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Sam CardoneFreedman Seating, a Chicago-based company that produces transportation seating products, announced the promotion of Sam Cardone, ’17, to COO. Cardone joined the company in 2008 and most recently served as director of strategy.

Uday DeoAltimetrik, a digital business enablement company based in Southfield, Michigan, announced the appointment of Uday Deo, ’18 (XP-87), as chief transformation officer, US Central Region. Prior to Altimetrik, Deo was head of business and technology consulting services for the Midwest at EPAM Systems, a software engineering firm in Newton, Pennsylvania.

Fareed KhanEnjoy, a mobile retail technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, announced the appointment of Fareed Khan, ’93, as CFO. Most recently, Fareed was COO and CFO at Parallel, an Atlanta-based cannabis company that aims to improve well-being and quality of life.

Richard KollenderStrongbridge Biopharma plc, a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with US headquarters in Trevose, Pennsylvania, announced the promotion of Richard S. Kollender, ’98, to president and CFO. Kollender previously served as COO since September 2019.

Ram KrishnanRam Krishnan, ’12 (XP-81), has been named CEO of Valant, a Seattle-based SaaS organization serving the needs of the behavioral healthcare industry. Krishnan is the former CEO of NTN Buzztime, a Carlsbad, California, company that delivers interactive entertainment and innovative dining technology to bars and restaurants.

William LehmannWilliam Lehmann, ’90, has been named interim CEO of Athersys, Inc., a regenerative medicine company based in Cleveland. Lehmann currently serves as the company’s president and COO.

No ImageDashlane announced the appointment of JD Sherman, ’90, as CEO. Based in New York, Dashlane provides simple, secure password management for individuals and businesses. Sherman most recently served as president and COO of HubSpot, a customer relationship management platform based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dan WobbyDaniel Wobby, ’03 (XP-72), has been named CFO of Moss Construction, a national construction management company with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since joining Moss five years ago, Wobby has headed the company’s business strategy and marketing efforts.

Jeff BethkeJeff Bethke, ’00, has been named chairman of the board of directors for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, a municipal corporation that seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs, and expositions in the Chicago area to strengthen the local economy. Bethke is founder and CEO of Ingenuity Advising, a Chicago-based financial and operational consultancy serving educational institutions.

Andy EichfeldSkills for Chicagoland’s Future—a civic initiative designed to close the workforce skills gap, drive business growth, and get unemployed and underemployed Chicagoland residents back to work—announced that Andy Eichfeld, MBA ’95, AM ’95, has joined its board of directors. Eichfeld is executive vice president as well as chief human resources and administrative officer for the financial services company Discover Financial in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Swee Chen GohSwee Chen Goh, ’03 (AXP-2), has been elected chair of the board of trustees for Nanyang Technological University, a research-intensive public university in Singapore. Goh has served on the NTU board of Trustees since August 2019 and also serves as chair of the National Arts Council, a government administration that champions the arts in Singapore.

Michael MinogueThe Advanced Medical Technology Association, a Washington, DC-based trade association for medical technology and supply companies, announced that Michael Minogue, ’01 (XP-70), was elected chairman of the board of directors. Minogue has been a member of the board of directors since 2007. He is chairman, president, and CEO of Abiomed, a global healthcare technology company headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Harry A PappHarry Papp, SM ’78, MBA ’79, has been reappointed to the board of trustees for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, the statewide retirement program for Arizona’s public safety personnel headquartered in Phoenix. He was first appointed to the board in 2017. Papp is a managing partner at L. Roy Papp & Associates, LLP, a professional investment management company based in Phoenix.  

Robert SteelRobert Steel, ’84, has been elected to serve on the finance and benefit plans committee for General Dynamics’ board of directors. Based in Reston, Virginia, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. Steel currently serves as a partner with Perella Weinberg Partners, a global provider of advisory services headquartered in New York.

Jason BrownThe San Francisco Business Times ran a Q&A with CEO Jason Brown, ’09, about how he’s trying to end financial anxiety through his San Francisco–based fintech startup Tally. Brown cofounded the company in 2015 to help people overcome credit card debt, automate their financial lives, and stress less about money.

Jim DentzerThe Healthcare Technology Report has named James Dentzer, ’95, to its list of the Top 25 Biotech CEOs of 2021. This year’s honorees were selected for the remarkable strides they’ve made in the biotechnology industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, their continued dedication to patient care, and their significant contributions to the advancement of medicine. Dentzer is the CEO of Curis Inc., a Lexington, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company focused on innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Based in New York, the Healthcare Technology Report provides research, insights, and news related to the healthcare technology sector.

No ImageCharlotte’s Web, a Boulder-based producer and distributor of CBD wellness products, is partnering with 40-acre Cooperative, a Minnesota-based farmer-owned cooperative, to launch a mentorship program for Black hemp farmers and leaders called “Seeding Our Future, Together.” Deanie Elsner, ’92, president and CEO of Charlotte’s Web, said, “Greater diversity in our company and in the hemp industry may not happen swiftly, but working together with the 40-acre Co-op on our new ‘Seeding Our Future, Together’ mentor program is a way to move forward by sharing our knowledge, our science, and our cultivation expertise with Black farmers and other agricultural leaders in the black community.”

Darryl GossDarryl Goss, ’01 (XP-70), and his wife Lois have made a $1.5 million gift to their alma matter, the University of California, Davis, to establish an endowed chair in the Department of African American and African Studies. The gift will help fund teaching, research, and outreach related to the history and culture of communities of African descent. “We specifically created this presidential chair due to the current climate around social justice—we want to bring diversity, equity, and inclusion to the forefront of everyone’s mind,” said Goss, CEO at Inform Diagnostics, a provider of anatomic pathology services based in Irving, Texas.

David GrahamThe San Francisco–based private equity firm Genstar Capital announced that David Graham, ’10, has been promoted to managing director, capital markets. Graham joined Genstar in 2017 as principal and was named a director in 2019.

Mary JosephsFor the fifth straight year, Mary Josephs, ’89, has been named to Mergers & Acquisitions list of the 25 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A. The list honors consummate deal makers who are also champions of change and powerful advocates of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Josephs is the founder and CEO of Verit Advisors®, a provider of investment banking advisory services based in Chicago. 

Matthew LefflerMatthew Leffler, ’09, has been named vice president of trailer solutions for vHub, a collaborative trailer repositioning and sharing marketplace in Quebec. Leffler most recently served as director of commercial vehicle business development forDecisiv, a PaaS SRM integrated architecture and end-to-end service event management solution for commercial assets in Glen Allen, Virginia.

No ImageHuron Capital Partners LLC, a lower middle-market private equity platform based in Detroit, has named Jim Mahoney, ’00, managing partner. He has also been added to the Huron Capital board. Mahoney has been with the company since 2007 and will continue to lead new investment opportunities.  

David MillerDavid Miller, ’97, has joined Scholtz & Company, a private investment management company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, as a portfolio manager. Previously, he worked in equity research as a managing director for Loop Capital, a full-service investment bank, brokerage, and advisory firm based in Chicago.

John PembrokeJohn Pembroke, ’93, is being recognized for his contributions to the credit union industry as an inductee into the 2021 African American Credit Union Coalition’s Hall of Fame. Pembroke is president and CEO of CUES, a talent development solutions provider for credit unions based in Madison, Wisconsin. “The AAUC has done great things for credit unions, and as a product of the industry myself, I’m beyond honored to be recognized in this way,” Pembroke said. Based in Snellville, Georgia, the African American Credit Union Coalition was created to increase the strength of the global credit union community.

Mark WilsonMark Wilson, MBA ’95, AM ’95, CMO of the mobile-native software and services company BlackBerry in Ontario, Canada, has been named to Forbes’ third annual CMO Next list, a compilation of 50 marketing chiefs who are redefining the role. This year’s honorees demonstrated innovation, risk, leadership, empathy, and evolution in marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nathan LinsleyNathan Linsley, ’12, will assume the role of senior vice president, government programs, for Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer headquartered in Chicago. He previously serviced as a divisional senior vice president of treasury and corporate strategy for the company.

Maria KimMaria Kim, ’12 (XP-81), has been named president of REDF, a San Francisco–based national venture philanthropy that invests in employment social enterprises. Kim previously served as president and CEO of Cara, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides life- and career-skills training and access to employment opportunities.

Daryl L PetersonDaryl L. Peterson, ’14 (XP-83), has been appointed the first managing director of the University of Notre Dame’s Engineering and Innovation Hub and professor of the practice in the College of Engineering. Peterson previously served as a manufacturing services executive for John Deere, a Moline, Illinois-based provider of advanced products, technology, and services in agriculture and construction.