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No ImageOnDeck has appointed Kenneth A. Brause, ’92, CFO. Previously, Brause served as executive vice president and treasurer of the financial holding company CIT Group and its subsidiary CIT Bank. OnDeck is an online small business lending company based in New York.

birgitBirgit Conix, ’04 (EXP-8), will be the CFO of TUI Group effective autumn 2018. She has also been appointed to the company’s executive board effective July 2018. Currently, Conix serves as CFO of the Belgian media telecommunications group Telenet. Headquartered in Hannover, Germany, TUI Group is the largest travel and tourism company in the world.

No ImageCuris, Inc. named James Dentzer, ’95, COO. Curis is a drug development company based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Dentzer previously served as the company’s CFO.

No ImageRobert W. Durden, ’05, was named CEO and CIO of The University of Virginia Investment Management Co., an investment company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Durden previously served as CIO for the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

daveDave Habiger, ’98 (XP-67), has been appointed president and CEO of J.D. Power, a global marketing information services company headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. Prior to J.D. Power, Habiger was director and CEO of Textura, a global construction management software and payments company based in Deerfield, Illinois.

No ImageArbiterSports has named John Hopkins, ’92, CFO. Hopkins most recently served as vice president of sales for Rocky Mountain West at Renaissance Learning, a world leader in cloud-based assessment, teaching, and learning solutions based in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. ArbiterSports is an athletic event management company based in Sandy, Utah.

dougDoug Kofoid, ’00, is the new CEO of the Chicago-based software company DialogTech. Previously, Kofoid was the company’s COO.

No ImageMatthew Peron, ’96, joined City National Rochdale as CIO. Most recently, Peron served as executive vice president and managing director of global equity at the Chicago-based financial services company Northern Trust. City National Rochdale, a subsidiary of City National Bank with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, and New York, specializes in personalized portfolio management.

Amy Shapero Shopify Inc. has appointed Amy Shapero, ’90, CFO. Previously, Shapero served as CFO of Betterment, an online investment company based in New York. Shopify is an e-commerce company based in Ottawa.

sumitSumit Singh, ’14, has been appointed CEO of the PetSmart subsidiary, an online retailer of pet food and products based in Dania Beach, Florida. Previously, Singh served as the company’s COO.

robertRobert C. Frenzel, ’02, has been elected to the board of directors for St. Paul, Minnesota-based Patterson Companies, a medical supplies conglomerate for the dental and veterinary markets. Frenzel currently serves as executive vice president and CFO of the Minneapolis-based utility holding company Xcel Energy, Inc.

micheleThe board of directors for United Continental Holdings, Inc. has elected Michele J. Hooper, ’75, as an independent director. Hooper is president and CEO of The Directors’ Council, a business management consultancy in Wilmette, Illinois. United Continental Holdings is a Chicago-based publicly traded airline holding company.

No ImageHelen S. Kim, ’88, has been appointed to the board of directors for two clinical-stage biotechnology companies—Peloton Therapeutics, Inc., based in Dallas and San Francisco, and Assembly Biosciences, Inc., based in Carmel, Indiana. Kim most recently served as executive vice president of the Los Angeles-based biopharmaceutical company Kite Pharma, Inc.

No ImageThomas McDonald, ’08 (XP-77), has been appointed to the board of directors for Vesta, a portfolio company of the New York-based investment management firm Jaguar Growth Partners. McDonald is also a managing partner at Jaguar.

No ImageHilltop Cybersecurity Inc. has appointed Bradley Rotter, ’83, to its advisory board. Hilltop is a cybersecurity and cryptocurrency security specialist based in Savannah, Georgia. Currently, Rotter serves as the vice chairman of the cybersecurity company Rivets.

No ImageOptimizeRX Corp., a healthcare-focused technology solutions company based in Rochester, Michigan, has appointed Patrick Spangler, ’94, to its board of directors. Spangler will also serve as chair of the board’s new audit committee. He currently serves as CFO of VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm based in Minneapolis.

yijingGentherm has named Yijing H. Brentano, ’01, senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Gentherm develops thermal management technologies and is based in Northville, Michigan. Brentano most recently served as founder and managing partner of Green Tree Advisory, a consultancy for startup companies.

bernardBernard DelGiorno, ’55, made a $2.5 million donation to St. Rita High School in Chicago. His donation will go toward a new fitness center as well as improvements to the school’s gym and baseball complex. DelGiorno is first vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services Inc., a provider of financial advice and solutions headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

No ImageDan Galai, ’75, is helping The Saga Foundation launch Saga, a low-volatility cryptocurrency. The Saga Foundation is a Swiss nonprofit developing new technologies in open and decentralized software. Galai is the co-developer of VIX, the leading measure of financial market volatility.

wendellThe University of North Alabama has renamed its University Commons in honor Wendell W. Gunn, ’71, the school’s first African-American student. Gunn is managing director of Gunn Associates.

No ImageScott Kapp, ’05, joined Chicago-based DLA Piper’s real estate practice as a partner. Previously, he worked at the Chicago-based global law firm Dentons US LLP.

joergJörg Kukies, ’01, has been appointed the next deputy finance minister of Germany. Kukies is currently the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ operations in Germany and Austria.

myronEconomics Nobel laureate Myron Scholes, ’70, is part of the team launching the low-volatility cryptocurrency Saga from Switzerland’s The Saga Foundation. Scholes created the Black-Scholes formula, the most well-known model for pricing options and derivatives.

wanyeWayne P. Weitz, ’89, has joined Hammond Hanlon Camp LLC (HC2) as a managing director. Prior to joining HC2, Weitz held senior positions at several leading turnaround advisory firms. HC2 is an independent strategic advisory and investment banking firm headquartered in San Diego.

No ImagePNC Business Credit has name Brian Caldwell, ’08, senior vice president and business development officer for its senior secured financing team in the Upper Midwest region. He previously served as senior vice president and senior banker for PNC’s corporate bank. PNC Business Credit provides asset-based lending services and is based in New York.

sarahI Heart Keenwah, a startup that makes quinoa snacks and pantry items, won the Judge’s Choice Award in the FoodBytes! San Francisco 2018 pitch competition. The startup was cofounded by Sarah Chalos, ’09, and won the award based on its scalability, innovation, traction, and social impact.

No ImageRyan Kole, ’14, has been promoted to principal at VCapital, a Chicago-based venture capital firm. Previously, he served as the company’s senior investment analyst.

raviRavi Jolly, ’09, co-founder and CEO of I Heart Keenwah, earned the Judge’s Choice Award in the FoodBytes! San Francisco 2018 pitch competition for his startup.

jasonChicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc., a maintenance support and financial services provider for the business aviation industry, named Jason Schwab, ’15, president of Advisory Services. Previously, Schwab served as a wealth management advisor at the New York-based investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.