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BesankoBruce Holt Besanko, ’92, was promoted to executive vice president, COO, of Supervalu Inc., a Minnesota-based grocery wholesaler and retailer. He was most recently CFO.

CrewDebra Ann Crew, ’00, was named president and COO of Winston-Salem, North Carolina–based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the largest subsidiary and cigarette producer of Reynolds American Inc. She was previously president and chief commercial officer.

Mary Titsworth Chandler, ’11, was named executive director of corporate responsibility for Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins Inc. and CEO of the Cummins Foundation. Cummins Inc. is a corporation of business units that manufactures diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies.

Sunil M. Doshi, ’98, was named CFO of Zoe’s Kitchen Inc., a Plano, Texas-based restaurant chain with more than 160 locations in 17 states.

Harry F. Hixson Jr., ’78 (XP-41), was appointed interim CEO and interim principal financial officer of San Diego–based Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. He has been a director since 2004.

HoytMark Hoyt, ’00 (EXP-5), was named CFO, secretary, and treasurer of Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois-based VASCO Data Security International Inc., a leader in authentication, electronic signatures, and identity management. He was most recently CFO of Groupon’s operations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

KandelEugene Kandel, MBA ’87, PhD ’90, was appointed CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, a nonprofit organization that connects international business and government leaders with Israeli innovators and technologies. He was most recently head of the National Economic Council and economic advisor to the prime minister of Israel. He is a professor of economics and finance at the Hebrew University.

Mark Patrick Lee, ’83, was appointed CFO of PENSCO Trust Co., a San Francisco–based company that helps investors use their retirement account funds to invest in real estate, private equity, and other non-exchange traded assets. Lee most recently served as the CFO and managing director of the Stanford Management Company, which manages $24 billion in investment and endowment assets for Stanford University.

McGivneyMark C. McGivney, ’96, was appointed CFO of New York–based Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., a global professional services firm. McGivney most recently served as senior vice president of corporate finance for the company.

MikellsKathryn A. Mikells, ’94, was named CFO of London-based Diageo PLC, which produces adult beverages such as Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, and Guinness. She was previously CFO of Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox Corp.

Christopher P. Pagano, ’95, was named chief risk officer of New York–based Assurant Inc., a provider of specialized insurance products. He is presently executive vice president, CFO, and treasurer.

Duane Portwood, ’00 (XP-69), joined Lake Forest, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Akorn Inc. as executive vice president and CFO. He most recently served as vice president and corporate controller of The Home Depot Inc.

ScowcroftJohn Scowcroft, MBA ’83, PhD ’91, was appointed chief credit officer of Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, which provides independent credit risk research.

Wisconsin area health care system Aurora Health Care hired Preston Simons, ’96 (XP-65), as CIO. Prior to joining Aurora, Simons served as CIO for North Chicago, Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories.

DreyfusMark B. Dreyfus, ’80, was named to the board of directors of Paris-based Hubwoo S.A. after Perfect Commerce S.A., a Software as a Service firm, purchased a controlling ownership of the company. Hubwoo provides comprehensive spend management and collaborative business process automation services.

No ImageHaydee Núñez Gonzalez, ’05, was appointed to a two-year seat on the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 89 school board. She is the director of adult, veteran, and commuter student affairs at DePaul University in Chicago.

No ImageAlex Zyngier, ’97, was appointed to the board of directors of Tucson, Arizona-based AudioEye Inc., a company that aims to improve web accessibility for its clients.

No ImageChris Baker, ’97, was named general manager for healthcare IT company IMS Health in Thousand Oaks, California.

No ImageThe Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales awarded Ray Ball, MBA ’68, PhD ’72, an honorary membership in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the accounting profession and UK business. He is Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting at Booth.

No Image"We are grateful to the National Institutes of Health for its support of our research program," said Remi Barbier, ’89, chairman, president, and CEO of Austin, Texas-based Pain Therapeutics, after the NIH awarded the company a $1.7 million innovation grant to conduct studies on a new potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

No Image"He's very charismatic and at the same time, very approachable," said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz of Arnold Donald, ’80, Carnival Corp. & PLC president and CEO, in a Sun Sentinel article. Since he took the helm two years ago, he’s helped engineer a public relations and financial turnaround of the cruise company, according to the article.

No ImagePaul Brown, ’67, was named Alumnus of the Year for Quincy University, a private, liberal arts college located in Quincy, Illinois. He served Quincy University from 1967 until 1984 in senior management and helped establish four endowed scholarships in honor of Franciscan presidents and professors.

No ImagePaul Bullington, ’98, is CFO at Southern Light LLC in Mobile, Alabama, which builds and operates fiber optic networks for governments, wireless carriers, and private customers. The company was ranked one of the 100 best workplaces for women by Fortune and was named an Inc. 5000 company, which ranks the fastest growing private companies in America, for the ninth year in a row.

No ImageRobert Cherry, ’00, joined Regal Beloit Corp. as vice president of investor relations. Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, the company manufactures electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation, and power transmission products.

No ImageJennifer Childe, ’96, was appointed senior director in Chicago of Clermont Partners, a boutique strategic communications firm.

No ImageDeutsche Boerse AG appointed Ashwin Kumar, ’88, as global head of product development for the Germany-based exchange organization. Kumar was a founding partner of hedge funds Meru Capital and Old Lane.

No ImagePeter W. Dawes, ’98 (XP-67), was appointed president, auxiliary products, of Irving, Texas-based Global Power Equipment Group Inc., a provider of custom-engineered auxiliary equipment and maintenance support for the global power generation industry.

No ImageJohn T. G. Deveras, ’89, was named head of the asset management and remedial group at Philippine bank Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.

No ImageJim Foster, ’96, is leading an expansion into the Atlanta market by asset management firm Warren Averett Asset Management LLC. He is senior client consultant at the firm. Qualtrics

No ImageNicole Lev Ross, ’97 (IMBA-1) was hired as vice president of strategy and consulting at AllTranstek LLC, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based commercial rail transport management and consulting company.

No ImageDouglas F. Londal, ’91, was hired as partner and private equity head at MSD Capital LP, the New York–based private investment firm established to manage the capital of Michael Dell and family.

No ImageJerome Lucas, ’82, joined Summit Trail Advisors as a partner in the independent advisory firm’s New York office. He was previously managing director, investment representative and co-head of the Investment Advisory Council at Barclays Wealth.

No ImageCharles McQuaid, ’76, donated $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management to establish an endowed professorship in finance. He graduated from the university in 1974 before attending Booth.

NaruSarath Naru, ’83, managing partner and founder of India-based venture capital firm Ventureast, spoke with the Financial Express, and said: “Good times come to those who wait. We have managed to generate returns as high as 45 times the investment. We are now on our third generation of funds. Our investors must be happy.”

No ImageKaren E. McCann Ogden, ’92, was named interim executive director of Woodcock Nature Center, a nonprofit nature center in Wilton, Connecticut. She is a former member of the board of directors.

No ImageVincent J. Pappalardo, ’94, was hired by Cleveland-based investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. as managing director.

No ImageKaren Lynch Parkhill, ’92, vice chairman and CFO of Dallas-based bank, Comerica, was named to American Banker’s list of the 25 most powerful women in banking. "Make sure you surround yourself with people who lift you up and treat you with the respect you deserve," Parkhill told the publication.

ParcellPaul E. Purcell, ’71, was named 2016 co-chair of the United Performing Arts Fund campaign in Milwaukee, the largest community-based arts fund in the country. Purcell is chairman and CEO and a member of the board of directors of Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities, including Robert W. Baird & Co.

RajaramThe Wall Street Journal quoted Dhiraj C. Rajaram, ’03, founder and CFO of data-analytics consulting firm Mu Sigma Inc., in an article about Silicon Valley’s efforts to woo Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. He was also nominated as one of the Economic Times’ “Fabulous 40 personalities of India.”

No ImageEileen M. Serra, ’80, CEO of Chase Card Services at JPMorgan Chase, was named to American Banker’s list of the 25 most powerful women in banking. Serra is the only female chief executive at any of the six largest credit card issuers, according to the article.

No ImageKris Slethaug, ’96, was named vice president of marketing communications and operations at Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Merrill Corp., a provider of secure content sharing, regulated communications, and compliance services.

No ImageIrving, Texas-based marketing company Epsilon appointed Ashish Sinha, ’95, as country head of Epsilon India. He most recently served as managing director at AIG Data Solutions.

No ImageKris Swanson, ’95, joined Boston-based Charles River Associates, a consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, financial, and management, as a vice president in the Chicago office.

No ImagePaul Tashima, ’90, managing director of investments of UBS Financial Services corporate cash management group, was ranked No. 17 in Barron’s 2015 Top 100 Financial Advisors. He is based in Chicago.

No ImageJacob Thomas, ’97, was appointed president of Clarcor Inc.’s Engine/Mobile Filtration Group. Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Clarcor is a diversified marketer and manufacturer of mobile, industrial, and environmental filtration products.

No ImagePeter Thursby, ’90, joined San Francisco–based Bank of the West as senior banker in the Chicago office of its commercial banking group.

Wagel“As I got older, it became more and more important to me, quite candidly, that the brand I was going to represent and be the face of would be something that reflected my belief system,” said Samir U. Wagle, ’95, about his decision to take a job as CEO of Chicago-based fast casual restaurant chain Protein Bar. He was interviewed for a Chicago Tribune Q&A.

No ImageSerge Zins, ’03 (AXP-2), was appointed group chief compliance officer at corrective lens company Essilor International, based in Singapore.

No ImageJeff Bishop, ’13, was named to the Freedom Area Educational Foundation Hall of Fame, which recognizes the achievements of alumni of Freedom Area School District, located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He works for Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners in New York.

No ImageLee Everson, ’13 (EXP-18), was appointed head of large corporate banking in the South West for London-based bank Barclays.

No ImageBill Hardin, ’09 (XP-78), joined Boston-based Charles River Associates, a consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, financial, and management, as a vice president in its Chicago office.

No ImageVarabott Ho, ’12 (EXP-17), penned an article about mergers and acquisitions in Cambodia for Management Insider, a Cambodian business publication.

No ImageGigato, a mobile marketing platform that rewards users in India with data for spending time on partner apps, was featured in articles on the Your Story and Fast Company websites. Shailesh M. Nalawadi, ’06, cofounded and is the CEO of Mavin Inc., the company that released the app.  

No ImageThe website Tech Circle profiled HealthEnablr, a start-up founded by Bamasish Paul, ’14 (AXP-13), which connects patients and physicians via video, telephone, and messages. Launched in Kolkata, it also offers services in Pune, Delhi-NCR, Bangalore, and northeast India.