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No ImageCriteo S.A., a global technology company for marketers based in Paris, announced the appointment of David Anderson, ’77, as interim CFO. Anderson is the prior CFO of Nielsen Holdings, a global measurement and data analytics company based in New York, as well as Honeywell International, a technology manufacturer in Charlotte, North Carolina, focused on addressing tough challenges linked to global macrotrends.

Sally GrimesClif Bar & Company, a maker of nutritious and organic foods based in Emeryville, California, has named Sally Grimes, ’97, CEO. Most recently, Grimes served as group president of prepared foods at Tyson Foods, a food production company headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas.

Stephen SexauerStephen Sexauer, ’81, has been named interim CEO of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA). Sexauer will continue as the company’s chief investment officer, a role he’s served in since 2015. The SDCERA administers retirement and associate benefits for eligible employees and participating employers in San Diego county. 

Brett DavidAdams Street Partners, a private markets investment management firm headquartered in Chicago, has appointed David Brett, ’91, to the firm’s executive committee. Brett joined Adams Street in 2005 as head of co-investments. He currently chairs the co-investment committee.

John BurbankJohn R. Burbank, AB ’86, MBA ’91, has been appointed an independent member of the board of directors for VIZIO, Inc., a TV and sound bar company headquartered in Irvine, California. Burbank was previously the president of strategy and corporate development for the Nielsen Company, a global measurement and data analytics company headquartered in New York.

No ImageJupiter Systems, a visual technology company based in Hayward, California, has welcomed Timothy Chen, ’91 (XP-60), as chairman of the board. Chen is the former president of international at Telstra, a telecommunications company headquartered in Sydney.

Stephen MorrissetteNextGen Growth Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, has announced the addition of Stephen Morrissette, ’90, to its advisory board. Morrissette’s career includes large corporate experience as well entrepreneurial endeavors. He currently serves as an adjunct associate professor of strategic management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Tony PritzkerTony Pritzker, ’87, chairman and CEO of the Chicago-based private equity firm Pritzker Private Capital (PPC), will chair his company’s new advisory board. The board was formed to further advance PPC’s investment strategy and enhance its operations capabilities.

Clayton RoseClayton S. Rose, AB ’80, MBA ’81, has been elected chair of the trustees of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a philanthropy organization in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that supports biomedical scientists and science educators. Rose joined HHMI as a trustee in 2009, and has previously served as chair of the audit and compensation committee. He currently serves as president of Bowdoin College, an undergraduate, liberal arts institution based in Brunswick, Maine.

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Ellen Rudnick First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., a Chicago-based financial institution, announced the appointment of Ellen A. Rudnick, ’73, as lead independent director. Rudnick first joined the company’s board as a director in 2005. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Patrick SwintPatrick Swint, ’16 (EXP-21), has been appointed to the board of directors for Bondstone, a private equity real estate investment and asset management firm based in Lisboa, Portugal. Swint is the founder and CEO of Knightsbridge Ventures, a private equity real estate fund based in London and Austin, Texas.

No ImageDouglas Trott, ’85, recently joined the board of directors for EQIS, a turnkey asset management platform based in San Rafael, California. Trott is the founder of PriceMetrix, a provider of practice management software headquartered in Toronto, and former partner at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company headquartered in New York.

Cheryl Walker McGillThe Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has elected Cheryl Walker-McGill, ’96 (XP-65), as chair of its board of directors. Walker-McGill has been a member of the board since 2016. She currently serves as medical director at Carolina Complete Health, a community-based Medicaid plan based in Charlotte, North Carolina. FSMB is a national nonprofit organization representing 71 medical boards with headquarters in Euless, Texas.

No ImageThe global advisory firm Berkeley Research Group, headquartered in Emeryville, California, announced that Scott Baxter, ’89, has joined the firm as a managing director in its energy & climate practice. He will be based in the firm’s Houston office. Baxter has more than 30 years of energy investment banking experience, which includes opening and running the Houston office for Petrie Partners, an investment banking company headquartered in Denver.

Gerald BeesonAs schools remain closed amid COVID-19, Citadel, Citadel Securities, and EVERFI announced the nationwide expansion of their MarketWorks investment education program—a free digital learning course that equips high school students with an understanding of how the financial markets work. “We believe all students should have access to this curriculum that will impart critical knowledge and empower them with stronger financial decision-making skills in their everyday lives,” said Gerald Beeson, ’99, COO of Citadel and the program’s executive sponsor. “We are proud to bring this program to students, families, and schools across the country, especially during this time when it is needed more than ever.” Citadel is a Chicago-based alternative investment manager; Citadel Securities is a Chicago-based global market maker; and EVERFI is an international technology company committed to social change headquartered in Washington, DC.

Teck Liang BengThe Singapore-based newspaper The Straits Times featured CEO Teck Liang Beng, ’03 (AXP-2), in a profile about his career journey from medicine to business and the growth of his healthcare company, Singapore Medical Group (SMG). Founded in Singapore in 2005, SMG has since expanded to Indonesia, Vietnam, and Australia.

Leslie FentonLeslie Fenton, ’82, has joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as a managing director of the newly formed Financial Institutions Groups. Oppenheimer is a national investment bank and wealth manager headquartered in New York. Fenton will be based at the firm’s Chicago office. Most recently, she served as a managing director at Alantra, a global investment banking and asset management firm headquartered in Londres, Inglaterra.

No ImageBloomberg Businessweek featured Bryan Johnson, ’07 (XP-76), founder and CEO of Kernel, in an article about new devices his company’s developing to see and record brain activity. “This triggers a new era of access to the mind and the ability to ask all sorts of new questions about ourselves,” Johnson said. Kernel is a biotechnology company based in Culver City, California, focused on brain science.

George KadifaGeorge Kadifa, ’89, will join MemSQL, a database for operational analytics headquartered in San Francisco, as an advisor. Kadifa is cofounder and managing director of Sumeru Equity Partners, a technology-focused investment firm based in San Mateo, California.

No ImageBob Mariano, ’87, (XP-56), plans to open a new chain of grocery stores in Chicago, beginning March 2021 in Lincoln Park. Dom’s Market and Kitchen will be a small-footprint grocer that offers pickup, delivery, and a differentiated shopping experience. Mariano recently discussed his new venture on Crain’s Daily Gist podcast. 

Scott RockfeldScott Rockfeld, ’01, recently launched Sports Stars LLC, a Seattle-based creator and publisher of children’s books that introduce astronomy to kids through sports. He recently published the first two books in the series, Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan in All of Us: the NFL QB Edition and the US Women’s Soccer Edition. Rockfeld spent the last 18 years at the Redmond, Washington-based software company Microsoft, where he most recently served as senior director of product management and marketing.

No ImageLGA, LLP, an accounting and business advisory firm based in Woburn, Massachusetts, announced that Ken Segal, ’92, has joined the company as a partner and head of the firm’s business advisory practice group. LGA brings Segal on to help guide its clients through this turbulent time caused by COVID-19. Previously, Segal ran his own advisory practice, JMSeas in Wenham, Massachusetts, which he will join with LGA.