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11:11am EDT August 29, 2005
Delphi Corp.’s board of directors named Robert S. “Steve” Miller chairman and CEO. Miller succeeds Delphi’s founding chairman, J.T. Battenberg III., who is leaving after 44 years in the industry. Miller has also been appointed chairman of the Delphi Strategy Board, Delphi’s top policy-making group. His duties include overseeing the transformation strategy underway at the company, including its growth objectives and resolution of financial issues.

Previously, Miller was the nonexecutive chairman of Federal-Mogul, as well as director of public companies including Waste Management, Symantec, United Airlines and Reynolds American.

In 1968, Miller began his career at Ford Motor Co., where he stayed for 11 years before joining the Chrysler Corp. In 1992, he became a partner in an investment banking firm, and in 1993, he embarked on a career as a professional corporate director.

Miller earned a degree in economics from Stanford University, a law degree from Harvard Law School and an MBA in finance from Stanford Business School.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. named James Epolito president and CEO. Epolito turned the Accident Fund into an industry leader as its president and CEO from 1995 to 2005. During that time, he grew the business from a $117 million single-state insurance provider to one serving businesses in 40 states and generating more than $500 million annually. Last year, it was the 15th largest workers compensation insurance company and the ninth most profitable of all insurance companies.

American Community Mutual Insurance Co. appointed Scott R. Reed senior vice president, group insurance.

Reed was previously executive vice president of the Nevada Consumer Directed Health Plan, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, product development, agent services and business development.

Reed has also served as director of sales and marketing at St. Mary’s Health Plan in Nevada, national sales director for Insurdata/UICI Administrators in Texas, and sales management positions with Intracorp and Equicor in California.

“Scott is managing and leading all aspects of our group health care plan offering, from product development to underwriting and marketing,” says Gerald Meach, president and CEO. “This is a key role because our services are evolving quickly in this very dynamic marketplace.”

American Community Mutual Insurance Co. also added L. Craig Shelley to the company’s senior management team. As senior vice president, consumer choice division, Shelley leads the development of consumer choice healthcare products and services.

He was most recently vice president, sales and marketing, for HealthEquity Inc., where he directed sales efforts in Midwest states from the company’s Michigan office.

He previously was vice president of RE/MAX International, where he developed and managed the Affinity Marketing Division, as well as initiatives including the company’s Total Quality Management system and the RE/MAX-Latin America franchise marketing program. He is also past president and founding officer of Great American Financial Services Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Great American Bank. He holds an MBA in international business from The American Graduate School of International Business and a bachelor of arts degree from Arizona State University.

Detroit Zoological Society appointed Greg Harris senior vice president. Harris will manage the marketing, membership, development and public relations departments.

He comes to the society from The Florida Aquarium, where he was executive vice president of external affairs for four years, leading external affairs, government relations, development, membership, marketing, public relations, sales, events, education, exhibit design and graphics.

In 1987, Harris began work in Baton Rouge as director of urban planning and cultural tourism development for the southwestern region of Louisiana. In 1994, he accepted a position as director of corporate relations and development services at Berry College in Rome, Ga., followed by a position as senior vice president of development at Zoo Atlanta. In his seven years at the zoo, he raised approximately $25 million.

Under Harris’s leadership, the zoo’s black tie gala, Beastly Feast, netted more than $1 million for four consecutive years, making it the No. 1 gala in Georgia and in the zoo and aquarium industry at the time.