Baton Rouge area

Josh Descant, chief executive officer of REV Broadband, the parent company of RTC, Eatel, Vision Communications and Venyu, has been named to the leadership committee at USTelecom — The Broadband Association.

Descant joins five recently appointed members of the committee, a group of tech executives representing 27 different providers serving 18 states’ rural communities with regional broadband services.

Creative and strategy agency Mesh has appointed Justin Archer to the newly created position of chief creative officer.

Archer, who will be based in Atlanta, will oversee the agency’s creative team and support its overall growth and positioning. Archer was executive vice president of marketing at Zenith, leading all U.S.-based marketing efforts across the agency as well as across sub-brands Moxie and MRY. He also led Zenith’s internal innovation lab, FutureX Labs. He is a graduate of Atlanta College of Art and Design with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has named Brad Jewell as its new chief financial officer.

Jewell was senior vice president/chief financial and operating officer for the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation for 20 years. He has been a certified public accountant in Louisiana since 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in public administration from LSU.

Lafayette area

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission announced that 15th Judicial District Court Judge Jules David Edwards III, who is retiring from the bench in 2021, has been named Louisiana’s state judicial outreach liaison.

He succeeds retired Judge Marion Edwards, who was named as Louisiana’s first outreach liaison in 2018. Edwards has served as a district judge for 27 years in the Acadiana area. Louisiana is one of only a few states that retains an outreach liaison, a specialized judge who provides education, training and technical assistance on traffic-related matters to judges and court personnel throughout the state. The LHSC recently was awarded a grant from the American Bar Association, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to secure a liaison.

Edwards was named chief judge of Louisiana’s 15th Judicial District from 2001 to 2003, and served as chairman of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission from 2013 to 2017. He is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges Association, and from 2011 to 2018 worked with the Louisiana Sentencing Commission to implement a uniform sentencing policy for judges. Edwards was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2013.

New Orleans area

Tulane Health System has named Ashley McGaha as chief financial officer.

McGaha has served as the interim CFO since November 2019 and was associate chief financial officer and vice president of finance. McGaha has served the system in several finance roles since 1996. She holds a degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and completed the HCA Healthcare executive development program in 2017.

William B. Gaudet, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, has been installed as president of the New Orleans Bar Association.

His primary practice is in litigation; handling local; state and nationwide claims in the areas of consumer fraud; securities; employment; health care; maritime; environment; oil and gas; federal discrimination; ERISA; commercial disputes; civil RICO; and fiduciary breaches. Gaudet received his juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans.