DI People: Compass Datacenters, Marconi Make SVP Announcements

In this weekly roundup of executive and leadership activity by businesses and organizations in North Texas, you'll also find news from Stevens Transport and Plunk Smith.

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Kalra joins Compass Datacenters as SVP of global operations

Sudhir Kalra has been named senior vice president of global operations by Addison-based Compass Datacenters.

It’s a new role for the company, through which Kalra will be responsible for operations of all of the company’s domestic and international data centers, according to a statement.

Kalra joins Compass from Morgan Stanley, where he was the executive director and global head of Enterprise Data Centers. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2007 as its global head of engineering and later joined, and ultimately led, the company’s newly-formed Enterprise Data Centers unit.

Minhas joins patent licensing firm Marconi as SVP

Micky Minhas

Dallas-based patent licensing firm Marconi announced that Micky Minhas has joined the company as a senior vice president.

Minhas will join other IP leaders formerly with Ericsson, Google, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments as part of Marconi’s management team and is expected to play a vital role in driving efficiency in fragmented markets.

Most recently, Minhas was the chief patent counsel at Microsoft, where he was responsible for managing and developing the company’s patent portfolio, working on acquisitions and patent sales, and working on a strategy for the IP function, as well as several high-profile patent licensing transactions, according to a statement.

Stevens Transport names two to vice president positions

Robert Solimani

Dallas-based Stevens Transport has named Robert Solimani as vice president and Bennett Aaron as vice president of its contractor division.

Stevens says it’s Texas’ largest refrigerated trucking company and one of North America’s top multimodal temperature-controlled freight carriers.

Solimani is responsible for overseeing Stevens’ day-to-day operations as well as managing relations with the top 10 shippers to cultivate business development, onboard new customers, manage regional divisions nationwide, and keep customer service levels high.

Aaron is responsible for managing more than 900 contractor drivers and a team of 20 support staff, overseeing business and financial support, driver relations, and operational support, according to a statement.

Plunk Smith brings on two new attorneys

Stephanie Barnes

Jason McCuiston

Jason McCuiston and Stephanie Barnes have joined Frisco-based law firm Plunk Smith, PLLC as the firm continues to expand its core specialties of business litigation, commercial transactions, estate planning, and probate.

McCuiston brings more than 15 years of experience representing clients in estate planning, asset protection, probate, and trust administration, according to a statement.

Barnes brings 15 years of experience to the firm in a variety of complex business litigation and civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout Texas. Barnes is a former officer for the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern District of Texas Local Rules Advisory Committee.

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