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LaMarr BarnesLaMarr Barnes, ’09 (XP-78), was named CEO of U.S. Water Services, Inc. Barnes has more than 25 years of experience in industrial water treatment and technology management. St. Michael, Minnesota–based U.S. Water Services provides integrated water management for industry.

Cynthia CollinsSan Diego–based health intelligence company Human Longevity, Inc. hired Cynthia Collins, ’88, as their new CEO. Collins will lead HLI and be responsible for all functions of the company including commercialization of HLI key products and strategic operations. She will also join the board of directors.

Christopher GeierChristopher Geier, ’00 (XP-69), began his tenure as managing partner and CEO of Naperville, Illinois–based professional services firm Sikich LLP on January 1. Before becoming CEO, Geier was partner-in-charge of the firm’s advisory services and investment banking practice, and a member of the executive board.

Carl HerzogCarl Herzog, AB ’79, MBA ’80, was tapped as the new COO of Gurnee, Illinois-based American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Herzog was most recently vice president of corporate development at WorkForce Software.

Stephen G. OswaldDetroit–based Critical Signal Technologies, a leading remote patient monitoring company, announced Jim Kopczynski, ’04, as COO. Kopczynski brings more than 20 years of financial and operational leadership experience. He was most recently CFO at Continental Energy Services.

Michael KrainesMichael Kraines, ’92, has been appointed CFO of Chicago–based Trading Technologies, Inc., a company that creates professional trading software and solutions for a wide variety of users. Kraines has spent 25 years as an investment banker in the financial technology sector.

Stephen G. OswaldDucommun Incorporated (DCO) announced Stephen G. Oswald, ’96 (XP-65), as president and CEO. Oswald has 30 years of industry experience including executive positions at United Technologies and General Electric. Carson, California-based DCO is a manufacturing company that supplies products, engineering, and support services to the global aerospace and defense industry.

Paul W. ThompsonPaul W. Thompson, ’81, was named president of Louisville, Kentucky-based LG&E and KU Energy. He was already COO of LG&E and KU Energy, part of the PPL Corporation family of companies, are regulated utilizes that serve a total of 1.2 million customers. Thompson is also the 2017 Fund for the Arts campaign chairman.

Michael W. AllmanMichael W. Allman, ’85, has been named to the board of directors of the Murrietta, California–based Delta Energy & Communications, a smart grid energy solutions company focused on providing connectivity around the globe. Allman is chairman and CEO of H2scan Corporation.

Veronica HerreroIllinois governor Bruce Rauner appointed Veronica Herrero, ’06, to the Northern Illinois University board of trustees. Herrero is currently the chief program officer at One Million Degrees, which focuses on empowering community college students to complete their associates degree and transition into a career or four-year university.

Satya  NadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella, ’97, was nominated to join the board of Seattle–based Starbucks. The annual shareholder meeting takes place March 22. Starbucks said Nadella was put forward for his “invaluable insight in international operations and distribution” and his potential to strengthen the company’s tech focus.

Carol Nie,Carol Nie, ’80, joined the board of directors of Opera Idaho. Nie is a director at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, was a founding director of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and a former board president of the Renaissance Society. Opera Idaho funds and produces opera in Boise and throughout the state of Idaho.

Willie DavisWillie Davis, ’68, was featured in Investor’s Business Daily. Davis was the Hall of Fame defensive end on the Green Bay Packers’ 1960s dynasty teams. He went on to 45 years as a successful entrepreneur in the beverage and radio industries and has served on the board of directors of Dow Chemical, MGM Resorts International, Schlitz Brewing, Sara Lee, American Express, Mattel, and the Green Bay Packers.

Eric T. BeaumontEric T. Beaumont, ’99, was named vice president of strategic business development of Voorhees, New Jersey–based American Water Works Company, Inc., the largest publicly traded US water and wastewater utility company. Beaumont previously worked at Barclays as a chartered financial analyst covering water, power, and utility stocks.

Elizabeth H. BradleyElizabeth H. Bradley, ’86, has been elected the eleventh president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Bradley was at Yale University for more than 20 years in roles including Head of Branford College, one of the university’s largest residential colleges for undergraduates, and founder and faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute.

Greg LampertGreg Lampert, ’96, was named president of Omni Cable. Prior to Omni Cable, Lampert spent was president and CEO, Americas, at General Cable Corporation. Omni Cable is a West Chester, Pennsylvania–based distributor of specialty wire and cable sold through electrical distribution.

Srini PajjuriMacquarie Group announced the appointment of Srini Pajjuri, ’01, as a senior analyst in equities research within its commodities and global markets group covering the semiconductor sector. Macquarie Group is a Syndey-based global investment banking and diversified financial services group. Pajjuri will be based in San Francisco.

Michael RoubMichael Roub, ’98, was named vice president of business development of Western Dental & Orthodontics. Orange, California–based Western Dental & Orthodontics is a leader in accessible, affordable oral health care, serving over two million patient visits annually in more than 200 affiliated clinics.

Mary Josephs SullivanMary Josephs Sullivan, ’89, was named one of the most influential women in mid-market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine. This is the second year that Sullivan was selected. Sullivan is founder and CEO at Chicago-based Verit Advisors LLC, a provider of investment banking advisory services for ownership transition and related strategic alternatives.

Amir FriedmanMosaic, an Oakland, California­–based provider of solar loan financing solutions for homeowners, announced Amir Friedman, ’07, as vice president of bank partnerships, a newly-created role. Friedman was recently director of capital markets and head of bank partnerships for Prosper Marketplace.

Thomas GrohThomas Groh, ’05, was promoted to partner of Wilton, Connecticut–based Altus Capital Partners, a private equity firm that makes control investments in middle market manufacturing businesses. He will be at the Lincolnshire, Illinois office.

Andrew SteinerCanadian Linen and Uniform Service, a Toronto-based textile rental services and supply company, announced the appointment of Andrew Steiner, ’09, to senior vice president of Canadian Operations. Steiner has been with Canadian Linen since 2001 in various roles, most recently as vice president of marketing and customer relations.

Nicholas StoneNicholas Stone, ’13 (XP-82), was promoted to managing director at Cleveland, Ohio-based Cyprium Partners, a private investment firm. Stone oversees Cyprium’s Chicago office and will lead the firm’s origination and marketing-related activities.

Patrick WalkerPatrick Walker, ’10, was hired as a director in the Chicago office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF). HFF operates out of 23 offices nationwide and is a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the U.S. commercial real estate industry.