Catalyze Dallas Adds Renowned Attorney To Its Board of Advisors

Linda Hart is vice chairman, president and CEO of the Hart Group Inc. She is active on numerous boards and has served as both a former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Board and as a consultant to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nationally recognized corporate and securities law attorney Linda Hart has been appointed to the Catalyze Dallas board of advisors.

Hart is vice chairman, president, and CEO of the Hart Group Inc.

Catalyze Dallas is a venture development firm specializing in the capitalization and commercialization of promising innovations sourced from some of the world’s most respected defense and industrial companies.

“Linda’s entrepreneurial expertise in scaling the Hart Group’s manufacturing and investments enterprise makes her a great asset to our advisory board,” Joe D’Cruz, founder and managing director of Catalyze Dallas, said in a statement. “Her impressive institutional experience as both a director of numerous public companies and as a sought-after national legal voice adds incredible value to Catalyze’s board of advisors, which already includes a highly regarded group of leaders from both the public and private sectors.”

Linda Hart

Hart is active on numerous boards and has served as both a former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Board and as a consultant to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Before joining the Hart Group, she co-authored the first treatise on securities and partnership law for master limited partnerships and other investment limited partnerships, Catalyze Dallas said. Hart also wrote and lectured frequently around the country, serving as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, the firm said.

Hart is a trustee and former vice chairman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and has a long record serving in leadership positions with arts organizations such as the Dallas Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and The Dallas Opera.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Hart received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Law School, after which she clerked for Judge Irving Goldberg on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the first woman to do so.

Other members of Catalyze’s board include:

  • Frank Cappuccio, adviser to the Defense Science Board, former Executive Vice President and General Manager of Skunk Works
  • Ed Dolanski, former president of Boeing Government Services and former President and CEO of Aviall, a Boeing company
  • Thomas C. Leppert, chairman of Austin Industries, former Dallas Mayor, former CEO of Kaplan and Turner Construction Co.
  • Dr. Bobby B. Lyle, CEO of Lyco Energy Holdings inc., SMU Trustee (Lyle School of Engineering)
  • Ron Nicol, former senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, board member at Austin Industries, and executive chairman at NUBURU
  • Robert F. Weiss, former president of Skunk Works, former executive vice president of Lockheed Martin

Catalyze partners with more than a dozen Fortune 100 clients and assesses hundreds of technology assets and business units every year, selecting the most promising for spinout.

It already has launched three successful companies: Almaden Genomics, which is accelerating the pace of genomic discovery; Alpine Advanced Materials, which delivers high-performance lightweight custom-engineered parts to the aerospace, defense, commercial space, and industrial industries; and Metro Aerospace, a leader in delivering certified 3D printed components to the aerospace industry.

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