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No ImageJohnson Controls has appointed Philip Clement, MBA ’93, AM ’93, as chief marketing officer. Johnson Controls is a provider of building technology and solutions with headquarters in Cork, Ireland. Clement most recently served as global chief marketing and communications officer for Aon, a global professional services firm headquartered in London.  

No ImageWilliam J. Kelley Jr., ’04, has been named executive vice president and CFO of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of private label packaged foods and beverages with headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. He joined TreeHouse in 2016, most recently serving as interim CFO and senior vice president of corporate and operations finance.

john leonardMacquarie Global Infrastructure Total Return Fund Inc. announces John C. Leonard, ’91, as director, president, and CEO. Leonard joined the New York–based company, a diversified closed-end fund, in 2017. Previously, he had served as global head of equities and group managing director at UBS, a financial services firm headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

joe sevelyJoseph Sevely, ’82, has been appointed COO and CFO of Gracie Point Holdings, LLC, a New York–based global provider of life insurance premium finance. Most recently he served as CFO of Aspen Group, Inc., an education technology holding company in New York.

melissa thomasMelissa Thomas, ’16, will assume the role of CFO at the Chicago-based discount marketplace Groupon. Thomas has been serving as interim CFO since August 2019. She also currently serves as chief accounting officer and treasurer.

bruce ballengeeBruce Ballengee, ’81, has been appointed to the 2020 board of advisors for Collective 54, a Dallas-based national peer advisory network of professional services firm owners. Ballengee is founder and CEO of Pariveda Solutions, a management consultant firm specializing in information technology solutions based in Dallas.

karen parkhillAmerican Express, a globally integrated payments company based in New York, has elected Karen Parkhill, ’92, to its board of directors. Parkhill will serve as a member of the board’s audit and compliance committee. Currently, she serves as executive vice president and CFO of Medtronic, a global health-care solutions company headquartered in Minneapolis.

jenny scanlonJennifer Scanlon, ’92, has been appointed the first woman chair of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a membership organization of senior leaders in the region committed to tackling the city’s most pressing issues. Scanlon is CEO of UL, the safety certification unit of Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois.

No ImageTimothy Crane, ’88, has been named president of Wintrust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company based in Rosemont, Illinois. He currently serves as executive vice president, senior market head, and treasurer. Crane was also profiled in a Crain’s Chicago Business article for his promotion and rise at the company.

matt deschMatt Desch, ’86, has been inducted into the Wash100 for the sixth consecutive year by Executive Mosaic, an executive media and events company in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The annual award recognizes executives in the government contracting industry who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement, and vision. Desch was selected for advancing new satellite, the internet of things, and cloud technologies while driving revenue for Iridium Communications Inc., a mobile satellite services company based in McLean, Virginia, where Desch serves as CEO and a director.

arnold donaldUnder CEO and president Arnold Donald, ’80, Carnival Corporation & plc has been named  one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity for 2020 by Forbes Media, one of the world’s top business news sources. Carnival Corporation & plc is a Miami-based leisure travel company with operations in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

vikas duaUnder COO Vikas Dua, ’09, the New York–based fintech infrastructure company Ocrolus has announced a new lending program through a partnership with Kiva, a technology nonprofit organization with headquarters in San Francisco. This joint program allows customers to tell their stories about business lending and, if published on the Ocrolus-backed website, receive funds towards Kiva-backed loans.

andrew dunAndrew Dun, ’89, has been named president of Amerisafe, Inc., a Luse Holdings company and regional supplier of safety and insulation supplies headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. Dun has previously held several executive positions at mid-market firms and brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, sales process improvement, and M&A.

robert fitzsimmonsUnder executive vice president Robert G. Fitzsimmons, ’89, Wedbush Securities Inc. has been approved as a clearing member of Nodal Clear, LLC, the clearing house of Nodal Exchange. “Our clients are active traders in the power and energy markets, and access to Nodal products is a key need for any major player in this space,” said Fitzsimmons. Wedbush Securities Inc. is a financial services company headquartered in Los Angeles, while Nodal Exchange, a derivatives exchange, has headquarters in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

kevin kanKevin Kan, ’07 (AXP-6), was named among the 101 Most Fabulous Global Coaching Leaders for the third time by CHRO Asia, a global platform for human resource heads. The award recognizes professional achievement and leadership in the industry and contribution of value. Kan is founder and chief experience officer of the management consulting company Break Out Consulting Asia.

kevin kiperFollowing his retirement as a senior level direct marketer, Kevin Kiper, AB ’79, AM ’83, MBA ’87, has begun a second career as diocesan archivist at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey in Monterey, California.

steven malinaSteven Malina, ’93, has been recognized among the 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers. Based in Chicago, Malina is a securities litigation attorney at the New York–headquartered law firm Greenberg Traurig. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement that is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota.

erik ostergaardErik Østergaard, ’01, (EXP-6), was awarded the Gold Order of Merit by Austrian federal president Alexander Van der Bellen. The Order of Merit is the most important and distinguished state recognition granted in Austria. Østergaard received the recognition for helping strengthen the relationship between Austria and Denmark. Østergaard is the CEO of the trade organization Danish Transport and Logistics, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

rex petersRex Peters, ’98, has been named global sales manager at Fort Wayne Metals, a manufacturer of precision wire-based materials in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Peters is also a faculty member at Purdue University Fort Wayne, the largest university in northeast Indiana, where he teaches courses in computer science and information systems technology.

jonathan reisdorfUnder CEO Jonathan Reinsdorf, ’02, FroogalPay, a unified payments platform, has partnered with Bluefin, a provider of payment security technologies, to provide PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to FroogalPay clients. “This is a great partnership for FroogalPay and Bluefin because FroogalPay is able to enhance its software while opening up a new distribution channel for Bluefin,” Reinsdorf said. FroogalPay is headquartered in Chicago while Bluefin is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

sumit royUnder president and CEO Sumit Roy, ’01, Realty Income Corporation has been added to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ® index. The index measures the performance of S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years. Realty Income Corporation, an S&P 500 company dedicated to providing shareholders with dependable monthly income, is based in San Diego, California.

No ImageForbes highlighted Raghuram Vadali, ’07, in its article, “What Product Managers Do and How to Become One.” Vadali is product manager at the London office for the social media company Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, California. “Product management is sometimes art and sometimes science,” Vadali said in the article. “A product is a clearly identified solution to a people problem.”

carson veachCarson P. Veach, JD ’77, MBA ’98 (XP-67), has joined the litigation and dispute resolution group at Miller Canfield, a law firm based in Detroit. Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Veach was a litigator at the Chicago-based law firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.

No ImageCrain’s Chicago Business published a profile on Leon Walker, ’94, managing partner of DL3 Realty, LP, a private partnership focused on developing and managing high-impact commercial real estate projects in Chicago’s South Side communities. In the last few years, Walker developed a Whole Foods–anchored shopping center in Englewood and a Jewel-Osco grocery store in Woodlawn. He’s currently working on plans for a health center. “We want to prove that these communities are worth investing private capital in,” Walker said in the article. “But we do need the entrepreneurial developers and investors to follow, to be ultimately successful.”

No ImageMichael Yanover, ’88, was featured in a Tech Crunch article about his efforts to align the tech industry with Hollywood over the course of his career. Yanover is head of business development at Creative Artists Agency, a Los Angeles–based entertainment and sports agency. “As celebs develop more direct channels to fans, we will see more of this entrepreneurial activity,” Yanover said. “For agencies it’s an essential part of our evolution with the talent.”

robin chiangRobin Chiang, ’17 (AXP-16), has been appointed head of EMEA for KAYAK, a travel search engine based in Stamford, Connecticut. Chiang has been with the company since 2017, most recently serving as head of APAC commercial. 

karnikalyengarGirlForward has named Karnika Iyengar, ’18, executive director. Based in Chicago, GirlForward is a nonprofit dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for high school girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Prior to joining GirlForward, Iyengar served as a founding member of David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, which provides robust programming and civic engagement for students with a passion for public service.

maria kimMaria Kim, ’12 (XP-81), has been selected as one of 60 scholars for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program’s sixth annual class. The program serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders to collaborate and make a difference in the world. Kim and her fellow scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects addressing a problem or need in their community. Kim is president and CEO of Cara Chicago, a nonprofit that aims to alleviate poverty through life- and career-skills training and access to employment opportunities.

No ImageJ.P. Lauz, ’19, has joined the Chicago-based logistics and supply chain company HubTran as director of customer success. Previously, Lauz spent ten years at the New York–headquartered global bank Citi, where he most recently served as an IT business technology specialist.