DI People: Cyber Group, Apex Clearing, and Brinker International Make Leadership Announcements

In this weekly roundup of executive and leadership moves by companies and organizations in North Texas, you’ll also find news from European Wax Center, MedCore Partners, Kimberly-Clark, Medecision, and SMU.

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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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Humphrey joins Cyber Group as EVP and chief revenue officer

John Humphrey

John Humphrey has joined Dallas-based Cyber Group as its executive vice president and chief revenue officer.

Humphrey sold his interest in X42 Ventures and plans to concentrate on Cyber Group’s expansion of its Texas-based IT service strategy, according to a statement. Humphrey was a co-founder of Pariveda Solutions, Inc.

Cyber Group has offices in Dallas and New Delhi and employs more than 200 people globally.

Apex Clearing adds two execs to C-suite posts

Josh Gray

Dustin Kirkland

Apex Clearing, a Dallas-based custody and clearing engine, has grown its team with two new C-level hires: Josh Gray in the position of chief technology officer and Dustin Kirkland in the position of chief product officer.

In his new role, Gray is expected to be responsible for leading the strategy, vision, and architecture for Apex’s technology offerings and work closely with executive leaders to determine the future of Apex’s technology platform.

Most recently, Kirkland was a product manager at Google, where he worked on Google Cloud and integrated the Velostrata acquisition into Google’s product portfolio.

Brinker names Doty as SVE and chief marketing officer of Chili’s

Ellie Doty

Ellie Doty has received a new title as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Brinker International Inc.’s restaurant brand Chili’s Grill & Bar.

Doty joined Brinker in 2017 as vice president of marketing. Her recent accomplishments include driving positive sales, traffic, and internal guest metrics for Chili’s in fiscal 2019, according to a statement. 

Previously, Doty held marketing leadership positions within Yum! Brands for Taco Bell and KFC.

Willis moves to COO position at European Wax Center

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David Willis

Plano-based European Wax Center announced David Willis has moved from chief financial officer to chief operating officer. He will be responsible for the company’s growth and organization.

Willis is expected to lead a team in developing and implementing growth plans including multi-unit franchisee developments, new service offerings, alternative formats, and international expansion, according to a statement.

Initially, the supply chain, the Project Management Office, and a new Business Development group will report to Willis as well.

In August, the company announced it was in the process of moving its headquarters from Florida to Plano, bringing with it 100 jobs.

MedCore Partners adds two execs to senior living team

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Anthony Fulco

Dallas-based MedCore Partners, a full-service real estate company focused on the healthcare and senior living industries, has added two members to it senior living team.

Anthony Fulco joined the company as Seniors Housing Director of Acquisitions, bringing with him over ten years of housing and healthcare investment experience. He will be responsible for the sourcing, underwriting, and closing of acquisitions at MedCore, according to a statement.

Jack Burt is taking the role of Senior Vice President of Operations and brings extensive senior living operating experience to MedCore. Over the past 10 years, Burt has worked with a variety of senior living management companies.

Kimberly-Clark appoints Smucker to board of directors

Mark Smucker

Irving-based Kimberly-Clark Corp. announced Mark T. Smucker has been elected to its board of directors.

Smucker serves as president and CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co., and is the fifth generation of the Smucker family to lead the 122-year old food products company. 

Kimberly-Clark’s portfolio of brands includes Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise,  Andrex, and Pull-Ups.

Medecision names advisory board members

Medecision, a Dallas-based integrated health management solutions company, announced the formation of its advisory board composed of healthcare and technology leaders.

The board provides insights and facilitates relationships for Medecision’s leadership teams to help meet its goals. 

Chairing the board is Richard Popiel, MD, MBA, and the chair-elect is Jan Berger, MD, MJ. Popiel and Berger are joined by other board members Terri Kline; Terry McInnis; and Terri Steinberg.

The company expects to add members to its advisory board throughout the year, according to a statement.

SMU names MacFarlane to lead Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Duncan MacFarlane

Southern Methodist University has named Duncan MacFarlane as the first executive director of the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, tying together the university’s Lyle School of Engineering and Cox School of Business into an innovation and business powerhouse.

Operationally, the Institute is housed in the Lyle School of Engineering and Cox School of Business. Physically, it’s currently being run out of the Embrey building, which sits in SMU’s engineering quad. MacFarlane, an expert in engineering entrepreneurship and a pioneer in the field of photonics, will work to integrate both schools to develop technology prototypes and create viable business plans.

“The resources provided through this institute greatly enhance SMU’s ability to cultivate and support engineering entrepreneurs in North Texas and beyond,” MacFarlane said.

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