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Alumni ConnectionsBret M. Allan, ’96, was named senior vice president and CFO of Southcross Energy Partners GP, LLC, the general partner of Dallas-based Southcross Energy Partners LP. The company provides natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression and transportation, among other related services.

Alumni ConnectionsBart Becht, ’82, will stay on as interim CEO of Coty Inc. and will also remain in his role as chairman of the New York–based beauty products manufacturer.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert Eugene Boehm, ’75, was appointed interim CEO of Dublin, California-based Hope Hospice, which provides hospice care, grief counseling support, and community education to families.

Alumni ConnectionsLouisa Chen, ’08,
joined Sole Society, a shoe, purse, and accessories company, as CFO, bringing a proven track record and more than 10 years of experience in investment banking and financial leadership at Guggenheim Investments, Barclays, and Lehman Brothers.

Alumni ConnectionsKunal Chopra, '15,was promoted to COO of Unikrn, an eSports and gaming technology company in Seattle.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert Glowniak, ’90, was named co-head of the U.S. Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group of KPMG Corporate Finance LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a leading midmarket advisor.

Alumni ConnectionsMark Robert Harris, ’08 (AXP-7), was appointed CFO of Palo Alto, California-based specialty finance lender Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

Alumni ConnectionsFred Kurland, MBA ’76, JD ’76, was appointed as CFO of San Jose, California-based Aridis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Aridis is a biopharmaceutical company that produces therapies for infectious diseases.

Alumni ConnectionsSankar Narayan, ’95, was appointed CFO at Xero, a New Zealand–based software company that develops cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses.

Alumni ConnectionsCosta Panagos, ’10 (XP-79), was named CEO of Q2 Solutions, a combined clinical trials laboratory services organization launched by Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics.

Alumni ConnectionsJay Sinder, ’93, was appointed CFO of McLean, Virginia-based ByteGrid Holdings LLC, a leading provider of data center and IT infrastructure services.

Alumni ConnectionsDylan Eliot Taylor, ’98, was named president and COO of Seattle-based global real estate firm Colliers International Group Inc.

Alumni ConnectionsSteven Daniel Barnhart, AB ’84, MBA ’88, was reelected to an annual term as director of Malvern, Pennsylvania-based USA Technologies Inc., which provides wireless, cashless transactions for the self-serve retail market.

Alumni ConnectionsChristopher L. Conway, ’82, was elected to the board of directors at North Andover, Massachusetts-based Watts Water Technologies Inc., which manufactures products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications. Conway is currently president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Franklin, Tennessee-based filtration company CLARCOR Inc.

Alumni ConnectionsFrederick Joseph Dotzler, ’72, was elected to the board of trustees of The Santa Fe Institute, a private, nonprofit, and independent research and education center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dotzler is a managing director and cofounder of Saratoga, California-based De Novo Ventures, a firm that invests in medical devices and biotechnology.  

Alumni ConnectionsJill Moran Golder, '88, was appointed to the board of directors of IZEA Inc., based in Winter Park, Florida, which is an online marketplace that connects brands with content creators.

Alumni ConnectionsA. Richard Janiak, ’70, was named to the board of visitors of the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University. Janiak is a managing director of Citigroup, New York.

Alumni ConnectionsHugh F. Johnston, ’87, who has been CFO of PepsiCo since 2010, was appointed vice chairman. In the vice chairman role, Johnston will take on oversight of the food and beverage giant’s information technology systems and work to strengthen the company's digital capabilities.

Alumni ConnectionsGeorge Kadifa, ’89, was appointed to the board of directors of Woburn, Massachusetts-based Perfecto Mobile, a company that helps improve mobile app quality. Kadifa is a Booth trustee.

Alumni ConnectionsLeandra R. Knes, ’84, stepped down as CEO and president of PPM America Inc., but will continue in a strategic role as chairman. PPM America is an affiliate and investment services provider for Jackson National Life Insurance and a variety of other institutional mandates and retail products.

Alumni ConnectionsHarry T. McMahon, ’80, joined the volunteer board of directors of Cottage Health, a nonprofit that provides advanced medical care to the Central Coast region of California.

Alumni ConnectionsEmmanuel Roman, ’87, was elected to the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. The CEO of Man Group Plc, a London-based alternative investment manager, began his five-year term at the close of the May 2015 board meeting. He was also joined the board of directors of Penguin Random House.

Alumni ConnectionsChris Lee Shimojima, ’81, was appointed to the board of directors of San Francisco–based Xoom Corporation, a leading digital money transfer provider.

Alumni ConnectionsJohn Lee Workman, ’85, was added to the board of directors of CONMED Corporation, an Utica, New York–based medical technology company.

Alumni ConnectionsLos Angeles–based investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc. disclosed plans for an initial public offering in July. Scott Joseph Adelson, ’87, is co-president of the board of directors and senior managing director.

Alumni ConnectionsClifford Scott Asness, MBA ’91, PhD ’94, was named one of the “next generation of financial leaders” as part of Forbes’ 2015 list of “The New Money Masters.”

Alumni ConnectionsMohit Bhalla, ’99, was appointed vice president of corporate development at snack powerhouse Mondelez International Inc. Bhalla joined Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez International from tobacco company Altria Group, where he served as vice president, strategy and business development.

Alumni ConnectionsIn recognition of his talent, dedication and positive impact on the profession, David Booth, ’71, was awarded the 2015 Investment Leadership Award from Hirtle Callaghan during a ceremony at the 2015 Hirtle Callaghan CIO Conference on May 28 at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alumni ConnectionsElizabeth H. Bradley, ’86, who focuses her work on strengthening health care systems in the United States and developing countries, was recently named the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy at Yale University. Bradley is also the faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and professor of public health.

Alumni ConnectionsYijing He Brentano, ’01, joined Stamford, Connecticut-based audio systems manufacturer HARMAN International Industries, Inc. as vice president of strategy and investor relations.

Alumni ConnectionsLincoln Ling Ka Cheng, ’72, says investing $10 million will be invested in a new location for award-winning Singapore nightclub Zouk, according to the Straits Times.

Alumni ConnectionsIn the last 15 years that Jonathan Charles Dill, ’91, has been with Ampac Packaging LLC, the Cincinnati-based packaging company has grown sales tenfold. Dill, the CFO, was among three runners-up for Plastics News’ 2015 CFO of the Year Award, which recognizes the top financial leaders at North American plastics processors.

Alumni ConnectionsMorton Grove Community Church Rev. Laura “Lolly” M. Dominski, ’79, received the Academy of Parish Clergy’s 2015 Pastor of the Year award, an honor given to one US or European religious leader who demonstrates faithfulness, leadership, and excellence in parish ministry.  

Alumni ConnectionsJonathan Morton Egol, ’98, and Rob Allard, both Goldman Sachs veterans, are expected to launch Firebreak Capital, a dedicated private debt hedge fund focusing on the opportunities created by financial regulatory reform and bank capital requirements.

Alumni ConnectionsGene Fisher, PhB ’45, MBA ’48, was reelected executive director of the Diversey Harbor Lakeview Association, a coalition of upscale high-rises along three miles of Chicago’s north lakefront. It is his fifteenth consecutive term.

Alumni ConnectionsAnthony Gardner, ’92, was named vice president of marketing and communications at CentraCare Health, which is made up of six hospitals, nearly a dozen clinics, and other care facilities in central Minnesota.

Alumni ConnectionsSunil "Sonny" Garg, AB ’89, MBA ’00, joined Chicago-based data analytics startup Uptake and will lead its move into the energy industry. He was formerly CIO of Exelon.

Alumni ConnectionsJames Walter Janoskey, ’94, was named head of oil and gas investment banking for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Janoskey was most recently head of Credit Suisse Group AG’s European energy business and co-head of the Swiss bank’s global upstream coverage. 

Alumni ConnectionsMark Kiesel, ’96, was quoted in a City Wire Asia article, stating that, “We think the US energy revolution is one of the most important investment opportunities for the next decade.” Kiesel is CIO for global credit at Newport Beach, California-based Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC.

Alumni ConnectionsGeoffrey Edmund Kirles, ’03, was named vice president and treasurer of the University of Miami. He was previously an executive director with J.P Morgan’s Investment Bank.

Alumni ConnectionsCorindus Vascular Robotics Inc., a Waltham, Massachusetts-based leading developer of precision vascular robotics, announced it planned to offer 11 million shares of its common stock in a public offering. Jeffrey Charles Lightcap, ’85, is chairman of the board.

Alumni ConnectionsMichael Robert Linson, ’00, was named vice president of finance for the core shopping center division of Rockville, Maryland-based Federal Realty Investment Trust, a real estate investment trust.

Alumni ConnectionsBlackstone Group LP bought a minority stake in Magnetar Capital Partners, a move that will help the hedge fund firm continue to expand. Alec Neill Litowitz, MBA ’93, JD ’93, cofounded Magnetar, which focuses on investing in corporate events, fixed income, and energy.

Alumni ConnectionsLeonardo LoCascio, ’73, founder and chairman emeritus of Glen Allen, Virginia-based The Winebow Group, a national importer and distributor of fine wine and craft spirits, announced his retirement.

Alumni ConnectionsThe Masters in Business radio podcast spoke with Howard S. Marks, ’69, cochairman of Los Angeles–based asset management firm Oaktree Capital Management.

Alumni ConnectionsTodd Andrew Nonken, ’93, was appointed managing director of Havas Worldwide Chicago’s Citi account, the integrated marketing communications agency’s largest and longest-running client relationship.

Alumni ConnectionsChicago-based clean power company Invenergy, majority-owned by Michael Peter Polsky, ’87, made its largest sale to date, divesting just over 10 percent of its project portfolio by megawatts for $2 billion, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Alumni ConnectionsJaithirth Rao, ’81, chairman of Bangalore, India-based VBHC Value Homes, said a $20 million investment into his company by Rotterdam, Netherlands-based investment firm Stichting Van Herk Investments will bridge a “need gap” in the affordable housing market in India.

Alumni ConnectionsThe Wall Street Journal interviewed Duncan Rolph, ’02, managing partner at Miracle Mile Advisors in Los Angeles, about a niche he developed working with same-sex couples.

Alumni ConnectionsRobert Joseph Rueckert, ’01, was hired by Salt Lake City, Utah-based private equity firm Sorenson Capital to further expand its existing technology practice. He was formerly a managing director at Intel Capital, a division of Intel Corp. that is set up to manage corporate venture capital.

Alumni ConnectionsCheenu Seshadri, ’02, was named director at Altman Vilandrie & Co., a Boston-based strategy consulting firm focused on media and related sectors.

Alumni ConnectionsBlue Buffalo Pet Products Inc., a Wilton, Connecticut-based pet food company known for its natural ingredients, filed for an initial public offering in June. Kurt T. Schmidt, ’90, is CEO.

Alumni ConnectionsArtwork collected by Jeanne Singquefield, PhD ’72, MBA ’79, and Rex A. Sinquefield, ’72, was featured at the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair in London in an exhibit called No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting (1850-1940).

Alumni ConnectionsNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Andrew D. Stone, ’81, as a director of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp. (Javits Center). Stone is currently the managing partner and CEO of financial services firm Petra Capital Management.

Alumni Connections“We aim to bring young artists closer to fulfilling their creative potential,” said investment banker and arts philanthropist John Studzinski, ’80, in a profile about his foundation, Genesis Foundation, on The Stage.

Alumni ConnectionsFrank Suljic, ’95, was hired as senior vice president of strategic sales at Chicago-based Mattersight Corp., which uses personality-based software applications to predict customer behavior.

Alumni ConnectionsRob Wildeman, ’04, managing director of Tricor Pacific Capital in Vancouver, British Columbia, recently won the Association for Corporate Growth (British Columbia) Deal Maker of the Year award for leading Tricor’s investment in the sale of peanut butter maker Golden Boy Foods to Post Holdings Inc., known for its breakfast cereals, for $320 million.

Alumni ConnectionsWarren Wilder, ’82, was appointed vice president of chemicals business for Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s national energy and chemicals company. He was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), a 240-member association that represents the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf.

Alumni ConnectionsMapbox, a mapping platform for developers, announced a $52.55 million Series B round of funding led by DFJ Growth, with participation from DBL Partners, Foundry Group, Thrive Capital, Promus Ventures, Pritzker Group and Jon Winkelried, AB ’81, MBA ’82.

Alumni ConnectionsDorian (Randy) Young, ’92, joined Aperio Group, an equity investment management firm in Sausalito, California. He was most recently a pension fund consultant at Milliman Investment Consulting in San Francisco.

Alumni ConnectionsRep. Todd Christopher Young, ’02, whose district runs from the southern suburbs of Indianapolis to the Kentucky border, officially announced he’s seeking the GOP nomination to run for Senate in Indiana.

Alumni ConnectionsAmani Erin Brown, ’10, brand manager for Battle Creek, Michigan-based snack and breakfast food company Kellogg Co., was named one of The Network Journal’s “40 under Forty.”

Alumni ConnectionsDavid's Tea, for which Luis Borgen, '09 (XP-78), is CFO, recently completed its IPO. Shares of Montreal-based tea retailer jumped 42 percent in their trading debut, according to an article on the Wall Street Journal website.

Alumni ConnectionsFrancesco Della Mora, ’05 (EXP-10) was appointed Peli Products sales director for continental Europe in Barcelona. Peli Products designs and manufactures high-performance protective cases and advanced portable lighting systems.

Alumni ConnectionsBabatunde Fajemirokun, ’13 (EXP-18), was appointed executive director of Lagos-based AIICO Insurance Plc. He was most recently COO.

Alumni ConnectionsEzra Moses Galston, ’13, venture capitalist at Chicago Ventures, will serve on the board of advisors for Chicago Bitcoin Center, a newly created Bitcoin incubator.

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

Alumni ConnectionsAaron Joseph, ’08, formerly of the city of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, was named vice president of WBS Equities LLC, a leader in sustainable development.

Alumni ConnectionsPrettyQuick, a Chicago-based startup founded by Coleene “Coco” Bennett Meers, ’14, was acquired by Groupon. The company allows people to book salon appointments through a website or mobile app. Meers was also selected as one of 164 innovators from 100 Chicago-area companies for technology conference Techweek Chicago’s “Techweek100” for 2015.

Alumni ConnectionsAnil Mansukhani, ’05, was named vice president of strategy and business development for cruise company Holland America Group. Based in Los Angeles, he oversees on board revenue, business development, strategic marketing, and analysis for Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Seabourn.

Alumni ConnectionsSebastian Cerezo Montañez, ’15 (EXP-20), told the website Poets & Quants for Executives that one of the lessons he learned from Booth is to “go to the data first so as to support every single judgment, study or opinion based on the data and not on conjectures.”

Alumni ConnectionsPhilip Nevels, ’10, is opening the Chicago operation of NextGen Angels, a Washington, DC–based angel-investment network. Nevels and Seyi Fabode launched Power2Switch, which provided price comparisons for electricity providers, while at Booth. They sold the company in 2013.

Alumni ConnectionsAdam Persiani, ’12, was named director of business development at private equity firm Pharos Capital Group LLC.

Alumni ConnectionsJoseph Phua, ’13, was featured in articles on the TechCrunch website and The Straits Times about expansion of his Singapore-based dating app, Paktor, which serves Southeast Asia.

Alumni ConnectionsBill Pickrell, ’13 (XP-82) was promoted to senior vice president within Chicago-based financial and professional services firm JLL's corporate solutions business.  

Alumni ConnectionsBreakfast and coffee restaurant Eastman Egg Co., founded as a food truck in 2013 by Hunter Swartz, a student in the Full-Time MBA program, secured more than $1 million in funding to expand to a second downtown Chicago storefront and develop mobile ordering technology, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Drew Davis, ’14, is COO of Eastman Egg Co.

Alumni ConnectionsTanvas, a startup that develops next-generation technology for touch screens allowing them to mimic the sensations of things (a science known as haptics), received a $5 million boost from investors, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Gregory Paul Topel, ’07, is CEO of the Chicago-based company.

Alumni ConnectionsA study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, co-authored by Yanping Tu, MBA ’15, PhD ’15, and professor Ayelet Fishbach, found a person’s preferences are more likely to influence others than their actions are.

Alumni Connections“The odds of fighting off disease in a family are much higher if you store your own cord blood,” said Jeremy Pinh Yee, ’12 (AXP-11), CEO of Cordlife, a Singapore-based company that operates cord-blood banks in five countries, in a Forbes profile about the company.