Blue Cross and Blue Shield announce executive appointments – Twin Cities


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MinnesotaEagan-based health insurer, announced two executive appointments: John Uribe, vice president of business development, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Kerry Smith returns to Blue Cross as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Smith was executive director of information technology at Blue Cross from 2012 to 2017.


Decidea Minneapolis-based branding and advertising agency, has announced the hiring of Kathleen Tax Will as Chief Creative Officer/Partner, a new position at the agency.


Rasmussen UniversityBloomington, reported this Javier Miyares was appointed acting Tom SlagleRasmussen’s current CEO, will retire on August 1. … Leech Lake Tribal CollegeCass Lake, Minn., announced it has been named Helen Zaikina-Montgomery to serve as college president. Zaikina-Montgomery was the school’s interim president. … The University of Minnesota announced that Humphrey School Docent Bonnie Keeler at is assigned to US Environmental Protection AgencyCouncil of Scientific Advisors, Subcommittee on Social and Community Sciences.


Alerus Financial Corp.a North Dakota-based banking, investment and lending institution, announced this Jim Collins joined the company as executive vice president and chief banking and revenue officer based in the Twin Cities. He previously served as Minnesota Regional CEO and President of Corporate Banking for The Old National Bank. … Jim Custerformer chairman of the board of Maple Grove-based TopLine Federal Credit Unionwas called Outstanding Director of the Year by Minnesota Credit Union Network. Custer stepped down from the board in April.


Children’s Gillettea St. Paul-based chain of specialty clinics focused on pediatric care, announced this Ilia Brute has been appointed Vice President of Planning and Business Development. Bruette previously held a similar role in AdventHealthFort Worth, Texas.


Gordon Rees Scully Mansouhani announced the addition of Ellen A. Brinkman in the firm’s Minneapolis office, joining the employment law, commercial litigation, tort and product liability, and shareholder litigation groups. Brinkman graduated in 2006 William Mitchell College of Lawnow Mitchell Hamline, in St. Paul. … Winthrop & WeinstineMinneapolis, reported that Atty John M. Schmidt joins the firm as an associate in the commercial lending practice. … Southern Minnesota Regional Legal ServicesSt. Paul, has announced the following staff appointments: Lisa Hollingsworthpromoted to director of advocacy and litigation; Vanm Khenpromoted to Director of Finance; Molly Bryant, Gino Polverari and Alena Karl have joined the office of St. Paul as staff attorneys at Housing; Heather Mendiola has joined as a leading attorney in residential construction; Susan McDonoughHotline staff attorney; Anna Martinez-Pachecolegal assistant in the agricultural worker project, and Lindsay Thrushstaff attorney in the Agricultural Worker project.


Protolabsa Maple Plain-based digital 3D printing manufacturer announced Dan Schumacher as its Chief Financial Officer; Schumacher served as interim CFO and oversaw the company’s investor relations for nearly five years.


Collective measuresa Minneapolis-based performance marketing agency, announced the appointment of Liz Barrer as the chairman of the board and additions of board members Laura Liu, Rachel Marrett, Luke Schlegel and Alison McMenimen Bakken. Barrere has been a board member since 2020; Liu was previously an executive at Northwest Airlinesand Maret is a former president of the McCann Minneapolis; Schlegel and McMenimen Bakken are executive directors of Collective Measures.


Golden Fish Swimming School. announced the opening of a franchise location at 1278 Town Center Drive, Suite 160, Eagan. The franchise is owned by Dave and Sarah Handley.


Deluxea Shoreview-based business services company, has announced the following executive promotions: Jean Herrickpreviously vice president of human resources, to senior vice president and chief human resources officer; Cameron Pottspreviously vice president of corporate communications, to senior vice president and chief communications officer.

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