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North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Lyra Howalt has been appointed chief financial officer of North Fulton Hospital, the Roswell hospital announced Wednesday.

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Howalt has 28 years of accounting and finance experience. She comes to Georgia from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C.

"I love North Fulton Hospital," Howalt said. "My husband came to North Fulton Hospital for care several times when we lived here previously. We had great experiences then, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the administration here."

Howalt and husband Terry live in Roswell. They have two grown daughters.

Learn more about North Fulton Hospital at nfultonhospital.com.

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, today announced a key addition to the leadership of the company. The company named Jim Morgan as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Morgan will lead the finance and accounting teams at Cardlytics, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Jim comes at a pivotal point for Cardlytics,” said Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlytics “His global financial management expertise - and depth of experience in navigating significant growth - is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level.”

North Fulton Hospital nurse wins national honor

North Fulton Hospital nurse wins national honor

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Elizabeth Lister, a registered nurse at North Fulton Hospital, received April's DAISY Award for Nursing.

The national honor is given monthly to nurses who go above and beyond in their jobs every single day.

Lister was nominated for the DAISY Award by one of her patients.

"Elizabeth made a wonderful lasting impression that I will always remember," the patient said. "Around the clock, she was very compassionate and reassuring, and she took the time to establish a caring relationship with me, attending to my every need. North Fulton Hospital has an extraordinary professional in the Surgical Care Unit!"

Lister has worked for the Roswell hospital since 2011. Alex Peterson, clinical manager of surgical nursing at the hospital, praised her caring and professionalism.

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

NEW YORK -- J.C. Penney is naming Mike Ullman as its new CEO.

He takes over for Ron Johnson, who is leaving the company.

Ullman was head of the Plano, Texas-based department store chain prior to Johnson's appointment to the top spot in an effort to halt the chain's sliding earnings.

Johnson came under pressure after his turnaround strategy failed to win over shoppers. His drastic changes included slashing the number of sales in favor of everyday low prices, bringing in hipper designer brands such as Betsy Johnson and remaking outdated stores.

J.C. Penney shares dropped 42 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $15.45 in after-hours trading.

AdvancED founder to speak at Eggs & Enterprise

AdvancED founder to speak at Eggs & Enterprise

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The founding president and CEO of AdvancED is the keynote speaker at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's April Eggs & Enterpirse breakfast.

Dr. Mark A. Elgart is known as a leader in achieving educational quality. He developed the AdvancED School System Accreditation protocol, and is constantly working on ways to improve the accreditation model.

Before founding AdvancED, Elgart taught math and science, and was a school administrator at the middle and high levels. He lives in Alpharetta with his wife and two children.

Learn more about AdvancED at advanc-ed.org.

The GNFCC Eggs & Enterprise breakfast will be held Tuesday, Apr. 23 at Mt. Pisgah UMC. Admission is $25 for chamber members and $50 for non-members.

Visit gnfcc.com or call 770-993-8806 ext. 306 for more information.

Sen. Brandon Beach visits Bascomb ES

Sen. Brandon Beach visits Bascomb ES

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Georgia Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) recently visited Woodstock's Bascomb Elementary School to read to students.

Beach entertained second graders and special needs students, and answered all their questions about life under the Gold Dome. He also learned about the students' preparations for an upcoming school play about Georgia.

In addition to being a senator, Beach is president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which will hold its annual gala in Buckhead this weekend.

Town hall meeting canceled

Town hall meeting canceled

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) has canceled a town hall meeting he planned to hold in Woodstock later this week.

Albers canceled the Thursday, Mar. 14 meeting early Monday afternoon. A new date was not immediately announced.