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Allscripts names new general counsel, adds board members

BY DSN STAFF

CHICAGO — Allscripts has announced additions to its senior leadership team and board of directors. 

Brian Farley has joined the company as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective May 28.  In addition, Allscripts added to its board Anita Pramoda and Michael Klayko, whose terms began May 21, 2013.

Farley brings more than 20 years of legal experience to Allscripts, including most recently serving as general counsel for Motorola Mobility’s Home Business. In this role, Farley managed all legal matters and operations for the nearly $3.5 billion operation, including issues related to manufacturing, sales, IP, litigation and employment, culminating with Motorola Mobility and Google’s recent $2.35 billion sale of the Home Business to ARRIS. Farley managed a 30-person global legal and public policy team with employees located on four continents.

During his nearly eight-year tenure at Motorola and Motorola Mobility, Farley led multiple legal transactions, in addition to leading the global antitrust and regulatory approval process for the closing of the $12.5 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Google in 2012.

Prior to becoming general counsel of the Home Business, Farley was a member of the staff of Motorola Mobility’s president and served as his primary legal counsel. He has served as lead attorney in negotiating and advising Motorola’s executive leadership teams on matters involving the separation of Motorola Mobility from the former Motorola, international joint ventures, restructuring deals, mergers and other major transactions.

Pramoda and Klayko have joined the Allscripts board, adding to its six existing members.

Pramoda was recently the CFO of Epic Systems Corp. Pramoda led Epic through a period of significant domestic market growth, its expansion into the governmental and international markets and its launch into mobile health IT solutions.

Prior to Epic, Pramoda helped commercialize self-healing packaging technology into wholesale, retail and military sectors at Ontech.

Pramoda is the co-founder of TangramCare, a technology-enabled care delivery system that affords extremely sick patients an opportunity to receive care in their homes, recover comfortably and convalesce with dignity. She is also an executive advisor at Technology Crossover Ventures.

Klayko joins Allscripts from Brocade Communications, where he served as CEO from 2005 until January 2013. Under his leadership, revenue grew from $525 million to $2.3 billion, while profit increased from $3 million to $570 million. Klayko joined Brocade in 2003 as CEO following the acquisition of Rhapsody Networks in March 2003, where he was also the CEO the prior two years.

Klayko also served in numerous other senior leadership roles throughout his career, including EVP of sales and marketing for McData Corp and SVP of Sales for EMC Corp. Klayko began his career at IBM, where he spent a decade of his career performing multiple assignments and management roles.

 

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AstraZeneca to buy Omthera for $323 million

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca will buy Omthera Pharmaceuticals for $323 million, the two companies said Tuesday.

Omthera, based in Princeton, N.J., develops drugs for dyslipidemia, conditions that result in abnormal levels of lipids in the blood. Its lead products include Epanova, an experimental drug for patients with high triglycerides that’s based on omega-3 fatty acids; Omthera has finished late-stage clinical trials of the drug and plans to file for Food and Drug Administration approval in mid-2013.

"The number of people with elevated triglyceride levels is rising rapidly across the world, due in part to the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes," AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said. "There is a clear need for effective and convenient alternatives to some of the existing treatments."

 

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Cracker Jack introduces two new flavors, modernized prizes and more nuts

BY Jason Owen

PLANO, Texas — In celebration of its 120-year anniversary, the Cracker Jack brand from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division has evolved for today’s consumers with modern prizes, more peanuts and new flavors joining the fold.

"After 120 years, we knew it was the right time for the Cracker Jack brand to modernize to really suit the changing snacking preferences among our biggest fans, while still remaining true to our nostalgic roots," said David Skena, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay. "By offering improved prizes, more peanuts and delicious new flavors, we’re giving our fans a new and improved product experience that still celebrates what they’ve loved about Cracker Jack snacks all these years."

The new and exciting modifications being made to Cracker Jack snacks include:

  • Two delicious new flavors rolling out nationwide this spring — Cracker Jack Kettle Corn popcorn, offering a sweet and savory flavor profile, and Cracker Jack Butter Toffee popcorn, which includes a buttery toffee taste that makes it the perfect snack to unwind with after a long day of work or play;
  • More crunchy, delicious peanuts in two of the most popular Cracker Jack Original snack packages (4 and 8 oz.);
  • Modernized Cracker Jack snack prizes with new digital components, including classic stickers with fun facts and special codes that offer surprises online;
  • A new Cracker Jack-branded mobile app, featuring two nostalgic games (Baseball and Pinball) available free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices and all Android devices at www.crackerjackapp.com;
  • Working with one of the most recognizable brands in baseball, the recently reinvented Louisville Slugger, the Cracker Jack brand is participating in an online sweepstakes through the Louisville Slugger Facebook page (facebook.com/louisvilleslugger), where fans can enter to win exciting prizes, such as exclusive Cracker Jack-branded gear, customized Louisville Slugger items and even a chance to win enough products to meet every need for an entire baseball team;
  • Cracker Jack snacks is also proud to partner with Macy’s in a variety of activities, including a featured appearance in Macy’s "American Icons" 2013 summer catalog, as well as several sampling events around the country.

Earlier this month, Frito-Lay launched a new brand called Cracker Jack’D snacks, which was developed specifically to fit the on-the-go lifestyle of today’s young men. Cracker Jack’D is an independent, stand-alone brand developed specifically for millennial male consumers with a collection of intense flavors developed to meet their unique tastes.

The delicious blend of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts known today as Cracker Jack snacks was first introduced in 1893 by F.W. Ruechkheim at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago’s first world’s fair. Since its introduction, enough Cracker Jack product has been sold to stack end-to-end more than 63 times around the world.

The new Cracker Jack products, Cracker Jack Butter Toffee Popcorn Snack (4 oz. SRP $1.49, 8.5 oz. SRP $2.29), Cracker Jack Kettle Corn Popcorn Snack (3 oz. MSRP $1.49) and Cracker Jack Original Caramel Coated Popcorn and Peanut snacks with "More Nuts" (4 oz. SRP $1.49, 8.5 oz. SRP $2.29), will be available nationwide wherever Cracker Jack brands are sold.

 

 

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