New Kettering President Takes Over:  A new era began at Kettering University in Flint last week as Robert McMahan joined the campus as the university’s seventh president. President McMahan wasted no time getting to work in a series of meetings around campus with faculty, staff, students and alumni. McMahan came to Kettering from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., where he was the founding dean and professor of The Kimmel School since 2008. The School is Western’s College of Engineering, Technology and Construction Management. WCU is one of the few universities in the nation to formally adopt the Boyer Model of Scholarship and is a leader in engaging faculty in economic development by nurturing teaching and applied research. McMahan replaces Stanley R. Liberty, who served Kettering as president from July 2005 through June 2011. Read more on McMahan at

FordDirect Names Valerie Fuller COO: FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and its franchise dealers, announced today the appointment of Valerie Fuller as COO. Fuller previously served as executive vice president of operations for FordDirect and has been a member of the FordDirect management team for the past six years. Fuller has been responsible for FordDirect’s strategy and operations for its dealer products, including the development of mobile marketing, personalized database marketing, dealer website, lead management, search engine marketing, video solutions, and more.  Fuller has also developed and managed regional digital marketing services, delivering solutions for all of Ford’s dealer advertising groups.  In addition, Fuller oversees FordDirect’s customer service initiatives. Prior to joining FordDirect, Fuller was a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting and a director with Trilogy.  At Deloitte, she led several large scale technology and process transformations in the automotive industry.  At Trilogy, she drove the strategy, development, and delivery of several digital marketing solutions for Ford and Chrysler.  Fuller earned a B.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, and an M.E.M. degree from Northwestern University. FordDirect Internet referrals represent 22 percent of Ford Motor Co. retail sales. Ford dealers sold more than 275,000 new vehicles from FordDirect Internet referrals in 2010. FordDirect is a joint venture between Ford and its franchised dealers to create a comprehensive Web presence for dealers and provide digital marketing services that help dealers sell more cars and trucks.

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Hetty Lima Joins Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy: Flint-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy, has named Hetty Lima vice president of specialty infusion services. In her position, Lima will be responsible for leading the sales and operations for Diplomat’s specialty infused product lines including the national nursing network. An accomplished health care executive with more than 27 years of home infusion and specialty pharmacy experience, Lima has held executive level positions within the health care industry, including Baxter Healthcare, CVS/Caremark’s Specialty Pharmacy division and Coram’s Hemophilia Services division. She has significant expertise in all specialty therapeutic areas including blood products, hemophilia, IGIV, alpha1, HAE, lysosomal storage disorders, PAH, MS, RA, RSV, growth hormone. A former president of the ASHP Home Care Practitioners, Hetty has lectured and published extensively on specialty pharmacy; her work has appeared in numerous pharmacy and nursing journals and texts. Diplomat, founded in 1975, is the nation’s largest privately held specialty pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. More at

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Secure-24 appoints National SAP Alliance Director: Southfield-based Secure-24, an SAP hosting partner and certified SAP cloud provider, announced the promotion of IT veteran Inga Bredehoeft to the company’s national SAP alliance director. In this role,  Bredehoeft will focus on the strategic relationship between SAP, key SAP service partners and Secure-24 to deliver technology leadership, SAP expertise and proven business solutions for clients. Most recently, Bredehoeft has been Secure-24’s SAP sales director based in Silicon Valley. She expanded the business in key states and worked with Secure-24’s integration team to deliver seamless solutions. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Bredehoeft has over 20 years experience in technology marketing, sales and business development. As an SAP hosting partner and SAP-certified provider of cloud services, Secure-24 provides a full service technical offering in support of SAP applications with proven project methodology and demonstrated successes in hosting, management, upgrades, migrations and support engagements. The company’s competency in enterprise application hosting and private cloud computing is supported and recognized by strong partnerships with industry leaders like SAP, VMware, Cisco and EMC. More at

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Hennessey Capital Grows Staff to Increase Access to Capital Opportunities for Second Stage Companies: Hennessey Capital LLC, the Huntington Woods specialty business finance company, said last week that Eric R. Gill and John Seeley have joined its sales team to concentrate on assisting second stage companies with their working capital needs by offering factoring of accounts receivable and working capital lines of credit. Gill is an industry veteran with moer than 30 years of commercial finance experience. He will work in the Carolinas. Seeley has a background as an entrepreneur and in corporate finance and business restructuring. He will work in the San Francisco area. Hennessey Capital provides working capital for growing business-to-business companies that are either pre-bankable but post-revenue, in transition or otherwise do not meet the credit guidelines of traditional bank lending. Products and services include factoring, asset-based lending programs, receivables management and business coaching. Hennessey Capital is part of the Hennessey Group of companies, including Hennessey Enterprises and Hennessey Ventures. Visit for more information.