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Headshot of  Jeffrey BaymorJeffrey Baymor, ’81, is CEO of Senseair North America, a global provider of air and gas sensing technology with headquarters in Delsbo, Sweden, and Nova-IR Inc., a provider of air and gas sensing technology based in Tucson, Arizona. Baymor comes to both companies after spending a few years in retirement from a successful career with RR Donnelley and Sons—now called RRD—a commercial and digital print solutions company headquartered in Chicago.

Headshot of Heather BrilliantHeather Brilliant, ’05, has been appointed president and CEO of Diamond Hill Investment Group, an independent investment management firm based in Columbus, Ohio. Brilliant will also be appointed to the company’s board of directors and serve as president and CEO of Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., the company’s wholly owned subsidiary. Most recently, Brilliant served as CEO, Americas, for First State Investments, a global asset management business.

Headshot of Fareed KhanSurterra Wellness, a health and wellness company headquartered in Atlanta, has appointed Fareed Khan, ’93, as CFO. Khan joins Surterra from the multinational food brand Kellogg Company based in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he served as CFO.

Headshot of Rebeca Sanches SarmientoRebeca Sanchez Sarmiento, ’08, has been appointed CFO of InvestCloud, a global fintech firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Sanchez Sarmiento previously served as CFO of ATTOM Data Solutions, a national property data warehouse based in Irvine, California.

Headshot of Steve AvarySteven Avary, ’05, has been named president of the board of directors of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, the city’s premier young professionals orchestra. Avary is a generalized specialist financial professional and private investor based in New York.

Headshot of Wendell GunnWendell Gunn, ’71, has been appointed to the University of North Alabama’s board of trustees. Gunn is credited with integrating the university in 1963; he’s the first person to have integrated an Alabama university and later become a member of its governing body. The University of North Alabama is a comprehensive regional state university located in Florence, Alabama.

No ImageSunlands Technology Group, a Beijing-based provider of online post-secondary and professional education, has appointed Yifan “Frank” Li, ’00, to its board of directors as an independent director. He will chair the board’s audit committee. Li most recently served as director and vice president of Geely Group, a global automotive group based in Hangzhou, China.

No ImageHenry Lu, ’00, has been elected to the board of directors for China Automotive Systems, Inc., a power steering components and systems supplier based in Jingzhou, China.

Headshot of Fredrick MifflinAimia Inc., a loyalty and travel consolidator based in Montreal, has appointed Frederick Mifflin, ’83, as an independent director to its board. Mifflin is vice chair and partner at Blair Franklin Capital Partners, an independent investment bank in Toronto. 

Headshot of Robert RothmanRobert Rothman, ’77, has been appointed to the national board of advisors at Moffitt Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer care center based in Tampa, Florida. Rothman is co-owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, as well as chairman and CEO of the Black Diamond Group, a private investment company based in Tampa, Florida.

Headshot of Stephanie BramingThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business has included Stephanie Braming, ’99, in its Notable Women in Finance list. The list celebrates women in senior leadership positions who’ve been influential in a field that’s historically been tough for women to break into. Braming is global head of investment management at William Blair, a financial services firm based in Chicago.

Headshot of Allan GoldAllan Gold, ’97 (EXP-2), has joined the Chicago-based marketing firm Leff Communications as a senior advisor. He joins the firm after retiring from the New York–headquartered management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he served on the editorial and publishing group for twenty-two years.

Headshot of Alec LitowitzThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business ran a feature on Alex Litowitz, MBA ’93, JD ’93, founder and CEO of Magnetar Capital, an investment management company based in Evanston, Illinois. The article focuses on Litowitz’s success in the hedge fund industry.

Headshot of Rauls FeliciaThe weekly newspaper Crain’s Chicago Business has included Felicia Nicole Rauls, ’14, in its Notable Women in Finance list. The list celebrates women in senior leadership positions who’ve been influential in a field that’s historically been tough for women to break into. Rauls is senior vice president and director of operations at Mesirow Financials, an investment, risk management, and advisory services firm based in Chicago.

Headshot of Carrie SheaIRI has named Carrie Shea, ’90, managing partner of growth consulting for IRI Strategic Analytics. Headquartered in Chicago, IRI provides big data, predictive analytics, and forward-looking insights to companies in a wide range of industries. Most recently, Shea served as president and chief transformation officer of North America for Ipsos, a global market research firm based in Paris.

Headshot of Assaf WandAssaf Wand, ’05, was recently interviewed on the DealMakers podcast, which features successful entrepreneurs, and featured in an article by the global media company Forbes, headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. The article is based on the podcast interview, in which Wand discusses entrepreneurship, flaws within the insurance industry, and more. Wand is CEO and cofounder of Hippo Insurance, a startup based in Mountainview, California.

Headshot of Gap KimGap Kim, ’13 (AXP-12), has been appointed the head of global business marketing for the San Francisco–based social media company Twitter. Kim joins Twitter from WhatsApp, a messaging app headquartered in Menlo Park, California, where he was responsible for leading product marking strategy for business, brand, and growth.

Headshot of Rocio PilladoAdara Ventures, a European venture capital firm based in Luxembourg, has promoted Rocío Pillado, ’13, to partner. Pillado joined the firm six years ago as an associate.