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Christopher ComerfordChris Comerford, AB ’99, MBA ’08, has been appointed CIO at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Comerford has worked in the academic and private sectors and was most recently senior director of information technology and administrative initiatives for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.


CourteillePierre Courteille, ’04 (AXP-3), was interviewed in the July/August 2016 issue of Pharmafocus. Courteille spoke about his role as chief commercial officer and vice president business development at ABIVAX, the pharmaceutical industry, inspiration, and advice to others.


Timothy Lee DoveTimothy Lee Dove, ’81, will become Pioneer Natural Resources Company’s president and CEO, effective December 31, 2016. Dove has been with Pioneer since its formation in 1997.


John FaustinoJohn J. Faustino, ’98, was named chief product and strategy officer of fi360. Prior to fi360, Faustino spent more than 14 years at Morningstar, Inc., primarily working in product leadership roles.


Rose Fealy“I wanted to see if I could give back,” said Rose Brintlinger Fealy, ’89, about turning to nonprofits for career satisfaction by becoming vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Fealy was featured in a Crain’s Chicago Business feature, “Women’s Work? Nonprofit CEO.”


Marcia HeuserMarcia Alt Heuser, ’87, CFO of Alder Planetarium in Chicago, discussed her move from public accounting to nonprofit work and joining Adler in 2010 as a controller in a Crain’s Chicago Business feature, “Women’s Work? Nonprofit CEO.”


Phil JohnsonPhil Johnson, ’04 (XP-73), was appointed to CEO of Sentinus, a boutique financial firm. Previously, Johnson was president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer at Incapital LLC, an investment banking and securities brokerage firm.


Kevin KremkeKevin L. Kremke, ’99, CFO of Ciner Resources LP, was interviewed by the Wall Street Transcript. Ciner Resources LP is one of the largest producers of natural soda ash, which is a main ingredient in making glass.


Bob MarianoBob Mariano, ’87 (XP-56), CEO of Roundy’s, will retire September 1 and continue to work at Roundy’s as a part-time strategic adviser. Mariano launched the self-named grocery store, Mariano’s, in 2010.


Marty McKennaMarty McKenna, ’01, was named as CEO and president of Verisma, a leading provider in the release of information for healthcare organizations. Previously, McKenna was president of Allscripts Analytics.


Satya NadellaSatya Nadella, ’97, CEO of Microsoft, has signed a book deal with Harper Business, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. His book is set to be published in fall 2017 and will focus on his life, changes at Microsoft, and the changes in society due to the rise of intelligent machines.


Jesse SinghJesse Singh, ’93, was appointed to president and CEO of CPG International LLC, a manufacturer of building products. Prior to joining CPG in this role, he was corporate officer of 3M.


SubramanianShridar Subramanian, ’96, was promoted to the new role of chief revenue officer at Exablox, an award-winning storage company. Subramanian will be responsible for sales, marketing, channel strategy, and product management. He joined Exablox as vice president of marketing in 2013.


Amit WadhwaneyAmit Wadhwaney, ’83, will manage Moerus Capital Management’s new Moerus Worldwide Value Fund. Wadhwaney is CIO, cofounding partner, and portfolio manager at Moerus Capital Management and has more than 25 years of experience in investment.


Jose AlvarezJosé Alvarez, ’91, was elected to the board of trustees at Princeton University, where he will serve as an alumni trustee for four years. Alvarez is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and he was previously CEO of Stop and Shop Supermarket Company.


HillmanLee Hillman, ’79, has been elected to the board of directors of the Professional Diversity Network, which runs online networking communities. Hillman is CEO of Performance Health Systems and is on numerous boards.


Tricia LuscombeTricia J. Luscombe, AM ’86, MBA ’89, was appointed to the board of trustees of Monetta Financial Services, Inc. Luscombe is also managing director and co-head of the valuations and opinions Group at Lincoln International LLC.


Roxanne MartinoRoxanne Martino, ’88, was elected to the board of directors at Ventas Inc. Martino is CEO and president of Aurora Investment Management.


MinogueMichael Minogue, ’01 (XP-70), was appointed to Bioventus’ board of managers. Bioventus is a leader in orthobiologic solutions. Minogue is additionally CEO, president, and chairman of Abiomed Inc.


MurphyBrian Murphy, ’84, will serve on the board of trustees of Village School of North Bennington for the upcoming year. Murphy works as vice president for finance and administration at Bennington College.


Satya NadellaSatya Nadella, ’97, CEO of Microsoft, has been appointed to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s board of directors. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” Nadella told the Seattle Times. “It is fantastic to have a world-class organization, doing world-class work with an ambition to find cures for cancer.”


Fran BatesFran John Bates, ’84, has been appointed vice president of technology services of Sciformix Corporation, a leading Scientific Process Organization. Bates was previously global director at OneSource Science and LAb IT Services at PerkinElmer Health Services.


BennettLori A. Bennett, ’87, will be the new president of Clovis Community College. Bennett was previously executive vice president of student learning at Moorpark College.


BezdekSMS Assist recently received $150 million in funding transforming the software company into a Chicago “unicorn,” a start-up valued at more than $1 billion. Working at SMS Assist are Alexander Bezdek, ’14, director of corporate strategy; Jamie Cusack, ’11, vice president, strategic operations; Matt Lerner, ’12, director of implementation and director of financial planning and analysis; Angelo Pileggi, ’12, director of strategic planning and special projects; and Marc Shiffman, ’94, financial officer and chief administrative officer.


Kevin BurkeKevin W. Burke, ’94, was appointed as the inaugural managing director of the Notre Dame Institute of Global Investing at the University’s Mendoza College of Business. Previously, Burke was president of Conatus Capital.


Scott BurlesonScott D. Burleson, ’80, was named an onsite executive director of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. Burleson has served Shore Regional Health and the Chesterton hospital in various administrative capacities since 2006, most recently as regional director of facilities planning and projects.


Naveed BandukwalaNaveed Bandukwala, ’00, joined the Egon Zehnder’s Chicago office as an executive recruitment consultant and talent strategy advisor. Most recently, Bandukwala was a senior vice president and executive officer at Westell Technologies.


CepedaAdela Margarita Cepeda, ’84, was featured in “23 Women to Watch in Philanthropy” on the website of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Women featured are said to be “leading, innovating, building movements, and influencing philanthropy in a big way.”


DonovanPat M. Donovan, ’85, has been named president of Anvil International. Anvil International is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products and is a leading domestic manufacturer of piping system components with applications in commercial, industrial, mechanical, fire protection, and oil and gas end markets.


Sunnie GilesSunnie Giles, ’97, an executive coach and leadership development consultant, had her global research results on leadership competencies published in Harvard Business Review.


John HsinghJohn Hsing, ’04, has been named vice president of operations for Ocean Optics. Prior to this, Hsing served as director of operations of IDEX Corporation, fluid management.

Tim JenkinsCofounder of Point B, Inc, Tim Jenkins, ’88, was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Economics at the University of Washington. Jenkins also gave the keynote address at the economics department commencement.


KolesarAl Kolesar, ’00, has been selected as corporate treasurer of SunTrust Banks, Inc, Kolesar will oversee its capital management, liquidity, and investment portfolio and balance sheet strategy.


Steve LarrickTIGER 21, a peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth investors, is launching a second group in Chicago. The group will be led by Steve Larrick, ’69, who brings nearly two decades of executive business coaching and consulting experience.


Michael LewisA study by Michael Lewis, ’93, analyzing NFL fan bases based on willingness to spend and willingness to engage in social media, found that the New England Patriot’s have the best fans. His study was highlighted on “Around the NFL” on the


Jon MorrisRise Interactive, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency, raised $12.3 million through their partnership with Quad/Graphics, a printing and marketing services company that is located in Wisconsin. CEO and founder Jon Morris, ’04, said to BuiltinChicago that its partnership would allow the integration of its clients’ offline and online marketing campaigns.


NewmanQSR Magazine profiled Grabbagreen, a healthy, fast-casual chain cofounded by Keely Newman, ’04 (XP-73). Grabbagreen’s menu is built around “superfoods” and contains no processed ingredients.


Brian OConnorChicago-based NextGen Growth Partners, a private equity firm, had its first close on its premier fund. Launched earlier this year by Brian O’Connor, ’08, NextGen is a lower-middle market private equity firm. Among its advisory board and strategic partners is Mark Agnew, ’06, president of restaurant chain Lou Malnati’s, and Dennis Chookaszian, ’68, former chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies.


PardoJaime Chico Pardo, ’74, has been tapped as lead director of Honeywell International Inc. during a leadership transition. Pardo will take on expanded responsibilities in this roles.


PatelNimesh Patel, ’03, joined WilmerHale as director, diversity and inclusion. Patel’s responsibilities include recruitment, mentorship, and the creation of diversity-focused programs. Patel was previously executive director, office of diversity and inclusion at the US Department of Homeland Security.


ForbesThe start-up TalentNext, founded by Shekhar Purohit, ’04, was featured in an article in India Forbes. TalentNext is an online platform designed to connect aspiring talent to production houses.


QiSPI Energy Co, a global provider of photovoltaic solutions, has appointed Kevin Qi, ’99, to senior vice president in charge of corporate development and capital markets. Qi has more than 15 years of experience in cross-border fund raising and was most recently managing director and head of credit opportunities fund at China Merchants Capital.


SimonJoyce M. Simon, AB ’68, MBA ’75, was featured in a Crain’s Chicago Business feature, “Women’s Work? Nonprofit CEO.” She is executive vice president and CFO at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and secretary and treasurer of the Shedd Aquarium Society.


SinquefieldJeanne Sinquefield, AM ’71, PHD ’72, MBA ’79, has been appointed to a commission that will review the University of Missouri university system. The commission is made up of “individuals who have a passion for seeing the University of Missouri system succeed,” said House Speaker Todd Richardson in a statement from the House, according to Missourinet.


StittWilliam Stitt, ’94, joined MTS Health Partners LP, an independent investment bank, as partner. Stitt has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and investment banking and was most recently a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.


ZacksMitch Zacks, ’99, managing director and portfolio manager at Zacks Investment Management, will host its new podcast The Steady Investor. The podcast covers current financial issues and trends, market and retirement planning, and strategies for long-term investing.



LakshmiAnanthamurthyLakshmi Ananthamurthy, ’05, CEO of SiyaWoman, a website featuring stories for women by women, was interviewed by Crazy Engineers as part of its “Founders Circuit - The Venture Capture Series.” Ananthamurthy discussed her career path and experience, family and friends, and the creation of SiyaWoman.


ApelBlake Apel, ’12, was promoted from vice president to principal at Trinity Hunt, a private equity firm located in Dallas. Prior to joining Trinity Hunt in 2007, he worked at Bain & Company.


Young jin ChangYoung-Jin Chang, ’12, has been appointed to global head of metals products at CME Group, where she will be responsible for strategic development and management of the global product suite. Chang has held several roles in the company, including executive director, industrial metals products.


ChandlerMary Titsworth Chandler, ’11, was named an officer of the Cummins Foundation. She will continue in her previous roles of vice president of corporate responsibility and chief executive officer, in addition to her new role.


Mike DuffyCityBase, which was founded by Mike Duffy, ’12, received $6.25 million from KDWC, a Chicago venture fund, bringing their total amount raised to $10.25 million. CityBase is a start-up that aims to change how governments interact with its citizens, allowing citizens to pay for services online. The CityBase team includes Liz Fischer, ’15, vice president of marketing; Alex Pedenko, ’13, chief technology officer; and Dugan Schwalm, ’12 (XP-81), chief operating officer.


Jeff ElliotJeffrey T. Elliot, ’07, was appointed to vice president, business development and strategy, of Exact Sciences Corp, a molecular diagnostics company that focuses on early detection and prevention of various cancers. Previously, Elliot was senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co, where he focused on diagnostics and life science tools companies.


Oluseyi FabodeOluseyi Fabode, ’10, was highlighted in an article on TheNEWS, focusing on solutions to power problems in Nigeria and the country’s relation to the global electricity industry.


GadhokShilpa Gadhok, ’13, has been named senior assistant brand manager, Kit Kat, for the Hershey Company. Previously, Gadhok was senior assistant brand manager on the Pampers and Braun brands at Procter & Gamble.


GrayWes Gray, MBA ’10, PhD ’10, founder of Alpha Architect, appeared on the Masters in Business podcast. Gray discussed his experience in the military as a former captain in the US Marines and how it relates to successful investing.


Kapil HetamsariaVelvetcase, a start-up founded by Kapil Hetamsaria, ’05, has raised nearly $2 million in their second round of fundraising, mainly from the Uniqorn Venture Fund. Velvetcase is an online marketplace for jewelry; the money will be used for expanding their technology.


Eric HendricksonEric Hendrickson, ’15, has been named president of Crestliner Boats, a Brunswick company. Most recently, Hendrickson was manager of strategy and business development for the Brunswick Freshwater Boat Group.


LoPrimoKevin LoPrimo, ’16 (EXP-21), joined the Cowen Prime Services division of Cowen as managing director, head of international prime brokerage. Previously, LoPrimo was managing director, head of fund services and equity finance at Global Prime Partners.


Shailesh NalawadiGigato, an app cofounded by Shailesh Nalawadi, ’06, was profiled in tech2. Gigato is focused on lowering the cost of using mobile data in emerging markets.


RabieDavid Rabie, ’15, founder and CEO of Tovala, appeared on the podcast Tech in Chicago, where he discussed the creation and beginning of Tovala.


VillarMark Villar, ’15 (AXP-14), was reelected for his third term as representative for Las Piñas, Philippines in the May election, where he received an 86.5% of the total votes.