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Two big appointments at Tech Data Corp. highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers


Pinellas County-based Tech Data Corp. has appointed Bridgette Heller to the company's board of directors, effective immediately. Heller will serve as an independent director and will also serve as a member of the Audit Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee.

Heller has served as executive vice president, Early Life Nutrition, and a member of the executive committee for Danone since July. From 2010 to 2015, she served as executive vice president of Merck & Co., Inc. and president of Merck Consumer Care. Prior to joining Merck, Heller was president of Johnson & Johnson's Global Baby Business Unit from 2007 to 2010 and president of their Global Baby, Kids, and Wound Care business from 2005 to 2007. Previously, she was the founder and managing partner of Heller Associates from 2002 to 2005 and served as chief executive officer of Chung's Foods from 2003 to 2004. Heller was with Kraft Foods from 1985 to 2002, ultimately serving as executive vice president and general manager for the North American Coffee Portfolio.

Heller served on the board of directors for The ADT Corporation from 2012 until May 2016, when it was acquired by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. She also served as a director of PCA International, Inc., as well as on the national board of directors of Girls Incorporated for 12 years, including four as chair. Heller holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and received her B.A. in Economics and Computer Studies from Northwestern University.

In other Tech Data Corp. news, the company has appointed Linda Rendleman to vice president of Product Marketing, Client and Mobile Solutions. In this role, Rendleman will be responsible for the strategic direction and go-to-market execution of the company's Client and Mobile Solutions business in the United States, including development of growth strategies and program implementation. She will report to Brian Davis, the company's senior vice president, U.S. Marketing and Purchasing.

Rendleman rejoins Tech Data after more than seven years with Microsoft, where she most recently served as Director, Partner Team Unit (PTU) Lead. In this role, she led a team responsible for the growth of Microsoft's business with Tech Data in the United States. Previously, Rendleman worked for Microsoft in the United Kingdom for more than two years. She began her career in sales and customer service at Tech Data in 1992, quickly rising through the organization and holding multiple sales leadership positions. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2009, Rendleman served as Director of Sales, National Account at Tech Data. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Eckerd College.


Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. has announced that Rod Little will join the company as chief financial officer. Little comes to HSNi with significant public company expertise in the consumer products industry, having served as chief financial officer for Elizabeth Arden, Inc. as well as a variety of leadership positions with Procter & Gamble. He will join the company on Jan. 3, reporting to CEO Mindy Grossman.

Little will oversee all financial management, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and media affiliate relations. Little will succeed Judy Schmeling, who was named president of HSNi operating division Cornerstone Brands in August 2016, in addition to her ongoing leadership role as COO of HSN, Inc.

Most recently, Little served as EVP and CFO of Elizabeth Arden, Inc., where he was instrumental in a turnaround that restored revenue growth and profitability, ultimately resulting in that public company's sale to Revlon, Inc. Prior to that, Little served as CFO for Procter & Gamble's multi-billion dollar global salon professional division. While at P&G, he was hand-picked by the CFO and president to oversee the turnaround of the multi-billion dollar global salon business. Little holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.


Suncoast Hospice, a member of Empath Health, has named Iannie Rodrigues regional program director. Rodrigues is responsible for hospice care teams in central Pinellas, those covering evenings and weekends and per diem staffing as well the Suncoast Hospice Integrative Medicine Clinic. She joined Suncoast Hospice in 2008 as a hospice care team manager and had worked in that role in two different hospice care teams. Prior to coming to Suncoast Hospice, Rodrigues was a quality compliance liaison and clinical supervisor at Sutter VNA Hospice in California. She received her bachelors of nursing sciences from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from the University of Phoenix.


The law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick is pleased to announce that Tampa partner Erin Smith Aebel, co-chair of the Tampa Health Law Department, was a member of the faculty at the 45th Global Congress of the AAGL, the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide. The conference was held Nov. 14-18 in Orlando where Aebel spoke to physicians on contract negotiation. Aebel is co-chair of one of the largest health law practices on the west coast of Florida and is certified as a health law specialist by the Florida Bar.

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Two big appointments at Tech Data Corp. highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers 12/02/16 [Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2016 6:54pm]
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