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Alumni Connections Bernard V. Olmedo Dy, MBA ’89, AM ’97, was named president and CEO of the Philippines-based property developer Ayala Land Inc. He was formerly chief operating officer and executive vice president.

Alumni Connections Erik M. Graber, ’99, was appointed chief operating officer of New York–based MF Global Holdings Ltd., as the brokerage firm undergoes liquidation. He is an independent advisor and interim executive for companies in transition.

Alumni Connections Lawrence “Larry” A. Gyenes, ’83 (XP-50), was named CFO of Pine Brook, New Jersey–based Elusys Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Gyenes was formerly senior finance executive at Boston-based Columbia Laboratories, Inc.

Alumni Connections Kush Jain, ’99, cofounded the company EaseSocial, which develops software to manage marketing initiatives across various social media networks. He is also CEO.

Alumni Connections Juliet E. Johansson, ’98, was named executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Boca Raton, Florida–based office supply giant Office Depot, Inc. She was most recently a senior vice president for dental implant manufacturer Biomet 3i.

Alumni Connections Dror Karidi, ’06, was appointed president and CEO of Montreal­-based Alasko Foods Inc., a Canadian importer of frozen fruits and vegetables.

Alumni Connections Thomas K. Parrent, ’96, was named chief risk officer of Greensboro, North Carolina–based United Guaranty Corp., which provides mortgage insurance products to lenders. He was formerly a senior managing director at American International Group, Inc.

Alumni Connections Banesco USA hired George Salas, MBA ’98, MPP ’98, as CEO and president of the Coral Gables, Florida–based bank. Salas was previously CEO of Banesco Panama.

Alumni Connections Gregg W. Throgmartin, ’07 (XP-76), was named CEO of BikeStreet USA, a chain of specialty bike shops. Throgmartin was formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based home appliance and consumer electronic retailer h.h. gregg.

Alumni Connections John J. Walpuck, ’87, was appointed CFO and chief operating officer of Wireless Ronin Technologies, Inc., a digital marketing company based in Minneapolis.

Alumni Connections Robert Zukis, ’03 (AXP-2), was named CEO of Austin, Texas-based Bloomfire, a computer software company.

Alumni Connections Lisa R. Ricciardi, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Chimerix, Inc., a Durham, North Carolina-based biopharmaceutical company.

Alumni Connections Nicholas W. Sayers, ’09, joined the board of directors for the Florida Venture Forum, a statewide group that supports venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Sayers is a vice president of Concentric Equity Partners, a private investment firm based in Chicago that provides capital and support to growing companies.

Alumni Connections The board of directors for Phoenix-based Pinnacle West Capital Corp., an energy holding company, elected David P. Wagener, ’80, as a new member. Wagener is managing partner of investment and advisory firm Wagener Capital Management.

Alumni Connections Robert J. Andrews, ’91, was hired as a managing director of the Healthcare Investment Banking team at Baird, an international financial services firm. He will be based in Baird’s Chicago office.

Alumni Connections Clifford S. Asness, MBA ’91, PhD ’94, coauthored an op-ed published on the Wall Street Journal website in April.titled “High-Frequency Hyperbole”, which addresses popular concerns over high-frequency trading. Asness is managing and founding principle of the Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment management firm AQR Capital Management.

Alumni Connections Nagesh A. Basavanhalli, ’98, spoke to the website Adgully in March about his position as president and managing director for Fiat and Chrysler India Operations. According to the article, he was appointed to the position in April of last year to strengthen the company’s business position in India. “With 108 dealerships across 81 cities and 22 states in India, we are pretty much across the length and breadth of the country and we will continue and probably go up to 150 dealerships,” he said.

Alumni Connections Mark W. Brown, ’02, was hired by Global Hunter Securities, LLC, as director and senior oilfield services analyst. The New Orleans–based investment bank focuses on natural resource sectors.

Alumni Connections IMS Health Holdings Inc. launched its initial public offering in April. Ronald E. Bruehlman, ’84, is CFO of the Danbury, Connecticut-based prescription-data provider.

Alumni Connections Deerfield, Illinois-based Sterigenics, a sterilization services provider owned by private equity firm GTCR LLC, reached a deal in March to buy Canadian medical isotopes supplier Nordion Inc. for $727 million, according to Reuters. Philip A. Canfield, ’96, is a managing director at GTCR.

Alumni Connections Jan Armstrong Cobb, ’79, was named one of the Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year in April. Armstrong Cobb, who is vice president of asset management and customer service at Duke Realty, was lauded for her efforts to “join every cause, to help whenever possible and sleep only when nothing is left to do.”

Alumni Connections Kevin M. Collier, ’98, was hired by Minneapolis-based Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America as assistant vice president of policyholder services. He was most recently vice president of partner operations at Capital One in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Alumni Connections Timothy L. Dove, ’81, spoke to the Dallas Business Journal in March about lifting the ban on crude oil exports and expanding liquid natural gas exports. “We’ve now proven as an industry we can produce a tremendous amount of natural gas,” he said, adding that exporting natural gas would provide jobs. Dove is president and chief operating officer of Irving, Texas-based oil and gas company Pioneer Natural Resources.

Alumni Connections J. Patrick Doyle, Jr., ’88, was selected by Nation’s Restaurant News as its 2014 Norman Award winner. The award honors a restaurant executive who demonstrates extraordinary leadership skills and consistently mentors and inspires future industry leaders.  Doyle is president and CEO of Domino’s Pizza Inc. Under his leadership, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based chain grew by 631 stores in 2013, adding 573 new international locations.

Alumni Connections Jarom W. Fawson, ’03, was promoted to principal at Los Angeles–based private equity firm VMG Partners, LLC. Fawson joined VMG in 2012 as a vice president.

Alumni Connections Annaly Capital Management, Inc. hired David L. Finkelstein, ’00, as a managing director to its agency portfolio team. He joined the New York–based real estate investment trust from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Alumni Connections Mark T. Flavin, ’91, will speak at a webinar in June titled “Sales Talent Management: Improving Sales Performance Requires More Than Pay.” Flavin is global leader of sales force effectiveness and rewards practice at Towers Watson & Co., a New York–based risk management and human resources consulting firm.

Alumni Connections Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, created a $10 million challenge grant at the Illinois Institute of Technology to establish the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. Kaplan cofounded Zebra Technologies in 1965, a global leader in bar code technology.

Alumni Connections Kevin M. Knapp, ’02, spoke to CFO Magazine about the dearth of talent to help organize, set up, and run Big Data systems. Knapp, who is CFO at Chicago-based employment website CareerBuilder, said that Big Data “has emerged so quickly that there’s not as much talent around as companies need to get maximum value out of all the data.”

Alumni Connections Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan, ’88, donated $3 million to Booth to create a scholarship for students from India. Three students from India will each receive $25,000 from the endowment fund this fall. Ramakrishnan is founder and chief investment officer at Meru Capital, a New York–based investment firm. “It is our pleasure and privilege to support this world-class institution that has helped shape my intellectual and professional growth,” he said in a statement.

Alumni Connections The Daily Herald Business Ledger profiled Robert A. Mariano, ’87, as he expands his brand of grocery stores, Mariano’s, further into the Chicago-area marketplace. Mariano scooped up about a dozen empty Dominick’s stores and aims to expand from 17 to 50 stores, according to the article. Mariano’s is operated under Milwaukee-based parent company Roundy’s Inc.

Alumni Connections Megan J. McArdle, ’01, spoke at Skidmore College’s Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture in April. McArdle, a journalist and blogger, published her first book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success in February.

Alumni Connections Glen T. Senk, ’80, partnered with Berkshire Partners, LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, to invest in innovative, high-growth retail and consumer businesses. Senk’s newly formed firm, Front Row Partners, LLC, and Berkshire Partners have committed to an initial investment of $350 million. Senk was previously CEO of New York–based jewelry retailer David Yurman.

Alumni Connections The Star Beacon in Ashtabula, Ohio, ran a feature on Laura A. Silvieus, AB ’78, MBA ’83, as she was inducted into the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame in April. Silvieus was one of the first two women to receive an athletic scholarship to the University of Chicago under Title IX. She applied after a teacher showed her a Parade magazine article about the scholarship. “I just called and asked for an application,” Silvieus said. “I don’t want to brag, but I think I had a solid application.” She played volleyball, basketball, and softball.

Alumni Connections Bonnie K. Smith, ’98, was named senior vice president, information technology, for Eaton’s Industrial Sector, a sector of the Ireland-based power management company. She will be based in Cleveland.

Alumni Connections Sunil E. Soares, ’96, coauthored an article for Information Management featuring key considerations for setting up a centralized data management department. Soares is founder and managing partner of Information Asset, LLC, a consulting firm that helps companies build their data governance programs.

Alumni Connections Kanika Subbiah, ’99, launched CherryTin, an online store which features personalized gifts, according to an April article in the New Indian Express. Subbiah, based in Chennai, India, said she started it 10 months ago “to make quality gifts accessible.”

Alumni Connections Crain’s Chicago Business featured Mary A. Tolan, ’92, as she embarks on an effort to raise a $500 million private equity fund called Chicago Pacific Founders focused on health care investments. She spent two decades at Accenture Ltd., the Dublin-based management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, before cofounding Accretive in 2003 as a billing consultant to hospitals and physicians groups, according to the article.

Alumni Connections Wellesley College has chosen Susan L. Wagner, ’84, as its 2014 commencement speaker. Wagner, who received a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley in 1982, is cofounder and director of BlackRock, Inc., a New York–based asset management company.

Alumni Connections Wayne Weitz, ’89, managing director at turnaround firm Gavin/Solmonese LLC was listed in Turnarounds & Workouts “People to Watch” list for 2014, which honors business professionals making their mark in turnaround, bankruptcy, and restructuring. He was recognized for his financial advisory roles in several high-profile bankruptcy cases in 2013.

Alumni Connections The Minneapolis Star Tribune featured a new mobile app called “Doctors on Demand” in an April article. The app allows patients to meet with doctors via video chat. Pat Basu, MBA ’05, MD ’05, is chief medical officer.

Alumni Connections The Wall Street Journal covered a recent study by Singapore-based consulting firm Eden Strategy Institute on the needs and spending behaviors of Asia’s emerging middle class. Calvin Chu, ’09 (AXP-8), is a partner. The company also recently launched a joint initiative with the Singapore government to help multinational corporations create innovations for the emerging middle class.

Alumni Connections Business Insider featured a start-up called TheStylisted, launched by Julia C. Carmona, ’13, and Lauren E. Katzberg, ’13. The website allows women in major cities to connect with a network of professional stylists who come directly to their home, office, or hotel.

Alumni Connections Sean Everett, ’11, was hired as the product manager of Piksel OVP, the online video platform for the New York–based video company.

Alumni Connections Chris Hill, ’04, and Jeff Wilcoxon, ’04, launched Bobtail Ice Cream Company after participating in the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge. The Chicago-based ice cream chain celebrates its tenth anniversary this spring with a signature flavor each week and a free second scoop of that flavor.

Alumni Connections Michael Holt, ’06, was named global head of equity and corporate credit research at Chicago-based investment research firm Morningstar, Inc.

Alumni Connections James Reeves, ’13, was hired as vice president for business and social purpose at Edelman, a public relations firm based in Chicago.