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Joe AdamczykJoe Adamczyk, ’15 (XP-84), was promoted to senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Chicago-based OCC, an equity derivatives clearing organization. Adamczyk is formerly first vice president and deputy general counsel.


David AndersonDavid J. Anderson, ’77, was named CFO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Cheshire, Connecticut-based company best known for its development of the immunosuppressant Soliris. Anderson held the CFO position at Honeywell International Inc. for 11 years.


Deep BodapatiDeep Bodapati, ’12, formerly principal at the Boston Consulting Group, has been appointed COO of Apartment Butler Inc. The Houston-based company is a mobile-first concierge service for apartments, offering residents a platform to book housekeeping, dry cleaning / laundry, and pet sitting.


John BuellJohn Buell, ’84, has been named senior vice president and CFO of Altar’d State, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based women’s fashion brand with more than 70 boutiques throughout the Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions.


arah C. DoranSarah C. Doran, ’03, became CFO of the holding companies of James River Group Holdings, Ltd., a Bermuda-based insurance holding company. She was most recently senior vice president, strategy, treasurer, investor relations at Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG.


DDR Corp., a Beachwood, Ohio-based real estate company that owns and manages 327 value-oriented shopping centers across 36 states and Puerto Rico, named William T. Ross, ’92, COO.


Jerry Tarrer, ’97, is the new senior vice president of business affairs and CFO of Colombia College Chicago. He was previously associate vice chancellor for business and financial services and CFO at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Dan YoungDan Young, ’02, has been appointed to chief financial officer at Jadestone Energy, Inc., an oil and gas company headquartered in Singapore. Young was previously senior vice president and head of APAC consulting at Wood Mackenzie.

Robert AltmanRobert Altman, ’88, was named to the board of directors of Evanston, Illinois-based Preora Diagnostics, Inc., a privately held medical technology company developing low-cost and highly-accurate cancer screening tests.


Dave HabigerDave Habiger, ’98 (XP-67), was appointed chairman of Hollywood-based Legend, a visual effects, virtual reality, and 3D conversion firm. He most recently served as CEO of Textura Corporation, a software payments platform.


Sheila HoodaSheila Hooda, ’88, has been appointed to the board of directors of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a Hartford, Connecticut-based company that operates a multi-manager asset management business.


David Klein, ’72, joined the board of directors of Denver-based NextHealth Technologies Inc., a prescriptive analytics and consumer engagement platform that reduces medical costs for health plans. Klein has over 30 years of experience as a CEO managing health plans and delivery systems.


Meredith W. MendesMeredith W. Mendes, ’91, was appointed to the board of directors of Oak Brook, Illinois-based Inland Residential Properties Trust, Inc., a nonlisted real estate investment trust.


Maulik NanavatySan Jose, California-based Rani Therapeutics, an InCube Labs company, announced that Maulik Nanavaty, ’93 (XP-62), has joined its board of directors. Nanavaty is currently senior vice president and president of Boston Scientific’s Neuromodulation Division and a member of its executive committee.


Samir SoodSamir Sood, ’01, joined the board of directors of Mywish Marketplaces, a financing company that operates websites including its flagship, Deal4Loans. Sood is the founder of Venture Highway, an early stage venture fund focused on investing in India, and was previously Head of South Asia, Australia—M&A and Investments for Google Inc.

Mark S. AgnewMark S. Agnew, ’06, was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40. Agnew is president of Northbrook, Illinois-based pizza franchise Lou Malnati’s.


Maggie AndersonAuthor, activist, and conscious commerce expert Maggie Anderson, JD ’98, MBA ’01, announced her new website,, which will be a resource for consumers who want to buy from and support black-owned businesses. Anderson is best known for her family’s economic experiment to live off of black-owned businesses for a year.


David BreaughDavid Breaugh, ’95, is managing director at Pramata Customer Relationship Intelligence. Pramata is based in Brisbane, California and works with large B2B companies to use insights about their most valuable customer relationships to drive significant revenue growth potential and stronger compliance efforts.


Mary K. BushMary K. Bush, ’71, will join the board of directors at Sunnyvale, California-based Bloom Energy Corporation, a provider of advanced, distributed power generation. Bush is the president of Bush International, LLC, an international consulting firm.


Bob FitzsimmonsBob Fitzsimmons, ’89, has joined Los Angeles-based Wedbush Securities, a financial services company, as managing director. Fitzsimmons will oversee business operations within the Futures Commission Merchant, with a focus on developing and defining the strategic direction for the Futures and Treasury divison.


Tokyo-based Azabu Value Partners announced the launch of the Azabu Value Master Fund, a Japan-focused fundamental equity long/short strategy under the umbrella of Rogers Investment Advisors KK. It will be co-managed by June-Yon Kim, ’97.


Thomas McCabeThomas McCabe, ’92, was named managing director of transaction and advisory services of Focus Management Group, a Tampa, Florida-based company that provides professional services in turnaround management, buy and sell-side due diligence, business restructuring, M&A strategic advisory services, and interim C-level services and mentoring.


Luis  Miranda“My dad taught me, if we focused on the good, we will have a happier and more pleasant place,” said Luis Miranda, ’89, in “What I learnt from my dad” in Forbes India. He credits his father’s optimism and focus on others with his choice to return back to India right after Booth in order to invest there and later move into the non-profit world.


Jahanara NissarJahanara Nissar, ’02, has joined New York-based Odeon Capital Group LLC, an independent broker-dealer with trading, investment banking, and research services, as TMT equity desk analyst.


President Barack Obama appointed Michael P. Polsky, ’87, to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, established in 1980 by Congress to commemorate the Holocaust and raise money for the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Polsky is the founder, president, and CEO of the power and energy company Invenergy.


Sean RyanSean Ryan, ’99, published an article in the Harvard Business Review on “How Loss Aversion and Conformity Threaten Organizational Change.” Sean Ryan is a partner at Chicago-based A.T. Kearney, where he leads the Strategy, Marketing, & Sales Practice for the Americas.


Daniel WobbyDaniel Wobby, ’03 (XP-72), has been named senior vice president of business development of Moss & Associates, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based construction company.

Jeff CarterJeff Carter, ’07 (XP-76), cofounder of Hyde Park Angels, has raised about $3 million of a planned $30 million Chicago-based venture fund called West Loop Ventures that plans to invest in financial-technology startups. “There’s really no one focused only on fin-tech,” said Carter in a feature in Crain’s Chicago Business.


Ben ChaungBen Chaung, ’14, and partner Phillis Chan, were featured as the top story in the Sydney Morning Herald. The two founded New York-based Big Apple Buddy, a company that sells US tech products and soon cosmetics and outdoor gear to countries where US products are in-demand but not yet available.


Anand ChristopherAnand Christopher, ’11, was quoted in Business Leader Magazine’s cover story discussing expected changes to financial regulation in 2017, under a new presidency. This year was his second as managing partner of Claremont Hudson, a Chicago-based management consulting firm specializing in growth strategy.


Ashley C. KellerAshley C. Keller, JD ’07, MBA ’07, was named to the 2016 40 Under 40 list in Crain’s Chicago Business. He is cofounder and managing director of Chicago-based Gerchen Keller Capital, a litigation finance firm.


Diane GarnickDiane Garnick, ’12 (XP-81), was recently tapped by Harvard Kennedy School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, to teach a class on behavioral finance. She is chief income strategist at TIAA. Some of her lectures from TIAA can be accessed through their website, including “The Gender Retirement Gap.”


Eyal LifshitzRedwood City, California-based online lender BlueVine has raised $49 million in Series D funding from existing investors. The funding will be used to grow the company’s team and offerings, and brings the total amount raised by BlueVine to more than $110 million. Eyal Lifshitz, ’09, is founder and CEO.


Joseph PhuaSingapore-based Paktor, a mobile dating app, was featured in Forbes’ #CuttingEdge section in a post written by CTO and cofounder Ng Jing Shen, who credits their work on trying to understand customers through data and thinking local for their success.
Joseph Phua, ’13, is Paktor’s CEO and cofounder.


Shan SaeedShan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8), was featured in an article in the Malaysian Reserve citing economists’ confidence that the ringgit will return. Saeed is chief economist and investment strategist at IQI Group Holdings, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Patrick  WalkerHFF appointed Patrick Walker, ’10, as director of their Chicago office. Walker was previously vice president of Jefferies LoanCore. HFF provides capital markets transaction services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry and operates out of 23 offices nationwide.