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People on the Move – May 21

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People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.

Michelle Wesley-Ford

Michelle Wesley-Ford has joined The Lisa Mathena Group, Inc. as a sales associate.

Wesley-Ford specializes in the Sussex County residential real estate market, and strives to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction, ensuring that her clients’ real estate experience is stress-free and successful. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Delaware Association of Realtors, and the Sussex County Association of Realtors.

“We are pleased to announce that Michelle has joined our team of outstanding professionals,” said Lisa Mathena in a statement. “The combination of both The Lisa Mathena Group and Michelle’s unique skills, knowledge and experience serves to provide the highest level of service to our buyers and sellers.”

Prior to her real estate career, Wesley-Ford worked for over 30 years as a marketing and public relations specialist for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.  She received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA from George Washington University. A longtime resident of the DC-Northern Virginia area, Michelle and her husband Christopher now reside in Millsboro.

Michelle can be reached at 703-298-2029 or via email at michelle@lisamathena.com.

Pierre A. Anderson has been named chief information officer and senior vice president of the Artesian Resources Corporation. Anderson joined Artesian in 2006 as manager of information technology, and was promoted to director in 2008. In 2012, Anderson was appointed vice president of information technology, and has been the highest ranking technology official of the corporation for his entire tenure.

Pierre Anderson

In his new role, Anderson will continue to oversee technology management and cybersecurity, along with leading corporate strategic planning. “Pierre has played an essential role in Artesian’s continued success. He leads his experienced and collaborative IT team in projects that streamline our everyday operations, and provides critical support to every department within Artesian. Pierre ensures excellence in all aspects of his work. Processes and applications under Pierre’s direction run efficiently for seamless, superior service to our customers and our internal teams. His leadership reaches far beyond the workplace with his passionate commitment to serving the community. Additionally, Pierre has taken a strong role in leading our strategic planning initiatives, working directly with management and the Board of Directors to focus and secure Artesian’s continued growth and long-term success,” said Dian Taylor, president and CEO, in a statement.

Anderson came to the company after serving as the manager of Project & Support Services for Christina School District. His experience also includes several progressive roles within the technology division of MBNA America, now Bank of America.

Anderson, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, Delaware, acquired all of his post-secondary education from universities based in Delaware. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University and earned his MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Delaware. He serves on the Boards of Easterseals (Treasurer), Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Lerner College Alumni, and the Bancroft Construction Company.

Brian Klock has joined M&T Bank as senior vice president and work closely with current head of Investor Relations, Don MacLeod, as he transitions into retirement. Klock will be named head of Markets and Investor Relations, effective January 1, 2022.

Brian Klock

Klock joins M&T from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW), where he was managing director and head of Large Regional U.S. Bank Research, covering financial institutions including M&T Bank. While at KBW, he drove thought leadership and innovation for the bank research team and advised management executives on strategy, valuation, and financial disclosures.

“Brian brings a deep understanding of markets and a strong network of relationships across the financial community, said chief financial officer Darren King in a statement. “His industry perspectives, particularly about the changing nature of competition, will be an asset as M&T and the banking sector confront unprecedented change. He will play a key role in our plans to continue delivering sustainable results for all stakeholders, including our shareholders.”

Prior to KBW, Klock worked for M&T in the Controller’s Group and in Corporate Finance from 1994-2004, where he held several management positions including vice president of Capital Management and Investor Relations.

“I am excited and grateful to return to M&T, a company that I admire as an innovative community bank with a consistent track record of delivering exceptional financial performance. M&T’s collaborative culture and commitment to serving its customers and local communities is second to none,” said Klock.

Klock graduated from Niagara University with a degree in accounting and received his MBA from the University at Buffalo. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thirty-four Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA, one of the world’s most respected legal directories. “A standout firm that is praised for its extensive breadth and depth of experience. They’re extremely knowledgeable of Delaware law, responsive, and always exceed expectations,” Chambers reports in its commentary.

The Richards Layton attorneys named in Chambers in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category are Mark Collins—who has received the prestigious “Star Individual” designation for the 10th consecutive year—Daniel DeFranceschi, Paul Heath, John H. Knight, Michael Merchant, Russell Silberglied, Robert Stearn Jr., Amanda Steele, and Zachary Shapiro.

Ranked on the Chancery list are Catherine Dearlove, Raymond DiCamillo, John Hendershot, Rudolf Koch, Blake Rohrbacher, and Gregory P. Williams.

Michael Allen, Stephen Bigler, Mark Gentile, William Haubert, and John Mark Zeberkiewicz are named in Chambers’ Corporate/M&A category.

On the Corporate/Alternative Entities list are Paul Altman, Doneene Damon, Bernard Kelley, Gregory Ladner, Elisa Erlenbach Maas, Eric Mazie, and Srinivas Raju.

Recognized in Chambers’ Intellectual Property category are Fred Cottrell, Kelly Farnan, Travis Hunter, and Jeffrey Moyer.

Jennifer Jauffret is named in Labor & Employment, and Robert Krapf and Sara Toner are listed in Real Estate.

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