We are pleased to announce that Mark Stegeman will join National Tobacco as SVP & CFO. He brings with him over 15 years of consumer goods and retail industry experience, during which he has created a reputation as a catalyst for change and a track record of advancing corporate value and shareholder stewardship. National Tobacco is an innovative marketer and manufacturer of wide range of tobacco products throughout the US. Based in Louisville, their portfolio includes brands such as Zig-Zag, Stoker’s, and Beech-Nut. Congratulations, Mark!
It is with great pleasure we announce that Ted Hissey has transitioned into two roles. He will be serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Sword Performance Products, a start-up sports nutrition and performance company. Their initial product is Sword, a powdered endurance drink mix that improves athletic performance by delaying fatigue, replacing electrolytes, and providing long lasting energy.Ted has also been appointed Director of Marketing for Thoroughbred Spirits Group, a boutique spirits consulting firm that advises distilleries, spirit portfolio owners, entrepreneurs, and distributors. Congratulations, Ted!
No doubt like me you have struggled at times to edit that perfect phrase to fit the Twitter 140 characters limit. You may have had the same experience with LinkedIn. The following is a reference list of how many characters, i.e. letters, numbers, spaces and punctuation) that LinkedIn allows for each field as of 2015.
1. First Name: 20 characters, Last Name: 40 characters.
2. Professional Headline: 120 character limit.
3. Summary: 2,000 character limit.
4. LinkedIn Publisher Post Headline: 100 maximum characters (recommendation is 71)
5. LinkedIn Publisher Post Body Text: 40,000 characters
6. Website Anchor Text: 30 maximum characters.
7. Website URL: 256 maximum characters.
8. Vanity URL: 29 characters after www.linkedin.com/in/
9. Position Title: 100 character limit.
10. Position Description: 200 minimum and 2000 maximum characters.
11. Interests: 1,000 character limit.
12. Additional Info / Advice for Contacting: 2,000 character limit.
13. Phone number: 25 character limit *
14. IM (Instant message): 25 character limit *
15. Address: 1000 character limit *
16. Skills: 61 characters per Skill.
17. Company Name: 100 maximum characters.
18. Company Page: 2000 maximum characters
19. Company Update: 600 characters or 250 if including a link.
20. LinkedIn Status Update: 600 maximum characters.
21. Group Discussion Subject Title: 200 maximum characters.
22. Group Discussion Subject ‘Add More Details’: 4,000 characters.
* Only your 1st degree connections, can see this info.
Also, this is a web tool which will count your characters for you.
We are pleased to announced that Philip Wojcik was appointed General Manager, Optical Monomers and Coatings, with PPG Industries. PPG is a leading producer of optical grade monomers and coatings used in the manufacture of eyeglass lenses. PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Congratulations, Philip!
Shields Meneley Partners client Lilly D’Angelo has joined CHIC Group as VP of R&D. CHIC Group is a multi-national company based in Shanghai and was founded in 1997. CHIC Group’s 8 divisions span the fresh and processed food, pet snacks, supply chain management, home and garden, merchant banking and medical devices industries. CHIC is an entrepreneurial leader in China’s rapidly growing economy. Since its beginning, CHIC has been committed to the search for small enterprises with development potential. As an investor in start-up and developing companies, CHIC supports these enterprises with more than just capital. CHIC’s start-up investment strategy is to integrate the unique characteristics of the Chinese business environment with the development and management skills of a modern global enterprise; to establish and develop small companies with growth potential and help them to succeed in domestic and international operations and markets; and to continuously achieve an increase in capital return. Lilly’s extensive background as a scientist and business person and international breadth will be a tremendous asset to CHIC.
Inteliquent, Inc. (Nasdaq:IQNT), a leading provider of voice services, announces that its Board of Directors appointed our client Mr. Matthew Carter, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Carter has assumed his new responsibilities and joined the Board, effective June 22, 2015. Prior to joining Inteliquent, Mr. Carter served in various roles at Sprint. From 2010 until November 2014, Mr. Carter served as President of Sprint Corporation’s Enterprise, Emerging and Wholesale Solutions business unit, which provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in over 165 countries. In response to his appointment by the Board, Mr. Carter stated, “Inteliquent is a great company with a distinguished history as a market leader in the voice services space. I am honored to have been asked to lead the Company and I look forward to working together with the Board, the management team, and all of our talented employees to help Inteliquent achieve its considerable potential and drive long-term, profitable growth for our shareholders.”
We are pleased to announce that Matt Wineinger has been selected to serve as the next President of United Sugars Corporation.
Most recently Matt served as President of Bulk Ingredients for Tate & Lyle PLC where he had global responsibility for the production and sales of $3.8 billion of commodity sweeteners, industrial starches, ethanol and acidulants. He oversaw more than 3000 employees and operations of three corn plants in the United States, one in Morocco and Eaststarch, with corn plants in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey. His responsibilities also included acidulant plants in the United States, Colombia and Brazil. In addition, Matt served on the Board of Almidones Mexicanos S. A. de C.V. (Almex) in Guadalajara, Mexico. A native of Kansas, Matt is a graduate of Kansas State University and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Formed in January of 1994, United Sugars Corporation is the leading marketer of industrial sugar. They offer sugar for almost any use — and currently supply approximately one-fourth of the total U.S. demand. United Sugars Corporation is a marketing cooperative owned by three sugar producers: American Crystal Sugar Company, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative and United States Sugar Corporation.Their supply chain is designed to assure that our sugar is consistently delivered on-time, and meets our specifications. Matt’s extensive knowledge and experience in the commodity food ingredient business make him an excellent fit for United Sugars. Importantly, Matt has a very good understanding of their customers’ service and quality requirements and a sincere commitment to realizing their vision of becoming the preferred sugar supplier to each of their valued customers.
When you want to update your connections regarding your activities it can be confusing whether you should use the update or post feature. At the top of your LinkedIn newsfeed you will see “Share an Update” and “Publish a Post” just under your Headline like on my home page.
What is the difference between these two ways of adding your content to others’ newsfeed and when do you use one versus the other?
Simply put, a LinkedIn Update is best for a quick thought or when you would like to share an article to start a discussion among your connections. If you need more than 600 characters to share your content, you will need to use the Post feature. But these character limits are not the only difference between them.
What is a LinkedIn Update?
Similar to Facebook’s “status update” or Twitter’s “tweet” the LinkedIn Update feature has a limitation on characters (maximum of 600 characters) and are best for short remarks that keep your connections up to date about something that you did or is of interest to you. When used in conjunction with links to online content, i.e. blog, article or website, you increase the usefulness to your followers, plus it can encourage discussion. For example, if you post an article via an update, you can include a remark to go along with it which may trigger comment from others.
Who sees your updates?
When sharing an update, you can control who sees it by using the Share with dropdown menu below the share box. If visibility is set to Public, your update may appear:
• On the homepages of your 1st-degree connections
• On the homepages of your 2nd or 3rd degree connections if re-shared, commented upon, or liked by your 1st-degree connections
• On your Recent Activity page
• On LinkedIn Pulse
Remember, you can select who can see your activity from the Profile section of your Privacy & Settings page.
What is a LinkedIn Post?
The word “post” is often used interchangeably with “update” when users are referring to LinkedIn features, but these two features serve different purposes. A Post should be considered as a Blog post. A LinkedIn Post is used when you are putting up a lengthier message (greater than 600 characters) to your connections. Examples of this are your thinking about a topic, your research or a summary of a presentation that you made. Like Updates, Posts can be customized by including hyperlinks, but you can include images too which makes them more like a Blog. So, for some LinkedIn users they are using Posts, rather than setting up a Blog to make it easier for them and their followers. For instance, they do not have to deal with setting up and managing a Blog site and their readers do not have to go to two places to read their content.
Posts can also be searched from within LinkedIn, as well as from outside, such as a Google search. Your traffic can be driven straight to LinkedIn posts because they each have their own unique URLs; this will improve your SEO also.
Who sees your Posts?
Posts will show up in your connections newsfeed, but LinkedIn could choose to display your Post on the newsfeeds of a broader audience if the content is popular among your audience.
Update = < 600 characters + you choose your audience
Posts = >600 characters + displayed within the author’s network of LinkedIn connections, but if popular could be distributed by LinkedIn to a broader audience
We are pleased to announce that our client Karl Kramer has joined Whitehall Specialties, Inc. as President and CEO. Whitehall Specialties manufactures custom cheese products including blocks and loaves, shredded and diced, dried and grated, and wrapped slices. The company serves the food processing, food service and retail industries, and offers research and development, packaging and distribution services. Whitehall Specialties, Inc. is based in Whitehall, Wisconsin and distributes its products to over 20 countries.
Prior to this position Karl was the President, Innovation and Commercial Development at Tate & Lyle. He was also their President, Splenda Sucralose Division and Asia Pacific Region. Karl is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of multi-functional experience encompassing leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Innovation and General Management. We know that Karl will add tremendous value to Whitehall Specialties.
Executive turnover in April, 2015 was higher than in past months, but not significantly different. In the April Reports by ADP and Liberum Research Board of Director and C-suite positions showed a scattered picture for turnover. Liberum believes that executive turnover numbers will grow over the summer as the economy improves.
But, for the first time in a few years, Liberum reported a decline in turnover for most C-Suite and Board of Director positions. When April 2015 is compared to April 2014 declines in turnover occurred in the four key categories: CEO changes increased 7% while CFO changes declined 4%, other C-level changes declined 9%, and Board of Director changes declined 12%.
April 2015 to March 2015 comparisons found executive turnover was mixed. CEO changes declined 9%, CFO changes declined 5%, whereas C-level changes in total increased 2%. Board of Director changes increased 14%.
Once again the industries with the highest C-Level management changes were drugs/biotech, banking and energy. Specifically, these industries represented the highest level of change for CEO’s and Boards. For CFO’s business services, health care and manufacturing were the industries that represented the highest turnover.
Liberum has the largest database of C-level executive changes at public companies. For more information please contact Mr. Richard Jacovitz, SVP Director of Research (firstname.lastname@example.org). ADP offers benefit administration, human resource and retirement services for businesses of any size.