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Alumni ConnectionsJose Antonio Alvarez, ’96 (EXP-1), was appointed CEO of Spain’s Banco Santander, one of the world’s biggest banks. He was formerly CFO and has been with the bank since 2002.

Alumni ConnectionsOliver Bilal, '03 (EXP-8), was named CEO of Baroda Pioneer Asset Management Company Ltd., a joint venture in India from Pioneer Investments and Bank of Baroda. He will be based in Mumbai, India.

Alumni Connections Junho Cho, ’84, president of LG Corp., holding company for consumer electronic giant LG Electronics Inc., was appointed to a new role as president and CEO of LG Mobile Communication Co. Cho has strong knowledge of LG's mobile operations, according to a news release, having previously led the South Korean company’s mobile business strategy and sales and marketing for North America from 2001 to 2007.

Alumni Connections Pieter Lesterhuis, '02, joined Chicago-based engineering consulting firm H.W. Lochner Inc. as a senior vice president and CFO. He most recently served as director at mid-market investment bank KPMG Corporate Finance LLC.

Alumni ConnectionsKimberly J. McGarry, ’03, joined Chicago-based The Options Clearing Corp., or OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, as senior vice president and CFO. She was most recently senior vice president, chief accounting officer at First Midwest Bank.

Alumni Connections Chris Perrault, '93, was appointed chief operating officer at Ethical Electric, a Washington, DC-based renewable energy company providing clean electricity to customers in seven states and Washington, DC. He told The Washington Post the company “matches” his beliefs.

Alumni Connections Erwin Rezelman, '03 (AXP-2), took on the role of president and CEO of Urban Integrated Solutions based in New York. The company is a software and consulting provider for “Smart City” solutions, offering integrated cloud-based services in the areas of transportation, traffic, energy, and facility management with an overarching focus on sustainability.

Alumni Connections Michael D. Simon, '85, has joined Bai Brands as CMO. Bai is an early stage, health-oriented retail beverage company based in New Jersey. Simon formerly was CMO of Panera Bread.

Alumni ConnectionsStephen P. Smith, '92, is expected to become executive vice president and CFO for Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. following a planned separation with NiSource Inc. in mid-2015. He is currently executive vice president and CFO of Merrillville, Indiana-based energy company NiSource.

Alumni Connections Markus Stadlmann, '99, has been appointed chief investment officer of Lloyds Banking Group and joined the board of Lloyds Bank Private Banking Ltd. In this capacity, he oversees the strategic alliance with Aberdeen Asset Management for the bank.

Alumni Connections Michael O. Staiger, '90, was appointed CFO of San Francisco–based ThousandEyes Inc., which provides network performance management. He formerly served as CFO of Guavus, a data analytics company.

Alumni Connections Jacob Berman, ’72, was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Israel Discount Bank of New York, an FDIC member commercial bank. He most recently served as president of his own financial advisory firm, JB Advisors Inc.

Alumni Connections Philip P. Burgess, ’80, was elected to serve a three year term on the executive committee of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. As president of Philip Burgess Consulting LLC in Chicago, he assists health care clients with regulatory issues and implementing technology to improve patient care.

Alumni Connections Lyle Logan, ’89, was appointed interim board chair of the DeVry Education Group, a global education provider. Logan has been a director since 2007.

Alumni Connections Mark Loughridge, ’82, former CFO of IBM Corp., was one of four independent directors added to the board of Midland, Michigan-based chemical corporation Dow Chemical Co.

Alumni Connections Joseph Neubauer, ’65, chairman of the board at Aramark Corp., was named to the board of directors of Mondelez International Inc., which produces snack brands such as Oreo, Cadbury, and Trident.

Alumni Connections Meredith R. Siegfried, ’07, was appointed to Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum board. She is CEO of NORDAM, a Tulsa-based aircraft component manufacturer and repair company.

Alumni Connections Scott C. Swanson, ’96, president of PNC Bank in Illinois, was named chair of the board of trustees of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. "Science has the power to inspire and empower people to accomplish great things," he said in a news release.

No ImageJames Adams, ’98, was appointed chief operating officer of New York–based Choice Logistics Inc., which helps companies manage their global supply chains. Adams joined Choice in January 2014 from the premium logistics company Panther Expedited Services Inc., where he was executive vice president of sales and operations.

No ImageMichael Armstrong, ’02, has been named executive vice president and general manager, international brand development for Viacom International Media Networks. Armstrong is a 2012 receipient of the Chicago Distinguished Alumni Award.

No ImageSilicon Valley tech company Giva, founded by Ron Avignone, ’88, offers semiannual $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who write the 600- to 1,000-word essays judged the best. Submission deadlines are June 1 and December 1 annually. More details are at

No ImageYahoo Inc. bought Cooliris, a San Francisco developer of photo management applications, co-founded by Soujanya C. Bhumkar, ’99. The Cooliris team wrote in a website message that Yahoo is the “perfect partner” because of its “clear vision and unwavering commitment to making mobile an intuitive and effortless experience.”

No ImagePeter Boatwright, MBA ’97, PhD ’97, received the Carnegie Bosch Professorship of Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He has been instrumental in creating and teaching popular business courses on topics that include new product management, pricing strategy and integrated product development, according to a news release.

No ImageStephen E. Cernich, ’02 (XP-71) was named interim chief actuary of Bermuda-based Athene Holding Ltd., which provides retirement savings products through its subsidiaries. He is a founding employee and executive vice president.

No ImageLawrence M. Coyle, ’94, was named site vice president at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York, making him the top official for the Entergy Nuclear plant. Entergy Nuclear’s power plants deliver electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

No ImageRichard Elden, ’66, was one of four new members inducted into the Alpha Hedge Fund Hall of Fame in 2014. According to Institutional Investor, Elden “created the first U.S. fund of hedge funds with $500,000 in 1971. Today the firm, Chicago-based Grosvenor Capital Management, oversees more than $46 billion, including $20 billion in private market investments.”

No ImageEric Feinberg, ’02, was promoted to senior vice president and co-head of the Chicago office of commercial real estate firm Savills Studley. Feinberg has been with the firm for more than 12 years. The move comes about seven months after London-based Savills acquired New York–based tenant brokerage Studley, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

No ImageStacie Frank, ’02, was one of three Booth alumni named to Crain's Chicago Business's 40 Under 40 list of up-and-comers for 2014. Frank is senior vice president and treasurer, Exelon Corp.

No ImageKatherine F. Gnapp, ’89, was named commercial real estate banking executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, she was most recently commercial real estate banking executive for the west region.

No ImageSCM Strategic Capital Management AG, a Zurich-based investment advisor for institutional investors, was acquired by Mercer, a human resource and financial services consulting firm. Stefan W. Hepp, ’90, is the founder and CEO of SCM.

No ImageWilliam A. Hodder, ’01, was appointed senior vice president, corporate development for Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. Hodder joins the company with over 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, including 16 years as a successful business development executive.

No ImageRon Huberman, MBA ’00, AM ’00, was selected as a key member of Illinois governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s transition committee. Huberman is operating executive at Chicago-based firm Prairie Capital L.P.

No ImageAlliant Energy, where Patricia L. Kampling, ’91, is CEO, had one of the highest proportions of female directors on its board among Standard & Poor’s 1500 index, according to a Wall Street Journal article, with 50 percent.

No ImageWedding Speech, the debut novel by Khaliza Khalid, ’02 (AXP-1) was nominated for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was published in Malaysia in 2013. Libraries worldwide chose 142 books for the prize.

No ImageMichael L. Kubacki, ’76, Lake City Bank executive chairman, was named 2014 Business Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber at its 25th Annual Awards Dinner in Indianapolis. Lake City Bank, headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, is the single bank subsidiary of Lakeland Financial Corp.

No ImageEvelyn Lazare, ’70, published her second novel, The Ladies Who Still Don't Lunch, a sequel to The Ladies Who Don't Lunch. The novels tell the story of six women who get together for dinner at their Chicago homes, where they share the stories of their lives, loves, and losses.

No ImageGlenn D. McCoy, ’76, retired from his position as CFO of First Citizens Bancshares Inc. and its bank subsidiary, Raleigh, North Carolina–based First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company in November. This followed the merger of First Citizens Bancorporation of South Carolina into BancShares.

No ImageChicago city treasurer Stephanie D. Neely, ’89, joined Northbrook, Illinois-based insurance giant The Allstate Corp. as its vice president, treasury.

No ImageTriet M. Nguyen, AB ’77, MBA ’79, was appointed managing director of corporate and municipal credit solutions group at NewOak Capital LLC, a New York–based financial services consulting firm. He most recently served as founder and managing partner of Lake Forest, Illinois-based Axios Advisors, an independent municipal research and investment advisory firm.

No ImageTextura Corp., co-founded by Howard L. Niden, AB ’80, MBA ’84, William H. Eichhorn, ’85, and CEO Patrick Allin, is partnering with Greensill Capital, a Manchester, England-based firm and Morgan Stanley, to streamline the billing process for construction companies, according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business. The company makes payment management software for construction companies and has about 250 employees at its Deerfield, Illinois, headquarters, according to the article.

No ImagePritzker Group Venture Capital is leading a $6 million investment in, an education web portal, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Anthony N. Pritzker, ’87, is co-founder and managing partner.

No ImageCarl D. Rutstein, ’94, was appointed president of The Kessler Group, the Boston-based credit card consulting and affinity marketing company. He most recently held the position of senior partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group.

No ImageAGS Health, which provides billing and coding services to the healthcare industry, announced it will open its fourth delivery center in Delhi, India, and has grown to more than 2,000 employees in its third year of business. Devendra K. Saharia, ’97, is CEO of the company, which already has three centers in Chennai, India.

No ImageAmi Salk, ’84, founded Claritywise, a Paris-based training company, in 2014.

No ImageLiz and Randal B. Sandler, ’94, pledged $1 million to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation to support a new initiative to accelerate clinical trials of drugs currently used to treat other diseases that are repurposed for Mild Cognitive Impairment, now recognized as the earliest clinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the pledge, they challenged others to partner with ADDF to raise an additional $3 million for clinical trials by the end of 2014.

No ImageDiane Schwarz, ’88, vice president and chief information officer of Providence, Rhode-Island based Textron Inc., is “driving IT innovation” at the multi-industry company, which owns brands such as such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, and Beechcraft.

No ImageNicholas Sinai, ’04, was appointed as one of two inaugural recipients of a newly established Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Sinai is currently U.S. deputy chief technology officer at the White House.

No ImageGerald J. Stalun, ’86, joined Sol Systems, a Washington, DC-based solar energy finance and investment firm as senior director of investments.

No ImageJonathan Wolman, ’96, moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he has joined Insurance Office of Central Ohio as an agent. He is the third generation to be in the family business, which has been in existence since 1923.

No ImageMasao Yoshikawa, ’97, was hired as a managing director at Greenhill & Co. Inc. in the investment bank’s Tokyo office. He was most recently head of the Telecom, Media and Technology group for Japan at Citigroup.

No ImageRichard H. Young, ’02 (AXP-1) managing director of the National Football League China, said a new, multi-year agreement between NFL China and marketing firm Epsilon International, will “deepen fan engagement and further connect with our NFL fans in China," according to a news release.

No ImageSan Jose, California-based CipherCloud, which provides software that secures data across multiple cloud applications, raised $50 million in new funding in November. Patrick J. Zanoni, ’00, is vice president of finance.

No ImageJorge Bautista, ’06 (EXP-11) formerly CEO of Alphabet Spain is now CEO of Alphabet Holland. Alphabet, founded as the fleet management division of BMW Group, is headquartered in Munich.

No ImageMatthias de Ferrieres, ’08 (AXP-7), former CMO of AXA Asia’s Regional General Insurance, is spearheading the start-up Stark Group Private Ltd. as its managing director. Stark Group aspires to accelerate the crucial transformation and digitization of the insurance industry in Asia, with particular focus in Singapore.

No ImageDavid Del Bourgo, ’06 (EXP-11) was named head of sales and marketing at Bagneux, France-based Genomic Vision, a molecular diagnostics company that specializes in the development of diagnostic tests for genetic diseases and cancers using the DNA molecular combing process. Del Bourgo was previously vice president of sales and marketing at Theraclion, which specializes in therapeutic ultrasound equipment.

No ImageRocio Carrascosa, ’13 (EXP-18) was appointed CEO of fleet management group Alphabet Spain. He was previously director of operations of Alphabet Spain.

No ImageJorge Ferreira, ’13 (EXP-18) joined Boston Consulting Group as senior consultant within the technology advantage practice in Madrid.

No ImageMumbai-based Bodhi Brands Pvt Ltd., the company behind the online designer jewelry marketplace, secured $1 million in funding from The Chennai Angels. Kapil Hetamsaria, ’05, is a co-founder of Velvetcase.

No ImageLucian Isar, ’09 (EXP-14) was named chairman of the supervisory board of Romanian bank Banca Comerciala Feroviara and president of Cluj Innovation City Foundation, which seeks to foster the development of the Romanian city and region.

No ImagePeter Lee, ’06, was one of three Booth alumni named to Crain's Chicago Business's 40 Under 40 list of up-and-comers for 2014. Lee is director, wealth and investment management, Barclays.

No ImageAkin Monehin, ’13 (EXP-18) head of logistics strategy for Shell Nigeria, was chosen by the Paris-based think tank Institut Choiseul as part of The Choiseul 100 Africa, an annual study that identifies and ranks young African leaders under 40 years old who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future.

No ImageJosé Luis Murga, ’11 (EXP-16) board member of the University Of Chicago Alumni Club Of Spain, was interviewed on the Spanish TV network, “Intereconomia.” He answered questions on the economic policies of the current government, a new political party, and mentioned the influence of Milton Friedman and “the Chicago Boys.”

No ImageDr. Derek Robinson, ’07, was one of three Booth alumni named to Crain's Chicago Business's 40 Under 40 list of up-and-comers for 2014. Robinson is vice president of enterprise, quality, and accreditation, Health Care Service Corp.

No ImageShan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8) chief economist for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based property and investment company IQI Group, was featured in an October article of the Malaysian Reserve, an insert of the International New York Times, titled “A Rosy View of the Malaysian Economy.” He was also quoted in a November International New York Times article about the expected impact of a new Malaysian goods and services tax.

No ImageRobert Sevim, ’06, was promoted to executive vice president and co-head of the Chicago office of commercial real estate firm Savills Studley. The move comes about seven months after London-based Savills acquired New York–based tenant brokerage Studley, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

No ImageTimothy Alan Streit, ’09 (XP-78) co-founder and partner at Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Huron River Ventures, was one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 under Forty” business leaders.