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New Haven’s Achillion Pharmaceuticals, which develops small-molecule drugs to combat infectious diseases, has announced two executive promotions. Milind S. Deshpande has been promoted to president of research and development. He retains his position as chief scientific officer. Mary Kay Fenton has been promoted to senior vice president while she retains her position as chief financial officer. Previously Deshpande was Achillion's executive vice president of research and development, while Fenton served as vice president.

Jeff Dow, president of Dow Realty Co. in New Haven, has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation for having attained the highest level of education in the commercial real estate industry. This designation is held by only six percent of the estimated 150,000 commercial real estate professionals nationwide. The CCIM designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon successful completion of a graduate-level education curriculum that includes financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis. CCIMs are acknowledged experts in commercial real-estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation and investment analysis.


USI New England has named Thomas Mangan, CMCE, regional president of the firm’s employee benefits operation in Meriden. A 20-year veteran of the insurance industry, he assumes the role of practice leader for USI New England’s employee-benefits sales force and service team, strategic development and carrier market relationships. A graduate of Westminster College, Mangan earned an MBA from Troy State University.


The Hamden branch of TD Bank has promoted Michael J. Lye of Hamden to small-business relationship manager. He will oversee small business lending and business development for TD Bank clients throughout New Haven County. Lye joined TD Bank in 2006 and has six years of banking experience, most recently as store manager of a TD branch in Milford.


Ellen Durnin has been named dean of the School of Business at Southern Connecticut State University. For the last eight years she served as dean of graduate studies and external programs at Western Connecticut State University. There she played an instrumental role in the development of a proposed collaborative Ed.D. program in nursing education for SCSU and WCSU. From 1990 to 1997 as an assistant professor of management at SCSU, Durnin taught classes in organizational behavior, human resources management, labor relations, and small business and entrepreneurship. After leaving SCSU, she accepted a position as chairwoman of the WCSU Management Department, which she held for three years before being named dean of WCSU and Central Connecticut State University/Waterbury, where she was responsible for the management of that branch campus.




Colonial Properties in Orange has hired two new sales associates: Vin Bagdasarian and Brita McGee. A licensed Broker for more than five years, Bagdasarian previously worked for William Raveis and most recently his own firm, Primo Properties. McGee is an experienced leasing specialist focused on landlord and tenant representation. She is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

The Bilco Co. has named Pamela L. Griffin vice president and controller. She will oversee financial reporting, analysis and planning in her new position. Griffin has more than 15 years of experience in financial management, planning and analysis. Before joining Bilco, she was vice president of finance for the Marlin Firearms Co. in North Haven, handling all aspects of financial management, including financial reporting and analysis, taxes, budgeting, cost accounting and financial systems.


Kubtec, a Milford manufacturer of compact digital X-ray inspection systems, has named Sybil A. Wilson its Western regional sales manager for the company’s clinical/women’s health product line for facilities west of the Mississippi. Wilson has been in X-ray sales since 1993.

Maxwell Tanner of Middletown has joined the Guilford office of Barnum Financial Group as a financial services representative. He earned a BS in finance with a minor in economics from Quinnipiac University. Before joining BFG Tanner interned at Smith Barney. He holds his Series 7 securities registration and is licensed to sell life and health insurance in Connecticut and New Jersey.


On Call International, a provider of medical, security and travel assistance, last month named Jennifer Washburne of Madison vice president of sales, focusing on wholesale business from corporate and insurance companies. Washburne brings more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits to On Call. She was a regional sales director for Cigna International, and most recently served as a consultant for Marsh, where she was responsible for attracting new clients for national brokerage.

The Connecticut Hospital Association has named Jeannette B. DeJesús the Wallingford group’s vice president, strategic alliances. Most recently she was president and CEO of the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford. Before that she was executive vice president of the National Conference for Community and Justice, a Boston-based social justice organization.


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