DI People: McKesson, CBRE, Axxess, RumbleOn, and More Make Leadership Moves

In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Gaedeke Group, Simpli.fi, Signify Health, Dallas Market Center, DartPoints, Mass Luminosity, and others.

McKesson and HCA Name Leaders for Joint Venture

A research arm of Irving-based pharmaceutical distributor and healthcare services company McKesson is forming a joint venture alongside a similar subsidiary of Nashville’s HCA Healthcare in a move the companies say will create a fully integrated research organization focused on oncology.

With a board made up for representatives from both McKesson and HCA, the joint venture will be led by CEO Dee Anna Smith and President Dr. Howard Burris III. Both Smith and Burris come from HCA’s cancer institute Sarah Cannon, with Smith holding a similar title and Burris serving most recently as the organization’s executive director of drug development. Other leaders include U.S. Oncology Research’s Dr. Robert Coleman, who will serve as chief medical officer, and Sarah Cannon’s Dr. David Spigel, who takes on the role of chief scientific officer. Both hold the chief scientific officer title at their respective organizations.

Left to right: Dee Anna Smith, Dr. Howard Burris III, Robert Coleman, and David Spigel

“Clinical research and partnerships are fundamental to how we address our communities’ most pressing healthcare needs,” said Sam Hazen, HCA Healthcare CEO, in a statement. “We believe this joint venture with McKesson, which unifies our oncology research experts, will promote the development of individualized therapies and provide more opportunities for cancer patients to receive new treatments.”

“This new joint venture is an important step forward in increasing access to clinical trials, particularly within the community setting, where the majority of all cancer patients are initially treated,” said Brian Tyler, McKesson CEO, in a statement.

Read more about the joint venture here.

CBRE Appoints Head of Debt and Structured Finance Group

Dallas-based CBRE has appointed one of its own to oversee the expansion of the brokerage’s debt and structured finance group in the United States as investors in commercial property face higher interest rates and inflation, the company said in a statement.

Rachel Vinson

Rachel Vinson takes the reins as president of its debt and structured finance business in the U.S. Vinson, who joined CBRE in 2019, is responsible for continuing the expansion of CBRE’s debt business nationally.

Last year, the brokerage’s debt and structured finance teams closed $80 billion in loan production.

In its statement, CBRE said that Vinson takes over the debt operation the same week the Federal Reserve raised its target lending rate by 75 basis points, or three-quarters of a percentage point, the highest increase since 1994.

Gaedeke Group Names New President

Collin Comer has been named as the new president of Dallas-based Gaedeke Group, according to a statement from the Dallas-based full-service owner and operator of office buildings across the nation.

Gaedeke said that Comer will lead the real estate and private equity investment efforts and will also head up its current and future initiatives for its portfolio consisting of more than 3 million square feet nationwide.

“We are excited to welcome Collin to the team,” Sabine Gaedeke Stener, CEO of Gaedeke Group, said in the release. “His extensive investment background and business development skills will move the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.”

To his new role, Comer brings over 23 years of experience in real estate, private equity investment and finance to the Gaedeke Group. Before joining Gaedeke, was CIO at Transwestern Investment Group where he handled investment and acquisition processes and strategy implementation.

“I believe Gaedeke Group has a great business model and a talented management team that uniquely positions it to be a market leader and innovator. As the industry and market conditions evolve, I believe we are poised to capitalize on the current economic environment.” Comer said in the release. “I believe Gaedeke Group has a great business model and a talented management team that uniquely positions it to be a market leader and innovator. As the industry and market conditions evolve, I believe we are poised to capitalize on the current economic environment.”

BNY Mellon Wealth Management Expands Dallas Office, Adds Three Execs

BNY Mellon Wealth Management announced that it has expanded its Dallas office with three new additions including Chris Gold as Dallas market president, Megan Steinbach as senior private banker, and Dan Patterson as senior wealth manager.

Megan Steinbach

All are based in Dallas, and they are all based in Dallas and report to Todd Carlton, regional president, Central Region.

“The Dallas office is thriving and attracting new clients and we are well placed to add new talent to further support our Active Wealth framework,” Carlton said in a statement.

The company said that Gold will lead the Dallas area and focus on client relationships, COI interactions, product, service and sales delivery.

Steinbach will work with new and existing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients to develop and implement a strategic plan for managing credit and treasury solutions.

Patterson will provide comprehensive wealth management advice, including managing portfolios and providing strategic planning and advice for ultra-high-net-worth clients.

Mass Luminosity Names New Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Rhei has joined Dallas-based Mass Luminosity as chief financial officer of the global technology and experiential company.

An experienced financial professional, Rhei brings extensive experience originating, structuring and syndicating credit facilities across a variety of sectors, including non-investment grade corporates, commodity finance, emerging markets, and special situations.

The company said in a statement that Rhei will have a special focus on increasing enterprise value, capital preservation and cash flow management, in addition to proactively communicating with investors and financial stakeholders. And, the company said, she will be a trusted adviser to the CEO on value creation, optimizing key financial processes and business model development.

“As the different subsidiaries and divisions of Mass Luminosity continue to increase in value, I cannot think of a better time to welcome Ruth to our executive team as Chief Financial Officer,” Mass Luminosity Founder and CEO Angel Munoz said in a statement. “Her deep understanding of financial transactions and her laser-sharp strategic thinking, coupled with a warm personality, fits perfectly with our executive team. She will be critical in the process of analyzing the diversity of opportunities that have been presented to us this year. We’re thrilled to have her on our team.”

Signify Health Hires Chief Product Officer

Raymon Farazi is joining Dallas-based Signify Health Inc. as chief product officer for the healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs.

Raymon Farazi

Farazi brings more than two decades of experience leading product strategy for healthcare and technology companies to his role overseeing product strategy and design for its suite of payor and provider solutions.

“We exist to help our clients succeed in any risk-based or value sharing model,” Signify Health CEO Kyle Armbrester said in a statement. “To do this, we are building a platform that connects providers and payors in accountable relationships. Paymon’s deep experience in healthcare payment and technology will be critical as we expand our portfolio of tools and services to help our clients tie together post-acute, primary and specialty care to improve quality and outcomes for the people they serve.”

Farazi will be responsible for product strategy, development and marketing across Signify Health’s business segments.

Prolucent Health Appoints Chief Growth Officer

Prolucent Health, a Dallas-based provider of enterprise-wide healthcare workforce optimization software and services, has appointed Joseph Cabral as chief growth officer to drive new client relationships, develop go-to-market strategies, support sales initiatives, and further position Prolucent as a market leader in workforce optimization solutions.

Joe Cabral

The company said in a statement that Cabral will also chair and appoint an HR advisory board and serve as a liaison for Prolucent’s CHRO client executives nationally.

To his new role, Cabral brings over 30 years of experience developing and executing workforce engagement strategies that enhance cultural and organizational change. He is a nationally recognized and dynamic human capital thought leader with an outstanding track record of achievement, the company said in a statement.

Previously, he was chief human resources officer at several prestigious health systems, including Mass General Brigham Health in Boston, Massachusetts; Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York where he executed data-driven workforce strategies focused on recruiting, retaining, motivating, and rewarding a high-performance workforce.

DartPoints Appoints Channel Chief, a New Role at Company

DartPoints, a Dallas-based edge digital infrastructure provider, has appointed Jackie Steinberg to the new role of channel chief.

Jackie Steinberg

The company said in a statement that Steinberg will lead it expanding channel program, develop and nurture relationships with the channel community, and ultimately scale and streamline DartPoints’ channel sales function.

Steinberg former was regional partner development manager for Dallas-based AT&T where she was responsible for expanding AT&T Business and ACC Business Services through Technology Services Distributors and their partners.

“Jackie brings a unique blend of leadership, passion, and industry experience to the team, and we look forward to seeing how our channel partner program will flourish with her at the helm,” said Monty Blight, VP of sales for DartPoints. “Whether delivering our hybrid cloud and colocation services or next generation edge services, the channel will greatly benefit from Jackie’s expertise and sales prowess.”

Left to right: Tim Ingram, Keri Lamont, and Andrew Awoniyi

Axxess Announces Three Leadership Moves

Dallas-based Axxess, a home healthcare tech company, announced that it has elevated three people to its executive leadership team. They will help lead efforts to deepen relationships with interoperability partners, its software solutions clients, and the patients they serve.

“Axxess’ focus on people, partnerships and solutions is a key reason for our continuing success,” Founder and CEO John Olajide said in a statement. “Our commitment to our clients and the industry is reflected in the deep bench of exceptional leaders in our organization who add real value because of their longstanding industry experience and knowledge.”

Tim Ingram has been promoted to executive vice president of interoperability. He’s the senior leader of the company’s Interoperability Partnerships team, responsible for building relationships and key product integrations that expand the ability to improve patient care and streamline operations for Axxess clients. Ingram has more than 20 years of healthcare technology experience, including working in software, operations leadership, and mergers and acquisitions environments.

Keri Lamont has been named vice president of client experience. Lamont will help lead the company’s Account Management team that is directly responsible for building and maintaining enterprise client relationships. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her new position.

Andrew Awoniyi has been promoted to vice president of patient engagement and analytics. He manages the strategic direction for the organization’s patient engagement services and industry benchmarking data to better serve Axxess clients. Awoniyi is also closely involved with the content development strategy and delivery of the Axxess Training and Certification Program.

Axxess offers a complete suite of easy-to-use software solutions that empower home health, home care, hospice, and palliative providers to make healthcare in the home human again.

Powersports Platform RumbleOn Appoints Member of Board of Directors

Irving’s RumbleOn Inc., the tech-based omnichannel powersports platform, announced that Shin Lee has been appointed to its board of directors.

Shin Lee

Lee brings nearly 20 years of experience to her new role from leading Fortune 500 companies including Block Inc. and Wells Fargo. With Lee’s appointment, the board is composed of seven directors, five of whom are independent, the company said in a statement. Lee will serve on the nominating and corporate governance committee and the compensation committee.

Marshall Chesrown, RumbleOn’s Chairman and CEO, said of Lee’s appointment: “As a global business leader with extensive operations experience, I’m confident that her expertise in planning and executing complex initiatives in rapid growth environments will prove to be an asset to RumbleOn. We continue strengthening our leadership team and remain focused on driving profitable growth and delivering shareholder value as we execute on our mission.”

Currently, Lee currently serves as the chief of staff of Square Financial Services, a bank newly established within Block, Inc. (formerly Square, Inc.), and is responsible for planning and mobilizing teams to execute the company’s top priorities

Perimeter Medical Imaging Appoints Meta AI Leader to Board

Perimeter Medical Imaging AI announced that Anantha Kancherla has been appointed to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Perimeter is a Dallas- and Toronto-based medical technology company driven to transform cancer surgery with ultra-high-resolution, real-time, advanced imaging tools to address high unmet medical needs.

Anantha Kancherla

“His pioneering experience applying artificial intelligence and machine learning software solutions at industry leaders such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Lyft will be invaluable as we advance our next-gen AI technology,” Jeremy Sobotta, Perimeter’s Chief Executive Officer said in a statement. “With our flagship S-Series technology commercially available across the U.S., and our B-Series with AI currently being evaluated in a pivotal clinical trial, this is an incredibly exciting time at Perimeter. Our team remains committed to developing medical technologies that have the ability to transform the standard of care, improve patient outcomes and lower costs in the healthcare system.”

Kancherla currently is engineering director at Meta, where he is head of its AI platform.

PlainsCapital Bank Announces SVP for Commercial Lending Group

Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank announced that it added Marcus Q. Poole to its Dallas commercial lending group as senior vice president at its Dallas location.

Marcus Q. Poole

In his new role, the company said that Poole will continue working with manufacturers, distribution wholesalers and professional, healthcare and service organizations.

“Marcus will be a great asset to our lending team and the communities we serve,” Brent Raindl, chairman for the Dallas region for PlainsCapital Bank, said. “His in-depth banking experience and people-first attitude make him an excellent fit to work with PlainsCapital’s clients in Dallas and across Texas.”

The bank said that Poole has 25 years of banking experience and began his career as a management trainee and has held various leadership positions, including middle-market lender, business banking market manager and regional business banking manager.

Dallas Market Center Hires Business Development Strategist

Industry veteran Dave Savula has been hired by Dallas Market Center as its business development strategist, responsible for growth strategy across the marketplace with special focus on home décor/design and gift.

Dave Savula

Dallas Market Center said that Savula brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, most recently having served in executive roles with IMC and AmericasMart. He will report President and CEO Cindy Morris.

“Dave has the respect of the industry, the vision for strategic growth and the track record of innovation,” Morris said. “I’m confident he will help attract new resources and enhance the marketplace experience for buyers and sellers.”

He joins a leadership team in gift and home that includes Joan Ulrich, executive vice president of leasing; Jo Ann Miller Marshall, senior vice president of leasing; Troy Hanson and Lori Castillo, senior leasing directors; and Nancy Axtman and Nancy Wolkow, leasing directors.

Simpl.fi Executive Honored for Her Advertising Prowess

Simpli.fi announced that Chief Customer Officer Elizabeth Brockey was honored as one of the Top Women in Media & AdTech by AdExchanger and AdMonsters. Simpli.fi is a Fort Worth-based advertising automation platform for agencies, brands, and media companies.

Elizabeth Brockey

The company said in a statement that Brockey was honored in the “Magnanimous Mentors” category, which highlights her extraordinary effort and impact on the careers of her team members and fellow colleagues.

“Liz and the team that she leads are a huge part of our success at Simpli.fi,” said Frost Prioleau, co-founder and CEO of Simpli.fi. “It is fantastic and very fitting to see Liz recognized as a ‘Magnanimous Mentor,’ as she has a gift for supporting her team members and helping them advance in their careers.”

Simpli.fi said in the statement that one of Brockey’s most notable accomplishments over the last year was leading team integration efforts throughout multiple acquisitions.

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