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Alumni Connections Sayed Badrawi, ’88, was named CEO of PDS Life Sciences, a Basel, Switzerland-based company that develops software for pharmaceutical and life sciences research. He was previously senior vice president for global marketing and sales.

Alumni Connections Patrick Donoghue, ’95, was hired as CFO of PlattForm, a Kansas City–based marketing and enrollment firm for colleges and universities. Donoghue was most recently CFO at Pearson Embanet, which provides resources for online academic programs

Alumni Connections Joe Gold, ’94, was appointed CEO of American operations for the London-based bank Barclays. He was formerly head of client capital management at Barclays’ New York office.

Alumni Connections Dirk Montgomery, ’90, has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of Health Insurance Innovations Inc., effective September 2. Montgomery has more than 20 years of experience in the food and retail industries as a financial and operational executive, with multiple roles as a public company CFO. Most recently, he was the CFO and an executive vice president of Ascena Retail Group Inc., a $4.8 billion women's apparel retail portfolio including the Justice, Lane Bryant, Cacique, Maurices, DressBarn and Catherines brands.

Alumni Connections Vasant M. Prabhu, ’83, was appointed CFO of New York–based NBCUniversal, Inc., a unit of Comcast Corp. He will also oversee technical operations, corporate services, and information technology functions. He was formerly CFO and vice chairman at Stamford, Connecticut-based Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Alumni Connections Horacio D. Rozanski, ’92, was appointed CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., effective January 1, 2015. Rosanski also became a member of the board of directors. He is president and chief operating officer and has played a key role in the firm’s most significant strategic initiatives, including development and execution of the firm’s Vision 2020 growth strategy.

Alumni Connections Caroline Sheu, ’00, has been named chief marketing officer of, a large online destination for finding and managing family care. As’s first-ever chief marketing officer, Sheu will oversee outbound marketing and member communication; acquisition and retention marketing; product marketing; online and offline advertising; event marketing; creative design; public relations and communications; and overall corporate positioning and branding.

Alumni Connections Yaron Turpaz, ’12 (XP-81), was hired as chief information officer at Human Longevity Inc., a San Diego–based genomics and cell-therapy company that seeks to tackle aging. He was previously vice president of informatics and information sciences at the London-based biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc.

Alumni Connections Mikhail Volkov, ’04 (EXP-9), was appointed CEO of Ingosstrakh Insurance Co., a major Russian insurance company headquartered in Moscow.

Alumni Connections Edward Zinser, ’82, was hired as executive vice president and CFO at United Online, Inc. The Woodland Hills, California-based company provides internet services and products through subsidiaries, such as ClassMates, StayFriends, MyPoints, NetZero, and Juno. He most recently served as CFO for Boingo Wireless, Inc., a Los Angeles–based Wi-Fi software and services provider.

Alumni Connections Michael Allman, ’85, was elected chairman of the board of directors of Valencia, California-based H2Scan Corporation, which provides hydrogen leak detection and gas process monitoring systems for industrial markets.

Alumni Connections The board of directors for Dublin, Ohio-based healthcare-services company Cardinal Health, Inc. elected David J. Anderson, ’77, as an independent director. Anderson most recently served as senior vice president and CFO of Honeywell International.

Alumni Connections Bill Bila, ’02, was elected member of the board of the Roma Education Fund, a Budapest-based organization that seeks to close educational gaps between Roma and non-Roma students, and is funded in part by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Alumni Connections Peter Browning, ’76 (XP-36), was appointed to the board of directors for ScanSource, Inc., a Greenville, South Carolina–based distributor of specialty technologies such as barcode scanners.

Alumni Connections Alan Everett, ’85 (XP-54), was appointed chairman of the Arizona State Parks Board by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. He also serves as director of the Arizona Department of Liquor.

Alumni Connections Mark Hoplamazian, ’89, was one of six new members elected to the board of trustees for The Aspen Institute, a Washington, DC-based think tank.

Alumni Connections Eileen A. Kamerick, ’93, was elected a Class III director for ClearBridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc., managed by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC.

Alumni Connections Jerry W. Levin, ’68, was elected to the board of directors of Greensboro, North Carolina–based tobacco company Lorillard, Inc.

Alumni Connections Pierre Lortie, ’74, was appointed as a director of Quest Rare Minerals Ltd., a Canadian rare earth elements developer. Lortie is senior business advisor at the law firm Dentons.

Alumni Connections Paula A. Price, ’88, was appointed to the board of directors for Dublin-based Accenture, a consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company.

Alumni Connections Denise L. Ramos, ’79, was elected to the Praxair, Inc., board of directors. Praxair is an industrial gases company headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut. Ramos is CEO, president, and director of White Plains, New York–based manufacturer ITT Corp.

Alumni Connections Susan L. Wagner, ’84, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world's most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.

Alumni Connections Chris Walters, ’01, was appointed to the board of directors for Bellevue, Washington-based Blucora, Inc., which operates online businesses, including InfoSpace. He currently serves as chief operating officer of Atlanta-based The Weather Company, LLC.

Alumni Connections H. Thomas Watkins, ’79, was appointed to the board of directors for Deerfield, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Horizon Pharma, Inc. He is the former director, president, and CEO of Human Genome Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012.

Alumni Connections Andrew Ainslie, ’90, was named the new dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School He was formerly the senior associate dean of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Alumni Connections Thilo Bobrowski, ’91, founded ATRIUM Partners, an international business advisory firm specializing in growth, performance improvement, and restructuring. ATRIUM is located in Paris, Munich and Dusseldorf, Germany.

Alumni Connections Young D. Chin, ’82, is retiring from his post as chief investment officer for Pyramis Global Advisors, a unit of mutual fund manager Fidelity Investments, according to an article in Bloomberg.

Alumni Connections Richard Dabrowski, ’87, rejoined the New York–based consulting firm Mercer Investments to focus on corporate defined-benefit and defined-contribution consulting. He most recently worked for Strategic Investment Solutions, an independent institutional investment consulting firm.

Alumni Connections Jay Feuerstein, ’80, was named managing director of alternative strategies at Fairport, New York–based investment firm Manning & Napier, Inc., after the company acquired Chicago-based 2100 Xenon Group, LLC, where he was CEO and chief investment officer. 2100 Xenon Group is an investment management firm, specializing in managed futures and global macro strategies.

Alumni Connections Hamline University Law School Dean Jean Holloway, MBA ’84, JD ’84, joined the Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP as counsel . “It’s more important today than ever before that those guiding America’s law schools and developing the next generation of lawyers keep closely in touch with the actual practice of law,” she said in a news release .

Alumni Connections Dr. John Hong, ’02, joined WCCT Global, a pharmaceutical contract research organization, as head of gastroenterological c linical r esearch. The company provides outsourced early drug development and late phase services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology industries.

Alumni Connections Crain’s Cleveland Business named Effram Kaplan, ’03, in its list of “Who to Watch in Finance.” Kaplan works at Cleveland-based investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., as a managing director and principal of the energy and environmental services group.

Alumni Connections The staff of the Minneapolis Star Tribune broke into applause when p ublisher and CEO Michael Klingensmith, ’76, said he would be staying following the paper’s acquisition by Minnesota billionaire Glen Taylor, according to an article in the Star Tribune. Klingensmith said he was excited by the prospect, noting it would give the paper a long-term owner with roots in the state .

Alumni Connections Gitanjali Kundich, ’01, was appointed a director of Alderney Advisors, LLC, a business advisory firm based in Southfield, Michigan.

Alumni Connections Investment Executive profiled James Morrow, ’99, a portfolio manager with Boston-based mutual fund manager Fidelity Investments. He oversees the $461 million Fidelity U S Dividend fund, according to the article, and said that he favors dividend- paying stocks as they better weather the market.

Alumni Connections Connected World magazine named Cathy Peng, ’01 (XP-70), as one of its 2014 Women of M2M. Peng is chief business development officer at San Diego–based antenna manufacturer Ethertronics, Inc.

Alumni Connections Financial services firm Baird announced a merger with Seattle-based investment firm McAdams Wright Ragen in April. Paul Purcell, ’71, chairman and CEO of Baird, said in a press release that the merger will help his Milwaukee-based firm expand its footprint in the Pacific Northwest.

Alumni Connections Dr. Tom Purcell, ’91, the medical director for the University of Colorado Cancer Center, was cited in an Aurora Magazine article as “one of the few, but growing, group of physicians attempting to make cancer care more efficient, demystifying cancer and breaking it down to its base processes of diagnosing, staging, treating, and maintaining.”

Alumni Connections Lisa Rephlo, ’96, was hired as the new executive director of the Fort Collins, Colorado-based Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, an economic development group for Colorado’s clean energy sector.

Alumni Connections Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, chairman of the Chicago Cubs, said he was “over the moon” at the party to celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary in April. “This is an incredible day for our city and for everybody who loves Wrigley,” he said in a article.

Alumni Connections President and CEO of Student Veterans of America Wayne Robinson, ’92, spoke to KMI Media Group about his role as the voice of student veterans in higher education, a critical need given the growth of local SVA chapters. “As the leader of SVA, I have the opportunity to speak on behalf of student veterans from the position of being informed on issues that directly impact them,” said the US Army veteran.

Alumni Connections Thomas Sean Ryan, ’99, was named Americas lead for the strategy marketing and sales practice at AT Kearney, a global management consulting firm.

Alumni Connections Allen Shiner, ’71 (XP-28), had his fifth photograph accepted for publication in the Front Porch Review, a literary online magazine of fiction, poetry, essays, and visual arts. He is the retired founder and president of Shiner+Associates, Inc., an acoustic engineering firm.

Alumni Connections “Always live below your means” is one of the three things Cary Siegel, ’85, says every dad should teach his children in an article in HomeBusiness magazine. The others are to develop a written budget and evaluate it every month and save and invest 50 percent of every salary increase. Siegel, a retired business executive, has five teenage children.

Alumni Connections Gary J. Sternberg, ’01, was appointed executive vice president of corporate and business development at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Eleven Biotherapeutics, which develops protein therapies to treat eye diseases.

Alumni Connections The Hindu mentioned Sam Subramaniam, ’01, in an article about how he and the other co-founders of the New York restaurant Soho Tiffin Junction saw an opportunity to develop an American version of dosa, a classic Indian comfort food.  

Alumni Connections DISH Network appointed Steven Swain, ’94, to lead its p rogramming g roup as senior vice president. Swain was formerly vice president of the c orporate f inance g roup for the satellite service provider, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Alumni Connections Sally Wallace, ’00, was appointed president of C4ISR business group, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, for DRS Technologies, Inc. The firm supplies products and services to military groups, intelligence agencies, and contractors. She was previously vice president of operations for the company’s m aritime and c ombat s upport s ystems business group.

Alumni Connections Tony Wei, ’03, was appointed managing director for finance and administration at Swarovski China, based in the crystal jewelry company’s Shanghai office.

Alumni Connections The Philadelphia News called, Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia, a book by Glenn Williamson, ’86, a “fascinating memoir of an eager developer arriving in Russia in the 1990s.”

Alumni Connections Chengjun Wu, ’03, will take on an expanded role as a portfolio manager at Pittsburgh-based investment management firm Federated Investors, Inc.

Alumni Connections Ana Batholo, ’04, was appointed Brazil’s head of marketing for the Cambridge English Language Assessment, a branch of the University of Cambridge.

Alumni Connections Pedro Cervera, ’12 (EXP-17), was appointed chief of staff of the Regional Minister of Finance in Aragó n, Spain. He will coordinate a team to deliver deficit control and sustainable debt management.

Alumni Connections Diane Garnick, ’12 (XP-81), was named to the board of the CFA Institute Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors independent research for investors and investment professionals around the world.

Alumni Connections Mehdi Hasan, ’06, founded Bright Solar Capital, a solar finance, development, and installation company.

Alumni Connections Shawn McCoy, ’13, launched InsideSources, a non-partisan news start-up in April.

Alumni Connections Jonah Sandler, ’09, authored a book titled, Before the Doors Opened: How One Entrepreneur Captured the Hearts of a Community and the Attention of Facebook. The book traces Sandler’s journey creating Scene75, an indoor entertainment center, and how he attracted tens of thousands of Facebook fans before the facility even opened.

Alumni Connections Neeraj Shah, ’06, was named principal of operations & implementation at HICX Solutions, Ltd., a software and services firm headquartered in London.

Alumni Connections Srin Subramaniam, ’13, was appointed vice president of Accordion Partners, a New York–based private equity consulting firm.