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No ImageSteven Barnhart, AB ’84, MBA ’88, has been named chief financial officer to support future growth and business transformation at FTD Companies, Inc., a premier floral and gifting company based in Downers Grove, Illinois.

David JohnsonDavid Johnson, ’07, has become interim CFO of Abraxas Group after his successful leadership as financial advisor of the out-of-court restructuring of a private-equity-backed industrial company. Abraxas Group is a boutique advisory firm based in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

john holmesJohn Holmes has been named CEO of AAR, a global aftermarket solutions company based in Wood Dale, Illinois, effective June 1. Holmes is currently chairman and CEO of AAR Corp.

maloshAtlas Space Operations announced that Mark Malosh, ’06 (XP-75), has been named COO. Atlas Space Operations is a satellite command and control company based in Traverse City, Michigan.

No ImageClinical Genomics, a provider of cancer testing solutions based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, announced the appointment of Roger Moody, ’96, to CFO. Moody was previously CEO of Glysure Limited, a United Kingdom–based company specializing in continuous glucose monitoring.

No ImageDonald Patrick, ’88, has been named COO of Fluent LLC, a provider of digital performance marketing solutions based in New York. Patrick is previously CEO of Seneca One, a financial services company based in Bethesda, Maryland.

No ImageGeoffroy van Raemdonck, ’98, has been named CEO of Neiman Marcus. Raemdonck previously worked as CEO of St. John Knits International and held several internationally focused positions at Ralph Lauren. Neiman Marcus is a Dallas-based department store.

No ImageR. Scott Sloan, ’89, has been named president and CEO of Vanguard Natural Resources, an independent oil and gas company. Sloan has served as executive vice president and CEO of the company since September 2017. He will continue to serve on the board.

No ImageMarc Steifman, ’97, has been named CFO of mobile advertising platform InMobi, which is based in Bengaluru, India. He was previously managing director and co-head of Piper Jaffray’s technology investment banking group.

No ImageBenjamin Riensche, ’89, has joined the advisory board of Boston-based Indigo Ag, a startup using data analytics and microbial treatments to make agriculture more sustainable. Riensche is owner and manager of the Blue Diamond Farming Company, an Iowa-based corn and soybean farm.

TD ArkenbergTwo Towers, a Memoir by T.D. Arkenberg, ’86, was released in December. Arkenberg’s fourth book and first memoir was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Contest for nonfiction.

Suraj BadlaniSuraj Badlani, ’06, was appointed director in the business services group of London-based Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank. Badlani was previously head of EMEA technology banking at Nomura.

craig bouchardCraig Bouchard, ’81, received an honorary doctorate of science degree during the Founders Day Convocation of Illinois State University on February 15. Bouchard is the chairman, founder, and CEO of Braidy Industries Inc., an aluminum mill in South Shore, Kentucky.

No ImageAutogrid, a flexibility management software company based in Redwood City, California, named Robert Dahlberg, ’79, vice president of strategic partnerships and business development.

Sunnie GilesSunnie Giles, ’97, has a book coming out on April 10, The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World. Giles is president of Quantum Leadership Group, a management consulting company based in Provo, Utah.

No ImageMary Josephs, ’89, founder and CEO of Verit Advisors, a Chicago-based specialized middle-market investment banking firm, was named one of the most influential women in middle market M&A in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine. This is the second consecutive year Josephs has been selected for this recognition.

No ImageBlink Crisis PR has launched a crisis PR planning and response software. Laurel Kennedy, ’82, is president of Blink Crisis PR, is a Chicago-based crisis communications company.

No ImageTom Kieren, ’68, was awarded the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Marquis Who’s Who awards the honor to biographees who have demonstrated leadership, excellence, and longevity within their respective industries and professions. His extensive career includes achievements in the fields of corporate strategy, executive education, architectural photography, music performance, patronage of the arts, and numerous charitable endeavors.

Marshall DamienM. Damian Marshall, ’87, has been named vice president of Hallstar, a Chicago-based global specialty chemical company. Marshall was most recently general manager of industrial solutions.

No ImageJessamyn Norton, ’06, was promoted to executive vice president of Spinnaker Trust, a Maine bank chartered as a non-depository trust company. She is also chief investment officer.

No ImageCapstone, a publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, named Darin Rasmussen, ’02, vice president of digital product development and management. Rasmussen has more than 15 years of experience in education technology, SaaS, and pushing businesses.

john salvinoIndustry publication On Wall Street named John Salvino, ’06, to its annual list of Top 40 Advisors Under 40. Salvino is a partner and financial advisor at William Blair & Company, a Chicago-based global investment banking and asset management firm. He is also chairman of the University of Chicago Booth Alumni Finance Roundtable. This is the second year Salvino has been named to this list.

larry sandermanLawrence Sanderman, ’99, named vice president of Buy Side Services at Sun Acquisitions, a Chicago-based business brokers and M&A firm. 

Diane swonkDiane Swonk, ’89, has joined Grant Thornton LLP as chief economist. Grant Thornton is a Chicago-based organization of independent audit, tax, and advisory firms.

W BenceWilliam Bence, ’15, is vice president and business development officer at MB Business Capital, the asset-based lending division of MB Financial Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Chicago. 

Varun MathurVarun Mathur, ’10, has been named vice president of global specialty chemical company Hallstar, which is headquartered in Chicago. Mathur was last general manager of Hallstar’s beauty and personal care business.

Chat razdanCare+Wear, a healthwear company specializing in medical wearables, has created a new kimono-inspired hospital gown that is being tested by MedStar, a 10-hospital nonprofit health care system, and that was profiled in The New York Times. Chaitenya Razdan, ’11, is the cofounder and CEO of New York–based Care+Wear.

Rober ReifmanRobert Reifman, ’08, has been promoted to managing director of Lincoln International, a global mid-market investment bank based in London.

No ImageAlex Schneider, ’11, has been named an IEEE Fellow. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional organization for advanced technology for humanity. It publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards.

No ImageJonathan Smucker, ’17, became a partner at Marietta Investment Partners, a registered investment advisory firm headquartered in Milwaukee.