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Alumni ConnectionsMir Mohammad Aamir, ’97, was promoted to president and COO of Mountain View, California-based digital coupon company Incorporated. He was formerly CFO and COO.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert J. Ben, ’95, was elected executive vice president, CFO, and corporate secretary of LaFox, Illinois-based Richardson Electronics Ltd. He spent 15 years with Cobra Electronics Corp. until its acquisition in 2014 by a private equity firm.

Alumni ConnectionsJennifer Ceran, ’89, was named CFO of Mountain View, California-based digital coupon company Incorporated, replacing Mir Mohammad Aamir, ’97. Ceran was most recently vice president of finance at cloud-based, enterprise content management company Box, Inc.

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Douglas Adam Dachille, ’88, was named chief investment officer of American International Group Inc (AIG). The New York–based AIG also agreed to acquire his company First Principles Capital Management, which oversees funds for third parties such as banks, pensions, and endowments, according to BloombergBusiness.

Alumni ConnectionsJay A. Epstein, ’99, was appointed CFO of Plainview, New York–based CSC ServiceWorks, which offers commercial and multifamily housing laundry and air vending services at convenience stores and gas stations.

Alumni ConnectionsDavid Kirchhoff, ’94, was appointed CEO of Austin, Texas-based Snap Kitchen, a freshly prepared, takeaway meal company. He was most recently CEO of New York–based weight management company Weight Watchers International.

Alumni ConnectionsHoward Liang, PhD ’92, MBA ’01, was appointed CFO and chief strategy officer of BeiGene Ltd., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing cancer treatments. 

Alumni ConnectionsPeter Matrai, ’06, was appointed senior vice president and CFO of Bedford, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited, which produces liquid fuels from recycled carbon dioxide. He most recently served as COO and CFO of Wilmington, Delaware-based Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont.

Alumni ConnectionsJohn Pembroke, ’93, was named president and CEO of CUES, an independent, nonprofit, Madison, Wisconsin-based membership association for credit union executives. He was most recently CUES senior vice president and COO.

Alumni ConnectionsBruce Sattley, ’96, was promoted to senior vice president of corporate strategy at Incorporated. He was previously senior vice president of product management for the company.

Alumni ConnectionsMichael H. Shapiro, ’00, was named senior vice president and CFO of Deerfield, Illinois-based home infusion therapy company Option Care. Shapiro most recently served as the senior vice president and CFO for Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp.

Alumni ConnectionsMick Suh, ’05, was hired as chief revenue officer of Cincinnati-based LISNR, the creator of SmartTones, a new technology that sends data over audio.

Alumni ConnectionsSertaç Yener, ’02 (AXP-1), was appointed to CEO of Kılıç Holding, a diversified Turkish conglomerate and the world’s largest producer of sea bass. He will be based in Bodrum, Turkey. 

Alumni ConnectionsAshley Zickefoose, ’04, was named CMO of Mexican casual dining company On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, owned by Border Holdings LLC, which operates more than 150 restaurants in 34 states, Puerto Rico, Asia, and the Middle East.

Alumni ConnectionsCarlos A. Cebrera, ’89 (XP-58), was named executive chairman of the board of directors of Genomatica, a San Diego-based bioengineering technology company for the chemical industry.

Alumni ConnectionsPedro Cervera, ’12 (EXP-17), was named director of organizational development for Ibercaja Bank in Zaragoza, Spain.

Alumni ConnectionsPaul Louis Cornet de Ways-Ruart, ’96, was appointed to the board of directors of White Plains, New York–based Bunge Ltd., a global agribusiness and food company. A Belgian citizen, Cornet is a descendant of one of Bunge's founding families.

Alumni ConnectionsMartha Demski, ’77, serves as an independent director and audit committee chair on the following biotech boards: Durham, North Carolina–based Chimerix Inc; Emeryville, California-based Adamas Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and San Diego-based Neothetics Inc. She also senior vice president and CFO of Ajinomoto Althea Inc., a contract manufacturing organization for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries that’s based in San Diego.

Alumni ConnectionsRuth Ann M. Gillis, ’80, was elected to the board of directors of Voya Financial Inc., a retirement, investment, and insurance company headquartered in New York. She retired in 2014 as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Chicago-based energy generator and distributor Exelon Corp., and president, Exelon Business Services Company.

Alumni ConnectionsRoger P. Hickey, ’88, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at the Union League Club of Chicago, a 136-year-old nonpartisan civic, cultural, and philanthropic organization, where he will chair the analysis and planning committee. Hickey is the CEO of Chicago-based Global Economics Group LLC, a firm he founded that manages and consults on finance, intellectual property, and strategy matters.

Alumni ConnectionsMichael A. Lucas, ’93, president and CEO of Powell Industries, was appointed to the board of directors of Sugar Land, Texas-based specialty industrial services provider Team Inc. Powell Industries, based in Houston, supplies systems for the distribution and control of electrical energy.

Alumni ConnectionsMark Matthew Malcolm, ’77, was elected as a director of Falls Church, Virginia-based aerospace and defense company General Dynamics. Malcolm is the president and CEO of Tower International Inc., one of the largest independent global suppliers of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies for major vehicle manufacturers.

Alumni ConnectionsF. Arthur Simmons, ’79, was added to the board of directors of Toronto-based mineral exploration and development company Portex Minerals, in conjunction with its acquisition of Atlanta, Georgia-based Direct Metals Recycling.

Alumni ConnectionsAndrew O. Smith, JD ’88, MBA ’88, was appointed to the board of directors of Columbus, Ohio-based Core Molding Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of sheet molding compound and molder of fiberglass reinforced thermoset and thermoplastic materials. He is the COO for Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp./OPC Polymers, a privately held manufacturer of coatings resins, architectural paints, and industrial coatings serving industrial and retail customers primarily in North America.

Alumni ConnectionsChris Burns, ’02, joined creative and digital agency Digital Kitchen Chicago as managing director of innovation and brand experience, according to the Chicago Business Journal. Burns is the former vice president of marketing for Schaumburg, Illinois-based Catamaran, a pharmacy benefits manager.

Alumni ConnectionsDane S. Claussen, ’86, was named the new professor of communication and Pedas Endowed Chair in Communication at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He will also be the executive director of the James Pedas Communication Center. Claussen was most recently visiting professor of international journalism in the School of Journalism and Communication at Shanghai International Studies University in China.

Alumni ConnectionsThe Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) established the only prize specifically recognizing scientists in Alzheimer’s drug discovery research after Melvin R. Goodes, ’60, and family made a generous donation, according to BloombergBusiness. The Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery includes a $150,000 grant to support the winner’s future research. The Goodes Family Foundation made a commitment of $750,000 to fund the prizes for 10 years, which the ADDF matched.

Alumni ConnectionsMike Harley, ’99 (IXP-4), recently accepted a new role as senior advisor, chemicals and energy management at investment bank XMS Capital Partners LLC in Chicago. 

Alumni ConnectionsWilliam Hausberg, ’11, was promoted to managing director at New Canaan, Connecticut-based private equity firm Gridiron Capital LLC.

Alumni ConnectionsJohannes Huth, ’86, head of KKR & Co.’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, is part of an effort to boost the appeal of the private equity firm to women, minorities, gays, and lesbians as a member of a new diversity and inclusion council, according to a BloombergBusiness article. The company made news when it extended paid leave time for new parents and added benefits to make it possible for employees to travel with children on business trips. 

Alumni ConnectionsDave Hoffmann, ’96, president of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa for McDonald’s Corporation, and George Tanasijevich, ’01, president and CEO of Marina Bay Sands, were featured in the American Chamber of Commerce’s report “Reflections: Perspectives from the American Business Community.” The report contributes to celebrating 50 years of Singapore independence by examining American business presence in Singapore from 1965 to the present day.

Alumni ConnectionsNeil David Kane, ’91, was named Michigan State University’s first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship. “The long-term goal is to create a culture of entrepreneurship at MSU,” Kane said in an article on the university’s website. 

Alumni ConnectionsDavid Kranzler, ’91, coauthored an article on supply and demand in the gold and silver futures markets published on the website, which stands for Real Independent News and Film.

Alumni ConnectionsPaul Makowski, ’76, joined audit, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP as managing director in the firm’s national financial services advisory practice, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Alumni ConnectionsLuis Miranda, ’89, former president and CEO of IDFC Private Equity, wrote about “the power of mentoring” for Forbes India. The mentors he noted in the article included two Chicago Booth professors: Marvin Zonis, Professor Emeritus, and Harry Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management.

Alumni ConnectionsJeff Navach, ’03, was appointed vice president of marketing for MediaAlpha, an advertising technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington. He was previously vice president of professional services and customer success at Chicago-based software company Valkre Solutions.

Alumni ConnectionsTaco Bell Corp. CEO Brian Niccol, ’03, told the Los Angeles Times that the Irvine, California-based fast food chain is a brand with a "youthful spirit that was ripe to unlock." 

Alumni ConnectionsSara Paretsky, AM ’69, MBA ’77, PhD ’77, told the Huffington Post that Chicago, the setting for her V. I. Warshawski detective novels, is the city where she “came of age.” Her newest book is Brushback.

Alumni ConnectionsSarah Richardson, ’87, was appointed to the advisory board of ProPortion Foods, a Melbourne, Australia-headquartered entrepreneurial foodservice firm supplying the Australian healthcare sector.

Alumni ConnectionsWendy L. Schoen, ’80, CEO and managing partner of New York–based legal recruiting firm Schoen Legal Search, was recognized by Continental Who’s Who, which spotlights professionals by specific industry, as a “Pinnacle Professional” in the field of legal services.

Alumni ConnectionsLeslie Taylor, ’02, joined Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University as head of special projects. She will be working with the dean to establish a corporate engagement platform for the 15-year-old business school.   

Alumni ConnectionsJeff Teeven, ’02, was named vice president of finance at CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc., a Kansas City, Missouri-based real estate investment trust focused on energy infrastructure.

Alumni ConnectionsGeorge Tyson, ’92, was named senior vice president, corporate development for Minneapolis-based wind energy provider Xcel Energy. Tyson was most recently senior vice president and treasurer of Xcel Energy.

Alumni ConnectionsBeth Satterfield, ’98, joined Chicago-based investment banking and asset management firm William Blair as a managing director and head of market development, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Alumni ConnectionsJeanette Wong, ’02, head of institutional banking for Singaporean bank DBS Bank Ltd., was named one of the top 25 women in finance across the Asia-Pacific by regional financial trade magazine FinanceAsia.

Alumni Connections“We want to make the dining experience as healthy, enjoyable and effortless as possible,” said Shatabdi Basu, ’06, cofounder and CMO of Savoir. The free iOS mobile app is currently live with more than 600 Chicagoland restaurants, allowing users to create their own personal dining community complete with recommendations, reviews, and promotions.

Alumni ConnectionsMike Ceballos, ’07, was appointed senior vice president of strategic development for Owings Mills, Maryland-based Integra ServiceConnect, a healthcare services company that provides community-based, nonclinical support to underserved individuals. Most recently, Ceballos served as vice president, long-term care and product development for Buckeye Health Plan, a health insurance company for Ohio’s Medicaid population.

Alumni ConnectionsStella Garber, ’15, and Avi Levine, ’11, were named to the fourth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago, presented by the Jewish United Fund’s Young Leadership Division and Oy!Chicago, an outreach website for Chicago 20- and 30-somethings. Garber is vice president of marketing at Trello, a software that helps individuals and companies stay organized. Levine is executive director of the Digital Professional Institute, which helps new entrepreneurs learn the skills necessary to gain a career in tech and digital marketing.

Alumni ConnectionsMathew Keshav Lewis, ’14, joined technology-enabled legal services firm Axiom as co-head of its global banking practice.

Alumni ConnectionsA study by San Francisco–based Compass, a provider of benchmarking software, found Chicago has the greatest percentage of women entrepreneurs out of the top 20 startup ecosystems, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The article cited Coco Bennett Meers, ’14, founder and CEO of beauty concierge app PrettyQuick, as one of Chicago’s tech entrepreneurs.

Alumni ConnectionsAlex Pedenko, ’13, cofounded Swingbyte, a motion analytics company, to help golfers up their game by recording the details of a single swing with a one-ounce device that attaches to a club. "One thing we discovered quickly is that there's no single diagnosis," said Pedenko in a ChicagoInno article. "What's right for you may not be right for me; there's no perfect golf swing.”

Alumni ConnectionsSingaporean startup Paktor, creator of the dating app of the same name, announced that it secured $10 million ($7.35 million USD) in series B funding. Jiexian Joseph Phua, ’13, cofounder and CEO, said the startup is looking to expand to other types of social connections beyond romance, according the Yahoo News.

Alumni ConnectionsMSN Money published an interview with Eric Stein, ’07, and Andrew Szczurowski, co-portfolio managers for Eaton Vance Short Duration Strategic Income Fund, about the challenges of income investing in the ultralow yield environment of recent years.

Alumni ConnectionsHeather Tatroff, ’11, left her job at JPMorgan in 2014 to become chief of staff of Chegg, a digital education company in Santa Clara, California. “The ability to get promoted and take on more responsibility is much more prevalent in a tech company than at an investment bank,” she told CNN Money in an article about female MBAs choosing tech companies over investment banks.

Alumni ConnectionsJ. Scott Turner, ’09, recently graduated from the Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training program, a four-month, comprehensive training program targeted at commercial sales and leasing, according to the New Jersey Herald. He is a member of the Global Client Solutions Regional Business Development team in Sparta, New Jersey. 

Alumni ConnectionsAnka Twum-Baah, ’08, was appointed vice president, customer loyalty and content for Marriott International Asia Pacific. Before joining Marriott, Twum-Baah served on the executive team as head of marketing, strategy, and partnerships for Rediscovered, a luxury hospitality and lifestyle startup based in Hong Kong.