36 dental leadership moves in Q1

Here are 36 dental leadership updates that took place in the dental industry during the first quarter of this year:

  • Dental software company Planet DDS hired Gary Rizo to be vice president of infrastructure. 
  • Irving, Texas-based U.S. Oral Surgery Management appointed Melissa Winfield and David Livesay as senior vice presidents of operations. It also selected Alisa Ulrey to be its next COO.
  • Marcelo Araujo, DDS, PhD, will begin a new role as dean of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine May 15.
  • Delta Dental of South Dakota appointed Jeff Miller president and CEO of the company.
  • The Association of Dental Support Organizations elected Sulman Ahmed, DMD, as the president. 
  • Victoria Yu, DDS, joined Walmart Health as its chief dental officer. 
  • Sonrava Health, the parent company of seven dental companies, appointed Jimmy Palacios as its new chief digital officer.
  • Lipella Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, created a scientific advisory board focused on oral health. 
  • Liberty Dental Plan appointed Marti Lolli as president and CEO, taking over from Amir Neshat, DDS.
  • Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sage Dental promoted Daniel Mirsky to senior vice president and chief information officer and Benjamin Walling to senior vice president and chief technology officer. It also promoted Misty Mattingly to senior vice president and chief dental hygiene officer.
  • Specialized Dental made four changes and additions to its leadership team.
  • Delta Dental of Arkansas promoted Sharon Lanier, PhD, to executive director of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. 
  • Waltham, Mass.-based 42 North Dental appointed Ajay Chadha its CFO. 
  • Atlanta-based D4C Dental Brands appointed Kimberley Wu, DMD, executive vice president and national clinical director of orthodontics.
  • Dallas-based Apex Dental Partners appointed Andrea Kowalczyk director of dental hygiene.
  • Salt Dental Collective appointed Josh Yelsey its new CFO. 
  • Atlanta-based Benevis appointed Dominique Szach director of dental hygiene on the DSO's clinical oversight committee.
  • Frisco, Texas-based Bond Orthodontic Partners appointed Jeffrey Gerlach chief development officer. 
  • Align Technology appointed Karim Boussebaa executive vice president and managing director of its iTero scanner and services business.
  • Roshan Parikh, DDS, resigned as president and CEO of New York City-based Dntl Bar.
  • Howard Howell, DDS, is retiring from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine after serving the school for more than 45 years. 
  • Steven Brady, regional vice president of client engagement at DentaQuest, was named to the TeamSmile board of directors. 
  • ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers selected Theresa Wang, DDS, as the company's chief clinical and development officer. 
  • Salt Dental Collective appointed Dylan Bates its new CEO.
  • William Lobb, DDS, dean of Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, will retire June 30.
  • The Workman School of Dental Medicine at High Point (N.C.) University appointed 12 members to serve on its inaugural board of advisors alongside Rick Workman, DMD. 
  • Carbon, a 3D printing technology company, selected Terri Capriolo as the company's senior vice president of oral health. 
  • Angelo Mariotti, DDS, PhD, was named dean of the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry.
  • Saulius Drukteinis, DMD, PhD, was appointed dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine.
  • Burke Soffe, DMD, was appointed dean of Batesville, Ark.-based Lyon College's upcoming dental school.
  • Tend, a tech-focused dental company, appointed Cynthia Hiskes as its first chief people officer.
  • Sonrava Health promoted Dr. Zhi Meng from regional president to chief clinical operations officer. 
  • Former Microsoft director Stephen Fong joined dental software company Planet DDS as CFO.
  • Holyoke, Mass.-based Affinity Dental Management appointed Mariz Tanious, DDS, its chief dental officer.

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