Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards, recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.
Linda Martinez, former chief of Missouri’s economic development office, will join St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s cabinet, heading the economic development efforts in the city. Martinez is a partner at the St. Louis law firm Bryan Cave, where she handles economic development deals. Her past work includes projects like Monsanto’s research campus and the new headquarters of Reinsurance Group of America, Bunge and World Wide Technology in Chesterfield. She was also involved in the efforts to build Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.
Andy Byer was promoted to regional president at Wells Fargo Advisors, where he will also act as managing director of Wells Fargo’s Gateway Region. Byer will oversee about 1,000 employees in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Colorado. He joined Wells Fargo in 2004.
Kevin Hagan will be the new chief financial officer of Populous, the Kansas City-based architecture firm. Hagan will succeed senior principal and CFO George Valenti, who has announced his retirement after 18 years at Populous and a 44-year professional career. Hagan has 28 years of experience in finance, accounting and treasury management. Hagan was most recently a vice president and CFO for Amec Foster Wheeler Oil & Gas United States, Central and South America, a division of Amec Foster Wheeler.
Patrick Avila is the new chief operating officer of Belton Regional Medical Center in suburban Kansas City. Avila was previously vice president of operations at Research Medical Center, where he helped lead multimillion-dollar expansions in the Kansas City area. Avila will oversee policy, procedure, support services, information technology and strategic planning at Belton.
Dr. Daphne Bascom has been appointed a senior vice president of community integrated health at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Bascom was formerly vice president and chief medical officer of physician alignment at Cerner Corp. She also has served as chief clinical systems officer at Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Bascom is a board-certified head and neck surgeon who will be the first on-staff physician at a YMCA anywhere in the nation. Bascom will work to improve health outcomes across entire communities using her expertise in population health management.
Yuriko Ishihara has joined Sprint Corp. as its chief strategy officer. Ishihara was hired from Sprint’s parent company, SoftBank Group Corp. Ishihara has worked at SoftBank since 2003.
Melissa Cooper will be the new manager of Kansas City’s Wheeler Downtown Airport, replacing Mike Roper, who retired late last year. Cooper was previously manager of field maintenance at Kansas City International Airport, deputy director of the Johnson County Airport Commission in 2014 and assistant manager of the downtown airport from 2006 to 2014.
Adam Tyhurst was appointed the new chief financial officer of Tickets For Less, an Overland Park, Kansas-based company that runs a secondary marketplace for event tickets. Tyhurst was previously director of finance for the Kansas City Royals for eight years, before which he was a senior audit associate at KPMG LLP in Kansas City.
Mark Mazzarese is the new chief executive officer of Niall, a luxury watchmaker based in Kansas City. Mazzarese, who has been president and owner of Mazzarese Jewelry for 22 years, replaces Niall founder Michael Wilson as CEO. Wilson will take on the role of chief technology officer, leading product design and supply chain management.
Jerry Fox Jr. will be the new chief information officer of BJC HealthCare, starting June 1. Fox is currently global chief information officer for Rockwell Automation, a Milwaukee-based industrial automation company. Fox will succeed David Weiss, who is retiring after 22 years as the CIO at BJC. Fox was previously chief technology officer at Dana Corp. in Toledo, Ohio, and a vice president of enterprise information technology at Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio.