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Robert BraininRobert Brainin, ’02, joined Springfield, Massachusetts-based affordable housing nonprofit HAPHousing as its CFO. He was most recently CFO of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley, Massachusetts.


Robert CarlsonRobert Carlson, ’03, was appointed CFO of  Shape Technologies Group Inc., a supplier of waterjet technology and ultrahigh-pressure manufacturing process solutions. Shape is a portfolio company of middle-market private equity firm American Industrial Partners. Most recently, he was CFO at private equity backed Pioneer Sand Company.


Debra CrewTobacco company Reynolds American announced Debra Crew, ’00, as its next CEO. She currently serves as chief operating officer and president of the company’s largest subsidiary, R.J. Reynolds. She will replace current president and CEO Susan Cameron and join the board.


Olivier DelporteOlivier Delporte, ’02, was named CEO of Vienna-based Miracor Medical Systems GmbH, which provides innovative solutions for the treatment of severe cardiac diseases. With his “long-standing track record of successful management in the medical device field, the company is extremely well positioned to deliver on our ambitious clinical and commercial objectives,” said Werner Braun, chairman of the board of Miracor.


Jason HollarJason Hollar, ’02, was promoted to CFO of Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer Sears Holdings Corp. He joined Sears Holdings in October 2014 as senior vice president, finance.


Helmuth LudwigHelmuth Ludwig, ’90, was appointed CIO at German engineering company Siemens AG, thus assuming responsibility for global IT at the company. He was previously chief digital officer of the product lifecycle management business unit at Siemens' digital factory division.


Christopher RosbrookChristopher Rosbrook, ’00, was named CFO of Charlotte, North Carolina–based MapAnything, Inc., a mapping, geo-analytics and location intelligence solution provider for users of Salesforce. Previously, he was managing director at Piper Jaffray Companies, an investment bank and asset management firm.


Allan SpoonerAllan Spooner, ’94, was named president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Health hospitals in Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. He previously was president of the hospital division for Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital System in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Jeffery WoodJeffery Wood, ’01, assumed the role of senior vice president and CFO of Houston-based oil and natural gas company Black Stone Minerals, L.P. He was most recently executive vice president and CFO of Siluria Technologies Inc., a leading innovator of process technologies for the energy and petrochemical industries.

Brian HannaschBrian Hannasch, ’94, was elected as one of five retail members to serve on the board of directors of Alexandria, Virginia-based NACS, the association for convenience and fuel retailing. Hannasch is president and CEO at Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.


David HerzogDavid Herzog, ’95, was elected to the board of directors of New York–based life insurance company MetLife Inc. Herzog most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of insurance and financial services corporation American International Group (AIG).


Scott MackieScott Mackie, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Vancouver-based Westport Fuel Systems Inc., which manufactures and supplies alternative fuel systems and components. Mackie is president of Qualitor Inc.’s International Brakes Industries division, a leading diversified supplier of safety and wear parts for the automotive aftermarket.


William RieflinWilliam Rieflin, ’88, was named as an independent member of New York–based biotechnology company Kallyope Inc.’s board of directors. Rieflin is CEO of South San Francisco, California-based NGM Biopharmaceuticals Inc.


Jacob VogelJacob Vogel, ’08, was appointed to the board of directors of Vancouver-based TekModo Industries Inc., which manufactures and distributes composite panels for RVs, buses and trailers. Vogel is the CEO of Boat Holdings LLC, the manufacturer and owner of several industry-leading recreational boat brands including Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane and Rinker.

René CopelandRené Copeland, ’78, was named president of D-Wave Government Inc., formed to provide quantum computer systems to the US government and a subsidiary of D-Wave Systems Inc. He is director of government sales for D-Wave Systems Inc., which is headquartered near Vancouver.


Gary BiddleGary Biddle, MBA ’76, PhD ’80, was named professor of accounting at University of Melbourne. He is former dean and PCCW chair of accounting at University of Hong Kong and he currently lectures at Columbia University, London Business School and Fudan University.


William ConwayGlobal alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announced that it raised $3.6 billion for Carlyle Global Partners, the firm’s first long-dated private equity fund. “The fund is off to a strong start and we see increasing opportunities for CGP’s long-term capital,” said William Conway, ’74, Carlyle’s Co-CEO and chief information officer.


Alok GaurAlok Gaur, AB ’90, MBA ’93, joined Chicago-based Lasalle Investment Management as co-head of its Client Capital Group. He will also be a member of LaSalle’s Global Management Committee. Most recently, he was a managing director and partner at The Carlyle Group.  


Katherine HowittKatherine Howitt, ’96, was recently included in CNBC's Citywire ranking of the top 20 female portfolio managers in the world, based on her management of the Fidelity Australian Opportunities Fund, based in Sydney. She also recently won Lonsec's Rising Star award for Australian equities.


John HullJohn Hull, ’78, said his “sense of duty” provoked him to run for a seat on the Dorchester District Two school board in Summerville, South Carolina.


Matthias KramerMatthias Kramer, ’97, started as the new head of business operations at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. In his role, he is responsible for sales and marketing and heads the departments of brand management, marketing and communications, and business solutions.


James McAvinn James McAvinn, ’83, was appointed senior vice president of sales and marketing at Milestone Scientific Inc., a Livingston, New Jersey–based medical R&D company that designs, patents, incubates and commercializes a growing portfolio of innovative injection technologies.


Philip OlsonPhilip Olson, ’81, spoke to Dartmouth University’s student newspaper, The Dartmouth, about his unexpected career path from real estate to comedy writing. Olson wrote and performed with The Groundlings and has written 13 original screenplays and 15 published plays. “Now I write and produce plays full-time, and my business experience has really helped in terms of advertisement, actor hiring and public relations,” he said.


Michael  PolskyRenewable energy project developer Invenergy announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island. The project, Clean Energy Link, consists of four new wind and two new solar farms. Michael Polsky, ’87, is founder and CEO.


Anthony PritzkerPritzker Group Private Capital signed a deal to acquire ProAmpac, the Springdale, Ohio-based flexible packaging company, according to J.B and Anthony Pritzker, ’87, are managing partners.


Thomas Ricketts“Most importantly, it’s about fans,” said Chicago Cubs chairman and owner Thomas Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, in a Chicago Tribune story shortly before the team clinched its first World Series title in 108 years. He developed his love for the Cubs while seating in Wrigley Field’s bleachers as a University of Chicago student in the 1980s, according to the story.


F. Quinn StepanF. Quinn Stepan, ’63, chairman of  Stepan Company, a Northfield, Illinois-based chemical company, is retiring from that position as of Dec. 31, 2016. "My father's incredible passion for Stepan Company over the past 55 years has been instrumental to our company's profitable growth and expansion," said F. Quinn Stepan, Jr., president and CEO.  


Michael UelandMichael Ueland, ’95, was appointed senior vice president of global sales at Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Digi International Inc., a provider of machine-to-machine communications.


Hendrikus J. Van DeurzenHendrikus J. Van Deurzen, ’01 (XP-70), joined Melville, New York–based Canon Solutions America, a subsidiary of Canon USA, as senior director of marketing.  


David  Wells“We are now in the fourth year of our original content strategy and are pleased with our progress,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells, MBA ’98, MPP, ’98, said in a letter to shareholders. “In 2017, we intend to release over 1,000 hours of premium original programming, up from over 600 hours this year.”


Todd YoungTodd Young, ’02, a three-term Republican congressman and former Marine, defeated former Indiana governor and senator Evan Bayh in November to win one of Indiana’s seats in the US Senate.


Lance BellLance Bell, ’08, was hired as senior vice president of Nashville-based boutique investment bank Bailey Southwell & Co. LLC and will focus on companies in the healthcare services industry.


Jeffrey DavisJeffrey Davis, ’12, recently founded The Sales and Marketing Alignment Summit in Chicago, a first-of-its-kind event aimed at bringing together top sales and marketing professionals to discuss the crucial interaction of sales and marketing.


Max GabyMax Gaby, ’16, joined Linden Capital Partners, a Chicago-based healthcare private equity firm, as vice president.


Bryan Johnson"I’ve chosen to start a company instead of funding academic research or setting up a foundation because, as a for-profit endeavor, Kernel has the unique potential to give birth to a usable product that could benefit the lives of billions," said Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), after announcing a $100 million investment into Kernel. The new Silicon Valley–based startup is building a tiny computer chip that will be implanted in the human brain to combat neurological damage.


LaVandez Jones“Through the gauntlet of the MBA, you get tested and you come out stronger. Having your mindset shaped by an institution like Chicago Booth is key,” said LaVandez Jones, ’14, in an interview with BusinessBecause. Jones founded Hello Tractor, which allows farmers in Nigeria to get access to shared equipment on demand, after winning the Social New Venture Challenge.


Benjamin KovlerInvest for Kids, started by investment professionals Ron Levin and Benjamin Kovler, ’11, in 2009, “has become a not-to-be-missed event for many of their Chicago peers, and even some outside the city,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The event has raised $10 million for Chicago children's charities over eight years.


John ManieriJohn Manieri, ’09 (EXP-14), recently earned an executive master in international negotiation and policy-making from the Graduate Institute of Geneva.


Keith PetersenKeith Petersen, ’13, was named head of strategy and corporate development at Barchart, a provider of financial market data and technology.


Clifford  PrzybylSnapsheet, a Chicago-based startup that allows people to snap car accident photos with their smartphones and instantly file claims with their insurance companies, raised $20 million in a round of funding, said Clifford Przybyl, ’11, cofounder and president, according to the Chicago Tribune.  


David Rabie Tovala, the Chicago-based startup that makes a smart oven, raised $1.6 million in seed funding. David Rabie, ’15, is CEO. He won the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge in 2015 for what was then-called Maestro.


Daniel ShaniDaniel Shani, ’12, founder & CEO of Buffalo, New York–based Energy Intelligence, presented as part of the Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 Global Startup Showcase in Laguna Beach, California. Energy Intelligence has developed and patented a system that turns the motion of vehicles into electricity at high-traffic facilities.  


Michael  Yip"[The] business sector plays an important role in creating a better future and comes hand in hand with the society," said Michael Yip, ’16 (AXP-15), of Sodata Analytics Foundation Association, which tracks charitable giving among Hong Kong companies. He and fellow Booth graduates, Lei Shen, ’16 (AXP-15), Jason Xie ’16 (XP-85), and Gigi Wong, ’16 (AXP-15), created the database as a volunteer project to promote corporate social responsibility.