Business Digest: Dawn Eaton heads local Susan Komen group

Business Digest: Dawn Eaton heads local Susan Komen group

November 18th, 2018 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region
Dawn Eaton

Dawn Eaton

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Eaton heads local Susan Komen group

Dawn F. Eaton has been named chief executive officer of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee. Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside the federal government. Eaton began work in October.

"Dawn's professionalism, past experience and leadership in nonprofit growth make her ideally suited for this key position," said Haden McWhorter, board president of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee. "Nationally, we have a bold goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. That translates to even more work that we have to do to grow our region's community participation to help get this job done."

Eaton leads a team of seven located throughout the Central Tennessee Affiliate region, which includes Greater Nashville, Chattanooga, Upper Cumberland and North Georgia. She also has a special personal interest in working with Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee.

Eaton, who has lived in Tennessee since childhood, has worked throughout middle Tennessee as a nonprofit executive, corporate leader and entrepreneur since 1980.

Mohawk names De Cock to head Flooring segment

Mohawk Industries Inc. announced last week that Paul De Cock has been promote to president of the company's Flooring North America segment. Brian Carson, former president of the company's Flooring North America segment, left Mohawk last week to pursue other interests.

For the past 10 years, De Cock has served as president of the floor covering division of Mohawk's Flooring Rest of the World segment, leading manufacturing for carpet, laminate, LVT and wood.

After Mohawk's 2005 acquisition of Unilin, De Cock served as president of the company's North American hard surface business.

"Paul's deep understanding of the flooring market derives from more than 20 years of experience in Europe and the U.S. with a history of successfully running plants, large manufacturing operations and a multi-national sales organization," Mohawk CEO Jeff Lorberbaum said.

Spence wins award for top risk manager

Kimberly Spence, interim director of human resources for the city of Cleveland, was named Risk Manager of the Year by the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association (TnPRIMA).

The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies excellence, innovation and commitment to the risk management profession. A panel of risk management professionals evaluated each candidate nominated for this award based on certain criterion such as developing, implementing and administering various programs that eliminate or reduce an organization's risk exposures.

"As a co-worker of twenty-six years I have seen the passion Kim has to make the City of Cleveland a better place," said Beverley Lindsey, City of Cleveland Employee. "It was an honor to nominate her for this award."

TnPRIMA consists of approximately 400 risk management professionals representing 181-member organizations across the State of Tennessee.

"We appreciate the service that Ms. Spence has made not only in risk management, but also in the advancement of others in the field," said TnPRIMA President, Matthew Marshall.

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