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No ImageRobert E. Boehm, ’75, was named CEO of Hope Hospice, a nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides end-of-life care to families.


No ImageThe board of trustees of Corporate Office Properties Trust will appoint Stephen Budorick, ’88, president and CEO effective after the company’s May shareholders meeting, according to a news release. Budorick is executive vice president and COO of the Columbia, Maryland-based office real estate investment trust.


No ImageAlex Davidkhanian, ’02, was appointed the CFO for sanitary ware developer LIXIL Water Technology Americas, which includes brands such as American Standard, DXV, and GROHE.


No ImageHoward M. Heitner, MBA ’82, JD ’82, was named COO of LaTerra Development, a Los Angeles–based investor and developer of urban mixed-use infill properties, according to the Real Deal, a Los Angeles real estate news website.


No ImageMartin S. McDermut, ’75, was appointed vice president and CFO of Santa Clara, California-based Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, which provides computer and connectivity solutions for cloud infrastructure and data centers.

No ImageJohn Mutch, ’97 (EXP-2), was named CEO and a member of the board of directors of iSheriff, a Redwood City, California-based cloud security company.


No ImageLaura P. Pearl, ’88, joined Chicago-based private investment company Longford Capital Management LP as managing director and CFO.


No ImagePaul Pucino, ’92, was named CFO of Los Angeles–based digital invitation service Evite.


No ImageShari Runner, ’82, was named permanent president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League after serving as the interim leader for eight months. The Chicago Urban League is a nonprofit that works for economic, educational, and social progress for African Americans.


No ImageStan Ryan, MBA ’89, AM ’89, was hired as president and CEO of Seattle-based Darigold Inc., the marketing and processing subsidiary of Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by nearly 500 dairy farm families. Ryan was most recently platform leader of the agricultural supply chain in Shangahi for Minneapolis-based agribusiness company Cargill Inc.


No ImageJohn Federovitch, ’11, was appointed to the board of trustees of Atlanta area conservation and education nonprofit Chattahoochee Nature Center.

No ImageCurtis McWilliams, ’83, was appointed to the board of directors of Bermuda-based Ardmore Shipping Corp., which owns and operates a fleet of midsize product and chemical tankers.

No ImageKevin J. O’Hara, ’95 (XP-64), was elected vice chairman of the RigNet board of directors. RigNet, based in Houston, is a global provider of digital technology solutions to the oil and gas industry.

No ImageKaren H. Sheriff, ’84,was appointed as an independent director to the board of directors of Calgary-based airline WestJet Airlines Ltd.


No ImageRandolph C. Simpson, ’00, was appointed as an independent director to the board of directors of Dallas-based healthcare services company Tenet Healthcare Corp. He is a partner and co-head of healthcare for New York–based investment management firm Glenview Capital Management.


No ImageRip Tilden, ’82, was named to the board of directors of Allentown, Pennsylvania-based Andesa Services Inc., which administers corporate and bank-owned life insurance policies. Tilden is a partner with business consulting firm Makarios Consulting LLC in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and serves as leader of their strategy and execution practice.


No ImageNone Shall Sleep, the third novel by T.D. Arkenberg, ’86, a story of a management consultant who yearns for more in life, was published in January. Next up is a memoir called Two Towers. “The story focuses on my work at United Airlines during the September 11 attacks and the near simultaneous deaths of my parents,” he reports.

No ImageMaggie Anderson, JD ’98, MBA ’01, was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the spring convocation for Claflin University, a private, liberal arts college in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is the author of Our Black Year, her family’s real-life case study patronizing only African American owned businesses for a year.

No ImageGreenwich, Connecticut-based AQR Capital Management, cofounded by Cliff Asness, MBA ’91, PhD ’94, managed the top-performing liquid alternative mutual fund in 2015, returning 17.6 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

No ImageArthur Chiang, ’82, was named executive vice president of professional services at San Mateo, California-based Apttus, a quote-to-cash software provider. He was formerly a global executive at technology companies such as HP Software, IBM, and Oracle.

No ImageTrang Chu, ’96, an executive leadership coach, wrote an article on leadership roles for women titled “The Confidence Gap,” which was published in the February edition of The International Journal for Sales Transformation.

No ImageTom Cross, ’00 (XP-69), was promoted to executive vice president and deputy group head, transportation, for Hearst Business Media. Hearst Business Media, a division of New York–based media giant Hearst Corp., has global holdings in the finance, healthcare, and transportation industries. Cross will oversee the transportation portfolio, which includes MOTOR Information Systems, Black Book, and Canadian Black Book.

No ImageBruce W. Duncan, ’75, announced that he plans to retire as president and CEO of First Industrial Realty Trust Inc., Chicago-based owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate, by the end of 2016. He was also appointed chairman of the board.

No ImageSurvey Sampling International, or SSI, acquired Los Angeles–based Instantly Inc., which provides online and mobile audiences and insights technology tools. Chris Fanning, ’91, is CEO and president of SSI, a Shelton, Connecticut-based survey sampling and data collection company.

No ImageMichael Fung, ’86 (XP-55), a former senior vice president and CFO for Wal-Mart US, spoke to a group of honors students at San Marcos Academy in Texas about his role establishing the global procurement division at the big box giant, according to the San Marcos Daily Record.

No ImageAnkur S. Gupta, ’04, was appointed senior vice president responsible for business development with private equity firms and other referral sources at PNC Bank, N.A. He will be based in San Francisco.

No ImageDavid C. Habiger, ’98 (XP-67), director and interim CEO of Deerfield, Illinois-based Textura Corp., which designs and hosts software for the construction industry, was named graduation speaker at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He will also receive the President’s Medal from the college during the May ceremonies.

No ImageDaniel F. Harris, ’00, was promoted to partner at Washington, DC-based alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group.

No Image“It began when we were reflecting on our purpose as a company to care for people to be their best,” said Mark S. Hoplamazian, ’89, president and CEO of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp., in a Crain’s Chicago Business article. Hyatt sponsored a free, nine-week math challenge in schools across the Chicago area called LearnStorm, created by instructional online company Khan Academy.


No Image Johan Joseph, ’92, joined audit, tax, and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP as a principal in the firm’s national financial services advisory practice, based in Chicago.


No ImageQuintin J. Lai, ’02,was appointed vice president, corporate development, strategy and investor relations, at Exton, Pennsylvania-based West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products.


No ImageMicrosoft Corp. CEO Dawn Leijon, ’94, spent the last year envisioning, researching, and publishing a study about the millennial generation in the greater Washington, DC region as executive in residence at American University’s Kogod School of Business. The report was covered by the Washington Post, CNBC, and other news outlets.


No ImageBeijing-based biotech firm BeiGene Ltd. raised $158 million in its initial public offering, according to Reuters. Howard Liang, PhD ’92, MBA ’01, is CFO and chief strategy officer.


No ImageGary Mandell, ’82, ran as a Republican candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 11th district on Chicago’s north side. He is founder of The Mandell Group, a financial planning and portfolio management firm.


No ImageLinnea Conrad Roberts, ’90, a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., was one of the investors in female-driven Wall Street film Equity, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, according to the New York Post.


No ImageErnesto Robles, ’99, was promoted to managing director and head of the risk practice for Platinion, a company of the Boston Consulting Group focused on IT implementation and risk management.


No ImageAngela Ryker Gallagher, ’98, was recently named strategy director of premium drinks business, Diageo Europe. She was also included in the 2015 Power Part Time List, created by flexible workplace company Timewise, which honors the United Kingdom’s top 50 men and women who work part-time in senior, business-critical roles.


No ImageGuy G. Sanschagrin,  96, principal in charge of transfer pricing and valuation services at Minneapolis-based tax and business advisory services firm WTP Advisors, is scheduled to present on May 11 as part of a panel discussion via The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts.


No ImageDennis D. Self,  99, was appointed president and general manager of marketing services at Little Rock, Arkansas-based Acxiom Corp., an enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company. He was previously senior vice president of delivery for marketing services.


No ImageShawn Tully,  73, an editor at large at Fortune, penned an article titled, “Why Doom and Gloom have taken over Wall Street.”


No ImageMarianne L. Woodward,  87, was named chief resource officer of Communities In Schools of Chicago, a nonprofit, dropout prevention organization.

Glenn AllisonGlenn Allison, ’11 (XP-80), vice president of enterprise architecture & IT solution delivery for Brentwood, Tennessee-based retailer Tractor Supply Co. was recently named to the Nashville Business Journal’s "40 Under 40" list.

Anil HarjaniGreenwich, Connecticut-based AQR Capital Management, cofounded by Anil Harjani, ’10, joined Chicago-based health information company ContextMedia Health LLC as vice president of strategic partnerships. Harjani was previously vice president of global innovation at Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Kenneth KovashKenneth M. Kovash, ’06, formerly director of football research for the Cleveland Browns, will now help run the scouting department, according to

Campbell KorffCampbell J. Korff, ’12 (AXP-11), will co-head a new branch of financial services firm Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management in Lismore, Australia. He is principle of the firm.

Eyal Lifshitz"When people say you’re crazy, it usually means you’re on to something big," Eyal Lifshitz,  09, told Business Insider. He left a venture capital job in 2013 to launch Bluevine, an online financing company.

Ryan PertzRyan C. Pertz, ’13, was promoted to vice president at Windjammer Capital Investors. He’s located in the Newport Beach, California, office of the private investment firm.

Shan SaeedShan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8), chief economist and global investment strategist at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based property and investment company IQI Group Holdings, penned an article titled, "What went wrong with the global economy” for the International New York Times and Malaysian Reserve.

Daniel ShaniDaniel Shani, ’12, was ranked one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in the energy industry. He is the founder and CEO of Energy Intelligence, a compact, road-mounted system that harnesses the wasted kinetic energy of braking vehicles to generate electricity.

Nicholas StoneNicholas A. Stone, ’13 (XP-82), was promoted to principal at Cyprium Partners in the private equity firm’s Chicago office.

Rob NelsonRob E. Wilson, ’08, was promoted to partner at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm.