DI People: Kimberly-Clark, Cyber Defense Labs, Signify Health, and More Make Moves

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people for leadership positions.

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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Kimberly-Clark makes executive changes

Tristram Wilkinson

Dallas-headquartered Kimberly-Clark, the multinational personal care corporation, has named Tristram Wilkinson as the president of its Asia Pacific consumer business.

Wilkinson is currently the president of Kimberly-Clark’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) consumer business. He will now be responsible for the company’s largest international region, which includes operations in more than 30 countries. He succeeds Aaron Powell, who is departing the company for an external opportunity. Wilkinson will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Mike Hsuand and will be based in Singapore.

“Tris has more than 25 years of experience with Kimberly-Clark, and a proven record of driving results, and I’m confident he will continue the solid growth of our Asia Pacific business,” Hsu said in a statement. “At the same time, I greatly appreciate Aaron’s service to Kimberly-Clark including his leadership of our Kimberly-Clark Professional and Asia Pacificconsumer businesses and his passion for building brands.”

Cyber Defense Labs names a new president

Jason Cook

Dallas-based cybersecurity services firm Cyber Defense Labs, which helps companies strengthen security and reduce risk, has appointed Chief Operating Officer Jason Cook as its new president.

In his new role, Cook will be tasked with developing the company’s strategy, services, and operations and managing its investor relations and key partnerships. He joined Cyber Defense Labs in 2019 after serving more than two decades at BT, the telecommunications holding company formerly known as British Telecom. There, he held numerous positions for BT Americas, including chief information security officer, chief technology officer, vice president of security, and chief information systems officer.

“Jason’s depth of experience and breadth of knowledge makes him uniquely qualified for the role of president at Cyber Defense Labs,” Cyber Defense Labs CEO Robert E. Anderson, Jr. said in a statement. “Jason understands the cybersecurity challenges facing businesses today, the inner workings of a complicated business enterprise, and he will continue to cultivate a culture of professionalism, integrity and excellence.”

eIVF appoints a new CEO

Nimesh Shah

Dallas-based eIVF, a provider of fertility specific-software, has made big moves to its senior management team by naming Nimesh Shah as chief executive officer and Tim Beaulieuas as chief product commercialization officer.

Prior to joining eIVF, Shah was the CEO of Ingenious Med, and before that the president of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions business unit. Beaulieu previously worked at Newmarket International, most recently as its director of development. The appointments will bring healthcare and technology experience that’s relevant to eIVF’s business.

“eIVF provides fertility clinics with a suite of information technologies that provide vital reproductive intelligence to help patients achieve the best healthcare outcomes,” Andy Wilkins, co-CEO of Atlantic Street Capital, which acquired eIVF in 2018, said in a statement. “Their leadership will allow eIVF to better support our provider clients, improve the efficiency of our clients’ practices, and deliver the information, tools and capabilities that will lead to improved patient outcomes.”

Mohr Capital gets a new national director of land acquisitions

Lee Loftis

Dallas-based privately held real estate investment firm Mohr Capital has added Lee Loftis to its team as the national director of land acquisitions.

Loftis will be tasked with locating and acquiring land sites for the firm’s speculative and build-to-suit industrial development projects. He will also work with brokers and landowners to find off-market properties that help the firm grow its development presence in both new and existing markets. Loftis has more than 15 years of experience in land acquisition and commercial, multifamily, and retail real estate brokerage. Most recently, he was a real estate acquisition specialist at Copart Inc.

“We’re pleased to welcome Lee to the Mohr Capital team,” said Bob Mohr, chairman of Mohr Capital, in a statement. “His experience in land acquisition, longstanding broker relationships, and unique ability to find and vet land opportunities that meet users’ needs will expand our industrial development efforts in key markets nationwide.”

RealFoundations makes promotions

Barry Faulkner

Dallas-based RealFoundations, a provider of management consulting solutions and managed services for the real estate industry, has promoted Barry Faulkner and Chris Johnson to enterprise managing consultant and senior managing consultant, respectively.

Both practitioners have strong track records of helping clients address the complex challenges of today’s real estate industry.

Faulkner has more than 25 years of real estate investment and consulting experience, specifically in office, multifamily, industrial, retail, and single-family assets. He has led engagements for many of the biggest names in the real estate industry. Prior to joining RealFoundations, he was the senior vice president, managing Bentall Kennedy’s Multi-Employer Property Trust for institutional investors.

Chris Johnson

Johnson has more than 15 years of experience in real estate management consulting, specifically in the investment manager and owner/operator market segments. He was previously a functional and technical subject matter expert for Yardi engagements, in which he delivered complex data conversion projects and served as project manager, solutions architect, or team lead.

“RealFoundations greatly appreciates the contributions that Barry and Chris have made to our firm and its clients,” said Phillip McCorkle, enterprise managing consultant for RealFoundations, said in a statement. “Both of these talented professionals maintain a consistent track record of making real estate run better and exhibit the necessary leadership to help expand our market presence and corporate culture. We’re excited to have Barry and Chris expand their roles within our leadership team.”

Hilltop Securities expands its public finance division

Dallas-based HilltopSecurities has added Ted Chapman to its team in the public finance division, where he will serve as an investment banking credit analyst.

Chapman has 25 years of financial services experience, most recently spending 21 years as a municipal bond credit analyst at S&P Global Ratings. There, he served as a subject matter expert and credit rating criteria author for municipal water utility revenue bonds. He also previously worked with the sustainable finance team at S&P.

“Having reliable municipal credit expertise is now more important than ever for our clients and we seek to continue to increase our capabilities in this area,” David Medanich, co-head of public finance at HilltopSecurities, said in a statement. “We’re fortunate to be able to welcome someone of Ted’s proven talent and ability to our public finance team.”

Signify Health adds to its board of directors

Arnold Goldberg

Dallas- and New York-based Signify Health, a value-based healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks, has appointed Arnold Goldberg as an independent member of its board of directors.

Goldberg will serve on the audit committee. Most recently, he was a senior vice president, chief product architect, and senior technologist at PayPal. Prior to that, he held various senior engineering positions at Box, LinkedIn, and eBay. He also currently serves on the Boards of inXpress and MarketNation. 

“Arnold is a seasoned engineering and product strategy leader who has helped transform many of the leading technology platforms of recent years,” Signify Health CEO Kyle Armbrester said in a statement. “There’s a transformation underway within the healthcare payment and delivery system, and Signify Health aims to be the catalyst in the move toward value-based care. We welcome Arnold as an esteemed member of our board to lend his expertise to our technology platform to facilitate payers, providers, life science companies, and community-based organizations to help more people spend more healthy, happy days at home.”

Instant Power gets a new president and COO

Todd Elms

Dallas-based Instant Power Corporation, a family-owned and managed business dedicated to solving the toughest plumbing problems, has appointed Todd Elms as its new president and COO.

Elms has held numerous roles across brand marketing, innovation, and customer development in his past 12 years with Instant Power Corporation. Most recently, he was VP of sales and marketing, a role in which he fueled the growth trajectory and expansion for the company across multiple geographies. Elm will now be responsible for maintaining and growing the company’s mission and profitability.

“From day one, I’ve been inspired by our business, people, and passion for the industry,” Elms said in a statement. “Over the past decade, I’ve had the unique opportunity to experience our business from multiple viewpoints, from product innovation to sales, which has given me an incredible understanding of our brand, our business, our customers, and our consumer. I’m honored to steward the company and its mission as we enter a pivotal time for expansive growth.”

Aimbridge Hospitality gets an EVP of procurement

Shahid Javed

Plano-based hotel management company Aimbridge Hospitality has appointed Shahid Javed as its new executive vice president of procurement.

In his new role, Javed will be responsible for client facing procurement strategy, managing Aimbridge’s differentiated capabilities in hospitality procurement and capital management solutions. He has more than 25 years of procurement leadership and supply chain expertise, most recently serving as the chief procurement officer at TIAA. Before that, he was the chief procurement officer at JLL, and previously held the same role at BP.

“We are deeply pleased to welcome Shahid to Aimbridge. He’s a collaborative and people-focused leader and a passionate driver of transformational change,” CFO Thomas Song said in a statement. “With proven agility in developing procurement strategies and a reputation for innovation and producing exceptional results, our hotels and owners will benefit from his leadership and our best in class solutions.”

GlobalStep grows its board of directors

Tim Zanni

Dallas-based technology services provider GlobalStep has appointed Tim Zanni to its board of directors at a time when the company is focused on accelerating growth in its core markets.

Zanni has more than 38 years of global experience. Previously, he was the global leader of KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice, personally leading key engagements for some of the firm’s largest technology clients. Before that, he served as the firm’s Silicon Valley Managing Partner for seven years. He is an expert on disruptive trends and innovation hubs in the tech industry, and has been a key supporter of diversity and inclusion.

“As GlobalStep accelerates its growth strategy in its core markets and expands its service delivery footprint, Tim’s extensive technology experience as lead advisor to some of the world’s largest technology, media, and telecommunications brands will be invaluable,” GlobalStep CEO Gagan Ahluwalia said in a statement. “Tim also shares our passion for excellence in service delivery and diversity in the workplace. Our clients in the video games and digital product sectors will benefit as we support their core mission of creating immersive digital experiences and their success around the world.”

HOYA Vision Care names a VP of technical marketing

Warren Modlin

Lewisville-based HOYA Vision Care, a provider of ophthalmic lens technology, has added Warren Modlin to its team as the vice president of technical marketing.

Modlin will lead professional relations and innovation strategies for North America in his new role. He will also represent the North American market and deliver on key global initiatives alongside R&D. Modlin trained as an optometrist in South Africa and has more than three decades of optical industry experience. He previously held positions at CIBA VISION and Oakley.

“We’re very happy to welcome Warren to our global team of visionaries,” Eduardo Martins, president of HOYA Vision Care, North America, said in a statement. “Our customers will no doubt benefit from the deep industry knowledge and marketing experience he brings to our company.”

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