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Headshot of Cynthia CollinsThe Cambridge, Massachusetts-based genome editing company Editas Medicine, Inc. has appointed Cynthia Collins, ’88, as president and CEO. Collins will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board. Previously, Collins was serving as the company’s interim CEO. Prior to Editas, Collins served as CEO of Human Longevity, Inc., a genomics-based, health intelligence company in San Diego.

headshot of Nathan ColsonNathaniel Colson, ’19, has been appointed executive vice president and CFO of MGIC Investment Corporation, based in Milwaukee. Colson has been with the company since 2014, most recently serving as vice president – finance at the company. The principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation is Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation, a provider of private mortgage insurance.

SugarCRM Inc.® has named John Donaldson, ’96, as CFO. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, SurgarCRM provides customer experience management. Donaldson previously served as CFO at Togetherwork Holdings, a provider of group management software and payments headquartered in New York.

headshot of Richard KollenderRichard Kollender, ’98, has been appointed COO of Strongbridge Biopharma plc, a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with US headquarters in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Kollender also serves as a principal and partner of Quaker Partners Management, LP, a healthcare investment firm headquartered in Philadelphia.

headshot of Ludovic LassauceSIMO Corporation has appointed Ludovic Lassauce, ’13 (AXP-12), CEO of its new IoT and B2B business unit. SIMO Corporation is a platform-as-a-service company with headquarters in Silicon Valley. Lassauce will be based in Shenzhen, China. Previously, he served as the head of mobile and IoT for Tata Communications, a global digital infrastructure provider in Mumbai, India.

headshot of John LungerJohn Lunger, ’97, has been promoted to chief patient supply officer at Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of cancer immunotherapy products for cancer patients headquartered in Abingdon, England. Lunger joined Adaptimmune in 2017, most recently serving as senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain.

headshot of Tamina O'NeillTamina O’Neill, ’04, has been named chief risk officer for Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a diversified financial services company based in Dubuque, Iowa. O’Neill most recently served as the senior vice president and director of enterprise risk management/operational risk for MB Financial Bank, NA in Rosemont, Illinois.

Headshot of Alice ThompsonHome Chef has promoted Alice Thompson, ’17, to COO. Thompson previously served as vice president and interim head of operations. Home Chef is a meal kit delivery company based in Chicago.

headshot of Denise RamosDenise Ramos, ’79, has been appointed as a director of the board for the Bank of America Corporation, a financial institution based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will serve on the benefits committee and the audit and compensation committee. Ramos recently retired as the CEO, president, and a director of ITT Inc., a White Plains, New York­–based manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation, and industrial markets.

Headshot of Dean ScarboroughCardinal Health announced that Dean Scarborough, ’79, has joined its board of directors. Based in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company. Scarborough is former chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison Corporation, a global materials science and manufacturing company based in Glendale, California.

No ImageMichael C. Smiley, ’89, has rejoined the board of directors for Twin Disc, Inc., a Racine, Wisconsin-based designer and manufacturer of marine and heavy-duty off-highway power transmission equipment. Smiley is currently an adjunct professor at Peking University in Beijing.

No ImageTechTarget, Inc. announced the appointment of Christina Van Houten, ’96, to its board of directors. Based in Newton, Massachusetts, TechTarget is a purchase intent-driven marketing and sales services company. Van Houten currently serves as chief strategy officer for Mimecast Limited, a public email management company based in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Headshot of Pat BasuThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business ran an interview with Pat Basu, MBA ’05, MD ’05, CEO and president of Cancer Treatment Centers for America Global, Inc., a comprehensive cancer care network of hospitals and outpatient centers headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. In the interview, Basu discusses his connection with cancer and his passion for his work.

No ImageRYU Apparel Inc. has appointed Camilo Lyon, ’05, to its board of directors. RYU Apparel is an urban athletic apparel and accessories brand based in Vancouver, Canada. Lyon most recently served as managing director and head of consumer research at Canaccord Genuity, a financial services firm based in Toronto.

No ImageJessica Nels, ’04, has joined Churchill Asset Management LLC as a principal in the capital markets and syndication team. Based in New York, Churchill is a majority-owned affiliate of Nuveen focused on originating, underwriting, and managing middle market senior loan investments. Prior to Churchill, Nels was a director at Twin Brook Capital Partners, the middle market direct lending subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & CO based in Chicago.

Sharon PetersonSharon Paterson, ’92, has joined Anue Water Technologies as a senior sales manager. Anue is a manufacturer of high-efficiency ozone and oxygen generation systems headquartered in Tucker, Georgia. Paterson joins Anue with fifteen years of wastewater industry experience, having served in business development and marketing positions with several companies, including Veolia, a provider of water, waste, and energy management solutions based in Aubervilliers, France.

headshot of Raheir RahmanThe digital media company Chicago Inno featured Rahier Rahman, ’05, in an article about his Chicago-based startup, Turn Technologies, and its background checking platform that helps companies hire more reliable independent contractors in the age of the gig economy. The article quotes Rahman, founder and CEO of Turn Technologies, saying, “We had a vision for building a new ecosystem that was more collaborative in nature, and would allow companies to source workers more efficiently and create the right amount of incentives to have them engage more frequently and stay longer.”

No ImageChad Ritch, MD ’06, MBA ’06, has been appointed associate director for UHealth International, which coordinates clinical care for international patients at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Ritch is currently assistant professor of urology at the Miller School.

headshot of Jay FeursteinJay Feuerstein, ’80, received the top-ten performance award from BarclayHedge for the Trident Futures Fund LP. Robert is founder and CEO of Chicago-based Trident Capital Management, a fully diversified global-macro strategy trading stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies. Based in Fairfield, Iowa, BarclayHedge manages more than two dozen proprietary indices tracking the performance of alternative investments. 

headshot of David SteinburgThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business featured David Steinberg, ’01, CEO, director, and cofounder of Pyxis Oncology, in article about local startups advancing biotech in Chicago. A spinout of the University of Chicago immunology lab, Pyxis Oncology is a cancer-therapy startup with offices in Chicago and headquarters in Boston.

headshot of Laksmi StockhamThe PROGRESS in Lending Association has included Lakshmi Stockham, ’05, in the 2019 Most Powerful Women in FinTech, an annual list honoring the top 30 women who are reshaping the industry. Stockham is technology executive, retail product and customer acquisition, for TD Bank in Toronto. She was recognized for spearheading lending-specific fintech partnerships that enabled TD Bank to respond quickly to customer expectations. The PROGRESS in Lending Association was developed to educate mortgage participants about to overcome business problems through technology innovation. 

No ImageSomerCor has named Elisabeth Williams, ’96, as vice president of SBA 504 lending. SomerCor is a Small Business Administration certified development company based in Chicago. Prior to joining SomerCor, Williams cofounded and served as vice president of Wessex 504 Corporation, a Small Business Administration certified development company based in Northfield, Illinois.

No ImageH.I.G. Capital, a global private equity investment firm headquartered in Miami, has promoted Matt Hankins, ’10, to managing director of the H.I.G. Advantage Fund, which makes control equity investments in more stable, higher quality companies. Hankins will be based in San Francisco.

No ImageThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business ran an article featuring Coleene Meers, ’14, and her new Chicago-based startup Equilibria, a subscription service for CBD products aimed at women. The article talks about the startup’s early success as it tries to capitalize on the growing CBD industry.