Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), a Manufacturing USA institute, has announced that Nigel Francis has been named the institute’s CEO and executive director. Francis succeeds Chris Conrardy, who had been serving as the interim executive director since January. Francis will be based in LIFT’s Detroit headquarters.
Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group PLC has promoted Sarah Rabe to project architect after she successfully completed her architect licensure exam.
International Automotive Components Group (IAC) has announced that Natale Rea has been appointed president and interim CEO, effective immediately. Robert S. Miller is retiring from IAC after three years as president and CEO.
The Southeast Michigan American Heart Association has named Laura Vaughn as its new metro executive director.
Southfield’s Collins Einhorn Farrell PC has announced that attorney Tanya M. Murray has joined the firm’s insurance coverage practice group. Murray represents and counsels clients by providing coverage opinions and drafting coverage position letters encompassing a variety of claims under commercial general liability, homeowners, umbrella, and professional liability insurance policies.
Lapeer-based Lapeer Plating and Plastics (LP+P) has added two new leaders to its management team. Michael Hitch has joined LP+P as the director of sales and marketing, and Bob Ehlert has joined LP+P as the commercial manager.
The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn will honor Steven Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors Co., with its Distinguished Service Citation at its 2018 Induction and Awards Gala. The ceremony will be held on July 19 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Kiefer will be honored for his work to end distracted driving through the Kiefer Foundation.
Mayor Mike Duggan has announced the appointment of Arthur Jemison to the newly created position of chief of services and infrastructure, which is part of a reorganization designed to promote improved coordination between city departments. Jemison will leave his position as director of housing and revitalization department, with Donald Rencher replacing him.
JLL has announced the addition of Robert Mihelich to its Detroit retail team as senior vice president. Mihelich brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, specifically in the sale, leasing, and development of retail, and commercial properties, including mixed-use and medical sites.
Lynn Marcotte has accepted the position of chief financial officer for McLaren Oakland, a 338-bed medical center serving Pontiac and the surrounding Oakland County area.
Detroit/Farmington Hills-based H.W. Kaufman Group, a network of insurance companies, has announced that Josh Hunegs will join the company as a corporate vice president.
The University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan State University in East Lansing, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University in Detroit, has announced the appointment of Britany Affolter-Caine as executive director. Affolter-Caine will oversee all strategic and operational aspects of the URC.