Secure-24 Names Joe Szmadzinski as Chief Strategy Officer: The Southfield enterprise hosting and cloud computing services provider Secure-24 Inc. announced today that 20-year industry veteran Joe Szmadzinski has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. Szmadzinski will lead advancement of market and technology positioning, as well as development of key partner service alliances and new products. Previously, Szmadzinski was a Consulting Partner at KPMG and PwC, formerly Coopers and Lybrand. He has served as CEO, CIO and COO for numerous companies, including GMAC, Edcor Services, WorldCom (post-bankruptcy), Amerisure Insurance, Barr Pharmaceuticals, Continuum Health and Champion Industries, among other firms. In these roles, he led transformations that increased shareholder value and improved technology development. Szmadzinskialso directed the IT and Business Systems Transformation Practice for AlixPartners for more than nine years. Szmadzinski holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and physics from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and frequently speaks on business change, strategy and IT systems. More at

Advanced Photonix Promotes Risser to COO: Ann Arbor-based Advanced Photonix Co. (NYSE Amex: API) said it had promoted Robin Risser, currently the Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors. said API president and CEO Richard Kurtz: “Our rapidly expanding sales pipeline in our fast growth areas of high speed optical receivers and Terahertz is driving our need to implement organizational changes to best respond to these opportunities. After reviewing the skills and market knowledge necessary to be the COO of API we found the ideal candidate to fulfill the role in Rob Risser, our current CFO. With more than 18 years in the optical field and industry knowledge, combined with his financial and strategic expertise, Rob brings valuable experience and background to the COO position. We need to build on our strong internal management talent pool in conjunction with new external management expertise. Rob will also continue to serve as our CFO while we conduct a search for his replacement. Having worked with Rob for the past six years I know he will be instrumental in helping API grow to the next level in the shortest possible time frame.” Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE Amex: API) is a leading supplier with a broad offering of optoelectronic products to a global customer base. More at


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