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Paula BachmanPaula Bachman, ’99, is joining the Chicago-based EdTech company RedShelf as CFO. She most recently served as CFO at Bento for Business, a San Francisco–based expense management company for small businesses.  

No ImageBank of Southern California, N.A., a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, announced the appointment of Thomas G. Dolan, ’91, as executive vice president and CFO. Dolan joined the company in 2020 as executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

John fergustonJohn Ferguson, ’94, has been named CEO and chairman of the board for TBM Consulting Group. Ferguson joined TBM in 2019 and currently serves as vice president of international operations. TBM is a team of global manufacturing operations and supply chain consultants with headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Mike GrzelakowskiXSELL Technologies, a conversational AI company based in Chicago, announced the promotion of Mike Grzelakowski, ’14, to CFO. He previously served as vice president of finance and measurement.

Meredith MendesGresham Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based investment and wealth management firm, announced that Meredith Mendes, ’91, has joined the firm as a principal and its COO. Mendes has spent the past 15 years as executive director and COO of the global law firm Jenner & Block, headquartered in Chicago.  

Dhvani shahDhvani Shah, ’05, has joined JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automotive company based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in the newly created position of group vice president and chief investment officer. Shah joins the company from Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, a statewide public pension system in Oakbrook, Illinois, where she was chief investment officer for nearly 10 years.

No ImageTech Data, an end-to-end technology distributor based in Clearwater, Florida, has named Bonnie Smith, ’98, chief information officer. Previously, Smith served as vice president and CIO at Lear Corporation, a global automotive technology company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.

carlton charlesHearst has elected Carlton Charles, ’86, to its board of directors. Charles joined Hearst in 2011 and currently serves as senior vice president, treasury and risk management. Hearst is a global, diversified media, information, and services company headquartered in New York.

No ImageHigh Point University, a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina, has appointed Anthony Clarke, ’93, to its board of visitors, which includes business leaders who are recognized for their character, success, philanthropy, and leadership. Clarke is president of Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina.

arnold donaldArnold Donald, ’80, has joined the board of trustees for Tulane, a research university in New Orleans. Donald has been president and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, a global cruise and vacation company based in Miami, since 2013.

Matthew PrimackLeadership Greater Chicago, a regional civic leadership development organization based in Chicago, announced the election of Matthew L. Primack, ’13, to its board of directors. Primack is the president of Advocate Condell Medical Center – Advocate Aurora Health based in Libertyville, Illinois.

No ImageKurt Zwerko, ’79, has joined the board of directors for Sustainable Energy Fund, a nonprofit focused on sustainable energy based in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. Zwerko has nearly 20 years of experience in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, LED retrofit, and carbon capture fields. He has led several organizations as a senior level executive, including PPL Corporation, an Allentown, Pennsylvania-based utility company committed to clean energy.

No ImageEric Edwards, ’10 (XP-79), has been hired to lead US and global banking operations as president of Mercantile Bank International (MBI), an innovative payments and digital asset custody bank based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Edwards comes to MBI from FS Investments, an asset manager based in Philadelphia.

Noni EllisonTractor Supply Company, a rural lifestyle retail chain based in Brentwood, Tennessee, announced that Noni Ellison, MBA ’97, JD ’97, has been named senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary and will join the company’s executive committee. Ellison previously served as general counsel, chief compliance officer, corporate secretary, and a member of the executive leadership team for Carestream Dental, an Atlanta-based dental technology company.

No ImageSheila Hooda, ’88, has been named to the Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors. The Directorship 100 honors the nation’s most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community. Hooda serves on several boards, including for the insurance company Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. She is CEO, president, and founder of Alpha Advisory Partners, a New York–based advisory firm for the financial and business services sectors.

aya ibarraAya Ibarra, ’12, has joined Descartes Labs, a geospatial analytics company headquartered in Sante Fe, New Mexico, as head of consumer product group and retail. She previously spent seven years with the New York–based cloud platform and cognitive solutions company IBM, most recently as a business development executive. 

ashish kachruNorthern Virginia Technology Council, a membership and trade association based in Herndon, Virginia, has named Ashish Kachru, ’06, to the 2020 NVTC Tech 100, a list of groundbreaking companies, leaders, and innovators within the Greater Washington region’s technology community. Kachru is cofounder and president of Altruista Health, a provider of health management technology solutions based in Reston, Virginia.

No ImageThe Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a long-term institutional investor based in Montreal, has promoted Martin Laguerre, ’00, to executive vice president of private equity and capital solutions, as well as a member of the executive committee. Laguerre joined the company last year as managing director of capital solutions.

Shawn MobleyCrain’s Chicago Business featured Shawn Mobley, ’97, in an article about how his new Chicago-based company is addressing the changing demand for workspace hygiene amid COVID-19. Launched in April 2020, Azenity Labs hunts the germs that cause COVID-19 and other diseases in offices, schools, and country clubs. “There’s a need to get people back into schools, into offices,” says Mobley, who serves as CEO for the company. “To do that, you need to be safe and feel safe.”

beth pickensTSG Consumer Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in San Francisco, announced the promotion of Beth Pickens, ’05, to managing director in the firm’s London office. Pickens joined TSG in 2019 as a principal.

Mihir ShahJitterbit, an API integration platform headquartered in Alameda, California, has named Mihir Shah, ’05, as senior vice president of corporate development and strategy. Most recently, Shah served as executive vice president of corporate development and strategy at Magnitude Software, a data integration software company based in Austin, Texas.  

chad stoneChad Stone, ’98, will move into the newly created role of senior vice president, commercial performance, for Renewable Energy Group, Inc., a provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services based in Ames, Iowa. Stone has been with the company as CFO since 2009.

Joycelyn WinneckeJoycelyn Winnecke, ’05, has been inducted into Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. The Hall of Fame honors distinguished individuals who exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and who have made a positive impact on public education in the greater community. Following a 35-year career as a journalist and media executive, Winnecke now works as a strategy consultant and civic leader in Chicago. Based in Evansville, Indiana, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is the third largest school district in the state.

brentt balitmoreBrentt Baltimore, ’18, has been promoted to principal at Greycroft, a venture capital firm focused on the internet and mobile markets with headquarters in New York. Baltimore joined Greycroft in 2017 as a summer intern in the New York office and is now based in the Los Angeles office.

No ImageDiDi Food Mexico, a mobile transportation and convenience platform headquartered in Beijing, has appointed Maria-Pia Lindley, ’13, as its new general manager in the Mexican market to continue promoting the expansion of the platform. Lindley joined the company in 2019, most recently serving as director of operations.

Meha PatelMeha Patel, ’19, has been promoted to vice president on the investment and research team for 645 Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York. Patel joined the firm in 2019 as an associate and has played a key role in the development of the firm’s investment themes.