstanding Director of the Year from Minnesota Credit Union Network. Custer retired from the board in April.


Gillette for childrena chain of specialty clinics based in St. Paul focused on pediatric care, announced that Elijah Bruette has been appointed vice president of business planning and development. Bruette previously served in a similar role at AdventHealthFort Worth, Texas.


Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani announced the addition of Ellen A. Brinkman in the firm’s Minneapolis office, joining the Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability and Shareholder Litigation practice groups. Brinkman graduated in 2006 William Mitchell College of Lawnow Mitchell Hamline, in Saint Paul. … Winthrop & WeinstineMinneapolis, announced that lawyer John M. Schmidt has joined the firm as an associate in the commercial lending practice. … Southern Minnesota Regional Legal ServicesSaint Paul announced the following staff appointments: Lisa Hollingsworthpromoted to director of advocacy and litigation; Vanm Khenpromoted finance director; Molly Bryant, Gino Polverari AND Alena Karl have joined the St. Paul office as staff attorneys in Housing; Heather Mendiola has joined as the main lawyer in Housing; Susan McDonoughstaff attorney on the hotline; Anna Martinez-Pachecoparalegal at the Farmworker Project, and Lindsey Drozdstaff attorney at the Farmworker Project.


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


Collective Measuresa performance marketing agency based in Minneapolis, announced the naming of Liz Barrere as the chairman of the board and the allowances of the board members Laura Liu, Rachael Marret, Luke Schlegel AND Allison McMenimen Bakken. Barrere is 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 principals of Collective Measures.


Goldfish Swimming School announced the opening of a franchised location at 1278 Town Center Drive, Suite 160, Eagan. The franchise is owned by Dave AND Sarah Handley.


luxuriousa Shoreview-based business services company, announced the following executive promotions: Jean Herrickformerly vice president of human resources, senior vice president and chief human resources officer; Cameron Pottspreviously vice president of corporate communications, to senior vice president and chief communications officer.

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