Westchester County Revolving Door (11/24)

Mack-Cali CEO Steps Down

Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI), which has numerous commercial real estate holdings in Westchester County, recently announced that Mitchell E. Hersh will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer at the Company’s Annual Meeting in May 2015 and will not stand for reelection to the Mack-Cali Board of Directors. The Board intends to form a search committee and retain a leading executive search firm to identify a successor. To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Hersh will continue to lead Mack-Cali in his current positions until his departure and will support the Board’s search process. “After 17 years at Mack-Cali and 24 years at a predecessor company, I agree that it is the right time to transition leadership responsibilities, and I know that Mack-Cali has an outstanding team in place to continue building on our momentum. We have built a strong platform for long-term growth, and I am confident in the company’s future,” Hersh said.

Westchester Community College Selects New President

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For the first time in more than four decades, Westchester Community College (WCC) will have a new president.  Dr. Belinda S. Miles, a nationally recognized educator and current administrator at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, has been selected to lead WCC. Dr. Miles, who has more 30 years experience in higher education, primarily at the community college level, was chosen after a national search. She will begin her post in January, when she succeeds Dr. Joseph Hankin, the nation’s longest serving community college president, who led the college for 42 years. Miles is currently provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This nationally known academic leader will start in her new position as the leader of Westchester Community College in January. Miles has nearly three decades of experience in higher education, primarily at the community college level.

Greyston CEO Steps Down

After 10 years as President and CEO of Greyston, the Yonkers-based social enterprise, Steven Brown has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Brown will serve as a Special Advisor to the Greyston Board of Directors through the end of 2014 and will actively assist with the transition. During the transition period, Greyston will be led by Mike Brady, President of the Greyston Bakery; Jonathan Greengrass, Vice President of Marketing and Development; and Jennifer Solomon, Chief Financial Officer. The transition team will be supplemented by two members of the Greyston Board of Directors. “I have been fortunate to lead the development and growth of Greyston as a Board Member and President for the past 16 years. With the end of the current strategic plan in December, this is an opportune time for me to move on to new endeavors,” Brown said.  

New Leader for KeyBank’s Commercial Banking Team

KeyBank recently announced that executive vice president and Commercial Banking team leader Richard Kulbieda will retire at year’s end. Joseph Markey, former managing director with KeyBank Capital Markets and head of the New York City Corporate Banking Team, has been named his successor. Joseph Markey, currently senior vice president, now has overall responsibility for the business development and management of the bank’s Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, which encompasses the mid- and lower Hudson Valley, including Westchester County, New York City, southern Connecticut and New Jersey. Markey joined Key in 2002 as a senior banker, Commercial Banking. Prior to joining Key he was senior vice president and director for Wachovia Securities in New York City, where he worked as a banker in the industrial and business services industry groups. Markey also worked at the Bank of New York and Daiwa Bank.

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New Executive Director for Girls Inc. Westchester

After an extensive, nation-wide search, The Girls Inc. Westchester Board of Directors have selected Nicole Lesser to be the group’s new Executive Director as of December 1st. The organization’s founder, Sally Baker, is stepping down as Executive Director of Girls Inc. Westchester after 10 years of leadership. Lesser brings substantial experience in organizational leadership, community partnership, youth development and girl advocacy to Girl Inc. Westchester. She has received many honors and awards during her career, including a “Moving the Work Forward” award from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, which noted her vision, collaboration, creativity and commitment to justice. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University and an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work.

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