Sami Ahmad, ’91, was appointed CFO of Sugar Land, Texas-based Trecora Resources, a provider of high purity specialty hydrocarbons and waxes. He was previously CFO of Houston-based Armada Water Assets Inc. and served on the board of directors.
David Hoffmann, ’96, was appointed president of Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts US and Canada. He most recently oversaw the high-growth markets division of Oak Brook, Illinois-based burger giant McDonald’s Corp.
Sangeeta Kishore, ’03, joined New York–based Metropolitan Commercial Bank as executive vice president and CFO. She previously served as the senior executive vice president, CFO and senior risk officer at Belleville, Pennsylvania-based Kish Bank.
Richard Kollender, ’98, was named chief business officer and CFO of Lowell, Massachusetts-based Rapid Micro Biosystems, a provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection.
Olivier Lefèvre, ’10 (EXP-15) was appointed senior vice president & CFO of Capgemini France, based in Paris. He was previously CFO of Capgemini North America, based in New York. Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services with $13 billion in revenue and 180,000 people in more than 40 countries.
Dustin Lyman, ’09, a former Chicago Bears tight end, was appointed CEO of Broomfield, Colorado-based Famous Brands International, a portfolio company of Z Capital Partners LLC and the parent company of Mrs. Fields Cookies and TCBY Yogurt. He most recently served as CFO.
David Marcus, ’85, was hired as CIO to run the $447 million investment portfolio of Stony Brook Foundation, the fundraising arm of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He joined the foundation from Bermuda-based asset management firm SHL Capital, where he was a managing director for two years.
David Neumann, ’95, was named CEO of Bloomingdale, Illinois-based PCTEL, Inc., effective in January. He currently leads the company’s RF Solutions business as senior vice president and general manager. The company provides services to the wireless industry.
Thomas Okray, ’89, was appointed executive vice president, CFO, of Roanoke, Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider. Most recently, Okray served as vice president, finance, global customer fulfillment at Amazon.com Inc.
Christopher Rosbrook, ’00, was hired as CFO by Charlotte, North Carolina–based MapAnything Inc., a mapping, geo-analytics company.
Balaji Sekar, ’13 (XP-82) joined Santa Monica, California-based outsourcing firm TaskUS as the inaugural CFO. Sekar has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, and most recently held a senior leadership role at San Diego-based PatientSafe Solutions.
Jennifer Scanlon, ’92, was appointed president and CEO of Chicago-based building products company USG Corp. She has served in a variety of positions at USG for almost 14 years.
Peter Thompson, ’00, joined InnerWorkings Inc., a Chicago-based global marketing execution firm, as chief commercial officer. He was formerly the CEO of Chicago-based Perkins Investment Management LLC.
John Wilcox, ’93, joined Hartford, Connecticut-based insurance company The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. as chief strategy and ventures officer. Previously, Wilcox was president and chief operating officer at Boston-based insurance brokerage Risk Strategies Co.
Mary Holm, ’82, joined the board of directors of Wellington, New Zealand-based Financial Services Complaints Ltd., a not-for-profit that resolves complaints against financial service providers. Holm is a writer, editor, journalist, and director of the Financial Markets Authority, one of three main financial regulators in New Zealand.
George Kadifa, ’89, was appointed to the board of directors of Phoenix-based mobile telecom management services provider Telesoft. Kadifa is a managing partner at Foster City, California-based technology-focused, middle market private equity firm Sumeru Equity Partners.
Scott R. Mackie, ’86, was appointed to the board of directors of Vancouver-based alternative fuel systems and components company Westport Fuel Systems Inc. He is president of Qualitor Inc.’s International Brakes Industries division, an automotive aftermarket parts supplier.
Kendra Mirasol, ’93, president of Northbrook, Illinois-based global talent management firm IOR Global Services, was appointed to the board of directors at Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit global exchange organization that promotes international professional experiences.
Donald Roberts, ’87, joined the board of directors of Ottawa-based renewable energy company Ensyn Corp. Mr. Roberts is currently CEO of Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd., a strategic advisory and investment banking boutique which serves the renewable energy, clean technology, and forest products industries.
Mark Agnew, ’06, CEO of Chicago pizza restaurant chain Lou Malnati’s, will continue to run the day-to-day operations as asset management firm BDT Capital Partners takes on a significant stake in the company, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
Constantine Alexandrakis, ’96, was promoted to managing director in the Chicago office of global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
Brian Baker, ’97, was hired as managing director and head of global investor relations and business development at Newport Beach, California-based investment firm LongTail Alpha LLC. Baker was a managing director of Newport Beach, California-based investment management firm Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC, CEO and director of PIMCO Asia, and co-head of PIMCO's Official Institutions Business.
Steven M. Cowan, ’96, joined boutique investment bank Aldwych Capital Partners as co-head of the firm’s energy practice. He will be based in the firm’s Houston office.
Debra Crew, ’00, chief operating officer and president of Winston-Salem, North Carolina–based tobacco company R.J. Reynolds, Reynolds American Inc., was named to Fortune magazine’s list of Most Powerful Women
Arnold Donald, ’80, CEO of Carnival Corp., attended the fifth annual Head and Heart Philanthropy Summit in Martha’s Vineyard in August, according to the website Black Enterprise. The goal of the organization is to address issues impacting communities of color within the US and abroad.
Ejaz Elahi, ’92, has been named managing director in The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation, which provides advisory, capital, and assurance and tax services to healthcare organizations.
Filippo Fiori, PhD ’02, joined London-based hedge fund Capula Investment Management. Fiori previously was a senior trader at Zurich-based Credit Suisse.
Snap Kitchen, a health food chain specializing in grab-and-go meals run by David Kirchhoff, ’94, was profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek for its emphasis on taste not deprivation. “It was frustrating to me that the food environment forced you to choose between food you weren’t that excited about—you know, kale and water—or food that you wanted to eat,” Kirchoff said of what prompted his interest in the company.
Ilham Habibie, ’03 (AXP-2), told the Jakarta Post that he is hopeful a $1 billion apartment superblock will become the new icon of Batam, a small island near Singapore. The “towers will surpass the height of Singapore’s skyscrapers so they will be clearly visible from Singapore,” Habibie said, who is commissioner of the property’s developer, Pollux Habibie International.
Thomas Krasnewich, ’92, joined Charlotte, North Carolina–based middle-market investment bank BlackArch Partners as managing director and head of the firm’s diversified industrials practice.
Michael Mack, ’86, announced his retirement after more than three decades with Moline, Illinois-based Deere & Co. He was most recently group president of John Deere Financial Services, Global Human Resources and Public Affairs. “His insightful thinking, unpretentious manner, and boundless level of energy have been an inspiration to all of us,” said chairman and CEO Samuel R. Allen.
Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella, ’97, announced the computer giant has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year and has invested more than $3 billion across Europe to date. He also shared that Microsoft intends to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from data centers in France starting in 2017.
Ernesto Sigmon, ’02, penned an article for The Huffington Post on what makes Donald Trump an effective communicator. “His success lies in his mastery of four components of communication that can make anyone effective in conveying ideas and persuading listeners,” he wrote.
“Watching Band of Brothers had such an emotional impact on me—I decided that the project would be more than a hobby; it would be a platform to disseminate the information I gathered,” said Heather Steele, ’96, about the US-based World War II History Project that she founded in 2010. She spoke to TheHindu.com in September about her work to record the stories of that generation.
“I knew I had to help others fight against this terrible disease,” said Michael Roub, ’98, after his wife Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer. He began to volunteer at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an advocacy group of the American Cancer Society, and was instrumental in helping the group boost donations, according to an article on Newswire.
Chicago-based asset management firm BDT Capital Partners, founded by Byron Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82, agreed to take a significant stake in Chicago pizza restaurant chain Lou Malnati's, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
Chicago-based venture capital firm Hyde Park Venture Partners closed its second venture fund successfully at $65 million. The team includes Guy Turner, ’10.
President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Howard Unger, ’84, as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Unger is founder and managing partner at Briarcliff Manor, New York–based Saw Mill Capital.
Vincent Wenos, ’96, joined Franklin Park, Illinois-based commercial plumbing company Sloan as vice president, engineering and research and development. Wenos was previously vice president, global development and technology, at New Britain, Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker Inc., a provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security, and engineered fastening systems
Craig Zaph, ’97, joined Cowen and Co. as the head of debt capital markets. Cowen and Co. is the broker-dealer segment of New York–based financial services firm Cowen Group Inc.
Batuta Capital Advisors LLC, a New York–based advisory firm founded by Alexandre Zyngier, ’97, was retained by Chicago-based public holding corporation Veltex Corp. to explore strategic alternatives.
William R. Bence, ’15, was selected as a recipient of the inaugural 40 Under 40 Awards by the Commercial Finance Association. The award recipients were featured in the Commercial Finance Association's September issue of The Secured Lender and honored at a ceremony held in New York. Bence serves as a vice president at MB Business Capital, the asset-based lending division of MB Financial Bank.
Aaron Gillum, ’04, was named an Entrepreneur in Residence at Future Founders, a non-profit organization that nurtures young entrepreneurs. Gillum is a managing partner of Caerus Investment Partners, where he assists portfolio companies with strategic planning, sales and marketing strategy.
The Washington Post profiled the latest venture from Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), called Kernel, which seeks to use neurological chip implants to improve memory, intelligence, and other cognitive tasks.
“We’re trying to solve new problems, so we need new perspectives,” said Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney, MS ’00, MBA ’10, in a Fortune article about gender balance on the Chicago-based food delivery company’s executive team. Women make up half of his eight-person executive team.
Christopher McKissack, ’09, vice president at Chicago-based power project developer GlidePath Power, was named to Midwest Energy News’ 2016 list of 40 Under 40, which highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.
Lauren Mifflin, ’16, “is a Chicago Booth MBA grad on the front lines of the fight against cancer,” according to an article on the BusinessBecause website. She’s co-founder of Latona Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup working to improve cancer treatment through nanotechnology.
Andrew Schwert, ’16, was hired by Boston University’s investment office as an investment associate to help invest the university’s $1.6 billion endowment.