What’s New: City Beat

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Puma North America Pounces on Assembly Row

Assembly Row has landed another major office tenant. Athletic shoe brand Puma plans to move into its new North American headquarters, with 550 employees in tow, the Boston Globe reports. While Puma already has a presence across the Charles, with offices in Westford and Downtown Boston, the Assembly Row headquarters will both bring all of the area’s Puma employees under one roof and increase the brand’s visibility across the area. “To be honest we haven’t really been a big, active, engaged member of the Greater Boston area,” Chief Marketing Officer Adam Petrick told the Globe. “This affords us a platform to do more of that.”

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Greentown Labs Seeks Construction Industry Innovators

Got an idea that would shake up the construction industry? Greentown Labs wants to hear it. In collaboration with CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain NOVA, Greentown has announced the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge, a program that will provide construction and building industry start-ups with “intensive business training, hands-on mentorship from industry experts, and a unique approach to startup and corporate relationship building,” the Boston Business Journal reports. Program awardees will receive several perks, including partnership with and/or investment from Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed, office space at Greentown Labs, and $25,000 in grant funding. Applications for the program close April 8.

Board of Aldermen No More

In a change almost a year in the making, the Board of Aldermen has officially been renamed the City Council, the Boston Globe reports. “Board of Aldermen,” Councilor-at-Large William A. White Jr. White notes, means “board of wise old men” or “board of patriarchs,” and he felt it was time to shift to a more inclusive moniker. “I am very happy not to be called an ‘elder man’ anymore,” Council President Katjana Ballantyne said in a statement.

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Partners Healthcare CEO Suddenly Steps Down

Earlier this year, CEO David Torchiana unexpectedly announced he would depart Assembly Row-headquartered Partners Healthcare at the end of April, the Boston Globe reports. Torchiana’s four-year tenure as CEO has been fraught with challenges, with tensions between hospital executives and corporate staff rising over the past few months. Partners is the parent company of both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, and while Torchiana has led efforts to integrate the two institutions, Partners staff told the Globe that the hospitals remain largely decentralized, and even maintain some rival programs. Torchiana’s push to expand Partners outside of Massachusetts by acquiring hospitals in Rhode Island was also met with resistance.

Torchiana’s successor will inherit these conflicts at a challenging time. As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health finalize their merger this spring, Partners will have to contend with a large local competitor. Dr. Anne Klibanski, Partners’ chief academic officer and head of the neuroendocrine unit at Mass. General, has been named interim CEO as the national search for Torchiana’s permanent replacement unfolds. The search, officials say, could take up to a year.

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Environmental Issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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