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.

2013 Minnesota Census of Women In Corporate Leadership

An annual study of women in corporate leadership and how Minnesota's top 100 public companies rank.

Culture Matters When Attracting Female Executives

At Securian and Donaldson, supportive and flexible environments increase the ranks of women executives.

6 Of Forbes' "Most Trustworthy Companies" Are From MN

Hawkins, Tennant Company, Patterson Companies, Capella Education, Apogee Enterprises, and Buffalo Wild Wings were recognized for their corporate credibility.

Select Comfort Names New CFO And HR Leader

David Callen, formerly of Ethan Allen Interiors, will serve as Select Comfort's chief financial offier; Patricia Dirks, a former Target executive, was named “chief human capital officer.”

Dolan Files For Bankruptcy; Founder Steps Down

Dolan Company announced a reorganization plan that will cut debt and result in the company going private—and its founder and CEO has stepped down.

LifeScience Alley CEO Retiring; Replacement Named

Following Dale Wahlstrom's retirement, Shaye Mandle, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer, will take the reins.

Companies Brace For New Rules Over "Conflict Minerals"

A new rule requires publicly traded manufacturers to disclose whether their products include minerals whose sale funded armed conflict in the Congo—and the rule will have a ripple effect on smaller companies as well.

MPR Parent American Public Media Names New CFO

Morris Goodwin will fill a vacancy left after longtime Chief Financial Officer Mark Alfuth retired last summer.

Jury Finds Former Bixby Energy CEO Guilty On All Counts

Bixby Energy Systems founder Robert Walker was convicted on 17 counts of criminal conduct, including witness tampering and defrauding investors, after just a day and a half of jury deliberation.

Famous Dave’s Fires President Soon After CEO Resigns

Less than a month after the company’s CEO resigned, Famous Dave’s chose to fire its president and chief operating officer.

Mayo's Operating Profits Climb 55%; CEO Talks Strategy

Mayo Clinic said it beat expectations in 2013, and CEO John Noseworthy, who recently spoke to Twin Cities Business about the future of health care, highlighted ongoing initiatives.

2 MN Cos. Make Fortune’s List Of “World’s Most Admired”

3M ranked 23rd and Target 29th, although both fell several spots from last year’s list.

Two MN Fortune 500s Add Female Board Directors

Dianne Neal Blixt and Amy DiGeso were appointed to Ameriprise Financial’s board; Suzanne Vautrinot, meanwhile, has become an Ecolab director.

Report: 3M Mulling Sale Of $1B Electronics Units

Bloomberg News reported that the Minnesota company is working with Goldman Sachs to sell some of its business units piecemeal.

Canada Woes Hurt Target’s Profits More Than Data Breach

Target’s profits fell 46 percent in the fourth quarter, dropping from $1.47 per share to $0.81 per share; Target attributed $0.40 of the loss to its Canadian segment and $0.02 per share to the data breach.

Managing Partner Resigns From Mpls. Design Firm

Tricia Davidson is leaving Minneapolis-based Duffy & Partners.

Whistleblower Lawsuit Costs Globe University Nearly $1M

After Heidi Weber, one of the for-profit school’s former deans, was awarded almost $395,000 in a whistleblower lawsuit, a judge has now ruled that the school must pay an additional $570,000.

The Business Of Tom Barnard

Inside the business life of Tom Barnard—the least-known, most relevant aspect of the Twin Cities’ most important radio personality.

Famous Dave's CEO Resigns After 16 Months

Former McDonald's executive Ed Rensi, who joined the Famous Dave’s board a month ago, will lead the company on an interim basis; he succeeds John Gilbert, who resigned after roughly 16 months in the job.

Small-Biz Owners Sought For Leadership Training Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering local small business owners and CEOs an MBA-like curriculum meant to help them grow.

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