Business People: Sunday, April 25

25April 2021


Preston Kelly, Minneapolis, announced the additions of Laura Silverman, public relations director, and Sharmila de Silva, vice president group account director, to bring Preston Kelly’s leadership team to 68 percent women. … Beehive Strategic Communication, St. Paul, announced the promotions of Ayme Zemke to executive vice president, client strategy, and Rebecca Martin to senior vice president, culture and talent.


Bushel Boy Farms, a producer of  greenhouse-grown produce year-round, announced it has named Chuck Tryon president of its operations in Owatonna, Minn., and Mason City, Iowa.


MSR Design principal Dagmara Larsen was named one of 20 architects across the country to receive a national American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award. MSR Design is based in Minneapolis.


Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., a Minneapolis-based provider of professional liability insurance for lawyers, announced the appointment of Chad Saunders as vice president of marketing. Saunders returns to MLM after a stint as a client executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. … St. Paul-based Securian Financial announced that Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Katia Walsh and Kevin Warren were elected to its board of directors. Walsh is Levi Strauss & Co.’s chief strategy and artificial intelligence officer; Vickers is senior vice president for medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Warren serves as the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. … Kraus-Anderson Insurance, Burnsville, announced it has promoted Rocky Bullis to assistant vice president of property and casualty.


Canvas Health, an Oakdale-based operator of clinics, announced the appointment of board members Oyebode Taiwo, Conrad Nguyen and Karen Dodson. Taiwo is responsible for the development of 3M’s global health strategy; Nguyen is the owner and president of staffing firm Kortech, and Dodson most recently was CEO of a biotech company and COO of NMDP/Be The Match.


Fredrikson & Byron attorney Cameron R. Seybolt has been appointed Minnesota state chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a nonprofit association of trust and estate lawyers. Fredrikson & Byron is based in Minneapolis. … Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced that attorneys Brianna J. Blazek, Elise R. Radaj and Brittany D. Yelle have joined the firm.


The Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees announced the elections of Jeannine Befidi, Mike Palmer, Bryan Phillips and Mandy Tuong. Befidi is vice president and head of internal communications and change management for Thomson Reuters; Palmer is president of Winslow Capital Management; Phillips is Inspire Medical Systems’ in-house general counsel and corporate secretary, and Tuong is president and CEO of Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing. Minnesota Public Radio is based in St. Paul.


Medtronic, an Ireland-based maker of implantable heart devices with corporate offices in Fridley, announced it has hired Greg Smith as executive vice president of global operations and supply chain. Smith formerly was executive vice president of U.S. supply chain for Walmart.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities, a youth mentoring organization, has selected Patrick Sukhum as chief executive officer. He replaces Michael Goar, who was recently named CEO of Catholic Charities. … St. Paul-based civic engagement organization the Jefferson Center for New Democratic Processes announced its formal name change to Center for New Democratic Processes.


Navigate Forward, a Minneapolis-based executive placement firm, announced the following appointments: Liesl Hyde Forve, senior vice president strategic relationships and business expansion, and Bunny Robinson and Mary Kloehn, executive consultants.


Kinetic Data, a St. Paul-based provider of workflow management solutions for business, announced the hiring of Alex Danzberger, Jr. as president.

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