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Headshot of Colin BowerAnju Software Inc., a provider of comprehensive software and data solutions to the life sciences industry headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, has named Colin Bower, ’99 (EXP-4), chief business officer and president. Prior to joining Anju, Bower served as CEO of the Boston-based clinical service and technology company Clintara.

Headshot of Graham BlackwellGraham Blackwell, ’07, has been named chief strategy and revenue officer at SMS Assist, a Chicago-based technology company dedicated to the multisite property management market. Most recently, Blackwell served as an executive vice president with Bain Capital’s North American private equity team. Bain Capital is a private, multi-asset alternative investment firm headquartered in Boston.

Headshot of John DavidsonJohn P. Davidson, ’84, has been named CEO at OCC, an equity derivatives clearing organization based in Chicago. Davidson joined the company in 2017 and previously served as president and COO.

Headshot of  Dirk DeNayerKiadis Pharma, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company based in Amsterdam, announced the appointment of Dirk de Naeyer, ’97, as COO. De Naeyer joined the company in 2018 as head of supply chain.

Headshot of  Brandon GallMGP Ingredients, Inc., a supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, announced that Brandon Gall, ’10, has been appointed CFO and vice president of finance. Gall has served as MPG’s corporate controller since June 2018. 

Headshot of  William HOdderEscient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company based in San Diego, announced that William Hodder, ’01, has joined the company as chief business officer. Prior to joining Escient, Hodder was most recently a corporate and business development consultant, advising private and public biotech companies on partnering and fundraising matters.

Headshot of John HundJohn Hund, ’05, has joined Swagelok Company as CFO and vice president of finance. Swagelok is a Solon, Ohio-based developer and provider of fluid system products, assemblies, and services for the research, instrumentation, process, oil and gas, power, petrochemical, alternative fuels, and semiconductor industries. Hund joins the company from Hillenbrand Inc., a global diversified industrial company based in Batesville, Indiana, where he served as group CFO for the company’s industrial products business.

Headshot of Stephen RuschakThe Guarantee, an insurance company based in Toronto, has appointed Stephen C. Ruschak, ’09 (XP-78), as CEO of The Guarantee Company of North America and The Guarantee Company of North America USA. Ruschak joined The Guarantee in 2009 as president of The Guarantee Company of North America USA, and will continue to serve in this role.

Headshot of Charloote SimonelliRealogy Holdings Corp., a full-service residential real estate services company headquartered in Madison, New Jersey, announced the appointment of Charlotte Simonellias, ’04 (XP-73), as CFO, executive vice president, and treasurer. She joins Realogy from the New Brunswick, New Jersey–based health-care company Johnson & Johnson, where she most recently served as vice president and CFO, medical devices.

Headshot of Yong Kai WongThe board of directors of GNC Holdings, Inc., has appointed Yong Kai Wong, ’09 (AXP-8), to the board. GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global specialty retailer of health, wellness, and performance products. Since 2012, Wong has served as managing director of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, a global alternative asset manager headquartered in Hong Kong.

Headshot of Verna ChaoCity National Bank announced the promotion of Verna Chao, ’05, to executive vice president and head of the bank’s Treasury Services division. Previously, Chao served as general manager of the bank holding company’s Los Angeles–based Datafaction subsidiary, a comprehensive accounting solution for the entertainment industry and family wealth firms. City National Bank is headquartered in Los Angeles and provides banking, investment, and trust services.

Headshot of Bharat KapoorBharat Kapoor, ’10, has been appointed partner in A.T. Kearney’s Operations & Performance Transformation practice. A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm headquartered in Chicago. Kapoor joined the firm in 2011 and cofounded its product design innovation service, PERLab.

No ImageHamer-Fischbein, has appointed Thurman Melson, ’01, as president. Based in Plymouth, Minnesota, Hamer-Fischbein is a Duravant company that designs and manufactures bagging equipment and packaging solutions. Previously, Melson served as vice president and general manager for Connected Buildings at Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 company based in Morris Plains, New Jersey, that invents and manufactures technologies to address challenges linked to global macrotrends.

No ImageThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business recently ran an interview with Shawn Mobley, ’97, called “Cushman Wakefield’s CEO of the Americas on His Most Memorable Deal.” In the article, Mobley reflects on how he got his start in commercial real estate in the late 1990s and how the market has changed. Mobley has been CEO of the Chicago-based real estate service Cushman & Wakefield since 2017.

Headshot of Linnea RobertsLinnea Conrad Roberts, ’90, was featured in the New York Times article “When Women Control the Money, Female Founders Get Funded.” The article highlighted a large pitch event called Wingable for female entrepreneurs. Roberts attended to lend her support as founder and CEO of GingerBread Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in the next generation of women founders and entrepreneurs leading high-growth businesses.

No ImageThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business has named Saurabh Sharma, ’10, to its annual 40 Under 40 list, which spotlights business leaders, politicians, artists, and big-picture thinkers who have reached a career peak before the age of 40. Sharma is a partner at the Chicago-based venture fund Jump Capital. The article describes Sharma as Jump Capital’s go-to partner on “the hottest and most complicated areas of investing,” including computing infrastructure, cybersecurity, and cryptocurrency.