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DISD Superintendent Hinojosa Is Leaving Post in December

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa will depart the district by the tip of 2022. [Image: DISD]

The transfer caps off Hinojosa’s 42-year-career in training, together with helming Dallas ISD for 13 years. The metropolis will seemingly be looking for a brand new superintendent within the interim.

A roster of main civic supporters stepped as much as reward the superintendent.

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Governor Abbott Appoints North Texan to Governor’s Broadband Development Council

Jack Kelanic

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed North Texan Jack Kelanic, together with Schelana Hock and Ray Scifres, to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. The council, which research and identifies methods to offer web entry to underserved areas of Texas, was created by the 86th Legislature in 2019 and expanded by the 87th Legislature in 2021.

Kelanic is Chief Technology Officer for the Dallas Independent School District the place he creates a expertise plan to maximise digital studying and directs the district’s $270 million expertise capital program. Previously, the CTO was Director of Information Technology for the City of Tacoma, the Chief Information Systems Director at Los Angeles Unified School District, and as an engineer at Dewberry and Davis.

The CTO can be co-chair of the Internet for All Coalition and a member of the Texas Education Technology Leadership Council and Consortium for School Networking. In addition, he’s served as an advisory board member of The University of Washington Tacoma Institute of Technology and a board member of the Schools Federal Credit Union. Kelanic obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Kelanic will serve with Moscow, TX-based Hock and Levelland, TX-based Scifres. Hock is County Clerk of Polk County the place she serves because the official report keeper of the county and Scifres is the Sheriff of Hockley County.

Terms for the brand new appointments are set to run out on August 31, 2026.

Hawkeye Appoints Tina Posey as CEO

Tina Posey

Dallas-based Hawkeye pronounces the appointment of Tina Posey who will function Chief Executive Office for the advertising company. 

Previously, Posey was at Omnicom Group, the place she served as CEO of Javelin Agency. The firm says Posey takes a “human-centric” strategy to management, which has allowed her to construct a considerable monitor report of deep shopper partnerships with a number of manufacturers. These manufacturers embrace AT&T, Novartis, Hyatt Hotels, Citibank, American Express, Best Buy, Mercedes-Benz, Sparkling Ice, and USAA, amongst others. 

Succeeding W. Joe Demiero within the function of CEO, Posey will report back to the CEO of the Publicis Digital Experience Group within the U.S., Jim Ripley. 

“Tina is the right alternative to steer Hawkeye as we proceed to stage up our industry-leading CRM and Commerce options to make an affect for the manufacturers we serve. We thank Joe for his many contributions to our shoppers, our folks, and our enterprise and want him the very best,” stated Ripley.

Global Talent Tech Company Harver Announces Scott Lander as CEO and Board Chair

International quantity hiring firm Harver announced Scott Landers as CEO and chairman of the board. The rent follows the corporate’s merger and rebranding in 2020. Dallas-based Outmatch joined forces with Amersterdam-based Harver in May and rebranded in November.

Landers replaces Greg Moran, the founding father of Outmatch, who stays on Harver’s board.

“It’s an honor to hitch Harver at such an thrilling time of their journey,” stated Landers in an announcement. “Organizations must adapt their recruitment processes greater than ever to deal with challenges reminiscent of shrinking expertise swimming pools, and Harver brings world-class options which can be reworking enterprise quantity hiring processes and delivering higher candidate experiences throughout the globe.”

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Recode Therapeutics Names Shehnaaz Suliman as New CEO

Shehnaaz Suliman

Shehnaaz Suliman, who’s leaving a San-Francisco immuno-neurology and immuno-oncology firm, will stay in Menlo Park however journey to Dallas as she takes over her new function as CEO.

With 25 years of drug improvement and deal-making experience, Suliman will assist advance the biopharma’s pipeline of novel genetic medicines utilizing its selective organ concentrating on platform. 

Suliman replaces CEO David Lockhart, who turns into chief scientific officer and stays president and a member of the board. Recode closed an $80M Series B round to increase its drug pipeline for respiratory ailments in October.

“I’m personally very excited to associate with Dr. Suliman, and we’re invigorated by her arrival and look ahead to leveraging her experience as we advance our highly effective LNP platform and strong pipeline of remedies for sufferers with life-limiting genetic ailments,” stated David Lockhart, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer, ReCode Therapeutics. 

Exeter names new CFO & Vice Chairman Jason Kulas

Jason Kulas

Auto finance {industry} veteran Jason Kulas will be a part of Irving-based Exeter as the corporate’s new CFO and Vice Chairman subsequent month. He will succeed CFO Brad Nall, who will retire from the corporate. Nall will keep by means of March to assist with the transition.

The auto insurance coverage finance firm and its multi-billion mortgage portfolio was acquired by Warburg Pincus final 12 months in a deal that closed in November.

Kulas, who has over 25 years of expertise within the monetary companies sector, has served as an Exeter board member and advisor since 2019. He most not too long ago served because the CEO of EZCORP after beforehand holding positions as an unbiased director and as the corporate’s President and Chief Financial Officer. He additionally served over 10 years within the CFO, president and CEO positions at Santander Consumer USA and was a managing director of funding banking with J.P. Morgan.

CrossFirst Bankshares hires Dallas banker to steer development in Texas

Kansas-based CrossFirst Bankshares has tapped longtime Dallas banker David Felanto to steer its enlargement as Texas regional president.

Felan, who will oversee the corporate’s Dallas and Frisco operations, has more than 25 years of experience within the Dallas market. The banker was most not too long ago EVP and relationship supervisor of Texas Capital Bancshares within the firm’s Dallas company banking group, based on American Banker.

“Any time you’ll be able to appeal to an skilled banking government like David Felan, it’s a win to your firm, for our shoppers, and for the communities we serve,” Mike Maddox, president and CEO of CrossFirst, stated within the publication.

Johnson & Sekin Announces the Formation of Its Inaugural C-Suite

From left, Emily Florio, Jessica Wescott, Shannon Phillips, Kat Kornegay. [Courtesy photo]

Johnson & Sekin, a Dallas-based promoting and branding company centered on the ability of objective in enterprise, has introduced the formation of a number of C-suite appointments. 

Chief Design Officer Shannon Phillips, who has held main design roles on the company since 2010, will oversee all design and innovation points of merchandise and companies.

Chief Purpose Officer Kat Kornegay, who joined the workforce as an account director in 2013, will oversee all features of serving to manufacturers, groups, and organizations uncover and amplify their larger objective inside enterprise fashions and throughout industries.

Chief Strategy Officer Emily Florio, who joined the agency in 2020 as director of technique, will present transformational enterprise technique and data-driven insights throughout their manufacturers and groups. 

Jessica Wescott, who beforehand served as COO and CFO of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, has been appointed the company’s CFO. 

The formation of the C-suite comes on the heels of the company’s not too long ago introduced enlargement to Denver and the launch of Camp Purpose, an immersive workshop expertise the place manufacturers, organizations, and folks can uncover and articulate their objective in work and life. 

“We are extraordinarily proud to place a powerful C-suite workforce in place to assist the expansion and affect of our enterprise,” stated Kent Johnson, co-founder and artwork director for Johnson & Sekin. “Our imaginative and prescient of the long run begins with objective and all 4 of those people convey a excessive stage of experience that’s unmatched throughout the {industry} to the manufacturers we’re privileged to work alongside.” 

DataFinancial institution Names Joe Minarik as Chief Operating Officer

Joe Minarik

Dallas-based DataFinancial institution, a number one supplier of enterprise-class colocation, interconnection, and managed cloud companies, has named Joe Minarik  because the agency’s chief working officer. 

Minarik will report back to DataFinancial institution’s CEO, Raul Martynek, and will consolidate all operational features beneath his management, together with knowledge heart and colocation operations, engineering, building, managed companies, community and safety, and IT operations.

Minarik beforehand joined Amazon in 2005, a 12 months earlier than the general public launch of AWS. As a pioneer within the cloud and knowledge heart neighborhood, he led the event of the corporate’s underlying knowledge heart and community

“Joe Minarik possesses the right mix of operational expertise and pioneering imaginative and prescient to assist DataFinancial institution notice its objective of turning into the dominant edge infrastructure platform within the nation,” stated Martynek. “Consolidating our knowledge heart, colocation, managed companies, community, and software program improvement efforts beneath Joe’s management will allow DataFinancial institution to ship a transformative, software-driven, edge infrastructure expertise for our prospects.”

Longtime 7-Eleven Executive Appointed 7-Eleven International LLC Co-CEO

Ken Wakabayashi

Irving-based 7-Eleven, Inc., has named Ken Wakabayashi as Co-CEO of 7-Eleven International. Previously, Wakabayashi served as 7-Eleven’s SVP, Head of International. He will now lead the 7-Eleven model’s world development technique alongside Co-CEO Shinji Abe from Seven-Eleven Japan.

“With this transfer, Ken will assist lead the 7IN workforce to additional our world development technique and present world-class worth and assist to our International Licensees and Master Franchisees,” stated 7-Eleven, Inc., President and CEO Joe DiPinto in an announcement.

As Co-CEOs of 7IN, Wakabayashi and Abe will oversee all operations exterior North America and Japan in addition to the 7–Eleven trademark globally.

JCPenney Names Leaders From Neiman Marcus and Gap to eCommerce and Tech Units

JCPenney this week introduced two government appointments: Sharmeelee Bala was named chief data officer and Katie Mullen was named chief digital and transformation officer.

Ballas may have accountability for the knowledge expertise (IT) group and world tech techniques that energy JCP’s shops, operational facilities and provide chain, and company features. Bala, who joins the corporate from Gap Inc., will lead improvement of options to unite JCPenney’s bodily property with its evolving digital footprint, the corporate stated in a launch.

Mullen, who was most not too long ago with Neiman Marcus Group, will lead the expansion of the e-commerce enterprise. That contains, as JCPenney reimagines how shoppers expertise JCPenney—irrespective of when, the place, and how they need to store.

Indio Management Announces Tasha Krawiec as Senior Vice President of Operations

Tasha Krawiec

Tasha Krawiec has been named as Senior Vice President of Operations, the place she is going to oversee all operational points of the agency. Bringing over 20 years of expertise within the multifamily housing {industry}, she is going to work as a associate of the chief management workforce to increase Indio’s platform. 

Indio Founder and President, Seth Bame, feedback on the rent, “Tasha’s experience in expertise administration, management, and mentorship of associates will enable her to be a powerful captain on our workforce, and we’re excited to see the course she helps us push in the direction of in 2022 and past.”

Prior to hitch Indio, Krawiec labored as an unbiased advisor within the multifamily and single-family rental area for 2 years. She can be a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management. 

Before turning into a advisor, she served as Vice President of Property Operations at BH Management Service, the place she was chargeable for general property administration and asset preservation for as much as 29,000 models throughout a number of markets within the Southern U.S. Over her six-year tenure at BH Management Service, she was acknowledged for producing the best portfolio internet working revenue and income development.  

The firm says that “Krawiec has already begun to positively affect the agency by means of constructing model requirements, overhauling the funds course of, establishing environment friendly techniques and workflows, and scaling development by transitioning and onboarding over 25 properties with the help of her strong workforce.” 

Leslee Mallinson

Leslee Mallinson, who has been an instrumental member of the corporate’s government management workforce for the final eight years, will now function Senior Vice President of Brand and Communications for Balfour Beatty’s nationwide operations. 

In her new function, Mallinson will lead the supply of strategic communications and model administration throughout the corporate’s U.S. Buildings and Civil Businesses. 

Mallinson has been with the at-risk building administration firm for over 20 years, the place she has served as an skilled and passionate communications advisor working to supervise all inner and exterior communication actions. 

The firm says “her most up-to-date accomplishments embrace working to create a shared companies communications mannequin to assist the corporate’s Buildings, Civils and Investments companies, championing Balfour Beatty’s range, fairness and inclusion efforts, advancing the instruments and applied sciences to speak successfully amongst many extra vital initiatives.”

“Leslee is an esteemed associate on the chief management workforce who holds the bar excessive for us to not solely deal with our general enterprise technique, however our most beneficial asset – our folks,” stated Eric Stenman, president of Balfour Beatty U.S. “She is the epitome of a Relentless Ally in our enterprise, and it’s an honor to witness her management and ardour for shepherding an genuine model voice, selling revolutionary options and advocating for our staff.”

CASPR Group Announces Kecia Gray as Senior Vice President

Kecia Gray

The environmental well being expertise firm faucets on Kecia Gray to steer advertising and PR as Senior Vice President.

Gray joined the CASPER in late 2021 as the corporate ready for its subsequent stage of development. The firm says it faces elevated demand for its proprietary Natural Catalytic Conversion (NCC™) expertise—which is an answer that gives more healthy indoor air and floor environments throughout a number of industries—and Gray will lead the communication efforts for the group as they handle demand.  

Before becoming a member of CASPER Group, Gray owned her personal firm for over seven years. Called Gray Marketing Solutions, she supplied strategic consulting for built-in advertising with shoppers like Daseke, MKTG Agency, and Veracity Capital. 

“Visibility and training relating to CASPR’s key differentiators are paramount to the corporate’s development. Choosing the proper chief to construct CASPR’s subsequent stage of recent advertising is extraordinarily vital,” stated CASPR CEO Derek Blount. “Kecia has the depth of expertise and the excessive stage of depth wanted to develop and direct CASPR’s advertising and public relations efforts.”

Mohr Partners Promotes Ruth Baker to Director of Strategy & Growth


Ruth Baker

Ruth Baker was promoted to Director of Strategy & Growth for Mohr Partners, Inc, a worldwide company actual property companies agency. 

Baker will function a mission lead who will oversee portfolio technique/knowledge analytics, website choice/analysis, lease administration, transaction administration and mission & amenities administration. Baker will report back to Misti Meggs, who supervises technique and development for Mohr Partners in her function as Managing Partner.

Meggs commented, “I’m excited to associate with Ruth to develop our general world company companies shopper base and to assist our present shoppers navigate the challenges they face on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In 2015, Baker joined Mohr Partners as Senior Account Manager. She later earned a promotion to Associate Director for Business Development & Client Services in 2019—and after just a few months in that function, she shortly transitioned to her function as Director of Transaction Services—the place she was chargeable for over 24 million sq. toes of shoppers’ portfolio transaction work. 

She now brings over 15 years of company actual property expertise to the desk to serve in her new function. 

One Network Names Peter Nilsson as Chief Marketing Officer

Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson is tapped by One Network Enterprises (ONE) to serve on the corporate’s government workforce as Chief Marketing Office. 

With greater than 20 years of expertise in SaaS and the availability chain {industry}, Peter will usher within the subsequent chapter of One Network’s model and development ambitions by main technique and government for the corporate. 

Nilsson has beforehand labored at at corporations reminiscent of IBX, Capgemini, Infor Nexus, and most not too long ago at LevaData.  

“Peter is an impressive addition to our government workforce with a powerful background and confirmed monitor report in driving buyer demand and model consciousness”, stated Mark Brady, CEO of One Network Enterprises. “Peter’s advertising oversight and steerage can be invaluable as we proceed to develop as an organization.  We are happy to welcome him to the One Network workforce.”

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation Announces Three New VPs because it Strengthens its Team of Healthcare, Tech Experts

Left to proper: Natasha Goburdhun, Yolande Pengetnze, and Albert Kara

Parkland Center for Clinical Innocation (PCCI) introduced the hiring of Natasha Goburdhun, MS, MPH, as Vice President, Connected Communities of Care, and the promotions of Yolande Pengetnze, MD, MS, FAAP, to Vice President, Clinical Leadership, and Albert Karam, MS, MBA, to Vice President, Data Strategy Analytics.

The group says that these government leaders will increase PCCI’s revolutionary scientific and knowledge analytics packages—which have made a major affect prior to now—particularly by serving to North Texans navigate by means of the continued pandemic. 

Bringing over 20 years of planning and operations expertise in supplier and community-based care, Goburdhun will use PCCI’s superior analytics to offer insights into neighborhood well being and social wants, working to deal with the wants of susceptible populations. 

Dr. Pengetnze joined PCCI in December 2013, the place she leads a number of initiatives, together with a inhabitants well being high quality enchancment mission on pediatric bronchial asthma and the event of a program supporting the prevention of pre-term births. 

Working at PCCI since 2016, Albert Karam will now function Vice President of Data Strategy Analytics the place he’s chargeable for creating predictive algorithms and real-time resolution assist to Parkland and different establishments throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

Kainos Capital Promotes David Gassko to Principal

David Gassko

Kainos Capital (“Kainos”), a meals and consumer-focused non-public fairness agency, introduced at the moment that David Gassko has been promoted to Principal.

In 2013, Mr. Gassko be a part of Kainos as an affiliate following his time as an funding banker with Wells Fargo Securities. He later went to enterprise faculty and returned to Kainos as a Vice President. 

“Since returning to Kainos following enterprise faculty, David has performed a key function within the execution of our funding course of and provides worth each to our portfolio corporations and our agency tradition,” stated Andrew Rosen, Managing Partner of Kainos. “We are excited for his continued skilled improvement at Kainos.”

The Dallas Foundation Names Four New Members to Board of Governors

Bobby Bisor, Jaimee Eddington, Kevin Murphy, and Susana Cordova

The new members—Robert Bisor, Jaimee Eddington, Kevin Murphy, and Susana Cordova—had been chosen to assist form the imaginative and prescient and way forward for the muse, the primary established neighborhood basis in Texas.

In 2020 alone, the muse, in partnership with greater than 400 fundholders, awarded $60 million in grants.

Robert (Bobby) Bisor serves as a principal with First Western Capital LLC; CEO of The Bisor Group, a governmental and neighborhood relations consulting agency he based in 2004; chairman of the board of the Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute; as a board member of the North Texas Commission and the Texas Association of Business; and as treasurer and board member of Freedom for All Americans. 

Jaimee Eddington is the Regional Leader for the Americas at Heidrick & Struggles. At this premier supplier of worldwide management advisory and on-demand expertise options, she advises Fortune 500 small and medium-sized public and non-public corporations, in addition to non-public fairness and venture-backed and non-public fairness corporations. Her experience contains advising corporations on board composition, expertise administration, and the altering function of the CFO.

Kevin Murphy is the president of ExxonMobil Foundation, which is the first philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation, in addition to supervisor of Corporate Citizenship and Global Community Investments for Exxon Mobil Corporation. Previously, he served as world points supervisor, public and authorities affairs supervisor of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, in addition to supervisor of state authorities rules.

Susana Cordova served as superintendent of Denver Public Schools earlier than becoming a member of the Dallas Independent School District in early 2021. In her function as deputy superintendent, she oversees Leading and Learning for the district’s 155,000 college students in 230 faculties and Human Capital Management for DISD’s 22,000 staff.  

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Denton County Transportation Authority Adds Three Regional Leaders 

Paul Cristina

The DCTA is strengthening its management workforce with the addition of Paul Cristina, Brittney M. Farr, and Pamela Burns as new regional leaders to assist the company’s mission of enhancing mobility and including worth to the communities they serve. 

Cristina joins DCTA because the Deputy Chief Executive Officer from BNSF Railway the place he led the corporate’s engagement with public businesses throughout the railroad’s 23,500-mile rail community, directing new infrastructure mission improvement and settlement execution for BNSF and the general public.  

Brittney M. Farr joins DCTA from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) because the Director of Government Relations, the place she leads DCTA’s native, state, and federal legislative technique and relations with native communities.

Pamela Burns joins DCTA from NCTCOG because the Director of Public Involvement and Communications the place she oversees neighborhood relations, public involvement, advertising, communications, and public relations.

Incoming: New AIA Dallas President Charts a Way Forward for 2022

Ben Crawford

Ben Crawford is the incoming 2022 AIA Dallas President. The chapter of the American Institute of Architects begins its 75th anniversary 12 months with waiting for craft the techniques that can information it for the following 5 years, Crawford wrote in a current weblog submit. The future is “in need of the gifts we as designers, builders and dreamers have to offer,” and the architect seems to be ahead to persevering with the group’s mission as shapers of the constructed atmosphere. 

“Our work is the manifestation of concepts and desires that may uplift, but in addition demand a lot of our communities and atmosphere to comprehend,” Crawford writes, who notes his satisfaction within the group’s resiliency within the final 24 months. “We should work more durable to steadiness that equation. We will broaden outreach to assist our skilled ranks extra successfully replicate the complete spectrum of expertise accessible. We will even increase our training and information communities to encourage our friends to deal with the plateau in efficiency on our 2030 Challenge amongst different vital points.”

The Design Principal for Dallas studio HOK, Crawford leads design for a variety of company, business city mixed-use, and municipal initiatives. With three many years of follow that features healthcare, aviation, institutional, and hospitality developments, he solves a variety of design challenges. Those challenges fuel his creative process, he says.

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