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No ImageMichael Carruthers, ’93 (XP-62) was appointed CFO of Boulder, Colorado-based Nivalis Therapeutics Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of product candidates for cystic fibrosis.

No ImageRose Fealy, ’89, was named vice president of finance and administration, CFO, of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Most recently, Fealy was principal at the Chicago-based Civic Consulting Alliance, a nonprofit, pro bono management consulting firm that works with business experts and government leaders to develop solutions for city, county, and state government agencies.

No ImageJoel Gay, ’10 (XP-79), was appointed CEO and a member of the board of directors of Energy Recovery Inc., a San Leandro, California-based company that manufactures energy recovery devices for oil and gas, chemical, and water industries. He was previously CFO.

No ImageJohn Brian Kessler, ’90, was appointed president and chief operating officer of Empire State Realty Trust Inc., a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and metropolitan New York.

No ImageVasant M. Prabhu, ’83, was named CFO of credit card giant Visa Inc., headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. Prabhu was most recently CFO of New York–based NBCUniversal Media LLC.

No ImageSteven A. Shallcross, ’94, was named CFO, treasurer and secretary of biotech company Synthetic Biologics of Rockville, Maryland. He was most recently executive vice president and CFO of Nuo Therapeutics, Inc., a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based biomedical company.

No ImageChristopher William Walters, ’01, was named CEO of Stamford, Connecticut-based Encompass Digital Media. Prior to joining Encompass, Walters served as the Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta-based The Weather Company.

No ImageJames Wei, ’84, was named CEO of Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp., China’s largest instant noodle manufacturer. He was previously CEO of the Food Business Division.

No ImageLaura Ann Brege, ’82, was appointed to the board of directors of South San Francisco, California-based biopharmaceutical company Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc. Brege serves as president and CEO of South San Francisco, California-based Nodality, Inc., a life sciences company focused on innovative personalized medicine.

No ImageMark Allan Ernst, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Chicago-based the Center for Financial Services Innovation, which works to build better consumer products and practices. Ernst is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer at Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based financial services technology company.

No ImageMaurice Niel Ransom, ’86 (XP-55), was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Israel-based Saguna Networks, a company that works to make mobile broadband faster, simpler, and more economical. Ransom is currently president and CEO of Rolesville, North Carolina–based Ransomshire Associates Inc., an advisory firm he founded in 2005.

No ImageBrian J. Smith, AB ’79, MBA ’80, was appointed as an independent director to the board of San Juan, Puerto Rico–based Evertec Inc., a transaction processing business in Latin America, providing merchant acquiring, payment processing and business solutions services.
He currently serves as group president of Latin America (Central America, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean) for the Coca-Cola Company.

No ImageRishad Tobaccowala, ’82, chief strategist of Paris-based advertising and public relations company Publicis Groupe, was elected to the board of directors of Matomy Media Group Ltd., a digital, performance-based advertising agency.

No ImageByron D. Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82,  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 ImageStephanie Robann Wise, ’95, was appointed to the board of directors of the Normal, Illinois-based 1st Farm Credit Services, the largest agricultural lender in Illinois.

No ImageThe Value of Debt in Retirement, by Tom Anderson, ’05 (XP-74) was featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Forbes, CNBC and others. The book offers a section on the unique challenges the LGBT community faces when planning for retirement, according to the Miami Herald.

No Image“How to Meet 401(k) Fiduciary Requirements in Five Easy Steps,” by Greg Carpenter, ’84, founder of Mobile, Alabama-based 401(k) plan provider Employer Fiduciary, was published on the MarketWatch website.

No ImageHillary Ebach, ’89, was named vice president, general counsel of Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group, which publishes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has print and digital publishing operations in 14 markets in nine states. She was previously executive vice president, legal and administration, at Chicago-based Wrapports LLC, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and a portfolio of digital businesses.

No ImageLorraine Fox, ’83, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about her role as director at San Francisco–based wealth management firm Aspiriant, where she manages clients with newfound wealth. Fox, who worked at Sun Microsystems during its initial public offering, said she uses her own experience of earning money early in her career. “When your company goes public, it can be overwhelming,” she told the Wall Street Journal.

No ImagePaul Joseph Gaynor, ’93, was appointed executive vice president, responsible for the North America Utility and Global Wind business unit, of Maryland Heights, Missouri-based renewable energy company SunEdison Inc. He was previously the CEO of First Wind Holdings LLC, which SunEdison acquired earlier this year.

No ImageBruce W. Jones, ’97, was appointed group president of financial services business at Norwalk, Connecticut-based document technology company Xerox.

No ImageScott M. Lauschke, ’03, was named vice president, sales and customer service, of West Chester, Ohio-based steel product producer AK Steel. He was previously vice president and general manager of Houston-based manufacturer AFGlobal Corp.

No ImageJoseph Mansueto, AB ’78, MBA ’80, founder, chairman and CEO of investment research firm Morningstar Inc. was profiled in his hometown newspaper, Munster, Indiana-based Northwest Times of Indiana. Mansueto graduated from Munster High School in 1974 and recently pledged $1 million to fund a Teacher of Merit award, which will help Munster retain good teachers by offering performance-based raises.

No ImageAgricultural producers have a harder time diversifying than professionals in other industries, said Benjamin R. Riensche, ’89, in an Ag Web article. Riensche farms 11,000 acres and co-owns Blue Diamond Farming Co. near Jesup, Iowa. “Farmers are unique because they have higher-priced assets,” he said.

No Image“If you’re not already paying attention to China, you should start now,” writes Duncan Rolph, ’02, in a Forbes article. Rolph is managing partner of Miracle Mile Advisors LLC, an independent investment advisory firm based in West Los Angeles. “Given the country’s consistent growth rate, emerging middle class, and aggressive global expansion, it has become clear that China is a real investment opportunity that might have finally graduated into a “must own” for many diversified investors,” he wrote.

No ImageJoanie Stringer, ’02, was named one of the 2015 Top 20 Professionals Under 40 in Miami by Brickell Magazine. The senior vice president at The Northern Trust Corp. has helped the financial services company open seven new offices around the world, according to the article.

No ImageDavid Daneshgar, ’12, shared eight tips with Inc. that he learned while making the transition from professional poker player to founder of BloomNation, an online marketplace focused on local florists. Tip No. 1: Leave your emotions at the door.

No ImageDavid Donnelly Herbert, ’05, was hired as principal at commercial real estate firm Avison Young based in Chicago. He was previously senior vice president at commercial real estate services firm DTZ in Chicago.

No ImagePayment processor Braintree Inc., founded by Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76) was named one of Fast Company’s “Top 10 most innovative companies of 2015 in money” thanks to its One Touch payments system and its ability to process Apple Payments and Bitcoin.

No ImageToronto-based EidoSearch, founded by David Kedmey, ’08, and Xiao Ping (Steven) Zhang, ’08, is a “technical analysis engine that allows investors to understand assets’ future price movements based on historical patterns,” according to Institutional Investor. The commercial version of the software was released late last year and the firm now has 50 buy-side clients.

No ImageManoj Kumar, ’07 (EXP-12), was named managing director and area general manager of the India sub-continent of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, according to the Times of India.

No ImageJill Leccia, ’06, was appointed marketing director, Gatorade Latin America. She will lead the brand strategy for the largest non-carbonated PepsiCo beverage in the region and work closely with global and country marketing leaders to design strategies that will help accelerate the brand growth.

No ImageAndrew Maske, ’05, was appointed head of the project management office and strategy coordination at Standard Bank Namibia.

No ImageByron Heath Matthews, ’05 (XP-74) was promoted to president and general manager of MHI Global, a sales-performance consulting firm based in Jefferson County, Colorado, according to the Denver Business Journal. He was previously chief sales officer.

No ImageShawn McCoy, ’13, the publisher of InsideSources, penned an op-ed for South Carolina’s The Times and Democrat called, “Struggling to Understand Millenials.”

No ImageJon Morris, ’05, who founded Chicago-based advertising agency Rise Interactive in 2004 after winning second place and $10,000 in Booth’s New Venture Challenge, recently unveiled expanded office space. The firm, which relies on data rather than instinct, is planning to almost triple its headcount by hiring 250 people in the next five years, according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

No ImageStartup Predicament: Guide to fulfilling startup dreams for experienced professionals, by Raja Pabba, ’08, is available on Amazon and in Kindle editions. Pabba uses his experience building a software startup to provides a framework for professionals to assess joining a startup.

No ImageRahier Rahman, ’05, was featured in a Crain’s Chicago Business article about his Chicago-based money transfer company, Pangea Universal Holdings Inc. Rahman “wants to change the world — a few hundred dollars at a time — by making it cheaper for the working poor to send cash back home,” according to the article.

No ImageLauren Sekerke, ’13, was named director of investments for Memphis-based investment advisory firm Revolution Partners, according to Memphis Business Journal. She was most recently product specialist and member of the global consultant relations team for Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin, Texas.

No ImageMatt Simpson, ’07, was named vice president of marketing and communications, chief marketing officer, at The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

No ImageReliefwatch, a startup out of the Booth Social New Venture Challenge, is partnering with global humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse to distribute 60 tons of aid to an estimated 15,000 families affected by the Nepal earthquake. “Reliefwatch is well suited for disaster scenarios, such as the Nepal earthquake, given the focus on using the devices people already have,” said CEO Daniel Yu, ’14. “Reliefwatch tracks inventory through the basic mobile phones, so Internet and smartphone access is not needed.”