AMP News Business July 2018

Newsmakers – July 2018


July 2018 Issue

Ronald Dedman succeeded Ed Drilling as president of AT&T Arkansas in June. Drilling, who had been president since 2002, was promoted to senior vice president of AT&T National Regulatory External Affairs.

Bill Fitzgerald was named the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau vice president of marketing and communications in May. Fitzgerald has previously worked at Thoma Thoma, CJRW and Heifer International.

Laura Hutchins, M.D., was appointed interim director of UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Hutchins succeeds Dr. Peter Emanuel, who recently announced his resignation from the position, effective July 31.

Kara Stockwell, who served as the director of learning and development of Windstream since 2010, joined Arkansas Federal Union in June. Stockwell will serve as vice president of organizational development.

Laura Landreaux, financial directory of Entergy Arkansas, has been named CEO of the state’s largest utility, effective July 1. Landreaux has served Entergy for a decade, and will replace Rick Riley, who has been promoted to senior vice president of distribution operations and asset management – a new position – at Entergy’s New Orleans headquarters.

Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, resigned his post effective June 15, to take a position with the University of Central Arkansas. Gillam will serve as director of governmental affairs and external relations.

Robert W. George, former vice president of litigation and regulatory affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc. in June joined the Rogers branch of Arkansas law firm Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP, where he will serve as senior counsel in the commercial litigation practice area.

Brian Cotten, administrator for support services at UAMS Medical Center, has been named associate vice chancellor of UAMS, effective July 1.

Steven Webb will assume the role of CEO at Unity Health in August, after Ray Montgomery’s retirement. Webb is the vice president and administrator at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

James Kevin Rudder, M.D., joined National Park Medical Center and the Orthopaedic Clinic of Hot Springs in May. Rudder received his medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine and completed his residency at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Christina Munoz Madsen, the University of Central Arkansas’ associate vice president for communications, public relations and marketing, has turned in her resignation. She plans to open a communications firm, Munoz Pugh, with Michelle Pugh.

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