Movers & Shakers


CFO Vernon J. Nagel will succeed James S. Balloun as chairman and CEO of Acuity Brands Inc. upon Balloun’s retirement in September.

“This succession decision is the result of a thorough assessment process carried out over the past six months, and I’m delighted to make this announcement,” says Balloun. “Vern has led efforts to pay down our debt, provided leadership in shaping our vision and developed an insightful understanding of our people and businesses in his tenure with Acuity Brands.”


Larry R. Samuelson was appointed Genuine Parts Co.’s president of the U.S. Automotive Parts Group. Samuelson is currently president and CEO of NAPA Canada/UAP Inc., and will continue to hold these responsibilities in addition to his new ones.

Samuelson is a 29-year veteran of Genuine Parts and has held positions in sales, operations and management within the U.S. Automotive Parts Group.


Indus International Inc., a provider of service delivery management solutions, announced that Gregory J. Dukat, president and COO, will also serve as CEO. Dukat succeeds Thomas R. Madison, who has served as CEO since July 2002. Madison remains as chairman, a position he has held since December 2001.

“Over the past 18 months, Indus has taken the necessary steps to restructure the company, and Greg has been a leader of this effort,” Madison says. “Greg’s initiatives have included the development of a more defined and clear vision for Indus’ software and service solutions, adding several new customer wins and playing an integral role in two acquisitions.”


Eric Tanenblatt will head the National Government Affairs Group at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. The former chief of staff to Gov. Sonny Perdue returns to McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he formerly served as managing director of governmental and regulatory affairs.

Tanenblatt also served as the state chairman for President George W. Bush’s Georgia campaign effort in 2000.


NDCHealth Corp. appointed James W. FitzGibbons vice president – finance. He is responsible for support of NDCHealth’s corporatewide financial administration and will serve as the chief accounting officer for the company. He will report to Randolph Hutto, CFO of NDCHealth.

FitzGibbons brings to NDCHealth more than 12 years of executive and senior management experience in finance and auditing. Prior to joining NDCHealth, he was vice president, controller, at McKesson Corp.’s information solutions business.


Solution 6, a software provider for service organizations, named Darryl Jackson North American CEO. Jackson is responsible for leading Solution 6 expansion plans and directing the sales, marketing and product development growth in North America.

“We see enormous growth opportunities for our continued expansion in North America,” said Neil Gamble, CEO, Solution 6 Group. “Jackson’s leadership capabilities and experience in the professional services market make him the perfect fit to lead our North American business.”


Dr. Bruce Perry, medical director for the Southeast Permanente Medical Group Inc., was named chairman of the five-member Permanente Federation Executive Committee of the Permanente Medical Group Inc., the nation’s largest medical group that provides medical care and services exclusively to Kaiser Permanente members.

Perry will serve a two-year term.

UPS’s Eskew to chair U.S.-China Business Council

UPS chairman and CEO Mike Eskew was elected chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council, the principal organization of U.S. corporations engaged in business relations with the People’s Republic of China.

“The United States and China have developed a strong trade and investment relationship over the past few decades,” says Eskew. “The U.S.-China Business Council remains at the forefront of those vital relationships, and I look forward to contributing to the Council’s continued success.”

The United States-China Business Council Inc. is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-supported organization. Founded in 1973 as the National Council for U.S.-China Trade, the council serves several hundred U.S. companies from its Washington D.C., headquarters and field offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

UPS has served China within its global network since 1988. It gained direct air operating rights in 2001, and since that time, has grown its business there from less than $100 million a year to an expected $300 million this year.

“The amount of business being done by our customers with China is growing exponentially, and it’s a critically important market to UPS,” says Eskew. “We have been expanding our range of services and network of offices to better link China to the world. A forum like the U.S.-China Business Council plays a critical role in helping American businesses understand China’s growing role in world trade.”