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Alumni Connections John Bremer, ’08 (EXP-13), was promoted to group chief research and strategy officer at Toluna, a London-based online research and survey technology company. He joined Toluna in April 2011 as group chief research officer.

Alumni Connections Jim Johnson, ’64 (XP-20), was appointed CFO of TIBCO Software Inc., a Palo Alto, California-based software company. He most recently served as CFO of Jaspersoft, a company TIBCO acquired in April.

Alumni Connections Marc Karako, ’81, was appointed CFO of Quantum Genomics Corp., a biopharmaceutical company based in France that develops treatments for cardiovascular diseases.

Alumni Connections Chris Kravas, ’94, was promoted to the role of chief marketing officer at Hub Group, Inc., an Oak Brook, Illinois-based freight management company. He was previously chief intermodal officer.

Alumni Connections Kevin L. Kremke, ’99, was appointed CFO of OCI Resources LP, an Atlanta-based company that operates the trona ore mining and soda ash production business of OCI Wyoming, L.P. He was most recently vice president, finance and strategic planning, for Cheniere Energy, Inc. in Houston.

Alumni Connections Leo Lanzillo, ’92, was appointed CFO of Rosemont, Illinois-based The Northridge Group Inc. (NRG), a management consulting firm. Lanzillo most recently served as chief technology officer and executive practice lead at Northridge Group.

Alumni Connections David W. Meline, ’86, was appointed executive vice president and CFO of Amgen, a biotechnology company based in Thousand Oaks, California. He most recently served as senior vice president and CFO at 3M Company, a Saint Paul–based diversified manufacturer.

Alumni Connections Christopher J. Pagano, ’95, will take over as CFO at Assurant, Inc., effective Aug. 15. Pagano is currently executive vice president, chief investment officer, and treasurer for the New York–based insurance company.

Alumni Connections Michael D. Peterson, ’02 (EXP-7), was named CFO of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP, a Dallas-based company that owns and operates natural gas and oil-producing properties.

Alumni Connections Robert K. Steel, ’84, was hired as CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners L.P., an asset management firm headquartered in New York. He was most recently New York’s deputy mayor for economic development.

Alumni Connections Jeffrey P. Wood, ’01, was hired as executive vice president and CFO of Siluria Technologies, a San Francisco–based company that produces fuels and chemicals from natural gas. Wood joined Siluria from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., a Houston-based natural gas company.

Alumni Connections Peter Birkey, ’96, was elected to the board of directors for Vancouver, Canada-based gold mining company Pretium Resources Inc.

Alumni Connections Clifford Chiu, ’82, was elected to the board of directors for Cambium Learning Group, Inc., an educational hardware and software company based in Dallas. He retired from New York–based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in April.

Alumni Connections Eric Fortier, ’86, was appointed as an independent director of GLG Investments VI plc, an open end-fund incorporated in Ireland. He is a self-employed hedge fund consultant.

Alumni Connections David Gupta, ’98 (XP-67), stepped down from his role as CEO of Chicago-based systems integration firm System Development Integration, LLC, but will continue with SDI as vice chairman of the board of directors.

Alumni Connections David Hill, ’95 (XP-64), was appointed to the board of directors of Canada-based Terrestrial Energy Inc., a producer of nuclear energy technology.

Alumni Connections The Marymount Manhattan College Board of Trustees approved Hope Knight, ’96 (XP-65), as its new chairwoman. Knight, who has a bachelor’s degree from the private liberal arts college, is the chief operating officer of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, a non-profit with a mission to revitalize upper Manhattan’s economy.

Alumni Connections Yifan Li, ’00, was appointed to the board of directors of Mecox Lane Limited, an apparel retailer in China, as part of a majority share acquisition by Cnshangquan E-Commerce Co., Ltd., a Nanjing, China-based marketing and e-commerce firm.

Alumni Connections Charles McCusker, ’98, was named chairman of the Small Business Investor Alliance, the premier industry association of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. McCusker is the founder and managing partner of Patriot Capital, a private equity firm with offices in Baltimore, Chicago, and Dallas.

Alumni Connections Carey Metz, ’02, joined the board of directors of e-commerce software firm Cinsay, Inc. Metz is managing partner and chief investment officer at Whiteside Energy LP, a Houston-based hedge fund firm.

Alumni Connections David T. Moore, ’04, was elected as a director of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Guaranty Bank. Moore is president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors at Paul Mueller Company, a manufacturer of milk cooling and processing equipment headquartered in Springfield, Missouri.

Alumni Connections Stephen Naudé, ’01 (EXP-6), was appointed as an independent, non-executive director of Sentula Mining Limited, a diversified mining company in South Africa.

Alumni Connections The board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts elected Paula A. Price, ’88, as a new board member. Price is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the accounting and management unit.

Alumni Connections Raymond J. Roman, ’92, was appointed to the board of directors of rVue Holdings, Inc., an advertising technology platform based in Elmhurst, Illinois. Roman is the founder and managing partner of Retro CEO Consulting.

Alumni Connections, an online test prep portal founded by Aditi Avasthi, ’10, got a boost of about $4 million from early-stage investor Kalaari Capital and Lightbox, a newly formed venture fund. Avasthi began the Mumbai, India-based company in 2012 with a focus on engineering entrance exams.

Alumni Connections Soujanya Bhumkar, ’99, CEO of San Francisco–based Cooliris, Inc., a developer of photo viewing products, was featured in an article in Nikkei Asian Review. According to the article, he’s forged relationships with global Internet companies and has backing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm and early investor in Google and Amazon.

Alumni Connections Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, ’71, donated $3 million to Georgetown University to help fund a new, state-of-the-art home for Georgetown’s rarest books, manuscripts, artwork, and historic documents, according to a news release. The formal name will be the Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth Center for Special Collections. They are the parents of Erin, a 2012 graduate of Georgetown College, and David Booth is a member of Georgetown’s board of directors.

Alumni Connections Aaron Brown, ’82, was featured on the website of the Global Association of Risk Professionals in a video discussion about evolving missions and challenges as a senior-level risk professional. He is the chief risk manager of AQR Capital Management in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Alumni Connections In a column for, Greg Carpenter, ’84, warned employees that excessive fees can dramatically reduce a 401k account balance. Carpenter founded Employee Fiduciary in 2004, which provides small companies low cost 401k plans.

Alumni Connections Zayo Group, LLC, a Boulder, Colo.-based provider of bandwidth infrastructure, acquired Geo Networks Ltd., a London-based dark fiber provider. Dan Caruso, ’90, is CEO of Zayo Group.

Alumni Connections Robert B. Corman, ’82, was hired as a co-head of technology sector research at Oak Ridge Investments, a Chicago-based investment advisory firm.

Alumni Connections Joseph F. Eazor, ’90, president and CEO of Atlanta-based EarthLink Holdings Corp., an IT services and communications provider, presented at the Jefferies 2014 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Miami in May.

Alumni Connections Hedge Funds Review recently named the Aperios Emerging Connectivity Fund, launched by Gordon Eichhorst, ’97, as Best Emerging Equity Hedge Fund of the Year in the 2014 European Single Manager Awards.

Alumni Connections MedAvante, Inc. launched a new tool for clinicians at clinical trial sites to standardize their assessments called the Virgil Investigative Study Platform. Amy Ellis, ’80, is co-founder and president of the New Jersey–based company, which provides central assessments and quality control in clinical trials for treatments of central nervous system disorders.

Alumni Connections Dino Falaschetti, ’94, joined the Property and Environmental Research Center, PERC, as executive director. PERC is a Bozeman, Montana-based institute dedicated to free market environmentalism.

Alumni Connections Jim Fasano, ’98, vice president of the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, trekked to the magnetic North Pole as part of the True Patriot Love expedition, which raised $1.75 million to help soldiers suffering from the after-effects of their military assignments, according to an article in The Globe and Mail. Fasano started his career as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Alumni Connections Lorraine Fox, ’83, joined Los Angeles–based wealth management firm Aspirant as director of wealth management.

Alumni Connections David Gallitano, ’75, told the Tampa Bay Times that he isn’t interested in “babysitting” as interim CEO of Tampa, Florida-based WellCare Health Plans, a major provider of Medicaid, Medicare and prescription drug plans in 49 states. Since taking on the role, Gallitano has put together a new executive team, boosted spending on computer systems, crossed the country meeting employees, and focused more on health plan members, according to the article.

Alumni Connections Patrick Geddes, ’87, recently wrote a research article called, “What Would Yale do if it Were Taxable?” Geddes is founder and CEO of Sausalito, California-based investment management firm Aperio Group, LLC.

Alumni Connections Evanston, Illinois-based private equity firm Silver Oak Services Partners made an investment in iSystems LLC, a Vermont-based provider of payroll, tax and HR software. Dan Gill, ’90, is a managing partner at Silver Oak.

Alumni Connections Gene Fisher, PhB ’45, ’48, was elected executive director of the Diversey Harbor Lakeview Association, a coalition of more than 11,000 residents in Chicago’s Lincoln Park community. Fisher, who will be serving his 15th consecutive term as chief executive, is president of his namesake marketing and communications corporation, Fisher Marketing Intelligence.

Alumni Connections Hyatt Hotels President and CEO, Mark Hoplamazian, ’89, will be the featured speaker at the Armenian Assembly of America’s 40th Anniversary Gala, taking place in downtown Los Angeles in September. The Washington, DC-based Armenian Assembly of America promotes public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues.

Alumni Connections David Kinnear, ’97, managing director-investment officer of the Chicago branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, was ranked among Barron’s Top Financial Advisors for 2014. Kinnear was ranked 39th in the state of Illinois.

Alumni Connections Asif Khan, ’03, shared “seven tips to secure funding” for entrepreneurs with Small Business Opportunities magazine. Khan founded Chicago-based health care technology company Caremerge in 2012.

Alumni Connections The research center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will be named after Stanley Manne, ’63, thanks to a generous gift from the former corporate leader. The donation, the second largest in the hospital’s history, will help sustain and enhance medical research, according to a news release from the hospital. The exact amount will remain confidential.

Alumni Connections There is a growing demand for “trusted information” by consumers, said Terry Peigh, ’76, senior vice president at New York–based Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., which recently conducted a New Realities research report in India. Peigh told Adgully that those trusted sources include product reviews from experts, friends, and family.

Alumni Connections Sheri Petras, ’97, CEO of CFI Group, a customer service consulting company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press that her best career move was volunteering to manage a division that wasn’t doing well. “I was in the dog division,” she said, adding that she managed to turn it around, get costs in line, and provide more value to customers.

Alumni Connections Tanya and Michael Polsky, ’87, hosted President Barack Obama when he came to Chicago in May for fundraisers for two Democratic U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Michael Bennet of Colorado, according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Alumni Connections “Looks Good on Paper?,” a book by Leslie S. Pratch, ’00, was published by Columbia University Press. Pratch, a practicing psychologist, offers an empirical method for identifying executives who will be effective within organizations by evaluating personality and character traits.

Alumni Connections Walt Disney Co. CFO James “Jay” Rasulo, AM ’82, MBA ’84, is seen as one of two possible successors to CEO Robert Iger, according to a Bloomberg article. Disney is the world’s largest entertainment company with more than $45 billion in sales, according to the article.

Alumni Connections J. Peter Ricketts, AB ’86, MBA ’91, won the six-way Republican primary for governor of Nebraska in May. Ricketts will be the heavy favorite in the general election against Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, according to Politico.

Alumni Connections Jacob Rosengarten, ’78, chief enterprise risk officer for Ireland-based insurance company XL Group plc, delivered the keynote address at the European Insurance Forum, a gathering of 200 insurance and business leaders to discuss pressing global risk management issues.

Alumni Connections Jason Sauey, ‘85, told the New York Times that he resisted opening a factory in China, instead choosing a plant in Mexico for his family-owned plastics company, Flambeau, Inc. Now, American manufacturers are increasingly following his lead as labor costs in China skyrocket, according to the article. “They’re all looking for a new model,” Sauey said. “It’s not just about cost; it’s about speed of response and quality.”

Alumni Connections Zvi Eli Sella, ’91 (XP-60), was awarded the “First Recommended Story" in the annual short-story competition in the Israeli publication, Ha'aretz.

Alumni Connections Rex A. Sinquefield, ’72, co-authored the No. 19 hardcover nonfiction book on the New York Times bestseller list for the week of May 4, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States.”

Alumni Connections Jeanne Sinquefield, AM ’71, PhD ’72, MBA ’79, and Rex A. Sinquefield, ’72, were honored for their “enormous dedication to promoting chess and education,” following the U.S. Chess Championships in St. Louis in May. The Sinquefields, who founded The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, were given keys to the city by St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay.

Alumni Connections Peter Skarzynski, AB ’83, MBA ’88, and co-author David Crosswhite spoke with blogger Bob Morris about their book, “The Innovator’s Field Guide: Market Tested Methods and Frameworks to Help You Meet Your Innovation Challenges.” The book was published by Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Brand in March 2014.

Alumni Connections Cameron Smith, ‘80, is among the first 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows, a highly competitive program that recruits recent graduates and career-changers to teach in high-need secondary schools. Smith was formerly a product risk manager for a national insurance firm and a former Internet business manager in telecommunications.

Alumni Connections Shundrawn A. Thomas, ’99, will oversee all fund activities in an expanded role as executive vice president and managing director of FlexShares at the Chicago-based financial services company, Northern Trust Asset Management.

Alumni Connections Something’s Cooking, a “swanky culinary studio” started by Satish Venkatachaliah, ’11 (AXP-10), in Banagalore, India, was profiled in The Hindu. Drafting off the popularity of reality cooking shows, Venkatachaliah said “we have set up a space that provides a comfortable and participatory environment for a truly world-class experience.”

Alumni Connections Richard Weiss, ’84, American Century investments asset allocation senior portfolio manager, discussed popular target-date funds with Peter Weitz on VoiceAmerica’s Radio Network in May.

Alumni Connections Cynthia Zollinger, ’79, co-founder, president and CEO of San Francisco–based consulting firm Cornerstone Research, was the guest speaker at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum Annual Spring Home Tour and Luncheon in May.

Alumni Connections Mindy Budgor, ’12, spoke to about her memoir, “Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior.” The book, published in September 2013, chronicles her journey to Kenya where she went through the rites of passage to become a Maasai warrior and official member of the tribe.

Alumni Connections Carrie Cassidy, ’11 (EXP-16), was appointed the chief people officer at the Corte Madera, California-based home furnishing chain Restoration Hardware in May.

Alumni Connections Mark Iammartino, ’09 (XP-78), was a winner of M&A Advisor’s 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards in the service provider category. Iammartino is a managing director with MorrisAnderson, a turnaround consulting firm headquartered in Chicago.

Alumni Connections Chicago-based digital marketing agency Rise Interactive won a Client Advisor Award for its work with retail client Caché. Jon Morris, ’05, founded the firm after placing second in the New Venture Challenge in 2004.

Alumni Connections The Northwest Indiana Times named Kelly Schwedland, ’10, a “professional to watch,” for his work as entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures, an Indiana non-profit that helps start-ups.

Alumni Connections Sagar Sheth, ’09, joined MKM Partners as managing director of research sales. Sagar will open and run the Chicago office of the institutional equity research, sales, and trading firm.

Alumni Connections Anthony Stanfield, ’10 (XP-79), was hired as partner-in-charge of the financial services vertical market segment at Netrix, LLC, a Bannockburn, Illinois-based IT provider.

Alumni Connections Robert Stinsa, ’06, was hired as vice president of sales at Arcos LLC, a Columbus, Ohio-based firm that provides software for utility companies.