The Paris-headquartered biotechnology company SparingVision has appointed Stephane Boissel, ’02 (AXP-1), as chairman of its board of directors. Boissel is executive vice president of corporate strategy at Sangamo Therapeutics, a gene-editing company based in Brisbane, California.
Hal Jones, ’77, has been appointed to the board of directors for CenturyLink, a global provider of hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions based in Monroe, Louisiana. From 2009 to 2013, he served as CFO of Graham Holdings Company, a diversified education and media company based in Arlington, Virginia.
Lonnie Moulder, ’97 (XP-66), has been appointed to the board of directors for Helsinn Group, a pharmaceutical group focused on cancer care with headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland. He was also appointed to the board of directors for Zai Lab Limited, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Shanghai and San Francisco. Moulder is the founding general partner of Tellus BioVentures, a biotechnology investment fund based in Miromar Lakes, Florida.
Morgan Stanley, a New York–based global financial services firm, has appointed Emmanuel Roman, ’87, to its advisory board for the Institute for Sustainable Investing. Roman is CEO and managing director of PIMCO, a fixed income investment management firm based in Newport Beach, California.
Under president and CEO James Dentzer, ’95, Curis, Inc. will partner with DarwinHealth, Inc. for a multi-year scientific collaboration. Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, Curis is a biotechnology company focused on the development of first-in-class and innovative therapeutics in the treatment of cancer. DarwinHealth is a New York–based precision-focused cancer medicine company. In a press release, Dentzer said, “The DarwinHealth team … brings world-class expertise that will be invaluable for identifying the full commercialization pathway for fimepinostat.”
Arnold Donald, ’80, CEO of the Miami-based leisure travel company Carnival Corporation, was named to South Florida Business Journal’s Top 250 Power Leaders for 2019. In addition, he was named to Florida Trend’s annual list of Florida’s 500 most influential business leaders.
Under CEO Jeff Elton, AB ’81, MBA ’84, PhD ’91, Concerto HealthAI is partnering with Janssen Research & Development. Concerto is a Boston-based provider of real-world data, AI technology, and real-world evidence services for precision oncology. Janssen is a pharmaceutical company based in Raritan, New Jersey. In a press release, Elton said, “We are excited to bring our unique integration of RWD, technology applications, and data science expertise to collaborate with Janssen’s researchers and data scientists to optimize drug development for patients.”
The Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has appointed Matthew Gooch, ’04 (EXP-9), as a managing director. Gooch joined the firm in 2019, previously serving as director of business development.
William Jackson, ’88, has been named the new head of the Discovery Partners Institute, a Chicago-headquartered research and innovation center led by the University of Illinois System. Jackson previously served as vice president and president of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls’ Global Products, Building Technologies & Solutions, a producer of building-security, climate-control and HVAC equipment, and fire-suppression products.
The New York–based publication Mergers & Acquisitions has named Mary Josephs, ’89, among the 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A for the fourth year in a row. The annual list recognizes women are committed to transforming the deal-making world and guiding the next generation. Josephs is the founder and CEO of Verit Advisors®, a Chicago-based investment banking advisory firm.
Ramzi Musallam, ’97, has been selected for the 2020 Wash100 Award by Executive Mosaic, an executive media and events company headquartered 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. Musallam is CEO and managing partner of Veritas Capital, a New York–based investment management company.
Brian Niccol, ’03, CEO of Chipotle, has been selected as the 2020 Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business, the magazine of the National Restaurant Association. He was chosen for his success in leading the Newport, California-based restaurant chain forward without forsaking the brand’s uniqueness that made it an initial success. Niccol will be honored at the magazine’s annual Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix in March 2020.
Shawn Rochester, ’02, has been named among the 2019 Top 100 Human Rights Defenders by International Human Rights Commission Relief Fund Trust, an intergovernmental organization based in New York. He was recognized for his efforts to help educate people on the financial cost of racial discrimination and for his advocacy work on behalf of the black community. Rochester is the CEO of the financial advisory and education companies Good Steward LLC and PHD Enterprises in Southbury, Connecticut. He’s also the founder of the IDEA Institute in Southbury, Connecticut, which facilitates commerce between black business communities throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Africa.
The Office of the Washington State Treasurer is welcoming James Rosenkoetter, ’07, as deputy treasurer for its investments division. Rosenkoetter previously served a senior portfolio manager for the Treasurer’s office, based in Olympia, Washington.
Andrew Scherer, ’88, has been named director of mergers & acquisitions at sbLiftOff, an M&A advisory firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he served as a partner at Indian River Advisors, an investment banking firm in Washington, DC.
Unmi Song, AB ’82, MBA ’86, was featured in the magazine Chronicle of Philanthropy inan article about women of color who run foundations in Chicago. “Over the last three to five years, there has been huge growth in this group,” Song says in the article. Song is president of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, which supports nonprofits committed to improving conditions for low-income, underserved Chicago residents.
William Spiegel, ’90, has been appointed executive director and deputy group chairman of Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings LTD, a diverse insurance group headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Spiegel will be based in the company’s New York office. He is also expected to assume the position of executive group chairman when the firm’s cofounder steps down next year. Spiegel joins the company from Pine Brook, a New York–based private equity firm he cofounded where he served as managing partner.
Under managing director Justin Sunshine, ’09, the New York–based global growth equity firm General Atlantic has partnered with Comprehensive Educational Services (ACES) in order to provide evidence-based services to more individuals with autism spectrum disorder and further invest in talent and technology. In a press release, Sunshine said, “ACES has established a long history of clinical excellence … We look forward to partnering with ACES to further its mission of enhancing the lives of families impacted with autism spectrum disorder.” Based in San Diego, ACES provides comprehensive, professional services for individuals with autism and other special needs.
Michael J. Vrchota, ’03, has been promoted to head of corporate banking and market leader in Illinois for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc, a Pittsburgh-based financial services company. Most recently, he served as PNC’s group sales leader, managing the middle market and corporate banking teams in Chicago.
The Seattle-headquartered airline Alaska Airlines has promoted Sangita Woerner, ’99, to senior vice president of marketing and guest experience. Woerner joined Alaska in 2015 and led the company’s brand relaunch in 2016.
Marcelus DeCoulode, ’14, has been named principal at The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based investment management firm. DeCoulode joined the company in 2014, most recently serving as vice president.
Matthew McGinnis, ’10, has been named vice president of commercial development for Daubert Chemical Company, a Chicago-based specialty industrial chemical company serving the automotive industry. Previously, McGinnis served as director of commercial development at the company.
Nick Potter, ’17, has been named vice president at the Chicago-based investment firm Vistria Group. Potter has been with the firm since 2017, previously serving as on associate on the firm’s financial services team.
The Paris-headquartered global life sciences company Sanofi has promoted Laurence Roux, ’11 (EXP-16), to head of strategy for China and emerging markets for its specialty care business unit Sanofi Genzyme. Previously, Roux held a global marketing executive role in diabetes at Sanofi.