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No ImageAnnaly Capital Management, Inc., has elected David Finkelstein, ’00, as CEO and a member of its board. Finkelstein joined Annaly in 2013 and will retain his current role as chief investment officer. Annaly is a diversified capital manager based in New York.

No ImageMatthew Leiter, ’02 (EXP-7), has been appointed CFO of Trilogy Real Estate Group, a Chicago-based real estate investment and property management firm. Prior to joining Trilogy, he served as executive vice president of equity markets at GK Development Inc. (now called GK Real Estate), a retail and commercial real estate industry company headquartered in Barrington, Illinois.

Karl Werwath, ’87, has been named COO of Bank of the West in San Francisco. Werwath joined the company in 2018, previously serving as executive vice president, and head of technology, operations, transformation, security, and corporate services.

John DilenschneiderJohn Dilenschneider, ’81, has joined the board of directors for GovQA, a provider of automated workflow solutions for government compliance headquartered in Woodridge, Illinois. Dilenschneider is the founder, owner, and former CEO of GovQA.

Hugh JohnstonThe Federal Reserve Bank of New York has appointed Hugh Johnston, ’87, to its new Second District Advisory Council, which provides insights and advice to the New York Fed on the district’s business and economic conditions. Johnston is CFO and vice chairman of the New York–based food and beverage company PepsiCo.

No ImageHelen S. Kim, ’88, has been appointed to the board of directors for ReCode Therapeutics™, a biopharmaceutical company. Kim is managing director at Vida Ventures, a next-generation life sciences investment firm based in Boston.

Davil MelineDavid Meline, ’86, has been reelected to the board of directors for ABB, a technology company based in Zurich. Meline is executive vice president of finance at Amgen, a biotechnology company based in Thousand Oaks, California.

Ann MukherjeeThe New–York headquartered wine and spirits producer Pernod Ricard USA announced it will produce and donate hand sanitizer to help in the national fight against the COVID-19 virus. “The health and safety of our employees—and our communities—is our top priority,” said chair and CEO Ann Mukherjee, AB ’87, MBA ’94. “In times like this it is important that everyone, especially companies with strong US roots, like ours, prioritize good corporate citizenship and step up in the name of the greater good.”

No ImageBrian Niccol, ’03, CEO of Chipotle the casual food chain Mexican Grill based in Newport Beach, California, will take on the additional role of chairman after the founder Steve Ells steps down from the position.

Alison RanneyThe Chicago-based community bank Wintrust Bank has appointed Alison P. Ranney, MBA ’96, JD ’96, to its board of directors. Ranney is managing partner and partner in charge of the Chicago office for Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search and strategic advising firm headquartered in Boston.

Vibhor RastogiVibhor Rastogi, ’08, joins TeraRecon’s board of directors following the company’s acquisition by SymphonyAI Group, an operating group of business-to-business AI companies based in Los Altos, California, where Rastogi serves as an investment partner. TeraRecon is an advanced visualization and AI solution provider for medical imaging based in Durham, North Carolina.

No ImageAdam Robins, ’73, is joining the advisory board of Union Cannabis Group, a cannabis manufacturing, brand licensing, and consulting company based in Santa Rosa, California. Robins is the cofounder and president of Dobson Avenue Capital Partners in Chicago.

David SchwartzDavid Schwartz, ’90, has been elected chair of the National Multifamily Housing Council, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit providing a forum for insight, advocacy, and action within the apartment industry. Schwartz is CEO, chairman, and cofounder of Waterton, a real estate investment and property management company based in Chicago.

No ImageCapital One Financial Corporation announced that Eileen Serra, ’80, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Capital One is a financial holding company headquartered in McLean, Virginia. Prior to her retirement in 2018, Serra served in a variety of executive positions at the New York–based financial services firm JP Morgan Chase, including as CEO of Chase Card Services.

Jon ShapiroJonathan Shapiro, ’97, joined the board of directors for Kovitz Cares, a new foundation of the Chicago-based Kovitz Investment Group that seeks to assist local charities. Shapiro is principal of Kovitz Investment Group, which is an independently managed investment advisor in Chicago.

No ImageCitrix Systems, Inc., a digital workspace platform based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced the election of JD Sherman, ’90, to its board of directors. He will join the board’s audit committee. Sherman is president and COO for HubSpot, a growth platform headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hossam TewfikHossam Tewfik, ’14, has been appointed to the board of directors for TechWadi, a San Francisco–based nonprofit building partnerships for entrepreneurs and investors across Silicon Valley and the MENA region. Tewfik currently leads employer and operations products at Incredible Health, a San Francisco–based startup connecting hospitals with high shortage health-care professionals.

Cliff AsnessCliff Asness, MBA ’91, PhD ’94, was honored by the Greenwich Public Library with the 2020 Petersen Business Award, which recognizes individuals whose innovative thinking, leadership, and record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy. Additionally, Asness was recognized as the 2019 Financial Engineer of the Year for his contributions to the field of quantitative finance by the International Association for Quantitative Finance and Northfield Information Services. He is managing principal and chief investment officer at AQR Capital Management, a global investment management firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Ken CharhutFoldax® announced that its Tria LifePolymer™ heart valve technology was honored with the Best Innovation Award at the 2020 Cardiovascular Research Technologies meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Kenneth Charhut, ’88, Foldax executive chairman, said, “This award provides continued validation of our goal to transform heart valve therapy.” Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Foldax is a developer of long-lasting replacement heart valves.

Kurt DelBeneThe Redmond, Washington-based software company Microsoft announced the launch of its third India Development Center (IDC) in Noida. “We have built a strong engineering presence in India over the past two decades and we are excited to be expanding to Noida. Our deep commitment to the region will help us further Microsoft’s mission to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Kurt DelBene, ’90, executive vice president of corporate strategy, core services engineering, and operations, and chairman of the IDC advisory board.

Stanley C ErckNovavax, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, announced progress in its efforts to develop a novel vaccine to protect against coronavirus disease COVID-19. “Our previous experience working with other coronaviruses, including both MERS and SARS, allowed us to mobilize quickly against COVID-19 and successfully complete the critical preliminary steps to engineer viable vaccine candidates,” said Stanley C. Erck, ’76, president and CEO of Novavax. “We are now well-positioned to advance the COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Phase I clinical testing in May or June.”

James LawsonLincoln International, a global investment banking advisory firm headquartered in Chicago, announced the expansion of the firm’s capabilities with the opening of a new office in Bangalore, India. James Lawson, ’81, chairman and global co-CEO, said, “We are strong believers in the future of India and are investing in growth there to maximize opportunities to work with clients in this fast-growing and populous major economy.”

Leo MahonBrown Gibbons Lang & Co., Cleveland-based investment bank and financial advisory firm, has named Leo Mahon, ’00, as managing director within its industrials vertical. Mahon joins the firm from SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, an Atlanta-based investment banking firm, where he served as managing director of industrial investment banking. 

No ImageBlue Ridge Networks announced that its LinkGuard™ technology has received a 2019 IoT Platforms Leadership Award from IoT Evolution magazine, a publication covering IoT technologies. This award honors organizations and platforms that enable the widespread deployment of cyber-secure IoT devices, networks, and services. “We are honored to be recognized by IoT Evolution with this prestigious award,” said Srini Mirmira, ’04, president of Blue Ridge Networks, a provider of cybersecurity technology based in Chantilly, Virginia. “LinkGuard was recognized as a leading platform for IoT security because it provides protection where traditional methods, such as VPNs and Firewalls, fail.”

Katie RiceThe newspaper Albuquerque Business First named Katie Rice, ’09 (XP-78), as one of its 2020 Women of Influence for her work shaping the startup scene in New Mexico. The paper published a Q&A about her professional achievements and her impact on the community. Rice is a venture capitalist and the CEO of BabyPage, a startup based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that incorporates technology to help parents document their children’s lives.

John W RutledgeOxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, a full-service hotel management company, is supplying the City of Chicago with up to 1,100 rooms at its properties to support efforts against the spread of coronavirus. In addition to housing asymptomatic guests and those requiring isolation, the rooms will also provide sanctuary for first responders who are involved in the war against COVID-19. John W. Rutledge, ’94 (XP-63), founder, president, and CEO, said, “We’re proud to help the city combat this crisis and allow our brave medical professionals to focus on their most critical patients in their hospitals.”

Doug SchaedlerForbes ranked Homee among the top ten best startup employers in the nation in a list of 500 companies. Based in Tampa, Florida, Homee is an on-demand property maintenance platform, and it was chosen for its excellent employer reputation, employee satisfaction, and growth. CEO and cofounder Douglas Schaedler, ’99, said, “A lot of our programs are team ones, so we get very heavy interaction with the group. It’s a great, exciting place to work.”

Rick SmithAxon announced that in the interest of public health, it is providing agencies free global access to its digital evidence platform Axon Citizen. The tool will allow officers to gather digital evidence from the community, eliminating the need for in-person interaction. CEO and founder Rick Smith, ’93, said, “Our mission has always been to protect life. By enabling virtual evidence collection, we can immediately help first responders and public safety officials reduce their exposure to COVID-19.” Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Axon provides products and software designed to improve public safety.

Lawson WhitingLawson Whiting, ’97, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation, announced that the company will donate $1 million to COVID-19 response funds. “As COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, we want to provide assistance to our communities in this time of great need,” Whiting said. “We are announcing today donations totaling $1 million that will enable us to give back to the people and communities that mean so much to our company.” Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Brown-Forman is a producer and marketer of wine and spirits.

Mary ChandlerThe Cummins Foundation has made a grant to Eskenazi Health and Eskenazi Health Foundation to expand the work of the Gregory S. Fehribach Center. The center provides internship training and support for college students in Indiana with physical disabilities, empowering them to achieve gainful employment. “Our communities are enriched and strengthened when more people have the opportunity to participate in the most fundamental building blocks of a prosperous society. Meaningful and sustainable employment should be accessible to all, including those with disabilities,” said Mary Chandler, ’11, CEO of the Cummins Foundation and vice president, community relations and corporate responsibility, for Cummins Inc., a global power technology provider based in Columbus, Indiana.

Brian McInerneyBrian McInerney, ’13, joins the Boston-based commercial real estate firm Bulfinch as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining Bulfinch, McInerney served as director of portfolio management for CBRE Global Investors, a real asset management firm headquartered in Los Angeles.