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Alumni Connections Janice Co, ’94, has joined Wholesale Insurance Group as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. The group is part of Burlington, North Carolina–based risk, finance, and accounting insurance company International Financial Group Inc.

Alumni Connections Noriaki Goto, ’91, has been appointed CEO and bank director of Bangkok-based commercial bank Krungsri, which is part of Bank of Ayudhya Public Co. Ltd.

Alumni Connections Jonathan Grabel, ’96, has been appointed chief investment officer of the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association, a $13.9 billion pension fund with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alumni Connections Dan Hawk, ’78, has been named executive vice president and CFO of natural gas and crude oil company Seminole Energy Services LLC, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alumni Connections Bradley Kolb, ’82, has been named president and CEO of nScaled, a San Francisco–based data-recovery, backup, and data-storage company.

Alumni Connections William Libit, ’01, has been appointed chief operating partner at Chicago-headquartered law firm Chapman and Cutler LLP. In addition to his new management responsibilities, Libit will continue his corporate and securities practice.

Alumni Connections Satya Nadella, '97, has been appointed CEO of Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software company. Nadella is the third CEO in the Redmond, Washington-based company's history. He has been with Microsoft for 22 years, most recently as head of the Cloud and Enterprise group.

Alumni Connections Craig Tompkins, ’87, has been appointed president and CEO of Riverside, Missouri-based food processing equipment maker Marlen International Inc.

Alumni Connections Ray Wallin, ’79, has been named CFO of NeoPhotonics Corp. Based in San Jose, California, the company designs and manufactures subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communication networks.

Alumni Connections Debra Crew, ’00, has been named to the board of directors of New Britain, Connecticut-based tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. Crew is president of PepsiCo Americas Beverages.

Alumni Connections Richard Hoker, ’94, has been named to the board of directors of Deerfield, Illinois-based nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer Terra Nitrogen GP Inc. Hoker is vice president and corporate controller of Terra Nitrogen.

Alumni Connections Joseph Mallof, ’74, has been named to the University of St. Francis Board of Trustees. The Catholic, Fransiscan university’s main campus is in Joliet, Illinois. Mallof is retired president and CEO of Rosemont, Illinois-based household products company World Kitchen LLC.

Alumni Connections John Workman, ’85, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Federal Signal Corp. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, the company provides disaster alert and response products. Workman is CEO of Cincinnati-based pharmaceutical company Omnicare Inc.

Alumni Connections David Booth, ’71, founder and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors and for whom Booth is named, spoke at the Buckingham Assessment Management Alliance National annual conference in St. Louis in October. He paid tribute to DFA early supporter and board member Eugene Fama, MBA ’63, PhD ’64, Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and 2013 Nobel laureate.

Alumni Connections John Clark, ’85, has been named program chair for the red carpet screening of the documentary Roger Humphries Pass It On. The February 22 black-tie event in Pittsburgh will benefit four Pittsburgh nonprofits that aim to educate musically gifted young people: The Afro-American Music Institute, the Roger L. Humphries Music Scholarship Fund, The Jazz Workshop of Homewood, and The Lighthouse Arts Inc.

Alumni Connections Daniel Damon, ’92, has joined Minneapolis-headquartered US Bancorp (US Bank) as managing director in the capital markets group. Damon is based in New York, New York.

Alumni Connections Kurt DelBene, ’90, former president of Microsoft Office Division, has been named to lead the effort to repair the website, said a December 17 LA Times article. DelBene has been retained at least through the first half of 2014, the article said.

Alumni Connections Burlingame, California-based pet pharmaceutical company Kindred BioSciences Inc. raised $53 million in its initial public offering, with shares of its stock climbing 71 percent, said a December 12 article in Silicon Valley Business Journal. Kindred CFO Stephen Galliker, ’70, managed the successful IPO.

Alumni Connections Paul Gaynor, ’93, CEO of Boston-based wind farm company First Wind Energy LLC, spoke about continued growth of the industry at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in December. “From 2002 to 2012, total installed wind energy capacity in the U.S. grew from 4.7 to 60 gigawatts, a significant fraction of the approximately 1,000 gigawatts of total US electric generation capacity,” the institute said in a press release. “First Wind Corp. has played a major role in that expansion, with wind farms from Hawaii to Maine.”

Alumni Connections Corporate attorney Jean Holloway, MBA ’84, JD ’84, has been named the first female dean of the law school at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Holloway had served as corporate counsel for medical device firms.

Alumni Connections Robert Kacergis, ’89, has joined management consulting firm Blue Ridge Partners LLC as managing director. The firm is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Alumni Connections At Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Tom Kaczynski, ’92, has been promoted to vice president, treasurer and investor relations, from vice president, investor relations.

Alumni Connections Jim Leichter, ’89, spoke in a December 7 story in Southeast Illinois’s the Daily Herald about his decision to join his father at the family’s car dealership, Biggers Chevrolet. “I decided to return to the car business, which was my love. It was the best decision I've made,” Leichter said of the Elgin, Illinois dealership, which his father purchased in 1969.

Alumni Connections Rudolph Lohmeyer III, MBA ’96, MPP ’96, has been named director of Chicago-based consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc.’s Global Business Policy Council.

Alumni Connections Thomas Luparello, ’92, has been named interim director of the Department of Employment Services for Washington, DC. Luparello had been chief information officer.

Alumni Connections In a December 26 article, Robert Mariano, ’87 (XP-56), president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., which runs Mariano’s grocery stores, told Crain’s Chicago Business that he intends to turn Mariano’s into the “Nordstrom of the grocery world.” With its recent acquisition of 11 former Dominick’s grocery store properties, Mariano’s hopes to grow to 29 Chicago locations by the end of 2014, the article said.

Alumni Connections Tom McNamara, ’90 (XP-59), has been named senior vice president of sales at Woburn, Massachusetts-based benefits plan manager HighRoads Inc. The company manages and automates human resources processes.

Alumni Connections Alana Muller, ’98, president of Kansas City, Missouri-based entrepreneurship nonprofit Kauffman FastTrac Inc., penned a December 9 guest column for Forbes detailing trends in entrepreneurship. “With people feeling healthier and living longer, coupled with a down economy that has, in many cases, reduced retirement savings, many Americans of traditional retirement age are choosing to continue working or even go back to work—for themselves,” Muller wrote.

Alumni Connections Lorin Radtke, ’92, partner and head of fixed income, currency, and commodities, Americas structured product sales at Goldman Sachs, gave the commencement speech at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his alma mater, on December 15.

Alumni Connections Margaret Zminda, ’93, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and CFO of the Barnes Foundation, has been named acting executive director of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit. The foundation holds a collection of postimpressionist and early modern paintings.

Alumni Connections Heather Brilliant, ’05, has been named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40 for 2013. Brilliant is global director of equity and credit research for Chicago-based investment research firm Morningstar Inc. “Equity research is on a roll,” said Joe Mansueto, AB ’78, MBA ’80, Morningstar founder and chairman. “It’s one of the fastest-growing parts of our organization, and Heather is a key driver of that effort.”

Alumni Connections Ian Colotla, ’07 (EXP-12), has been named partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, leading the operations practice in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alumni Connections Rachmat Harsono,’11 (EXP-10), was recently featured in Fortune Indonesia magazine’s 40 under 40. Harsono is executive vice president, corporate finance and strategic planning, and CFO at Jakarta, Indonesia-based Samator Group, the country’s largest industrial gas company.

Alumni Connections Arshele Stevens, ’13 (XP-82), has been appointed president of Chicago-based Kennedy-King College, which was recently rated among the top 50 community colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine.