COOs on the Move: September 2023

Sep 25, 2023 | COOs on the Move

September was a month of changes for some organizations. Today, we will focus on 13 Chief Operating Officers (COOs) that made a move in September 2023.

Goldman Sachs Names Ericka Leslie as COO of Global Banking and Markets

Ericka Leslie

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. tapped Ericka Leslie to be chief operating officer of its investment banking and trading unit as part of a shuffle kicked off by 27-year veteran Laurence Stein leaving.

AutoNation Names New COO

Jeff Parent

AutoNation, Inc. announced the appointment of Jeff Parent as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). With extensive experience in senior executive roles spanning sales, supply chain management, and business strategy, Parent brings a wealth of expertise to lead the company’s operational and strategic initiatives. As COO, Jeff Parent will play a pivotal role in AutoNation’s continuous efforts to drive growth, enhance operational efficiency, and provide exceptional customer experiences across its extensive network of locations.

CSX Hires Mike Cory as its New COO

Mike Cory

CSX has named Mike Cory, CN’s former COO, as its new COO. Cory, who has more than 40 years of operational experience, joined CN in 1981 as a laborer working in the Canadian railroad’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, locomotive shop and held various positions of increasing responsibility in both operations and sales and marketing before becoming COO in 2016.

ComEd Appoints David Perez as New COO

David Perez

ComEd has announced that David R. Perez will take on the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer of ComEd, effective January 1, 2024. Perez will succeed Terence Donnelly who will retire at the end of the year. Perez currently serves as senior vice president of distribution operations. Before this role, Perez was the vice president of ComEd’s transmission and substation organization. In his new position as COO, Perez will be responsible for managing ComEd’s day-to-day operations and ensuring that the company provides the best possible service to its 9 million customers.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Names New COO

Vince Parrotta

Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Vince Parrotta as chief operating officer, bringing with him more than 40 years of operations experience—most recently with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts— to this newly created position.

Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Announces New President and COO


Mr. Jung joined HMM in 2007 and led the effort to strengthen and grow HMM while serving across a spectrum of critical leadership roles including Purchasing, Sales, Corporate Strategy, R&D, HR, Legal, IT, and Supplier Preparation & Development. His exceptional grasp of our industry, coupled with his strategic acumen, uniquely positions him to guide HMM into the next phase of innovation and success. Most recently, Mr. Jung served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Toyota Business for HMM. As President and CEO, Mr. Jung will focus on advancing manufacturing and supply chain efficiency while driving the company forward with continued success and innovation.

OptimaEd Promotes from within for President and COO Role

Greg Sapienza

OptimaEd, a Naples, FL-based education company that works with online, charter and other schools, focusing on a classical education, has named Greg Sapienza president and COO. Sapienza, with experience in leadership in software, food service and senior living management, will lead OptimaEd’s school expansion initiatives, where, according to a statement, he “will manage daily operations and implement strategic decisions that benefit both the organization and its students.”

Keurig Dr Pepper Names New COO – Tim Cfer

Tim Cfer

Keurig Dr Pepper has appointed Tim Cofer as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) as part of a planned transition which will see him become CEO in the second quarter of 2024. As COO, Cofer will report to current Chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort, who will assume the position of Executive Chairman after the planned leadership transition.

Physiomics Names Peter Sargent as New COO

Peter Sargent

Physiomics said it has appointed Peter Sargent as chief operating officer, effective immediately. Sargent’s initial focus will be strengthening the company’s operational performance and in particular drive the key priorities disclosed in its recent placing, namely expansion and diversification of clients, expansion of its consulting business into the adjacent area of pharmaceutical biostatistics and exploring opportunities around its personalized oncology software offering.

Nutex Health Hires New COO – Joshua DeTillio
Joshua DeTillio

Nutex Health, a Houston-based operator of micro-hospitals that recently went public, named Joshua DeTillio as its new COO to help with internal financial reporting.

Nikola Appoints Mary Chan as COO

Mary Chan

Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, via its HYLA brand, today announced the appointment of Mary Chan as Chief Operating Officer, effective October 9, 2023. In her capacity as COO, Chan will lead the company’s engineering, program, product, supply chain, and manufacturing teams. Her appointment aligns with the vision of President and CEO Steve Girsky to streamline decision-making processes and bolster Nikola’s reputation for excellence in engineering and manufacturing.

Sangoma Announces New COO -Jeremy Wubs

Jeremy Wubs

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, a trusted leader in delivering cloud-based Communications as a Service solutions for companies of all sizes, announced the appointment of Jeremy Wubs as its first Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) effective immediately.

TPG Names New COO – Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri

TPG, a leading global alternative asset manager with $139 billion in assets under management has appointed Partner and Board Member Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri as the firm’s new COO. Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri will lead TPG’s operational functions globally to enable the firm’s strategic business and will continue to partner closely with CEO Jon Winkelried and the rest of the firm’s leadership team to develop and drive TPG’s growth strategy.

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