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11:06am EDT January 25, 2005
The Cleveland Clinic named Eric Kodish, M.D., the F.J. O'Neill professor and chairman of the Department of Bioethics in the Division of Clinical Research. He is the first medical doctor appointed to this position.

While the Department of Bioethics provides clinical, research and educational services, Kodish plans to add faculty and expand the research and educational components, and to strengthen the collaborative relationship between bioethics departments at Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Clinic.

Kodish joined The Cleveland Clinic after directing the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics and working as an attending physician in hematology/oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He also taught medicine as professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Kodish is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology and oncology. He focused professionally on research ethics and childhood cancer.

Kodish graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Kent State University. He earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and fulfilled a residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School Children's Memorial Hospital. He completed a fellowship in ethics and oncology at the University of Chicago Center in Clinical Medical Ethics, as well as a fellowship in clinical oncology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Kodish also works as professor of bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

PSYMAX SOLUTIONS

PsyMax Solutions named William Shepherd, Ph.D., president and chief operating officer. Shepherd takes responsibility for the company's business development.

He joins PsyMax Solutions, a human resource assessment and development company, from his position as director of solution design for ePredix. There, he assisted in the development and rollout of a product suite of Web-based training and performance development systems for use by retail, restaurant management, financial services, insurance and health care clients. His work also involved the development and research of employee assessment tools linked to sales, profits and turnover. Prior to that, he worked in the Employee Capability & Competency Design Group at GTE and in the Global Selection Solutions Practice Area of Personnel Decisions International.

Shepherd is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University and a minor in quantitative psychology. He earned bachelors degrees in finance and psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.

Shepherd presented research at academic conferences of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also a contributing author of "The Successful Manager's Handbook."

POWER & SIGNAL GROUP

Power & Signal Group named Dr. Rafael Salmi to the newly created position of assistant managing director.

Salmi reports directly to the European managing director, Donald Akery and focuses on establishing and executing a successful business strategy for the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. He also takes shared leadership for all facets of European operations, including sales, marketing, engineering, operations and finance.

Previously, Salmi was regional sales manager of EXFO Europe and the European business manager, fiber optics, for Molex. He holds degrees in DESS Management from the Institute of Business Administration, Strasbourg, France; a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Joseph Fourier University; a DEA in instrumentation and measurement, Nuclear Sciences Institute; and a bachelor of science degree, Joseph Fourier University. He is fluent in French, English, German, Spanish and Arabic.

EXECUTIVE ARRANGEMENTS INC.

Margaret M. Judd has assumed ownership of Executive Arrangements Inc. Executive Arrangements assists companies with the recruitment and relocation of executives by providing personalized introductions to Greater Cleveland for recruits and their families. It also provides event-planning services. Judd joined Executive Arrangements in 1991 and was named president in 2001. She purchased the company from founder and former CEO Florence K.Z. Pollack, who remains active with the company as a consultant.

The leadership transition coincides with Executive Arrangements' 25th anniversary.

Judd is one of seven founding members of Cleveland Bridge Builders and is on the board of trustees. She serves on the boards of the Playhouse Square Foundation and Say Yes to Cleveland. Judd is a member of City Club of Cleveland, John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association, In Counsel with Women and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland.

MIDWEST INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LLC

Meg E. Halloran is the first-ever female partner at Midwest Investment Management LLC.

Halloran joined Midwest Investment Management in June 2000 as director of portfolio management. Prior to that, she worked for Key Bank, where she administered more than $1.6 billion in assets for defined benefit plans, contribution plans and charitable accounts.

She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Dayton and an MBA in finance from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

FOREST CITY ENTERPRISES INC.

Forest City Enterprises Inc. named Carol Payto director of marketing at Tower City Center. She is responsible for all marketing efforts, including public relations, business community partnerships, new program development, community and charity events, shows and exhibits.

Payto previously held the position of director of programming and public relations/corporate sales for the 2004 International Children's Games and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, playing a pivotal role in gaining worldwide media coverage of the Games' debut in the United States. Payto also led marketing efforts for The Cleveland Force professional soccer team and for Cleveland SportsPlex, a 155,000-square-foot sports and event facility.

She is actively involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations, holding board positions for the newly recreated USICG Foundation (United States International Children's Games Foundation) and the Our Lady of the Wayside Endowment Committee, and serves as trustee of The Ryan Foundation, a nonprofit charitable trust that raises funds for charitable causes in Northeast Ohio.

MEADEN & MOORE

Meaden & Moore LLP promoted Andrew T. Clark vice president - principal and Scott A. Holter director.

Previously, Clark was a CPA and certified fraud examiner with Meaden & Moore's Investigative Accounting Group. He focused his practice exclusively on providing investigative accounting services to the insurance and legal professions. His experience includes investigating commercial property claims involving business interruption, extra expense, property damage, inventory and contents. He also gained experience with product liability claims, employee dishonesty claims, surety bond claims, fraud analysis and construction contract analysis.

Before becoming director, Holter assisted manufacturers with the application of technology on behalf of Meaden & Moore's Management Consulting Group. Prior to joining Meaden & Moore, he spent more than 15 years in manufacturing operations management and systems consulting, working with manufacturers in a wide variety of industries.

Holter was instrumental in helping Meaden & Moore receive the Premier Partner Award from SoftSelect, an independent manufacturing software research firm, and distinguished himself as an industry expert for the application of business systems technology in the polymer industry.