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No PicNicholas Alexos, ’88, was named EVP and chief financial officer of Dentsply Sirona, a global manufacturer of dental products and equipment, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. In his new role, Alexos will lead finance, treasury, tax, audit, information technology, business development, strategic planning, and investor relations.

David JohnsonAbraxas Group founding partner David Johnson, ’07, in the role of interim COO, led the turnaround and restructuring of a Chicago-area behavioral healthcare company active in adolescent residential treatment, adoption, clinical services, and foster care.

No PicLisa Ricciardi, ’86, has been named COO of ContraFect Corporation, a biotechnology company based in Yonkers, New York. Ricciardi will continue to serve in her role as director. She is on the board of United Drug Healthcare Group.

No PicKatherine Ruffing, ’05, was named chief marketing officer and director of communications of Yakima Chief—Hopunion, a 100% grower-owned global hop supplier based in Yakima, Washington.

Jeffrey WhitnellAeterna Zentaris named Jeffrey Whitnell, ’87, interim CFO. Aeterna Zentaris is a Quebec, Canada-based biopharmaceutical drug development company. Whitnell was most recently vice president, finance, and controller of Lifewatch Sciences, Inc.

Haijun ZhaoHaijun Zhao, ’06 (AXP-5), was announced as co-CEO and executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). Zhao was appointed CEO of the company on May 10, 2017. SMIC is a Shanghai-based semiconductor foundry with an international manufacturing and service base.

David AsaniDavid C. Ansani, AB ’87, MBA ’98, has joined the board of directors of KSIX Media Holdings, a media and telecommunications company based in Henderson, Nevada. In his new role, he will help work towards the formation of an audit and compensation committee. Ansani is chief compliance officer of Glass Mountain Capital, LLC, and an attorney at law.

No PicMichael Armstrong, ’02, was named to the board of directors of Minneapolis-based Public Radio International, which produces and distributes programming to public radio stations and digital platforms nationwide, serving over 800 stations. Armstrong is general manager of BET Networks.

Joann RuppJoanna Rupp, ’94, was named to the board of trustees of Kansas University, located in Lawrence, Kansas. Rupp is the managing director of the private equity portfolio for the University of Chicago’s endowment.

Daniel AdashekDallas-based investment company Redpoint Capital Group hired Daniel Adashek, AM ’00, MBA ’03, as a portfolio manager. Adashek was previously a portfolio manager for the Stark Family Office.

Stephanie BramingWilliam Blair, a Chicago-based global investment banking and asset management firm, named Stephanie Braming, ’99, global head of William Blair Investment Management. Braming was most recently a portfolio manager for the William Blair International Small Cap Growth and William Blair International Growth strategies.

Adam CohenAdam Cohen, ’00 (XP-69), was named president of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI). Cohen is currently a senior associate with the Center for Strategic International Studies Energy and National Security Program. AUI is based in Washington, DC, and is a management organization that builds and operates facilities for the research community.

Swee Chen GohSwee Chen Goh, ’03 (AXP-2), was profiled in a piece for The Straits Times titled “Human capital vital to business success.” Goh is chairman of the Institute for Human Resource Professionals and chairman of Shell Petroleum, which is based in Houston, Texas.

Tom McCabeAmherst Partners has named Thomas McCabe, ’92, managing director in the restricting advisory practice. Amherst Partners is a Chicago-based financial advisory firm. Prior to joining Amherst Partners, McCabe worked at KPMG Corporate Finance.

No PicOctober was National Manufacturing Month, and there were two days of events organized to examine and build Central New York’s manufacturing. Harry Moser, ’80, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, delivered the keynote on October 6 at the “American Manufacturing: Right Here, Right Now” session in Syracuse, New York.

Susan Paul Susan Paul, ’85, was selected as an honoree for Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Technology Awards. Paul is the office managing vice president for the Dallas branch of Pariveda Solutions, a technology and management consulting firm based in Chicago.

Tom ReynoldsThomas Reynolds, ’04, has joined Artisan Partners as a portfolio manager on their US Value team, and will comanage the team’s two funds, Artisan Value and Mid Cap Value Funds. Artisan Partners is a global investment management firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

No PicXin Wang, ’01, has been named senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific of Boston Scientific, effective January 1. Wang joined Boston Scientific in 2012 as vice president and managing director for China. Boston Scientific is a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Wesley GrayWesley Gray, MBA ’10, PhD ’10, was profiled in the DealBook section of The New York Times: “Hiking Mountains, Gladly, With a Marine Turned Fund Manager.” Gray is CEO and CIO of Alpha Architect, a research-intensive investment management firm.

Alex KesselAlex Kessel, ’11, was named principal on the co-investment team of Adams Street Partners, a Chicago-based private markets investment management firm. Before joining Adams Street, Kessel was a principal at Baird Capital. 

J. K. KhalilJihad Khalil, ’10, was appointed country manager, Saudi Arabia, for Mastercard, a technology company in the global payments industry headquartered in Purchase, New York. Khalil joined Mastercard in 2016 with 13 years of finance services, technology, and payment solutions experience.

Samir SuriSamir Suri, ’10, was named senior vice president of product of LendKey, a lending-as-a-service solution for banks and credit unions based in New York and Cincinnati. Previously, Suri was senior director of Oportun Inc., a venture-backed social enterprise that works to provide access to affordable credit for individuals who are underserved or unbanked.

Mark WarmanMark Warman, ’14 (XP-83), was named vice president, business services for Creative Group, a full-service meeting, incentive, and recognition company based in Schaumberg, Illinois. Warman most recently served as CFO for TouchCR, an ecommerce marketing automation platform.