Not every new arrival to Boston can get a special tour of the Fort Point Channel area from Fidelity Investments CEO Abby Johnson.
But Jeff Immelt isn’t your typical newcomer. The New England Council feted the General Electric CEO on Tuesday at the World Trade Center, naming him one of four “New Englanders of the Year.” Johnson, a previous recipient of the award, introduced Immelt with a slide show — a Fodor’s guide of sorts, filtered through a mutual fund executive’s lens.
She told him she figured it would be hard to get on his schedule, so she offered a virtual tour of his company’s new neighborhood.
What followed was list of the big hits, many of them visible from his future rooftop: Fidelity’s modest “brown box” headquarters, followed by South Station and prominent towers occupied by other big money managers.
“You’re going to have a nice view of our friends over at Wellington Management,” Johnson said. “And you can wave to [State Street CEO] Jay Hooley and his headquarters building.”
She called the Tea Party museum “a reminder of New England’s proud history and how sometimes being a little rebellious can pay off.”
This being Boston, the parking spaces that will be lost also deserved a mention. “As one of the world’s greatest companies, you could have moved GE’s headquarters anywhere and received an incredibly warm welcome, and you chose Fidelity employees’ favorite parking lot,” Johnson said. “I have a small ask: maybe a few extra spaces could get squeezed in [to GE’s new campus], made available to Fidelity employees at a discount.”
That’s a good one, Abby.
Immelt challenged the crowd to give business interests a louder voice and prove US companies can still lead on the global stage.
He also made an ambitious promise: Boston will benefit from GE’s focus on innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. However, he wisely didn’t make any promises about parking. Even GE has its limits.
— JON CHESTO
Julian Edelman pops up
on Newbury Street
It may be his week off from the Pats, but Julian Edelman is working it.
The Patriots’ wide receiver will open a pop-up store at 144 Newbury St. selling his JE11 brand of clothes and custom skateboards. The shop will also sell a children’s book based on Edelman’s career.
JE11 is typically sold online at julianedelman.com and features $59.99 JE11 emblazoned hoodies, along with $29.99 “Get Squirrely” T-shirts — a reference to a sideline request of his teammates to not let him “get squirrely.”
Edelman appears to be following in the footsteps of teammate Martellus Bennett, who hosted a pop-up shop on Newbury Street in June to promote a line of children’s books he wrote.
From Thursday to Sunday shoppers can peruse all things Edelman at The Shop, a retail incubator with a changing assortment of pop-up retailers. The site is owned by New York-based Jamestown Properties and will feature a new retailer every week into the holiday season. “He’ll make one if not two separate appearances throughout the weekend,” said Doscher Hobler, a producer at Brookline-based Isenberg Projects, which produced the event.
— MEGAN WOOLHOUSE
Havas’ village, Arnold to share talent scout
They say it takes a village to raise a child. How about recruiting top talent in the media industry?
Ad agency Arnold Worldwide and affiliate Havas Media Boston have hired their first shared chief talent officer, Minnie Damle, to recruit and retain professionals in both agencies at the Havas “village” in Downtown Crossing, where about 750 people work.
Damle moved to Boston’s North End to take the job last month from Jersey City, N.J. She last worked at VaynerMedia, an agency specializing in digital and social media. Damle will report to Arnold CEO Pam Hamlin and Havas Group chief talent officer Patti Clarke.
Under the leadership of CEO Yannick Bolloré, Parisian conglomerate Havas Group has been popularizing its village concept: It’s a way of uniting different Havas-owned agencies in one office while retaining their distinct identities and financial structures. Boston’s Havas Village is one of four in the United States, and one of 46 around the globe.
Damle said there’s at least one challenging adjustment she’ll need to make.
“I’m a diehard Yankees fan so that’s going to be tough,” Damle said. “I’ll let you know [what happens] when I go to a game and I sport the white and blue.” — JON CHESTO
Two presidents in two weeks for nonprofit
That didn’t last long.
It was just a few weeks ago that Cardinal Cushing Centers, a Hanover nonprofit that helps people with intellectual disabilities, named a new president and CEO: Michael Andrade, who previously had the same title at Arc of Bristol County, an Attleboro organization with a similar mission.
Then, last week, came this curve ball: Andrade had stepped down. From start to finish, his whole tenure lasted 12 days.
In an online update, board chairs Paul Kiley, a partner at accounting firm RSM (previously McGladrey), and David Smith, a managing director at Rockland Trust, said Andrade was “no longer able to fulfill his commitment to the role and has resigned.”
Andrade could not be reached for comment, but Kiley said in an e-mail to the Globe that Andrade left for “health/personal reasons.”
Development VP Jansi Chandler said Cardinal Cushing Centers used the search firm Isaacson, Miller to hire Andrade and moved quickly to replace him after his sudden departure.
So the organization’s new new leader is board member Peter O’Meara, who held the job on an interim basis after Jo Ann Simons resigned in January to run Northeast Arc in Danvers.
O’Meara is Connecticut’s former commissioner of developmental services and former superintendent of Waltham’s Fernald School. He has consulted for organizations including the Perkins School.
Here’s hoping second time’s a charm. — SACHA PFEIFFERCan’t keep a secret? Tell us. E-mail Bold Types at email@example.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this column misspelled Minnie Damle’s last name.