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No ImageArun Banskota, ’90, has been named CEO of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., a diversified international generation, transmission, and distribution utility based in Ontario, Canada. Banskota joined the company in February 2020 and will continue to serve as president.

No ImageSteven Campbell, ’99, has been appointed COO of Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a New York–based diversified capital manager that invests in and finances residential and commercial assets. Campbell joined the company in 2015, most recently serving as head of business operations.

Bruce DuncanCyrusOne Inc., a Dallas-based real estate investment trust specializing in data center properties, has named Bruce Duncan, ’75, president, CEO, and a member of its board of directors. Duncan most recently served as president and CEO of the Chicago-based industrial real estate company First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc., where he continues to serve as chair of the board.

David KleinDavid Klein, ’72, has been named CEO of Greenbrae, California-based MarinHealth, a hospital, foundation, and clinician network serving residents in the North Bay. Klein comes to MarinHealth after serving as president and CEO of Dignity Health’s Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, both in San Francisco.

Pablo MercadoEnLink Midstream, LLC, a Dallas-headquartered midstream provider, announced the appointment of Pablo G. Mercado, ’03, as executive vice president, CFO, and a member of the executive leadership team. Most recently, Mercado was CFO for Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., a global provider of manufactured technologies and applied products and services headquartered in Houston.

Jason WinklerMotorola Solutions, Inc., a Chicago-based provider of mission-critical communications and analytics, announced that Jason Winkler, ’11 (XP-80), has been named executive vice president and CFO. Winkler has been with the company for over 19 years, most recently serving as senior vice president leading finance for the products and sales group.

Brigitte AndersonBrigitte Anderson, ’08, has been appointed to the executive committee for the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association. Deerfield Academy is an independent boarding and day school in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Anderson is founder and principal of Orange Vista, LLC, a Chicago-based B2B consultancy.

Jorge Andres Saieh GuzmanJorge Andres Saieh Guzman, AM ’97, MBA ’98, has been appointed to the advisory council for the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for several companies, including VIVOcorp, a commercial real estate manager and developer, and Grupo Copesa, a broadcast media company, both based in Santiago, Chile.

Richard SeewaldRichard Seewald, ’05 (EXP-10), has joined the board of directors for Quantexa, a global data analysis startup headquartered in London. Seewald is founder and managing partner of Evolution Equity Partners, a New York–based venture capital and private equity firm.

Sheila StampsPitney Bowes, a global technology company based in Stamford, Connecticut, announced the election of Shelia A. Stamps, ’87, to its board of directors, effective September 1, 2020. Stamps will serve on the audit and executive compensation committees. She currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., an airline holding company based in Purchase, New York, and CIT Group Inc., a financial holding company based in New York City. 

Artemios TheodoridisArtemios Theodoridis, ’83, has been named executive chairman for the loan servicing company Cepal in Athens, Greece. He currently serves as general manager for NPE management and treasury at Alpha Bank, an Athens, Greece-based financial services company, which has acquired full ownership of Cepal.

Michael WatchornMichael Watchorn, ’88, has been appointed to the new board of directors for Windstream Holdings, Inc., a provider of network communications and technology solutions based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watchorn is principal of Seapoint Capital Management, LLC, a privately held family office investment and consulting firm based in Huntington Beach, California.

TD ArkenbergTD Arkenberg, ’86, recently published his sixth book and second memoir with Outskirts Press, based in Parker, Colorado. Called Trials & Truffles: Expats in Brussels, the book recounts Arkenberg’s and his husband’s two-year adventure living and working in Belgium. “I wanted to paint a realistic picture of expat life. The highs, lows, and all the in-betweens,” Arkenberg said.

Asif DharDeloitte has appointed Asif Dhar, AB ’96, MBA ’01, to lead its life sciences and health care practice in the United States. Dhar has been with Deloitte for over a decade, and has previously served as federal health solutions leader and chief health informatics officer. Based in New York, Deloitte provides audit, consulting, tax, advisory services.

Paul GaynorLongroad Energy, a renewable energy developer, owner, and operator headquartered in Boston, is partnering with Unity College, an environmental college in Unity, Maine, to provide $100,000 of funding for faculty and student research in environmental science, natural resources, and related programs. “This is a great opportunity for us to provide, through the Three Corners Solar project we’re developing, meaningful support to Unity’s educational program and its mission of sustainability,” said Paul Gaynor, ’93, CEO of Longroad Energy. Additionally, Longroad’s Three Corners Solar project will contribute $100,000 to local programs and charitable organizations; the project is expected to support 125 jobs and generate $20 million in purchases of goods and services in Maine.

Rodney Jones TysonRodney Jones-Tyson, ’98, chief risk officer at Milwaukee-based financial services firm Baird, was named among Crain’s Chicago Business’ 2020 list of notable LGBTQ executives for establishing an LGBTQ employee resource group as well as a multicultural resource group that tripled the number of officers who are people of color.

No ImageBrett Ladendorf, ’07, has joined Abraxas Group LLC, a boutique advisory firm based in Chicago, as managing director. Most recently, Ladendorf led a strategic growth initiative at a Chicago-based business services company.

Steve LeeIn an effort to support healthcare providers amid the pandemic, MediPines has released a scientific paper on respiratory monitoring for COVID-19 patients. Additionally, hospitals across the United States and Canada have been leveraging the company’s new respiratory monitoring system, the MediPines AGM100®, to rapidly assess patients’ respiratory status. “Consistent with our founding mission of advancing respiratory medicine, MediPines is committed to sharing our scientific discoveries and medical insights with the medical community, with the latest breakthrough news and advancements in respiratory medicine to improve patient care,” said CEO Steve Lee ’95. Based in Yorba Linda, California, MediPines Corporation is focused on innovative devices for respiratory assessment and management.

Edward MinnFred Alger Management, LLC, a New York–headquartered investment management company, announced that Edward Minn, ’08, will be added to the portfolio management team of the Weatherbie Specialized Growth strategy. Minn joined Weatherbie Capital, LLC, an Alger affiliate based in Boston, in 2013. He continues to serve as the portfolio manager on the Alger Weatherbie Select 15 SMA Composite.

Ketan PatelKetan B. Patel, ’06, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s economic research department as policy advisor and head of financial markets risk analysis in the financial markets group. Most recently, Patel was deputy group risk officer of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, a financial services company based in Hong Kong. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that serve as the central bank for the United States.

David RobertsVerra Mobility, a smart transportation company in Mesa, Arizona, has joined forces with the short-term car rental company Rent A Car in France to offer customers a contactless payment option on board its fleet, enabling renters to pay toll fees automatically and safely without contact or stopping the vehicle. Named “Easy Péage,” this electronic toll collection service allows drivers to adhere to social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the United States each year millions of vehicle renters enjoy the convenience and benefits from toll payment without cash or credit card,” said David Roberts, ’02, CEO of Verra Mobility. “We now look forward to bringing this technology to not only other countries in the EU, but ultimately to countries with toll roads all around the world.”

Alex WohlAlex Wohl, ’95, has joined IMC Trading as head of direct counterparty trading in the US. Headquartered in Amsterdam, IMC specializes in advanced technology and algorithmic trading, providing liquidity to the financial markets across the globe. Wohl is the cofounder and former chief strategy officer of Gatsby Digital, Inc., a New York–based options trading application.

Joanna HartzmarkSix Degrees Society, a New York–based professional women’s network, has published a profile on JoAnna Hartzmark, ’15, about entrepreneurship and her New York–based fashion startup Revelle, an online platform that helps women shop online more effectively and find clothes that fit their bodies.