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Roger Staubach, Gregory O’Brien, John Gates, Elysia Ragusa, Dan Bellow, Steve Stratton, James M. Saponaro

Staubach Steps Back from CEO Role; New Managers, Board Members Named
Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame pro football quarterback who went on to a successful real estate career, has been named executive chairman of the Staubach Company after years of serving as its chairman and CEO. Staubach founded the commercial real estate advisory firm in 1977, two years before retiring from the Dallas Cowboys, and positioned his firm solely as a representative of tenants or “users” of office, industrial and retail space.
The change was announced June 19 along with several other appointments expected to be complete by June 30. Gregory O’Brien, president of the company’s Northeast region, will succeed Staubach as CEO, while John Gates, executive vice president of the company and president of Southwest corporate services, will become president and COO of the company and and president of corporate services West. The current president and COO Elysia Ragusa will assume the role of president, corporate services East.
Staubach has added three members to its board of directors: Gates; Dan Bellow, president of corporate services, Houston; and Steve Stratton, president of corporate services, Midwest, based in Chicago.
 “As executive chairman, I will continue to be active on a full time basis, performing all the same duties I have been doing, including working with and on behalf of our clients and ensuring that we retain our strong values and high levels of service,” Staubach said in a press release announcing the moves.

BioStorage Technologies Hires James M. Saponaro as Executive Vice President
James M. Saponaro, a longtime Cardinal Health executive, has joined BioStorage Technologies as executive vice president. Saponaro will oversee the company's sales and marketing, operations, information technology and business development functions.
 BioStorage Technologies specializes in short- and long-term biomaterials storage, sample management and cold chain logistics. The company is privately held and headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., with an additional full-service site in Frankfurt, Germany
Saponaro spent the past 14 years in pharmacy distribution and retail pharmacy franchising and services positions with Cardinal Health. Most recently he was COO of Cardinal Health's retail franchise pharmacy division.
Saponaro earned a BS in business administration from John Carroll University of Cleveland, and graduated from the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.

The Scan

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.