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Matt AbernathyMatt Abernethy, ’15 (XP-84), was named CFO of Neurocrine Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on neurological and endocrine-related disorders and headquartered in San Diego.

CarvalhoFabio d’Ávila Carvalho, ’00, was named CFO of Estre Ambiental S.A., a waste management company in Brazil and Latin America. Carvalho most recently served as the CFO of Brazilian television network Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão.

John GuJohn Gu, ’95, has been appointed chief digital officer of WuXi NextCODE, a contract genomics organization building a global standard platform for genomic data. WuXi NextCODE is based in Shanghai; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Jack LavinJack Lavin, AM ’90, MBA ’90, a former chief of staff for then-governor of Illinois Pat Quinn, was named president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization promoting business in the Chicago metropolitan area.

John OnopchenkoJohn Onopchenko, ’93 (XP-62), was named chief operating officer of Endologix, Inc., a developer and marketer of treatments for aortic disorders based in Irvine, California. Onopchenko was previously executive vice president for Acutus Medical.

Parvez PatelParvez M. Patel, ’05, has joined eImprovement LLC as its chairman and CEO. eImprovement is the ecommerce arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of Hajoca Corp., a distributor in the kitchen and bath industry. eImprovement is based in Racine, Wisconsin.

Michael G. RippeyLisle, Illinois-based SunCoke Energy Partners GP LLC appointed Michael G. Rippey, ’92 (XP-61), to chairman, CEO, and president. Rippey has also been named CEO, president, and director of SunCoke Energy, Inc. He was most recently senior advisor with Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation.

Clayton ThelenClayton Thelen, ’15, has been named CFO and secretary of Agree Realty Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment trust headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Thelen was previously CFO at AJ Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm.

Andrew LinCrown Bioscience, a Taipei, Taiwan-based subsidiary of Crown Bioscience International and a global drug discovery and development services company, announced that Andrew Lin, ’96, has joined the board of directors as an independent director. Lin is the chairman of Lotus Pharmaceutical and independent director of Fubon Life Insurance.

Bob MarianoBob Mariano, ’87 (XP-56), joined the board of directors of Gelson’s Markets, a supermarket chain based in Encino, California. In 2016, Mariano retired as chairman and CEO of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, remaining on as a strategic consultant. Under Roundy’s, Mariano launched Mariano’s Fresh Market stores.

John V. PridjianJohn V. Pridjian, ’88, was appointed independent and non-executive director of Berjaya Land Berhad, an investment holding company primarily operating in the gaming and lottery business and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pridjian is the CFO of Old Peak Group Limited, an independent investment firm focused on the Asia Pacific region.

David ThaylerHarvest Fund Advisors, the asset management firm that David Thayer, ’99, cofounded in 2005, was recently acquired by New York City–based Blackstone, where he will now serve as a senior managing director.

RObin WeismanRobin Weisman, ’83, has been named to the board of directors of B2Gold Corp., a Vancouver-based intermediate gold producer. She was also named to the board of INV Metals, Inc., an international mineral resource company based in Toronto.

Kent WosepkaKent Wosepka, ’98, has been elected to the board of trustees at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Wosepka is an adjunct professor of finance at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Paul AaronEvercore, a New York–based global independent investment banking advisory firm, announced that Paul Aaron, ’91, has joined its investment banking business as a senior managing director in its advisory practice. Aaron was most recently a partner in investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Marcia AyalaThe DLC Group, a finance-and-accounting consulting firm based in Woodland Hills, California, hired Marcia Ayala, ’01, as managing director of the Chicago office. Ayala first joined DLC in 2006 as a consultant.

Campbell HarveyCampbell Harvey, PhD ’86, has joined investment management company Research Affiliates, LLC, as a partner and senior advisor. Harvey is professor of finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Research Affiliates is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

Rich NuzumRichard Nuzum, ’96, was named Consultant of the Year in the 2017 Industry Innovation Awards, a category that honors leading asset owners and asset managers. Nominations were made by a network of their peers. Nuzum is wealth leader and growth markets region for Mercer, a human resources consulting firm based in New York.

Adetayo AdegokeAdetayo Adegoke, ’15 (XP-84), has been hired as vice president at Concurrency, a professional services firm based in Chicago. Adegoke will head two of the firm’s digital transformation practice areas: customer engagement and cloud datacenter.

Lane NelsonLane Nelson, ’17, was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2018 “30 Under 30”: Energy. Nelson is the cofounder of Switched Source, a startup working on finding solutions for distribution companies that increase the efficiency and reliability of electricity delivery. It’s headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan.

Thomas BluthInnovate Finance, a membership organization that represents the United Kingdom’s global FinTech community, named Julie Shin, ’09, on its 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlist. Shin is head of strategic operations and innovation, productivity, and senior vice president at Citi, a financial services institution based in New York City.

Thomas BluthChristopher Trick, ’14, was promoted to principal at Chicago-based Pritzker Group Private Capital, which acquires North America-based middle-market companies in the manufactured products, services, and health-care sectors. Trick was previously vice president.