Jeffrey Berson, ’95, has been named chief investment officer at Overland Park, Kansas-based Quality Technology Services LLC. QTC runs data centers and offers managed services.
Gino Bonanotte, ’97 (XP-66), corporate vice president of Motorola Solutions Inc., has been named acting CFO. The communications products and services company is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Michael DeMarco, ’87, has been appointed chief investment officer of New York–based Cantor Commercial Real Estate. The commercial real estate finance company is an affiliate of Cantor Fitzgerald LP.
Maureen DeRooij, ’03, has rejoined Amsterdam-based bank ABN AMRO as country executive in Hong Kong and CEO of large corporates and merchant banking in Asia.
Colin Kinsella, ’89, has been named North American CEO of Mindshare Global. The branding and media agency has offices in London and New York.
Steven Preston, ’85, has been named CEO of Toronto-based customs brokerage and trade compliance company Livingston International Inc.
Mark Chiappara, ’96, has joined Birmingham, Alabama-headquartered financial institution BBVA Compass as senior private banker in private wealth management. BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank and a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc.
Trade Show News Network Awards has honored Henry Givray, ’83, with the Industry Icon distinction. Givray is president and CEO of Chicago-based association management and professional services company SmithBucklin Corp. He will give an address on leadership at the awards’ executive leadership conference in November in Reno, Nevada. “Being named the TSNN Industry Icon Award recipient for 2013 is a great honor,” Givray said in an August article on the TSNN site. “Trade shows offer our client organizations meaningful, valued opportunities to network and conduct business.”
Gregory Janicik, MBA ’97, PhD ’98, has joined Chicago-headquartered executive and organizational development firm RHR International Co. as partner in the New York office.
Ernest Liebre, ’81 (XP-46), has joined Raleigh, North Carolina–based CapFinancial Partners as senior vice president and financial advisor with the firm’s retirement plan advisory group CAPTRUST Financial Advisors. His position comes as a result of CAPTRUST’s acquisition of Greenwich, Connecticut-based institutional advisory firm Cambridge Financial Services. Liebre was Cambridge’s founder and managing director.
Chicago-based online food ordering company GrubHub Inc. has officially merged with New York–based Seamless, to form GrubHub Seamless. Matt Maloney, SM ’00, MBA ’10, GrubHub founder and CEO, heads the combined company, which features ordering capabilities from 25,000 restaurants in the United States and London, said an August Chicago Tribune article. The company has offices in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, and London, the article said.
Kurt McMaken, ’01, has been promoted to president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa region at Dublin-based power management firm Eaton Corporation PLC. He had been vice president, finance and planning for the Eaton’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. The company makes electrical products and systems and offers power distribution services.
Clare Metcalf, ’94, has been named managing director in the Chicago office of New York–headquartered executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. She is focusing on the corporate offices sector.
Ken Mori, ’92, has been named managing partner, Japan, at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH. He joins seven other regional heads on the global executive committee of the Munich-based management consultancy.
At Bank of America Corp., Jack Ovel, ’77, has been named market president for the Kansas City, Missouri area. He also serves as regional vice chairman for business development in U.S. Trust, a Bank of America private wealth management organization. Bank of America is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Nithi Patarachoke, ’91, has been promoted to vice president, domestic market, at SCG Cement-Building Materials at Siam Cement PLC. He had been SCG corporate planning director.
Elizabeth Pitt, ’02, has joined sales and marketing software firm Infusionsoft Inc. as senior vice president of customer delight. Based in Chandler, Arizona, the company caters to small businesses.
A book by Janet Pucino, ’94, Not in the Club: An Executive Woman’s Journey Through the Biased World of Business, has won the New York Book Festival Award. It previously had won the Los Angeles Book Festival Award. According to a review by ForeWord Reviews magazine, “Pucino delves into eye-opening research on bias, illustrates what biases look and feel like, and explores how women can overcome barriers to achieve success at any point in their careers.”
Clarkson University has given John Rhodes, ’87, the Golden Knight award for distinguished alumni. Rhodes is retired partner in SAP, Oracle, and supply chain consulting practices at IBM. The university, based in Potsdam, New York, recognized alumni who have dedicated themselves to alumni activities or who have distinguished themselves in their careers.
The American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel will honor Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, at a gala November 9 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The committee “annually honors important Chicago philanthropists and civic leaders,” said a July Chicago Sun-Times post.
John Studzinski, ’80, has been named chair of Create London, a program to connect residents of East London, one of the city’s poorest areas and home to about 14,000 artists, with the art and culture that surrounds them. “The Create team contacted me out of the blue and said ‘We need a chairman,’” Studzinski, senior managing director and global head of Blackstone Advisory Partners LP, told Bloomberg in an August article. “It was all about the six poorest boroughs, the role of the arts, urban renewal. I just thought, this is a great opportunity to do what I’ve done, but do it on a broader scale.”
“If you don’t define your brand, somebody else will,” wrote Mark Suster, ’99 (EXP-4), in a July article published on LinkedIn. Suster, a partner in Los Angeles–based venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, wrote in essay form about the importance of personal branding, using examples from his career path.
Tom Woolgrove, ’00, has been elected president of London-based Chartered Insurance Institute, a membership organization for insurance and financial services industry professionals. Woolgrove is managing director, personal line insurance at London-based Direct Line Group Ltd.
At Kansas City, Missouri-based investment management firm American Century Investments Inc., Jeff Bourke, ’03, has been promoted to portfolio manager, US large cap premier growth from senior investment analyst.
Online financial planning program Smarteys, cofounded by Charisse Conanan, ’10, and Adrissha Wimberly, ’10, was featured as Tech Start-up of the Week on August 9 by Black Enterprise. Smarteys helps recently employed graduates figure out how to manage and budget their paychecks. Wimberly described the Smarteys’ experience as a focus on “the transition that you’re having from college to career.”
Catey Mark, ’13, has joined Plated, a ready-to-cook meal kit delivery service start-up, as director of business development.
In Singapore, Christopher D’Cruz, ’13, and Joseph Phua, ’13, along with team member Doug Nagy, ’13, have launched a mobile dating app called Paktor (Hokkien for “going on a date”). “I’ve tried a lot of dating options, but mobile apps seem to be much simpler because they’re location based,” D’Cruz said in a July article in SGE. With 25,000 active users already, the app is poised to expand to eight cities within the next six months, the article said.
David Glancy, ’11 (XP-80), a former United States Secretary of Defense employee, is teaching classes this fall at the Institute of World Politics. Glancy’s course load includes, “Forecasting and Political Risk Analysis,” “Political Warfare: Past, Present, and Future,” and “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy.”
The awarding of stock options to lower level employees can influence CEOs to do a better job, says research by Meng Li, MBA ’12, PhD ’12, assistant professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has promoted Timothy Liu, AB ’96, MBA ’06, to senior director, international sales, Asia, from director, network strategy.
A new set of algorithms created by Philip Maymin, PhD ’07, may better model the complexity of political and economic systems. “Traditional models assume a set of rules without acknowledging that the rules are ever-changing,” Maymin said in an August PRNewswire article. “Algorithmic Approach to Entangled Political Economy: Insights from the Simplest Models of Complexity,” is slated to be published in the spring 2014 edition of Advances in Austrian Economics. Maymin is an assistant finance professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Serge Zins, ’03 (AXP-2), has joined Essilor International SA as president, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. He will be based in Shanghai. Headquartered in Paris, the company makes ophthalmic lenses and equipment.