Special Olympics - Mary Davis to CEO.She had been acting CEO since October. From Ireland, she is the first person from outside the U.S. to be named CEO. She has been involved with Special Olympics since first volunteering after graduating from college, where she earned a degree in physical education. Since 2009, Davis served as the regional president of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, based in Dublin. She will split her time between the U.S., where headquarters are located, and Ireland.
BRAC USA - Donella Rapier to CEO, effective in July. Rapier succeeds founding president Susan Davis, who completed 10 years of outstanding service in December. Rapier has been chief development and administrative officer at Accion. Previously, she was the CFO at Partners In Health. Earlier she spent more than a decade in senior leadership roles at Harvard University, including CFO for Harvard Business School, among other positions. She earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. She began her career at Price Waterhouse.
Academy of Country Music - CEO Bob Romeo is stepping down after 12 years. ACM EVP Tiffany Moon will serve as interim CEO. A statement released last week did not say why Romeo resigned, or what he would be doing next, but he is "looking forward to planning my next endeavor.” While working in the family business, Romeo Entertainment Group, Bob Romeo boosted the careers of Kenny Chesney and other country stars, according to his biography. He has won two ACM Awards for Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year and the Country Music Association's Talent Buyer/SRO Award. Before becoming ACM CEO, he was an ACM board member and board chairman.
Ohio Aerospace Institute - Jeffrey Rolf to CEO, effective July 1. He will succeed Michael Heil, who will retire from OAI on June 30, after a 41-year career in aerospace. Rolf was commercial airframes, business development VP at Parker Hannifin Corp. He served as chairman of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council. He is a charter member of the Ohio Legislature's Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee. He earned a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree and an MBA at Cleveland State University.
NAIOP Wisconsin - Jim Villa to CEO. He succeeds Kirsten Lee Villegas, who had only become CEO in July. Villa was university relations VP for the University of Wisconsin system. Earlier he was CEO of Commercial Association of REALTORS Wisconsin. He has extensive government experience including chief of staff to a county executive and in the state Senate. He also worked for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson.