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Thomas BluthThomas Bluth, ’97, was named CTO and vice president of the Innovation Development Division of Caterpillar. Caterpillar is a Peoria, Illinois-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.

Sam DespandeHumana Inc., a Louisville, Kentucky-based health and well-being company, has named Sam Deshpande, ’94, to the newly-created position of senior vice president and chief risk officer. Deshpande was most recently business chief risk officer for the US and international card business of Capital One.

Rajesh LaddhaRajesh Laddha, ’08 (EXP-13), has joined Shriram Capital Ltd as managing director and CEO. Shriram Capital Ltd is a conglomerate of financial services and insurance entities, and is based in Chennai, India. Laddha was previously CFO of Piramal Enterprises.

Laura LeeLaura Lee, ’91, has been named COO and senior vice president of Old National Wealth Management, a financial planning company in Evansville, Indiana. She was most recently vice president and senior trust officer at Fifth Third Bank.

Robert CaseRobert Case, ’86, former CMO of Nestlé USA, has joined Moonshine Sweet Tea’s advisory board. Moonshine Sweet Tea is a beverage company based in Austin, Texas.

No PicSteve Gruber, ’81, has joined the board of directors of 55 Institutional, an outsourced investment advisor based in New York City. Gruber was a founder and managing partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners.

No PicSheila Mikhail, ’93, was named executive chairman of Boston-based Symbiotix Biotherapies, a microbiome company. Mikhail is cofounder and CEO of Asklepios Biopharmaceuticals, a company she started in 2002.

No PicMichael Minogue, ’01 (XP-70), joined the board of directors of Billerica, Massachusetts-based Insulet Corporation, a medical device company focused on making the lives of people with diabetes easier. Minogue is CEO, president, and chairman of Abiomed, Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices that provide circulatory support.

Dania NinivaggiNavistar International Corporation has announced that Daniel Ninivaggi, ’88, has been named to the board of directors. Navistar International Corporation is a Lisle, Illinois-based holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, and school and commercial buses.

No PicProteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, added Eric Rabinowitz, ’03, to its board of directors. Rabinowitz is vice president of global corporate development at Perrigo Company, PLC.

Greg AllenbyGreg Allenby, MBA ’86, PhD ’88, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio Northern University’s Alumni Association. Allenby is the Helen C. Kurtz chair in marketing and professor of marketing and statistics in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.

No PicRear Admiral Scott Dillon, ’92, took command of the Naval Safety Center on July 31, during a formal ceremony at Vista Point Naval Station Norfolk. Dillon now serves as the Commander of the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia. 

No PicR. Scott Ermeti, ’02 (EXP-7), became president of international business of Pelican Products, Inc., a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

Lawrence FrankLawrence Frank, ’81, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Goochland for the 2017–2018 Rotary year. He was also honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. Frank has been a Rotarian since 2010. Rotary International is an international service organization headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.

No PicVince Gennaro, ’77, has been named associate dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies and a clinical associate professor of its Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. Gennaro most recently served as the director of the sports management graduate program at Columbia University.

Cesar GueikianCesar Gueikian, ’03, has joined Chicago-based Monroe Capital as a managing director and co-portfolio manager. He will co-lead the firm’s new special situations credit strategy and manage the Monroe Capital Special Situations Credit Fund. Monroe Capital is a middle market direct lending and private credit asset management firm.

No PicIntriCon Corporation, an Arden Hills, Minnesota-based designer, developer, manufacturer, and distributor of miniature and micro-miniature body-worn devices, announced that it has appointed Jim Houlihan, ’05, as vice president of direct-to-consumer hearing healthcare sales and president of Hearing Help Express. Houlihan has been serving as the interim leader at HHE since October 2016.

Satish JastiSatish Jasti, ’02 (XP-71), was named Plymouth District President of Bank of Ann Arbor, a locally-owned and operated bank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jasti is previously senior vice president and senior loan officer for the bank.

Sachin KelkarSachin Kelkar, ’06, joined FareWell, a startup developing digital therapeutics to treat and reverse diabetes and heart disease, based in San Francisco, California. Kelkar is head of finance and corporate development.

Greg KouvelasGregory Kouvelas, ’91, joined New York—based Nationals Holdings Corporation as a senior managing director of OPN Capital Markets, the healthcare investment banking division of National Securities Corporation.

Ann MillerAnn M. Miller, ’96, was named a director in the special situations group of Cowen  Inc.’s investment banking team. Cowen Inc. is a New York—based diversified financial services firm.

No PicEdward Thompson, ’81, recently arrived in Washington, DC, after serving three overseas tours with the US Department of State: in Mumbai; Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and Asmara, Eritrea. Thompson will be assigned to recruiting and outreach for the next two years.

Thomas DavenportThomas Davenport, ’08, was hired as a director by Chicago-based Sikich Investment Banking, a professional services firm. Davenport was most recently founder and managing partner of Davenport Capital Management, a boutique investment bank.

No PicVirtualKEY, which creates automated, virtual key exchanges for vacation rentals like Airbnb, was named one of 17 Startups to Watch in 2017 by ChicagoInno. Dipen Gala, ’17, was part of the foundations of the company, when it was a finalist at the 2015 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge.

Amy HaukeAmy Hauke, ’07, joined Meketa Investment Group as executive vice president and private markets consultant. Meketa Investment Group is an investment consulting and advisory firm based in Boston and Chicago.

No PicRobert Kerr, ’11 (XP-80), joined the Chicago private wealth management office of Morgan Stanley as a senior vice president and private wealth advisor. Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management is a division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and provides investment services.

Laszlo KorsosLaszlo Korsos, MS ’09, MBA ’13, PhD ’13, was hired by Citadel as a managing director and chief data officer. He most recently founded and led the optimization and economics quant team at Uber. Chicago-based Citadel is a global investment firm.

No PicBusinessBecause published a profile and interview with Sophia Matveeva, ’16 (EXP-21), CEO of Style Counsel, a new app that acts as a personal stylist for the user while crunching consumer behavior data for brands in the background.

No PicDayanand Shinde, ’13 (EXP-18), works with London-based British Telecom UK as an ERP transformation programme manager. British Telecom UK recently launched a £20M-worth ERP programme that will bring their recent business acquisitions technology systems into a single core ERP system.

No PicChina Telecom has named Steven Tan, ’16 (AXP-15), president of China Telecom Americas, the international subsidiary of the company formed in 2002. China Telecom Americas is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.