Darrell Brown named president and chief operating officer at Ecolab – Twin Cities


Darrell Brown

St. Paul-based Ecolab, which provides businesses with sanitary protection products and services and also runs several related subsidiaries, announced the promotion of Darrell Brown to president and chief operating officer, effective Oct. 1. Brown previously was executive vice president and president of the company’s Global Industrial group and also was executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Energy Services Division. He joined Ecolab in 2002.


Westwood Professional Services, a Minnetonka-based civil engineering company, announced the hire of Jennifer (Jenn) Bradbury as chief financial officer. … Golden Valley-based engineering and consulting firm WSB announced the hire of Andy Kaiyala as vice president of construction technology and controls. Kaiyala previously was with The Lane Construction Corp. … Architecture and design firm Alliiance, Minneapolis, announced the hire of Dan Boivin to its business development leadership team. Boivin is former chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission and was executive vice president and general counsel for SeeChange Health.


Meda, the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Minneapolis, announced the addition of Emma Kasiga as senior loan officer, and that Bukata Hayes has joined its board of directors. Hayes is vice president of racial and health equity at health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Eagan.


Ever-Green Energy, a St. Paul-based energy use consultant for business and utilities, announced the appointment of Luke Gaalswyk as president, and the promotion of Michael Auger to the newly created role of senior vice president and chief business officer. Gaalswyk most recently served as vice president and Midwest regional general manager at Clearway Community Energy; Auger  previously was the company’s chief legal, risk and governance officer.


Bloomington-based business accounting firm Boeckermann Grafstrom & Mayer announced that Sara Maloney has joined as chief financial officer. Maloney is a graduate of Hamline University, St. Paul.


Chanhassen-based Life Time Group Holdings, parent company of the Life Time Fitness chain, announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Houghton as executive vice president and chief financial officer following the retirement of President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas (Tom) Bergmann, effective Dec. 31. Bergmann has already relinquished his CFO role and will remain president to support the transition.


The State of Minnesota announced that the State Board of Investment selected Jill Schurtz as executive director and chief investment officer. The board, which oversees over $120 billion in state pension and other funds, is comprised of Gov. Tim Walz, State Auditor Julie Blaha, Secretary of State Steve Simon, and Attorney General Keith Ellison. Schurtz previously served in similar roles for the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association.


Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, St. Paul, announced the following staff additions: Tiffany Fearing, administrative assistant; Aimara Martinez Pacheco, intake specialist; Lay Lay Zan, paralegal; Carla Rife, staff attorney, and Rylee Banks, IT Specialist, Mankato. … Moss & Barnett, Minneapolis, announced the additions of attorneys Gabrielle J. Martone and Aaron D. Quinby. Martone joins the business law and real estate teams; Quinby joins the real estate finance, real estate and business law teams. … Patterson Thuente, Minneapolis, announced the additions of attorneys Michael Gale-Butto and Richard Sutton. Gale-Butto previously served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Minneapolis; Sutton previously was an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


H.B. Fuller Co., a Vadnais Heights-based maker of glues, coatings and sealants for industry and consumers, announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Celeste Mastin will succeed Jim Owens as company president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 4, also joining the board of directors, replacing Owens, who will be retiring.


Artful Living, a Minneapolis-based boutique lifestyle magazine and brand, announced that Editor-in-Chief Kate Nelson has been named Editorial Director of the Year by Folio and will be honored at the 2022 Eddie & Ozzie Awards.


Homes for Heroes, a Minneapolis-based nationwide network of real estate and mortgage professionals concentrating on the housing needs of U.S. veterans, announced the hiring of Rebecca Martin as chief operating officer. Martin previously was with the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund & Minnesota Equity Fund.


BTM Global, a Minneapolis-based provider of system implementation and integration services for Oracle Retail, Oracle NetSuite, and Kantata, announced that Kimberly Berneck has been promoted to chief operating officer.

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