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jo eazorERT, a global data and technology company based in Philadelphia, has named Joe Eazor, ’90, as the company’s new president and CEO. Most recently, Eazor served as CEO of Conifer Health Solutions, a healthcare services company based in Frisco, Texas.

george eldridgeGeorge Eldridge, ’90, has been appointed CFO of Lyndra Therapeutics, a clinical stage biotechnology company based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Eldridge most recently served as CFO of Proteon Therapeutics, Inc.

bill hobbibBill Hobbib, ’91, has joined Lakeside Software, a digital experience monitoring company based in Broomfield Hills, Michigan, as chief marketing officer. Most recently, Hobbib was senior vice president of marketing for DataRobot, a Boston-based enterprise A.I. company. 

sharon mandellJuniper Networks, a provider of secure, A.I.-driven networks based in Sunnyvale, California, has named Sharon Mandell, ’02 (XP-71), senior vice president and chief information officer. Most recently, she served as the CIO for TIBCO Software, a computer software company based in Palo Alto, California.

No ImageNeal Shah, ’01, has been named senior vice president and CFO of Pioneer Natural Resources Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Dallas. Shah joined the company in 2017 as vice president, investor relations.

No ImageOn Target Laboratories, Inc., a biotechnology company based in West Lafayette, Indiana, announced that Patrick Spangler, ’94, has joined the company as CFO. Most recently, Spangler served as CFO for MHC Software, a document management company serving a variety of industries, including healthcare, based in Burnsville, Minnesota.

eric steinEaton Vance Corp., a Boston-based provider of investment strategies and wealth management solutions, announced the appointment of Eric A. Stein, ’07, as chief investment officer, fixed income, of Eaton Vance Management. Stein joined the company in 2002, most recently serving as co-director of global fixed income, portfolio management.

No ImageByron L. Boston, ’86, has been reelected to the board of directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association, a national association based in Washington, DC, representing the real estate finance industry. Boston is president, CEO, and co-chief investment officer for Dynex Capital, Inc., a mortgage real estate investment trust based in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Stephanie BramingStephanie Braming, ’99, has been elected to the board of governors for the Investment Company Institute, a Washington, DC–based association representing regulated funds globally. Braming is the global head of investment management for William Blair, a global boutique for investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management headquartered in Chicago.

No ImageDavid Daigle, ’94, has been named to the board of advisors for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, a Dulles, Virginia-based nonprofit providing college scholarships and educational counseling to military kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Daigle is a fixed income portfolio manager at Capital Group, an investment management firm based in Los Angeles.

steven davisAmerican Eagle Outfitters, Inc., a global specialty retailer of clothing, accessories, and personal care products headquartered in Pittsburgh, announced the appointment of Steven A. Davis, ’83, to the company’s board of directors as an independent director. Davis is the former chairman and CEO of Bob Evans Farms, a producer and distributor of refrigerated sides and convenience foods based in New Albany, Ohio.

phil hawkinsWelltower Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment company focused on health care infrastructure, announced the appointment of Philip Hawkins, ’80, to its board of directors. Hawkins currently serves as executive chairman of Link Logistics Real Estate, Blackstone’s industrial real estate platform based in New York. 

James HohmannJames Hohmann, ’92 (XP-61), has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the American Council of Life Insurers, a Washington, DC–based life insurers trade group. Hohmann is chairman and CEO of Fidelity Life, a Chicago-based life insurance company.

No ImageCMR Surgical , a global medical devices company headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom, announced the appointment of Bill McComb, ’87, to its board as a non-executive director. McCombs is the former CEO of Liz Claiborne Inc., a women’s apparel brand headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

nick meriggioliNick Meriggioli, AB ’85, MBA ’87, has been named to the board of directors for Verde Farms, a Woburn, Massachusetts-based provider of organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. Since 2015, Merioggioli has served as CEO of the sausage brand Johnsonville, LLC, based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

diane morefieldUDR, Inc., a multifamily real estate investment trust based in Denver, has appointed Diane Morefield, ’87, to its board of directors as an independent director. Morefield serves as executive vice president and CFO at CyrusOne, Inc., a Dallas-based company specializing in enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties.

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella, ’97, has been named the new board chairman of the Business Council, a Washington, DC-based association made up of CEOs of the world’s largest, global companies. Nadella is the CEO of the computer software company Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington.

No ImageGautam Patel, ’99, has been appointed to the board of directors for Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a global branded consumer products and home essentials company based in Middleton, Wisconsin. Patel serves as managing director of Tarsadia Investments, a private investment firm based in Newport Beach, California.

Arturo TagleArturo Tagle, ’84, has joined the board of directors for Scotiabank Chile, an international bank and financial services provider with headquarters in Toronto. Tagle is the former president of BancoEstado, a public bank based in Santiago, Chile.

david zirinThe Managed Funds Association, a trade group for the global alternative investment industry with US headquarters in Washington, DC, has appointed David Zirin, ’95, to its board of directors. Zirin is COO at Pentwater Capital Management, a private investment firm headquartered in Naples, Florida.

christopher cornerfordCloudbakers, a Google Cloud Premier Partner based in Chicago, welcomes Chris Comerford, AB ’99, MBA ’08, as vice president of cloud operations, a new expansion role. Comerford previously served as CIO and vice president of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

No ImageMike Drucker, ’97, joins Athletico Physical Therapy, a provider of orthopedic rehabilitation services headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, as the organization’s senior vice president of payor relations. Previously, Drucker was a senior executive at the Chicago-based health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. 

sean harperThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named Kin Insurance, cofounded by Sean Harper, AB ’03, MBA ’09, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, Kin is an insurtech startup that is committed to serving catastrophe-prone regions and coastal homeowners most impacted by climate change.

Susie HultquistCrain’s Chicago Business has selected Susie Hultquist, ’00, as a 2020 Notable Entrepreneur. Hultquist is cofounder and CEO of Spokin, a Chicago-based digital health startup focused on managing food allergies. For this year’s list, Crain’s selected firms that have pivoted during the pandemic to help clients navigate the crisis or to donate goods and services. 

rachel kohlerNowPow, a Chicago-based personalized community referral platform co-owned by CEO Rachel Kohler, ’89, has won Chicago Innovation’s 2020 Social Innovation Award. NowPow was recognized for supporting the shift to value-based care and using its data to identify gaps in community care, especially amid the COVID-19 crisis. Chicago Innovation is a nonprofit celebrating and supporting innovation in the Chicago region; its awards recognize innovations that fill unmet needs, exceed market expectations, and improve people’s lives.

No ImageThe Biz Journals featured Bryant Mitchell, ’06, in an article about why left a lucrative consulting career to launch Blaqstar Farms, a company that cultivates, manufactures, and distributes cannabis. In the article, Mitchell talks about the company being a way to support both the health and economic wellbeing of the Black community. 

kristina petersonKristina Peterson, ’90, has been named senior vice president, power and renewables, for ThoughtTrace, Inc., a document intelligence and contract analytics software company based in Houston. Peterson joins ThoughtTrace from Brookfield Renewable Partners, a renewable power platform operator based in Toronto.

christian steinRiverside Acceleration Capital, a New York–based venture capital and private equity firm, has hired Christian Stein, ’05, as a partner. Stein previously served as a managing director at coparion, a venture capital fund for young, German technology companies based in Cologne, Germany.

sheryl terrilCrain’s Chicago Business has selected Sheryl Blaney Terril, ’92, as a 2020 Notable Entrepreneur. Terril is the founder and CEO of TheAddVantage Group, a Chicago-based management consulting company that specializes in business process and finance transformation. For this year’s list, Crain’s selected firms that have pivoted during the pandemic to help clients navigate the crisis or to donate goods and services.  

miles wullerRyan Specialty Group, an international specialty insurance organization headquartered in Chicago, has appointed Miles Wuller, ’05, executive vice president of its underwriting managers division. Wuller joined the company in 2010, most recently serving as senior vice president of underwriting managers.

elizabeth abunaw The New York–based digital media company PIX11 ran a profile on Elizabeth Abunaw, ’14, and her company Forty Acres Fresh Market, a social enterprise that aims to bring fresh produce to Chicago’s West Side, a largely Black community with limited access to groceries. “What I see is this unequal food system in this country,” Abunaw said. “The consumers here deserve goods and services that are of high quality.”

juan cartagena clara fernandez porta  Husband and wife Juan Cartagena, ’12 (EXP-17), and Clara Fernandez, ’19 (EXP-24), were profiled by TechCrunch for their digital coaching app for seniors, Rosita Longevity, the flagship product of their longevity tech startup, Hearts Radiant in Valencia, Spain. The goal of both the app and the startup is to support seniors to live well and retain their independence and vitality through technology. Fernandez says that knowing how and why your body is aging is fundamental to making decisions. “By empowering users through education, they can understand and relate to why this specific thing that you’re telling them today is useful in the long run,” she explains.

No ImageVaruna Tech, cofounded by CEO Seyi Fabode, ’10, has been awarded a grant from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, a program investing in Black-owned startups throughout the United States. Based in Chicago, Varuna Tech provides visibility, awareness, and insights to water utilities so they can deliver clean water consistently.

michael lavitolaThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named Foxtrot, cofounded by CEO Michael LaVitola, ’14, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, Foxtrot describes itself as the digitally native evolution of the corner store, blending on-demand mobile delivery with brick-and-mortar locations to deliver a curated shopping experience.

haibo luThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named CancerIQ, cofounded by vice president of product and customer success Haibo Lu, ’14, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience, dedication, and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, Cancer IQ helps providers use genetic information to predict, pre-empt, and prevent cancer.

matt maloneyThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named Grubhub, founded by CEO Matt Maloney, ’10, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience, dedication, and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, GrubHub is an online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest network of restaurant partners.

coco meersCrain’s Chicago Business has selected Coco Meers, ’14, as a 2020 Notable Entrepreneur. Meers is cofounder and CEO of Equilibria, a Chicago-based CBD company focused on women’s health. For this year’s list, Crain’s selected firms that have pivoted during the pandemic to help clients navigate the crisis or to donate goods and services. Equilibria was also included on the digital media company Chicago Inno’s 2020 Inno on Fire list, which recognizes companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene.  

david rabieThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named Tovala, cofounded by David Rabie, ’15, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience, dedication, and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, Tovala is a food tech startup that aims to reinvent home cooking with its countertop smart ovens and prepackaged chef-crafted meal.

daniel rogersDaniel Rogers, ’13, has been awarded a grant from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, a program investing in Black-owned startups throughout the United States to assist them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Rogers is the founder of A.M. Money in Chicago, which aims to improve access to affordable financing for low-income college students. He’ll use the grant money to build customer support capacity to better serve people of color and vulnerable communities hit especially hard by COVID.

No ImageVahe Torossian, ’10 (EXP-15), has been named corporate vice president of Microsoft’s global business applications division. Torossian will be based out of the computer software company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Previously, Torossian served as president of Microsoft Western Europe, based in Paris.

guy turnerThe digital media company Chicago Inno has named Hyde Park Venture Partners, cofounded by Guy Turner, ’10, to its 2020 Inno on Fire list. The annual list recognizes 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago’s tech and startup scene. This year’s list specifically honors companies that have demonstrated resilience, dedication, and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic. Based in Chicago, Hyde Park Ventures Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on high-growth, mid-continent technology startups.