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No ImageFrederick A. Brightbill, ’76, has been named CEO of MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of recreational powerboats headquartered in Vonore, Tennessee. Brightbill currently serves as chair of the company’s board of directors. He is principal of Brightbill Advisors, a management consulting firm in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

No ImageCohen & Steers has named Jon Cheigh, ’03, as chief investment officer. Cohen & Steers is a global investment manager headquartered in New York. Cheigh joined the company in 2005, most recently serving as executive vice president and head of global real estate. He will remain head of global real estate.

Patrick DonoguePatrick Robert Donoghue, ’95, has been named CFO of, a provider of spot market freight matching solutions with headquarters in New Plymouth, Idaho. Donoghue previously served as CFO of Trilogy Education Services, a New York–based workforce accelerator that partners with universities around the world to help companies bridge the digital skills gap.   

Nathan DowdenEntrada Therapeutics has named Nathan Dowden, ’96, as COO. Based in Boston, Entrada Therapeutics is a biotechnology company treating disease through the intracellular delivery of biologics. Dowden previously served as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Rubius Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jay MazelksyJay Mazelsky, ’88, has been named president and CEO of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a pet healthcare company headquartered in Westbrook, Maine. He has also been elected to the board. Mazelsky has served as the company’s interim president and CEO since June 2019. Previously, he served as an executive vice president at the company.

No ImageWorkSpan, a digital platform for ecosystems headquartered in Foster City, California, has hired Puneet Mittal, ’09, as CFO. Most recently, Mittal was the senior vice president of finance and strategy at ThoughtSpot, a provider of search and A.I.-driven analytics based in Sunnyvale, California.

David RudrowDavid Rudow, ’99, has been appointed CFO of the cloud banking company nCino based in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Most recently, Rudow served as senior vice president of finance for CentralSquare Technologies, a provider of public sector software for state and local governments headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida.

Tom RussoThomas J. Russo, ’04, has been appointed CFO of Assembly Biosciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics for hepatitis B virus and associated diseases with headquarters in South San Francisco, California. Russo joins Assembly from Gilead, a biotechnology company based in Foster City, California, where he served as vice president and head of commercial finance.

Robert GunstRobert Gunst, ’71, has been named chairman of the board of IRIDEX Corporation, a developer of laser-based medical systems, delivery devices, and consumable instrumentation with headquarters in Mountain View , California. Gunst is currently a private investor.

Robert OberrenderEdLogics, a digital health communications company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has appointed Robert Oberrender, ’91 (XP-60), to its board of advisors as its healthcare strategy and financial advisor. Before his retirement in September 2018, Oberrender was the chief investment officer and treasurer of UnitedHealth Group, a health and wellbeing company headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Bryan WhiteBryan White, ’89, has been named to the advisory board of the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine. Based in Seattle, the Brotman Bay Institute is dedicated to the advancement of precision medicine and its benefits to patients. White is the founder of Sahsen Ventures, a Seattle-based investment firm supporting mission-driven enterprises.

Sheri GervaisSheri Colas-Gervais, ’93 (XP-62), has been promoted to vice president and executive director of the Miami Community Ventures initiative working with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, a Miami-based nonprofit for economic development and job creation. The Miami Community Ventures initiative aims to reduce poverty, unemployment, recidivism, and crime. Colas-Gervais previously served as vice president of economic development and urban initiatives for the company.  

Sean DaughteryRobert Sean Daugherty, ’10, has been named the senior managing director of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm headquartered in New York. His appointment follows Guggenheim Securities expansion of its Chicago office, where Daugherty will be based. Previously, Daugherty served as managing director in the consumer, food, and retail investment banking group at Lazard, a financial advisory and asset management firm headquartered in New York.

Scott GriffithThe Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker Ford Motor has hired Scott Griffith, ’90, as director of AV product, marketing, and operations for Ford Autonomous Vehicles. Griffith is the former chairman and CEO of the Boston-based car-sharing network Zipcar.

Christina HachikianChristina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 under 40 list for 2019, which honors the top leaders in Chicago’s major industries who are reinventing what it means to do business in the city. Hachikian is executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth’s social impact hub.

No ImageHoward Lanser, ’99, has joined G2 Capital Advisors, a Boston-based financial advisory firm, as managing director and head of capital markets. Previously, Lanser served as managing director, co-head of debt advisory, for the Milwaukee-based financial services firm Baird.

Sheila MikhailSpringboard Enterprises has named Sheila Mikhail, ’93, as its 2019 Northstar Honoree, a national award recognizing outstanding entrepreneurial women who lead high-growth companies that are transforming their industries. Mikhail is the CEO and cofounder of Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc., a clinical stage gene therapy platform company headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Based in Washington, DC, Springboard is a network of influencers, investors, and innovators dedicated to building high-growth companies led by women.

Brian O ConnorBrian O’Connor, ’08, has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 under 40 list for 2019, which honors the top leaders in Chicago’s major industries who are reinventing what it means to do business in the city. O’Connor is founder and managing partner of the Chicago-based private equity firm NextGen Growth Partners. In a press release, O’Connor said, “I am committed to the ideals of this recognition and will continue to build a strong company, community, and Chicago.”

Michael OgilvieMichael P. Ogilvie, ’06, is partnering with the Haute Beauty Network as a cosmetic and reconstructive surgical expert. Haute Beauty is a members-only network headquartered in Austin, Texas, that provides personalized skin wellness and connects members with aesthetic surgeons in their area. Ogilvie is a Chicago-based plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

No ImageThe San Diego Union-Tribune featured Chris Shimojima, ’81, in an article about Daasity, a San Diego–based tech startup he cofounded in 2017 that provides multi-channel, direct-to-consumer analytics for e-commerce companies. The article details the company’s origins as well as its substantial growth over the last two years.

Kristen SlatteryDXC Technology, an end-to-end IT services company based in Tysons, Virginia, has appointed Kristin Slattery, ’96, as vice president of corporate operations. Previously, Slattery spent 26 years as a global technology and business leader at Accenture, a global professional services company with headquarters in Dublin.

No ImageJack Welch, ’84, has joined Bridge Growth Partners, LLC, as an executive partner. Bridge Growth is a technology investment firm based in New York. Welch is currently a senior lecturer in strategic management at the Carroll School of Business at Boston College. Previously, Welch as a senior partner at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm headquartered in New York. 

Young Jin ChangYoung-Jin Chang, ’12, has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 under 40 list for 2019, which honors the top leaders in Chicago’s major industries who are reinventing what it means to do business in the city. Chang is the managing director and global head of metals products for CME Group, a Chicago-based derivatives marketplace helping businesses manage risk.