Alumni on the Move
Advent Capital Management LLC: Douglas Teresko, ’01, has been named co-portfolio manager of the Advent/Claymore Enhanced Growth and Income Fund. The New York–based fund manager specializes in long-only strategies, hedge funds, and closed-end funds.
Baird Capital Partners: Alex Kessel, ’11, has been promoted to vice president from senior associate. He is based in Chicago, the firm’s global headquarters. The private equity investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. makes investments in the United States, United Kingdom, and China.
The Beanstalk Group LLC: Marc Schneider, ’83, has been named CFO. The New York–based brand licensing agency is part of Omnicom Group, a global marketing and advertising company.
BioHealth Innovation Inc.: Cynthia Collins, ’88, has been named to the board of directors. The Rockville, Maryland-based regional private-public partnership commercializes biotech innovations. Collins is president and CEO of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based biotech firm GenVec Inc.
Bourque Industries Inc.: Brent Willis, ’91 (XP-60), has been appointed to the board of directors. The Tuscon, Arizona-based company uses nanotechnology to create metal alloys for ballistic armor and such industries as aerospace, automotive, computers, power grid, rail, shipping space, and weaponry. Willis is a former military officer and former CEO and chair of Bradenton, Florida-based Liberty Ammunition Inc.
Brown-Forman Corp.: Lawson Whiting, ’97, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief brands officer. He had been managing director, Western Europe, for the Jack Daniels family of brands. The Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman makes several brands of liquor.
Caterpillar Inc.: Thomas Bluth, ’97, is moving to vice president, mining products division, from vice president, earth moving division. Based in Peoria, Illinois, Caterpillar is the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Jay Flaherty, ’99, has been promoted to vice president and chief investment officer from assistant vice president, focusing on hedge funds and private equity investments. The Flint, Michigan-based private foundation makes grants in four programs: civil society, environment, the Flint area, and Pathways out of Poverty.
Clearview Capital LLC: James Tucker, ’75, has been promoted to principal from vice president, business development. The private investment firm is based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
Cotton Creek Capital: Joseph Lee Rash, ’09, has been promoted to vice president from advisory director. The Dallas-based private equity firm invests in lower middle-market companies.
Digital Lumens Inc.: Matthew Healy, ’99, has been named director, business development, at the Boston-based industrial LED lighting company.
Dodge & Cox: Charles Pohl, AB ’80, MBA ’81, has been promoted to chair from co-president of fixed income and chief investment officer at the San Francisco–based value mutual fund giant.
Equilar Inc.: Peter Browning, ’76 (XP-36), has been appointed lead independent director. Based in Redwood City, California, the company conducts executive compensation benchmarking and research. Browning is founder and managing director of Peter Browning Partners LLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina¬–based board advisory consulting firm.
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (Farmer Mac): Robert Dale Lynch, ’96, has been named senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer. Chartered by Congress, Farmer Mac is a Washington, DC-based stockholder-owned government agency that aims to increase credit availability in rural America by running a secondary market for eligible loans to agricultural and rural borrowers.
First Busey Corp.: Stephen King, ’88, has been named to the board of directors of the Champaign, Illinois-based bank holding company. King is founding partner of Chicago-based private equity firm Prairie Capital LP.
Grant Thornton LLP: Rona Pocker, ’83, has been named national managing director in the national bank advisory and regulatory services practice. The Chicago-based company offers auditing, management consulting, corporate finance, risk management and information technology.
Illinois Innovation Accelerator Fund: Kevin Willer, ’10 (XP-79), has become partner. The Chicago-based seed stage venture fund focuses on tech ventures. Willer is transitioning to his new post from CEO of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, now known as CEC.
Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation: Johannes Huth, ’86, current chair of The Private Equity Foundation, is slated to become chair of the merged entity when the foundation merges with Impetus. The new entity will aim to give a better start in life to children growing up in severe poverty. Both are UK organizations.
The Joint Commission: Daniel Castillo, ’12 (XP-81), has been named medical director, division of health-care quality evaluation. The independent nonprofit organization accredits and certifies health-care programs and organizations in the United States. It is based in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois with an additional office in Washington, DC.
Kraft Foods Group: Adrienne Elsner, ’92, has been promoted to chief marketing officer from executive vice president and president, beverages, Kraft Foods Inc.
Lake Forest City Council: John Reisenberg, ’80 (XP-44), has been named acting third ward alderman. He will face election in April. He is the founder and president of Deerfield, Illinois-based executive search firm Reisenberg & Associates LLC.
Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.: Paul Thompson, ’81, has been named to the newly created post of chief operating officer.
MB Financial Bank: Joseph Sheils, ’05, has been named senior vice president of retail banking, and Sandford Villesvik, ’87, has joined as managing director, capital markets, at the Chicago-based personal, business, and commercial bank.
Northleaf Capital Partners Ltd.: Vishal Shah, ’11, has joined as senior associate. Canada’s largest independent global private markets fund manager and advisor is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London and Menlo Park, California.
Penske Logistics: Jeffrey Bullard, ’94, has joined as senior vice president of operations, central region. The Reading, Pennsylvania-based supply chain management and logistics company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing.
Putnam Investments Inc.: James Fetch, ’00, and Jason Vaillancourt, ’00, have been named among the co-heads of the global allocation investment organization at the Boston-based money management firm.
Sikich LLP: Mel Heckman, ’04, has joined as part of the merger of his Plainfield, Illinois-based firm S2 Consulting Inc. with Naperville, Illinois-based accounting and advisory firm Sikich. He will specialize in operational and technical advisory services.
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.: Anh Huynh, ’06, has been appointed director of investor relations. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered real estate investment trust acquires, renovates, leases, and manages single family properties in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas.
Silver Lake Technology Management LLC: David Habinger, ’98 (XP-67), has joined as senior advisor in the Menlo Park, California-based asset management company.
US Bank: Elliot Jaffee, ’90, has been promoted to head of commercial banking from Twin Cities market president. The bank is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based US Bancorp.
Virginia Commonwealth University: Alexander Henson, AB ’90, MBA ’96, has been named chief information officer, effective April 1. Henson had served as chief operating officer and executive director for administration and operations for the University of Chicago’s Office of Information Technology Services. VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia.
Wayne State University: David Nicholson, ’97, has been named to the Board of Governors at the Lansing, Michigan-based school. Nicholson is CEO of sulfur and distribution groups at his Detroit-based family business PVS Chemicals Inc.