DI People: Linear Labs, Ryan, TTN Fleet Solutions Make Leadership Moves

Also, you’ll find news from the city of Carrollton, EnLink Midstream, McCarthy Holdings, and Builders FirstSource in this roundup of leadership and executive moves by companies and organizations in North Texas.

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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 people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Linear Labs adds two new leaders to its team

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Mary Korn

Michael Van Steenburg

Fort Worth-based Linear Labs has added two new leaders to its team: Michael Van Steenburg as director of engineering and Mary Korn as chief financial officer.

Linear Labs said these new additions provide valuable expertise as it comes to market with its patented technology, the Hunstable Electric Turbine, and its next generation of electric motors, including prototypes for the e-scooter micromobility sector.


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Van Steenburg has almost three decades of experience in the automotive industry as a mechanical engineer and an electric-drives expert. In his new role, Van Steenburg will work directly with co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Fred Hunstable in the advancement of the company’s endeavors in the electric vehicle (EV), micromobility, robotics and HVAC spaces.

Korn previously was CFO of Hunstable’s first successful venture, Ustream, which was acquired by IBM. She bring more than 25 years of experience in both venture-backed and public companies.

Linear Labs recently closed a $4.5 million seed round led by Science Inc. and Kindred Ventures, with participation from investors Chris and Crystal Sacca, Saltwater Ventures, Dynamic Signal CEO Russ Fradin, former Masergy CEO Chris MacFarland, and Ustream co-founder Dr. Gyula Feher.

Cowan named SVP, chief strategy officer at Ryan

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John Cowan

John Cowan has joined the management team of Dallas-based Ryan as senior vice president, chief strategy officer.

Ryan is a global tax services and software provider.

Cowan will its strategy and business excellence function, focusing on delivering higher levels of client value and results through transformational business, process, and operational improvement initiatives.

Previously, he spent more than 25 years in various leadership roles at Vertex, Inc., a provider of tax technology and services and an implementation partner of Ryan.

TTN Fleet Solutions hires new chief technology officer

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Shawn Houshmand

Argyle-based TTN Fleet Solutions has hired Shawn Houshmand as chief technology officer.

Houshmand will oversee technology operations, architecture, design, and development for the company.

Previously, Houshmand was CEO of H&H Consulting. He also held a variety of strategic, technology-based roles for companies including American Airlines, Capital One, and Kodak. He has experience in software architecture and design within a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, and financial services.

City of Carrollton names Horn as new IT director

Andrew Horn

Andrew Horn has been named as the new information technology director for the City of Carrollton, where he has functioned as interim IT director since May.

In his new role, Horn will be executive officer for the city’s information technology services and partner with city stakeholders to ensure a strategic methodology is applied to enhancing the city’s technology.

Davis returns as CEO of EnLink Midstream

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Barry Davis

Executive Chairman Barry E. Davis will re-assume the role of chief executive officer at Dallas-based EnLink Midstream. Davis led Enlink as CEO from its founding in 2014 until last year.

The move follows the announcement that Michael J. Garberding was leaving EnLink to pursue other opportunities.

EnLink said that Davis has been instrumental in driving its vision and growth, which under his leadership grew into a Fortune 500 company with over $7 billion in revenue.

Sedey to take the reigns as CEO at McCarthy Holdings

Raymond Sedey

Raymond J. Sedey has been selected as the next chief executive officer at McCarthy Holdings Inc., one of the nation’s top building companies. He will assume that role on Jan. 1 as part of a multiyear succession process.

Michael D. Bolen currently is CEO and he will continue in the role of chairman of the board of directors.

Sedey started at McCarthy in 2000, and in 2015, he was chosen to lead the McCarthy Texas Region as regional president. With that move McCarthy strengthened its position across Texas with a focus on client results, safety, financial performance, and talent management.

In 2018, Sedey led efforts to combine operations of the McCarthy Southeast Division and Texas Region, forming a new Southern Region and assuming the position of Southern regional president.

As CEO, Sedey is expected to office in Dallas and at the company’s St. Louis, Missouri headquarters.

Davis joins Builders FirstSource board of directors

Janice Davis

Dallas-headquartered Builders FirstSource Inc. announced the appointment of Janice Davis to its board of directors.

Davis will bring experience from a number of senior leadership positions in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, and telecommunication. Most recently, she served as the executive vice president of business transformation and chief procurement officer at Shaw Communications Inc., a Canadian connectivity company.

Davis also serves on the boards of Baylin Technologies, a global wireless technology management company; the Institute for Supply Management; and the University of Calgary Haskayne Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

Blackwell joins NuVinAir Global as senior vice president

Troy Blackwell

Troy Blackwell has been named senior vice president, global operations, by NuVinAir Global, a Plano-based privately held provider of patented vehicle-cleanliness solutions and revenue-generating platforms to automotive dealerships across the country.

Blackwell will report to Chief Executive Officer and founder Kyle Bailey, and he will be responsible for providing leadership and vision for the company’s customer programs, operational controls, and franchise distributor success, NuVinAir said in a release.

Blackwell join NuVinAir from Automation where he was a senior director. He has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the automotive industry.

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