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Scott DuFourFLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a global provider of commercial payment solutions headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, announced the appointment of Scott duFour, ’98, as global chief information officer. Prior to joining FLEETCOR, duFour served as CIO for McKesson Europe, a Stuttgart, Germany-based international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and health-care sectors.

No ImageTimothy FitzGerald, ’04, has been named CEO of Middleby, a commercial and residential cooking equipment corporation based in Elgin, Illinois. He’s also been appointed to the board of directors. Previously, Fitzgerald served as the company’s CFO and vice president since 2003.

Emilio GilFlexFunds, a Miami-based service provider in asset securitization, has appointed Emilio Veiga Gil, ’11 (EXP-16), as the new CMO. Before joining FlexFunds, Gil was senior director of marketing for Latin America and the Caribbean at MoneyGram International, a global financial technology company based in Dallas that provides money transfer and payment services.

No ImageEnSync, Inc., has appointed Sandeep Gupta, ’97, as interim CEO and chief restructuring officer, and as a member of its board of directors. Gupta is principal and founder of Novo Advisors, a Chicago-based boutique advisory firm. EnSync is a Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based provider of innovative distributed energy resource systems and internet of energy control platforms.

No ImageMike Hajost, ’92, has been named CFO and executive vice president of Strategic Materials, Inc., a glass recycler based in Houston. Hajost is the former senior vice president and CFO of Accuride Corporation, an Evansville, Indiana-based manufacturer and supplier of wheel-end components for the heavy truck and trailer industry.

Mike HajostSteven Swank, ’02 (AXP-1), has been appointed chief revenue officer of Datavant, a technology company headquartered in San Francisco committed to connecting the world’s health data. Most recently, Swank served as chief revenue officer at RPX Corporation, a San Francisco–based provider of patient risk solutions.

Sallie BaileySallie Bailey, ’84, has been appointed chair of the audit committee and member of the board of directors for the AZEK Company, a Chicago-headquartered manufacturer of residential and commercial building products. Bailey served as executive vice president and CFO of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, a Nashville, Tennessee-based manufacturer of engineered wood building products, until her retirement in July 2018.

No ImageRobert Darnall, ’73, has been appointed to the board of directors for Lixivia, Inc., a venture-backed startup based in Santa Barbara, California, that supplies breakthrough chemistry and processes to the mineral industry. Darnall is an experienced corporate executive with more than 38 years of senior-level management experience in the steel industry.  

No ImageEY has appointed Barbara Angus, ’94, as global tax policy leader in its Washington, DC, office. Angus was previously chief tax counsel for the committee on ways and means of the US House of Representatives. EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services headquartered in London.

Lance BellBRG Capital Advisors announced that Lance Bell, ’08, has joined the firm as a managing director and will lead its efforts in health-care services. Bell brings valuable investment banking experience in the health-care sector, with expertise in physician practices, behavioral healthcare, facilities, and more. BRG Capital Advisors is a broker-dealer headquartered in Emeryville, California, that provides strategic advisory services.

John EckJohn Eck, ’86, has joined the Chicago-based investment bank Peakstone as managing director. Prior to joining Peakstone, Eck led the Chicago-based mortgage company Guaranteed Rate’s efforts to develop its multifamily lending capabilities as senior vice president.

No ImageDG Partners, a London-based investment management firm, announced that Tony Fenner-Leitao, ’95, has joined the company to head marketing and business development for systematic strategies in North America and will be based in San Francisco. Fenner-Leitao was previously managing director and global head of sales and marketing at Passport Capital, a global investment firm based in San Francisco.

Gary GravesGary Graves, ’86, has partnered with City Capital Ventures to acquire Toronto-based Redberry Group, a Burger King and Pizza Hut franchise as well as one of the largest quick-service restaurant operators in North America. Graves will serve as the nonexecutive chairman of Redberry. Graves is also founder and managing partner of the Chicago-based advisory firm G2 Advisors, Inc.

No ImageDouglas Kahn, SM ’81, MBA ’88, has been appointed executive vice president of operations and customer success at Inseego Corp., a provider of 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions headquartered in San Diego. Prior to joining Inseego, Kahn was vice president of supply chain at VISPERO, Inc., a global vector capital company based in Clearwater, Florida.

No ImageThe Asian Development Bank has appointed Ahmed Saeed, ’96, as vice president for operations in the Southeast Asia Department, the East Asia Department, and the Pacific Department. The Asian Development Bank is a financial institution based in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines, that provides loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. Saeed is currently managing director and head of public sector for Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan at the global financial services firm JP Morgan Chase in Dubai.

No ImageGregory Samorajski, ’79, has been appointed deputy commissioner of revenue for the State of Alaska. Previously, Samorajski served as director of investments for McKinley Capital Management, a growth equity investment advisor in Anchorage, Alaska.

No ImageStrategic Resource Management, an independent advisory firm for financial institutions based in Memphis, Tennessee, has named Fabio de Sant’Anna, ’01, executive vice president of intelligent automation. Over the past 30 years, Sant’Anna has worked as a management consultant and a key technology advisor for financial industry leaders.

Ashish RagenkarAshish Rangnekar, ’11, was recently featured in the Crain’s Chicago Business article, “Tech Startup’s Turnaround Defies the Odds.” The article highlights how Rangnekar, CEO of BenchPrep, and his cofounder led their company to success after a buyout offer fell through. BenchPrep is an omnichannel, enterprise-level SaaS learning platform that’s based in Chicago.