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Alumni Connections Carol Bramson, ’92, has been appointed president and CEO of Woonsocket, Rhode Island–based Summer Infant Inc. The company makes health, safety, and wellness products for infants and toddlers.

Alumni Connections Donald Cole, ’88, has been promoted to CEO from chief operating officer of CCMC, a national community association management firm headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The association works with master-planned communities, municipal and utility districts, commercial associations, and community foundations.

Alumni Connections Jim Hanrahan, ’86, has been named executive vice president and CFO of Bartech, a professional services and staffing firm and subsidiary of The Bartech Group, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.

Alumni Connections Carmen Heredia-Lopez, ’97, has been promoted to chief investment officer from director of investments of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund. She oversees a nearly $10 billion investment portfolio.

Alumni Connections At investment management company PIMCO, Daniel Ivascyn, ’98, has been promoted to deputy chief investment officer. He is managing director in the company’s Newport Beach, California headquarters.

Alumni Connections Catherine Kozik, ’87, has been appointed chief information officer of Downers Grove, Illinois-based truck brokerage and logistical services firm Hub Group Inc.

Alumni Connections Daniel O’Brien, ’80, has joined New York–based background check company Sterling Infosystems Inc. as CFO.

Alumni Connections Dan Powdermaker, MBA ’95, AM ’95, has been appointed CEO of Portland, Maine-based AcademicMerit LLC, maker of online assessment, instruction, and learning tools designed to improve literacy for students in grades six through 12. 

Alumni Connections Rahul Sachdev, ’99, has been named CEO of San Francisco–based Get Satisfaction, a community platform that helps companies manage their online consumer experiences.

Alumni Connections Konstantin Artioukh, ’10 (EXP-15), has joined the management board of Moscow-based commercial and investment bank Rosbank as deputy chair, an appointment authorized by the Central Bank of Russia.

Alumni Connections Mike Blake, ’94, has been appointed to the board of directors at Bethesda, Maryland-based cloud-based hotel staffing and guest mobility services company StayNTouch Inc. Blake is chief information officer at San Francisco–headquartered international hotel management company Commune Hotels + Resorts Inc.

Alumni Connections Michael Fung, ’86 (XP-55), retired senior vice president and CFO of Wal-Mart US, has been named to the advisory board of Austin, Texas-based tech start-up Shelfbucks Inc., which offers special offers and coupons on smart phones.

Alumni Connections Richard Greco, ’96, has been appointed to the board of directors of AnalytixInsight Inc. The data and analytics company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Greco is CEO of New York–based Filangieri Capital Partners, a venture capital and mergers and acquisitions advisory-services firm.

Alumni Connections Thomas Lewis, ’80, has been named chair of the board for New Canaan, Connecticut-based Waveny LifeCare Network, a nonprofit health-care organization for senior citizens. He had been vice chair. Lewis is director of business development with Bourgeon Capital Management LLC, based in Darien, Connecticut.

Alumni Connections C. Richard Neely, ’80, has been appointed to the board of directors of Plymouth, Michigan-based Perceptron Inc. The company makes robot-guided measuring and inspection machines for industrial use. Neely is senior vice president and CFO of San Jose, California-based Intermolecular Inc., a research and development firm in the semiconductor and clean energy industries.

Alumni Connections Jeffrey Raday, ’90, has been named chair of the Builders Association, the Chicago chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, a leading association for the US construction industry. Raday is president of Rosemont, Illinois-based commercial and multifamily builder McShane Construction Co.

Alumni Connections Thomas Sidlik, ’73, has been appointed to the board of directors of Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., a Novi, Michigan-based global supplier of automotive sealing, fuel and brake, and fluid transfer systems.

Alumni Connections Michael Anglin, ’03, has joined McLean, Virginia-based management consulting firm Blue Ridge Partners as principal.

Alumni Connections Joseph Beury, ’79, has joined Blacksburg, Virginia-based National Bank as senior vice president and trust officer. The community bank is a subsidiary of financial holding company National Bankshares Inc., also Blacksburg-based.

Alumni Connections New York–based Apollo Management Group, where Joseph D’Amico, ’84 (XP-53), serves as executive vice president and advisor to the CEO, has raised $18.4 billion, making it the largest private equity fund since the credit crash, the Financial Times reported on January 10. Apollo senior executives pitched in $880 million, the article said. Third party investors included sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, and public pension funds.

Alumni Connections Michael Denton, ’81, has joined Ernst & Young as executive director in the New York office, focusing on business risk-taking. Headquartered in London, the company is one of the big four accounting firms.

Alumni Connections Sumter Packaging Corp., headquartered in Sumter, South Carolina, has acquired Iredell Container Corp. of Statesville, North Carolina. “Iredell’s tradition of high-quality printing and excellent customer service has made it a great fit for us culturally,” said company chair Benjamin DeSollar, ’95, in a press release.

Alumni Connections At Chicago-based advisory services firm Lincoln International LLC Michael Fisch, ’02, has been promoted to managing director from vice president, director.

Alumni Connections Nelson Gibson, ’00 (XP-69), has been named president of Lawrenceville, Georgia-based Chemtura AgroSolutions, a global manufacturer of crop protection products and subsidiary of Chemtura Corp.

Alumni Connections David Hobbs, ’93, has been promoted to the Group Executive Committee at British multinational retailer Tesco PLC as the Group Business Planning director.

Alumni Connections William Hodder, ’01, has been appointed vice president of business development at Lexington, Massachusetts-based biotech company Promedior Inc. The company develops fibrosis treatments.

Alumni Connections Randall Kobat, ’97, has joined vAuto as vice president and general manager. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, vAuto is a $100 million software business providing technology and other tools to help car dealers improve their used vehicle department sales and profits.

Alumni Connections Randy Miller, ’87, a real estate agent with Weichert Realtors in Ridgewood, New Jersey, has been named to Weichert’s Executive, Million Dollar Sales, and Million Dollar Marketed Clubs.

Alumni Connections Scott Palm, ’82, has joined Reno, Nevada-based EP Minerals LLC as vice president, strategy and corporate development. The company produces diatomaceous earth, clay, and perlite for use in a variety of products and industries.

Alumni Connections Kevin Phillips, ’95, has been promoted to president of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Thetford, North America, a supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine, and heavy-duty truck industries. Phillips joined Thetford in 2005 as vice president of Sales and Marketing, North America.

Alumni Connections Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, discussed the future of the team and his family’s involvement at a gala in his honor to support the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The event raised $600,000 and drew 400 guests, said a January 21 article in the Pioneer Press.

Alumni Connections La Jolla, California-based Auspex Pharmaceuticals, which is led by president and CEO Pratik Shah, SM ’93, PhD ’96, MBA ’99, announced in a PRNewswirearticle on February 5 that it was selling 7 million shares of its common stock at an initial public offering price of $12 per share. The IPO was expected to close February 10.

Alumni Connections Owen Shapiro, AM ’90, MBA ’96, became president of Chicago-based market research firm Shapiro + Raj, which formed when businessman Zain Raj bought a majority interest in the former Leo J. Shapiro & Associates. “We believe the future of our business is all about delivering smarter, better, and more strategic capabilities and bringing on someone with Zain’s credentials and expertise will help us succeed in this new realm,” Shapiro, formerly a vice president at Shapiro, said in a January 13 PRNewswire article.

Alumni Connections Sid Sibal, ’03, has joined New York–based Verizon Communications as a director with the device-marketing and portfolio-planning group.

Alumni Connections Agus Tandiono, ’95, has joined the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as senior fund manager in its Hong Kong office. The pension board is headquartered in Toronto.

Alumni Connections Edward Tune, ’99, has joined independent investment management firm Brown Advisory as portfolio manager and partner in its Chapel Hill, North Carolina office. The firm has principal offices in Baltimore and Washington, DC, and additional offices in New York; Wilmington, Delaware; and London.

Alumni Connections Marcus Yoder, ’97, executive director of sales and business development of the Americas at San Francisco–headquartered IGT (International Game Technology) Interactive, was named one of 25 People to Watch in 2014 by Global Gaming Business magazine.

Alumni Connections Naveen Baweja, ’06, has been named vice president of analytics at Chicago-based insurance company CNA Financial Corp.

Alumni Connections Thomas Cusack, ’06 (XP-75), has been named president of North America division for flexible packaging machinery company Comexi Group Industries, which is based in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Comexi Group SI is headquartered in Riudellots de la Selva, Spain.

Alumni Connections Marguerite Dillard, ’07, has joined organic juice producer Thomas Le Prince SA, to support its expanding export business in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other Middle East nations, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. The fruit producer is headquartered in the heart of Vallieres Savoy, France.

Alumni Connections San Francisco–based tech start-up GoodApril, an online tax planning application that helps consumers pay less in taxes, was purchased in August by Mountain View, California-based software company Intuit, which makes tax-preparation software TurboTax. The purchase occurred before GoodApril completed the program at prestigious start-up incubator Techstars Boulder, the first time in Techstars’s history for such an early acquisition, said Benny Joseph, ’09, GoodApril cofounder and CEO, in a note to Chicago Booth magazine. As part of the acquisition, Joseph became director of product development at Intuit.

Alumni Connections At Chicago-based investment research provider Morningstar Inc., Kunal Kapoor, ’04, has been promoted to head of information, products, and client solutions, from head of client solutions.

Alumni Connections André König, ’04, CEO of and founder of New York–based tech start-up Braintracer, has launched MoodTune, a mobile platform focused on improving mental health.

Alumni Connections Ming Pan, ’04, has joined Shanghai-based GTJA-Allianz Fund Management Ltd. as equity fund manager specializing in investment in China’s A-share telecom media technology sector.

Alumni Connections Eric Poupier, ’07, has been appointed to group executive vice president, business development, at Copenhagen, Denmark-based global engineering company FLSmidth & Co. A/S.