BIZBRIEFS Compiled by Renee Ambroso, Hannah Lee, Isabella Reilly and Megan Tillotson
ON THE MOVE
Charlene Foley was hired as the vice president of brand and member experience by Coastal Credit Union. After more than 25 years working in customer experience management, communications and strategic planning, Foley is responsible for planning and executing strategies for member experience and promoting excellence across all member touchpoints in this new role. Coastal Credit Union also promoted MaryAnne Gangoy to the position of chief member advisory officer. Gangoy now oversees the credit union’s advisory and sales functions and leads efforts in growing consumer lending, deposits and new membership. Gangoy joined Coastal in 2012 and most recently served as vice president of wealth management. She previously held the jobs of vice president of retail sales and service, and as a market manager for the credit union’s Durham branches. Gangoy will continue to oversee departments including wealth management, member assistance program
and financial well-being as a member of the executive leadership team. She also likes to give back to the community and has volunteered locally with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake and Duke Children’s Hospital. Catherine Edmonds started in her role as chief of staff at North Carolina Central University on May 1. Edmonds brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership and all levels of education, having most recently served as the deputy state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Edmonds will work closely with N.C. Central Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye and direct all financial and administrative operations for the Office of the Chancellor, among other duties. Dianne Johnson announced her retirement after serving as business manager of Durham Community Land Trustees for 24 years. Dianne acted as the primary contact among vendors and contractors, and managed human resources for the company. DCLT celebrated Dianne at Grub Durham in May.
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ChannelAdvisor, a Research Triangle Parkbased provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions, hired Juan Manuel Bahamonde as its director of information security in March. Bahamonde is responsible for leading the global information security teams and developing and executing strategic initiatives. Bahamonde has more than 15 years of information security experience and most recently held a similar role at Equifax for Spain and Portugal. Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on developing first-in-class ophthalmic therapies, welcomed Peter Lang as its new chief financial officer in March. Lang joins the company after working as partner and managing director of New Yorkbased firm Ridge Advisory, and brings more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational solutions within the health care and biopharma sectors. Biotechnology company Ribometrix, which is developing ways to treat diseases via small molecule therapies targeted at RNA, promoted Dr. Manjunath Ramarao to chief scientific officer in March. Dr. Ramarao
succeeds John Reardon, who retired from the position in January. Dr. Ramarao (pictured left) previously served as a principal research investigator for Pfizer and oversaw a research and development organization in Bangalore, India. Jennifer Hunt was appointed chief development officer of Opus Genetics, a gene therapy company that develops treatments for inherited retinal diseases. Hunt will lead clinical development and regulatory affairs as the Opus team works toward helping patients affected by these diseases. She brings more than 25 years of drug development experience, has previously held key clinical and regulatory positions at multiple biopharmaceutical companies, and oversaw trials. “I’m looking forward to leveraging my experience to tackle some of the most neglected forms of blindness,” Hunt said.
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