Movers & Shakers

Phil Jones, Director of Manufacturing, Libra Industries

Libra Industries announced that Phil Jones has been named as director of manufacturing. His main duties will include overall responsibility for contract manufacturing and assemblies operations in Libra Industries’ two plants located in Mentor, Ohio. Jones will maintain a strong focus on strategic leadership and continuous implementation of lean manufacturing techniques. He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing management in a variety of industries including industrial regulators and fittings.

Medical Mutual recently announced Dan Polk has been appointed vice president of small group sales and broker distribution. Polk will be responsible for 1-99 group sales and retention in Ohio, which the company just brought in-house for the first time in 13 years. Joining Medical Mutual in 1990, Polk has held a variety of positions within the sales and customer relations division, including service representative, small group sales, senior sales representative for large groups, 51-99 group business unit leader, and, most recently, director of sales and broker relations.

Dan Polk, Vice President of Small Group Sales and Broker Distribution, Medical Mutual

Medical Mutual also announced that Mark Hren has been appointed vice president and general auditor. Hren will be responsible for leading a team focused on financial, operational and information technology auditing, as well as enterprise risk management. Before joining Medical Mutual, Hren served in the audit practice at Ernst & Young specializing in insurance industry clients. At Medical Mutual, Hren has served in various positions including market leader of individual products in the sales division, manager of financial analysis and most recently as the director of financial reporting, a position he held for six years.

Kaiser Permanente has announced the hiring of Maria Dawe, account executive; Michael Willis, manager, account management; Tim Krenn, senior sales executive and Dick Schoeler, manager, broker relations, small group and individual sales.  All of these new employees will be working from Kaiser Permanente’s administrative offices in the North Point Tower in Cleveland.

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. has announced the appointment of Jim Rygiel to director of endoscopy division. Originally trained by Olympus in the areas of rigid and flexible endoscopes, Rygiel has more than 19

Mark Hren, Vice President and General Auditor, Medical Mutual

years of endoscope repair experience. As a certified master repair technician, Rygiel has extensive knowledge relating to procedures, endoscope processing, storage, care and handling, and refurbishments.

CNA National Warranty Corp. has promoted Jay Sharpnack to the newly created position of national sales manager. Sharpnack joined CNA National in April 2010 after establishing a successful career including corporate, managerial and sales positions in the automotive industry. In this new position, Sharpnack will continue to be based in Cleveland and will be responsible for managing CNA National’s sales production at auto dealerships across the country through the company’s six regional vice presidents.

Madison Electric Products has announced Rob Fisher as vice president of marketing. In his previous role as director of marketing, Fisher played an integral role in helping Madison break ground in the electrical industry by crowdsourcing product development through the Sparks Innovation Center and leveraging social media to connect with a broader audience.

Jim Rygiel, Director of Endoscopy Division, Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp.

Fisher joined Madison Electric Products in 2009. Drawing on 13 years of diverse, cross-industry experiences, Fisher spearheaded the development and implementation of the company’s visual identity, public relations, social media and marketing strategy. Under Fisher’s direction, Madison Electric Products has received numerous marketing and social media awards.

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, announced the promotion of Jamie Finley Simoneau to COO. Simoneau will be heavily involved in strategic planning for the organization and responsible for all operations, marketing, guest services, contract partners, special events and the OMNIMAX Theater. Simoneau joined Great Lakes Science Center in 2006 and most recently, served as vice president of marketing and guest services, with responsibility for the majority of earned-revenue areas.