Promotions, Hires, And Other Job Changes Around Westchester (7/9)

This week’s ins and outs in the world of Westchester business.

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Pace University Gets New CIO

Clare van den Blink will join Pace University as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective August 18, 2014. As CIO, van den Blink will be in charge of the university’s Information Technology Services Department (ITS) and lead the development and implementation of a strategic technology agenda that supports Pace’s mission, strategic goals, and academic programs. In addition to her responsibility for all information technology and infrastructure support services for academic, research, and administrative computing at Pace, she will also oversee all of the university’s telecommunications, networking services and information security. van den Blink brings many years of experience in information technology, in academic, non-profit organizations and industry, including several positions at Cornell University. She most recently served as Director of Academic Technologies at Cornell, where she helped develop a new IT strategic plan and was responsible for the design and launch of the university’s recent mobile strategy.

Cushman & Wakefield Promotes Two Brokers

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Stephen Baker

Matthew Lisk

Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has promoted two of its brokers covering the Westchester and Stamford, CT regions: Stephen Baker to executive director, and Matthew Lisk to senior director. Baker has been with Cushman & Wakefield since 1988.  A commercial broker specializing in office leasing and tenant representation, he has represented many prestigious corporations and financial institutions.  He has also consistently ranked as one of Cushman & Wakefield’s “Top 100” brokers companywide. Lisk is now a senior director in the Leasing Services Group of Cushman & Wakefield’s White Plains, office, where he specializes in both tenant and landlord representation services in Westchester County. Lisk currently represents more than 2 million square feet of Class-A office space in Westchester County. His current and past clients include Beacon Capital Partners, SL Green, George Comfort & Sons, Onyx Equities, Cohen Brothers, Hines, Pepe Companies, Simone Development, Fareri Associates, Willett Company, Summit Development, Greenfield Partners and Baywater Properties.

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Two New County Government Appointments

County Executive Robert P. Astorino has appointed William M. Mooney III as the new director of economic development for Westchester County, and Eileen Mildenberger as senior assistant to the county executive for government operations, effective immediately. Mooney and Mildenberger are effectively trading positions, in a move Astorino said will benefit both the county and his two employees. As director of Economic Development, Mooney will serve as liaison to the business community and work with the Westchester Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation, and its executive director, Jim Coleman, to help businesses and entrepreneurs stay, grow, and relocate to Westchester.  Mooney will also oversee the county’s Office of Tourism and Film and retain oversight of several ongoing Astorino initiatives, including the redevelopment of the county’s North 60 at the Grasslands reservation where a biotech/Medical research facility is proposed, as well as the public-private partnership for the revitalization of Playland.  In her role as director of Economic Development and before that as executive director of the IDA, Mildenberger helped attract more than $750 million in private sector capital investment to Westchester, assisting businesses from start-up biotech companies to global giants like PepsiCo and IBM.  In addition to her new duties as senior assistant to the county executive, which includes oversight and coordination of county departments such as Corrections, Probation, Parks, Planning and Human Resources, Mildenberger will also continue to assist in economic development strategies and initiatives.

Co-Communications Names Senior Account Manager

Co-Communications, a public relations and marketing firm with offices in Mount Kisco, Farmington, CT and midtown Manhattan has announced the promotion of Kevin Zawacki to Senior Account Manager. Zawacki, who previously served as an Account Manager for Co-Communications, has been with the agency for nine months at the Mt. Kisco location. As a Senior Account Manager, Zawacki will work alongside a variety of clients in the real estate, higher education, non-profit and healthcare industries to strengthen their branding, execute social media campaigns, brainstorm creative marketing concepts and craft both internal and external communications.

Prior to joining Co-Communications, Zawacki served as an Associate Regional Editor at AOL-Huffington Post’s Patch.com in the Lower Hudson Valley, managing a team of one-dozen full-time journalists and directing all newsgathering in the area. He has also written for The Journal News and Crain’s New York Business.

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