DI People: TCU’s Neeley School of Business, CBRE, AMN Healthcare Make Leadership Moves

You’ll also find news from Alacura Medical Transportation Management, Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, First Financial Bank, Match Group, U.S. Concrete, and Associa in this roundup of executive and leadership moves by companies and organizations in North Texas.


Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on executive and 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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TCU taps Pullin as dean of Neeley School of Business

Daniel Pullin

Daniel Pullin has been appointed as John V. Roach Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the Neeley School of Business by Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Texas Christian University.

Pullin has been dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma since 2014, according to a release.  

TCU said as dean, Pullin’s main responsibilities will range from enhancing the profile of undergraduate and graduate programs to maintaining the school’s upward trajectory.

CBRE names Stearns CFO; She’ll be based in Dallas


Leah Sterns

CBRE Group Inc. announced that Leah Stearns will join the company as Chief Financial Officer and will be based in Dallas. Her appointment is effective May 15.

Stearns previously was senior vice president and CFO for American Tower Corp.’s U.S. division.

In her new position, Stearns will oversee Los Angeles-based CBRE’s global finance and accounting organization, including tax, treasury, balance sheet management, financial planning and analytics, and investor relations. 

AMN Healthcare appoints McCullough SVP of client marketing

Marilyn McCullough

AMN Healthcare, a provider of workforce solutions and healthcare staffing services, announced that Marilyn McCullough has joined the company as senior vice president of client marketing.

She will be based in AMN’s Dallas office. McCullough joins AMN from Anthem, where for the past 10 years she was vice president of commercial and specialty business marketing.

“Marilyn is the inspirational marketing leader we need to drive the strategic transformation of our marketing team as AMN continues to redefine excellence as the leading workforce partner to healthcare organizations and to expand the nation’s most comprehensive portfolio of healthcare workforce solutions,” said Dan White, president of Strategic Workforce Solutions for AMN Healthcare.

Alacura appoints Van Cara as its new chief executive officer

Ken Van Cara

Alacura Medical Transportation Management, a transportation benefit management provider for healthcare insurance plans, announced that Ken Van Cara has been appointed chief executive officer.

The company said that Van Cara has extensive experience in providing value-added services to health plans, most recently as president and chief operating officer of Clarus Healthcare, a provider of palliative care for patients in late senescence.

Founded in 2015, Alacura said it is the first and only medical transportation management company dedicated to simplifying air and ground transportation for both patients and health insurers.

Fort Worth Public Library Foundation names president, CEO

Andrea Ash

Andrea Ash has been hired as president and chief executive officr of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation.

Formerly, Ash was president of annual and major gift for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. Before that post, Ash served as director of development for the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Ash will become the third CEO in the foundation’s 26-year history.  The foundation’s mission is to benefit both the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings, and infrastructure improvements. 

First Financial Bank promotes Morris to president, CEO of Fort Worth region

Marcus Morris

Marcus Morris has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Worth Region by First Financial Bank NA.

First Financial said in a release that Morris is replacing Martin Noto who has accepted a position with a Dallas bank.

Morris started at First Financial in 2010 as a commercial loan analyst in Abilene and, in 2012, he was promoted to commercial loan officer in Keller, specializing in commercial real estate, working capital, and equipment loans. 

Match Group announces leadership changes for Asian markets

Dallas-based Match Group is reorganizing its leadership team, saying it plans to “double down” on the major opportunities for dating products in Asia.

Junya Ishibashi, who has served as CEO of the company’s Eureka business in Japan, will become general manager of Match Group fo Japan, based in Tokyo. 

Taru Kapoor will continue as general manager of Match Group India, based in Delhi.

Lyla Seo, formerly regional director of East Asia for Tinder, has been named General Manager of Match Group of South Korea, Southeast Asia, based in Seoul.

U.S. Concrete names Pruitt president and COO


Ronnie Pruitt

Euless-based U.S. Concrete announced that Ronnie Pruitt has been named president and chief operating officer of the supplier of ready-mixed concrete and aggregates across the country.

Previously, Pruitt was chief operating officer. The appointment was effective April 15. He will continue to report to Chairman and CEO William Sandbrook. 

Pruitt has more than 25 years of experience and has been with U.S. Concrete since 2015.

Associa hires Knoop to head its nonprofit organization

Danika Knoop

Associa, the Dallas-based community management company, annouced it has hired Danika Knoop as the new development director for Associa Cares, the company’s national nonprofit organization.

She will oversee the fundraising initiatives and process development for the nonprofit, the company said.

Knoop comes to Associa from Junior Achievement of Dallas with over eight years of nonprofit, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship experience. 


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