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Alumni Connections Stéphane Boissel, ’02 (AXP-1), was appointed CEO of Genclis, a diagnostic company in the fields of allergy and cancer, based in Paris and Nancy, France. Prior to joining Genclis, Boissel was executive vice president and CFO of Transgene, a French biopharmaceutical company.

Alumni Connections John Ciardiello, ’93, was named CFO of Aasonn LLC, a human resources firm headquartered in Naperville, Illinois. He was previously CFO of Alma Lasers Ltd., a maker of cosmetic lasers.

Alumni Connections Pedro Faria, ’02, was appointed global CEO of Brazilian food giant BRF SA, effective Jan. 2. He was a member of BRF´s board of directors for three years and, in November 2013, became the CEO of BRF´s International Operations.

Alumni Connections Jewel Malone, ’06, was named chief operating officer of Chicago Children’s Choir. She was previously deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Alumni Connections Michael Nelson, ’92, was named chief operating officer of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based Colson Group Holdings LLC, the world’s largest caster manufacturer. Nelson is responsible for global manufacturing, distribution and supply chain across 11 countries.

Alumni Connections Rimas Buinevicius, ’95 (XP-64), was appointed to the corporate advisory board of Modus Health LLC, a Washington DC-based digital health company focused on providing physical activity data. He is the former CEO and chairman of Sonic Foundry Inc., a Madison, Wisconsin-based online education company.

Alumni Connections Ruth Ann M. Gillis, ’80, joined the board of directors of Kenosha, Wisconsin-based Snap-on Inc.  Gillis is the recently retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Exelon Corp., and president, Exelon Business Services Co. 

Alumni Connections James M. Nicholson, ’94, was elected to the board of directors of Farmington Hills, Michigan-based Amerisure Mutual Holdings Inc. and the Amerisure Companies, a property and casualty insurance company. Nicholson is vice chairman of Detroit-based PVS Chemicals Inc.

Alumni Connections David Adelman, AB ’89, MBA ’90, was appointed director of equity research for the Americas for New York–based financial services firm Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc.

Alumni Connections Jeffrey Jay Anderson, ’87, was appointed president and CEO of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Illinois. Anderson was formerly associate dean for leadership development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a partner and co-founder of The Chatham Group, an association of executive coaching professionals.

Alumni Connections Selim Basak, ’96, was named managing partner of GEMCORP, a London-based financial firm focused on investments in emerging markets that launched in September. Basak is responsible for the origination and the execution of investments. He is a member of the investment committee.

Alumni Connections Debra Crew, ’00, president and chief commercial officer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina–based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, was named to the CNBC Next List, “the next generation of trailblazers who ... will be instrumental in reshaping all facets of society—including business, finance, science and technology—over the next 25 years.”

Alumni Connections Matthew “Tony” DeVore, ’96 (XP-65), will take on an expanded role at Pitney Bowes Inc. as sales vice president for the Americas and Europe. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company manufactures production mail equipment.

Alumni Connections Craig Foster, MBA ’85, JD ’85, was featured on the Entrepreneur Podcast Network to talk about this year’s Chicago Charity Challenge, a competitive challenge to motivate Chicago business and employees to give back to the community. Foster is CEO of Chicago-based communications technology provider Call One, the founding sponsor of Chicago Charity Challenge.

Alumni Connections Arthur L. Goldberg, ’82(XP-49), was appointed interim executive director of the Agency for Jewish Learning, a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to nurture a vibrant and engaged Jewish community.

Alumni Connections Michael Howard, ’91, was appointed vice president for finance and administration at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was formerly vice president for finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alumni Connections “The Courage to Be in Community,” the first book by executive coach Tony Mayo, AB ’77, MBA ’78, was a bestseller on Amazon. His “call for compassion, vulnerability, and authenticity” is available in soft and hard cover, as well as Kindle eBook, and on Audible & iTunes in the author’s own voice.

Alumni Connections Shelley Ann Mulconrey, ’92, was named assistant vice president, trust officer, at Michigan City, Indiana-based Horizon Bank N.A. She will be responsible for coordinating estate, investment, retirement and financial planning strategies for corporations and individuals.

Alumni Connections Satya Nadella, ’97, CEO of Microsoft, was named to the CNBC Next List, “the next generation of trailblazers who ... will be instrumental in reshaping all facets of society—including business, finance, science and technology—over the next 25 years.”

Alumni Connections Lyndon Taylor, ’99, joined the executive search and leadership consulting firm Heidrick & Struggles as partner within the financial services practice. He will be based in the Chicago office.

Alumni Connections James Robert Wigand, ’84, joined financial advisory firm Millstein & Co. as partner. He most recently served as director, Office of Complex Financial Institutions, of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Millstein & Co. has offices in New York and Washington DC.

Alumni Connections Wood Investment Counsel, founded by George F. Wood, ’69, merged with Obermeyer Asset Management Co. to create one of the 10 biggest investment advisory firms in Denver, according to the Denver Business Journal. Wood will serve as co-chairman of Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel.

Alumni Connections Marcus Yoder, ’97, was hired by Glendale, California-based online gaming company Gamblit Gaming to run its Regulated Markets Business Development department.

Alumni Connections Amit Aggarwal, ’05, was named CEO of The Magic Mist, a Lincolnshire, Illinois-based electronic cigarette company.

Alumni Connections Serhat Cicekoglu, ’05, founder of Chicago-based accelerator Sente Advisory Services, was featured in a Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Originals article. His company works with university-run startup hubs in Turkey to refine promising new companies and introduce them to the U.S. market.

Alumni Connections Adam Cranford, ’09, was promoted to principal at private equity firm New Capital Partners, which has offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Dallas.

Alumni Connections BloomNation, co-founded by David Charles Daneshgar, ’12, was featured in a Los Angeles Times article after investors gave the company an additional $5.5 million to expand its services. The Santa Monica, California-based website allows customers to find and order floral arrangements from local florists.

Alumni Connections Forbes featured Nicole Shariat Farb, ’09, in a Q&A about her do-it-yourself company Darby Smart. Farb “took a leap of faith,” according to the article, when she quit her job at Goldman Sachs to start the company. Darby Smart offers a marketplace for consumers to launch, discover, and buy DIY projects and pre-tested craft supplies, the article said.

Alumni Connections Ryan Kole, ’14, founder of RK Inventions LLC, recently licensed Foot Gym, a foot- and ankle-strengthening product, to ING Source Inc., of Hickory, North Carolina.

Alumni Connections Ketan Patel, ’06, was appointed group risk officer at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, effective Jan. 1. He is currently co-head of clearing risk management. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, or HKEx, operates a securities market and a derivatives market in Hong Kong and the clearinghouses for those markets.

Alumni Connections Sebastian Sobczak, ’04, recently launched a social media company called Tsu. Tsu is a social platform and technology that creates an annualized royalty stream for any content creator.