Robert 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
Jonathan 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
Howard 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.
Merilee 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.
Santa 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
Giacomo 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.
Anand 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.
Paul 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.
The 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.
William 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.
Jeffrey 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.
Seattle-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.
The 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."
Hong 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.
Jin-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.
Dodge & 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.
Michael 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.
The 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.
Nebraska 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.
OnDeck 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.
Rajesh 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
Markus 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.
David 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.
Los 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.
A 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.
Mason 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.
Adyen, 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.
Sarah 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.
Gas 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.
Matthias 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.
Foxtrot, 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.
Wai 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.
Kate 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.
Robert 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.
Shan 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.”
Benjamin 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.
Guy 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.