DI People: J.C. Penney Names New CEO, Synergy Medsales Taps CFO, Katten Adds 3 Partners

Also, you’ll find leadership appointments and changes at Equest, 1st Global, and Bone Solutions in this roundup of people news in North Texas.


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 people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region. 

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Jill Soltau named chief executive of J.C. Penney Co.

Plano-based retail giant J.C. Penney Co. recently appointed Jill Soltau as the company’s new chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective Oct. 15.


Jill Soltau

A 30-year retail veteran Soltau replaces Marvin Ellison who left the retailer to lead home improvement company Lowe’s.

Most recently, Soltau served as president and CEO of JOANN Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and crafts retailer, after serving as President of Shopko Stores.

“Jill stood out from the start among an incredibly strong slate of candidates,” Paul J. Brown, J.C. Penney board director and chairman of the search committee, said in a release. “Not only is she an established CEO and former chief merchant, her depth of experience in product development, marketing, e-commerce and store operations have been an important basis for the turnaround work she spearheaded at prior companies.” 

Synergy Medsales names McDonald as CFO

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald has joined Dallas-based Synergy Medsales — a global leader in aesthetic device sales — as its new chief financial officer. Formerly, McDonald was chief operating office at Thermi Aesthetics.

In his new role, McDonald will be responsible for continuing to develop the company’s industry growth, and he will oversee its long-term financial operations.


Belfiore joins 1st Global as assistant vice president

Jeremy Belfiore

Independent wealth management firm 1st Global has added Jeremy Belfiore to its management team as assistant vice president of business development.

In his new role, Belfiore is responsible for identfying, evaluating, and recruiting exceptional CPA firms and financial advisors with whom 1st Global can partner.

“I look foward to working with successful and established financial advisers who value the highest level of service, strong culture, great platforms, and technology that allows them to operate more efficiently and grow their businesses,” Balfiore said in a release.

Katten adds 3 new partners in health-care practice

Three new partners have been added at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP who will bolster the law firm’s health-care practice in Dallas.

Lisa Atlas Genecov, Cheryl Camin Murray and Kenya S. Woodruff

The new partners are Lisa Atlas Genecov, Cheryl Camin Murray, and Kenya S. Woodruff.

“Lisa, Cheryl, and Kenya are deeply talented attorneys who have all be recognized for their professional excellence,” Katten Chairman Roger Furey said in a release. “Their presence at Katten allows us to further tap into the emerging health-care market in Dallas with partners whose high-caliber legal skills are well-known there.”

Katten is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys nationwide and in other countries.

Equest names two new executives

Marguerite Stolen

Christine Volkmer

Equest has promoted Christine Volkmer to director of community engagement and hired Dr. Marguerite (Margo) McClinton Stoglin as its new chief philanthropy officer.

Equest was founded in 1981, and it provides equine assisted learning, therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, and learning disabilities — as well as veterans who have adjustment challenges. Its services include physical and occupational therapy, equine assisted counseling and learning, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship, and competition.

“Both are extraordinary women with the talent, experience, and passion that fit seamlessly with Equest’s mission,” CEO Lili Kellogg said in a release.

Bone Solutions adds three members to board of directors

Cecil Rorabeck

Dave Illingworth

Colleyville-based orthobiologics tech company Bone Solutions Inc. has named three new member to its board of directors.

The new board members are Kevin Moreno, Dave Illingworth, and Dr. Cecil Rorabeck. Illingworth is the retired CEO and director of Smith & Nephew PLC, while Moreno is managing director of KEM Capital LLC and a co-founder of Bear Creek Mining. Rorabeck is a former othropedic surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre and a professor of orthopedic surgery (emeritus) at the University of Western Ontario.’

Bone Solutions Inc. provides orthopedic surgeons means to improve clinical outcomes in a variety of complex procedures while lowering costs. 

Duschl joins Caruth Institute at SMU, to focus on STEM

Richard Duschl

Dr. Richard A. Duschl has joined the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education(CIEE) at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, where he will serve as the executive director and TI Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education.

SMU said in a release that Duschi is known for his continuing contributions to science education through research.

Duschl will oversee the Institute’s mission to become a national center of excellence in researching, developing, delivering, and evaluating new and innovative K-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs, SMU said in a release. The institute plays a keyrole in engineering education policy research, educating and informing the public on viable solutions to issues associated with engineering education and STEM initiatives.


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Also, you’ll find leadership appointments and changes at Magna5, and Modern Message in this roundup of people news in North Texas.

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