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Commerce and Community: July 19, 2013

Commerce and Community: July 19, 2013

News and notes from around the business community.

Albany Med taps Leyden for new senior VP post

ALBANY — Albany Medical Center has named a veteran IBM executive to the newly created position of senior vice president for business development and strategic partnerships.

Kevin M. Leyden will help explore ways to support Albany Med’s mission, strengthen its bottom line and address the fast-paced changes in the health-care field, according to a news release.

Leyden worked for IBM for nearly 20 years, most recently as a client/solution executive in Albany managing relationships with several New York state health and human services agencies and the executive chamber, as well as higher education institutions. His positions with IBM over the years involved local, regional, national and international responsibilities.

Leyden joined IBM in 1995 after nearly a decade with the state Department of Social Services, where he was appointed by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo as director of a statewide initiative to improve children and family services through cross-agency innovation and collaboration. He has also held gubernatorial appointments as chair of the advisory board of the state Office of Children and Family Services and served on governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s transition team, chairing the health and human services team.

He serves on the adjunct faculty of the University at Albany schools of Business and Social Welfare and has served as charter co-chairman of the Business Alliance for Tech Valley High School, chairman of the Parsons Child and Family Center board of directors, trustee of Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese and president of the LaSalle School Foundation.

Leyden lives in Bethlehem with his wife and two children.

Williard joining Roohan staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roohan Realty has hired a local woman as its newest licensed real estate salesperson.

Alexandra Willard grew up in upstate New York and currently lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Bill, and son, Jes.

Willard graduated from Smith College and is on the board of the Richard and Rebecca Evans Foundation, a member of the Equine Advocates Gala Committee and a member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.

Newman to head ESD marketing

ALBANY — Empire State Development has named Richard Newman as its new executive vice president of state marketing strategy. In the new role, Newman will oversee all marketing initiatives by the state’s chief economic development agency.

Before joining ESD, Newman served as managing director for the New York Office of Digitas Health, leading the marketing efforts for several clients, including Pfizer and Nestle Co. He also served as president of digital marketing company Greater Than One and Ogilvy Action, the global marketing division of Ogilvy Group.

Newman currently serves on the board of directors for the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

NYISO names Hussey as CFO

RENSSELAER — The New York Independent System Operator’s board of directors has named Cheryl Hussey vice president and chief financial officer.

Hussey will supervise NYISO’s finance group, which is responsible for accounting, budgeting, treasury, contract administration, procurement, credit, customer settlements and settlements processes and controls.

“Hussey has been with NYISO since 2008. She most recently served as controller and assistant treasurer, supervising preparation of the annual budget of capital and operating expenditures, determining financing requirements, administering collection and investment of cash receipts, supervising NYISO’s contract administration and procurement function and establishing policies and procedures for internal controls.

Prior to joining NYISO, Hussey worked for Albany Medical Center where she served as director of financial planning. She is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Geneseo.

Tario named firm’s director of PR

ALBANY — Baker Public Relations has named Jamie Tario as director of public relations. Her responsibilities include the development and management of integrated PR/marketing programs for clients.

Tario comes to Baker from The Sage Colleges in Troy, where she served as media relations manager for nearly four years. Tario was a member of Sage’s crisis communications team and a contributing writer for Sage alumni publications.

Tario, of Colonie, received a master’s degree in organization management from The School of Management at The Sage Colleges and a bachelor’s degree in communication/print journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NYAPT honors Civitella

SCHENECTADY — Antonio Civitella, president & CEO of Transfinder, a provider of transportation management solutions for more than 1,500 school districts in North America and the Caribbean, was recently honored by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation with its “2013 Friend of NYAPT Award.”

The award is presented annually to a person or organization in recognition of the many years of constant and steadfast support of NYAPT and its members.

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