DI People: Kubota Corp., SmithGroup, One Technologies Make Exec Moves

Also, you’ll find promotion and hiring announcements from Eyecare Services Partners, Softtek, Mr. Cooper, UNT Health Science Center, and Cushman & Wakefield in this roundup of people news from businesses in North Texas.

DIPeople [Composite image: Christopher Augustine]

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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Kubota names new CEO to lead North American base in Grapevine


Haruyuki Yoshida

Haruyuki (Harry) Yoshida has been named as the new president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corp. and Kubota North America, based in Grapevine, the company announced.

The appointment will be effective Jan. 1, the company said. Yoshida is a 37-year veteran of Kubota, most recently serving as managing executive officer GM of farm and industrial machinery domain, strategy, and operations at the headquarters in Osaka, Japan. He also previously spent time in the United States in various roles.

Kubota Tractor Corp. in Grapevine is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a line of tractors, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products, and utility vehicles.

SmithGroup hires Maytum as principal, corporate senior medical planner

Joseph Maytum

Joseph Maytum has been hired as a principal and corporate senior medical planner by Dallas-based integrated design firm SmithGroup.

The firm said that Maytum will add specialized expertise in strategic master planning and pediatric healthcare to its global health practice.

“Joseph is a future-forward thinker skilled at leading health systems towards plans that fit their needs, present and future,” SmithGroup Health Practice Director Wayne Barger said in a statement.

Maytum has more than 25 years of experience in the optimization of hospital systems via design, and was previously a senior medical planner and healthcare director at Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering.

One Technologies names Kucur chief product officer

Halim Kucur

Dallas-based One Technologies LLC has hired Halim Kucur as chief product officer, which will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Baskaran.

“Halim has experience developing and building technology products, solutions, and experiences that both drive scalable growth and strengthen customer relationships,” Baskaran said in a statement.

Kucur comes to One Technologies after seven years at Amazon, where he most recently was a general manager in Amazon Web Services, leading delivery and day-to-day operations of internal and external-facing services.

Cole joins Eyecare Services Partners as vice president

Padma Cole

Nicholas Sacco

Eyecare Services Partners announced two executive appointments: Padma Cole has been appointed vice president of revenue cycle management and Nicholas C. Sacco has been named chief operating officer.

ESP said that Sacco comes to the company with 18 years of leadership experience at Sheridan Healthcare Inc., a provider of comprehensive outsourced physician practice management services to hospital systems for anesthesiology, women’s and children’s healthcare, emergency medicine, and radiology.

Cole will bring 30 years of business leadership experience in revenue cycle management, optical products, multi-site healthcare, and more to her new role.

Lopez named CEO of Softtek USA & Canada

Beni Lopez

Beni Lopez has been appointed chief executive officer for Softtek USA & Canada, a global IT services provider dedicated to creating value through technology.

Lopez will lead the organization through its next phase of growth, restructuring and strengthening of go-to-market capabilities, the company said in a release. Lopez’s most recent role was chief globalization officer at Softtek, where he directed and coordinated its global accounts strategy.

From 2000 to 2010, Lopez was CEO for Softtek USA, helping the company to expand its client base and revenue.

“This is the perfect time for Beni to return to leading our US market,” Softtek President and global CEO Blanca Treviño said in a statement. “Beni’s accomplished track record, in-depth knowledge of Softtek largest accounts and strategic leadership, make him a remarkable candidate to help see to fruition our new go-to-market plans and aggressive 2019 goals for the US and Canada.”

Marshall named vice chairman, CFO at Mr. Cooper

Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall has been appointed to the newly created position of vice chairman and chief financial officer of Coppell-based Mr. Cooper Inc., one of the largest home loan services in the country. His appointment will be effective Jan. 2.

Most recently, Marshall served as co-founder and CFO of Capital Bank Financial Corp.

“We’re excited to welcome Chris to Mr. Cooper,” said “Chris’ vast financial, operational and strategic experience will be invaluable to the company as we work to deliver more value to shareholders, customers and team members,” Jay Bray, chairman and CEO of Mr. Cooper Group said in a statement.

Marshall will succeed Amar Patel, who has been interim CFO since March 2017, the company said. Once Marshall assumes his new positions, Patel will remain with the company during the transitional period.

UNTHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences gets new dean

Michael Mathis

Michael Mathis, Ph.D., has been hired as the new dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Mathis comes to UNTHSC from Louisiana State University, where he led the School of Veterinary Medicine. He will assume his new role in February.

“A medical school and a vet school are really very similar,” Mathis said in a statement. “They both have clinical departments, basic sciences that support biomedical research teaching, as well as graduate and professional students.”

Prior to becoming department head at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Mathis served as director of the Gene Therapy Program and Small Animal Imaging Facility for 10 years.

Barnet to join Cushman & Wakefield Healthcare Advisory Practice in Dallas

Chris Barnet

Cushman & Wakefield has added three new people to its Healthcare Advisory Practice, one of them based here in Dallas.

Chris Barnet will join the Dallas office, while Melissa Horta will be in Las Vegas and Brittani Peedin in Tampa. The additions extend the national Cushman & Wakefield healthcare brokerage footprint to more than 50 markets. 

Chris Barnet will oversee healthcare leasing, tenant advisory, investment sales, and development in the Dallas market, the company said. Barnet’s healthcare clients include large medical organizations such as United Surgical Partners, Kindred Healthcare/Rehab-care Hospital Holdings, the American Institute of Gastric Banding, Diabetes America, and Midland Memorial Hospital.


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