People on the Move: June 24

People on the Move is an overview of recent hirings, promotions, appointments, and other notable moves by state professionals. If you would like to submit an application, please contact [email protected].

Richard Gold | PHOTO COURTESY OF M&T BANK

Richard Goldpresident and chief operating officer of M&T Bank Corp., announced his intention to retire, effective in the first quarter of 2023. Gold plans to remain on the board of directors of M&T Bank.

“It’s hard to overstate Rich’s impact on our business,” said Rene Jones, president and CEO of M&T. “It has been his life’s work to instill and perpetuate a culture that we are all proud of – a culture that allows us to function with a sense of purpose and to feel that we are part of something bigger. This focus on culture, coupled with an acute ability to identify and cultivate leaders, has provided us with an exceptional talent base to pursue our purpose and continue to make a difference in people’s lives.

After joining the bank in 1989, Gold held senior positions in retail banking, corporate banking, mortgages, consumer loans and marketing. In 2014, he was named Vice President and assumed the role of Chief Risk Officer. In 2017, he was named president and chief operating officer – the culmination of a five-decade career in which the bank has grown exponentially, expanding its footprint to include 12 states and the District of Columbia.


Beebe Medical Group welcomes Dr Leonard Lev to its medical staff to serve the people of Sussex County.

Dr Leonard Lev | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE HEALTHCARE

Lev will begin seeing patients in Beebe’s primary care offices in the coming weeks through referrals from Beebe’s providers. A board-certified psychiatrist, Lev will be able to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients. He also specializes in the treatment of addiction disorders. Primary care providers in Beebe can refer patients to Lev, which means fewer Sussex County residents will be referred outside of Beebe or for telehealth services.

Plans are in place to continue to increase access to mental health services across Sussex County.

“Mental health is an important service, and Beebe is working to create better access for patients who need psychiatry, mental health and addictions services,” said Stephen Keiser, vice president and chief administrative officer of Beebe Medical Group. “Dr. Lev is just the start of our program as we will continue to develop these services for our community. Please welcome him to Sussex County.

Lev is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He received his medical degree from Samara State Medical University in Russia in 1988. He completed his residency in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he was promoted to chief resident.

He was an assistant professor at Weill Medical College at Cornell University and at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His most recent position prior to joining Beebe was Medical Director of LifeStance Health in the State of Delaware. He is employed by Beebe Medical Group and is part of the medical staff of Beebe Healthcare.

“Sussex County needs access to high quality mental health and addictions treatment,” Lev said. “Beebe’s decision to expand this line of services is timely and admirable. I am proud to play a part in this effort and happy to give everything I can to make this another Beebe success story.


Beebe Healthcare is pleased to present to you Susan LacombeRN, BSN, MHA, CNOR, as Vice President of Perioperative Services.

Suzanne Lacomba | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE HEALTHCARE

In this role, Lacomba will lead the Beebe Perioperative Team at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and the Rehoboth Health Campus, which is anchored by the Beebe Specialty Surgical Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Center.

“Susan’s significant and varied experiences make her a terrific addition to our leadership team at a time when we are poised for significant growth in perioperative services,” said Rick Schaffner, Chief Operating Officer. at Beebe Healthcare. “Please welcome her to Sussex County and Team Beebe.”

Prior to joining Beebe, Lacomba worked at the Wellspan System in York, Pennsylvania, where she most recently served as Clinical Director of Perioperative Services for Wellspan York Hospital. Her other significant experiences include associate vice president for quality and safety at Geisinger Health System, associate director of surgical services at Holy Spirit Health System, and assistant chief nurse at Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

Susan received her Master’s degree in Six Sigma (Black Belt) from Villanova University, her Masters of Health Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania.

“I am thrilled to join Beebe Healthcare at this exciting time of growth and advancement,” said Lacomba. “Sussex County is an amazing place to work and live and my family and I look forward to joining the community.”


InterDigital Inc., a mobile and video technology research and development company, today announced that it has named industry veteran, Rajesh Pankaj as the new Chief Technology Officer effective July 5. At the same time, Henry Tirri will assume the role of senior advisor to facilitate an orderly transition.

Dr. Pankaj joins InterDigital from Qualcomm where he most recently served as senior vice president of engineering and head of corporate R&D, managing a global team of engineers specializing in artificial intelligence, l advanced computing and new technologies. Throughout his 25-year tenure at Qualcomm, Pankaj oversaw research into 5G, 4G LTE, augmented reality and other technologies, contributing to a cutting-edge wireless and mobile computing patent portfolio. ‘industry. His team developed a software platform for drones that was implemented in Ingenuity, the first vehicle to fly in the atmosphere of Mars. Pankaj is also a prolific innovator and is an inventor or co-inventor of 230 patents worldwide.

“I am delighted to welcome Rajesh to InterDigital as its new Chief Technology Officer,” said Liren Chen, President and CEO of InterDigital. “As a highly experienced and respected innovation leader in cutting-edge connected technologies, Rajesh is uniquely positioned to take our work in wireless, video, AI and other areas to new heights. I’m particularly excited about his experience working across a variety of vertical and horizontal industry technologies, such as deep learning, that are shaping a new era of more immersive connectivity.

Pankaj will lead InterDigital Research and Innovation (R&I), a global research team consistently recognized as an industry leader for developing advanced wireless and video innovations that have been licensed to billions of connected devices worldwide. . The majority of InterDigital’s workforce are engineers, 90% of whom are inventors, and InterDigital has demonstrated its collective expertise and impact in mobile connectivity, content delivery technologies and critical emerging technology areas.

Pankaj holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Henry Tirri for his dedication to InterDigital over the past four years,” Chen added. “Henry’s passion and intelligence have helped direct InterDigital’s technology strategy into important new areas, and we thank him for his leadership of the R&I organization and his contributions to the business as a whole.”

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