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Power Moves #4 looks at Women Leaders in Health Tech, Finnish presidential candidate's narrow first Round win, other major power moves and our election watchlist.

Top 2 Power Moves to Know This Week

🇫🇮 Alexander Stubb, Centre-right candidate and former Prime Minister, from Finland's National Coalition Party secured a narrow victory in the first round of the presidential election, with 27.2% support. He will face liberal Green Party member Pekka Haavisto, a former foreign minister, who garnered 25.8%, in a run-off on Feb. 11. The upcoming run-off will determine the country's new president, guiding Finland's role in NATO after its recent alignment with the Western defense alliance following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

🇺🇸 John Felton, the current Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations of Amazon, transitions to the company's technology solutions division, AWS. Udit Madan will assume Felton's former role, while Felton takes on the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AWS.

🗺️ People Map - 2023 HolonIQ Health Tech 1000 Women Leaders

This week's People Map analyses the women CEOs in HolonIQ's Health Tech 1000 list, encompassing 133 female leaders. Notably, 34.4% of these women leaders are associated with the North American region, followed by the East Asia & Pacific region at 27.2%. Europe & Central Asia make up 14.4%, while the South Asia region accounts for 10.4%, and Latin America & the Caribbean representation stands at 5.6%. Both the Middle East & North Africa and the Sub-Saharan region contribute an equal distribution of 4%, which represents the smallest representation on the map.

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Other Highlights of the Week

  • 💼 CEO Moves. The Star Entertainment - Brisbane, Northeast Grocery, Inc., Middlesex Water Company, Wellcare
  • 🧑‍💻 Technology Moves. GitLab Inc., SIGA Technologies, Daraz Group
  • 🧑‍🎓 Academic Moves. University of St. Thomas School of Law and Iowa State University
  • 🏛️ Government. Tunisia, Fiji
  • 📰 Leadership Notes. Work Trends in 2024, Coach to Improve Leadership, Breaking free from fear-based leadership + More
  • 🗳️ Election Watchlist.

💼 CEO Moves

🇦🇺 Daniel Finch is set to assume the position of CEO at The Star Entertainment - Brisbane pending regulatory approvals. His official commencement in the role is expected in mid-February.

🇺🇸 Frank Curci, CEO of Northeast Grocery, Inc. (NGI), has disclosed his retirement plans. The NGI Board of Directors has appointed John Persons, the current COO of NGI, as his successor.

🇺🇸 Nadine Leslie has been appointed as the new President & CEO of Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX). Additionally, she has been appointed to the Board of Directors, all appointments effective March 1, 2024.

🇺🇸 Michael A. Carson has been appointed as the President and CEO of Centene's Medicare business, Wellcare. Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), is a prominent healthcare enterprise dedicated to improving people's well-being.

🧑‍💻 Technology Moves

🇺🇸 Sabrina Farmer was named as CTO of GitLab Inc., the leading AI-powered DevSecOps platform. Farmer will spearhead GitLab's software engineering, operations and customer support teams.

🇸🇬 James Dong was appointed as the CEO of Daraz Group, the South Asian online shopping platform owned by Alibaba Group Holding.

🇺🇸 Diem Nguyen, Ph.D. will assume the role of CEO at SIGA Technologies (NASDAQ: SIGA) starting January 27, 2024. Additionally, Dr. Nguyen will be appointed to the company's Board of Directors.

🧑‍🎓 Academic Moves

🇺🇸 Daniel B. Kelly was appointed as the fourth dean of The University of St. Thomas School of Law. Daniel is an accomplished law and economics researcher from the University of Notre Dame.

🇺🇸 Jonathan Wickert the Senior Vice President at Iowa State University who holds records for being among the longest-serving provosts at the university, has announced his plans to step down this summer after a twelve-year tenure.

🏛️ Government

🇹🇳 On January 24, Tunisia's President Kais Saied appointed three new Ministers to join Prime Minister Ahmed El Hachani's government. The newly appointed ministers are Feriel Ouerghi (Economy and Planning), Fatma Thabet (Industry, Energy, and Mines) and Lotfi Dhiab (Employment and Vocational Training).

🇫🇯 Viliame Gavoka the Deputy Prime Minister and SODELPA Leader of Fiji was appointed as the Minister of Education by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, effective from January 22.

📰 Leadership Articles

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2024 and Beyond

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2024 and Beyond
In 2023, organizations continued to face significant challenges, from inflation to geopolitical turmoil to controversy over DEI and return-to-work policies — and 2024 promises more disruption. Gartner researchers have identified nine key trends, from new and creative employee benefits to the collapse of traditional career paths, that will impact work this year. Employers who successfully navigate these will retain top talent and secure a competitive advantage for themselves.

If you are looking for an impactful way to improve your leadership skills, coaching is a smart place to start

If you are looking for an impactful way to improve your leadership skills, coaching is a smart place to start - The Currency
With another year gone and a new one to conquer, returning after a break from your day-to-day responsibilities gives you the chance to look at things freshly, assess what is working and what is not working, and explore new ways to work. Holiday time is a great time to think, read, listen to podcasts, have... View Article

‘Be the boss who gets told they’re wrong’: Breaking free from fear-based leadership

‘Be the boss who gets told they’re wrong’: Breaking free from fear-based leadership
Being a powerful leader requires making tough decisions, but the best principals lead out of love for their team – not from fear.

🗳️ Election Watchlist

Over half of the world's population—4.2 billion people spread over about 65 countries—will cast their votes in 2024. Among them are eight of the ten most populous nations in the world, including the United States, Mexico, India, and Russia. There has never before been a phenomenon like this in a single year.

This is the 🗓️election calendar for 2024 so you can be aware of the major events that could influence global politics and democracy in the future.


🇧🇩 Bangladesh, Parliament (7 January) - Sheikh Hasina appointed as Prime Minister for 4th consecutive term.
🇧🇹 Bhutan, National Assembly (9 January) - Tshering Tobgay to take office as Prime Minister on 30th January.
🇹🇼 Taiwan, President and Parliament (13 January) - Lai Ching-te elected as President.


🇸🇻 El Salvador, President, and Parliament (4 February)
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan, President (7 February)
🇵🇰 Pakistan, National Assembly (8 February)
🇫🇮 Finland, President (11 February)
🇮🇩 Indonesia, President and Parliament (14 February)
🇧🇾 Belarus, Parliament (25 February)
🇸🇳 Senegal, President (25 February)


🇮🇷 Iran, Parliament (1 March)
🇮🇪 Ireland, Constitutional Referendums (8 March)
🇵🇹 Portugal, Parliament (10 March)
🇷🇺 Russia, President (15–17 March)


🇰🇷 South Korea, Parliament (10 April)


🇵🇦 Panama, President and Parliament (5 May)
🇱🇹 Lithuania, President and Constitutional Referendum (12 May)
🇩🇴 Dominican Republic, President, and Parliament (19 May)


🇮🇸 Iceland, President (1 June)
🇲🇽 Mexico, President, Senate and Chamber of Deputies (2 June)
🇧🇪 Belgium, Parliament (9 June)
🇲🇷 Mauritania, President (22 June)
🇲🇳 Mongolia, Parliament (28 June)


🇷🇼 Rwanda, President and Chamber of Deputies (15–16 July)


🇲🇿 Mozambique, President and Parliament (9 October)
🇺🇾 Uruguay, President and Parliament (27 October)


🇺🇸 United States, President, Senate, and House of Representatives (5 November)
🇵🇼 Palau, President and Parliament (12 November)

🔍 Unknown Election Dates

🇩🇿 Algeria, President
🇦🇹 Austria, Parliament
🇧🇼 Botswana, Parliament
🇹🇩 Chad, President and Parliament
🇭🇷 Croatia, President and Parliament
🇬🇦 Gabon, Constitutional Referendum
🇬🇪 Georgia, Parliament
🇬🇭 Ghana, President and Parliament
🇮🇳 India, Parliament
🇰🇮 Kiribati, President
🇱🇹 Lithuania, Parliament
🇲🇺 Mauritius, Parliament
🇲🇩 Moldova, President and Referendum
🇳🇦 Namibia, President and National Assembly
🇷🇴 Romania, President and Parliament
🇸🇲 San Marino, Parliament
🇸🇧 Solomon Islands, Parliament
🇿🇦 South Africa, Parliament
🇸🇸 South Sudan, President and Parliament
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka, President
🇹🇬 Togo, Parliament
🇬🇧 United Kingdom, House of Commons (by 28 January 2025)
🇺🇿 Uzbekistan, Legislative Chamber
🇻🇪 Venezuela, President

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