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Ex-DraftFCB exec to lead Google food team in Chicago

Google is establishing a food-and-beverage team in Chicago to link with advertisers and marketers including Northfield-based Kraft and Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo. Karen Sauder, who recently resigned from her position as managing director at DraftFCB Chicago, will become Industry Director for Food and Beverages at Google.

In the new role, Sauder is expected to build a Chicago-based team, focusing on Google’s efforts to build its advertising and marketing business in the food and beverage industries for the first time, according to a Google spokesman.

Sauder will take on the role as early as Jan. 31. Get the full story »

Apple poaches director from CB Richard Ellis

From Property Week | Mark Simms, an associate director from CB Richard Ellis who joined CBRE in April from Cushman & Wakefield, will join computer giant Apple’s property team.

JetBlue extends CEO’s job pact by 2 years

Discount carrier JetBlue Airways said Wednesday that it extended the employment agreement of President and Chief Executive Dave Barger by two years to 2015. Get the full story »

Urban Partnership Bank adds legal staffer

Urban Partnership Bank, the $1.4 billion-asset successor to the failed ShoreBank, has hired Maureen Bismark as its legal department’s new assistant general counsel. Get the full story »

Caterpillar names IBM, Abbott execs to board

Heavy machinery company Caterpillar Inc. has named executives from IBM and healthcare company Abbott Laboratories to its board.

Miles White, who will serve on the governance committee, has served as Abbott’s chief executive since 1998, while Jesse Greene serves as IBM’s chief risk officer and has worked at the computer company for 30 years. Greene will serve on Caterpillar’s audit committee. Get the full story »

PrivateBank chooses business banking head

Chicago-based PrivateBancorp Inc. named Thomas Doherty as its managing director and head of business banking, making a key hire in its community banking unit. Get the full story »

General Growth taps former Vornado exec as CEO

General Growth Properties Inc. named Sandeep Mathrani, Vornado Realty Trust’s  former president of its retail unit, to become the No. 2 U.S. mall owner’s new chief executive after it emerges from bankruptcy next month, the company said on Thursday. Get the full story »