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No PicAndrew Busch, ’88, was named the first ever chief market intelligence officer for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. Busch is previously CEO of Bering Productions, Inc. (BPI), a boutique economic research company he founded.

No PicSilver Cross Hospital, located in New Lenox, Illinois, announced that Ruth A. Colby, ’88, was selected by its board of directors to become the hospital’s new president and CEO effective October 1. She was previously chief strategy officer.

CrouchTaylor Crouch, ’83, was named CEO of San Diego-based Organovo Holdings, Inc., a three-dimensional biological company focused on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs using its 3D bioprinting technology. Crouch was previously CEO of eStudySite, a San Diego-based leading investigative clinical research company.

No PicThe Edison, New Jersey-based office real estate investment trust Mack-Cali Realty Corporation named Michael DeMarco, ’87, CEO. DeMarco joined Mack-Cali in June 2015 as president and COO.

No PicThe Chicago Symphony Orchestra has named Stacie Frank, ’02, as CFO. Frank joins the symphony organization after 14 years at Chicago-based energy company Exelon. She started there in 2002 as senior financial analyst and leaves as senior vice president and treasurer.

No PicJason Harinstein, ’03, joined New York-based Flatiron Health, a cancer-tech startup, as CFO. He was previously senior vice president of corporate development at Chicago-based Groupon. Harinstein came to Groupon just before the company went public six years ago, and was one of its longest-serving executives.

JohnJohn M. Holmes, ’10 (XP-79), was named president and COO of Wood Dale, Illinois-based AAR, a global aftermarket solutions company. He was also appointed to the board of directors.

No PicFirst Capital Real Estate Trust Incorporated, a public non-traded REIT based in New York City, announced that Stephen M. Johnson, ’02, has joined First Capital as CFO. Johnson was previously head of equity volatility trading Asia at Chicago-based DRW Holdings LLC, a multi-strategy proprietary trading firm.

No PicRyan Kasprzak, ’05, was named COO of Chicago-based, an online web portal that enables consumers to purchase extended vehicle service contracts directly. Kasprzak was previously vice president of pricing and product portfolio strategy at Asurion, a Nashville, Tennessee-based mobile devices and other consumer electronics protection and support company.

No PicSecurity On-Demand Inc., a San Diego-based managed security services provider, has hired William Lyman, ’95, as CFO. Lyman was most recently a partner with Lyman Management Group Corp.

No PicMikhail Volkov, ’04 (EXP-9), was reelected as CEO of Ingosstrakh Insurance Company. He also retains the post of chairman of the board. Ingosstrakh is one of the major insurance companies of Russia, and is headquartered in Moscow.

No PicPaige Wisdom, ’90, was named CFO of San Diego-based Renovate America, which provides financing for energy-saving home improvements. Wisdom was most recently CFO at Exeter Finance Corp., a specialty auto finance company based in Texas.

No PicJoseph Megibow, ’96, was appointed to the board of Spokane, Washington-based Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a hospitality company that operates and franchises upscale, midscale, and economy hotels. Megibow currently serves as a board advisor to Joyus, Inc., an online retailer; Clicktale, a customer experience platform; and Digital Mortar, an in-store analytics program.

NazaraliChicago-based OCC, an equity derivatives clearing organization, has announced that Jamil Nazarali, ’94, has joined the board of directors as a member director. Nazarali is head of execution services at Chicago-based Citadel Securities, a market maker across a broad array of fixed income and equity products.

No Pic“I invest in the most promising companies with gender diverse founding teams because these teams will make the highest returns,” said Linnea Roberts, ’90, a member of Plum Alley Investments, a company that forms syndicates of its members to invest in innovative private companies with women entrepreneurs and gender diverse teams. The company announced the closing of a $1.19 million investment in Cordex Systems as part of their Series A capital raise.

No PicThe New Canaan, Connecticut-based Mikey Czech Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established by Stephen J. Czech, ’98 (XP-67), and his wife Jennifer L. Czech to finance medical research for pediatric brain tumors, announced a $1M gift to Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber, located in Boston.

UnknownDavid Houggy, ’98, was named president of Aspen Science Center, a nonprofit founded to advance the public understanding of science located in Colorado. Houggy has been on the board of directors for four years and recently served in a volunteer capacity as president. Houggy was previously the executive director at the Buddy Program.

No PicMatt Klinger, ’02, was appointed to the newly created role of principal at Chicago-based Twin Bridge Capital Partners, a middle-market private investment firm. Klinger has over two decades of principal investing and leveraged finance experience.

No PicVisa announced the appointment of Stacey Madge, ’98, to president of Toronto-based Visa Canada. Madge was previously Scotiabank’s senior vice president in the international banking group, responsible for retail and small business across 30 Latin American and Caribbean markets.

No PicScott Magill, ’77, joined CFO Consulting Partners as a director and head of the firm’s finance transformation practice. Princeton, New Jersey-based CFO Consulting Partners is a consulting firm that provides senior-level financial management services to small and midsized public and private companies.

Sam PorritSamuel Porritt, ’86, received an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. Porritt is the founder of the Falling Forward Foundation, the only nonprofit organization in the country funding the continued rehabilitation of patients recovering from catastrophic medical issues such as strokes, brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries.

PhilipPhilip J. Purcell, ’67, received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Notre Dame. A founder and president of Continental Investors and retired chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, Purcell graduated from Notre Dame and has been a member of its board of trustees since 1991.

ReeherAndrew Reeher, ’02 (XP-71), was named a 2017 Titan of Technology by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in the category of Technology CEO for a Mid-Size Company. Reeher is president and CEO of Reeher, a leading developer of cutting-edge software services to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education fundraising efforts, and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

No PicShan Saeed, ’09 (AXP-8), predicted in January in an article in the Malaysian Reserve that the GDP range for 2017 would be 4.3–4.7%. Bank Negara Malaysia on March 24 gave the same GDP range of 4.3–4.8%. Saeed is chief economist at IQI Holdings, a global real estate and investment advisory firm based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

No PicJanet Yang, ’08, was promoted to vice president, corporate and business development, of W&T Offshore, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer with operations offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Yang has been with W&T Offshore since 2008 and was most recently director, strategic planning and analysis, a position she has held since 2012.