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No ImageElizabeth Burton, ’11, has been named chief investment officer for the State of Hawaii’s pension fund, effective October 1. Most recently, Burton served as managing director of the hedge fund program for the State of Maryland’s public employee retirement system.

Mke CarruthersR. Michael Carruthers, ’93 (XP-62), has been named CFO at ClinOne, a Denver-based technology company for clinical research. Previously, Carruthers served as interim president, CFO, and secretary at Nivalis Therapeutics, a Boulder, Colorado-based pharmaceutical company that has since merged with Seattle-based Alpine Immune Sciences Inc.

Ritu ChandyThe Munich-based automobile manufacturer BMW Group has appointed Ritu Chandy, ’10 (AXP-9), as regional CEO of financial services for its Asia Pacific operations. Previously, Chandy served as CFO and vice president of finance for BMW Group in North America.

David FeldsteinDavid Feldstein, ’12, has been named chief market risk officer at Flack Global Metals, a Chicago-based company that delivers customized steel for OEM-branded applications. Previously, Feldstein served as the company’s director of risk management.

Rodney Jones TysonBaird has promoted Rodney Jones-Tyson, ’98, to chief risk officer. Most recently, Jones-Tyson serviced as COO of Baird’s global investment banking unit. Baird is an international financial services firm with headquarters in Milwaukee.

Jim ScullyThe Germantown, Maryland-based stem cell therapy company Neuralstem Inc. has appointed Jim Scully, ’92, interim CEO. Scully previously served as a strategic adviser for business development at Neuralstem.

No ImageSushil Sharma, ’11, has been named chief product officer of the online loan marketplace LendingTree, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sharma previously served as chief product officer of the Dallas-based online dating service

Jonathan SwainLink Unlimited Scholars has named Jonathan T. Swain, ’06, president and CEO. Swain comes to the organization with 20 years of experiences in the legal, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Based in Chicago, Link Unlimited Scholars is a high-school mentoring and scholarship program serving economically disadvantaged African American students.

Steve SwainSteven Swain, ’94, has joined Brookdale Senior Living Inc.—a Brentwood, Tennessee-based senior living company—as executive vice president and CFO. Swain comes to Brookdale from DISH Network Corporation, a television provider based in Meridian, Colorado, where he served as CFO since 2014.

No ImageRobert Wilhelm, ’02, has been named CEO of T-System, a Dallas-based company specializing in clinical documentation for emergency care. Wilhelm comes to T-System from Adreima, a revenue cycle management services company headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, where he served as CEO.

No ImageW&T Offshore has named Janet Yang, ’08, acting CFO. Yang previously served as the company’s vice president of corporate and business development. W&T Offshore is an independent oil and natural gas producer based in Houston.

Robert CaseRobert Case, ’86, has been appointed to the board of directors for Tierra Nueva Technologies, a Miami-based global coffee technology and manufacturing company. Case currently provides independent advisory services to investors, C-suite leaders, and boards of directors at food, beverage, nutrition, and health-care companies. Previously, he spent 30 years with the Arlington, Virginia-based food and beverage company Nestle USA, where he most recently served as CMO.

Vicki FullerThe Williams Companies Inc. has appointed Vicki Fuller, ’81, to its board of directors as an independent director. Fuller recently retired after a six-year tenure as chief investment officer of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a public pension fund based in New York City. The Williams Companies is an energy infrastructure company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kirk HInmanKirk Hinman, ’76, has joined the board for the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The foundation is a community-based social impact investor based in Utica, New York. Hinman spent nearly 40 years at Rome Steel Strip Company, a steel distributor based in Rome, New York, where he served as president for more than 25 years.

Jennifer ChildeThe Carmel, Indiana-based CNO Financial Group Inc. has appointed Jennifer Childe, ’96, as vice president of investor relations. Childe comes to the financial services holding company from Clermont Partners, a Chicago-based strategic communications firm, where she served as managing director.

Don DelvesWillis Towers Watson—a global advisory, broking, and solutions company with headquarters in London—has appointed Don Delves, ’80, as executive compensation practice leader for North America. Delves previously served as director and executive compensation consultant at the company.

Richard HansenRichard Hansen, ’97, has been named senior vice president of strategy and analytics for Tailored Brands Inc., a retail holding company based in Houston. Most recently, Hansen served as vice president of customer insights and analytics for the retail corporation Walmart, headquartered in Bentonville, Arizona.

No ImageThe Paris-based financial services firm Rothschild Global Advisory has named Jonathan Herbst, ’98, managing director of its North American media and telecommunications team. Previously, Herbst served as a senior member of the global technology, media, and telecommunications group at UBS, an investment banking group headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Marty JacobsenMarty Jacobsen, ’90, has been named a partner at ScottMadden Inc., a general management consulting firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jacobsen is the founder and former managing director of Viking Partners LLC, a strategic and operational advisory firm based in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Eric LeeTHL Credit Advisors LLC has promoted Eric Lee, ’05, to managing director for the direct lending team in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Lee previously served as a director for the company’s direct lending platform in its New York office. THL Credit is an alternative credit investment advisor headquartered in Boston.

No ImageGeoffrey Ling, ’97, has been appointed director at Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm based in New Haven, Connecticut. Previously, Ling spent 19 years in corporate development roles in mergers and acquisitions.

No ImageMichael Osanloo, ’96, has been named CEO of the Oak Brook, Illinois-based restaurant chain Portillo’s, effective October 1. Osanloo comes to Portillo’s from the Scottsdale, Arizona-based restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s, where he served as president and CEO.

Julian ParaThe Alumni Society recognized Julian Parra, ’99, as one of the nation’s top 25 Latino leaders in its Class of 2018 list, and interviewed him on elevating leadership within the Latino community. Based in Chicago, the Alumni Society is a membership organization for Latino leaders who graduated from the most competitive universities and colleges. Parra is senior vice president and region executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a multinational investment bank headquartered in New York.
Michael ShawMichael Shaw, ’02, has been named principal of the management committee for the Chicago-based full-service law firm Much Shelist. He previously served as chair of the firm’s business and finance group.

Antony ThompsonThe World Bank has announced that Antony Thompson, ’92, is the new country manager for Uganda. Thompson joined World Bank Group, an international financial institution based in Washington, DC, in 1992 and previously served as country manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Michael JacobsonMichael E. Jacobson, ’14 (XP-83), has been named vice president of corporate development at Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, a private mortgage provider based in Milwaukee. Most recently, Jacobson served as principal and financial consultant at Milliman Inc., a management consulting company based in Seattle. 

Chaka PattersonAdtalem Global Education—a global education provider based in Downers Grove, Illinois—has named Chaka Patterson, ’17 (XP-86), vice president and deputy general counsel in its legal department. Prior to Adtalem, Patterson served as chief of the Civil Actions Bureau for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago.

Bradford PowellBradford Powell, ’17 (EXP-22), has been named vice president and general manager of the Cubic Mission Solutions, a division of Cubic Corporation. Headquartered in San Diego, Cubic Mission Solutions provides command, control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions. Powell previously served as operating unit director at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, a global provider of software-defined systems and solutions based in Linthicum, Maryland.