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Michael AllmanMichael Allman, ’85, was named CEO of Valencia, California-based H2scan, a provider of hydrogen sensors for industrial markets. He is board chairman. He was most recently chairman and CEO of the Southern California Gas Company, the largest natural gas distribution company in the US.  


Timothy DoveTimothy Dove, ’81, was promoted from COO to CEO of Irving’s Pioneer Natural Resources. The company’s stock price increased by more than 360 percent in the last 10 years, according to D Magazine.


Jeff ElliottJeff Elliott, ’07, was appointed CFO of Exact Sciences Corp., a colorectal cancer screening company. Elliott joined the Madison, Wisconsin-based company in June 2016 as vice president, business development, and strategy. He is a former senior research analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co.


Michael FinebergMichael Fineberg, ’07 (XP-76), was named CEO of OpenMarkets Inc., a Chicago-based healthcare technology company. Fineberg was previously CTO.


David FinkelsteinDavid Finkelstein, ’00, was promoted to the newly created position of CIO at Annaly Capital Management Inc.


James FishJames Fish, ’98, was named president and CEO of Waste Management, Inc. He was also elected to the board of directors. Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America.


michael FungMichael Fung, ’86, was named interim CFO and COO of Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus Group. Most recently, Fung served as interim CFO and treasurer for 99 Cents Only Stores and currently serves on its board.


MichaelHsuMichael Hsu, ’93, was named chief operating officer and president of Irving, Texas-based Kimberly-Clark. Hsu joined the company in 2012 and was previously group president of North American products.


John KerndlJohn Kerndl, ’93, was named CFO and executive vice president for Michigan healthcare system Beaumont Health. Kerndl was previously senior vice president and operations CFO for LifePoint Health in Brentwood, Tennessee.


Judy KrandelJudith Krandel, ’91, was appointed CFO of Snap Interactive Inc., a leading provider of video chat and online dating services. She was a member of the company's board of directors until October 2016 Prior to joining Snap, Krandel served as a portfolio manager at the Juniper Investment Company, a small-cap hedge fund.


Diane MorefieldDiane Morefield, ’87, was hired as executive vice president and CFO of Carrollton, Texas-based data center company CyrusOne. Morefield served as executive vice president and CFO of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from early 2010 until year-end 2015, when the company was sold to the Blackstone Group.


Jason MossJason Moss, ’06, joined Seattle-based Avvo, an online marketplace for connecting lawyers to consumers, as chief marketing officer. Moss served as the vice president and general manager of Expedia-owned for the past three years, according to GeekWire.


Michelle PearlmanMichelle Pearlman, ’99, was named executive vice president of e-commerce and chief marketing officer of New York & Co. Inc., a specialty apparel chain with 483 retail stores.


Benjamin PalleikoBenjamin Palleiko, AM ’96, MBA ’96, was named CFO of KalVista Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company. The appointment followed the company’s merger with Carbylan Therapeutics Inc.


Matthew SiegelMatthew Siegel, ’91, was appointed CFO of New York–based CBS Radio. Most recently, he served as co-CFO and treasurer of Time Warner Cable through the merger period with Charter Communications.


Peter ThompsonPeter Thompson, ’00, joined global marketing execution firm InnerWorkings Inc. as chief commercial officer.

John AmboianJohn Amboian, AB ’83, MBA ’84, was appointed to the board of directors of private markets investment firm Adams Street Partners, effective March 2017. He is currently the nonexecutive chairman of Chicago-based investment management firm Nuveen Investments.  

Vicki Avril Vicki Avril, ’83, was named to the board of directors of Vancouver-based Finning International Inc., the world's largest Caterpillar equipment dealer. From 2008 to 2013, Avril served as president and CEO of IPSCO Tubulars Inc., which is the American division of TMK, a global pipe manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe for the oil and gas industry.


Ellen CarnahanEllen Carnahan, ’84, joined the board of directors of Arlington Heights, Illinois-based Paylocity, a provider of online payroll software. Carnahan is currently principal of venture capital firm Machrie Enterprises.


Sunil (Sonny) GargSunil (Sonny) Garg, AB ’89, MBA, ’00, was appointed to the board of directors of MB Financial Inc., the Chicago-based holding company for MB Financial Bank N.A. Garg is the energy solutions leader at Uptake LLC, a Chicago-based predictive analytics software as a service platform.


David HabigerDavid Habiger, ’98 (XP-67), was appointed to the board of directors of, a provider of postage online and shipping software. He is former CEO of Textura, a maker of cloud software for managing construction projects.


Alvin KwanAlvin Kwan, ’06, senior vice president of corporate development & strategy at Fox Networks Group, a 21st Century Fox company, was appointed to the board of directors of New York–based fuboTV, an over-the-top streaming service that bundles live sport and entertainment TV networks in the US.


Rose Maria LiRose Maria Li, AB ’85, MBA ’86, was appointed by Maryland governor Larry Hogan to the Maryland Board of Education. Li is the president and CEO of Rose Li and Associates, which offers project management, science writing, scientific and program review management and meeting planning.

Karen Case“I have a philosophy about fundraising,” said Karen Case, ’86, in a Crain’s Chicago Business article. “Ask everyone you know.” Case, executive managing director and president of commercial real estate at PrivateBank in Chicago, is on the board of JDRF Illinois, which raises money for Type 1 Diabetes research.


Sunnie GilesSunnie Giles, ’97, penned an opinion piece for Korea Times, “Leadership Crisis in Korea,” on why a scandal involving South Korean President Park Geun-hye is creating “such a significant wave of public rage.”


Stacey HadashStacey Hadash, ’96, was named managing director and the metro New York marketing executive for global commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, she was chief operating officer for the firm’s Global Capital Markets business.


Katherine M. Howitt“The thread of my career has been an enduring fascination with ‘what makes a great company?’’ said Katherine M. Howitt, ’96, in an interview on the website for Fidelity International.Howitt, portfolio manager of the Fidelity Australian Opportunities Fund, was recently awarded the Lonsec Rising Star Winner award for 2016.  


Shin KimShin Kim, ’04, founder and owner of the integrative Korean culinary studio Banchan Story LLC, published the cookbook, Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home: Flavorful Korean Recipes in Simple Steps, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs of Korea and the Korean Food Foundation. The cookbook is currently sold on


David KirchheimerDavid Kirchheimer, ’78, announced he will retire as Oaktree Capital Group LLC CFO and board of directors member, effective March 31. “Over the past 21 years, David has been an invaluable contributor to the firm’s global infrastructure, growth, and corporate culture,” said Howard Marks, ’69, Oaktree’s co-chairman, noting Kirchheimer was hired as Oaktree’s first employee. He will transition to serving as an advisory partner for the Los Angeles–based firm.  


Andrew KrakauerAndrew Krakauer, ’77, recently retired as CEO of Cantel Medical after a long and distinguished career in the medical business field. Before his retirement, he was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 New Jersey Award in the life sciences category, an award given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  


Leon MoulderWaltham, Massachusetts drug company Tesaro “has been on a hot streak lately,” according to the Boston Business Journal. It gained nearly $1.8 billion in market value in June when its ovarian cancer drug passed a late-stage trial and raised $236 million in a new stock offering. Leon “Lonnie” Moulder, ’97 (XP-66), is CEO.  


Kalpesh PatelKalpesh Patel, AB, ’97, MBA, ’03, MD ’04, was appointed to the new role of senior vice president of digital health at technological manufacturer Flex Ltd. Patel joined Flex from Doctor on Demand, a leading video telemedicine provider, where he served as chief commercial officer.


Aaron PeckAaron Peck, ’98, was promoted to managing director, portfolio manager – BDC at Chicago-based Monroe Capital LLC.


Robert PittiRobert Pitti, ’90, was named managing director to Robertson Stephens Asset Management LLC, a subsidiary of global wealth investment advisory firm Robertson Stephens.  


Mohit PathanMohit Pathan, ’03, was appointed senior vice president responsible for loss mitigation and project management at Irving, Texas-based BSI Financial Services.


Warren SpectorWarren Spector, ’83, is a 1981 graduate of St. John’s College and announced he will give $25 million to the Annapolis, Maryland school. It was announced at the same time as another $25 million gift from a graduate, making them the two largest gifts the college has received, according to the Capital Gazette.  


Mike TamaruAfter working with more than a dozen consumer hardware startups in Silicon Valley since graduation, Mike Tamaru, ’91, started his own consulting firm. He serves as interim COO/CFO or board advisor to startups in the IoT, wearable tech, and connected home segments.


Byron  TrottChicago-based investment firm BDT Capital Partners, led by Byron Trott, AB ’81, MBA ’82, bought an ownership stake in Oak Brook, Illinois-based Athletico Physical Therapy, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.


Zia UddinZia Uddin, ’97, was promoted to managing director, portfolio manager – private funds, at Chicago-based Monroe Capital LLC.


David ColletteDavid Collette, ’08, was elected as a fellow into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society this month. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was established in 1929 with a clear mandate: to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.


Jaspinder GrewalJaspinder Grewal, ’12, penned an article, “Big Data and Healthcare,” for the website Inside Big Data about the value of using predictive analytics in conjunction with electronic health records. He is the CEO of CareSkore, a patient data analytics company.


Lotika Pai“I wanted to create a product that brought color and fun into my routine workouts,” said Lotika Pai, ’08, who co-founded Powwful, a line of sports bras inspired by Chicago’s architecture and public art. The designs have names like the Loop, the Mag Mile, and the 312, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.


Ashutosh SharmaAshutosh Sharma, ’10, was hired by Naspers Ltd., a South African Internet and media conglomerate, to head its investment arm in India. He was previously a vice president with Norwest Venture Partners.  


Maya Cadwell StovallMaya Cadwell Stovall, ’07, is one of 63 participants chosen for the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s survey of contemporary art. The New York Times featured a description of Stovall’s “Liquor Store Theater” in an article about the exhibit, noting that she describes herself as a “radical ballerina.”


Kevin WillerChicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, raised a $66 million second fund, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Kevin Willer, ’10 (XP-79), is a partner.