DI People: Neiman Marcus, CyrusOne, Pei Wei, Southwest Airlines Make Promotions

Also, you’ll find leadership appointments and changes at Apex Clearing, Invitation Homes, and Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, and Associates in this roundup of people news in North Texas.


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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Neiman Marcus names chief transformation officer

Katie Mullen

Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group has appointed Katie Mullen as chief transformation officer.

Her newly created role became effective on Nov. 1.

Mullen is responsible for shepherding Chief Executive Officer Geoffroy van Raemdonck’s transformation agenda, the company said in a release, as well as for the commercialization of new ideas, driving critical growth initiatives, program and change management, and corporate communications. 

Mullen comes to Neiman Marcus Group from Boston Consulting Group where she was a partner and managing director until October.

“Katie has been a critical partner to our organization over several years and specifically very recently in co-authoring our growth roadmap,” van Raemdonck said. “Her track record of leadership and insight in our sector makes her the clear choice to oversee the strategic deployment of our company’s evolutionary initiatives.”

CyrusOne promotes 2 executives as company grows

John Gould

Tesh Durvasula

Dallas-based data center REIT CyrusOne Inc. announced two promotions that will bolster leadership in the company as it grows and expands abroad.

Tesh Durvasula has been promoted to president, Europe—charged with oversight of the company’s European organization, as well as leadership of its expansion in a region with strong, fast-growing data center demand. Durvasula currently serves as executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

John Gould has been promoted from executive vice president global sales, to executive vice president and chief commercial officer, with responsibility for leading the sales and marketing organizations. 

Durvasula and Gould will report to President and CEO Gary Wojtaszek, and both promotions are effective Dec. 1.

Pei Wei named its first chief information officer


Chris Andrews

Irving-based restaurant chain Pei Wei announced that it has named Chris Andrews as the company’s first chief information officer.

Previously, Andrews served as the company’s vice president of information technology. His new position became effective on Oct. 31. Andrews was a key person in the company’s move from Arizona to Irving.

Before joining Pei Wei in 2017, he was vice president of infrastructure and corporate development for The Freeman Co., led the IT efforts for On the Border, and was responsible for systems architecture and integration for Irving-based CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese.

Southwest Airlines announces 4 leadership promotions

Sam Ford

Marilyn Post

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. has announced several leadership promotions, effective immediately.

Southwest has promoted Marilyn Post to managing director, deputy general counsel, and corporate secretary. She will report to Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer Mark Shaw, and will continue to lead the General Counsel Department’s Corporate and Transactions Team.

Wally Devereaux

Ray Schuster

Sam Ford has been promoted to managing director operational strategy and performance. 

Wally Devereaux was promoted to managing director cargo and charters. 

Ray Schuster has been promoted to managing director accounting and financial reporting.

Apex Clearing Corp. makes 2 leadership additions

Hannah Shaw Grove

Lucille Mayer

Dallas-based Apex Clearing Corp. Hannah Shaw announced two additions to its leadership team.

Hannah Shaw Grove has been named as chief marketing officer and Lucille Mayer has been appointed as chief operating officer.

Grove will oversee all aspects of the firm’s marketing strategy and execution as Apex prepares for the coming cycle of digital adoption among financial services companies, the company said in a release. Grove will report to CEO Bill Capuzzi and will be part of the firm’s senior leadership team.

Mayer will oversee Apex’s operations, legal, and compliance functions, and will also collaborate with the product and technology teams to align priorities and resources.

Apex said Mayer also will work with clients and partners to evolve and scale offerings to further enhance the customer experience.

“Apex is redefining the future of wealth management and leveraging the power of technology to deliver a broader range of financial services to younger and smaller investors. Hannah’s unparalleled insights into investor decision-making and engagement will help propel Apex to a new level as a knowledge partner and innovator,” Capuzzi said in a statement.

Invitation Homes taps Coppens as SVP of human resources

James Coppens

James Coppens has been appointed by Invitation Homes as senior vice president of human resources.

Invitation said that Coppens is a seasoned executive with more than three decades of HR experience. Coppens will lead Invitation’s strategic labor and employee relations, compensation and benefits programs, recruiting, training, and organizational and employee assessments, the company said.

Previously, Coppens held HR leaderships positions at RealPage Inc., Ascend Performance Materials, Celanese Corp., UnitedHealth Group, and Abbott Laboratories.

Brokerage names Concho Minick as its new CEO

Concho Minick

Concho Minick has been named chief executive officer of Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, and Associates, the exclusive affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth of Christie’s International Real Estate.

In his new role, Minick will support all strategic initiatives and lead the expansion of the brokerage in North Texas. Formerly, Minick served as president of Billy Bob’s Texas nightclub in Fort Worth.


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