David B. Schmidt will step away from the International Food Information Council after 23 years of leadership, including 10 years as CEO. He will remain CEO of IFIC and the IFIC Foundation through the end of the year or later. Korn Ferry will assist in the search for the new CEO. Interested candidates may contact Korn Ferry directly for more information by sending an email to Lorraine.Lavet@kornferry.com.
Michael Beall is stepping down after three years as CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International to become senior consultant at Credit Union Strategic Planning. NCBA CLUSA named Judy Ziewacz as interim CEO.
Paula J. Eichenbrenner, CAE, is the new executive director of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation. She was advancement VP at the American Society for Nutrition and director of the ASN Foundation. Earlier, Eichenbrenner was marketing and membership services director at Council for Affordable and Rural Housing. She earned a B.A. cum laude in Russian and Spanish from Tulane University in New Orleans, is pursuing an MBA AT Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. The AMCP Foundation as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
David Biemesderfer will be the next CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, effective in January. Biemsesderfer is CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network. He joined FPN, which is a member of the Forum, in 2009 as VP and has served as FPN CEO since June 2010. Other experience include 10 years at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, achieving communications and information services VP. David has also served as a consultant for a variety of foundations and other philanthropic clients.
Matt Bell will take the reigns of the Casino Association of Indiana, succeeding longtime president Mike Smith, effective Dec. 1. Smith has led the association for 13 years. Bell is a principal in Catalyst Public Affairs Group, a lobbying group he co-founded in 2013. Bell will remain in that position, and Catalyst will serve as a consultant to the Casino Association. Bell concluded a four-year term as a commissioner for the Indiana Gaming Association in October 2014. He was chairman of the association from 2013-14. He was the founding CEO of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana. For eight years, he was executive director of the Literacy Empowering and Advocating Project in Noble County.
Kim Sabow is the new CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and the Valley Hotel and Resort Association. Sabow was director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Earlier she was international affairs and strategic initiatives director for the Arizona Governor’s Office.
Robb Schulze is the new CEO of the Northern Ohio Golf Association. Schulze will be the first CEO in the association’s almost 100-year history. Schulze was the head professional at Acacia Country Club for more than 10 years, until its closing. Scotte Rorabaugh remains NOGA executive director, focusing on the association's golf tournament and member club operations.
Heath Peterson is the new CEO of the 132-year-old Kansas University Alumni Association. The board appointed Peterson interim president after Kevin Corbett resigned in July to become EVP at Affiliated Builders Group in Oklahoma. At the time of Corbett’s resignation, Peterson was alumni programs VP. He began working at the association as a student. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from KU.
COO Mahesh Ramanujam will succeed Rick Fedrizzi as CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council when he steps down at the end of 2016. Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as technology SVP. He was named COO in 2011. In 2012, he was also named president of the Green Building Certification Institute. Earlier, Ramanujam was COO for Emergys, a business transformation consulting firm. Ramanujam is a native of Chennai, India. He earned a bachelor’s of engineering in computer sciences from Annamalai University, where he began his career in software and systems analysis and product development. Fedrizzi is the founding CEO of USGBC.