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Power Moves: This week’s top hires and promotions at Humanim, JMI Equity and Catalyte

Plus, Pixelligent taps technical expertise from an advanced materials leader.

Cindy Plavier-Truitt is CEO of Humanim. (Courtesy photo)

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Maryland social impact nonprofit Humanim has a new permanent leader. The Columbia-headquartered org announced this week that Cindy Plavier-Truitt will succeed Henry Posko as president and CEO.

Plavier-Truitt had been serving as interim CEO following Posko’s retirement in September after 41 years at Humanim. She has 32 years of experience at the nonprofit, after starting her career with the org from an entry-level position. She has served as an officer for 17 years, starting and leading programs in human services, workforce development, clinical services and social enterprise. Among the efforts she led: the renovation of the American Brewery building in East Baltimore as the nonprofit’s city base and the establishment of a social enterprise division.

“Cindy has done a wonderful job serving Humanim in numerous leadership roles over the years, and we’re delighted that she will now serve as its CEO,” Humanim Board Chair Doug Hall said in a statement on behalf of the board, which had a committee that led the search. “She brings creativity, vision, and a heartfelt passion for the organization. She is the ideal choice to lead Humanim during these challenging times.”

Plavier-Truitt is a graduate of Leadership Howard County and Leadership Maryland. She also serves as a commissioner on the Baltimore City Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission, and is a board member at the Business Network for Offshore Wind.


With the start of 2021, tech workforce company Catalyte said it made three C-level appointments:

  • Greg Sybersma is the company’s chief strategy officer. He previous played a leading role at software organizations in companies like Deltek, Blackboard and BearingPoint.
  • Marque Chambliss is chief legal officer, bringing experience in technology licensing, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, contract negotiations and deployment arrangements.
  • Glenn Luk joined as chief financial officer. The org said he has a tech industry background, and degrees in computer science engineering and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
headshots of Glenn Luk, Greg Sybersma and Marque Chambliss.

Catalyte’s executive appointments: Glenn Luk, Greg Sybersma and Marque Chambliss. (Courtesy photo)


Growth equity firm JMI Equity has a newly appointed co-leader.

Peter Arrowsmith was appointed to managing general partner, a role in which he will lead the software-focused investment firm alongside founder Harry Gruner, who is also a managing general partner. Arrowsmith is based in San Diego, where the firm is co-headquartered alongside Baltimore. He has been with JMI Equity since 2006.

This comes as previous managing general partner Paul Barber is moving to the role of chairman. From that role, he will maintain board roles on the JMI’s portfolio companies and its investment committee.

The firm also announced these promotions:

  • Chase Thomet and Mac Williams will become principals. Both are responsible for sourcing and evaluating investments opportunities.
  • Christian Kurth is VP, and is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities.
  • Katie Carter is VP and controller, which oversees the accounting operations of a firm.


Advanced materials company Pixelligent named a new member to its technical advisory board.

Dr. Yakov Kutsovsky will led expertise to the Holabird Avenue-based company. He previously served as the CTO and chief scientific officer of prominent chemicals company Cabot Corporation. In all, he has 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing advanced materials.

“Bringing Yakov’s broad expertise to the team will help Pixelligent expand our application development capabilities and manufacturing footprint on a global basis,” said Pixelligent CEO Craig Bandes in a statement. “While at Cabot, Yakov built a successful track record in scaling organizational and technical capabilities in the fields of electronic materials, adhesives, and energy storage — from grams in the lab to tons in manufacturing sites and technology centers across the world.”

Pixelligent’s makes products that include dispersed nanocrystals into solvents and polymers. The products are designed to improve efficiency and sustainability of consumer electronics and clean energy applications.

Companies: Catalyte / Pixelligent / Humanim
Series: Power Moves

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