Yuming He, ’05, was appointed to the board of directors of Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd., a Chinese mobile and online travel platform. He is executive director of strategic investment at Chinese web services company Baidu Inc.
Claire A. Koeneman, ’94, was appointed to the board of trustees of New York–based real estate investment trust Lexington Realty Trust. Koeneman is an executive vice president for Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations firm headquartered in New York.
David Maclennan, ’88, president and CEO of Minnetonka, Minnesota-based agribusiness company Cargill Inc., was elected chairman of the board of directors.
David Lies, ’74, was appointed to the board of directors of Yuma County, Arizona-based mining exploration company Tombstone Exploration Corp. He is president of property management company Remanco Inc. and is managing member of commercial and residential real estate firm CRW Development LLC.
Tony Scavuzzo, ’09, was appointed to the board of directors at Overland Park, Kansas-based bank holding company Blue Valley Ban Corp. Scavuzzo is a principal with Rancho Santa Fe, California-based alternative asset management firm Castle Creek Capital, a stockholder of the company.
Robert A. Schriesheim, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Reston, Virginia-based NII Holdings Inc., which provides mobile communication services under the Nextel brand in Brazil and Argentina. He is executive vice president and CFO of Sears Holding Corp.
Michael B. Clement, ’88, professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. The PhD Project was founded on the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. Clement has been an advocate for the project since its beginnings in 1994.
Jack Curley, ’80 (XP-44), a veteran of the electrical and electronics industries, led a business plan writing seminar at the public library in St. Charles, Illinois. He is a member of SCORE, a volunteer organization of successful business professionals that provides assistance to the small business community.
Peter Dawes, ’98 (XP-67), was appointed president, auxiliary products, at Irving, Texas-based Global Power Equipment Group Inc. The company provides custom-engineered auxiliary equipment and maintenance support for the global power generation industry.
"He's very charismatic and at the same time, very approachable," said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz of Arnold Donald, ’80, Carnival Corp. & PLC president and CEO, in a Sun Sentinel article. Since he took the helm two years ago, he’s helped engineer a public relations and financial turnaround of the cruise company, according to the article.
Miguel Fragoso, ’86, engineering director at Group Lotus PLC, a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, was appointed to the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for “services to the United Kingdom automotive industry.”
Darwin Haines, ’01 (XP-70), was appointed senior vice president of international business at Tripp Lite, a Chicago-based manufacturer of products that power, connect, and protect computers. He joined the company in 2008.
Robert Hall, ’75, announced in September he would run for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.
David A. Helfand, ’90, and wife Leslie Bluhm, JD ’89, in partnership with Chicago Ideas Week, celebrated five years of supporting young, socially minded innovators with the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows. Over the past five years, the BHSI Fellowship has supported 22 leaders across the globe and given more than $500,000 to for-profit and nonprofit organizations in direct financial and in-kind support.
Deutsche Boerse AG appointed Ashwin Kumar, ’88, as global head of product development for the Germany-based exchange organization. Kumar was a founding partner of hedge funds Meru Capital and Old Lane.
Kimberley R. Johnson, ’97, was promoted to principal on the Compardo Team at Clayton, Missouri-based Moneta Group, which provides financial advisory services through its investment advisory subsidiary Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC.
André M. König, ’04, head of strategy and revenue at New York and Paris-based content marketing firm Opentopic, reports that the company raised $2 million in seed funding. It is also releasing Transaction Content, a machine-learning system to recommend the right content for the right person on the right channel.
Julie Leach, ’82, was named executive director of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida Inc., a black theater company based in Sarasota, Florida whose mission is to produce plays that promote and celebrate the African American experience. She has been board chair since 2010.
Frank R. Mack, ’93, was appointed managing director to lead the Midwest Region office of the turnaround and restructuring firm Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC.
Michael E. Marrus, ’87, was appointed managing director of M&A and Corproate Advisory Services for the Special Equities Group of Chardan Capital Markets LLC, a privately held investment-banking firm headquartered in New York.
James Mendelson, ’90, was named executive vice president, asset management, for Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc., a subsidiary of real estate investment trust Ventas Inc. Through its Lillibridge subsidiary, Ventas provides management, leasing, marketing, facility development, and advisory services to highly rated hospitals and health systems throughout the United States.
Jonathan I. Mishkin, ’81, joined TM Capital’s industrial team as a managing director after the New York–based investment banking firm acquired boutique investment bank Sanabe & Associates LLC, which Mishkin founded in 2002.
“This is definitely the first inning,” said Martin (Marty) Nesbitt, ’89, about plans for the Obama Foundation following President Barack Obama’s presidency. Nesbitt, chairman of the foundation, speaking to Politico, added, “We’re early in the process. We’ve done a lot of homework, we know who we’re playing, we know what the lineups are, we know who’s pitching. But it’s early.”
Within four-and-a-half months of becoming a franchisor, Keely Newman, ’04 (XP-73), signed up 162 franchises to spread her healthy, fast food, and juice restaurant Grabbagreen across the country. She was a stay-at-home mom until 2013 when she decided to launch the restaurant in North Scottsdale, Arizona. “We are breathless, we are taken aback by how lucky we feel that we are,” she told ABC 15 news in Arizona.
Daniel Nielsen, ’02, was hired as managing director at Chicago-based Great Lakes Advisors, which specializes in socially responsible and environmental, social, and governance integration investing. Nielsen most recently led the Catholic Responsible Investing practice at Christian Brothers Investment Services.
Vincent Pappalardo, ’94, was hired as managing director at investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. to lead the metals industry practice for the company, which has offices in Chicago and Cleveland. He was most recently managing director at financial advisory firm Stout Risius Ross and head of the metals industry practice.
“Some people golf, some people are into cars. I do triathlons,” Tony Pritzker, ’87, told the Wall Street Journal, in a story about his hobby doing half and full Ironman races. Pritzker is cofounder and managing partner of Pritzker Group, a private equity and venture-capital firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Paul Purcell, ’71, is stepping down as CEO of Robert W. Baird & Co., but he will remain its chairman. Purcell was named president and CEO of the Milwaukee-based financial services firm in 2000 and added the title of chairman in 2006.
Timothy D. Rowe, ’88, a managing director and senior portfolio manager who’s responsible for the Amundi Smith Breeden's core bond portfolios, will manage a new fund, Total Return Bond Fund, for the firm. Amundi Smith Breeden is the North American investment headquarters for Amundi, a global asset manager.
Derek Sasveld, ’01, was hired as managing director, head of multi-asset class solutions at Chicago-based investments services firm Nuveen Investments. Sasveld most recently led the asset allocation team at Voya Investment Management in New York.
Jeffrey L. Teeven, ’02, was named vice president of finance at CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc., a Kansas City–based real estate investment trust focused on energy infrastructure.
Mark Winters, ’95, who coauthored Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business, recorded the audio version and Audible released it.
Denis Chaves, MBA ’10, PhD ’10, was hired by Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based The Vanguard Group Inc. to join its quantitative equity group. He was previously a researcher at Newport Beach, California-based Research Affiliates LLC, which specializes in innovative indexing and asset allocation strategies.
BloomNation, an online marketplace for ordering flowers, cofounded by David Daneshgar, ’12, was featured in a BloombergBusiness article. Daneshgar said revenue is growing at a rate of 15 percent to 20 percent per-month.
ExplORer, a healthcare workflow management tool for the operating room, won $50,000 in the Pritzker Group Venture Fellows Program, a summer program for Booth and Northwestern Kellogg School of Management students that supports entrepreneurship. Jennifer P. Fried, ’15, is COO at ExplORer.
Karthik Ganapathi, ’05, was hired as customer service director at Ascent Aerospace, an AIP Aerospace company, which is based in Santa Ana, California. Ascent Aerospace provides aerospace tooling systems, assembly and factory automation and integration, composite machining centers, and engineering services.
Kylee Hall, ’07, senior director of marketing at San Francisco–based sales and marketing firm Leadspace, penned an article for the website Inside Big Data. The article was titled: Can Predictive Technology Replace Your Marketing Team? “In fact, the trend toward automated predictive technology is actually making humans even more vital in the marketing process,” she wrote.
Chicago-based Cedar Capital launched two mutual funds based on private equity and venture capital, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, in an effort to diversify its investment lineup. Paul Ingersoll, ’06, and Neil Peplinski, ’06, cofounded the investment firm.
David Johnson, ’07, served for five months as interim COO at ChildServ, a nonprofit agency serving at-risk children in Chicago.
Hello Tractor, a company that delivers smart tractors to farmers in Nigeria with the tap of a cell phone, was featured in the Washington Post. Van Jones, ’14, is cofounder and head of marketing. The company won first place and $30,000 at the 2014 Social New Venture Challenge competition.
Laura Renner, ’09, recently expanded her business, Hiring Coach, to offer virtual assistance service for small businesses. Called Freedom Makers, she connects military spouses with small businesses who need remote administrative support. Renner started the business in March 2013 and operates it out of Oakland, California.