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.
Lockheed Martin gets a new leader for its fighter program
Aerospace, arms, defense, security, and advanced technologies company Lockheed Martin, which has its Martin Aeronautics headquarters in Fort Worth, has named OJ Sanchez as its new vice president and general manager for Aeronautics Integrated Fighter Group (IFG).
Sanchez succeeds Bridget Lauderdale, who recently moved to the role of vice president and general manager for the F-35 Lightning II Program. In his new role, Sanchez will oversee the development, manufacture and sustainment of the F-16 and F-22 programs, along with the T-50, K-FX, and J-FX international partnerships. He was most recently the vice president and general manager for the F-22 Program, joining Lockheed in 2014 after a distinguished U.S. Air Force career.
“OJ’s extensive fighter experience, along with his strong relationships and strategic thinking, position him to lead our IFG team in continuing to provide the highest level of support for our F-16 and F-22 operators and industry partners around the world,” Greg Ulmer, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said in a statement.
Eyemart Express adds a chief growth officer role
Dallas-based Eyemart Express, a national optical retailer that provides affordable and high-quality prescription eyewear in as little as 30 minutes, has added Femi Enigbokan to its team as the first chief growth officer.
Femi will focus on expanding the optical retailer’s footprint in his new role. Eyemart currently has 231 stores throughout the country, and aims to maintain its status as a leader in the optical industry. Femi joins the company from Yum! Brands, where he served in various leadership roles for six years that were all aimed at expansion. He most recently was the chief development officer for the KFC Division in South Africa.
“I am pleased to have Femi join our Eyemart Express executive team as our first Chief Growth Officer,” CEO Michael Bender said in a statement. “Femi’s track record in expansion-focused leadership roles across industries will be a tremendous asset for our team and our ambitious growth goals. His global experience and perspective will also enable us to find innovative solutions that will best help our customers see clearly.”
Signify Health appoints two senior vice presidents
Dallas- and New York-based Signify Health, a value-based healthcare platform that leverages technology and nationwide healthcare provider networks, announced that Tracey Scraba and Lisa Wagamon are joining its team.
Scraba will serve as Signify’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel, a role in which she will oversee legal support for the company’s overall privacy function and Home & Community Services segment. She most recently served as chief privacy officer at CVS Health, and before that worked for Aetna for 23 years in various roles.
Wagamon is the new senior vice president of network development. She will be responsible for Signify’s overall strategy, including its network of more than 9,000 mobile doctors and nurses, 3,000 healthcare providers and facilities, and hundreds of community-based organizations. She will also be in charge of the recruitment of new providers. She joins the company from Lee Health.
“We are delighted to welcome Tracey and Lisa to Signify Health. Their expertise and leadership will help us continue to build our value-based care platform that is transforming how care is delivered and paid for so that people can have more healthy, happy days at home,” CEO Kyle Armbrester said in a statement.
“Central to our work is expanding and evolving our clinical and social care provider networks while upholding our commitment to maintaining data integrity and privacy within an ever-changing, rapidly evolving environment, and Tracey and Lisa will play key roles in advancing these efforts.”
OneDay forms a multifamily real estate division
Dallas-based OneDay, known for its video platform that allows families to help capture and share the stories of loved ones, has launched a multifamily proptech division with a new platform for leasing agents.
Called Convey by OneDay, the property technology platform personalizes the sales process to quickly connect with prospective and current residents. It’s designed specifically for multifamily leasing agents, so they’re able to showcase communities and shorten sales cycles. And, it uses what OneDay does best—high-quality videos.
Leading the new division as the senior vice president of multifamily is 22-year veteran of the proptech industry Mike Davis, who recently served as vice president of enterprise sales at RealPage. At RealPage, the Richardson-based provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry, Davis spent 14 years overseeing customers ranging from local to regional to those on the National Multifamily Housing Council Top 50 list. Before that, he worked with Resident Data, now LexisNexis.
Cytracom gets a COO
Dallas-based Cytracom, a provider of small and medium business communications solutions delivered through managed service providers, has appointed John Tippett as its first-ever chief operating officer.
In his new role, Tippett will lead the executive management team to drive transformation and growth. He will also be responsible for translating Cytracom’s vision into action, working to scale its operation model across all teams. A 25-year MSP industry veteran, Tippett has expertise in go-to-market strategy, customer experience, operations, and product management. He was most recently the vice president at Datto.
“Led by the success of our partner network, we have experienced exponential growth, expanded our product portfolio, and continue to aggressively innovate,” Cytracom CEO and Co-Founder Zane Conkle said in a statement. “We set out to find a senior leader to accelerate this trend while maintaining a relentless commitment to keeping our MSP partners and customers at the center of the business. John is that leader.”
Dallas Regional Chamber names a managing director of communications
The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), which serves as the voice of business and a champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas region, has named veteran journalist Jennifer Lindgren as its managing director of communications.
Lindgren will be the point of contact for all media inquiries, interview requests, and data and research regarding the DRC and its work with member companies, which work to support economic development, education and workforce, public policy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Dallas region. Lindgren previously spent 15 years in journalism and media, most recently as a reporter and anchor at the Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate, KTVT.
“Jennifer’s extensive experience as a journalist and keen understanding of the media will help us connect the important work of the DRC to an even larger and wider audience in the Dallas Region,” DRC President and CEO Dale Petroskey said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome her to our team.”
Sentrics forms a product advisory council for its Acute Care Division
Garland-based Sentrics, an innovator in the senior living space, has created the inaugural Product Advisory Council (PAC) for its acute care division, which serves hospitals and nursing facilities.
The PAC will be tasked with assisting company leadership in translating market trends into product direction and high-level market requirements, strengthening Sentrics’ commitment to the acute care market, and demonstrating its value across all acuity levels. Its formation coincides with the company’s integration of Allen Technologies.
“While Sentrics is a well-known name in senior living, we have been growing our presence in acute care,” CEO Darin LeGrange said in a statement. “The formation of this new PAC demonstrates our commitment to continue to evolve our patient experience platform to give patients more control over their experience, provide integrated communication between patients and clinicians, and streamline clinical efficiency.”
The group is comprised of several high-profile industry leaders, including:
- Frank Fortner, CEO of Strategic Healthcare Connections (SHC);
- Kellie Goodson, performance improvement program director of Vizient, principal of Goodson Professional Services, and a partner at Diversity Crew;
- Mark Heyward Johnson, a healthcare informatics expert with 25 years of experience in nursing, psychiatric, cardiac, and oncology care; and
- Guy McAllister, former CIO of Tift Regional Health System.
Guaranty Bancshares welcomes a new chief digital officer
Addison-based Guaranty Bancshares, the parent company of Guaranty Bank & Trust, has hired Joel Johnson as its new chief digital officer.
Johnson will be charged with continuing the growth of Guaranty’s digital product offerings and focusing on streamlining the user experience for its digital and mobile banking customers, while growing the digital asset products. He has more than two decades of experience assisting top-tier organizations in establishing a digital strategy and redefining the customer experiences and product strategies. He most recently led UT Southwestern Medical Center’s digital initiatives.
“We are pleased to have Joel on our team,” Ty Abston, chairman of the Board and CEO of Guaranty, said in a statement. “With the ever-changing digital landscape, Joel will help us stay at the forefront of serving our customers today and into the future.”
Ketchum promotes agency veteran chief client operations officer
Dallas-based Ketchum, a global communications consultancy, has promoted Jamey Peters from partner and managing director to the new role of chief client operations officer for North America.
Peters will now be tasked with overseeing client operations and client excellence in the region. It will be his job to elevate and optimize the client experience, engage the firm’s industry and specialty communications services, and operationalize its proprietary consultancy framework. He has been with Ketchum since 2004, and has served in a number of roles.
“Jamey is one of our most respected and experienced client counselors, who is equally adept at onboarding new engagements as he is nurturing our longest-standing client relationships,” North America President Neera Chaudhary said in a statement. “Jamey’s commitment to client excellence reflects the high standards we set for ourselves as a firm, and I’m thrilled he’ll be leading our focus on elevating the client experience across our largest region.”
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