Executive Alert: Sprint CTO departing, Lockton names vice chairman

Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards and recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.


Ron Lockton (right) will become the new vice chairman of Kansas City-based Lockton Companies. | Courtesy of Lockton Companies/Facebook
Ron Lockton (right) will become the new vice chairman of Kansas City-based Lockton Companies. | Courtesy of Lockton Companies/Facebook

Career moves

Dennis Muilenburg will become the new chief executive officer of Boeing Co., effective July 1. Muillenberg will take the reins from James McNerney, who is retiring after 10 years as CEO of the Chicago-based aviation and aerospace company. Prior to being named Boeing’s COO in December 2013, Muilenburg served as head of the company’s Hazelwood-based Defense, Space & Security division.

Kansas City-based Lockton Inc. has announced that Ron Lockton will become its vice chairman. Lockton will take care of the independent insurance broker’s long-term succession plans. Lockton, 48, is the son of the late Jack Lockton, the company’s founder, and the nephew of company chairman David Lockton.

Stephen Bye will step down from his role as a chief technology officer of Sprint, effective July 24. A press release issued by the Overland Park, Kan.-based wireless company said that Bye is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Dr. Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll | Courtesy of the MU School of Medicine
Dr. Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll | Courtesy of the MU School of Medicine

Dr. Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll has been named as the chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine Hugh E. Stephenson Jr., M.D., Department of Surgery and director of MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Currently, he is the chief of oncologic and endocrine surgery; medical director of Hollings Cancer Center; Alice Ruth Reeves Folk Endowed Chair of Clinical Oncology; and a professor of surgery, microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Previously, he worked at The Penn State University in Hershey for 13 years.

Tressa Angell is the new president of Hallmark Business Connections, the business-to-business arm of Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards. Previously, Angell served as customer strategy director for the greeting card company, where she’s worked since 1997.

Mary Russell will end her two-year term as chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday. Her tenure coincided with the resumption of executions in Missouri. She also oversaw a rule change that requires municipal courts to give people more time to pay fines if they prove they’re unable to do so, and her tenure included expansion of “21st century technology” in the state’s court system.

In the news

Patricia Barrett, who was Ameren’s first female executive, died at age 77. Barrett joined the St. Louis utility, previously known as Union Electric, in 1977 and became the company’ first vice president in 1991. She wanted to be remembered for her achievements based on merit, not her gender.

Elson Floyd, former president of the University of Missouri System, died of colon cancer on June 21. He was 59. Floyd was the first African-American president of the UM system, overseeing its four campuses from 2003 to 2007. Floyd had been serving as president of Washington State University before he took leave of absence earlier this month.

Herb Sih, managing partner and co-founder of Kansas City’s Think Big Partners LLC, has resigned from the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City following an report in the Pitch magazine revealing his connections to payday lending companies. A statement issued from Mayor Sly James’ office stated that while Sih brought valuable expertise to the EDC Board of Directors, “I respect his decision to act in the best interests of the EDC and its mission.”


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