Brightpoint Inc.'s board of directors has expanded to 11 members with the appointment of V. William Hunt. He was also appointed a member of the company's audit committee.
Hunt is chairman of Hunt Capital Partners LLC, a venture capital and consulting firm based in Indianapolis, and volunteers at Indiana University in its economic engagement initiatives, including the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative, now known as BioCrossroads. Until August 2001, he was vice chairman and president of ArvinMeritor Inc., a global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components for light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and related after-markets.
Hunt is a member of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean's Advisory Council, the board of visitors of the Indiana University School of Law and the Indiana University Wells House Society. He serves as a director of the Indiana University Foundation, Indiana University Advanced Technology Research Institute, Clarian Health Partners, Indiana Proteomics Consortium, Easter Seals Crossroads and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the executive committee. He is chairman of the Columbus Learning Center Management Corp. and a director of the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, and served as a trustee of the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI), vice chairman of Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association and co-chairman of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.
"I am pleased to have Bill join our board of directors and look forward to working with him to enhance shareholder value. I am confident that his vast experience as a former CEO of a publicly held global company will be of benefit to Brightpoint's shareholders," says Robert J. Laikin, chairman of the board and CEO of Brightpoint.
THE STEAK N SHAKE CO.
The Steak n Shake Co.'s board of directors elected Peter Dunn, formerly president and chief operations officer, to additional responsibilities as president and CEO.
"This is a well-deserved recognition to the many contributions Peter has made to create added value for our company," chairman Alan Gilman says.
Gilman also announced the retirement of vice president and corporate secretary Mary Ham after 10 years of service. David Milne will assume the responsibilities of corporate secretary.
In addition, Roxanne Crosby was named senior vice president of human resources and Bradley Manns was appointed vice president of franchising.
Dunn says the company's strategic direction in 2004 will be focused on the strong foundation of Steak n Shake and reinforced in the service value profit chain. This cycle begins with capable leaders who are able to energize and take better care of associates, who then take better care of guests, so that margins and labor improve, resulting in increased sales, profits and shareholder value. Reinvestments back in this cycle will continue to perpetuate the cycle, allowing the company to expand the reach of Steak n Shake with added restaurants and franchisees.
THE FINISH LINE INC.
Al Goizueta was promoted to vice president of stores at The Finish Line Inc. Goizueta has served as a regional vice president and as a regional manager. Prior to joining the company in 1998, he was employed by a national athletic retailer and has more than 13 years of retail experience.
Mike McCall was promoted to regional vice president. McCall has been employed by the company since June 1991 and has been a district manager since November 1994.
"We are pleased to announce the promotions of Al and Mike," says Chairman and CEO Alan H. Cohen. "Each has proven skills in sales and leadership. Their contributions and dedication to our company have been significant over the years, and we look forward to their continued efforts in their new roles."
Jack Burns was promoted to president of SGI Inc. Burns succeeds CEO Mike Burks in leading the marketing fulfillment and logistics firm located on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Burks will continue in his role as CEO.
Burns, a former vice president for sales and marketing, brings to SGI invaluable skills and experience accumulated during a 14-year career with Eli Lilly and Co., where he directed sales team efforts and major product launches. He joined SGI in 2002 to direct overall sales, marketing and client retention strategies.
"Jack has a natural enthusiasm and a broad understanding of complex business issues that will benefit our clients as they face today's business challenges," Burks says.
Cathy LaValley, president and COO of Cathy's Concepts, a national wedding accessory wholesale company, announced that Nellie Goins-Stout joined the company as director of design.
Goins-Stout researches and forecasts the most current bridal trends, and manages new product development from design to manufacturing. She designs new bridal accessory, jewelry and novelty collections for the company's annual product line.
"We do our best to stay in the forefront of the bridal industry by developing a connection with the brides of today," LaValley says. "By creating this position, Nellie's talent and experience will help us create a new level of unique and innovative concepts to suit those brides' needs."