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Alumni ConnectionsStephanie Klein, ’91, joined the Chicago Board Options Exchange as chief marketing officer. Klein most recently served as chief marketing officer, asset management, at Chicago-based global bank Northern Trust Corporation.

Alumni ConnectionsAndré M. König, ’04, was appointed head of revenue and strategy at Opentopic, a content marketing platform. He brings 15 years of corporate and start-up experience from companies including Lucent Technologies, Allianz, Andersen Consulting, and Accenture.

Alumni ConnectionsHope Knight, ’96 (XP-65), was hired as president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a not-for-profit community-building organization in New York’s Jamaica neighborhood. She was previously chief operating officer of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, a nonprofit organization focused on revitalizing upper Manhattan.

Alumni ConnectionsNick Meriggioli, AB ’85, MBA ’87, was hired as CEO of Johnsonville Sausage LLC in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Meriggioli spent seven years as president of Madison, Wisconsin–based meat and cold cut company Oscar Mayer.

Alumni ConnectionsDavid Roberts, ’02, was promoted to president and chief operating officer at American Traffic Solutions (ATS), a Tempe, Arizona–based provider of road safety camera programs. He joined ATS in August 2014 from Phoenix-based Billing Tree, a multi-channel electronic payment platform where he was president and CEO.

Alumni ConnectionsJay Rudman, ‘97, joined Chicago-based health care IT company Champion Medical Technologies as vice president of business development. Previously, he founded and then sold Paperly, a direct sales business. He also serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at Catapult Chicago, a start-up incubator.

Alumni ConnectionsMatt Sanderson, ’97, will become president and CEO of SmithBucklin, a Chicago-based association management and services company, effective January 1, 2016. Sanderson currently serves as chief executive of the SmithBucklin Business + Trade Industry Practice, the largest of three in the company.

Alumni ConnectionsDominick "Nick" Zarcone, ’83, is leaving Milwaukee-based financial services company Robert W. Baird & Co. after more than 20 years to become executive vice president and CFO of LKQ Corporation, a publicly traded Chicago-based provider of recycled, alternative, and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.

Alumni ConnectionsMiami-based medical technology company Vigilant Biosciences Inc. announced the appointment of Timothy C. Barabe, ’77, to its board of directors. Barabe retired in June 2013 from his position as executive vice president and CFO of Santa Clara, California–-based Affymetrix Inc., a pioneer in microarray technology and a leader in genomics analysis.

Alumni ConnectionsDiane Garnick, ’12 (XP-81), was named to the board of the CFA Institute Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors independent research for investors and investment professionals around the world.

Alumni ConnectionsJoseph Neubauer, ’65, retired chairman of the Philadelphia-based professional services firm Aramark, was named board chair at the University of Chicago. He has been a board member since 1992.

Alumni ConnectionsTyler Rose, ’86, was elected as an independent director to the board of directors at Los Angeles-based Rexford Industrial Realty Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on owning and operating industrial properties located in Southern California infill markets. Rose is executive vice president and CFO of Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp.

Alumni ConnectionsGeorge Ruhana, ’98, recently joined the board of directors for Chicago-based One Million Degrees, a nonprofit organization that works to empower low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life. Ruhana is a partner at Chicago-based PEAK6 Investments.

Alumni ConnectionsIllinois governor Bruce Rauner appointed Jill Smart, ’91 (XP-60), to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Smart is the former global head of human resources for management consulting firm Accenture.

Alumni ConnectionsIlgar Veliyev, ’15, (EXP-20), was re-elected as president of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan. He is the Azerbaijan country managing partner of Ernst and Young Global Limited, the London-based assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services firm.

Alumni ConnectionsBy focusing on index funds, Austin, Texas-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, cofounded by chairman David Booth, ’71, attracted almost $28 billion in new money last year, second only to index-fund specialist Vanguard Group, according to BloombergBusiness. “Conventional active managers promised a lot that they weren’t able to deliver,” he said in the article.

Innovation“Three easy steps for small businesses to evaluate 401(k) fees,” by Greg Carpenter, ’84, ran on the MarketWatch website. Carpenter is the founder of Employee Fiduciary, a 401(k) plan provider for small businesses based in Mobile, Alabama.

InnovationAndrew C. Curtis, ’00, joined Z Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm based in Lake Forest, Illinois, as a managing director and a member of the investment team. Curtis was most recently a portfolio manager at hedge fund firm Mercer Park LP.

Alumni ConnectionsThomas H. Dougherty, ’89, joined South Kingstown, Rhode Island-based executive search firm O’Neill Consulting Group as managing director, based out of Washington, DC. Before joining O’Neill, Dougherty served five years as vice president, operational strategy for Nortek Inc, a Providence, Rhode Island-based company that makes a broad array of products including range hoods, security and audio/visual systems, and heating and cooling products.

Alumni ConnectionsPeter Holsten, ’74, was featured in a recent issue of Crain’s Chicago Business for his efforts to keep the former Lawson House YMCA near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile accessible to low-income renters.

Alumni ConnectionsTheFind, a Mountain View, California-based price comparison website cofounded by CEO Siva Kumar, ’84, was acquired by Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Alumni ConnectionsHoward Marks, ’70, co-chairman and founder of Oaktree Capital Management, told an audience at the annual MIT Sloan Investment conference to “put themselves in the way of good luck,” according to an article in Business Insider. He said the luckiest moment in his career came when he got turned down for a job at Lehman Brothers after graduating from Chicago Booth. That led him to found his own firm.

Alumni ConnectionsIn her debut novel Everything That Makes You, Moriah McStay, MBA ’97, MPP ’97, writes about a high school student whose face was burned in a horrible accident. According to a book review in The Commercial Appeal, “McStay… clearly understands the questions of identity and destiny that plague not only teenagers but all thinking people.”

Alumni ConnectionsMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella, ’97, was featured on the February cover of Wired Magazine. “Nadella, 48, brings a fresh leadership style to the job, pairing the institutional knowledge he acquired over more than two decades at Microsoft with a collaborative, nice-guy approach to management,” according to the article.

Alumni ConnectionsAmy Paris, ’04, told the Chicago Tribune that she launched her Chicago-based pet health supplement company, Licks Pill-Free Solutions, out of the New Venture Challenge at Chicago Booth. She told the newspaper that she and a founding partner, who left the company last spring, raised $450,000 in seed money.

Alumni ConnectionsSubodh Raj, ’98, joined Chicago-based accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP as west region business advisory services leader in the San Francisco office. He formerly led a South America and Mexico consulting practice at IBM, was a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and held a strategic planning post at United Airlines.

Alumni ConnectionsBen Robertson, ’01, penned The Last Generation, an Amazon best-selling young adult historical novel about the European discovery of North America. The Last Generation tells the story of the Inuit and the last days of the Greenland Norse.

Alumni ConnectionsPeter J.M. Simons, ’98 (EXP-3), cohosts a call-in radio program about management called English Connections on Capital Radio, a national business news broadcaster, in Madrid. He also owns two consulting companies and works with a third.

InnovationAt age 60, Suzanne Weiss, ’79, left her job at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business to fulfill her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps. She began her service in March in Albania and will work in the Peace Corps’ Community and Organization Development sector for 27 months.

Alumni ConnectionsBrent Willis, ’91 (XP-60), chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Electronic Cigarettes International Group, told the Grand Rapids Press that he is optimistic about the potential for the global electronic cigarette market. “It’s still very, very early,” he said. “The opportunity is significant, but your eyes cannot be bigger than your stomach."

Alumni ConnectionsChicago Booth trails only Harvard Business School, Insead in France, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business for having the most alumni who lead the world’s largest companies, according to an analysis by the Financial Times. The school is tied with Northwestern University’s Kellogg and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton with six alumni who lead one of the world’s 500 largest companies by market capitalization. They are: Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, ’97; Chevron’s John Watson, ’80; Banco Santander’s Jose Antonio Alvarez, ’96; Carnival’s Arnold Donald, ’80; Credit Suisse Group’s Brady Dougan, ’82; and Bridgestone’s Masaaki Tsuya, ’83.  

Alumni ConnectionsDavid Neumann, ‘95, was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Bloomingdale, Illinois–based PCTEL Inc’s RF Solutions Group, which develops and provides test equipment, software, and engineering services for wireless networks.

Alumni ConnectionsPedro Cervera, ’12 (EXP-17), joined Endeavor Global as mentor in the organization’s office in Spain. The international nonprofit helps entrepreneurs unleash their potential by providing a network of seasoned business leaders and access to capital and markets. At Endeavor, Cervera will mentor tech, biotech, and medical companies. He is currently chief of staff in the ministry of finance in Aragón, Spain.

Alumni ConnectionsJoel Fortney, ’12, portfolio manager at Principal Financial Group Inc in Des Moines, Iowa, was named one of the Business Record’s “Forty Under 40,” local business leaders who have “demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.”

Alumni ConnectionsAlumni ConnectionsFinom, a Chicago-based investor-advisor matchmaking firm cofounded by Dave Gomel, ’12, and Aziz Lalljee, ’12, was featured in an article on CNBC’s website. Lalljee said the company, which launched last May and matches investors to advisors, "is just in the beginning stages of seeing the introductions come to fruition."

Alumni ConnectionsAlumni ConnectionsPrettyQuick, founded by Coco Meers, ’14, landed $1 million from investors including Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), founder of Chicago-based online payment processor Braintree. Meers hatched the idea for PrettyQuick, a Chicago-based service that matches users with nearby salons and spas that have available appointments, while he was a student at Chicago Booth, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Alumni ConnectionsVictor Mendez, ’13, associate in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets division, helped execute a groundbreaking deal that makes the financial services firm a structuring agent for Mexican state-run oil and gas producer Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) on its issuance of 17 billion pesos (about $1.2 billion in US dollars). It’s the first-ever corporate local bond by a Mexican company that is available to international investors.

InnovationEnergy Intelligence, helmed by Daniel Shani, ’12, won a second-place award in the 43North business contest, garnering $500,000 in funding at a crucial time in the company's development, according to Buffalo Business First. The Buffalo, New York–based start-up is running pilot tests on a module that captures energy from braking vehicles to power parking garages.

Alumni ConnectionsLiz Tilatti, ’13, cofounder of Chicago-based men’s fashion start-up ZipFit Denim, told the Chicago Tribune that the company’s strategy shifted to ecommerce and at-home fittings after sales fell at Chicago pop-up stores. “Our revenue has surpassed what it was in the stores by number of units and actual dollars. Half of our business is purely online,” she said.