Benson has been dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business since 1998. Previously, Benson was dean of the Rutgers Business School at Rutgers University, and before that, he was on the faculty at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 1997, Benson was appointed by the U.S. secretary of commerce as one of nine national judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award recognizes the highest achievements in performance excellence by U.S. companies.
In 2004, he was appointed to a three-year term on the board of overseers for the Baldrige Award. This year, he was named chairman of the board of overseers.
In 2002, Benson was named a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute, the institute’s highest honor.
He led the establishment of two new research centers at UGA, the Institute for Leadership Advancement and the Center for Information Systems Leadership.
He also fostered the development of several innovative executive education programs, including a nationally accredited Directors’ College for current and prospective corporate directors.
UNISOURCE WORLDWIDE INC.
Unisource Worldwide Inc. hired Gordon Glover as CFO.
Previously, Glover led the financial operations of office products company Corporate Express Inc. Before that, he was director of mergers, acquisitions and divestments for Amsterdam-based Buhrmann NV, which owns Corporate Express.
PRG-SCHULTZ INTERNATIONAL INC.
PRG-Schultz International Inc. board of directors elected James B. McCurry president and CEO. McCurry was previously senior vice president of FedEx Kinko’s.
McCurry brings more than 25 years of retail experience to PRG-Schultz. He co-founded specialty retailer Babbage’s Inc. and led the company as its chairman as it grew from a single store start-up to a publicly-held retailer with more than 300 stores throughout North America.
McCurry is also a former partner with Bain & Co., where he served as a senior consultant helping to develop successful competitive strategies for companies in a variety of industries, including retail, consumer products, restaurants and food service. McCurry was recruited into Kinko’s in 2003 to serve as CEO of ImageX, which had been acquired by Kinko’s, and to integrate the three businesses of which ImageX was comprised into Kinko’s.
He also led multifunctional project teams integrating Kinko’s with FedEx after its acquisition in 2004.
McCurry is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Interstate Hotels and Resorts. He earned an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, and received a bachelor of arts degree with high honors from the University of Florida.
The board also elected David A. Cole chairman of the board.
Cole has more than 25 years of experience working with key retailers around the world. He is chairman emeritus of Kurt Salmon Associates, a global management consulting firm serving the retail, consumer products and health care industries, and he was chairman of the board of directors of KSA from 1988 until he retired from there in 2004.
He is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the compensation committee of AMB Property Corp.
HOMRICH & BERG
Homrich & Berg hired Mark Rogozinski as COO.
Rogozinski is a veteran within the financial industry. Previously, he was COO at Lydian Wealth Management and senior vice president and CFO for Atlantic Trust Pell Rudman.
Rogozinski earned a bachelor of science degree in finance/investments, entrepreneurial studies and communications from Babson College.
FIDELITY SOUTHERN CORP.
Fidelity Southern Corp. appointed James Daniel Preston Jr. SBA division director of Fidelity Bank. Preston has more than years of lending experience in the Atlanta Small Business Administration market.
He is a founding board member of the Georgia Lenders Quality Circle and a member of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders.
Worldspan LP appointed Jay Rein vice president of e-commerce.
Rein is responsible for advancing Worldspan’s global market leadership in providing global travel distribution, transaction processing services and IT solutions to online travel retailers, travel suppliers and other online distributors.
Before joining Worldspan, Rein spent more than 15 years in marketing management, customer relationship management and finance. He spent several years with AMR Corp., where he managed business development and financial planning for The SABRE Group. Most recently, Rein was senior director, CRM and strategic marketing for GTSI Corp. He also was a principal of Motorola Professional Services, vice president and general manager, client services for Epsilon Data Management, and held management positions at Logica, AT&T Solutions and Accenture.