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HermanBruker Corporation has appointed Gerald Herman, ’98 (XP-67), CFO. Bruker is a global manufacturer of scientific instruments and diagnostic solutions based in Billerica, Massachusetts. Herman previously served as the company’s interim CFO since March 2018.

No ImageBlueGrace Logistics has named Matt Kemp, ’99, CMO. BlueGrace is a nationwide logistics company based in Tampa, Florida. Previously, Kemp served as vice president of business development at Newspaper Subscription Services, a Houston-based company executing marketing programs for newspapers nationwide.

No ImageTom Munro, ’93, has been named COO and CFO of Bellevue, Washington-based Media Partners Corporation, which produces training films and learning content. Previously, Munro served as COO and CFO of Glowforge, Inc., a manufacturer of 3D laser printers based in Seattle.

NeufferKarsten Neuffer, ’99, has joined Indigo Agriculture as COO of international operations. Headquartered in Boston, Indigo is dedicated to helping farmers sustainably feed the planet. Neuffer comes to Indigo from Basel, Switzerland-based agribusiness Syngenta, where he most recently served as regional director of Latin America.

NicholsonDavid Nicholson, ’97, has been named president and CEO of PVS Chemicals, a chemical manufacturer and distributor based in Detroit. Previously, he served as group CEO for PVS manufacturing assets.

WhitingBrown-Forman Corporation has name Lawson Whiting, ’97, CEO, effective January 2019. Whiting currently serves as the company’s executive vice president and COO. Brown-Forman is a spirits and wine company based in Louisville, Kentucky.

BunningDavid Bunning, ’92, has been elected chair of Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) board of directors. FARE is a food allergy advocacy organization based in McLean, Virginia. Bunning previously served as a member of the board. He’s the founder, CEO, and CIO of the TLP Group LLC.

No ImageORBCOMM Inc. has elected Karen Gould, ’90, to its board of directors as a Class I director. Based in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, ORBCOMM is a global provider of machine-to-machine and internet of things solutions. Currently, Gould serves as executive vice president and CFO of the Turner Construction Corporation, a construction management company based in New York.

KabiraHesston College’s board of directors elected Ken Kabira, AB ’85, MBA ’92, as chairperson, effective October 2018. Hesston College is a Christian liberal arts college in Hesston, Kansas. Kabira has served as a member of the board since 2014. He’s currently the managing principal for TrueWorks, a Chicago-based marketing and management consultancy.

McMahonHarry McMahon, ’80, has been named director of the board for Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider based in Pasadena, California. He previously served as executive vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a multinational investment bank based in New York.

MussallamRamzi Musallam, ’97, has been named to the board of directors for the Chantilly, Virginia-based company Perspecta, which provides mission services, digital transformation, and enterprise operations to US government customers. Musallam is CEO and managing partner of Veritas Capital, a New York­–based private-equity firm.

NicholsonPVS Chemicals named James M. Nicholson, ’94, co-chairman of its board of directors. Previously, Nicholson served as the company’s president and CEO. PVS is a Detroit-based manufacturer and distributor of chemicals.

No ImageBright Scholar Education Holdings Limited has appointed Ronald Packard, ’89, as an independent director and member of the board of directors’ audit committee. Based in Foshan, China, Bright Scholar operates international and bilingual K-12 schools. Packard is the CEO and founder of Pansophic Learning, a technology-based education company based in McLean, Virginia.

SenkGreen Thumb Industries (GTI) has elected Glen T. Senk, ’80, to its board of directors. GTI is a national cannabis cultivator, processor, and dispensary operator based in Chicago. Senk is chairman and CEO of Front Row Partners, a principal investment firm based in Boston.

No ImageScott Van Duinen, ’02, has been nominated to Delphi Behavioral Health Group’s board of directors. Delphi is an addiction treatment provider based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Previously, Van Duinen was a partner at the Halifax Group, a private equity firm based in Dallas.

BeckerThe US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has named Chyhe Becker, MBA ’97, PhD ’98, acting chief economist as well as acting director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Previously, Baker served as an associate director of DERA. Based in Washington, DC, the SEC is an independent agency of the federal government that regulates the securities markets.

No ImageOrlando, Florida-based Micross has named Marshall Blythe, ’92, general manager of component modification services. Previously, Blythe was vice president of business development for Eastern North America at Creation Technologies, an electronics services provider headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Micross designs, manufactures, and distributes specialty electronics solutions.

No ImageJim Coffey, ’98, recently launched CulturSys, Inc., a culture management technology and consulting solutions company based in Atlanta. Previously, he served as principal of Beyond Scorecard, a professional services firm based in Georgia.

DavisSeth Davis, ’02, has been named vice president of corporate services at RLI Corporation, a specialty insurance company based in Peoria, Illinois. Davis began his career with RLI in 2004. Most recently, he served as the company’s vice president of internal audit.

DroneDimitri Drone, ’99, has joined the Los Angeles–based investment banking company Houlihan Lokey as a managing director of financial advisory services. Previously, Drone was the global leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Deals business for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. PricewaterhouseCoopers is a London-based consulting firm.

ElahiThe Chicago-based investment bank Dresner Partners has announced that Ejaz Elahi, ’92, has rejoined the firm as managing director of its healthcare practice. Previously, Elahi served as a managing director with New York­–based consulting firm Deloitte.

FryzelMichael Fryzel, ’80 (XP-45), recently received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for promoting and expanding financial services for Polish Americans across the United States. The award recognizes individuals living outside of Poland for distinguished service to the Polish community. Fryzel is an attorney and financial services consultant with his own practice, Michael E. Fryzel and Associates, based in Chicago.  

KornowskiSophie Kornowski, ’89, has been appointed senior partner at Gurnet Point Capital, a health-care fund based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, she served as executive vice president of Roche Partnering at Roche Holding AG, a health-care company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. 

SrougiTechCrunch, an online publisher of technology industry news based in San Francisco, California, recently featured a profile on Thomaz Srougi, ’04, for his São Paulo-based company dr.consulta, which has become the largest private medical service provider in Brazil. Srougi started dr.consulta in 2011 to bring quality, timely, and universal access to healthcare to his native country.

WoffardChristopher Wofford, ’94, has joined Wells Fargo Securities as managing director of the industrials investment banking group. Based in San Francisco, Wells Fargo Securities is the investment banking and capital markets business of Wells Fargo & Company. Previously, Wofford served as head of transportation and logistics for Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co., the principal US operating subsidiary of the international financial services firm Baird.

BrianThe weekly business newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business recently highlighted Brian O’Connor, ’08, in an article about Chicago firms that are reinventing private equity investing. O’Connor is the founder of the Chicago-based private equity firm NextGen Growth Partners, which targets micro, middle-market acquisitions.