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Christian GannonEnergy Recovery, Inc. has named Christian Gannon, ’10, president and CEO. The company also appointed Gannon to its board of directors. Gannon previously served as interim president and CEO, after serving three years as the company’s CFO. Energy Recovery, Inc. is an energy solutions provider headquartered in San Leandro, California.

Paula PriceCincinnati-based department store chain Macy’s, Inc. announced the appointment of Paula A. Price, ’88, as CFO, effective July 2018. Price is currently a full-time senior lecturer in accounting and management at Harvard Business School in Boston.

No ImageJacob Thomas, ’97, has been named CEO and board member of the Carlstar Group, an automotive parts manufacturer based in Franklin, Tennessee. Previously, Thomas was group president of CLACOR’s engine mobile filtration business, based in Franklin, Tennessee.

Andy ClarkeAndrew Clarke, ’98, has been named an independent director of the board for Element Fleet Management, a global fleet management company based in Toronto. Clarke is the CFO of Minneapolis-based C.H. Robinson, Inc., a provider of transportation services and third-party logistics.

Cynthia CollinsCynthia Collins, ’88, has been named to the board of directors for DermTech, Inc., a non-invasive molecular dermatology company based in La Jolla, California. Most recently, Collins served as CEO of Human Longevity, Inc., a genomics-based, health intelligence company based in San Diego.

martin mcDermutCDTi Advanced Materials, Inc. has nominated Martin S. McDermut, ’75, to its board of directors. Previously, McDermut served as vice president and CFO of the semiconductor company Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California. CDTi is a cleantech diesel emissions-control company based in Oxnard, California.

Merilee RainesMerilee Raines, ’79, has been named to Benchmark Electronics’ board of directors as an independent director. Benchmark Electronics is an EMS, ODM, and OEM company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Raines previously served as CFO and executive vice president of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. until her retirement in May 2013.

Sheila StampsAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services based in Purchase, New York, has elected Sheila A. Stamps, ’87, to its board of directors. Stamps is also director of the Pasadena, California-based financial holding company CIT Group, Inc. and commissioner and audit committee chair of the New York State Insurance Fund in New York City.

Mike WallaceMichael Wallace, ’78, has been named to the advisory board of the Waltham, Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company Dover Microsystems. Wallace is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises the US President on Homeland Security matters, as well as the Electric Sector Coordinating Council, which guides the electric sector on cybersecurity and other matters.

No ImagePaola Caburlotto, ’11 (EXP-16), was the moderator of a panel called, “Opportunities and Challenges for Italian Corporates” at the recent event, “DBRS in Italy: Focus on Corporate Funding” in Milan. Caburlotto is a partner at TRANSEARCH International, an executive search network organization headquartered in London.

Valentino DaprileValentino Teobaldo Daprile, ’13 (EXP-18), recently spoke at “DBRS in Italy: Focus on Corporate Funding,” which was held in Milan. Daprile discussed the private placement market as well as opportunities for European corporates and SMEs to attract investors and diversify funding sources. Daprile is head of European Corporates at DBRS, an independent credit ratings agency headquartered in Toronto.

No ImageThe Paris-based financial holding company Rothschild & Co. has named Sumner Farren, ’95, managing director of its Chicago office. Previously, Farren was managing director of UBS Financial Services, a financial consultant based in Chicago.

Mike GuagentiMichael Joseph Guagenti, ’98, has been named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Midwest region for his work building and growing Launch Technical Workforce Solutions as the company’s CEO. Launch is an Oak Brook, Illinois-based technical staffing firm for the commercial aviation industry. Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Its Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes business leaders who create the products and services that keep the global economy moving forward.

Ross ManireRoss Wayne Manire, ’76—president and CEO of Lisle, Illinois-based telecommunications service provider ExteNet Systems, Inc.—is a finalist in Ernst & Young’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Midwest region. Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London. Its Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes business leaders who create the products and services that keep the global economy moving forward.

Joel MeyerJoel Meyer, ’00, recently founded Meyer Financial Advisors, Inc. to provide financial planning and investment management services to individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Meyer began his career in the financial sector before shifting to the technology industry, where he spent 14 years as president and CEO of the Sunnyvale, California-based software company Administrative Software Applications, Inc.

Shawn RochesterShawn Rochester, ’02, recently published a new book called, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America. The book discusses the financial cost of racial discrimination, and the burden it places on black American households, reducing their ability to leave a substantial legacy for future generations. Rochester is a financial coach and CEO of Good Steward LLC, a financial advisory and education company based in Southbury, Connecticut.

Emmanuel RomanEmmanuel Roman, ’87, CEO and managing director of PIMCO, announced his company will partner with Beacon Platform Incorporated, a New York–based financial technology company, to integrate technology and quantitative research into PIMCO’s investment process. PIMCO will also partner with the Chicago-based nonprofit Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) to help GFN build the capacity to source more food and reach more people facing hunger. PIMCO is a global investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

No ImageLaurent Foraud, ’16, has been appointed head of commercial strategy and planning for the Indonesian market of Japan Tobacco International, a tobacco product manufacturer headquartered in Geneva. Previously, he served as the company’s CFO and deputy general manager in Vietnam.

Laurent FouraudAaron Lichtig, ’10, was named vice president of growth marketing at Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing platform based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Previously, he served as vice president of campaigns and membership for Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit committed to children’s health based in Washington, DC.

No ImageNew Enterprise Associates, Inc., has named Matthew McAviney, ’11, a principal on the healthcare team. New Enterprise Associates is a venture capital firm headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Previously, McAviney was a principal focused on biotechnology and medical device investments at F-Prime Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.