Inforum Names Jacqueline Wiggins To New COO Post: Inforum announced the appointment of Jacqueline Wiggins to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Based in Detroit, Wiggins oversees the implementation of Inforum’s strategic plan, including statewide programming, affinity groups, industry groups, membership strategy, brand integration and marketing and communications. Before joining Inforum, Wiggins spent 25 years in the banking industry, starting her career at National Bank of Detroit. She has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility across consumer and commercial lines of business and support functions, including process reengineering, program management, marketing, and corporate affairs. Most recently, Wiggins was director of executive communications and engagement at Citizens Financial Group, a $136 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. Its subsidiary RBS Citizens, N.A. operates under the Charter One brand in Michigan. Wiggins remained in Michigan and traveled extensively, providing strategic communications counsel to the CEO with an emphasis on brand integration, executive positioning and messaging, and internal communication. From 2005 to 2010, Wiggins served as public affairs director for Charter One in Michigan. In this role, she was responsible for the bank’s charitable giving and community outreach strategy, as well as media and government relations, marketing sponsorships, and executive outreach. Wiggins directed the launch of several signature initiatives that bolstered the bank’s brand, including Champions in Action®, the Job Creation Loan Program, and the company’s extensive involvement in the North American International Auto Show and The Parade Company. Wiggins has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in financial economics from Walsh College. She serves as member of the board of trustees of the Michigan Colleges Foundation and chairs the Women’s Committee of the Belle Isle Conservancy. She and her husband Tom have two children and reside in Rochester Hills. For more, visit www.inforummichigan.org.
Grid4 Continues To Add Jobs In Second Quarter: Troy-based Grid4 announced two new hires Tuesday. Matt Smith comes to Grid4 with many years of telecom experience. Smith worked previously at LDMI, Talk America, and Paetec/Windstrem. He is the newest member of Grid4’s network operations team, specializing in level 1 customer support. Ron Harris also joined Grid4 as a Network Engineer. Previously, Harris worked as the Information Systems Assistant at PrivateBank and Trust and as a Network Engineer at Talmer Bank and Trust. Grid4 currently has open positions for customer care representatives, sales executives, project managers and network engineers. For more information, or to apply for a job at Grid4, visit their Web site at www.grid4.com. Grid4 is a facilities-based communications carrier headquartered in Troy. Grid4 provides innovative and reliable IP communication services that enhance productivity, are cost effective and smartly allow for future business growth. Grid4’s SmartComm suite of services include IP voice, high speed Internet access, managed IP technology, security solutions, and advanced data networking for multi-location businesses. Grid4 is committed to exceeding customer expectations and providing businesses with a world-class communications experience. Grid4 has been awarded Automation Alley’s Technology Company of the Year.
Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Kaddis: Flint-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest, privately owned specialty pharmacy, announced Wednesday that Atheer A. Kaddis has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He reports directly to Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy’s President, Gary Kadlec. Prior to his promotion, Kaddis served as Diplomat’s senior vice president of managed markets and clinical services. Before coming to Diplomat, Kaddis was director of pharmacy services clinical for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with responsibilities including formulary development, clinical program development, utilization management programs, specialty pharmacy programs, and pay for performance programs. Kaddis is a graduate of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Wayne State University in Detroit. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, founded in 1975, serves patients nationwide as the country’s largest privately held Specialty Pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. Diplomat’s business model creates unique partnerships around both distribution and services with all industry stakeholders including physicians, patients, group purchasing organizations, hospital systems, retail chains and managed markets, always focused on improving adherence and the patient experience. More at www.diplomatpharmacy.com;