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No ImageConstellis—a Reston, Virginia-based provider of risk management, security, humanitarian, training, and operational support services—has named Michael Armbrecht, ’96, as chief accounting officer. Prior to joining Constellis, Armbrecht was CFO at Arlington, Virginia-based IAI North America, the US subsidiary of the aerospace and defense company Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

No ImageTELA Bio® Inc., a surgical reconstruction company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, announced that Nora Brennan, ’97, has joined the company as CFO. Prior to joining TELA Bio, Brennan served as CFO at Xeris Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Chicago.

cynthia collins headshotCynthia Collins, ’88, has been appointed interim CEO of Editas Medicine Inc., a genome editing company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Collins is also a member of the company’s board. Most recently, she served as CEO of Human Longevity Inc., a genomics-based, health intelligence company in San Diego.   

eric minor headshotThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named Eric Minor, ’91, as its first CMO. Previously, Minor served as senior director of marketing and innovation for Libman Co., a manufacturer of cleaning tools based in Arcola, Illinois. 

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No ImageRed Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., a casual dining restaurant chain headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth, ’93, executive vice president and CFO. Prior to joining Red Robin, Schweinfurth served as senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer of Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc., the Dallas-based parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurant brands.

kevin smith headshotLightsource BP, a large independent power producer based in San Francisco, announced the appointment of Kevin Smith, ’86, as CEO for the Americas. Most recently, Smith was CEO and one of the founding executives at SolarReserve, a global developer of utility-scale solar power projects based in Santa Monica, California.

No ImagePhilip Dietz, ’69, has been named to the board of Fountain Hills Friends of the Library, a Fountain Hills, Arizona-based organization that funds and supports its library’s programs and facilities. Dietz is chairman of East-West Capital Corporation, which focuses on sustainable development and is located in Calgary, Edmonton Alberta, Canada.

mary josephs headshotMary Josephs, ’89, was recently named to the board of directors for Manson Construction, a Seattle-based marine construction and dredging company. She was also named to the board for Performance Contracting Inc., a specialty contractor headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. Following these appointments, the monthly magazine Mergers & Acquisitions named Josephs to its Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A list for the third year in a row; the list highlights women who are outstanding dealmakers inside and outside of their firms. Josephs is founder and CEO of the Chicago-based investment banking firm Verit Advisors.

jp brummond headshotAlliant Energy Corp. has named JP Brummond, ’00, vice president of business planning. Brummond has been with Alliant Energy since 2002, holding leadership positions in corporate strategy, energy markets, generation, and field operations. Alliant Energy is a Midwest energy company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

No ImageJ. Budd, ’83 (XP-50), and his wife Gita Blumentals Budd have made a $2.4 million gift to support financial assistance and programming for low-income and first-generation students at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Budd is a partner at Computer Sciences Corporation.

phil canfied  headshotPhilip Canfield, ’96, managing director of the Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR, was recently featured on the news site Inside Philanthropy for his philanthropy efforts, including his and his wife’s recent gift to the University of Texas at Austin’s Business Honors Program at the McCombs School of Business. In the article, Canfield says: “We both believe if you’re helping education and you’re helping people get access to education, that is the single highest leverage and best ROI investment you can make philanthropically.”

brian comiskey headshotSomerCor, a Chicago-based SBA lender, announced the appointment of Brian Comiskey, ’02, as executive vice president and chief lending officer. Most recently, Comiskey was vice president, senior relationship manager at Growth Corp, an SBA lender based in Springfield, Illinois.

tom ernst headshotRealPage Inc.—a global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry based in Richardson, Texas—announced the appointment of Tom Ernst, ’99, as CFO, executive vice president, and treasurer. Prior to joining RealPage, Ernst founded Tom Ernst Advisory, a strategic consultancy focused on the software industry.

No ImageScott Gould, ’88, has joined Fiduciary Counselors Inc., an investment adviser based in Washington, DC, as senior vice president. Prior to joining Fiduciary Counselors, Gould served as vice president of structuring, strategy, and distribution for the US Pensions business at MetLife, a life insurance company headquartered in New York. 

kevin huberty headshotKevin Huberty, ’16, has been appointed as a vice president of Sargent & Lundy, a professional services provider for the electric power industry headquartered in Chicago. Huberty has been with Sargent & Lundy since 2002 and continues to serve as a project director for its nuclear power business in Chicago.

pete keliuotis headshotThe San Francisco–based investment consulting firm Callan announced that Pete Keliuotis, ’97, joined the firm as an executive vice president and head of alternatives consulting. Keliuotis joins Callan from the Los Angeles–headquartered investment advisory firm Cliffwater LLC, where he was a senior managing director and a senior member of the portfolio advisory team.

katherine maiorana  headshotThe Tallahassee, Florida-based public relations firm Sachs Media Group has hired Katherine Maiorana, 01, as senior vice president of business development and strategy. Previously, Maiorana served as executive director of GolinHarris, a public relations and communications firm based in Chicago.  

michael onsanloo headshotThe Chicago Tribune featured Michael Osanloo, ’96, in its article “These 10 People Could Change Chicago’s Business World in 2019.” Osanloo is the CEO of the restaurant chain Portillo’s, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

No ImageSatya Nadella, ’97, CEO of Redmond, Washington-based technology giant Microsoft, was featured in a Bloomberg article about his company’s partnership with the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain Kroger Co. The two companies are leveraging the cloud to expedite online order pickups and help customers quickly navigate grocery store aisles. Nadella was also recently featured in The New York Times for Microsoft’s $500 million pledge for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

No ImageJoseph Neubauer, ’65, chair of the Barnes Foundation’s board, was featured in a Philadelphia Business Journal article about the Foundation’s new $100 million capital campaign to enhance educational programs and community engagement initiatives. In the article, Neubauer says, “When we announced the Barnes’s move to the heart of Philadelphia, we made important commitments to our community.” Based in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit promoting the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.

No ImageSusan Rashid, ’98, has established a new endowed scholarship for Southern Illinois University’s swim program. A former competitive swimmer, Rashid said, “The athlete experience for me was as profound as the academic experience, and swimming is a sport that has seen cuts to the funding of scholarships and programs over the years. As a result, those who have had success in their adult lives want to pay it back.” Rashid is owner of Chicago-based SWR, LLC, a business consultancy providing operations, finance, and HR support.

marc shiffman headshotSMS Assist announced the promotion of Marc Shiffman, ’94, to president. Shiffman joined the company almost nine years ago and will continue to serve as CFO. SMS Assist is a Chicago-based technology company providing multisite property management to Fortune 500 clients.

sanjiv kalevar headshotBattery Ventures, a Boston-based investment firm focused on innovation and technology, has promoted Sanjiv Kalevar, ’13, to principal. Kalevar joined Battery Ventures in 2013 and previously served as vice president. 

No ImageMatt Quigley, ’16, announced he’s running for Congress in 2020 in Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. Quigley is cofounder and COO of Deziner Software, an international computer software company based in Naperville, Illinois.

andreas stocker headshotAndreas Stocker, ’12, has been promoted to partner at Roland Berger, a global strategy consulting firm headquartered in Munich. Stocker joined Roland Berger in 2006. He previously served as a senior project manager.

No ImageGrotech Ventures, an investor in high-potential technology companies that’s based in Arlington, Virginia, announced that Julia Taxin, ’12, has been promoted to partner. Taxin joined the firm in 2012, and recently led its investments in Backbone PLM and The Mom Project.