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Headshot of Philip CavatoniPhilip Cavatoni, ’91, has been named CFO of JW Aluminum, a producer of flat-rolled aluminum products based in Mount Holly, South Carolina. Previously, Cavatoni served as managing director in the investment bank at the global financial services firm JP Morgan, headquartered in New York.

Headshot of Anthony DeChellisBoston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.—a Boston-based financial services organization—has appointed Anthony DeChellis, ’01 (EXP-6), as CEO. DeChellis will also serve as CEO of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, a wholly owned banking subsidiary of the company that provides integrated wealth management, trust, and private banking solutions. DeChellis joins Boston Private from the New York–based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, where he served as president.

No ImageBeacon Pointe Advisors, a financial advisory firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California, has named Michael Dow, ’92, chief investment officer as well as chairman of the investment committee. Prior to Beacon Pointe, Dow served as managing director and head of emerging market corporate debt at the Chicago branch of UBS Asset Management, a Switzerland-based investment manager.

No ImageThe Plano, Texas-based apparel and home retailer JCPenney has named Michael Fung, ’86 (XP-55), interim CFO. Fung recently served as interim CFO for the Dallas-based luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group.

Headshot of William HuntWilliam Hunt, ’88, has been appointed CEO of National Detergent Company SAOG, a soap and detergent company based in Ruwi, Oman. Previously, Hunt served as CEO of Soaps and Chemicals Industrial and Trading, a manufacturer of detergents, soaps, deodorants, air fresheners, and toothpastes based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

No ImageMartin McDermut, ’75, has been named CFO of Resonant, Inc., a technology solutions provider for RF front-end filtering problems based in Santa Barbara, California. Previously, McDermut served as vice president and CFO of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, a publicly traded semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California.

Headshot of Kevin McGowanPCTEL, Inc., has appointed Kevin McGowan, ’99, CFO and vice president. McGowan previously served as vice president, finance and corporate controller for the company. PCTEL delivers performance critical telecom solutions and is based in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Headshot of Joseph NelliganJoseph Nelligan, ’89, has been named CEO of Molex, a global manufacturer of electronic solutions based in Lisle, Illinois. Nelligan previously served as the company’s COO and president.

Headshot of Kirk OliverKirk Oliver, ’85, was named CFO, senior vice president, and a director of the EQM General Partner and the EQGP General Partner. He was also appointed senior vice president and CFO for EQM and EQGP’s parent company, Equitrans Midstream Corporation, a natural gas transmission company headquartered in Pittsburgh, in September 2018. Prior to joining Equitrans Midstream, Oliver was CFO for UGI Corporation, an energy distribution company headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Headshot of David PlattMoody’s Corporation has appointed David Platt, ’92, chief strategy officer. He will lead the newly-formed strategy and marketing group. Platt previously served as Moody’s global head of corporate development. Moody’s is a financial services company headquartered in New York.

No ImageJanet Yang, ’08, has been named CFO, executive vice president, and principal accounting officer of W&T Offshore, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas producer headquartered in Houston. Yang had been serving as acting CFO since August 2018. Prior to that, she served as the company’s vice president, corporate and business development.

No ImageLiqTech International, a clean technology company headquartered in Ballerup, Denmark, has appointed Joel Gay, ’10 (XP-79), to its board of directors. Gay most recently served as president and CEO of Energy Recovery, an energy solutions provider based in San Leandro, California.

Headshot of Mark HoplamazianMark Hoplamazian, ’89, has been named board chair of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a public-private partnership to place qualified unemployed and underemployed candidates into available positions. Hoplamazian is president and CEO of the Chicago-based global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Headshot of Lyle LoganLyle Logan, ’89, has been reelected to the board of directors for Adtalem Global Education, a global education provider headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. Logan is executive vice president and managing director of Global Financial Institutions Group of the Northern Trust Company, a provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management, and banking based in Chicago.

No ImageJay Rasulo, AM ’82, MBA ’84, has been named to the board of directors at iHeartMedia, a media and entertainment company based in San Antonio. Rasulo is the former CFO and senior executive vice president of Walt Disney Company, the media and entertainment enterprise based in Burbank, California. 

Headshot of Kurt SchmidtCampbell Soup Company, a producer of canned soups headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, has elected Kurt Schmidt, ’90 (XP-59), to its board of directors. Schmidt previously served as CEO of Blue Buffalo Company, a pet food distributor based in Wilton, Connecticut.

No ImagePro-Dex, a surgical and medical instrument manufacturing company headquartered in Irvine, California, has elected Nicholas Swenson, ’96, chairman of its board. Swenson is founder and portfolio manager of Groveland Capital, an investment advisory firm based in Minneapolis.

Headshot of Craig HuffmanThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business featured Craig Huffman, AM ’94, MBA ’03 (XP-72), in an article about his plans as the developer of Englewood Square in Chicago to bring a data center to the Whole Foods-anchored project. “We’re bringing technology and innovation to support Englewood Square, which is the future,” Huffman said in the article.

Headshot of  Brian KasalUnder CEO and founder Brian Kasal, ’06 (XP-75), FourStar Wealth Advisors LLC, was ranked a top 10 advisory firm in Chicago for the third year in a row by AdvisoryHQ for its comprehensive and dynamic philosophy. Headquartered in Redding, California, AdvisoryHQ is an online news media that provides news, reviews, and rankings of financial firms and products.  

No ImageBen Kovler, ’11, cofounder of the annual investment conference/fundraising event Invest for Kids, has helped launched a new program called Emerge that offers paid summer internships to college students from low-income families. Kovler and the Emerge program were recently featured in the weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business. Kovler also serves as CEO of the Chicago-based medical marijuana company Green Thumb Industries.

No ImageSatya Nadella, ’97, was featured by the New York–headquartered business news website Quartz in an article about the top leadership traits he looks for in job candidates. Nadella is the CEO of the Redmond, Washington-based technology company Microsoft.

No ImageTupperware Brands Corporation has appointed Nicholas Poucher, ’99, (EXP-4), to the newly created role of senior vice president, business transformation. Poucher previously served as the company’s senior vice president and controller. Tupperware Brands provides preparation, storage, and serving solutions for the kitchen and home and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

Headshot of LiQian RenLiqian Ren, MBA ’06, PhD ’06, has joined WisdomTree Investments, Inc.—an exchanged-traded fund and exchange-traded product sponsor and asset manager based in New York—as director of modern alpha. Ren comes to WisdomTree from Vanguard, an investment management company headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where she served as portfolio manager in the quantitative equity group.

Headshot of Ariste RenoAriste Reno, ’95, has joined the Menlo Park, California-based global consulting firm Protiviti as a managing director in the Chicago office. Prior to joining Protiviti, Reno was a partner and national credit analytics practice leader at a Big Four firm.

No ImageMaria Pilar Dañobeitía Estades, ’12 (XP-81), has been named president of SMU, a Chilean food retail operator based in Condes Santiago, Chile. Previously, she served as vice president.

No ImageVictory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm, has appointed Joshua Platek, ’14, as vice president and will serve as cofounder of the insurance services platform. Platek joins Victory Park Capital from EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, a Chicago-headquartered provider of life insurance and annuity, where he served as a vice president.

Headshot of Cecil ThaiCecile Thai, ’16, launched the San Francisco–based contact lens startup Aveo Vision, for which she serves as CEO. Aveo Vision aims to make optimal eye health and comfort accessible through premium daily disposable lenses.

Headshot of Maureen WilkiesThe private equity group 50 South Capital Advisors, a subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation, has named Maureen Wilkie, ’18, vice president. Wilkie has previously worked in investment banking groups at the New York–based Citigroup and Chicago-based Citadel Securities.