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Personnel Moves: GameStop CEO Steps Down

Plus, The Dallas Foundation welcomes a new board member and The Beneficient Company Group hires its first CTO.

Send your company’s personnel moves to online managing editor Bianca R. Montes at [email protected].


George Sherman

George Sherman, Outgoing Chief Executive Officer

George Sherman will resign as CEO of GampStop, having led the company since April 2019. Sherman is scheduled to step away from his role by July 31, if not sooner. During his tenure, Sherman presided over GameStop’s push toward e-commerce and focused on de-densifying brick and mortar stores. His resignation follows those of former CFO Jim Bell and former Chief Customer Officer Frank Hamlin earlier this year and the appointments of Jenna Owens to COO, Matt Francis to CTO, and Elliott Wilke to chief growth officer. Owens, Francis, and Wilke were all previously with Amazon.

The GameStop leadership shuffle is part of a transformation led by GameStop board member and e-commerce pet product giant Chewy co-founder Ryan Cohen. Cohen will take over as board chairman following the company’s June 9 shareholder meeting.

In the meantime, GameStop is currently searching for successors for Sherman, Bell, and Hamlin.

Education: Central Michigan University (MS), Saint Michael’s College (BA)

Marketplace Chaplains

Richard De Witt

Richard S. De Witt, President and CEO

Reverend Richard De Witt will take over as CEO of Marketplace Chaplains, the largest provider of workplace chaplains to corporate America, after serving for nine years as president and COO of the organization. De Witt previously served as president of his own company, an institutional food brokerage firm. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years before retiring in 1992.

Education: Bloomfield College (BS)


The Beneficient Company Group

Maria Rutledge

Maria Rutledge, Chief Technology Officer

As Beneficient’s first CTO, Maria Rutledge will oversee proprietary systems, customized data management solutions, applications, artificial intelligence, and automation. She will focus on improving investor experience and developing new ways to empower owners of alternative assets through digital solutions. In her previous role as managing director of technology, Rutledge helped develop Beneficient’s technology architecture and automate the company’s core business functions.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (MBA, MS, BA)

Oceans Healthcare

Tom Lokar

Tom Lokar, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management

In his new role, Tom Lokar will create strategic programs that attract, retain, and develop employees and leaders. Lokar has previously held leadership human resources positions at corporations such as Hewlett-Packard. He joins Oceans from Mitel, where he was executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Education: Kansas State University (PhD)

Transwestern Real Estate Services

Laura Lea

Laura Lea, Vice President Healthcare

Laura Lea joins Transwestern from CBRE, where she was previously senior transaction manager of healthcare services for five years. Her background includes land acquisition and disposition, investment sales, leasing, and operational performance of multi-faceted portfolios. Lea will help lead Transwestern’s healthcare advisory team, which advises North Texas healthcare real estate owners, investors, and users.

Education: Baylor University (MBA), California State University, Northridge (BA)

Evan Saks

Evan Saks, Vice President Healthcare

During his 10 years of commercial real estate experience, Evan Saks has completed more than 2 million square feet of leasing transactions. He now joins the country’s largest healthcare real estate team, where he will help guide the team in property management, leasing, tenant advisory, and investment for hospitals, healthcare networks, physicians, and investors.

Education: Southern Methodist University (BBA)

Bob Krass

Bob Krass, Associate

Like Laura Lea, Bob Krass also joins Transwestern’s healthcare advisory team from CBRE, where he was most recently a transaction manager. In his new role, he will specialize in transaction management, market analysis and research, and strategic real estate planning.

Education: University of Arkansas (BSBA)


Security National Bank of Texas

Conner Price

Conner Price, Senior Vice President and Texas Director of Lending

Conner Price leads a team that works with customers on lending, small business administration, and private banking needs. His promotion to VP comes after he joined the bank last spring as Texas director of lending.

Education: Texas A&M University (BS)

Alena Schauer

Alena Schauer, Vice President and Texas Executive Administrative Officer

With more than 15 years of experience in banking, Alena Schauer will oversee all Texas administrative and operational efforts for Security National Bank of Texas. She joined the bank in October 2019 as an executive relationship coordinator.

Education: Fort Lewis College (BBA)


The Dallas Foundation

Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell, Board of Governors Chair

Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, joined The Dallas Foundation’s board in 2015 and has since been an active member of the organization’s Community Philanthropy Committee. As the longest serving president of Paul Quinn College, Sorrell has transformed the institution into one of the most innovative American colleges by reducing the barriers to higher education that affect many under-resourced students and communities. Now, he will lead the board’s 16 members in overseeing the foundation’s funds, working to reduce intergenerational poverty in Dallas by investing in early childhood development.

Education: University of Pennsylvania (EdD), Duke University (JD, MA), Oberlin College (BA)