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No ImageJohn J. Grace, ’89, joined Chicago-based Options Clearing Corp. (OCC), the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, as chief risk officer. He was previously senior managing director at New York-based insurance giant American International Group Inc.

No ImageFrank R. Mack, ’93, was appointed to the position of chief operating officer for Medley, Florida-based AWP Windows & Doors LLC. AWP is the leading manufacturer of high quality, impact resistant windows and doors in the remodel and replacement market in the state of Florida.

No ImageChristopher Moore, ’12 (XP-81), was named CEO of Frisco, Texas-based US Youth Soccer. Moore comes to US Youth Soccer after serving the past four years as the president and chief operation officer of GENYOUth, a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 with a mission to help young people improve nutrition and physical activity.

No ImageMary L. Pierson, ’82, was promoted to co-CEO of Fairpointe Capital LLC. She cofounded the Chicago-based investment advisor company in 2011.

No ImageStephen J. Riney, ’91, was appointed executive vice president and CFO at Apache Corp., a Houston-based oil and gas company. Most recently, Riney served as the chief financial officer for exploration and production at oil and gas company BP plc.

No ImageCatherine Hardy Sharkey, ’00, was named CEO of Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, a natural food retail co-operative with 10 stores in the Puget Sound region. She was previously vice president of operations at Starbucks and will be the first female CEO at PCC, according to The Seattle Times.

Alumni ConnectionsJason D. Von Bank, ’07, was appointed president and CEO of Wellbeats, a virtual group fitness program based in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Von Bank was most recently at Marshall, Minnesota-based home food delivery company Schwan’s Home Service Inc. where he led business development and served as managing director of Schwan’s Cares, an online fundraising network.

No ImageRobert F. Cummings Jr., ’73, was one of two new members appointed to the board of directors of W.R.Grace & Co., a Columbia, Maryland-based specialty chemical company. He has served as vice chairman of investment banking at New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. since 2010.

No ImageDavid Dohnalek, ’88, was appointed to the board of directors of New York-based Private Export Funding Corp., which helps finance US exports. He is senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. and chairman of Boeing Capital Corp.

No ImagePrashant Dubey, AB ’88, MBA ’93, was appointed to the board of directors of Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon’s only public academic health center.

No ImageMike Gupta, ’97, joined the board of Seattle e-commerce company Zulily. Gupta is senior vice president of strategic investments of San Francisco-based social networking company Twitter Inc.

No ImageGary Graves, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. and Lakewood, Colorado-based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc.

No ImageDavid C. Habiger, ’98, joined the advisory board of 5BARz International Inc., a San Diego-based company providing a device that strengthens cell phone service. Habiger is senior advisor at Menlo Park, California-based private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, which has offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.

No ImageThe third novel by T.D. Arkenberg, ’86, None Shall Sleep, is set for a late 2015 release. His second novel, Jell-O and Jackie O, a coming of age novel, was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition. Arkenberg lives in Brussels and is working on a memoir.

No ImageRobert Bestani, ’75, was appointed to the position of faculty chair for national security and economic policy at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. In this position he is teaching macroeconomics, the political economics of Asia, and a course on nuclear power and nonproliferation. He is also working as executive director for corporate outreach.

No ImageJulia M. Brady, ’96, was appointed senior associate dean, engagement strategy and external relations, a newly created position at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago. She is also founder and principal of Perceptive Strategies, a strategic marketing firm focused on the higher education and health care sectors in the Chicago area.

No ImageDean Curnutt, ’96, CEO of New York-based Macro Risk Advisors, an independent derivatives strategy and execution firm, was ranked sixth in the 2014 Tabb Group Survey of Option Research Providers, the only boutique broker-dealer that ranked in the top 10.

No ImageJan Anne Dubin, ’94, (XP-63), CEO of Jan Anne Dubin Consulting, was chosen to co-chair the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute’s conference, Transformative Women’s Leadership: Empowerment by Improving Participation and Representation. She will also moderate a panel at the summit, which will address the various challenges affecting female leadership opportunities in some of the world’s largest organizations.

No ImageAdam M. Grabow, ’02, was appointed vice president of buy side and advisor sales at Morningstar Asia Limited, a subsidiary of Chicago-based financial research firm Morningstar Inc. He recently relocated to Singapore to take on the role.

No ImageHyatt is launching a new brand of hotels called Centric, with 15 opening this summer in major business and leisure destinations, according to the website Skift. Mark S. Hoplamazian, ’89, is president and CEO of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp.

No ImageRichard A. Hutchinson, ’87, was hired as president of Traverse City, Michigan-based classic vehicle insurer Hagerty Insurance Agency. He previously held multiple senior leadership roles at Mayfield Village, Ohio-based insurance giant Progressive Corp.

No ImageDaniel J. Kessler, ’06 (XP-75), was promoted to partner at Cleveland-based private equity firm Cyprium Partners. Kessler was a member of the investment team formerly known as Key Principal Partners that went on to form Cyprium in June of 2011.

No ImageThomas H. Kieren, ’68, stepped aside from his career in strategic market planning consulting to spend more time managing his national architectural photography business and his Jefferson Jazz/Swing Sextet ensemble, which plays at corporate events, night clubs, and not-for-profits.

No ImageMobileIron, the mobile IT platform cofounded by Ajay Mishra, ’93, was named No. 1 fastest growing technology company on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. The company was also honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the top 50 Best Places to Work in 2015.

No ImageJoseph Neubauer, ’65, who announced he was stepping down as chairman of Aramark Corp., had a “remarkable tenure,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The company grew to $13 billion in annual revenue when he stepped down as CEO in 2012. “Even more extraordinary was his ability to navigate the capital markets, taking the company private on two occasions and then public again, always backed by blue-chip Wall Street investment banks,” according to the article.

No ImageEddie Podolsky, ’97, became a partner and was named vice president of LLJ Ventures LLC.
LLJ is the private equity arm of the San Diego-LM Group, a wealth management group managing over $8 billion in assets.

Jonathan Reinsdorf, ’02, was featured in a Crain’s Chicago Business column about his efforts to build a tech company called FroogaliT with partner Alex Hilton. The company, which has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Montreal, offers a credit card payment system. Reinsdorf, the youngest son of Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, counts the White Sox among clients.

No ImageRichard Mashaal, AM ’89, MBA ’89, founder of Canadian hedge fund Senvest Partners LP, told Barron’s his strategy is: “Buy stocks that are so out of favor that people are wrong about them, and stay with those companies until you see the upside.” Senvest was ranked No. 37 on last year’s Barron’s Top 100 Hedge Funds.

No ImageJamil Nazarali, ’94, was ranked No. 25 in Institutional Investor’s Trading Technology 40, an annual ranking of the top 40 innovators in the field of trading technology. He is head of Chicago-based Citadel Execution Services.

No ImageErik Østergaard, ’01, is chairman of Denmark’s new $70 million Maritime Museum of Denmark, designed by star architect Bjarke Ingels. It was selected by the New York Times as one of the “52 places to go in 2014.”

No ImageAlverno College in Milwaukee has raised almost $32.8 million in a capital campaign, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. Paul E. Purcell, ’71, CEO of Milwaukee-based financial services firm Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., was one of three who kicked off the campaign in 2011.

No ImageClayton Rose, AB ’80, MBA ’81, was named the next president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Rose is currently a faculty member at the Harvard Business School, teaching management, ethics, leadership, and managerial values, according to the Portland Press Herald. He was previously vice chairman and chief operating officer at the investment bank J.P. Morgan in New York.

No ImageApple Inc. reported the largest net income of any public company in history in the three months leading up to December due to record iPhone sales, according to the Financial Times. Susan Wagner, ’84, founding partner and director of BlackRock Financial Management, is a member of Apple’s board of directors.

No ImageJoyce Winnecke, ’05 (XP-74), was appointed president of Tribune Content Agency, the rapidly expanding syndication and licensing unit of Tribune Publishing Co., headquartered in Chicago, according to Robert Feder’s Chicago media blog.

No ImageSangita C. Woerner, ’99, joined Seattle-based Alaska Airlines as vice president of marketing, overseeing the company’s strategic marketing, advertising, and branding programs. She most recently served as vice president of global coffee brand management at Starbucks Coffee Co.

No ImageMeredith M. Addy, ’15 (XP-84), national head of the patent litigation group at Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, was named to the “Top 10: 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers.” Super Lawyers is a service that rates outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas. The only woman in the top 10, Addy focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and federal circuit appeals with an emphasis on complex technological matters.

No ImageJoanne Zhuo Chen, ’14, was hired as an associate at Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Foundation Capital. She was formerly an associate at Hyde Park Angels and Hyde Park Venture Partners in Chicago.

No ImageThe website TechRepublic featured a profile of Jenn Eldin, ’11, director of marketing at American Express Serve. Serve is a prepaid account geared toward people who don’t have traditional bank accounts.

No ImageGuru Gupta, ’05, was promoted to managing director of New York-based global investment bank Morgan Stanley effective January 1, 2015. He covers investment banking clients in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. Morgan Stanley is a leading global investment bank.

No ImageGulnar Hasnain, ’11 (EXP-16), became the first mainstream political candidate in the United Kingdom to accept bitcoin—an online payment—donations toward her parliamentary campaign, according to the International Business Times.

No ImageIn less than a year as CEO of Australian real estate agency Kay & Burton, Nadia Karkar, ’08, has “changed the face of the brand, paving the way for more women to follow,” according to an article in Woman with Drive, an online publication hosted by Porsche Cars Australia.

No ImageShe Leads Africa, a start-up cofounded by Afua Osei, MBA ’13, MPP ’13, that supports young female entrepreneurs in Africa, was featured in an article on

No ImageBenjamin Tan, ’06 (AXP-5), was appointed regional general manager Asia of New South Wales-based Qantas Airways and will be based in Singapore. Previously, Tan was group head of sales at the Asia Pacific airline Jetstar Group.

No ImageLiz Tilatti, ’13, founder of Chicago-based ZipFit Denim, spoke at a Women Tech Founders event at Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub 1871 in January, according to the Chicago Tribune’s publication Blue Sky Originals. She told attendees to identify their passions and evaluate business opportunities: “Before you start a venture, think about it a little bit.”