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NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Coopersmith, 88, of Glen Mills and Jupiter, Fla., a retired executive, civic leader, and sportsman, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 7, at Taylor Hospice Residence in Ridley Park. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Villanova College in 1950 and spent a year studying at Georgetown Law School. The world of commerce beckoned, though, so he joined his father, becoming general manager of Great Leopard Super Markets. He operated one of the nation's first supermarkets in the refitted shell of a textile mill in Chester.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Sarai Flores and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
Stephen Timothy Roll, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an executive at WHYY for more than two decades, died Friday, Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Tim, Mr. Roll had a long career in the Philadelphia radio and TV industry. He was a manager of corporate underwriting at WHYY, where he worked for 24 years. In his role with WHYY, Mr. Roll sold advertising spots to corporate and nonprofit clients across all platforms - radio, TV and on www.whyy.org . Before that, Mr. Roll worked in radio advertising sales for WCAU-AM, KYW-AM, and WMGK-FM.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The leadership shuffling at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. over the last few years became evident again when the company filed its annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The report from the Israel-based drugmaker, whose Americas headquarters is in North Wales, Montgomery County, included the five most highly compensated executives for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014. Chief executive officer Erez Vigodman was the first listed on the report, filed Monday evening, but he didn't have the highest total compensation last year, though only in part because he got that title on Feb. 11, 2014.
NEWS
February 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John C. "Jack" Savage, 78, of Newtown Square, a basketball player for St. Joseph's University who went on to become an executive with Main Line Health, died Sunday, Feb. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at White Horse Village. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Savage was a 1954 graduate of West Catholic High School and a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph's University. He played basketball for both. In 1953, he was part of the West Catholic team that beat Wilt Chamberlain's Overbrook High team, 54-42, in a game at the Palestra.
SPORTS
February 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently asked Peter Luukko to meet with Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and possibly get involved with their franchise, the former Flyers president was reluctant. Luukko, who 14 months ago abruptly resigned as president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was content with his new lifestyle. "I told him I had businesses I was involved with and was having a lot of fun," Luukko said Friday. "I was watching my boys play [hockey]
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Debra Ann Whitlow Rosier, 54, of Wallingford, an executive at a media company in Bala Cynwyd, died Friday, Jan. 30, of breast cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Orlando, Mrs. Rosier grew up in Cohasset, Mass. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Syracuse University in 1982. Mrs. Rosier worked for advertising agencies in Dallas and Boston before joining Harmelin Media in Bala Cynwyd in 1992. Her first job was as a senior media planner, evaluating the best mix of media outlets in order to get a client's message across.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erik Hendricks, 71, of Haverford, a former staff member and longtime executive director of the Pennsylvania SPCA, died Friday, Jan. 30, of leukemia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Hendricks' tenure with the animal welfare group ran from 1976 to 2007, and he helped create and implement some of the signature programs and services the PSPCA offers. He also advocated at the state level for stricter laws to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. "We are proud to have had Erik as part of our history, and we honor his commitment to our lifesaving mission," said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the PSPCA.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Gottlieb Zehender, 75, of Philadelphia, a trailblazer for women in the field of advertising, died Thursday, Jan. 15, of an intestinal ailment at her Center City home. Over three decades, Mrs. Zehender rose from clerk to partner and executive vice president at Dorland Global Health Communications in Philadelphia. She was a single mother of two small children with a graduate degree in special education when she knocked on the door of Harry Sweeney, Dorland's president. "I don't know anything about advertising," she told him. "But I'm smart, I'll do anything, and I really need a job. " The pitch worked.
SPORTS
January 22, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - Chip Kelly made the rounds Tuesday at Senior Bowl practices, jumping from the North session to the South session 40 minutes away in Daphne with particular ease. But he saved some strength for after the South practice when reporters approached him and got only one question off. Do you have a time line for when you will hire a new general manager? "When we find the right guy," Kelly said as he zipped off the field and to his car. The Eagles coach hasn't spoken publicly since owner Jeffrey Lurie handed him control over personnel earlier this month.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia on Friday unsealed a criminal indictment of Barry R. Bekkedam and Brian M. Hartline, the two top executives of Nova Financial Holding Inc., a Berwyn bank that was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in October 2012. The indictment, filed in October, alleged that Bekkedam, the bank's chairman, and Hartline, its chief executive, in 2009 orchestrated a series of fraudulent loans to customers who would then invest the money back into Nova in a bid to qualify for $13.5 million in federal bank bailout funds.
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