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No ImagePerrigo plc, a leading global healthcare supplier, announced that Judy L. Brown, '98 (EXP-3), will take on an expanded role, adding the title of executive vice president of business operations to her current title of CFO. Brown will head Perrigo's global product portfolio and shared services platform.


No ImageGirisha Chandraraj, '03, has been appointed CEO of Marbles: The Brain Store. Chandraraj was recently senior vice president of marketing and chief digital officer at Essendant, a Fortune 500 B2B business.


No ImageDiane Garnick, '12, was named chief income strategist at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services firm. She will be responsible for strategy and development for TIAA's income solutions. TIAA, which stands for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, is a leading retirement provider for people in the education, nonprofit, healthcare, and government fields.


No Image Chris Lee Geier, '00 (XP-69), was named managing partner and CEO of professional services firm Sikich LLP, effective January 1. Geier is partner-in-charge of the firm's advisory services and investment banking practice and a member of the executive board. He joined Naperville, Illinois-based Sikich in 2008.


No ImageSameer Gulati, '05, was appointed COO, head of corp dev and strategy of Lending Club, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer lending company. Gulati was previously leader of McKinsey's digital banking practice. As COO, he's responsbible for operations and corporate strategy.


No ImageThomas R. Miller, '87, was named CFO of Sunoco GP LLC, the general partner of Sunoco. Miller most recently served as the senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer of Cleco Corporation.


No ImageJohn C.E. Moten, '97, was appointed president and chief investment officer of BYW Investment Advisors. BYW (Building Your Wealth) manages global and international equity portfolios for institutions and high net-worth families. Previous to joining BYW, Moten was vice president of investor relations for Mallinckrodt PLC.


No ImageKaren L. Parkhill, '92, was appointed CFO and executive vice president of Medtronic. Parkhill was previously CFO and vice chairman of Comerica.


No ImageRodolfo Savitzky, '90, has been appointed CFO of Lonza Group. Savitzky joined Lonza in March 2015 as head of finance and controlling for the pharma and biotech segment. It will be effective beginning October 1.


No ImageDavid Spivak, '93, joined Seaspan Corporation as its CFO. Spivak has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and global capital markets. Spivak most recently served as president and founder of Brockstreet Consulting, where he advised companies on corporate finance matters.


No ImageRaj Biyani, '99, was named to the advisory board of Mobilize.Net, a provider of enterprise software modernization technology for web, mobile, and cloud. Biyani was recently managing director of Microsoft IT organization in India.


No ImageGuru Ramakrishnan, '88, was named to the University of Chicago board of trustees. Ramakrishnan is founder and CEO of the Meru Capital Group, a New York-based hedge fund adviser.


No ImageTimothy M. Lane, '77, was elected to the national governing board of directors for American Humane Association. Lane is CEO of Everest Advisors, Inc. and former CEO of PepsiCo Restaurants International for Asia and the Middle East, Inc., as well as Holiday Inn Worldwide.


No ImageKumar Srinivasan, '01, vice president, scientific partnering and alliances and site head, R&D Boston at AstraZeneca, was named to MassBio's board of directors. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Srinivasan was chief business officer at Probiodrug AG.


No ImageMarsha C. Williams, '76, was elected as nonexecutive chair of the board of directors of Fifth Third Bancorp. Williams has served on the board since 2008 and has served as the company's lead director since April 2014.


No ImageRuth P. Blodgett, '86, received the 2016 "She Knows Where She is Going" award at the Girls Inc. Annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening. The award was given by Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, the core program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. Blodgett is senior vice president of planning and development and interim vice president of physician services at Berkshire Health Systems.


No ImageLilly Golden, '89, was featured in Bisnow. Golden is president at Evergreen Commercial Realty, which she founded in 2005. She has been named CoStar Power Broker of the Year three times in the past four years.


No ImageGrant Hamilton, '04, was named managing director and head of building products industry practice of BlackArch Partners, a middle-market investment bank offering a full spectrum of advisory services.


No ImageJamie Hoban, '02, along with two partners, opened an 11,000-square-foot brewery and tap room, Ten Ninety Brewing Company, located in downtown Glenview, Illinois on Waukegan Road. Ten Ninety Brewing Co. has 19 different beers on the market.


No ImageIn a profile on the website Skift, Mark Hoplamazian, '89, said that Hyatt Hotel Corporation continued to out perform expanding competitors despite being smaller due to focus on customer loyalty and care. "I would say that we have the benefit of focus, because that is what we're doing," said Hoplamazian, "These are the core customer segments that we are focused on and that we're going to continue to focus on."


No ImageSeth R. Johnson, '78, was nominated for the board of directors by Christophers & Bank Corp., a Minnesota-based retailer of women's apparel and accessories. Johnson has served on the board of directors at bebe stores, inc. since July 2014 and of Tilly's, Inc. since April 2011.


No ImageCrain's Chicago Business featured Cleversafe, a data storage company, which was sold to IBM for an estimated $1 billion, one of the biggest deals ever for a tech company in Chicago. Edward L. Kaplan, '71, was an early investor.


No ImageNimesh Patel, '03, has been hired as the head of diversity and inclusion for WilmerHale, a law firm with 12 offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia, with headquarters in Washington, DC. Patel was previously executive director, office of diversity and inclusion at the US Department of Homeland Security.


No ImageNick Stickler, '05, has been named president, Boston Whaler, of Brunswick Corporation. Stickler was most recently president, Harris and Cypress Cay Pontoons.


No ImagePaul Genji Tashima, '90, was ranked #15 on Barron's 2016 Top 100 Financial Advisors list and #1 in the corporate cash management sector. Tashima is managing director of investments at UBS Financial Service's corporate cash management group.

No ImageKateryna Chumachenko Yushchenko, '86, spoke at the South Utah University 2016 commencement ceremony at Centrum Arena in Cedar City.


No ImageChris Abraham, '13, was interviewed as part of ValueWalk’s Value Fund Interview Series. Abraham founded CVA Investment Management in 2014.


No ImageAntonio R. Allona, '13, was promoted to principal at Jaguar Growth Partners, a privately held investment management firm. Allona has nearly 12 years of experience as an investment professional and joined Jaguar in 2013.


No ImagePete G. Bilden, '05, was hired as managing director and co-head of aerospace, defense, and government services industry practice of BlackArch Partners, a middle-market investment bank offering a full spectrum of advisory services.


No ImageLika Dutta, '12, was appointed general manager for Comark Instruments, a global leader in providing high quality precision thermometers, data loggers, and monitoring solutions. Dutta has served in various management and leadership roles for Fluke, a Danaher company.


No Image“I discovered this need for woman investors in enterprise so I decided to start a fund,” said Shruti Gandhi, '12, in her feature in “Meet the VC” on Vator. In the Q&A, she discusses her experience as managing partner at Array Ventures, her love of working with the founders of a company, and the investing world as it is today.


No ImagePeter Kahn, '13 (AXP-12), has joined the Northeast practice of Envision Business Consulting, a Denver-based business consulting firm, as vice president and client partner lead. Previously, Kahn spent 14 years as one of the founding partners of a private consulting company that resulted in an equity sale to Pöyry Management Consulting, where he held management positions in London and Singapore.


No ImageMatthew Thornton, '06, was promoted to partner at Sixpoint Partners, a leading global investment bank serving the middle market alternatives industry. Thornton manages Sixpoint’s Chicago office and has overall responsibility for Midwest distribution, as well as select accounts in the Northwest. He also manages Sixpoint’s distribution practice in North America.