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No ImageCheng Cheng Lim, ’03 (AXP-2) was appointed group CFO of Singapore-based telecommunications company Singapore Telecommunications Limited. She was previously deputy group CFO.

No ImageWilliam A. Gryzenia, ’00, was named CEO of AxleTech International, a Troy, Michigan-based engineering and manufacturing company for off-highway and specialty vehicle drivetrain systems and components. Gryzenia was most recently vice president and general manager of Maumee, Ohio-based Dana Holding Corp.’s global on-highway and off-highway aftermarket business. Washington, DC-based asset management firm The Carlyle Group acquired AxleTech in January.

No ImageJohn Ward Kelly, ’87, was given an expanded role as chief marketing and operations officer for Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc., a Marshfield, Wisconsin-based health insurance provider sponsored by Marshfield Clinic. He joined Security Health Plan in 2013.

No ImageRichard Figueroa, MBA ’94, MPP ’94, was hired as chief operating officer of Deerfield, Illinois-based real estate firm Janko Group.

No ImageF. Thomas Luparello, ’92, was appointed president of On Point Technology LLC, an Oak Brook, Illinois-based company that develops commercial software exclusively for state workforce agencies.

No ImageJoel Michael Maryles, ’84, joined the Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd Management Ltd. as venture partner. He will carry the title of chief exit officer.

No ImageMichael Mercer, ’89, was slated to be named the next president and CEO of EV Energy Partners L.P., a Houston-based company that develops oil and gas properties. He was previously senior vice president and CFO.

No ImageMichael M. Nuzzo, ’98, was named executive vice president, CFO, of San Diego–based pet supply retailer Petco Animal Supplies Inc. Before joining Petco, Nuzzo served as chief administrative officer at Pittsburgh-based 4moms, a leading high-tech baby gear brand.

No ImageRachel Provest, ’12, was appointed CFO for Rising Tide Asia. A subsidiary of the Rising Tide Foundation, Rising Tide Asia supports the foundation’s business development in Asia Pacific, while providing tailored market research, business development, and advisory services for a private group of clients. The foundation, instituted in 2010 and based in Switzerland, supports promising, innovative clinical cancer and scientific studies to further accelerate research.

No ImageMike Rowe, ’88, was named president and CEO of Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based electric power transmission company American Transmission Co. He is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer.

No ImageStanley H. Ryan, MBA ’89, AM ’89, was appointed CEO of New York–based Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., effective March 6, 2015. He is a current Eagle Bulk board member and former global co-leader of Minneapolis-based Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain businesses. Eagle Bulk Shipping is a leading global owner of Supramax dry bulk vessels for transporting cargo such as iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer.

No ImageCharles Carroll Talbot, ’94, was hired as CFO of Athletico Physical Therapy, an Oak Brook, Illinois-based physical therapy provider. He was hired four months after its acquisition of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, making it one of the largest physical therapy providers in the Midwest. Talbot comes to Athletico after more than six years as senior vice president and CFO at Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Works.

No ImageJeffrey Best, ’01, was appointed to the board of directors of Santiago, Chile-based mining company Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi SCM. After 10 years of living and working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he recently transferred to the Santiago office of Glencore Ltd. and is in charge of copper mining operations in Chile and Argentina.

No ImageDennis H. Chookaszian, ’68, was appointed to the board of directors of marketing firm Influitive, based in Toronto and San Francisco. Chookaszian is the former chairman and CEO of Chicago-based CNA insurance and an adjunct professor at Booth.

No ImageDavid J. Hill, ’95 (XP-64) was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education, which is charged with the general supervision, governance and control of the public educational institutions and the public school system of the state of Idaho.

No ImageMark Hoplamazian, ’89, was elected to the board of directors of Greensboro, North Carolina–based VF Corp., an apparel company that includes brands such as The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Lee and Wrangler. He is president and CEO of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp.

No ImageKaren L. Katen, AB ’70, MBA ’74, was appointed to the board of directors of Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health, a healthcare IT company. She retired in 2007 as vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. and president of Pfizer Human Health.

No ImageMary Lovejoy, ’80, was nominated by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to the Commerce Corporation of Rhode Island’s board of directors. She is vice president and treasurer of the Providence-based Textron Inc., a $14-billion global, multi-industry company that employs more than 34,000 people. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation works with public, private and nonprofit partners to create business-friendly conditions.

No ImageAsheet Mehta, ’92, director at New York–based McKinsey & Company, was elected to the Asia Society board of trustees. Headquartered in New York, the Asia Society is an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships between Asia and the US.

No ImageJohn Ahlvin Olin, ’91, senior vice president and CFO of Harley-Davidson Inc. will join the board of Exide Technologies, a manufacturer of automotive and industrial batteries based in the Atlanta suburb of Milton, Georgia.

No ImageSally Sarsfield, ’85, was appointed to the board of directors of Portsmouth, New Hampshire–based Sprague Resources LP, a storage and handling company for refined petroleum products and natural gas. She currently serves as CFO of New York–based Axel Johnson Inc.

No ImageRaymond Svider, ’89, was named chairman of PetSmart after investment firm BC Partners led an acquisition of the nation’s largest pet retailer in 2014. Svider is managing partner at BC Partners based in New York.

No ImageDiane Winston, ’91, was appointed to the board of directors of Connecticut’s State Lottery Corp. Winston established her strategic business communications consulting firm, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Winston Strategic Partners LLC, in 2005.

No ImageNeil Maurice Abraham, ’01, joined San Diego–based real estate investment firm Realty Income Corp. as senior vice president of investments. Prior to joining Realty Income, he was a portfolio manager for equity and mortgage REITs at AllianceBernstein – Global Equities in New York for eight years.

No ImageIn a Wall Street Journal article called, “Efficient or Inefficient Markets: Why I Embrace Both,” Eleanor Blayney, ’84, a consumer advocate of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, recalled a course she took at Booth called Behavioral Decision-Making. She described how her approach to investing combines ideas learned in that course, as well as “efficient market hypothesis.”

No ImageThe Sioux Falls Argus Leader featured Steven Everett Brazones, ’03, CFO of Raven Industries Inc., in a Q&A called, “Raven’s new CFO looks forward to helping company grow.” The Sioux Falls, South Dakota–based company is represented by three business segments: applied technology, engineered films and Aerostar.

No ImageIndiana Gov. Mike Pence selected Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr, ’94 (XP-63), to become the next adjutant general of Indiana. He most recently served as deputy director of operations, readiness and mobilization for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

No ImageStefano Filippo Cavaglia, PhD ’90, was appointed head of investment research at Australia-based financial advice business The Findex Group.

No ImageSteven Chang, ’95, was appointed senior vice president of strategy and solutions at Dallas-based RMG Networks Holding Corp, a provider of technology-driven visual communications solutions. Most recently, he was an operating partner and head of strategy with Chicago-based private equity firm Sterling Partners.

No ImageGary William Conkright, ’82, was appointed to the advisory board of the Illinois Technology Association Internet of Things Council, a cross-disciplinary effort to bring together leaders to drive the growth and use of Internet of things technologies in Chicago and the Midwest. He is CEO of PhysIQ, a Naperville, Illinois-based personalized physiology data analytics platform.

No ImageAnnouncing that he would not seek re-election to the General Motors board of directors, Erroll B. Davis, ’67, said, “GM has gone through a number of challenging structural and managerial changes, and I now firmly believe it is in the hands of wonderful and capable leadership who can take the company to new heights.” He joined the board in 2009.

No ImageDenise Delahorne, ’86, was profiled in a HuffPost Business Q&A about her 29-year career at advertising and marketing firm DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. “I tend to think of everything - financial and otherwise - in terms of return on investment and I'm more focused on outcome rather than process,” she said.

No ImageKurt Davis DelBene, ’90, returned to Microsoft Corp. as executive vice president of corporate strategy and planning after leaving Microsoft’s Office Division in 2013 to take charge of troubled, according to CIO magazine’s website. He will report to CEO Satya Nadella, ’97.

No ImageFrank P. Diassi, ’60, was profiled in a Q&A about his career as the owner and chairman of two New Jersey–based companies, commercial lighting manufacturer Amerlux and payroll and human resources firm Unicorn HRO. Reflecting on his time at Booth, he said, “I had three Nobel Prize winners who were my profs at the University of Chicago. It was tremendous. I just thoroughly enjoyed it and I just think it's been extremely helpful to my career.”

No ImageChris Fanning, ’91, president and CEO of Shelton, Connecticut-based Survey Sampling International LLC, said he was pleased to open a new chapter for the market research company after Palo Alto, California-based HGGC, a middle market private equity firm, announced an investment that would make it a majority owner.

No ImageFurstperson, a Chicago-based company that creates hiring assessment programs founded by Jeffery Lind Furst, ’95, was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about the increasing popularity of such tests. After companies began using Furstperson’s assessment tests, the proportion of employees who quit or were fired after three months fell significantly, according to the article.

No ImageDavid Helt, ’99, joined Residex, a Novi, Michigan-based independent distributor of professional pest control and turfgrass management supplies, as turf division director. Previously, he was U.S. manager of sales and marketing for Canadian turf company Direct Solutions.

No ImageKen Hirsch, ’88, was appointed managing director of Blackhill Partners LLC, a Dallas-based investment bank specializing in complex situations. Previously, Hirsch co-founded and served as managing director at Western Reserve Partners LLC, where he managed the firm’s capital raising practice and opened the Dallas, Texas, regional office.

No ImageHarry F. Hixson, ’78 (XP-41) retired as chairman of the board of Sequenom Inc., a San Diego–based life sciences company, after 11 years of service.

No ImageJean F. Holloway, MBA ’84, JD ’84, was appointed vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Kennesaw, Georgia-based CryoLife Inc., a medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery.

No ImageJohn Inniss Howell, ’98, was appointed regional officer of Asia for Italian insurance company Assicurazioni Generali.

No ImageEric Jacquier, PhD ’91, was appointed investment strategist for Melfa Wealth Management, an investment firm with offices in Westborough, Massachusetts, and Boston. He is a professor at Boston University's School of Management where he teaches risk management in the mathematical finance master's degree programs.

No ImageRoger Holger Johanson, ’88, was named managing director, project finance, at Renewable Energy Trust Capital Inc., a financier for wind and solar projects based in San Francisco and New York.

No ImageLawrence Goodwin Kemp, ’87, co-manager of the BlackRock Mid-Cap Growth Equity Fund, was featured in a New York Times article, “Three Ways to Beat a Benchmark.” The fund has made big bets on two entertainment companies, Netflix and Madison Square Garden Company, according to the article.

No ImageDaniel Charles Kenary, ’85, co-founder and CEO of Harpoon Brewery, was chosen to deliver Worcester State University’s commencement address. The company, with breweries in Boston and Windsor, Vermont, has grown into the 12th largest craft brewery in the U.S.

No ImageJoseph Gerard Kohls, ’95, joined New York–based Guggenheim Securities as a senior managing director in the healthcare investment banking group. Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm.

No Image“When Facebook comes calling, you listen,” said Siva V. Kumar, ’84, co-founder of Mountain View, California-based price comparison website TheFind Inc., which was recently acquired by Facebook Inc. Kumar told Internet Retailer Magazine that the goal for the site was to reach as many people as possible.

No ImageWinston K.C. Lam, ’01 (XP-70) joined Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. as executive vice president, general counsel.

No ImageThomas Bernard Linquist, ’96, joined executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

No ImageHoward S. Marks, ’70, and his business partner, Bruce Karsh, at Oaktree Capital Management in Los Angeles were named money managers of the year in Institutional Investor’s sixth annual U.S. Investment Management Awards. Oaktree is the world’s biggest distressed-debt investor.

No Image“Satya Nadella is setting Microsoft up for greatness again,” begins the Time magazine piece introducing Nadella, ’97, as one of its 100 Most Influential People. The software titan CEO is also receiving a Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama for bringing about change within the company to support working families.

No ImageMyrna J. Newman, 96 (XP-65) was named Glenview Civic Awards’ 2014 Citizen of the Year in Glenview, Illinois, for her work as treasurer of the board of Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook and treasurer of the Glenview Optimist Club.

No ImageThe Clean Energy Trust, a new nonprofit dedicated to help transfer research from Illinois universities and science labs into clean energy technologies and businesses, won a $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Michael P. Polsky, ’87, is a founding board member.

No ImageDonna Kostiuk Ray, ’81, was featured in an article in the magazine for her undergraduate alma mater, Kettering University, about her moves from Alaska, to Costa Rica, to New Orleans, prompted by a call for adventure and service. She is CFO at Kawerak Inc. in Nome, Alaska, which provides education, transportation, natural resource management and economic development services to the region.

No ImageRahul Sachdev, ’99, will become vice president of first party experience at New York–based social media management firm Sprinklr, according to Forbes. Sprinklr acquired San Francisco–based Get Satisfaction, which runs online communities for technical and customer service support, where Sachdev CEO.

No ImageKarl Quinn Schmidt, AB ’92, MBA ’06, the practice manager of Arlington, Virginia-based member-based advisory firm CEB Marketing co-authored, “Making the Consensus Sale,” in the March issue of the Harvard Business Review.

No ImageAuspex Pharmaceuticals, a La Jolla, California-based developer of drugs for people with movement disorders, headed by Pratik C. Shah, PhD ’96, MBA ’99, was acquired by Jerusalem-based Teva Pharmaceutical for about $3.2 billion in cash. “This transaction will enhance Auspex’s mission by bringing innovative therapies to patients across the world as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Shah said in a statement.

No ImageThe Irish Times featured Rex Sinquefield, ’72, in an article about his “impressive and ongoing investment” in the game of chess over the past seven years. He also made news for giving, with his wife, Jeanne, a $10 million gift to the University of Missouri-Columbia proposed school of music building.

No ImageGlenn Allison, ’11 (XP-80) was named vice president of infrastructure and operations by Tractor Supply Company, the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States and 2014 sales of approximately $5.7 billion.

No ImageChristopher Michael Barfoot, ’06, was appointed managing director of global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald based out of New York within the Debt Capital Markets’ Emerging Markets team.

No ImageScott Bernstein, ’11, was named as part of the St. Louis Business Journal's “40 under 40” class of 2015. Bernstein is vice president at Lewis & Clark Ventures, a St. Louis–based venture capital firm.

No ImageA Guide to Starting Your Hedge Fund, written by Erik Serrano Berntsen, ’11 (EXP-16), CEO of London-based Stable Asset Management, and John Purifoy Thompson, ’03 (EXP-8), principal, Stable Asset Management, hit bookstands in spring 2015.

No ImageGregory Matthew Butz, ‘11 (XP-80) was hired as vice president and managing director of digital marketing firm Wire Stone’s Chicago office.

No ImageEric Edwards, ’10 (XP-79) was hired to lead the Washington, DC government affairs office of Franklin Square Capital Partners, alternative investment fund manager.

No ImageAjoy Reddi, ’05, was featured in the Best of 2014 report by SumZero, an online professional network for investment management professionals, for research that shined light on fraudulent Spanish WiFi company Let’s Gowex. He is vice president at investment management firm Fred Alger Management Inc., based in New York.

No ImageDaniel Rezko, ’15, co-founder with his brother of Yella, a mobile phone application that gives customers rewards points for visiting participating stores, told the Hyde Park Herald that the inspiration for the business came from working at the fast food restaurants their family owned. Yella was a finalist in the University of Chicago Polsky Center’s 2013 New Venture Challenge and won $2,500 in startup capital. “We’re in the first inning of a huge journey here,” he said.

No ImageD. Wayne Robinson, ’13 (XP-82) president and CEO of Student Veterans of America, wrote about the importance for students’ to find support among other veterans in Military Advanced Education, the journal of higher learning for today’s service member. As a student at Booth, he and other veterans formed study groups and helped each other through tough courses. “We started together and were determined to finish together, which we did,” he wrote.

No Image“I am still relatively bullish on the Malaysian economy,” wrote Shan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8) chief economist at Malaysia-based property and investment company IQI Holdings, in the Malaysian Reserve, adding that he bases his analysis on three years of market-based intelligence gathering.

No ImageKrishnamurthy Subramanian, MBA ’05, PhD ’05, professor at the Indian School of Business, told that India should not be a low quality, low cost manufacturing destination, but should aim to be good quality, low cost manufacturing base.

No ImageChicago-based early stage venture firm Hyde Park Ventures is opening a new office in Indianapolis. Guy H. Turner, ’10, and Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01, are partners.

No ImageSam Valenzisi, ’05, was named managing director of Chicago-based Lincoln International, a global, mid-market investment bank. He was most recently a senior member of the firm's Financial Sponsors Group.

No ImageSvetlana Vinokur, AB ’00, MBA ’05, was named vice president, treasurer and corporate development, of Oak Brook, Illinois-based Federal Signal Corp., an environmental and safety solutions company. She was most recently assistant treasurer for Glenview, Illinois-based Illinois Tool Works.