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No PicKohl’s has named Bruce Besanko, ’92, CFO. Kohl’s is an American department store retailing chain based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Besanko was most recently COO and CFO at grocery retailer Supervalu.

Tom BluthTom Bluth, ’97, was named CTO and vice president of the Innovation and Technology Development Division of Caterpillar, a Peoria, Illinois-based manufacturer. Bluth was first named a vice president in 2007, and joined Caterpillar in 1995.

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

No PicThomas Dolan, ’91, was named chief financial officer of Trinity Capital Corporation, a Los Alamos, New Mexico-based bank holding company. Dolan joined Trinity’s subsidiary, Los Alamos National Bank, as senior financial officer in April 2017, and was appointed CFO of the bank on June 19.

FechheimerSteven Sheridan Fechheimer, ’05, was named CEO of New Belgium Brewing, a brewery based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fechheimer was formerly chief strategy officer at Beam Suntory, a premium spirits company.

Rajesh LaddhaRajesh Laddha, ’08 (EXP-13), was appointed to managing director and CEO of Piramal Enterprises, a diversified company headquartered in Mumbai, India. Laddha is previously the CFO of Piramal Enterprises.

Chad LindleyChad Lindley, ’98, was recently promoted to COO at Kiio, based in Madison, Wisconsin. Kiio is a computer software company that focuses primarily on the connection between healthcare payers, providers, and patients.

Amy McCormickAmy McCormick, ’02, was named first vice president, financial risk management of OCC, the Chicago-based equity derivatives clearing organization. McCormick was most recently managing director at the National Futures Association, the self-regulatory organization for the US futures industry.

Jim NickolasJames Nickolas, JD ’01, MBA ’01, was named senior vice president and CFO of Martin Marietta, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based supplier of building materials. Nickolas previously lead the corporate development group at Caterpillar, Inc.

No PicKeith D. Phillips, ’86, was named managing director, president, and CEO of WCP Resources Limited, a mining company developing the Piedmont Lithium Project in North Carolina. WCP Resources is based in Perth, Australia.

Krishnan RajagopalanKrishnan Rajagopalan, ’88, has been named president and CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm based in Chicago. Rajagopalan is a former A.T. Kearney partner and joined Heidrick 16 years ago. 

Michael SimonMichael Simon, ’85, has been appointed CEO of the Finally Light Bulb company, a Boston-based light bulb manufacturer. Most recently, Simon served as CMO at Bai Brands, a beverage company based in Princeton, New Jersey, whose flagship product is Bai Antioxidant Infusions.

No PicAlexandria, Virginia-based Fishbowl, a customer engagement platform provider for the restaurant industry, named Jim Soss, ’98, CEO. Soss was previously senior vice president and general manager for Responsys.

No PicStuart M. Essig, MBA ’87, PhD ’92, was elected to the board of directors of Westbrook, Maine-based Idexx Laboratories, veterinary diagnostics, veterinary practice software, and water microbiology testing company.

No PicCraig R. Folk, ’72, was named vice chair and governance committee chair of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which addresses community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties, and is based in Fort Myers, Florida.

Richard KennyRichard F. Kenny, ’79, was appointed to the board of directors of Plumas Bancorp and Plumas Bank. Plumas Bank is a locally owned and managed full-service community bank based in Quincy, California. Before retiring in 2010, Kenny was the founding CEO and on the board of directors of Charles Schwab Bank headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

David hillDavid Hill, ’95 (XP-64) was reappointed to a full term on the Idaho State Board of Education by Idaho Governor C.L. Otter. Hill is secretary of the Board and a member of the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force. He is chairman of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council, chairman of the STEM Action Center board of directors, and co-chair of the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force.

No PicAlexander Ivlev, ’03 (EXP-8), was elected chairman of the supervisory board of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, based in Moscow.

No PicPete LaBore, ’10, joined the board of directors of Ski Utah, a membership association representing Utah’s winter sports industry, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. LaBore is COO of Backcountry, an online specialty retailer of outdoor gear based in Park City, Utah.

Lori LancasterEnergen Corporation, an oil-focused exploration and production company based in Birmingham, Alabama, named Lori A. Lancaster, ’97, to the board of directors. Lancaster is a former managing director of the global energy group at UBS Securities and the global natural resources groups at Nomura Securities International and Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Dan LoganDonald R. Logan, ’80, was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Logan was president of Logan Capital Corp. for 22 years. The Scholarship Foundation encourages and supports Santa Barbara County students in their pursuit of college, graduate, and vocational school education through financial aid advising and the granting of scholarships.

No PicDuncan Robertson, ’98 (EXP-3), has been appointed chair of The San Francisco Foundation’s board of directors. Robertson is a partner and CFO of Paxion Capital, an investment fund. The San Francisco Foundation is a San Francisco Bay Area philanthropy organization.

No PicSteve Swinson, ’88, was elected as chairman of the board of directors of GOsselies, Belgium-based Bone Therapeutics, a bone cell therapy company. Swinson is currently chairman of the board of Vexim, a medical device company, and is also on the board of directors of Acteon Group, a dental equipment and imaging products company.

Dan WattsDan Watts, ’91, was elected chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association, located in Springfield, Illinois. Watts is currently president of Forest Park National Bank.

Greg AllenbyOhio Northern University recognized Greg Allenby, MBA ’86, PhD ’88, with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Allenby is currently the Helen C. Kurtz chair in marketing and professor of marketing and statistics in the Fischer College of Business at Ohio State University.

No PicSuren Amarasekera, ’03 (AXP-2), has been appointed managing director of Ncell, a Kathmadu, Nepal-based mobile network operator. Amarasekera was previously strategic project director at Axiata Group Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Scott BurlesonScott Burleson, ’80, was named president of the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives, the Maryland chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives, based in Phoenix, Maryland. Burleson is currently executive director of the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

No PicIrene Didinsky, ’04, authored The Practitioner’s Guide to Program Management, recently published by the Project Management Institute, a nonprofit professional organization for project management based in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

No PicMichael Hartman, ’08, was named executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, located in Denver. Hartman is previously senior vice president at the Mutual of Omaha Bank in Denver.

No PicJason Kim, ’01, was named a senior vice president in the Structured Products Trading Group at Imperial Capital, a full-service investment bank headquartered in London. Kim was previously an executive director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

No PicWilliam L. McLeod, ’92, was named managing director of Eaton Partners, a placement agent and subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp., based in Rowayton, Connecticut. He will be based out of their San Francisco office. Most recently, McLeod was senior managing director in Stifel’s equities group.

Lonnie MoulderLeon Moulder, ’97 (XP-66), was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences Development for the New England program, along with the president and COO of TESARO, Mary Lynne Hedley. Lonnie Moulder is CEO of TESARO, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company.

No PicSatya Nadella, ’97, will co-chair the World Economic Forum’s annual meet in January. More than 2,500 leaders from across the world will attend the Forum, which will be in Davos from January 20 to January 23 next year. The theme of the meet will be “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

No PicDBS Private Bank, Singapore’s largest bank, appointed John Ng, ’04 (AXP-3), as head of portfolio counseling and product strategy. Ng was previously at Bank of Singapore, and has over 23 years of experience in banking.

Bernie OcampoBernardo Ocampo, ’05, joined Irvine, California-based GPG Advisers as a managing director to lead the firm’s newly-established executive search platform. Ocampo was previously principal of ELEOS Group, a boutique executive search and consulting firm focused on commercial real estate.

Brent ParisBrent L. Paris, ’99, was promoted to managing partner of Boston-based Dubin Clark & Company, a private investment firm. Paris has been involved in closing more than forty transactions during his tenure at Dubin Clark, and currently runs its Florida office.

No PicPIMCO was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in the 2017 Civic 50 list from Points of Light. PIMCO is a global investment management firm based in Newport Beach, California. Emmanuel Roman, ’87, is CEO.

No PicNate Smith, ’02, was appointed president of the Americas region of Huntington Beach, California-based Boardriders, an action sports and lifestyle company. Smith has held management roles at IPath Footwear, Patagonia, and Oakley, and served as a Navy Seal for many years.

Shundrawn ThomasShundrawn Thomas, ’99, will become president of Northern Trust Management on October 1. Thomas joined Northern Trust in 2004 and was previously executive vice president and the head of Northern Trust’s funds and managed accounts group. Northern Trust is a Chicago-based asset management company.

Guillaume ToublancGuillaume Toublanc, ’04 (EXP-9), has been appointed director of EIT Digital France, a Paris-based accelerator and entrepreneurial education company. Toublanc brings 20 years of expertise in entrepreneurship and digital innovation to the role.

LowellLowell H. Yura, ’97, was named head of multi-asset solutions for North America at T. Rowe Price Group, a Baltimore-based publicly-owned global asset management firm. Yura was previously managing director and head of multiasset solutions for BMO Global Asset Management.

Paul BroadfootPaul Broadfoot, ’08 (AXP-7), authored Xcelerate: Innovate Your Business Model, Disrupt Your Market, and Fast-Hack into the Future.

No PicChicago-based Gagen MacDonald, a strategy execution firm, named Karen A. Bundy, ’08, a senior consultant in business transformation and culture. Bundy has more than 17 years of experience across the human resources domain.

No PicDaniel Fell, ’09, was appointed vice president of business development at OppLoans, a Chicago-based online lender serving one-prime consumers. Fell comes from online lender SoFi, prior to which he worked at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, and founded, an online logistics and delivery service.

No PicGary Lewis, ’08, has rejoined Cascade Partners LLC as managing director. Cascade Partners LLC is a private investment and investment banking firm serving middle market companies in the manufacturing, healthcare, and business services industries. It is based in Southfield, Michigan.

Melissa ReaganMelissa Reagen, AB ’05, MBA ’11, has been appointed head of research for the Americas region for TH Real Estate, a London-based real estate investment management company. Reagen was formerly head of real estate and agricultural research at MetLife Investment Management.

No PicSarita Singh, ’07 (AXP-6), was named one of Singapore’s Influential Female Corporate Leaders by Let’s Talk Payments, a content and research platform for fintech industry news and insights. Singh is the head of channel sales and retail operations for Google’s hardware devices business in Asia Pacific.

No PicMichigan Governor Rick Synder appointed Luke Terry, ’09, to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board. The eight-member Board, based in Lansing, Michigan, is meant to enhance Michigan’s social and economic health through housing and community development. Terry is a principal and financial advisor for Rehmann.

Jane YooJane Yoo, ’09, launched her own financial planning firm, Jane Financial, in July. Her focus is helping Generation X women in the Bay Area with their personal finances. Jane Financial is based in Oakland, California.