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Elyse CutlerElyse Forkosh Cutler, ’03, has been appointed chief strategy officer for AMITA Health, an Illinois healthcare network headquartered in Chicago. Previously, Cutler served as president and founder of Sage Health Strategy, a Chicago-based health strategy firm.  

No ImageMichael Gordon, ’96, has been named CEO of Altus Group, a Toronto-based provider of software, data solutions, and independent advisory services to the global commercial real estate industry. Additionally, he has been appointed to Altus Group’s board of directors. Gordon is the former CEO of Callcredit Information Group, a UK-based credit reference agency acquired in 2018 by the global information and insights company Transunion, headquartered in Chicago.

Austin GriffonCapital Square, a national real estate investment firm based in Richmond, Virginia, has appointed Austin Griffin, ’11 (XP-80), as CEO. Prior to joining Capital Square, Griffin served as CFO at The Caton Companies, a commercial real estate holding company based in Charlottesville, Virginia.   

Miguel LopezMiguel Lopez, ’84, has been appointed executive vice president and CFO for Ribbon Communications, a provider of global communications software and network solutions based in Westford, Massachusetts. Lopez most recently served as CFO of Vista Outdoor Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of outdoor sports and recreation consumer products based in Anoka, Minnesota.

Lee RauchmiRagen Therapeutics, Inc., a Boulder-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Lee Rauch, ’81, as president, CEO, and a director. Rauch previously served as the company’s COO.

Kurt SchmidtKurt Schmidt, ’90 (XP-59), has been appointed president and CEO of Cronos Group Inc., a global cannabinoid company headquartered in Toronto. Schmidt brings more than three decades of experience leading global consumer packaged goods companies, most recently as director and CEO for Blue Buffalo Company Ltd., a pet food brand based in Wilton, Connecticut.

Dian SchwarzJohnson Controls, a provider of building technology and solutions based in Cork, Ireland, has named Diane Schwarz, ’88, chief information officer. Most recently, Schwartz served as senior vice president and chief digital and information officer at Hunt Consolidated, a global energy and real estate company based in Dallas.

Glenn AllisonGlenn Allison, ’11 (XP-80), has been named chairman of the technology council for the National Retail Federation (NRF), a retail trade association based in Washington, DC. Allison is the vice president of enterprise architecture, governance, and innovation for the Tractor Supply Company, a rural lifestyle retailer based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

No ImageTJX Companies, an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, announced the reelection of José B. Alvarez, ’91, to its board of directors. Alvarez previously served on the board from 2007 through 2018. He’s currently a faculty member at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Anna HaghgooieAnna Haghgooie, ’08, has joined the board of directors for PWNHealth, a New York–based provider of healthcare diagnostic testing enablement solutions. Haghgooie is managing director of the Blue Venture Fund, a Chicago-based corporate venture fund focused on the healthcare industry.

Jim LiangJames Liang, ’84, has been elected to the board of trustees for WJCT, a public media organization based in Jacksonville, Florida. Liang is an operating partner for Updata Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm based in Washington, DC.

No ImageThe University of Tampa, a private university in Tampa, Florida, has appointed Dirk Montgomery, ’90, to a three-year term on its board of trustees. Montgomery is CFO and executive vice president, supply chain, for the Fiesta Restaurant Group, the parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurant brands, headquartered in Addison, Texas.

Martin NesbittChewy, an online source for pet products, supplies, and prescriptions headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, has appointed Martin Nesbitt, ’89, to the company’s board of directors. Nesbitt currently serves as co-CEO of The Vistria Group, LLC, a Chicago-based investment company focused on the education, healthcare, and financial services industries.

Paula PriceDaVita Inc., a healthcare provider based in Denver, has appointed Paula Price, ’88, to its board of directors as an independent director. Most recently, Price was executive vice president and CFO of the New York–headquartered retailer Macy’s Inc., where she remains an advisor.

Rishad TobaccowalaRishad Tobaccowala, ’82, has been appointed to the board of directors for Trendline Interactive, an email consulting and professional services firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. Tobaccowala is a senior adviser to the Publicis Groupe, a communications group headquartered in Paris, where he previously served as chief growth officer and chief strategist.

No ImageSkience, a financial services solutions and consulting provider based in Herndon, Virginia, has elected Douglas Trott, ’85, to its board of directors. Most recently, Trott was a partner in the New York office for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

Erin ArcherErin Archer, AB ’00, MBA ’06, has been named treasurer of Syracuse University, a private, international research university in Syracuse, New York. Most recently, Archer served as the treasurer at DePaul University in Chicago.

Steve ComaHilltop Securities Inc., a full-service investment bank and registered investment advisor headquartered in Dallas, announced that Stephen Coma, ’85, has joined the firm as managing director, debt capital markets. Coma joins Hilltop Securities after 15 years with BB&T Capital Markets (now Truist Securities), a Richmond, Virginia-based provider of capital markets, corporate banking, and financial services solutions, where he served as managing director.

Gary ConkrightThe National Institutes of Health has awarded physIQ, a Chicago-based physiology data analytics platform, a contract to develop an AI-based digital biomarker to address the rapid decline of high-risk COVID-19 patients. This early warning system could allow providers to intervene sooner when a COVID-19 patient is clinically surveilled from home and begins to worsen. “We are honored to have been selected by the NIH to pursue such a worthy cause in such challenging times,” said Gary Conkright, ’82, CEO of physIQ. “This is a culmination of many years spent in the pursuit of developing a clinical grade product to address serious medical conditions, without taking shortcuts.”

No ImageElizabeth Goltermann, ’83, has been named to Crain’s 2020 Notable Women in Manufacturing, a list of accomplished professionals who are making a difference in a traditionally male-dominated field. Goltermann is an adviser, board member, and corporate secretary for KI Industries, a supplier of decorative plastic parts for the appliance and automotive industries based in Berkeley, Illinois. She previously served as the company’s CFO for 15 years. 

James KammertFour Springs Capital Trust, a real estate investment trust headquartered in Lake Como, New Jersey, announced that James Kammert, ’89, has joined the firm as senior vice president, capital markets. Kammert previously served as a portfolio manager at HSRE Securities Advisors, LLC, then a subsidiary of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based investment management firm.

David LeeDavid Lee, ’00, CFO of the food tech startup Impossible Foods based in Redwood City, California, announced that the company will start selling its faux pork product, Impossible Sausage, in Hong Kong at Starbucks Corp cafes as well as restaurants including Triple O’s. This marks the product’s first expansion outside of the United States as the demand for plant-based protein foods surges in Asia.

Robert NovakRobert Novak, ’06, has joined BDO USA, LLP, a Chicago-based accounting, tax, financial advisory, and consulting organization. Novak will serve as managing director for the firm’s business restructuring and turnaround services practice. He previously cofounded Bankruptcy Claim Exchange, a Chicago-based company that helps creditors value and sell bankruptcy claims.

Eric ParmenterEric Parmenter, ’09 (XP-78), has been named vice president of health solutions for League, Inc., a Toronto-based employee benefit and health platform. Parmenter was previously the national leader of direct provider solution for Collective Health, a San Francisco–based integrated technology solution for employee healthcare.

Jenny ScanlonJennifer Scanlon, ’92, has joined Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new economic recovery task force, comprised of local business, political, labor, and academic leaders who will help chart the city’s course in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scanlon will be part of the task force’s policy and economic stimulus working group. She is the CEO of UL, the safety certification unit of Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois.

Terry StutterPritzker Private Capital, a Chicago-based venture capital and private equity firm, announced that Terry Sutter, ’92, has joined the firm’s manufacturing products team as operating partner. Sutter joins the firm after a 10-year tenure as an executive advisor for Aurora Capital Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm based in Los Angeles.

Adekoya AdebanjiAdebanji Adekoya, ’14 (EXP-19), has been awarded a Fellow membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability headquartered in Lincoln, England. A Fellow membership is a recognition of significant professional contribution, experience, and expertise to the field. Adekoya earned this recognition for his contributions to strengthening environmental and social performance at the global energy company Shell, headquartered in the Hague, the Netherlands, where he serves as external relations manager, projects and opportunities.

Nithin BendoreNithin Bendore, ’19 (XP-88), was recently promoted to partner of the advisory line of service at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC, a global professional services network providing assurance, tax, and advisory services headquartered in London. In this role, Bendore will lead the integrated solutions team within the consumer market vertical.

Jennifer FriedExplORer Surgical, an intraoperative case support and workflow platform based in Chicago, has launched new remote features that connect medical device experts with surgical teams for real-time guidance. “Travel restrictions and social distancing are impacting every area of life, and the OR is no exception,” said Jennifer Fried, ’15, CEO of ExplORer Surgical. “The medical device rep’s ability to guide the team through a complicated procedure using a robust digital toolset while being completely remote is critical right now—and we see it staying this way for the foreseeable future.”

Alyssa JaffeeAlyssa Jaffee, ’16, was promoted to partner at 7wireVentures, an early stage healthcare venture fund based in Chicago. Jaffee joined the firm in 2019 as vice president. She will continue to lead deal investment opportunities and support portfolio companies post-investment.

Alice Locatelli Jeff PetersonAlice Locatelli, ’10, and Jeff Peterson, ’10, launched the new, Chicago-based tech company called CoPod, designed to bring communities together for remote learning. A CoPod gathers a small group of students in a single location to allow for shared learning and caretaking. The company has recently been featured in the media, including CBS Chicago and MIT Tech Review, for its success helping parents navigate the pandemic. 

No ImageChicago Inno published a profile on Coleene Meers, ’14, and the success of her Chicago-based startup, Equilibria, which designs CBD products tailored to women to assist with anxiety, sleep, and pain relief. Founded in 2019, the company has grown an average of 20 percent month-over-month amid the pandemic. “The world does not need just another CBD company; we were very aware of that when we created this business,” Meers said. “At Equilibria, we firmly believe in helping women achieve balance in their lives.”

Anthony WalkerNext Coast Ventures, an Austin, Texas-based venture capital firm, announced Anthony Walker, ’14, as its new principal. Walker comes to the firm as former vice president of global investment research at Goldman Sachs, a global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm headquartered in New York.