DI People: Transplace, GridLiance, Caris Life Sciences Announce Leadership Moves

You’ll also find news from Antuit, Texas Women’s Foundation, Brinks Home Security, Pharos Capital, Texas CASA, and Bracewell LLP in this roundup of executive and leadership announcements by companies and organizations 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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Transplace appoints Lambertz as chief accounting officer

Danielle Lambertz

Transplace, a Frisco-based provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, announced that Danielle Lambertz has been appointed chief accounting officer.

In a statement, the company said that Lambertz will lead all day-to-day accounting operations, including functional responsibility over reporting, internal controls and compliance.

She will report directly to Chief Financial Officer Chris Nester.

Evans joins GridLiance as SVP of capital execution

Vice President apointed

Richard Evans

GridLiance, an Irving-based independent electric transmission holding company, announced that Richard Evans has been appointed senior vice president of capital execution, effective July 16.

GridLiance said in a statement that Evans will be responsible for all capital programs as the company expands its national footprint and invests in improving the resiliency and reliability of the grid.

Evans joins GridLiance from Panda Power Funds, where he was most recently senior vice president of engineering and construction. Evans will report directly to GridLiance President and CEO Calvin Crowder and serve as a member of the company’s executive team. 

Averbuch joins Caris’ Scientific Advisory Board

Steven Averbuch, M.D.

Caris Life Sciences, the Irving-based innovator in molecular science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, announced that Steven D. Averbuch, M.D., has joined its Scientific Advisory Board.

Averbuch was formerly vice president and head of precision medicine within the Translational Medicine Division of Research and Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

The Scientific Advisory Board is a group of leading cancer researchers, bioinformaticians, and clinical oncologists who provide independent recommendations about Caris’ precision medicine initiatives to accelerate the advancement of cancer care, the company said in a statement.

Texas Women’s Foundation names 2 new vice presidents

Ashley Harris

Lisa de la Garza

Texas Women’s Foundation has announced that Lisa de la Garza has been appointed vice president of programs and Ashley Harris was named vice president of development.

A certified development coach, de la Garza brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, fundraising, and advocacy to her new position.

Harris has 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, consulting, management and litigation. Harris had a 10-year career as a litigation paralegal at Winstead and Bank of America, before beginning a second career raising money as a nonprofit fundraising consultant with Dini Spheris.

Antuit appoints Cohen to board of directors

Franck Cohen

Franck Cohen has been appointed to the board of directors of Antuit, which has operations in Dallas.

Antuit is a Goldman Sachs-backed AI solutions company.

Cohen, a pioneer in cloud enterprise software, recently served as president of Digital Core & Industry Solutions for SAP.

Antuit provides AI-powered solutions in the cloud for retail, consumer goods, and manufacturing companies. It also delivers outsized business results in forecasting, supply chain, pricing, promotions, and personalization, according to a statement.

Brinks appoints Moloney as chief marketing officer, SVP

Vice President appointed

Chris Moloney

Chris X. Moloney has been appointed chief marketing officer and senior vice president of e-commerce by Dallas-based Brinks Home Security, one of the nation’s largest home security and alarm monitoring companies.

Moloney, will focus on continuing to build and expand the company’s brand while evolving its e-commerce platform. He will report directly to President and CEO Jeff Gardner.

He brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to his new post, including serving as chief marketing officer for Experian, Wells Fargo Advisors, TaxSlayer, and Scottrade. 

Pharos Capital announces two promotions in Dallas office

Javaun Francis

Ryan Shelton

Ryan Shelton has been promoted to principal at Pharos Capital Group LLC, a physician-founded healthcare private equity firm based in Dallas and Nashville.

Shelton most recently was vice president, and has been with Pharos since 2006. He is based in the Dallas office.

The firm also announced the promotion of Dallas-based Javaun Francis to associate from senior financial analyst. Francis’ promotion occurred in 2018.

Francis is responsible for evaluating and executing investment opportunities, performing transaction due diligence, and working with management teams to implement operational and growth strategies, the firm said in a statement.

O’Connell elected to Texas CASA board of directors


Danny O’Connell

Danny O’Connell, CEO of Addison-based Next Level Insurance, was recently elected to the Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) board of directors in Austin.  

Texas CASA is a statewide nonprofit that provides training, technical assistance, and funding to 72 local CASA programs in Texas.

CASA network served more than 30,000 children in the child welfare system last year in Texas, using more than 10,800 professionally trained volunteers. 

Two public finance attorneys join Bracewell as partners

E. Steven Bolden II

Bill Mahomes

Bill Mahomes and E. Steve Bolden II are joining the law firm of Bracewell LLP as partners in the firm’s Dallas office.

Currently, they are shareholders in Mahomes Bolden, PC, where they have practiced together for more than 10 years, according to a statement.

Mahomes has more than 30 years of experience in public finance, real estate, and other transactional disciplines. He is a regent for the University of Texas System.

Bolden concentrates on public finance matters, including bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriters’ counsel matters. He also practices in the corporate and securities area, including the merger and acquisition of publicly traded and privately held companies.


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