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Alumni Connections PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, elected Daniel Ivascyn, ’98, to serve as group chief investment officer effective September 26, succeeding William H. Gross who has left the firm. Morningstar named Ivascyn its Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year (US) for 2013. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1998, he worked at Bear Stearns in the asset-backed securities group, as well as T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments.

Alumni Connections Goh Swee Chen, ’03, has been named chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore. Swee Chen will lead some 3,000 employees in growing the business, and she is Shell Singapore’s first female chairperson. She joined Shell in 2003 and has led businesses in sales and marketing, and information technology.

Alumni Connections PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has elected Mark Kiesel, ’96, CIO global credit effective. September 26. Morningstar named Kiesel its Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year in 2012 and a finalist in 2010. He has written extensively on the topic of global credit markets, founded the firm’s Global Credit Perspectives publication and regularly appears in the financial media. He joined PIMCO in 1996 and previously served as PIMCO's global head of investment grade corporate bonds and as a senior credit analyst.

Alumni Connections David Merrill Nachman, ’93, was appointed CEO of Vision Internet Providers Inc., a Santa Monica, California-based company that specializes in building websites for local government. The company also announced that Los Angeles–based Caltius Equity Partners was making a growth capital investment in the company.

Alumni Connections Don Pearson, ’00 (XP-69), was appointed CFO of Sparton Corp., a Schaumburg, Illinois-based provider of electromechanical devices. Pearson most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of AMCOL International Corp., a $1 billion global producer of specialty materials.

Alumni Connections Todd Simmons, ’95, was promoted to executive vice president and chief customer officer of Cirrus Aircraft Corp., a Duluth, Minnesota-based aircraft manufacturer. He was previously vice president of marketing.

Alumni Connections Marc Stoll, ’02, was appointed CFO at San Francisco, California-based Anaplan, a cloud-based business planning platform. He previously served as vice president of worldwide sales finance for Apple Inc.

Alumni Connections Steven Erick Swain, ’94, was appointed CFO of Englewood, Colorado-based satellite television provider DISH Network Corp. He was previously senior vice president of programming.

Alumni Connections Joseph Beatty, ’89, was appointed to the board of directors of Jersey City, New Jerseybased Single Touch Systems, Inc., a mobile marketing company. Beatty most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Telular Corp., which provides event monitoring and wireless access solutions.

Alumni Connections Nancy J. Foster, ’88, was elected chairwoman of The Risk Management Association, a non-profit, member-driven professional association for the financial services industry. She is executive vice president and chief risk officer at Park Sterling Corp., the bank holding company for Park Sterling Bank and Citizens South Bank, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Alumni Connections Leo Higdon Jr., ’72, was appointed to the board of directors of Providence, Rhode Islandbased bank Citizens Financial Group Inc. He most recently served as president of Connecticut College.

Alumni Connections Dhiraj Chidambaram Rajaram, ’03, was added to the board of advisors of Mumbai, India-based Accelyst Solutions Pvt Ltd, the company behind FreeCharge, an online platform that provides pre-paid mobile recharging services. Rajaram founded Chicago-based Mu Sigma Inc., an analytics service provider.

Alumni Connections David Phillip Yeager, ’88 (XP-57), was appointed to the University of Dayton board of trustees. He is chairman of the board and CEO of Oak Brook, Illinois-based Hub Group Inc., a freight transportation company.

Alumni Connections Andrew Ackerman, ’95, was named managing director of DreamIt Ventures. He will be in charge of the Austin, Texas-based accelerator’s New York program.

Alumni Connections Jon Philip Andrews, ’98, joined Great Falls, Montana-based investment firm D.A. Davidson & Co. as a software analyst. He works from the firm’s Portland office.

Alumni Connections The Washington Post published a Q&A with James McDonald Anthony, ’00, after he took over as chief operating officer of Severn Savings Bank, a community bank based in Annapolis. “Always remember you are the steward for the shareholders’ investment,” he said, when asked what advice has resonated with him.

Alumni Connections The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business named Gianna Bern, ’89, as the director of the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, a graduate business degree set to launch in Notre Dame's downtown Chicago campus in January. Bern is an associate teaching professor of finance at Mendoza.

Alumni Connections Alan Bruce Cork, ’90, joined Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., an executive search and leadership consulting firm, as partner within the Global Consumer Markets Practice. He will be based in Minneapolis.

Alumni Connections ARCH Venture Partners, which invests in the development of seed and early-stage advanced technology companies, announced that its eighth venture fund closed with more than $400 million in subscriptions, exceeding its target by more than $150 million. Clint Bybee, ’90, Keith Lawrence Crandell, ’88, and Robert Nelsen, ’87, are co-founders.

Alumni Connections Dean Curnutt, ’96, CEO of Macro Risk Advisors, led his company in raising $401,000 in its third annual charitable trading day October 14. All of the net commissions earned from option, stock and ETF trades, will be donated to four diverse organizations selected by MRA. Those included the Cancer Research Institute and the Melanoma Research Fund at the Perlmutter Center at New York University Langone. They were chosen in honor of Curnutt’s  close friend and former colleague, Nick Perry, ’86, who passed away at 52 years of age from metastatic melanoma on June 17.  "Nick was a particularly special individual who touched the lives of many in our industry,” Curnutt said. “He was completely unique, endlessly positive, and entirely good-natured.”

Alumni Connections Social Media Strategies for Investing, by Brian Egger, ’92, will be published by Adams Media in November 2014. The book introduces readers to recent developments in the emerging field of social finance and explains how social media and crowdsourcing tools can be used to inform investment decisions. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

Alumni Connections Elizabeth Ann Evans, ’84, was appointed senior managing director in the forensic & litigation consulting segment at FTI Consulting Inc., a Washington, DC-based business advisory firm. She will be based in Los Angeles.

Alumni Connections Miguel Fragoso, ’86, was named engineering director at Group Lotus plc, a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars. Fragoso was most recently CEO of Millbrook Proving Ground, a technology center for the development of automotive and propulsion systems. He will be based at Lotus’ Headquarters in Norfolk, England.

Alumni Connections Takuya Kamata, ’88, was appointed the World Bank’s country manager for Nepal. Kamata joined the World Bank in 1990. His most recent position was as country manager for Uzbekistan. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the World Bank provides loans to developing countries.

Alumni Connections David Mark Katz, ’93, joined the New York-based  law firm of  Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the Asset Management Practice. He was previously a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin and a coordinator of the firm's Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory practice.

Alumni Connections Don Naphtali Kleinmuntz, AB ’78, PhD ’82, was named director of the University of Notre Dame Master of Science in Business Analytics, a graduate business degree set to launch in the University's downtown Chicago campus in January 2015.

Alumni Connections Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, '89, head of partnering at Roche and a member of the Roche corporate executive committee, has been named one of the top 15 women in biotech by the industry publication FierceBiotech

Alumni Connections Michael Lisse, ’00, was appointed client executive for financial services at Fairfax, Virginia-based  software company 3Pillar Global. He was previously part of the Customer Strategy & Growth practice at KPMG LLP, an audit, tax, and advisory services firm with global headquarters in the Netherlands.

Alumni Connections Frank Mack, ’83, was appointed chief innovation officer of commissions at ADMCi Foundation (American Design and Master Craft initiative). ADMCi invests in industrial design as a driver for innovation of economic and cultural advancement.

Alumni Connections Swiss Bank Lombard Odier reported a net profit as it revealed its financial results publicly for the first time in its 218-year history. Senior Managing Partner Patrick Odier, ’82, said in a statement: “Our group is increasingly diversified, more international and more balanced between private and asset management clients and we are expanding our partnerships with financial services providers.”

Alumni Connections Paul Edward Purcell, ’71, will be awarded the Warren P. Knowles Humanitarian Award at  the Medical College of Wisconsin's 2014 Healthcare Dinner, Monday, November 10, which honors an individual or organization with a commitment to health-related issues. Purcell is chairman, CEO, and member of the board of directors of Milwaukee-based Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities.  

Alumni Connections How Google Works, co-written by  Jonathan Joseph Rosenberg, ’85, and Eric Schmidt, offers an insider look into how the company went from Silicon Valley startup to global technology leader. Rosenberg joined Google in 2002 and is currently an advisor to Google CEO Larry Page.

Alumni Connections The 2014 Sinquefield Cup, named for St. Louis businessman and philanthropist Rex A. Sinquefield, ’72, was slated to be the highest rated tournament in the history of chess with six of the world’s top nine chess Grandmasters attending, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

Alumni Connections Chelsea Rhea Stoner, ’03, became the first female general partner in the history of the 30-year-old Boston-based  venture firm Battery Ventures.

Alumni Connections Boh C. Tsai, ’93, was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame, the packaging industry's highest honor, recognizing a lifetime of innovation and achievement. Tsai is managing director at Amerasia Technologies Inc.


Alumni Connections Ramanan Govindasamy, ’09 (AXP-8), was appointed managing director and CEO of Industrial Asphalts (Ceylon) PLC after acquiring an equity stake of 66 percent in the company, which manufactures and distributes bituminous products in Sri Lanka, according to the Sri Lankan newspaper, the Sunday Observer.

Alumni Connections Maria Michelle Holmes, ’11 (XP-80), was hired as the new head of asset management and trust at BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a Sunbelt-based bank holding company whose subsidiary, Compass Bank, operates 687 branches. Holmes, who will be based in Houston, will also lead the registered investment adviser program for BBVA Securities Inc.

Alumni Connections GrubHub Inc., the food ordering platform co- founded by CEO Matthew Mayer Maloney, ’10, filed to offer an additional 10,000 shares of stock by the company and stockholders. The Chicago company raised a greater-than-expected $193 million in its initial public offering in April.

Alumni Connections Valerie Marie Nelson, MBA ’08, MD ’08, joined Northwestern Medical Group, the Chicago area physician network, and will see patients and provide oncology services at Lake Forest Hospital and the Grayslake Cancer Center. Nelson's clinical focus is hematology/oncology and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and disorders of the blood system.

Alumni Connections Afua Osei, ’13, cofounded the nonprofit She Leads Africa to enable female entrepreneurs in Africa to become part of the continent’s economic growth story. Osei said She Leads Africa is setting itself up to be a resource for potential investors looking to work in Africa.

Alumni Connections Yogesh Sangle, ’10  (EXP-15), has been named Asia senior regional director for Dallas, Texas-based MoneyGram International Inc. Sangle joins MoneyGram from PayPal, Asia Pacific where he held the position of regional director for consumer marketing since 2010.

Alumni Connections Nicolai Schleip, ’09 (EXP-14), was named managing partner of POD Research, a London-based commercial market research firm. He was formerly Western European revenue management director at PepsiCo.

Alumni Connections Raphael Vergnaud, ’08 (EXP-13), joined France-based telecom expense management firm Anatole as vice president of sales & marketing. He was previously EMEA sales director at Mformation, a Woodbridge, New Jersey–based company that provides a suite of mobile device management software.

Alumni Connections Zhiqun Wang, ’04, joined Cincinnati, Ohio-based Formica Corp., the high pressure laminate company, as senior director, strategic business development and analytics.