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Alumni Connections James Adams, ’98, was named chief operating officer of Choice Logistics Inc., a New York–based supply-chain company. He was previously senior vice president.

Alumni ConnectionsJose Antonio Alvarez, ’96 (EXP-1), was named CEO of Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest banks. Alvarez was CFO for a decade, after joining the Spanish bank in 2002. Before joining Banco Santander, Alvarez had worked for companies related to Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA since 1995, and was appointed CFO in 2004.

Alumni ConnectionsSteven Brazones, ’03, was hired as CFO of Sioux Falls, South Dakota–based Raven Industries Inc., an industrial manufacturer. Brazones was previously Americas finance director for H.B. Fuller Company, a $2.1 billion global manufacturer of specialty chemicals based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alumni Connections Andrew J. Bruce, ’02, was appointed CFO of Houston-based Lionstone Investments, a real estate investment firm. Bruce served most recently as the CFO for two public non-listed Real Estate Investment Trusts advised by Behringer Harvard, an Addison, Texas-based real estate investment firm.

Alumni Connections Timothy John Emmitt, ’87, was named president of Grandville, Michigan-based Belwith Products LLC. Belwith’s divisions include Keeler and Hickory Hardware, which design and manufacture decorative furniture and door hardware, and First Watch Security, a maker of smart technology security devices. Emmitt was previously president at consulting firm 52nd Street Advisors LLC.

Alumni Connections Chris Johnson, ’98, was named chief executive of Classic Cinemas, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based company of 13 theatres. His father, Willis Johnson, will continue to serve as president and will be a key advisor to his son. Chris Johnson’s career with the family business began 35 years ago when he started as an usher at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. He was most recently vice president.

Alumni Connections Robert Milligan, ’11, was named CFO, secretary, and treasurer of Healthcare Trust of America Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Milligan previously served as the company’s executive vice president of corporate finance and capital markets.

Alumni Connections Anand Ramakrishnan, ’04, was named president and CEO of Opus Software Solutions Ltd., an India-based software company for the financial services industry. Ramakrishnan joined Opus from Capgemini, North America, a provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, where he was most recently the senior vice president of the banking business unit.

Alumni Connections Dale Quincy Williams, ’09, was named chief operating officer of Einsurance, an online insurance marketplace. Most recently, Williams was a part of the corporate development and strategy team at Warrenville, Illinois-based National Express Corp., the second largest student transportation provider in the U.S.

No Image Michael Allman, ’85, joined the board of advisors for Bit Stew Systems Inc., a Vancouver, Canada-based provider of real-time network operations for the utility industry. He was most recently chairman, president, and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, a Los Angeles–based natural gas distribution company.

No Image Eric Chatman, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, a federal home loan bank that provides reliable wholesale funding and liquidity to member financial institutions in New England. He was also elected to the board of directors of the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created to coordinate and leverage federal advocacy efforts for affordable housing

No Image Domino’s Pizza president and CEO J. Patrick Doyle Jr., ’88, was appointed to the board of directors of Best Buy Co. Inc., the Minnesota-based consumer electronics giant. In a statement, Hatim Tyabji, chairman of the Best Buy board of directors, said: “The transformation work Patrick led at Domino’s is nothing short of remarkable. Best Buy is in the midst of a similar effort, and Patrick’s insights and experiences will be invaluable to the Board and senior management.”

No Image Ronald C. Foster, ’85, joined the board of directors of Fort Collins, Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries Inc., which provides technology for thin-film manufacturing and solar energy companies. Foster is CFO and vice president of finance at Micron Technology Inc., a Boise, Idaho-based semiconductor company.

No Image Duncan Robertson, ’98 (EXP-3), was appointed to the board of directors of, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based online destination for finding and managing family care. He was most recently CFO of OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service.

No Image Amy Adams, ’04,was appointed senior vice president for investments and treasury at CNA Financial Corporation, a Chicago-based commercial insurance writer. She was previously senior vice president, assistant controller at CNA.

No Image Laurel and Clifford Scott Asness, MBA ’91, PhD ’94, were awarded the Humanitarian Leadership Award by the International Rescue Committee, a charity that responds to worldwide humanitarian crises. Asness is co-founder of investment management firm AQR Capital Management.

No Image Ericka Gettman Carter, ’98, was appointed vice president of marketing and sales at HannahMax Baking, a Southern California-based specialty baking company.

No Image Washington, DC-based asset manager The Carlyle Group, co-founded by William E. Conway, ’74, and other co-investors are buying Dealogic, a data and analytics provider for financial institutions, according to Mergers & Acquisitions.

No Image Janet Linden Cooper, ’82, was honored with the 2014 Outstanding Private Company Director award by the Denver Business Journal and National Association of Corporate Directors because of her service on several boards of directors. Cooper is a member of the board of directors for infrastructure engineering company MWH Global, HVAC company Lennox International Inc., golf and grounds equipment manufacturer Toro Company, and radio frequency filter company Resonant Inc.

No Image Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Wayne Donald, ’80, called it a “breakthrough day” when the cruise giant signed a memorandum of understanding with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation to explore the possibility of a joint venture aimed at accelerating the Chinese cruise industry, according to

No Image A new program launched by Zurich-based bank Credit Suisse will help African American entrepreneurs fulfill business aspirations, said CEO Brady W. Dougan, AB ’81, MBA ’82, in a news release. The Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Circle, part of a larger initiative to advance financial opportunity among women, African Americans, and the LGBT community, will provide select entrepreneurs with access to capital, curriculum, and community.

No Image Richard Elden, ’66, was inducted into the Alpha Hedge Fund Hall of Fame. In 1971 Elden founded Chicago-based Grosvenor Capital Management, the first US fund of hedge funds. Grosvenor Capital Management now oversees more than $46 billion, including $20 billion in private market investments.

No Image Mark Kaufman, ’00, was appointed senior vice president of actuarial pricing for specialty insurance at CNA Financial Corp., a Chicago-based commercial insurance writer. He most recently served as chief actuary of global professional lines for XL Group.

No Image Dennis J. Keller, ’68, retired chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group Inc., donated $5 million to Chicago Booth and $20 million to the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. His gift builds on a $25 million contribution to the university in 2000, when he co-chaired a fundraising campaign for Booth. He is a member of the university’s board of trustees.

No Image Ashish Kishore, ’96, was a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Wharton Investment Management Conference in Philadelphia. Kishore is a partner of New York–based hedge fund Manikay Partners LLC and is a senior member of the investment team focused on credit, high-yield and distressed opportunities.

No Image Carmen Heredia-Lopez, ’97, was tapped to lead the $8.3 billion portfolio for Battle Creek, Michigan-based philanthropy W.K. Kellogg Foundation, according to the website for Chief Investment Officer magazine. She was formerly CIO of Chicago Teachers Pension fund.

No Image Daniel J. Ivascyn, ’98, who was recently named group chief investment officer for Newport Beach, California-based Pacific Investment Management Company told Reuters in an interview that he prefers consensus but he’s not opposed to making tough decisions when necessary. "I am very willing and will serve in that role if necessary but I think it's important for people to understand that doesn't happen that often," he said.

No Image Marco Antonio Northland, ’99 (XP-68), CEO of Geneva-based solar power company Etrion Corp., announced that Etrion completed construction on Project Salvador in the Atacama region of Chile, the world’s largest solar power plant based on spot market electricity revenues. It was connected five months ahead of schedule and under budget, according to a news release.

No Image Derek Redelman, ’98, was one of three people appointed as a senior program director at Indianapolis-based USA Funds to help guide the nonprofit higher education organization’s philanthropic efforts. He has served as vice president of education and workforce development policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

No Image Pete Ricketts, AB ’86, MBA ’91, was one of three people appointed as a senior program director at Indianapolis-based USA Funds to help guide the nonprofit higher education organization’s philanthropic efforts. He has served as vice president of education and workforce development policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

No Image Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, was all smiles at the official groundbreaking of a long-awaited Wrigley Field renovation in October, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

No Image Workiva Inc., a cloud-based data analytics company based in Ames, Iowa, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering in October. Matthew Metin Rizai, ’90, is CEO, managing director and co-founder.

No Image Glen Segal, ’90, penned an article about cloud vendors called, “Be a control freak when it comes to your enterprise content,” for Corporate Compliance Insights. Segal is CFO and senior vice president of finance at Accellion Inc., a Palo Alto, California- based software developer for mobile file sharing.

No Image Connecture Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based provider of web-based information systems used to create health insurance marketplaces, filed a registration statement for a proposed initial stock offering, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. David Sockel, MBA ’91, AM ’91, is chief revenue officer.

No Image Chicago-based merchant bank BDT Capital, led by CEO and chairman Byron Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82, hit its $5.2 billion second fund target, according to the website AltAssets. Trott is a former executive with Goldman Sachs.

No Image Bloomberg Businessweek profiled John S. Watson, ’80, CEO of Chevron Corp. “For most of the countries I visit, getting affordable energy in the hands of the people is a preoccupation,” Watson said. “We’re going to be in the fossil fuels business for a long time.”

No Image Mike Wokosin, ’96, vice president of digital marketing for movie rental company Redbox, teamed up with childhood friend Steve Huisenga, an executive at Sioux City, Iowa-based Jolly Time Pop Corn, to give prospective University of Iowa Tippie College of Business students a movie and popcorn night, according to the Sioux City Journal. Wokosin was a 1988 graduate of Tippie College.

No Image Michael Armstrong, ’02, was appointed executive vice president and general manager, international brand development for Viacom International Media Networks. In this role, he is responsible for continuing to identify new market opportunities to launch BET, Paramount and Spike in addition to overseeing the strategy, branding and operations of those launches. Armstrong is the recipient of Chicago Booth’s 2012 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

No Image Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), launched a $100 million venture fund using his own personal capital to fund big ideas, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The founder of credit card company Braintree Inc., Johnson is calling his fund the OS Fund because he hopes to invest in inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity at the operating system, or OS, level.

No Image Online food delivery company GrubHub reported a 400 percent increase in quarterly profits, according to the New York Times, and a 50 percent increase in active diners. Matt Maloney, MS ’00, MBA ’10, is co-founder and CEO.

No Image Jaguar Growth Partners, an investment management and advisory firm co-founded by Thomas McDonald, ’08 (XP-77), announced a commitment by New York Life Insurance Co. of up to $100 million for Jaguar’s first fund, according to the Wall Street Journal.

No Image Connecture Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based provider of web-based information systems used to create health insurance marketplaces, filed a registration statement for a proposed initial stock offering, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. James Purko, ’07 (XP-76) is CFO.

No Image Shan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8), chief economist at IQI Group Holdings, a Malaysia-based property and investment company, was featured in a Channel NewsAsia video about the state of Malaysia’s economy.

No Image Josh Roberts, ’06, was hired by Chicago-based The PrivateBank as a managing director to work on a new specialty group focused on technology companies and their venture capital investors. He was previously vice president of technology investment banking at Canadian investment bank RBC Capital Markets.

No Image Lydie Roux, ’08 (EXP-13), New Jersey–based pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.’s general manager for Turkey and business operations director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, was listed in the “Who’s Who of France.”