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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Novartis names new leader for Alcon as Buehler retires

Jeff George 

Swiss drug maker Novartis International AG has appointed new heads of its Fort Worth-based eye care division Alcon and generics division Sandoz, the group’s second and third largest businesses after pharmaceuticals.


Jeff George, who joined Novartis in January 2007 and previously led Sandoz, will replace retiring Kevin Buehler as head of Alcon, effective May 1, Novartis said on April 9.


Richard Francis will become head of Sandoz, the company added. Francis previously had leadership roles in sales and commercial divisions of Sanofi and Wyeth.


Under George’s leadership, Sandoz grew from $7.5 billion in sales in 2009 to $9.2 billion in 2013. He also oversaw Sandoz’ expansion to 164 countries globally, where it has more than 26,000 associates.


The three Alcon businesses – surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care – generated net sales of $10.5 billion in 2013. Alcon has more than 24,000 employees worldwide, with operations in 75 countries and products available in 180 markets.


-Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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