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Headshot of Jason AsperWright Medical Group N.V. has appointed Jason Asper, ’05, as chief digital officer and senior vice president of its new digital organization. Asper joined the company in 2017 as senior vice president of strategy, technology, and corporate development and will continue to serve in this role in addition to his new appointment. Wright Medical Group N.V. is a global medical device company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. 

No ImageJohn F. Hartner, ’89, has been elected CEO of the ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and 3D printed and other products, materials, and services based in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Hartner joined the company in November 2018 as COO.

Pete KelsoAflac Incorporated announced that J. Pete Kelso, ’93, has been named chief information and technology officer and senior vice president. Kelso joined Aflac in 2012 as managing director and chief investments technology officer of global investments. Aflac is a Fortune 500 company and a supplemental insurer based in Columbus, Georgia.

Headshot of Chris KutsorChris Kutsor, ’02, has been appointed CFO of Kin + Carta, a global digital transformation consultancy headquartered in London. Kutsor will also join the company’s board of directors. Previously, Kutsor served as investor relations officer for Motorola Solutions, a global Fortune 500 technology solutions company based in Chicago.

Headshot of Richard McKilliganVitality Biopharma, Inc., a Los Angeles–based corporation dedicated to the development of cannabinoid prodrug pharmaceuticals, has promoted Richard McKilligan, ’93, to CFO and counsel. McKilligan joined Vitality in April 2012 as controller, counsel, and secretary. He will continue to serve as counsel and secretary. 

Headshot of Jason RollestonJason Rolleston, ’10, has been named chief product officer of Kenna Security, a software-as-a-service risk and vulnerability intelligence platform headquartered in San Francisco. Rolleston most recently served as vice president for security operations products at McAfee, a global security software company based in Santa Clara, California.

Headshot of Samir ShahSamir Shah, ’10, has been named chief strategy officer for Trax Group, a private equity owned transportation spend management provider based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to Trax, Samir served as senior vice president, technology, for Techstars, an American seed accelerator founded in Boulder, Colorado.

Headshot of Marc ShiffmanMarc Shiffman, ’94, has been named CEO of SMS Assist, a Chicago-based facilities management technology company. Shiffman has nearly a decade of experience leading SMS Assist, most recently as president and CFO.

Headshot of Michael TrzupekMichael Trzupek, ’96, has been named CFO of Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Trzupek comes to Premera from Providence St. Joseph Health System, a national, Catholic, not-for-profit health system, where he served as group vice president.

Headshot of John WalpuckOG DNA Genetics, a global cannabis brand founded in Amsterdam, announced that John Walpuck, ’87, will be joining the executive team as CFO. Prior to joining DNA, Walpuck served as CFO and COO of Creative Realities, Inc., a publicly traded technology company based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Headshot of Dennis ChookaszianOmaha National Insurance Company, a provider of workers compensation insurance based in Omaha, Nebraska, has appointed Dennis Chookaszian, ’67, an independent member of its board of directors. Chookaszian is former chairman and CEO of CNA Financial, a provider of insurance solutions headquartered in Chicago, and is currently an adjunct professor at Chicago Booth.

No ImageStuart Gunn, ’87, has been elected to the board of trustees at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Before his retirement in 2018, Gunn served as managing director for Bridge Strategy Group and its successor Houlihan Lokey, a global investment back headquartered in Los Angeles.

No ImageUpco International Inc., a cloud-based mobile service company with headquarters in New York and in Vancouver, Canada, has appointed Kim Ying Lee, ’87, as chairman of the board of directors. Lee is a senior advisor to small and mid-size companies in the industrial and technology industries.

Headshot of Robert PrichardJ. Robert S. Prichard, ’71, has been appointed to the board of directors for Alamos Gold Inc., an intermediate gold producer headquartered in Toronto. Prichard is a lawyer and corporate director. He currently serves as non-executive chairman for the Toronto-based law firm Torys LLP and chair of Montreal-based multinational investment bank BMO Financial Group, in addition to several other appointments.

No ImageConstruction Partners, Inc., a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company based in Dothan, Alabama, announced that Noreen E. Skelly, ’93, has been elected to the board of directors and will serve as chairperson of the audit committee. Skelly is currently a private consultant for financial institutions.

Headshot of Cheryl SpielmanCheryl Spielman, ’80, has been appointed to the board of directors for MVB Financial Corp., a financial services company based in Fairmont, West Virginia. Before her retirement, Spielman was a partner for Ernst & Young, a global provider of assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services headquartered in London. She is now an experienced global human capital tax partner and consultant.

No ImageKatherine Winter, ’89, has been elected as a director of the board for NFI Group Inc., a bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. Winter is vice president and general manager, automated driving solutions division, of Intel Corporation, a global organization based in Santa Clara, California, that delivers comprehensive platforms for advanced driver assist systems and autonomous driving solutions.

Headshot of Ben DillonSK Capital Partners announced that Ben Dillon, ’06, has joined the firm as a managing director focused on investor relations and fundraising. SK Capital Partners is a New York–based private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Prior to joining SK Capital, Dillon was a managing director at Partners Group, a private market investment manager headquartered in Baar, Switzerland.

No ImageAri Glass, ’06 (XP-75), was hired by Morningstar founder and fellow Booth alumnus Joe Mansueto, ’80, as head of real estate at Mansueto Office. Glass joins from Zeller Realty, a Chicago-based commercial real estate investment and development firm, where he served as president.

No ImageJordan Hitch, ’95, and his wife, Julie Hitch, have made a $5 million gift to Lehigh University, a private research university in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where Hitch earned his undergraduate degree. The gift will support the university’s New Residential Houses project to provide students with state-of-the-art living spaces, a new eatery, fitness centers, and multi-use spaces to foster a vibrant campus community.

Headshot of Robert ProbstRobert F. Probst, ’93, has been named FEI’s 2019 Public Company Financial Executive of the Year. The national award is presented annually to the CFO who has made a major impact within their company, achieved success in the company’s growth and profitability, and shown exemplary leadership skills throughout their career. Probst is executive vice president and CFO of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and real estate investment trust based in Chicago.

Headshot of Deepa SalestekarPeerStreet, a marketplace for investing in real estate backed loans based in Los Angeles, has announced the appointment of Deepa Salastekar, ’00, as the vice president of institutional sales. She brings more than 20 years of experience in capital markets, including nine years as senior vice president at PIMCO. She was most recently at Inveniam Capital Partners, a platform focused on blockchain-enabled tokens for private debt based in New York, where she served as co-head of securities.

Headshot of Joanne SmithThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business included Joanne Smith, ’00, in its list, “2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50,” which highlights women thriving as members of the C-suite, entrepreneurs, and top managers, all with the goal of inspiring the next generation of women moving up. Smith is president and CEO of the Chicago-based Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a translational research facility in which clinicians and scientists work together in the same space to discover new approaches and apply research in real time.

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Headshot of Jim SteebSMC2, a Dallas-based developer of talent acquisition solutions, has hired Jim Steeb, ’87, as president. Prior to SMC2, Steeb guided organizations ranging from startups to large corporate divisions through substantial growth.

Headshot of Donald WaltherTopBuild Corp. announced that Donald Walther, MBA ’94, JD ’94, has joined the company as general counsel and corporate secretary. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, TopBuild installs and distributes insulation and building material products to the US construction industry. Prior to joining TopBuild, Walther served as executive vice president and general counsel for Esterline Corporation, a worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.

No ImageHidden Harbor Capital Partners, an operationally focused private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Florida, has named Adam Hanselman, ’14, as a vice president in its portfolio operations group. Previously, Hanselman was a project lead at the Boston Consulting Group, a Boston-based global management consulting firm.

No ImageMatthew Streem, ’19 (XP-88), has been named vice president, aviation services at Hallcon, a provider of outsourced transportation services in private and public transit with headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. Streem was previously at WeDriveU, a provider of transportation solutions headquartered in Burlingame, California, where he served as vice president of operations and vice president of safety and technology.