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headshot of Pat BasuPat Basu, MBA ’05, MD ’05, has been named CEO and president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc., a comprehensive cancer care network of hospitals and outpatient centers headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Previously, Basu served as a partner at Chicago Pacific Founders Private Equity, a Chicago-based strategic healthcare investment firm.

headshot of Beth DeanCitizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) announced the appointment of Beth Dean, ’00, as CEO. Based in Chicago, CURE is a non-governmental agency committed to funding research in epilepsy. Dean’s professional experience includes marketing executive roles at Lundbeck, a global pharmaceutical company based in Valby, Copenhagen, and Abbott Laboratories, a global healthcare company based in Abbott Park, Illinois.

headshot of Chad LuskKansas City, Missouri-based packaged food company Hostess Brands LLC has hired Chad Lusk, ’07, as CMO and senior vice president. Most recently, Lusk was CMO and executive vice president at Chamberlain Group, an Oak Brook, Illinois-based provider of access solutions and products such as garage door openers, gate entry systems, and cloud-based smart access control technology.

headshot of Benjamin PalleikoKalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced the promotion of Benjamin Palleiko, MBA ’96, AM ’96, to chief business officer. Palleiko joined the company in 2016 and will continue to serve as CFO. 

headshot of Warren ThuneAdvance has appointed Warren Thune, ’93, as CEO of Leaders Group, a new operating company that brings together Advance’s B2B sports, esports, and gaming businesses under one umbrella. Advance is a private, family-owned business based in New York that operates and invests in a broad range of media, communications, technology, and education businesses globally. Thune joined the company from Gartner and CEB, a research and advisory company based in Arlington, Virginia, where he most recently served as group president, SaaS and Technology Enabled Services.

No ImageCPI Aerostructures announced the Janet K. Cooper, ’82, has been appointed to its board of directors. Based in Edgewood, New York, CPI Aerostructures is a US manufacturer of structural assemblies and value-added kits for fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Cooper currently serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of The Toro Company, a Bloomington, Minnesota-based manufacturer of equipment for turf maintenance, snow and ice management, and specialty construction equipment. She also serves as director and member of the audit committee of Lennox International, Inc., a Richardson, Texas-based provider of climate control solutions for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets.

headshot of Lisa RicciardiCognition Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage neuroscience company based in Pittsburgh, announced the appointment of Lisa Ricciardi, ’86, to its board of directors. Ricciardi is CEO of Suono Bio, a life sciences company based on technology from MIT with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

No ImageTrecora Resources, a provider of specialty hydrocarbons and waxes headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, announced that Janet Roemer, ’87, has been appointed as an independent director to the board of directors. She’ll serve as a member of the nominating and governance and audit committees. Roemer most recently served as COO of Verenium Corporation, now part of BASF, an industrial biotechnology company based in San Diego that develops high-performance enzymes.

No ImageProfessional Diversity Network, Inc., has appointed Courtney C. Shea, ’85, as an independent director of the board and a member of the audit committee. She is currently a managing member of Columbia Capital Management, LLC, a municipal advisor and registered investment advisor based in Overland Park, Kansas. Professional Diversity Network develops and operates online networks serving diverse professionals in the United States and is headquartered in Chicago.

headshot of Derek BellD.A. Davidson & Co. announced that Derek Bell, ’01, has joined the firm’s technology investment banking team as managing director in New York. D.A. Davidson is an employee-owned financial services firm with headquarters in Great Falls, Montana. Prior to joining D.A. Davidson, Bell served as a managing director and head of tech-enabled services at San Francisco–based GCA Advisors, LLC, the US business of GCA, a global investment bank that provides strategic M&A, capital markets, and private funds advisory services.

No ImageDwight Cleveland, ’87, owns one of the most prominent private collections of classic movie posters in the world; his collection is now the focus of the largest ever museum exhibition of such posters at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. Titled Coming Soon: Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection, the exhibition includes more than 200 posters representing comedies, musicals, Westerns, sci-fi thrillers, dramas, and others that date from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1980s.

No ImageBusiness Insider recently ran a profile on Richard Friedman, ’81, partner and head of merchant banking at Goldman Sachs, a New York–headquartered investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. The article credits Friedman with building the merchant-banking unit into a sprawling collection of funds invested in real estate and infrastructure, private equity, and credit markets.

headshot of Jeff GourdjiJeff Gourdji, ’98, recently coauthored and published his first book, Making the Healthcare Shift: The Transformation to Consumer-Centricity. Based on interviews with more than 708 senior executives, including CEOs of several major health systems, the book aims to describe changes in the healthcare system and provide an actionable playbook for driving change. 

headshot of James GruskinGlobal Knowledge has appointed James Gruskin, ’95, to senior vice president of strategic development and quality. Gruskin has worked with Global Knowledge since 2016 in both consultancy and in-house roles, most recently serving as interim CFO. Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, Global Knowledge provides IT and professional training worldwide.

headshot of Mark HoplamazianThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business recently published an interview with Mark Hoplamazian, ’89, CEO of the Chicago-based global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels. The interview highlights Hoplamazian’s new role as board chair of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, a Chicago-based workforce development nonprofit that places underemployed and unemployed people.

headshot of Elizabeth PickensElizabeth Pickens, ’05, has joined TSG Consumer Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in San Francisco, as a principal in its new London office. Pickens is a former managing director and head of European consumer banking at William Blair, a global financial services firm headquartered in Chicago.

headshot of  Manfried SteinerBrown Gibbons Lang & Company, an independent investment bank and financial advisory firm based in Cleveland, is pleased to welcome back Manfred Steiner, ’92, as a managing director in its healthcare and life sciences practice. Steiner has more than 27 years of experience working with healthcare providers including Huron Healthcare, a global consultancy based in Chicago, where he was a managing director and head of the firm’s financial advisory group.

headshot of Rahul EaswarThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business recently featured Rahul Easwar, ’19 (XP-88), and Mike Reznik, ’19 (XP-88), in an article about their new startup, LeafyQuick, an Mike Reznikonline ordering and delivery platform for CBD products that operates in Chicago, New York, and Miami. The recent Booth graduates teamed up after a federal farm bill legalized hemp in 2018. In the article, Easwar says, “We figured demand was going to pick up, and we wanted to ride that wave.” 

headshot of Michael McMillinVerra Mobility, a provider of tech-enabled smart transportation solutions, announced the appointment of Mike McMillin, ’10, to the role of vice president, corporate development and strategy. McMillin joins Verra Mobility after more than a decade with HERE Technologies, where he most recently led the creation of the company’s global mergers and acquisitions function when it was divested from Nokia.

headshot of Brand NewlandGoldfinch Health, cofounded by CEO Brand Newland, ’10, announced it has joined StartUp Health’s Moonshot Academy to help end the opioid epidemic. “We have long admired StartUp Health’s efforts to audaciously pursue some of the largest health challenges facing society,” Newland said in a press release. “When StartUp Health announced in early 2019 a moonshot to end addiction and the opioid epidemic, we knew the time was right to get involved.” Goldfinch Health is based in Austin, Texas, and Iowa City, Iowa, and helps companies save money by empowering employees to better navigate surgery and recovery. StartUp Health is based in New York and collaborates with entrepreneurs to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world.

No ImageVenus B. Phillips, ’10, has joined the Kresge Foundation’s Investment Office as an investment director. Based in Troy, Michigan, the Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Prior to joining Kresge, Phillips was the head of public markets at London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which designs, engineers, manufactures, and sells vehicles and related parts, services, and production systems worldwide.

headshot of Tom YangUnder director Tom Yang, ’14, the T-Mobile Customer Experience Center in Salem, Oregon, was ranked number three on Oregon Business magazine’s list “The 2019 100 Best Companies to Work for In Oregon.” T-Mobile was also ranked number one for Career Development and Learning in Oregon.