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No PicGary Bhojwani, ’95, has been elected to become the next CEO of Carmel, Indiana-based holding company CNO Financial Group, effective on January 1, 2018. Bhojwani will join the board effective immediately, and will continue his current role as CNO’s president throughout the transition. Bhojwani joined CNO in 2016.

Matt DalyKimbell Royalty Partners, a Fort Worth, Texas-based owner of oil and natural gas mineral and royalty interests, announced the promotion of Matthew Daly, ’00, to COO. Daly joined Kimbell in 2016 as senior vice president, corporate development.

Joe EazorRackspace announced the appointment Joe Eazor, ’90, as its new CEO. Rackspace is a managed cloud computing company based in Windcrest, Texas.

No PicNew York–based First Capital Real Estate Trust Incorporated, a public non-traded real estate investment trust, announced that Stephen M. Johnson, ’02, has joined as CFO. Johnson will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the finance function, including capital market activities, financial reporting, accounting, tax and internal audit.

No PicJohn Lorbiecki, ’89, was named to the newly-created position of COO of Broomfield, Colorado-based Colorado Therapeutics LLC, a commercial-stage medical device company with a proprietary technology platform for the production of innovative, cross-linked tissue products.

No PicJames Purko, ’07 (XP-76), was named CFO of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based SKYGEN USA, a company dedicated to transforming the delivery of health benefits through technology-enabled solutions. Purko was most recently CFO at Connecture, Inc., a web-based consumer shopping, enrollment, and retention company for health insurance distribution. 

No PicSanta Clara, California-based Proxio, Inc., provider of digital marketing and collaboration solutions for builders, brokerages, and agents worldwide, announced the appointment of Irving Levin, ’77, to its board of directors. Levin is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist based in Portland, Oregon.

Gene AndersonEugene Anderson, PhD ’89, was named dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Anderson was previously a marketing professor at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, where he was Schein Family Chair in Business.

Josh CohenJosh Cohen, ’03, will join Newark, New Jersey–based PGIM, the global asset management businesses of Prudential Financial, as head of institutional defined contribution for its institutional relationship group. Cohen was most recently head of defined contribution for Russell Investments.

Jan Anne DubinJan Anne Dubin, ’94 (XP-63), is CEO and principal of Jan Anne Dubin Consulting and a speaker on women in leadership in the legal profession. She was featured on the Thompson Reuters website along with the chair of DirectWomen in a conversation about what needs to be done to increase women’s presence on corporate boards.

Denise DuffyDenise Duffy, ’03, has been promoted to assistant vice president, surveillance and analytics, for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Duffy joined the bank in 2016 and most recently served as a banking supervisor. She is a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Risk Council and the Risk and Analytics Business Oversight Council.

NateAmerican Airlines named Nathan J. Gatten, ’02, senior vice president, government affairs. Gatten was previously managing director and head of global government relations at JPMorgan Chase & Co. American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of 6,700 flights per day to 350 destinations in 50 countries, and are headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

No PicBen Grover, ’10, has joined New York–based Russell Reynolds Associates, a global executive search and leadership advisory firm, as a consultant in the health services practice.

Harold LittleHarold Little, ’72, was selected by the accounting faculty to chair the Accounting Department at the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is one of only 182 departments of accounting in the world to be accredited jointly with a College of Business by the AACSB.

No PicAnoop Nanda, ’04, was named president of Virginia Transformer Corp., a Roanoke, Virginia-based provider of custom-engineered power electrical transformers. Nanda was previously chief commercial officer of PTC Alliance Holdings.

Wayne SwaffordWayne Swafford, ’91, joined Houston-based planning, engineering, and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc. as executive vice president. Swafford previously served as vice president of facility operations of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.

Ganesh PaiGanesh Pai, ’09 (XP-78), was named executive vice president of Majesco Consulting Services, a Morristown, New Jersey–based global provider of core insurance software and consulting services for insurance business transformation.

No PicByron Trott, ’82, was featured in “Meet Chicago’s coffee kingpin” in Crain’s Chicago Business. The article focuses on large investments in the coffee industry in the last five years by Trott’s Chicago-based firm BDT Capital.

Bolton WeiserLinda Bolton Weiser, ’92, has joined D. A. Davidson & Co.’s New York equity research team to provide analysis of healthy living companies within the consumer products sector. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Markets, and, among others, have named Weiser among the nation’s top analysts covering consumer products.

No PicGuilherme Ribeiro, ’09, founder of Centro Médico Pastore, a medical company aimed at low to middle-income Brazilians, which is opening its fourth unit in Rio de Janeiro this July.

Idriss Al RifaiFetchr, a Dubai-based tech company revolutionizing shipment and delivery in the Middle East and the first Arab startup to get early-stage funding from a major US venture capital firm, raised $41 million in a series B round. Idriss Al Rifai, ’10, is cofounder and CEO.

Matt KopkoMatthew Kopko, MBA ’12, JD ’12, was named counselor to the deputy secretary of the US Department of Transportation. Previously, Kopko was an attorney in private practice in New York City, where he represented corporate clients on a variety of complex private equity, venture capital, infrastructure, and M&A transactions.

Samir ShahSamir Shah, ’10, was a finalist for the 2017 AZ Top Tech Exec Awards under the category of “Technology Advocate.” Shah is the chief of staff of Baselayer, a Chandler, Arizona-based company simplifying the data center through advanced modular technology, infrastructure management software, and big data analytics.

No PicMatt Tracey, ’14, vice president, financial institutions group at PIMCO, coauthored a paper, “Productivity: A Surprise Upside Risk to the Global Economy?” for the Newport, California-based investment management firm.

No PicAxioma, a New York–based provider of enterprise market risk and portfolio analytics solutions, announced Christopher Woida, ’07, as managing director, index solutions. Woida was previously an investment strategist and a founding member of the Factor-Based Strategies Group at BlackRock.

Tom YangTom J. Yang, ’14, was promoted to director, customer care of T-Mobile US, a wireless carrier based in Bellevue, Washington. Yang was previously senior manager, operations in customer care, and joined T-Mobile in 2014.