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Alumni ConnectionsPhilip J. Cavatoni, ’91, assumed CFO duties at Alpha Natural Resources Inc., a Bristol, Virginia-based coal supplier. His new title is executive vice president and chief financial and strategy officer.

Alumni ConnectionsJohn E. Yoshimura, ’87, was appointed chief operating officer at Chicago-based international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. He was most recently global chief operating officer and member of the board of directors at Chicago-based management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.

Alumni ConnectionsJennifer K. Dominiquini, ’05 (XP-74) was appointed chief marketing and client experience officer at BBVA Compass, a Houston-based bank with 673 branches. She previously held chief marketing officer roles at Evite, BuySeasons, and Sears Holdings Corp.

Alumni ConnectionsDwayne H. Spradlin, AB ’90, MBA ’97, was named CEO of Austin, Texas-based Buzz Points, which creates loyalty programs for banks and local businesses.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert H. Buckman, ’61, was named to the board of trustees of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Buckman is the chairman of the board of Applied Knowledge Group and its holding company, Tioga Holdings Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

Alumni ConnectionsJonathan Hall, ’90, was elected to serve as on the board of directors for the Washington, DC-based Association for Financial Professionals, the professional society that represents finance executives globally. He is vice president, finance and strategy at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Alumni ConnectionsHoward S. Marks, ’69, was one of four new members elected to the board of trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Marks is co-chairman and cofounder of the Los Angeles–based global asset management firm Oaktree Capital Management.

Alumni ConnectionsMerilee Raines, ’79, was elected to the board of directors of Affymetrix Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based company that provides technology to analyze biological systems at the cell, protein, and gene level. Raines served as CFO of Maine-based pet and livestock healthcare company IDEXX Laboratories Inc. from 2003 until her retirement in 2013.

Alumni ConnectionsSanta Clara, California-based Giva Inc., an IT help desk and customer service center founded by Ron Avignone, ’88, announced its semi-annual $1,000 student scholarship and worldwide community ambassador award.

Alumni ConnectionsGiacomo Balzarini, ’02 (EXP-7), CFO of Switzerland-based real estate company PSP Swiss Property Ltd., won the CFO of the Year Award from the CFO Forum Switzerland.

Alumni ConnectionsAnand Chari, ’97, chief technology officer of Itasca, Illinois-based in-flight Internet provider Gogo Inc., was featured in a January article headlined “The Tech Guru” in the New Indian Express.

Alumni ConnectionsPaul W. Daley, AB ’87, MBA ’90, joined Wheaton, Illinois-based financial technology company and investment advisor BondWave LLC as managing director of the company’s fixed information lab.

Alumni ConnectionsThe magazine GrowerTalks featured Hans D. Dramm, AB ’95, MBA ’05, CEO of Dramm Corp. in a video tour of the Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based watering tool and accessories facility.

Alumni ConnectionsWilliam Allen Hodder, ’01, was appointed senior vice president, corporate development at Milpitas, California-based biotechnology company Protagonist Therapeutics Inc. He most recently ran his own consulting practice.

Alumni ConnectionsJeffrey C. Kuster, ’97, was named president of Cornerstone Brands and executive officer of HSN Inc., the St. Petersburg, Florida-based retailer offering products on TV, online, mobile, catalogue, and in stores.

Alumni ConnectionsSeattle-based Juno Therapeutics, which makes cell-based immunotherapy treatments for cancer, raised $265 million in its initial public offering in December, according to Puget Sound Business Journal. Robert T. Nelsen, ’87, cofounder and managing director at ARCH Venture Partners, is a director and an early-stage seed and investor in the company.

Alumni ConnectionsThe Neubauer Family Foundation announced it will commit $13 million for two programs that will provide programs and financial support for Hispanic and international students at the University of Chicago, according to DNAinfo.com. Joseph Neubauer, ’65, chairman and former CEO of Philadelphia-based Aramark, said, “I was not yet a citizen when the University of Chicago business school offered me a scholarship. It changed my life."  

Alumni ConnectionsHong Kong–based private equity firm RRJ Capital, founded by Richard T. Ong, ’89, is aiming to raise $4 billion for a new fund, according to the Financial Times.

Alumni ConnectionsJin-Hei Park, ’83, was named president of Seoul, South Korea–based Citibank Korea, replacing retiring president YK Ha, according to FinanceAsia. He was most recently head of markets and banking for Citi in Korea.

Alumni ConnectionsDodge & Cox, the San Francisco–based mutual fund firm, is “on a roll,” according to Pensions & Investments, after assets reached a company record high of $270 billion on December 31. Charles F. Pohl, AB ’80, MBA ’81, is chairman and chief investment officer.

Alumni ConnectionsMichael P. Polsky, ’87, president and CEO of Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, “is playing an improbably instrumental role in resolving a power crisis threatening to financially cripple Michigan's Upper Peninsula,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. His company has agreed in concept to build a natural gas-fired power plant, which will allow for the phaseout of a nearly 60-year-old coal-fired power plant on the shores of Lake Superior.

Alumni ConnectionsThe United Way of Greater Milwaukee campaign, co-chaired by Paul E. Purcell, ’71, of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., raised more than $54 million in funds and pledges, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Alumni ConnectionsNebraska governor-elect Pete Ricketts, AB ’86, MBA ’91, was slated to deliver the commencement address for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's undergraduate ceremony in December, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Alumni ConnectionsOnDeck Capital Inc. opened 32.5 percent above its initial public offering price in December, according to the Wall Street Journal. Paul L. Rosen, ’02, is senior vice president of sales of the New York–based small-business lender.

Alumni ConnectionsRajesh V. Salem, ’01, joined Houston-based RigNet Inc., a digital technology company serving the oil and gas industry, as vice president of strategy and marketing. Most recently, he served as head of strategy and marketing for Sears Commercial, a business unit of Sears Holding Corp.

Alumni ConnectionsMarkus Stadlmann, ’99 (EXP-4), was appointed chief investment officer of London-based Lloyds Banking Group plc, and joined the board of Lloyds Bank Private Banking Ltd. In this capacity, he oversees the strategic alliance with investment management group Aberdeen Asset Management plc.

Alumni ConnectionsDavid Steel, ’97, was promoted to executive vice president of Seoul-based electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. He will join the global public relations team in Seoul, according to The Korea Herald.

Alumni ConnectionsLos Angeles–based venture capital firm, Upfront Ventures, brought in $280 million in its newest fund to invest in startups, according to CrunchBase. Mark S. Suster, ’99 (EXP-4), is general partner. The New York Times called him a “prolific blogger” and noted he has a YouTube channel, Bothsides TV, in an article about venture capitalists looking for ways to stand out.

Alumni ConnectionsA private equity consortium, led by investment firm BC Partners, purchased PetSmart in an $8.7 billion mega-deal in December. Raymond Svider, ’89, is a managing partner at BC Partners based in New York.

Alumni ConnectionsMason S. Tenaglia, ’81, was appointed vice president of payer and managed care insights at IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a new position at Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health, which offers information technology services to the healthcare industry.

Alumni ConnectionsAdyen, an Amersterdam and San Francisco–headquartered company that streamlines international payments for companies, raised $250 million in a Series B round of funding, according to TechCrunch. Kamran Zaki, ’00, is president of Adyen North America.

Alumni ConnectionsSarah Andrews, ’05, campus talent acquisition consultant at Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, was quoted in an article on BusinessBecause about the growing number of MBA graduates joining pharmaceutical, health care, and biotech companies.

Alumni ConnectionsGas fermentation company LanzaTech, led by CEO Jennifer R. Holmgren, ’06 (XP-75), got a $60 million equity investment from The New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Founded in New Zealand in 2005 and now headquartered in Chicago, LanzaTech turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals.

Alumni ConnectionsMatthias de Ferrieres, ’08 (AXP-7), left insurance giant the AXA Group to found Stark Group Private Limited, a Singapore-based digital solutions company for the insurance industry.

Alumni ConnectionsFoxtrot, a mobile app that offers a “curated” menu of drinks, food, and other essentials for delivery, cofounded by CEO, Michael LaVitola, ’14, opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Lincoln Park in January, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Alumni ConnectionsWai Tsang Lee, ’08 (AXP-7), was elected as an independent, non-executive director of Zhejiang Expressway Co. Ltd., an infrastructure company engaged in developing expressways in Zhejiang province of China. She is the chairman and an executive director of Grand Investment International Ltd.

Alumni ConnectionsKate Wood McDonald, ’08, was elected president of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Parkinson Association, a nonprofit charitable organization in Milwaukee. She is the first woman to hold the position. McDonald is vice president of U.S. Bank Asset Based Finance in Milwaukee and serves as a loan committee member of the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert Ruszkowski, ’08, was promoted from principal to vice president at Chicago-based investment banking advisory firm Verit Advisors. Ruszkowski recently wrote an article on “The Tender Offer Process” in an NCEO brief titled Innovative ESOP Transaction Structures.

Alumni ConnectionsShan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8), chief economist and global investment strategist at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia-based property and investment company IQI Group Holdings, penned an article for the Malaysian Reserve in December, “Oil prices to rebound in next six to nine months.”

Alumni ConnectionsBenjamin Tan, ’06 (AXP-5), was appointed regional general manager Asia of Mascot, New South Wales–based Qantas Airlines. He will be based in Singapore and will steer the commercial, financial, and operational performance for Qantas across its Asian markets, excluding Japan.

Alumni ConnectionsGuy H. Turner, ’10, managing director of Hyde Park Venture Partners, was one of six venture capitalists featured in a Crain’s Chicago Business article about the best business pitches of 2014.