defrancesco melintaNEW HAVEN: Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. [Nasdaq: MLNT], a commercial-stage company discovering, developing, and commercializing novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, today announced the appointment of Lisa DeFrancesco as senior vice president of investor relations (IR) reporting to Dan Wechsler, president and chief executive officer.

DeFrancesco is a seasoned healthcare industry executive, with 18 years of experience in investor relations, finance and communications. She joins Melinta from Allergan [NYSE: AGN] where she served most recently as vice president of IR.

Dobbins Maureen Shadowbox 141x212HAMDEN: Maureen J. Dobbins, Director, Business Development, has been named Vice President and an officer of Hoffman Architecs. Dobbins hash more than 25 years of experience in marketing and business development for architectural services, and earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Western Connecticut State University and a master of business administration (MBA) degree in marketing management and information systems from Pace University in New York.

An owner of the firm, she will celebrate her 10th anniversary with Hoffmann Architects in 2018. Dobbins is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Southern Connecticut, Eastern Region of APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities (ERAPPA), CoreNet Global, the Construction Institute, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES), and Professional Women in Construction (PWC). A long-term board member and officer for BOMA Southern Connecticut, Dobbins takes the helm as President of the organization in January 2018. She lives in Redding, Connecticut.

poperingMILFORD: In the face of upheaval in the marketing department at Subway which has led to the resignation of its Vice President of North American Marketing Karlin Linard [see marketing man exitsmarketing man exits] marketing exec exits] Subway restaurants announced the hiring of Len Van Popering as vice president of global brand management and innovation.

Van Popering will work on the company’s changes with food innovation, brand positioning, visual identity and channel development.

Van Popering comes to subway from a similar position at Arby's Restaurant Group, and as chief marketing officer at Logan's Roadhouse.

profile mcchordSTAMFORD: Austin McChord, founder and CEO of Datto, one of Connecticut’s fastest growing tech companies has donated $50 million to the Rochester Institute of Technology his alma mater.

Dattco is a data protection company with engineering and support offices in downtown Rochester and is headquartered in Stamford.

McChord, is a 2009 alumnus and according ot RIT his gift is the largest donation ever made to the university and one of the largest ever in the region.

“A gift of this magnitude will help propel RIT from excellence to preeminence,” said RIT President David Munson. “We are so proud of our alumnus Austin McChord. He was passionate about his idea and he turned it into a big success. This embodies the creative element that we want to further highlight at RIT. Every student can be involved in creating things that never before existed, and then putting the result into play. His investment in RIT will help our students and faculty make their mark on the world.”

ach03 marykay1NEW HAVEN: Mary Kay Fenton, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals inc [Nasdaq: ACHN], has been elected chair of CBIA’s board of directors.

Fenton succeeds John Ciulla, president of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank, who becomes the immediate past chair.

The board also elected two vice chairs: Chris DiPentima, president of Middletown-based Pegasus Manufacturing, and Jennifer DelMonico, managing partner of Murtha Cullina LLP in New Haven.

“I am honored to lead the many talented CBIA directors across the state, all of whom are dedicated to creating, fostering, and sustaining a positive business climate,” Fenton said.

“Mary Kay is not only a distinguished leader in the biotech and healthcare sector, but maintains a longstanding commitment to making Connecticut a better place to live and work,” said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.

Fenton is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Achillion leading Achillion’s financial and administrative function since company inception, Fenton is responsible for financial strategy and capital formation, financial reporting and compliance, and treasury and tax functions, as well as operating functions such as investor relations, risk management, facilities management, purchasing, and information technology.

coteBRANFORD: After 13 years with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Sheri Cote as vice president has been selected as the new President of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 550 members primarily in Guilford, Branford, Madison and North Branford.

As VP of CCEC Cote was responsible for managing a $1.2 million annual budget and directing communications and services for its 1,600 members. She also oversaw more than 150 events annually – including “ribbon cuttings, networking events, leadership training, award dinners, large community events, including the Eastern Connecticut Premier Home Show and the Total Life Expo. “

Cote was also responsible for securing and managing small- and large-scale grants for the organization., she will begin serving in early January, 2018.

Ed Lazaru, had been president of the Shoreline chamber for ten years and he stepped down in October.

Cote was born in New Hampshire and raised in Colorado, and has lived in Connecticut 25 years. Cote has a BS from Charter Oak State College and an Associates Degree in Accounting from Three Rivers Community College.

Prior to CCEC she spent two years at the pre-merger Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and then two years at McLaughlin Research Corp as finance manager.