Movers & Shakers Featured

10:40am EDT July 29, 2005
Hillenbrand Industries Inc. named Rolf A. Classon interim president and CEO. He replaces Frederick W. Rockwood, who retired from the company. Classon maintains his former duties as vice chairman of the Hillenbrand board of directors, where he is an independent, nonexecutive director.

Board Chairman Ray J. Hillenbrand says, “Rolf brings world-class executive perspective in the health care industry and good knowledge of the death care industry, as well as a thorough understanding of, and past success in, the CEO’s role and what it must accomplish.”

Classon is former president of Bayer Diagnostic, a division of Bayer HealthCare. Last year, he concluded his tenure as chairman of the executive committee of Bayer HealthCare.

“I am honored that the Hillenbrand Industries board would ask me to assume this role, although it is on an interim basis,” he says. “We must be clear on our corporate objectives before we hand the office over to a new chief executive. My role is to work with management and the board to achieve that clarity, and to work with the nominating/corporate governance committee to find a permanent CEO.”

Classon begins an immediate assessment of the strategic business plans for both Hill-Rom and Batesville Casket, the company’s two main divisions.

“I strongly believe that Rolf can provide the insight and leadership to assist the company and its management team to achieve the goals that our shareholders, customers and employees expect,” Hillenbrand says.

Opus North Corp. named Joseph P. Williams real estate manager for its Columbus office. Williams focuses on expanding Opus’ presence in industrial and office in Central Ohio, and on exploring opportunities in residential, retail and mixed-use development. He has worked as director of real estate for Campus Partners (the real estate redevelopment arm of The Ohio State University), a commercial broker for both Equity & RGI Real Estate and, most recently, as director of acquisitions for National Church Residences.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in real estate and urban analysis, and is a licensed real estate broker in Ohio.

Summit Realty Group, an Alliance member of Cushman & Wakefield, named Peter W. Quinn IV, SIOR, senior managing director of industrial business development and operations. This newly created position addresses critical strategic needs for extensive business development and recruitment of top talent in the industrial sector of commercial real estate. Quinn’s role also includes global supply chain solutions responsibilities.

Quinn was a co-founder of Summit Realty Group and remains a principal with the firm. He maintains his office at Summit’s Indianapolis offices at Bank One Tower and continues to be a vital resource for Summit’s Industrial Brokerage team.

Pamela Day joined Equicor Cos., as director of development and construction services.

Day has 10 years of experience in development, construction and real estate maintenance in the Southern and Midwest regions of Indiana. She obtained a wide array of success in the construction market due to her professional management skills on projects ranging in value from $1 million to $100 million.

Prior to joining Equicor, she worked at Fenley Real

Estate, a premier Class A office developer with more than 1 million square feet of real estate in Louisville, Ky. At Fenley, she worked as a construction manager for both the development and construction divisions.

Day is a Purdue University graduate with a bachelor of science degree in construction management.

Conseco named Todd S. Coombes vice president and IT service delivery officer. Coombes is responsible for developing and implementing standards for software architecture, software development and IT risk management.

Before Conseco, Coombes served as president and CEO for Health Care Systems Corp., a long-term care software solutions provider. Before that, he held several leadership positions at Professional Data Management Inc., an administration software solutions provider for the life and health insurance industry.

Coombes holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems management from the University of San Francisco and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Conseco also named Susan L. Menzel executive vice president, human resources, and promoted Grace M. Brothers to vice president, benefits and human resources controller.

PPOM, the Midwest’s largest independent preferred provider organization, promoted Kelley Monterusso to vice president of regional operations. Her responsibilities include client sales and service, and network development for Greater Michigan and Indiana and Ohio.

Monterusso’s most recent position with PPOM was regional director, leading the teams in the company’s Grand Rapids and Traverse City offices responsible for client, payor and provider relations throughout Greater Michigan. Monterusso is a board member of the West Michigan Association of Health Underwriters and a member of the Southwest Michigan Association of Health Underwriters, the Northern Michigan Association of Health Underwriters and the Self Insurance Institute of America.

In addition, PPOM promoted David Brown to director of regional provider relations.