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No ImageFrederic (Jake) Franklin Brace, ’82, was appointed interim president and CEO of Tulsa-based Midstates Petroleum Co., Inc. He was also named a member of the board of directors.

No ImageDavid Broecker, ’89, was named CEO of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, a nonprofit institute created to help Indiana life sciences companies and academic researchers work together on pressing human health issues.

No ImageSteve Byrd, ’91, joined Sportradar US as chief commercial officer. Sportradar is the largest global sports data provider in the industry serving more than 800 clients globally. Its North American headquarters are in Minneapolis.

No ImageAndrew Clarke, ’98, joined Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based third party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. as CFO.

No ImageJoseph L. D'Amico, ’84, was appointed interim CFO of Phoenix-based Apollo Education Group Inc., the parent organization of the University of Phoenix.

No ImageTom De Weerdt, ’12, was named executive vice president and CFO of Deerfield, Illinois-based Surgical Care Affiliates Inc., an operator of ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals. De Weerdt was most recently corporate controller of Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition, a $4 billion revenue publicly traded pediatric nutrition company.

Alumni ConnectionsMark William Durand, ’86,was appointed CFO of San Diego–based Sorrento Therapeutics Inc., a late-stage clinical oncology company developing new treatments for cancer and associated pain. Most recently, he was an independent strategic consultant for emerging pharmaceutical firms.

No ImageChris Gannon, ’10 (XP-79),was appointed CFO of San Leandro, California-based Energy Recovery Inc., replacing Joel Gay, ’10 (XP-79), who was promoted to CEO. Gannon was most recently managing director at turnaround and restructuring firm Conway MacKenzie, where he as lead restructuring advisor to the city of Detroit throughout its bankruptcy.

No ImageAtul Kavthekar, ’97, was named CFO of Washington, DC-based promotional offer website LivingSocial Inc. Kavthekar was formerly CFO and head of corporate development in Sears Holdings Corp.’s health and wellness solutions business, according to a news release.

No ImageDonald K. Klink, ’96was named CFO of Downers Grove, Illinois-based Addus HomeCare Corp., a comprehensive provider of home and community-based services for individuals at risk of hospitalization or institutionalization.

No ImagePeter Gerard Leemputte, ’83,will assume the role of CFO and treasurer of Waterbury, Vermont-based Keurig Green Mountain Inc., a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, effective Aug. 17

No ImagePeter Macken, ’91, currently CEO of Irmaco nv, a technology group consisting of four independent companies, will take on the position of CEO at Belgium-based diamond company HRD Antwerp on a full-time basis as from the end of August 2015.

No ImageCody Phipps, ’91, was named president and CEO of Richmond, Virginia-based Owens & Minor Inc., a leading healthcare logistics company. He will also join the company’s board of directors.

No ImageStephen Sexauer, ’81, was hired by the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association as the investment chief for its $10.6 billion public pension fund.

No ImagePenny Michelle Vigneau, ’96, was named chief operating officer of Largo, Florida-based Largo Medical Center, a 425-bed teaching hospital with three campuses. Previously she was senior vice president of cardiovascular, neuro and behavioral health services at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware.

No ImageJason Scott West, ’98, was appointed chief marketing officer at Avery Island, Louisiana-based McIlhenny Company, maker of TABASCO Brand products.

No ImageAndrew Michael Appel, ’91, president and CEO of Chicago-based market research firm SymphonyIRI Group, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Advertising Research Foundation.

No ImageJohn W. Estey, ’76, was elected as the independent board chair of fertilizer company Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. at a shareholder meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in May.

No ImageDana Charles Hayes, ’96, group vice president of Global Partner Development at Little Rock, Arkansas-based marketing technology and services company Acxiom Corp., was elected to the board of directors of The Ad Council, a non-profit organization and the largest producer of national public service campaigns in the US.

No ImageRhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced her intent to nominate Scot Arthur Jones, ’88, to the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) Board of Directors. The QDC is a quasi-state agency responsible for the development and management of the Quonset Business Park in order to attract and retain successful businesses that provide diversified jobs.

No ImageAlisa Miller, MBA ’99, MPP ’99,was elected to serve on the board of directors of Indianapolis-based education foundation Lumina Foundation. Miller, president and CEO of Public Radio International (PRI), is the first woman to lead a public radio network.

No ImageMelanie Palm, MBA ’04, MD ’04, was elected to the board of directors of Atlanta-based media company Cox Enterprises. Trott is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BDT Capital Partners LLC., a Chicago-based merchant bank.

No ImageMeredith R Siegfried, ’07, was named to the board of directors of St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Inc. and its subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines Inc. and ExpressJet Airlines Inc. Siegfried is president and CEO of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based aircraft component manufacturing and repair company Nordam Group Inc.

No ImageMark S. Suster, ’99 (EXP-4), joined the board of directors of Los Angeles–based tech startup Ferris, a video editing and sharing app. Suster is founder of Upfront Ventures, a Los Angeles–based investor in the online video business.

No ImageByron D. Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82, founder, chairman and CEO of BDT & Co., a Chicago-based merchant bank, was named to the board of directors of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, a national media and automotive-services company.

No ImageH. Thomas Watkins III, ’79, was elected vice rector of The William & Mary Board of Visitors. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting from William & Mary in 1974.

No ImageJames Samuel Westfall, ’76, joined the board of directors of San Francisco–based Presidio Bank, a Bay Area business bank.

No ImageThe Wesley Anderson Endowed Chair of Business at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, was named in honor of, Wesley Anderson, ’67, retired CFO for the university. The chair, named for his outstanding fiscal leadership and service to the university, will be occupied by the chair of the Business Department of Trinity College.

No ImageThe Masters in Business radio podcast spoke with David Booth, ’71, founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Dimensional Funds Advisors. It was broadcast on Bloomberg radio.

No ImageSteven Francis Campbell, ’99, joined mortgage New York–based Real Estate Investment Trust Annaly Capital Management Inc. as a managing director, head of Annaly Credit Strategy. Mr. Campbell joined Annaly from New York–based investment management firm Fortress Investment Group LLC where he was a managing director in the Strategic Capital Group.

No ImageChris Cleveland, ’90, was elected chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. He is CEO of Chicago-based Dieselpoint Inc., a provider of enterprise search and navigation software. He welcomes contact from Chicago Republicans.

No ImageBedford Falls Foundation Charitable Trust, a foundation established by William E. Conway Jr., ’74, and his wife Joanne, awarded a $4 million grant to The Catholic University of America School of Nursing to fund full four-year scholarships to students who will be encouraged to fill nursing jobs in the Washington, DC area after graduation. Conway is co-CEO and managing director of The Carlyle Group.

No ImageChris Curtis, ’99, joins Chicago-based advisor-owned financial services company HighTower Advisors as executive vice president, finance & accounting to lead HighTower's financial and accounting activities.

No ImageDirk Debbink, ’90 (XP-59) who retired as vice admiral with the U.S. Navy in 2012, was one of the guest speakers at a Memorial Day salute in Rome, Wisconsin. Debbink serves as chairman and CEO of MSI General Corp., a design-build general contractor, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

No ImageMichael Conrad Drendel, ’03, was hired as managing director at Boston-based LEERINK Partners, a leading healthcare investment bank, to lead the Specialty & Generic Pharmaceuticals franchise.

No ImageHillary Anne Ebach, ’89, was hired by Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group as vice president, general counsel. She will lead the company’s legal activities, oversee the internal audit function, and serve as corporate secretary. Ebach joins Journal Media Group from Chicago-based Wrapports, LLC, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and a portfolio of digital businesses.

No ImageMalcolm Fabiyi, ’08, co-wrote an analysis of the 2015 Nigeria Electoral Survey for

No ImageDino Falaschetti, ’94, was named chief economist for the Congressional Committee on Financial Services. He will advise Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and other committee members on matters involving banking and insurance, money and credit, and securities and exchanges.

No ImageAjay Goel ’00, Dino Falaschetti ’94, was named chief economist for the Congressional Committee on Financial Services. He will advise Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and other committee members on matters involving banking and insurance, money and credit, and securities and exchanges.

No ImageMark Samuel Hoplamazian ’89, is “quite the hands-on CEO,” writes Micah Solomon for Forbes in an article about the Hyatt Hotel & Resorts CEO’s efforts to transform the company culture, from the orientation program to scheduling issues for housekeepers.

No ImageGreen Apple Red Book, the first book by Rebecca Li-Huang ’98, won an honorable mention in 2015 San Francisco Book Festival. Li-Huang reports that the memoir portrays the “American Dream” and “Chinese Dream” from the perspective of a first-generation Chinese-American born in the heat of the Cultural Revolution who came to America after the Tiananmen Square protest and crackdown.

No ImageEric Jacquier, PhD ’91 was appointed investment strategist at Melfa Wealth Management, a boutique investment firm with offices in Westborough and Boston. He currently holds the professorship in derivative securities at the University of Montreal Business School and is a professor at Boston University School of Management.

No ImageBruce Wayne Jones, ’97, was named group president of Financial Services Business at Norwalk, Connecticut-based document management company Xerox Corp.

No ImageConnie and Dennis J. Keller, ’68, donated $10 million to the Chicago natural history museum The Field Museum for a long-standing conservation initiative now named the Keller Science Action Center. That, plus, two other major donations, jump-started a $250 million capital campaign by the museum, according to the Chicago Tribune.

No ImageCrain’s Chicago Business profiled Chris Keogh, ’98, head of the private wealth practice in Goldman Sachs' Midwest office in Chicago. He described how the 9.0 earthquake in Japan in 2011, which he experienced from the 44th story of his office in Tokyo, motivated his return to the U.S. “The rocking back and forth and whip effect was scary,” he said.

No ImageMark Leon, ’00, was named CFO for the Chicago-based American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

No ImageThe Green Progression, an environmental regulatory thriller Bruce Levinson, ’84, wrote with New York Times best selling author L.E. Modesitt and originally published in 1992, was released as an e-book by Macmillan/Tor in June.

No ImagePatrick J. Long, ’99, rejoined Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. as managing director in the depository investment banking group. Long will be based in the Richmond, Virginia office of the firm, a full‐service, boutique investment bank and broker‐dealer that specializes in the financial services sector, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp.

No ImageSara N. Paretsky, AM ’69, MBA ’77, Phd ’77, was recently named president of the Mystery Writers of America, a prestigious writers’ organization launched in 1945, according to the website Woman Around Town. She is the bestselling author and creator of detective V.I. Warshawski.

No ImageMarie Caroline Peters, ’91, video game developer Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s marketing manager for Australia and New Zealand, and self-described “long time gamer” told MCV Pacific that she believes “games can change the world.”

No Image“In a world where data is the new oil, we are the Halliburton,” said Dhiraj Chidambaram Rajaram, ’03, founder and CEO of data-analytics outsourcing firm Mu Sigma Inc. The Chicago-based company, which has attracted financing from Sequoia Capital, aims to increase annual sales to $1 billion within five to seven years from about $250 million currently, Rajaram said in a Bloomberg Business article.

No ImageCrocs Inc., led by CEO Gregg Ribatt, ’94, is making its biggest marketing push yet to help revive the colorful plastic clogs, launching a new global campaign around the theme “Find Your Fun,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The company is based in Niwot, Colorado.

No ImageHenry Joseph Ritchotte, MBA ’93, AM ’93, will move from the role of chief operating officer to chief digital officer at Deutsche Bank AG as part of a realignment of responsibilities to enable the delivery of the Frankfurt-based bank’s new strategy, Strategy 2020.

No ImageMichael Allen Ritter, ’76, took over the reins as treasurer of the US Executive Board of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works through the medium of sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth.

No ImageEllen Ava Rudnick, ’73, clinical professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and executive director for the Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, was added to the board of directors of healthtech incubator Matter, which recently opened space in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

No ImageGuillaume Sainteny, ’02 (EXP-7) chaired a French governmental commission which published an official report on "Subsidies Harmful to Biodiversity". The English version was recently published.

No ImageSMS Assist, the Chicago-based company that uses cloud and mobile technology to track and manage facilities maintenance, raised another $45 million in financing, bringing their total funding to $105 million, according to the website Built in Chicago. Marc Robert Shiffman ’94, is CFO.

No ImageThe Consulting Apprenticeship, by Steve Shu, ’99, was released augy 2015 for Amazon Kindle and Apple iBook. It’s written for business professionals and consultants with a focus on nuances passed on during apprenticeship regarding the execution of consulting-style projects.

No ImageCraig David Sterling, ’00, joined Pioneer Investments as senior vice president, head of equity research, US. He will manage Pioneer’s team of 14 U.S. equity research analysts based in Boston. Pioneer Investments is the trade name for Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A. and its subsidiaries.

No ImageMark Raymond Stevens, ’93, was promoted to executive director of the Air Movement and Control Association International, an Arlington Heights, Illinois-based not-for-profit trade association with a mission is to advance the health, growth and integrity of the air movement and control industry. He had previously held the role of deputy executive director, a position he occupied for two years.

No ImagePeter Thompson, ’00, former chief executive of Perkins Investment Management, is starting his own firm, Magis Leadership Advisers, according to the Chicago Tribune. Magis has three arms: consulting and advisory services, particularly to financial services firms; executive search; and leadership development.

No ImageSteven Mark Vandemore, ’88, was named president of Rockford, Illinois-based Southern Imperial Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of store fixture hardware and display solutions for the retail industry.

No ImageJay D. Welsh, ’03, joined Chicago-based specialty pharmaceutical company AltaThera Pharmaceuticals as vice president for commercial operations.

No ImageRocket Fuel: The one essential combination that will get you more of what you want from your business, co-authored by Mark Winters, ’95, and Gino Wickman, became a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon. The book outlines a model to establish and maximize the entrepreneurial relationship between visionary leaders and complementary execution-oriented leaders.

No ImageGlenn Allison, ’11 (XP-80), was hired by Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Company as vice president of IT engineering and operations. Tractor Supply is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States with over 1,400 retail stores and annual revenues of approximately $5.7 billion.

No ImageThomas John Anderson, ’05 (XP-74), author of the New York Times bestseller, The Value of Debt in Retirement, was scheduled to speak on May 5 at an event hosted by The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders).

No ImageDavid M. Blanchett, ’10, head of retirement research for the Morningstar Investment Management group, won the 2015 Montgomery-Warschauer award awarded by The Financial Planning Association for his May 2014 Journal of Financial Planning article "Exploring the Retirement Consumption Puzzle." Now in its fourth year, the Montgomery-Warschauer Award honors the paper published in the Journal of Financial Planning that provided the most outstanding contribution to the betterment of the profession in the preceding year.

No ImageIn the article “Frontlines to Finance: How the Marines Shaped Our Investment Philosophy,” Wesley R. Gray, MBA ’10, PhD ’10, and Patrick R. Cleary chronicle how they met and went on to serve in the Marine Corps. Gray founded Broomall, Pennsylvania-based asset management firm Alpha Architect and Cleary is chief operating officer.

No ImageManoj Kumar, ’07 (EXP-12) the new managing director and area general manager of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, India, is returning to his home country after almost a decade and a half. "These are interesting times for India and I am excited to be in one of the priority markets for the company," Kumar told The Economic Times.

No ImageMatt Maloney, SM ’00, MBA ’10, told the Wall Street Journal that he plans to expand his Chicago-based online food-ordering company GrubHub Inc. by looking beyond traditional restaurants. He said he expects diners to place more online orders for food made by entrepreneurs who sell prepared food but don’t offer a sit-down restaurant.

No ImageStandard Bank Namibia has welcomed Andrew Maske, ’05, on its team as its new head of the project management office & strategy coordination.

No ImageEric Siebert, ’10, was named vice president of corporate strategy at San Leandro, California-based Energy Recovery Inc., the leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows. Joel Gay, ’10 (XP-79), president and CEO of Energy Recovery, said with the addition of both Siebert and CFO Chris Gannon, ’10 (XP-79), he is “increasingly confident that this leadership team can move the company forward on its objectives.”