Gene-Editing Pioneer Recombinetics Taps Mark Platt as New CEO

As he replaces Tammy Lee, who’s taking a “leave of absence,” Platt will be the company’s third CEO in two years. Platt’s prior experience includes leading Wisconsin manufacturing company Multistack LLC.

Allete Names Bethany Owen As New President

Owens will be the first female to hold the role at the Duluth-based electric company.

Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jon Pryor Makes Surprise Resignation

Under his six-year tenure, Pryor oversaw the completion of a massive new clinic in Minneapolis, as well as an ongoing controversy over an emergency services practice.

Pohlads Making Moves for Faster Growth

A new executive joins Pohlad Cos. and pursues strategic acquisitions.

Free Spirit Publishing’s New Leader Bets on Books

New Publisher Kyra Ostendorf explains why she’s optimistic about the future of children’s print books.

Long-Time Greater Mankato Growth President, CEO Jonathan Zierdt is Retiring

Zierdt has led Greater Mankato Growth since 2007, and headed its preceding organization, too. Credited with growing both GMG and Mankato itself, he’s stepping down to focus on health and personal interests.

President of Evine Live Resigns After Four Months on the Job

No reason for the abrupt resignation has been publicized. Martin-Vachon will receive a separation payment of about $250,000, according to an SEC filing.

Corporate Philanthropy: Beyond the Bottom Line

Minnesota set the standard for corporate philanthropy decades ago, but now businesses are feeling the pressure to give more than money.

Leaders in Giving: People

A look at philanthropic efforts by corporate givers.

Leaders in Giving: Companies and Foundations

A look at philanthropic efforts by mission-driven businesses.

Jim Dolan Resurfaces At Cherry Tree, A Longtime Investor

James Dolan has joined Cherry Tree Companies, the Minnetonka-based investment firm that helped him launch the Dolan Company more than two decades ago.

Two Former Colleagues Reunite To Launch Exec Search Firm

Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad have formed Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc., and their initial clients include the Bush Foundation, CaringBridge, the University of Minnesota, and more.

Merrill CEO Retires After 30 Years; IBM Exec Takes Over

James “Rusty” Wiley has been named CEO of St. Paul-based Merrill Corporation, replacing John Castro, who spent three decades at the helm.

After Exiting Bankruptcy, Dolan Co. Names New CEO

Mark McEachen, who most recently served as chief operating officer of California-based Freedom Communications, will lead the Dolan Company, which is now a privately held company.

ValueVision Replaces CEO In Wake Of Proxy Battle

After shareholders elected several board members nominated by activist investor the Clinton Group, ValueVision said it has also appointed Mark Bozek as its new chief executive.

ValueVision, Investor Trade Barbs Before Shareholder Vote

Ahead of an annual shareholder meeting at which it hopes to win board seats, activist investor Clinton Group has made public three emails that decry management practices at ValueVision; meanwhile, ValueVision’s CEO called the allegations “simply not true and completely unfair.”

Securian Financial CEO Retires After 20-Year Tenure

Robert Senkler was appointed CEO in July 1994 and has worked for the company since he was just 21 years old.

Medtronic Seeks Dismissal Of Shareholder Lawsuits

A two-person committee appointed by the med-tech giant concluded that allegations against Medtronic’s leaders are “without merit”; it’s now seeking dismissal of shareholder lawsuits.

Target Taps GM Leader As Chief Information Security Officer

Brad Maiorino, who has overseen information security at General Motors and General Electric, will join Target in the newly formed chief information security officer role.

3M Promotes Executive As CFO Leaves For Another Co.

Longtime 3M employee Nicholas Gangestad is replacing David Meline, who had served as the company’s chief financial officer since 2011.

Famous Dave’s Chairman Abruptly Resigns Amid Turnover

Dean Riesen left the company on Friday after serving as a board director since 2003 and chairman since 2011.

Employees Of 3 MN Cos. Make List Of Fortune 500 "Heroes"

Employees from U.S. Bancorp, Ecolab, and Thrivent were named to Fortune’s “Heroes of the 500” list, which recognizes acts of charity and courage.

Arctic Cat Confirms CEO’s Departure

Claude Jordan exits after three years at the helm; company veteran Chris Twomey named interim leader.

What MN Values Mean To A Pulitzer Prize Winner (Video)

Thomas Friedman, a New York Times columnist, said he’s “always looking for Minnesota” in each of the subjects he covers.

Should Shareholders Overhaul Target’s Board Of Directors?

Twin Cities Business' Dale Kurschner recently questioned the composition of Target’s board; now, a proxy advisor is recommending that shareholders oust the majority of Target directors.

What's With Famous Dave’s CEO Turmoil?

An attempt to discover what's in the sauce that keeps causing the barbecue chain's CEOs to split.

Joerger Spurns Wolves, Will Remain As Coach Of Grizzlies

Med-Tech Firm Revamps C-Suite; Shares Fall 9%

St. Paul-based med-tech company MGC Diagnostics Corporation announced that CEO Gregg Lehman is leaving the firm to become CEO of a healthcare and wellness program provider.

Two More Target Execs Are Out Amid Leadership Overhaul

Target ousted the president of its Canadian operations the same day it announced that one of its longtime executive vice presidents plans to retire.

Ex-Target CEO Receives $16M For "Involuntary Termination"

Gregg Steinhafel’s compensation fell during the company’s latest fiscal year, but he’ll receive a severance package worth millions following his “involuntary termination for reasons other than for cause.”

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