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Independence Health Group, Philadelphia, has hired Gregory E. Deavens as chief financial officer. Deavens will direct all financial functions for Independence Blue Cross and other IHG subsidiaries. He had been senior vice president and corporate controller at MassMutual Financial Group.

Gregory E. Deavens (left), Jamie Gauthier (center) and Adela Park.
Gregory E. Deavens (left), Jamie Gauthier (center) and Adela Park.Read more

Independence Health Group, Philadelphia, has hired Gregory E. Deavens as chief financial officer. Deavens will direct all financial functions for Independence Blue Cross and other IHG subsidiaries. He had been senior vice president and corporate controller at MassMutual Financial Group.

The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, a Doylestown nonprofit research institute established in 2003 by the Hepatitis B Foundation, has named cancer physician and scientist Richard G. Pestell to establish and serve as president of the Pennsylvania Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research Center. Pestell had been director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and executive vice president at Thomas Jefferson University. Pestell will also oversee ProstaGene, one of the biotechnology companies he founded, that will move to the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center.

Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia, has hired Jamie Gauthier as senior director of public partnership. She had been executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. It also named Adela Park as special projects coordinator. A landscape architect, she was an urban designer and project manager at Scout.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has hired Matthew Bayley as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. He had been a partner at the management consultant McKinsey & Co.

KeyBank, Plymouth Meeting, has named Renee Murdock corporate responsibility officer for its eastern Pennsylvania market. She previously served in a similar role for First Niagara Bank and as vice president of neighborhood services & human resources for Project HOME.

Lincoln Financial Group, Radnor, has hired Andrea Goodrich as senior vice president and corporate secretary. Goodrich served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility at Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco International), including her most recent position as vice president, corporate secretary and associate general counsel.

The real estate service company Cushman & Wakefield, Philadelphia, has named Erick Mazzoni valuation and advisory group manager. He will lead the group's Pennsylvania operations and oversee the groups in both the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices. He had been director within the firm's V&A Group.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers, a nonprofit provider of early childhood education and school-age programs, has named Tom Sulpizio chief financial officer.

Philadelphia Academies Inc., a nonprofit youth development organization that partners with Philadelphia's public high schools, has named Jay Vazquez president and CEO, replacing Lisa Nutter. Vazquez had been director of field operations.

The Philadelphia labor, employment, and workers' compensation law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson has promoted attorneys Kelly Ann Brogan and Lauren Hoye to partner. Brogan joined the firm in 2003 and focuses her practice on employee benefits plans. Hoye joined the firm in 2010 and is experienced in matters of employee representation for both unions and individuals.

Reed Smith LLP has elected Jonathan Moyer and Matthew Rosso to partner in its Philadelphia office. Moyer is a member of the firm's corporate & transactional advisory group, and Rosso, a member of the insurance recovery group.

Salus University, Elkins Park, has hired Jeanne-Marie Pennington as clinical coordinator. Pennington currently practices as an emergency medicine physician assistant at Phoenixville Hospital. Adam J. Moore has been appointed assistant professor. Moore works as an urgent-care physician assistant in the Virtua Health System. Rachel Ditoro has been named director of educational competency and strategic innovation. She had been director of clinical education at Arcadia University. Daniel L. Pavlik has been named academic coordinator. He is a PA in the emergency department at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and at Lower Bucks Hospital.

O'Neal Industries, Exton, has named Kirk Moore as president and CEO of TW Metals, a specialty-metals distributor affiliate. He succeeds Jack Elrod, who will retire at the end of March after serving more than 15 years. Moore joined TW as vice president, finance, and chief financial officer in 2003.

Burlington Stores Inc., Burlington, said Jennifer Vecchio, executive vice president/chief merchandising officer since May 2015, has been promoted to the newly created role of chief merchandising officer/principal. Marc Katz has been promoted to chief financial officer/principal from executive vice president and chief financial officer. Fred Hand has been promoted to chief customer officer/principal from executive vice president of stores.

Business Development University, Philadelphia, has hired Heather Herrington as a professional services coach and trainer. Herrington had been a practicing attorney, serving as assistant litigation department chair at Jacobs Law Group.

Lauletta Birnbaum, a Sewell, N.J.-based boutique business law firm, said it opened a new office in Center City's Land Title Building on South Broad Street and hired land-use attorney Richard DeMarco and commercial litigator Krishna Narine.

BLT Architects, a Philadelphia design firm, has hired Matthew Pultorak as project architect. Pultorak had been a project architect with the ARCHITECTS DPC and architectural designer for Lawrence S. Schreiber.

Kleinbard LLC, Philadelphia, has hired Julie Berson as an associate in the business and finance department and as a member of the real estate group. She had been an associate at Dechert LLP in the finance and real estate group.

Element Partners, a Philadelphia investor in sustainability technology and innovation, has opened a new office in San Francisco and added Raj Atluru and Anup Jacob as general partners and managing directors. Atluru had been a founding partner with Silver Lake Kraftwerk and started his career at TL Ventures. Jacob cofounded Richard Branson's Virgin Green Fund. - Mike Zebe