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No ImageDon H. Baptiste, ’04, was named CEO of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Trax Technologies. He was previously the cofounder and head of Bloomberg Government.


No ImageSteven C. Bush, ’85, was appointed chairman, president, and CEO of Apple Bank for Savings. Bush was previously executive vice president and COO.


No ImageJames E. Dentzer, ’95, was appointed chief financial and chief administrative officer of Lexington, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Curis, Inc. Dentzer was most recently CFO of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals.


No ImageRajeev Gautam, ’03, was named president, CEO, and executive officer of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and leading manufacturer of civil and military avionics and other aerospace products, integrator, and service provider.


No ImageJill Moran Golder, ’88, joined Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. as its new senior vice president and CFO. She most recently worked as executive vice president and CFO of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.


No ImageRichard Marshak, ’00, was named CEO of Novata, California-based Mount Tam Biotechnologies, Inc. Marshak brings 18 years of pharmaceutical experience across a wide range of leadership roles to the company, which was established to develop, optimize, and bring to market leading medical compounds to improve the health and well being of millions of people affected by autoimmune diseases.


No ImageRyan Michel, ’07, was appointed president and CEO of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada and subsidiary companies. He has reporting responsibility for the Allstate Corporation’s entities in Canada, which include the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, Pembridge Insurance Company, Pafco Insurance Company, and Ivantage Insurance Brokers.


No ImageScott D. Myers, ’94, was named president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors to Seattle-based biotechnology company Oncothyreon, Inc. Myers has more than 20 years of industry expertise and most recently served as CEO and president for Aerocrine AB.


No ImageMichael P. Nolte, ’01, was named CEO of Influence Health, a Birmingham, Alabama-based company that specializes in healthcare digital marketing and population health management.


No ImageRussell Read, AB ’84, MBA ’87, was appointed CIO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. He has previously served as the CIO to CalPERS, headed his own private equity firm, overseen risk and product engineering programs for Oppenheimer Funds, and served as Deputy CIO for Deutsche Asset Management.


No ImageJ. Hayes Batson, ’99, was appointed to the board of directors of the Children’s Minnesota Foundation, an independent and nonprofit that serves children throughout the Upper Midwest by providing care exclusively to children as one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States. Batson is chairman of Regency Beauty Institute. He is also a member of the Foundation’s governance board where he serves as chairman.


No ImageJoseph S. Durkin, ’84, was appointed to the board of directors of ESSA Bancorp, Inc. He is executive vice president of Reilly Associates, a Pittston, Pennsylvania-based firm that provides engineering, environmental, and surveying services to clients.


No ImageDavid L. Herzog, ’95, was named to the Ambac Financial Group, Inc. board of directors.


No ImageHugh Johnston, ’87, was named to the board of directors of Twitter and appointed to chair of the audit committee effective following Twitter’s 2016 annual meeting of stockholders. Johnston is vice chairman and CFO of Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company.


No ImageMichael Kubacki, ’76, was named to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. board of directors. He serves as chairman of Warsaw-based Lake City Bank and its holding company, Lakeland Financial Corp.


No ImageEric Mark, ’97, was appointed to the board of directors of Madalena Energy Inc. Mark is currently a managing director at Batuta Capital Advisors, a merchant bank targeting middle market and special situation opportunities in both the public and private markets.


No ImageEmmanuel Roman, ’87, was nominated to become an independent director of Societe Generale for a term of four years. Roman is the CEO of Man Group, an investment fund firm.


No ImageCubii, a Chicago-based under-desk elliptical trainer, raised a $650,000 seed round. The company has raised more than $1 million, including a highly successful Kickstarter campagin, since taking second place at the College New Venture Challenge in 2013. David B. Appel, AB ’81, MBA ’82, former Orange Glo International Chairman, was one of the investors.


No ImageGary C. Bhojwani, ’95, was named president of Carmel, Indiana-based CNO Financial Group. He will oversee the profitable growth of CNO’s three business segments: Bankers Life, Colonial Penn, and Washington National, which also includes marketing, communications, underwriting, and new business.


No ImageJan Anne Dubin, ’94 (XP-63), CEO and principal of Jan Anne Dubin Consulting, will deliver the keynote address at the Wells Fargo Advisors’ Law Department’s annual diversity and inclusion conference called Keeping it Moving Forward with Diversity. The conference will be held in St. Louis.


No Image“We want people to be self-motivated. What we do is provide training, education, and an opportunity to grow,” said Damien Duhamel, ’05 (AXP-4), in a feature in the Jakarta Post. Duhamel is CEO and managing partner at Solidiance, a corporate strategy firm that supports clients’ growth in the manufacturing, industrial, technology, cleantech, and health-care sectors.


No ImageBats Global Markets, Inc., the second-largest stock-exchange operator by market volume, went public in April. Alan H. Freudenstein, ’88, is on the board of directors.


No ImageThe Gleacher Veterans Scholars Fund will make it possible to help veterans bridge the gap between the benefits they have earned from the government and the remaining costs associated with their Chicago Booth MBA degrees. Eric J. Gleacher, ’67, mentioned his own experience in the Marine Corps as inspiration for his $10 million gift to establish the scholarship program, saying, “It was a winning combination, and I want to make it possible for those who have served our country to have the same opportunity.”


No ImageDaniel Graves, ’90, has joined Signal Hill’s New York office as a managing director and will join Signal Hill’s Sponsor Coverage group. Graves brings more than 25 years of investment banking expertise to Signal Hill, a leading advisory boutique serving the M&A and private capital raising needs of growth companies.


No ImageMichael D. Johnson, PhD ’83, was named provost of Babson College, effective July 15. He comes to Babson from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he is Bradley H. Stone Dean and E.M. Statler Professor.


No ImageRochelle Kopp, ’92, coauthored Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley with her husband, Steven Ganz. The book explains 600 words and phrases to help its reader navigate Silicon Valley.


No ImageJames D. McKenzie, ’90, was featured in IndyStar with his twin brother John McKenzie about their homebuilding business Homes by McKenzie. They discussed being equal partners and the joys of helping people to build their dream homes, as well as of the creative process itself.

No ImageClare Metcalf, ’94, has been named leader of the financial officer practice for the Americas for Russell Reynolds, a global leader in executive recruitment and leadership development.


No ImageBats Global Markets, Inc., the second-largest stock-exchange operator by market volume, went public in April. Jamil M. Nazarali, ’94, serves on the board of directors.


No ImageRandy Richards, ’79, was named corporate vice president and treasurer of Chevron Corporation. Richards was previously vice president of finance for Upstream. In his new role, Richards will lead Chevron’s banking, financing, cash management, insurance, pension investments, and credit and receivables activities.


No ImageShari Runner, ’82, moderated a panel called, Making a Difference for Chicago Youth in 2016 at the City Club of Chicago. Runner is the president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, which works for economic, educational, and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.


No ImageShan Saeed, ’09, was quoted in an article published in The Gulf Today, in which he is credited with predicting that oil prices would be trading between $50 and $60 per barrel in 2016. Saeed, who is chief economist at IQI Holdings, Malaysia, made the prediction in January of this year. “The energy market is poised for an upsurge and Brent crude oil price is predicted to hit $100 per barrel by the second quarter of next year,” Saeed says in the article.

No ImageGus U. Sauter, ’80, former chief investment officer for The Vanguard Group, spoke at a luncheon event on Investing in an Uncertain Economy in the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

No ImageJim Clifton, ’11, joined the senior secured financing team as senior vice president. He was previously director of originations at NXT Capital. He joins PNC with nearly 15 years of financial, audit, and operating experience and will support business development for PNC’s Upper Midwest Team.


No ImageLika Dutta, ’12, was appointed general manager of Comark Instruments, an international manufacturer of precision thermometers, data loggers, and wireless monitoring solutions.


No ImageBryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), the founder of Braintree, was featured in Blue Sky focusing on his $100 million OS Fund, which with he invests in future-leaning technologies such as artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. He is also embarking on a number of new projects, including a mini-documentary series on YouTube called “Explorations” and an upcoming, youth-focused initiative.


No ImageDavid L. Johnson, ’07, launched the Abraxas Group as founder and managing partner.


No ImageThe search fund Rivet Capital Partners made an investment in Burlington, Vermont-based Subatomic Digital. Alex Lintott, ’12, who raised the search fund, has taken over as CEO and manages the group’s investment as operator.


No ImageRyan McComas, ’11, spoke at the Knowledge Group’s webcast Fixed Income Opportunities in a Rising Rate Environment Live Webcast in April. McComas is a vice president in the retirement services group within the investment management division at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.


No ImageMesirow Financial, an employee-owned financial services company with operations in 17 states, as well as London and Hong Kong, was featured in an Investment Manager Highlight on Michael Miranda, ’06, was part of the feature as senior managing director and CIO for the currency management division.

No ImageTovala (formerly Maestro) ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for $100,000 that ended up raising $255,604 with 1,067 backers. David Rabie, ’15, is founder and CEO.


No ImageLee Rash, ’09, was promoted to director at Texas-based Cotton Creek Capital, a private equity firm focused on lower middle market companies. Rash has been at Cotton Creek Capital since 2012 and serves on the board of several of Cotton Creek’s portfolio companies.


No ImageKate Robu, ’09, presented findings from recent McKinsey and Lean In studies at an event titled Women in the Workforce, a discussion hosted by Financial Executives International’s Strategic Professional Alliance. Robu is a core practitioner in the McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Group and a global leader in McKinsey’s Risk Practice.


No ImageAri Studnitzer, ’06, was featured in Institutional Investor’s 2016 Trading Technology 40. Studnitzer is head of technology, architecture, and product management of CME Group Inc.


No ImageIlgar A. Valiyev, ’15 (EXP-20), was awarded the Medal of Progress alongside other members of the Azerbaijan Chamber of Auditors on the occasion of the chamber’s twentieth anniversary. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev presented the award. Veliyev is head of Ernst & Young’s branch office in the Azerbaijan Republic.


No ImageNailbot, a machine capable of printing any chosen photo as nail art onto your fingernails, was featured in an article on Pree Walia, ’10, is the lead inventor of Nailbot and CEO of Preemadonna.