OF NOTE – SPORTS
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx professional basketball franchise announced the hire of Marquise Watts in the newly created position of chief experience officer. Watts most recently served as president of Brand Strategy for Klutch Sports Group. Watts will work across both basketball and business operations with a focus on premier player experience and establishing the organization as a talent destination.
Westwood Professional Services, Minnetonka, announced that Barry Morgan has joined the firm as senior director, North Region Land Division.
Securian Financial, a St. Paul-based insurance company, announced the following leadership promotions: Bruce Shay from executive vice president of Affinity Solutions to executive vice president of Employee Benefits Solutions; Sid Gandhi to senior vice president of Employee Benefits Solutions; Pete Berlute to senior vice president of Enterprise Technology; Bill Gould to executive vice president of Affinity Solutions; Mark Geldernick, vice president of Affinity Solutions, and Meagan Phillips to chief risk officer. … Bridgewater Bank, St. Louis Park, announced the appointment of Tom Grotbo as senior vice president, Commercial Lending.
General Mills, Golden Valley, announced the retirement of John Church as chief transformation and enterprise services officer effective Jan. 31. General Mills’ consumer food brands include Cheerios, Nature Valley, Blue Buffalo, Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Yoplait.
MNsure, the state of Minnesota’s public health insurance exchange, announced that Gov. Tim Walz has appointed Dr. Daniel Trajano to the MNsure board of directors. Trajano is founder and president of Pop Health Consulting and previously worked as the vice president and senior medical director for government markets for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit consortium of law firms and corporate legal departments promoting diversity in the legal profession, announced the addition of
LaLinda Xiong as program manager of its anti-racism initiative, Wanton Injustice Legal Detail (WILD). Xiong previously worked at the Lake Street Council as the creative placemaking coordinator and was a program manager for the City of Minneapolis in the Division of Race and Equity.
Graco, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of fluid handling equipment for industry, announced that Inge Grasdal has been appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president, Corporate Development, effective Jan. 17. Grasdal previously was vice president of Corporate Development at Ecolab, St. Paul.
MinnPost, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit online news outlet, announced the hire of Harry Colbert, Jr., as managing editor. He replaces former Managing Editor Susan Albright, who retired in September.
Predictive Oncology, an Eagan-based developer of artificial intelligence for personalized cancer therapies, announced the hire of Pamela Bush as senior vice president of Strategic Sales and Business Development.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, St. Paul, announced it has named Paul Slack to the newly-created position of vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice; Slack previously served as LSS social justice advocate prior to being promoted to social justice advocacy manager. … Tiwahe Foundation, a Minneapolis-based organization serving the state’s Native American communities, announced the retirement of board Chair Nicole MartinRogers, the appointment of Wakinyan LaPointe as board chair for 2022, and the addition of board members Joe Hobot, Maggie Lorenz, Kelly Miller and Nigel Perrote. … Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) announced the hire of Pamela Cannon as vice president chief of people officer. … BETA, a Minneapolis-based organization that provides early-stage business services to Minnesota-based startups, announced it has named Shelisa Demuth as executive director.
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary announced that Ed Boeve, immediate past president, has been named the incoming governor elect for Rotary District 5960, encompassing 64 Clubs in eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Golden Valley, announced its sponsorship of two Minnesota-based Olympic Gold Medalists: cross-country skier Jessie Diggins and curling’s Team Shuster, led by skipper John Shuster.
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