peter milliganNEW HAVEN: Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. [Nasdaq:MLNT], a commercial-stage company, developing commercializing novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, has appointed Peter Milligan as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. He will succeed current CFO Paul Estrem, who is retiring from Melinta on October 1.

A Melinta release says “Milligan is an accomplished executive and established corporate leader who brings nearly 30 years of financial leadership experience, with extensive experience in managing all aspects of corporate and operational financial matters, including numerous capital market transactions.”

kickbackHARTFORD: Businessman Javed Choudhry, of Glastonbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to eight months of imprisonment, followed by four months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, for conspiracy and tax offenses related to a kickback scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Choudhry was employed by Building and Land Technology (BLT) construction based in Stamford. Between 2011 and 2014, Choudhry received between $250,000 and $500,000 in cash kickbacks from construction contractors in exchange for steering them millions of dollars in contracts on construction projects in Stamford.

Mayne Chris CroppedGLASTONBURY: GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., has added Branford resident Christopher Mayne as an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Project Manager in GZA’s Glastonbury office.

The company says, Mayne “has more than 20 years of experience in the EHS/compliance field, bringing a unique combination of environmental and safety expertise. Working with clients in diverse industries, he conducts risk assessments and process audits for worker health and exposure control methods. He also conducts employee training on varied EHS topics. Additionally, Mayne’s experience includes source water management for reservoirs and lakes.”

Mary Snow

HAMDEN: Veteran broadcast journalist Mary Snow joined the Quinnipiac University Poll as a polling analyst, effective July 2, Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD, announced today.

The University said, “Snow joins assistant directors Peter A. Brown and Tim Malloy in providing commentary and analysis on Quinnipiac University Polls, which are conducted nationally and in 10 states and New York City.

“Mary Snow brings years of experience covering government, politics and the economy at the local, national and global levels. Her knowledge of the subjects and her understanding of the media will make her a great asset to our team,” Schwartz said.

emons2BRIDGEPORT: Retired judge Jane B. Emons has joined Cohen and Wolf, P.C., with offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties, as Of Counsel to the firm.

Emons will provide Alternative Dispute Resolution, including, but not limited to, Mediation, Arbitration, Discovery and Special Mastering. The firm said in their announcement of Emmons’s appointment “her expertise will primarily include Family and Employment Law matters. She is well versed in resolving legally and financially complex and contentious issues, both in settlement and in trial settings.”

amy zeng named dean of barney school of businessHARTFORD: The University of Hartford Barney School of Business appointed a new dean, Amy Z. Zeng.

UH’s new business dean is the former assistant dean of the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI.

Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer announced the appointment and said that Zeng who holds a PhD in business administration and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering, will begin her duties on August 1.

A full professor, assistant dean, and interim department head at WPI’s Foisie Business School, Zeng oversees AACSB-related efforts for “continuous improvement; coordinates collaborations with other academic units on campus and global partners; manages all faculty, students, and degree programs in the School; and works closely with the dean on the School’s strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management.”