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D'AnnuzioLaura Sue D’Annunzio, ’90, has been named CPO of Rackspace, a San Antonio-based provider of managed services for public cloud infrastructure. Previously, D’Annunzio served as an advisor to CEOs on strategy and human resources issues, as well as a career coach at the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

GraffRMB Capital, an independent investment and advisory firm based in Chicago, has named Christopher Graff, ’04, co-CIO. Graff is also a partner and managing director of asset management at RMB.

HermanGerald Herman, ’98, was named interim CFO of Bruker Corporation, a global manufacturer of scientific instruments based in Billerica, Massachusetts. Herman also serves as Bruker’s principal accounting officer.

lopezVista Outdoor, Inc., has named Miguel Lopez-Ben, ’84, senior vice president and CFO. Prior to joining Vista, Lopez served as CFO of Veritas Technologies, an international data management company based in Mountain View, California. Vista is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of outdoor sports and recreation products headquartered in Farmington, Utah.

okrayThomas Okray, ’89, is the new senior vice president and CFO of Grainger, an industrial supplies and equipment provider based in Lake Forest, Illinois. Most recently, Okray served as executive vice president and CFO of Advance Auto Parts, an automotive retailer headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.

CollinsTriumvira Immunologics, a biopharmaceutical company based in Austin, Texas, has appointed Cynthia Lynne Collins, ’88, to the board of directors. Most recently, Collins served as CEO of Human Longevity, Inc., a genomics-based, health intelligence company in San Diego.

JonesAndrew Jones, ’86, has been appointed to the board of directors for Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., a real estate investment company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jones is founder and CEO of North Star Partners, LP, an alternative investment program focused on the small-cap sector that’s based in Westport, Connecticut.  

No ImageThe Vancouver, Canada-based gold and silver mining company Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. has named Guillermo Kaelin, ’05, to its board of directors. He is currently the head of Latin America for Appian Capital Advisory LLP, a London-based private equity firm focused on mining companies.

No ImageRafael Solis, ’94, has joined the board of directors for the Toronto-based mineral exploration company Galway Gold Inc. Solis is currently executive director of Institutional Equity Sales for North America at Credicorp Capital Securities Inc., a financial advisory firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.

No ImageDeborah Weinswig, ’97, has been appointed to the board of directors for Xcel Brands, Inc., a brand management and media company based in New York. Weinswig is CEO and founder of Coresight Research, a retail and technology think tank based in New York.

No ImageThe Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago named Anne Alonzo, ’00 (XP-69), to its Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor, which provides input on regional economic conditions to the Chicago Fed president and other senior officials. Alonzo is currently president and CEO of American Egg Board, a Park Ridge, Illinois-based nonprofit that aims to increase demand for eggs and egg products through research, education, and promotion.

barteckiThe Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo has promoted Sarah Breen-Bartecki, ’99, to senior vice president of conservation, education, and training. Previously, Breen-Bartecki served as vice president of conservation funding initiatives for Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo.

CarusoDaniel Caruso, ’90, and his wife Cindy Caruso are donating $2 million to support innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder. Caruso is founder, chairman, and CEO of Boulder-based Zayo Group Holdings, a global provider of communications infrastructure services.

DoughtyJohn D. Doughty, ’93, has been selected for membership at New York’s prestigious Economic Club, a nonprofit dedicated to the study and discussion of social, economic, and political issues. Doughty is vice president and portfolio manager at the Portland, Maine-based wealth management firm R.M. Davis.

No ImageThe National Diversity Council included Houston-based Waste Management in its 2018 list of Top 25 Companies for Diversity in Texas. James Fish, ’98, is CEO of Waste Management. The National Diversity Council is a Houston-based nonprofit that champions workforce diversity through training, consulting, programs, and education.

GanJP Gan, ’99, ranked in the top ten of the 2018 Forbes Midas List for his investments in the selfie-editing app Meitu and the on-demand delivery service Meituan-Dianping. The annual Midas List features the top 100 venture capitalists from around the world. Gan currently serves as managing partner of Qiming Venture Partners, a Shanghai-based venture capital firm that specializes in building new companies in China.

No ImageGregory Jones, ’93, joined the New York–based investment management firm Fred Alger Management, Inc. as senior vice president and portfolio manager for Alger International Growth and Alger Global Growth. Most recently, Jones served as portfolio manager at Redwood Investments, an investment management firm based in Los Angeles.

No ImageAlvarez & Marsal has named Marc Liebman, ’01, co-head of the Western Region for its North American Restructuring practice. Previously, Liebman served as managing director of Alvarez & Marsal, a business management consulting firm based in Chicago. 

No ImageGreenhill & Co., Inc., an investment bank headquartered in New York, has named Romitha Mally, ’95, managing director and head of consumer corporate advisory for North America. Prior to Greenhill, Mally served as managing director at the New York–based investment bank and financial services holding company JPMorgan.

No ImageHoward Marks, ’69, and his wife Nancy Marks received the 2018 New York City Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award for the steadfast support of SEALs and their families. Marks is the co-chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, a global alternative investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles.  

No ImageRobert Nelsen, ’87, was ranked number five on the 2018 Forbes Midas List, which features the top 100 venture capitalists from around the world. Nelsen was ranked highly for his investment in companies dedicated to detecting, preventing, and eradicating disease. He is cofounder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, a Chicago-based private equity and venture capital firm specializing in seed and early-stage technology companies.

ScarboroughDean Scarborough, ’79, has donated $6 million to his alma mater Hiram College, the largest gift in the school’s history. The gift will advance a new liberal arts initiative that includes internships, study-abroad programs, and science and health initiatives. Now retired, Scarborough previously served as CEO of the adhesive manufacturing company Avery Dennison Corporation based in Glendale, California.

thompsonPeter Q. Thompson, ’00, has been appointed senior advisor and senior member of Lazard’s Midwest Financial Advisory team. Most recently, Thompson was chairman and CEO of the investment management firm Perkins Investment Management based in Chicago. Lazard is a financial advisory and asset management firm with principal executive offices in New York, Paris, and London. 

andertonThomas Anderton, ’14, has joined LPL and aligned with 626 Financial, an independent firm on LPL’s broker-dealer and corporate advisory platforms. LPL is a retail investment advisory firm and independent broker-dealer based in Chicago.

shahRushi Shah, ’14, has been accepted into the Boston-based Forbes Finance Council, an invitation-only community for executives in accounting, financial planning, wealth and asset management, and investment firms. Shah is currently principal and CEO of Aries Conlon Capital, a commercial banking firm based in Chicago.