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Alumni Connections Mir Aamir, ’97, has been named CFO and COO of, a Mountain View, California-based online coupon provider. He previously was president, customer loyalty and digital technologies at grocery-store chain Safeway Inc.

Alumni Connections Gino Bonanotte, ’97 (XP-66), who was acting CFO for Schaumburg, Illinois-based communications devices and networks company Motorola Solutions Inc., has been named as permanent CFO.

Alumni Connections At logistics company Tegma Gestao Logistica SA, Fabio M.C. D’Avilo Carvalho, ’00, has been promoted to CEO from CFO. The company is headquartered in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.

Alumni Connections John Deters, ’06, has been appointed chief strategy officer and head of corporate initiatives for the Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc., which is the largest options exchange in the United States and the creator of listed options.

Alumni Connections Edward Dunlap, ’80, has been named senior vice president and CFO at Santa Fe Springs, California-based deep-cycle battery maker Trojan Battery Co.

Alumni Connections Pedro de Andrade Faria, ’02, has been appointed CEO of international markets for Brazilian food giant BRF SA. Faria is also a partner at private equity firm Tarpon Investimentos. 

Alumni Connections At Vivere Health, a national network of centers for reproductive health, Debbie James, ’92, has been promoted to president and CEO from chief operating officer. The company is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

Alumni Connections Christoph Michalak, ’10 (EXP-15), has joined Berlin-based online marketing agency Barketing IMS GmbH as chief operating officer. The company specializes in end-to-end search engine optimization.

Alumni Connections Paul Rafac, AB ’85, MBA ’89, has left his post as Will County, Illinois, finance director, to become CFO of DuPage County, Illinois.

Alumni Connections Leonard Travis, ’94, has been appointed vice president and chief accounting officer of Houston-based liquefied natural-gas company Cheniere Energy Partners GP LLC.

Alumni Connections Nabil Ariss, ’87, retired vice chair of J.P. Morgan in London, has been named to the board of directors of Brussels-based KBC Bank NV.

Alumni Connections Rommel Gallo, ’11, has been named to the board of directors of international oil and gas company Avanti Energy. The company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Gallo heads Houston-based private-equity firm Fieldstone Partners’ Latin America practice.

Alumni Connections Alina Haber-Kovach, ’92, has been appointed to the board of trustees of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Haber-Kovach is senior consultant at Naperville, Illinois-based consulting company Beaird Group.

Alumni Connections Philip Hawkins, ’80, has been elected to the board of trustees of Corporate Office Properties Trust, a real estate–investment trust based in Columbia, Maryland. Hawkins is CEO and a board member of Denver-based DCT Industrial Trust Inc., an industrial real estate company.

Alumni Connections Cheng Wai-Keung, ’73, has been appointed deputy chair of the board of directors of Singapore-based investment company Temasek Holdings Ltd. The company has affiliates and offices in Asia and Latin America. Wai-Keung is chair and managing director of Singapore-based property investment and management company Wing Tai Holdings Ltd.

Alumni Connections Erica Lane, ’93, has been appointed an independent, nonexecutive member of the board of directors at Queensland, Australia-based Wilson HTM Investment Group. Lane is managing director of Erica Lane & Associates, a consulting firm in the Melbourne area.

Alumni Connections Roger Orf, MBA ’77, JD ’79, has been appointed a nonexecutive member of the board of directors of Atrium European Real Estate Ltd., registered in the Channel Islands off the French Coast. Orf, partner at Apollo Global Management, heads Apollo’s European real estate business.

Alumni Connections Arne Reinemo, ’97, has been named chair of the board of Oslo, Norway-based investment services firm Agasti Holding ASA. Reinemo is partner at corporate finance advisory services firm Creo Advisors AS, also based in Oslo.

Alumni Connections Ulf Angelin, ’01, has been named partner at Munich-based financial advisory services firm Cartagena Capital Gmbh. Angelin will be based in New York.

Alumni Connections John Baily, ’79 (XP-42), retired partner at tax and advisory services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, has completed six years as chair of the board of trustees of Reading, Pennsylvania-based Albright College. He received the Jacob Albright Award, given for best use of a liberal arts degree, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduate. Baily is a board member of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., RLI Corp., and Golub Capital BDC Inc.

Alumni Connections Delfo Bianchini, ’89, has been named a fellow at ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in honor of his outstanding engineering achievements. Out of 3,238 potential candidates, 140 were named fellows. Bianchini is executive vice president at Chicago-based energy provider Sargent and Lundy LLC.

Alumni Connections Former Argonne National Laboratory researcher Jeffrey Binder, ’03 (XP-72), has been named director of the Illinois Applied Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alumni Connections Robert Cignarella, ’98, has joined Newark, New Jersey–insurance giant Prudential Financial Inc. as global co-head of leveraged finance.

Alumni Connections Patrick Doyle, ’88, who is CEO of Domino’s Pizza Inc., made the list of Fortune’s top 50 business people of 2013. “Under Doyle, Domino’s has improved its food and bolstered its menu,” Fortune said. Doyle received Booth’s Distinguished Corporate Alumni Award in 2012.

Alumni Connections Alumni Connections Alumni Connections Three Booth alumni have made the list of business advocacy group Chicago United’s top 2013 Business Leaders of Color: Sunil Garg, AB ’89, MBA ’00; Cathy Peng, ’01 (XP-70); and Deena Marie Carr, ’96. Chicago United provides its list of business leaders to corporations seeking to increase diversity on their boards. Garg is senior vice president, chief information and innovation officer for Chicago-based utility company Exelon. Peng is chief business development officer at San Diego–based Ethertronics Inc., which makes antennae and other equipment for wireless devices. Carr is a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC.

Alumni Connections Sheri Colas-Gervais, ’93, has joined Miami-based The Beacon Council as vice president, economic development and urban initiatives. The public-private entity is the official economic development arm of Miami-Dade county in Florida. Colas-Gervais will work with businesses and start-ups to identify incentives, research, and locations to set up or expand within the county.

Alumni Connections Alexander Gabbin, ’70, and his wife Joanne were the keynoter speakers at the NAACP’s Bedford, Virginia branch’s annual Freedom Fund banquet. Alexander Gabbin, who is a professor of accounting at James Madison University, spoke about how a Booth accounting class changed the direction of his career, said a November 6 article in the Bedford Bulletin.

Alumni Connections Yuko Minakami Kobayashi, ’93, diversity specialist and general manager of Tokyo-based D-Quest Inc., has written an article for the Japanese Fraud magazine. In the piece, Kobayashi talks with business professionals about the challenges of pursuing corporate integrity.

Alumni Connections Paul Kopsky, ’02 (XP-71), has joined El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Companies as executive vice president in the Chicago office. The company invests in, develops, and manages multifamily, commercial, and mixed-use real estate.

Alumni Connections At Benton Harbor, Michigan-based major home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp., Joseph Liotine, ’03, has been promoted to president of US operations from vice president of marketing for the North American region.

Alumni Connections At Columbus, Georgia-based credit card processing company TSYS, Andrew Mathieson, ’86, has been promoted to group executive of relationship management from managing director.

Alumni Connections What is a type-A personality to do when retiring from a successful accounting and finance career? Volunteer at a hospital, serve on boards, and, in the case of Timothy McIntyre, ’82, write a book about it. He is the author of I’m a Type A—How the Heck Will I Ever Retire? McIntyre’s driven personality helped him to become a CFO, chief operating officer, and president at several companies, said in a November 12 article in the Joliet, Illinois-based Herald-News.

Alumni Connections Paul Melancon, ’94 (XP-63), has been promoted to senior vice president of finance, controller and treasurer from vice president and controller at San Diego–based fast food chain Jack in the Box Inc.

Alumni Connections Rezwan Mirza, ’99, was promoted to head of corporate banking at United Arab Emirates and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Barclays Bank PLC. Mirza is based in Dubai and has held such senior positions as head of corporate coverage and head of debt finance for Barclays in the GCC.

Alumni Connections Michael Moser, ’02, has joined Alexandria, Virginia-based Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) and 5Star Life Insurance Co. as senior vice president of compliance, general counsel, and corporate secretary.  AFBA provides life insurance to military personnel, first responders, and government employees. 5Star underwrites AFBA policies and provides supplemental and voluntary life insurance policies.

Alumni Connections The Jewish Daily Forward has named Joseph Neubauer, ’65, as a “Forward 50,” a list of American Jews who have made a difference in the past year. Neubauer, Aramark chair and former president and CEO, is credited with providing key funding for a Pew Charitable Research study of American Jews.

Alumni Connections G. Scott Uzzell, ’98, was promoted to president of El Segundo Beach, California-based Zico Beverage Company when it was acquired by The Coca-Cola Co. Uzzell had been chief commercial officer and executive vice president of sales for Zico.

Alumni Connections Pete Vatev, AB ’98, MBA ’05, has been appointed head of risk management at Washington, DC-based global macro hedge fund Potomac River Capital LLC.

Alumni Connections Franck Viort, ’02, has co-written Better Banking: Understanding and Addressing the Failures in Risk Management, Governance and Regulation. Viort works as a director based in London at French bank and financial services company BNP Paribas.

Alumni Connections Jonathan Wolman, ’96, has joined boutique brokerage firm Miller Chicago Real Estate, focusing on small- to mid-cap commercial and investment properties and site selection for developers.

Alumni Connections Three alumni have been promoted to managing director posts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.: Puneet Agarwal, ’04, from executive director; Matt Dailey, ’01, from institutional sales; and Michael Jalkut, ’05, from vice president.

Alumni Connections BloomNation, a start-up cofounded by David Daneshgar, ’12, that helps florists grow their online sales, has raised $1.65 million in seed money. The Los Angeles–based company will use the money to “build its marketplace and e-commerce business,” said an October 24 Venture Capital blog in the Wall Street Journal.

Alumni Connections Tarek El Gammal, ’04, has been promoted to associate from sales and leasing at Nashville, Tennessee-based real estate brokerage Southeast Venture LLC.

Alumni Connections Nicolas Jacques, ’04, has joined The OpenDaylight Project as executive director. Based in San Francisco, the open-source project is developing a common platform of coding and blueprints. It fosters collaboration of code writing, virtual networking, and open-source development of software.

Alumni Connections Patrick Malcor, ’08 (EXP-13), CEO of international supply chain management company Theodor Wille Intertrade AG, spoke about the future of the human resource department in an October 30 article in Inc. magazine. His company doesn’t have a specific HR department, Malcor said in the piece, and he encourages companies to “put basic developmental tools in the hands of managers.”

Alumni Connections David Murdock, ’10 (XP-79), managing director and portfolio manager of New York–headquartered Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC, discussed portfolio allocations at an Ivy Family Office Network forum on November 12. The Ivy Family Offie Network is a peer-to-peer global network supporting edutaion and infromation on trends for family-office investing.  

Alumni Connections Kathleen Ossman, ’13, has been named vice president of Chicago-based health-care industry investor Water Street Healthcare Partners. Ossman will identify new investment opportunities, as well as develop strategies to expand current health-care partners.

Alumni Connections In Bangalore, India, Satish Venkatachaliah, ’11 (AXP-10), has concocted a fresh idea for corporate team building or family get-togethers. Something’s Cooking Culinary Arts Studio, which he cofounded, consists of eight work stations, an experienced chef, and a menu plan. The group cooks and then dines together at the end of the program. Venkatachaliah hopes to open studios in six more cities within the next two years.