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Stephane BoisselStephane Boissel, ’02 (AXP-1), has been appointed president and CEO of SparingVision, a Paris-based genomic medicine company focused on ocular diseases. Boissel also serves as the company’s board chairman. Previously, he was executive vice president, corporate strategy, at Sangamo Therapeutics, a gene-editing company based in San Francisco.

Bryan EnglishBryan English, ’18, has been promoted to vice president and CFO at Elkay, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based manufacturer of kitchen sinks, faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, and more. English joined Elkay in 2009, most recently serving as vice president of finance.

Scott GrossmanEnsono, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based provider of hybrid IT solutions, announced that Scott Grossman, ’11, has been named CFO. Grossman has served as interim CFO since April. He previously served as vice president of global financial planning and analysis for Ensono.   

No ImageMechanical Technology, Incorporated, a publicly traded company headquartered in Albany, New York, has named Michael Toporek, AB ’86, MBA ’87, as CEO. Toporek has been a board member of the company since 2016. Previously, Toporek founded Brookstone Partners, a venture capital and private equity company based in New York.

Charlie bobrinskoyCharles Bobrinskoy, ’83, has been appointed as an independent director for the board of ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time digital payment software solutions based in Naples, Florida. Bobrinskoy is vice chairman, head of investment group, and portfolio manager of Ariel Investments, LLC, an investment management firm headquartered in Chicago.

Robert GrayGovernor Brian P. Kemp has appointed Robert Gray, ’90, to the board of directors for the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). Based in Atlanta, the GTA manages the delivery of IT infrastructure services to executive branch agencies and the delivery of managed network services to state and local government entities. Gray is the management director, Southeast region market leader, and advisory services with BDO USA, LLP, an accounting, tax, financial advisory, and consulting organization based in Chicago.

william kelleyThor Industries, a manufacturer of recreation vehicles based in Elkhart, Indiana, announced that William J. Kelley Jr., ’04, has been named to the board of directors. He will serve as a member of the compensation and development committee and the audit committee. Kelley currently serves as executive vice president and CFO of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of private label packaged foods and beverages based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Steve ShebikSteven Shebik, ’80, has been appointed as a director to the board of directors for CNO Financial Group, Inc., a provider of health and life insurance as well as retirement solutions headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. Shebik is the former CEO of Allstate Life Insurance in Northbrook, Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 2020 after a 25-year career with the insurance company.

Tiffany vasilchikTiffany Vasilchik, ’91, has been appointed to the advisory board of Ynvisible Interactive Inc., a printed and flexible electronics company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Vasilchik is senior vice president, growth strategy, at Magid, a consumer-centered business strategy company based in Minneapolis.

Celandra Deane BessPNC, a financial services company headquartered in Pittsburgh, has promoted Celandra Deane-Bess, ’08 (XP-77), to market leader for PNC Wealth Management in Washington, DC. Deane-Bess joined the company in 2012 and will continue to serve as senior vice president.

No ImageRon Brogle, ’10, has been promoted to vice president, strategy and corporate development, for Elkay. Brogle joined the company in 2017, most recently serving as senior director, mergers and acquisitions. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, Elkay is a manufacturer of kitchen sinks, faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, and more.

Carlton CHarlesCarlton Charles, ’86, has been named senior vice president, treasury and risk management, for Hearst, a global, diversified media, information, and services company headquartered in New York. Charles joined the company in 2011, most recently serving as vice president and treasurer. Earlier this year, Charles launched Project Equity, a Hearst-led initiative to build a new business incubator in the South Bronx focused on Black and Latinx founders.

No ImageMediafly, a Chicago-based provider of sales enablement technology, content management, and advisory services, announced the promotion of John Evarts, ’05 (XP-74), to president. Evarts joined the company in 2010 and will continue to serve as COO.

No ImageCandice L. Kline, ’97, has joined the Philadelphia-headquartered law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. Kline joins the firm from the Chicago-based law practice Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP, where she was also a partner.

Curt MorganVistra, a retail electricity and power generation company based in Irving, Texas, is donating $50,000 to several organizations working to support active and veteran military members. “There is no more selfless act than to serve our country in the military,” said Vistra president and CEO Curt Morgan, ’91. “In an effort to show our appreciation and to support military members transitioning into the workforce, Vistra is proud to partner with a number of military and veteran organizations.” The funds will directly assist efforts to transition veterans to the workplace, provide scholarships, build homes for those in need, and organize events honoring veterans.

Greg TeegenBNY Mellon Wealth Management, a New York–based wealth manager, has named Greg Teegen, ’01, as senior client strategist. Teegan will be based in Chicago and covering the Midwest. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Teegan was an executive director in the JP Morgan Private Bank, a provider of private banking and wealth management services headquartered in New York.

Serge ZinsSerge Zins, ’03 (AXP-2), is the new vice president of Asia Pacific for HOYA Vision Care, a global partner for eye care professionals headquartered in Bangkok. Zins joins the company from Essilor International, a global ophthalmic optics company headquartered in Charenton-le-Pont, France, in where he served as chief compliance officer. He continues to be based in Singapore.

Dilini FernandoDilini Fernando, ’11, has been named vice president of marketing for Freeosk, an omni-channel shopper engagement platform based in Chicago. Fernando joins the Freeosk from Molson Coors Beverage Company, a food and beverage company based in Chicago, where she most recently served as chief of staff to the CMO.

Sanjiv kalevarSanjiv Kalevar, ’13, has been named an investing partner at OpenView Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on business software based in Boston. Kalevar joins the company from Battery Ventures, a global technology-focused investment firm headquartered in Boston, where he served as principal.

Rajul ParekhLUKH, a Chicago-based online store for Indian fashion cofounded by Rajul Parekh, ’20, was named among the Most Disruptive MBA Startups of 2020 by the business school-focused media company Poets&Quants. “As first-generation Indian-Americans, our South Asian roots are essential to our identities,” Parkeh said. “However, we know first-hand how frustrating shopping for Indian fashion in the US can be.  … There are 30 million South Asians that live outside of India that similarly feel these frustrations and desires.”

No ImageChaka Patterson, ’17 (XP-86), was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about his own efforts as well as those of other law-firm clients to enlist and promote more Black attorneys. Patterson is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Adtalem Global Education, a nursing and medical school operator based in Chicago. Patterson recently recruited Black law partners in mergers and acquisitions, finance, and regulatory law to assist an acquisition at his own company. Last summer, he organized a videoconference with 30 Black general counsel and 30 Black law-firm partners to talk about ways to support the Black law community.

No ImageCare+Wear, a New York–based healthwear-maker cofounded by CEO Chat Razdan, ’11, has partnered with the New York–based luxury goods company Oscar de la Renta to launch the Everyday Essentials Hoodie. Designed with input from medical patients and clinicians, the hoodie is geared for those undergoing such treatments as chemotherapy, dialysis and long-term blood draws. “When Oscar was ill, elegant, wearable clothing solutions specifically for patients did not exist,” said Razdan. Using our unique product development approach … we have created a modern design that is both fashionable and functional.”

Max SchleusenerMax Schleusener, AB ’05, JD ’09, MBA ’11, has been elected as a partner at Latham & Watkins, a global law firm headquartered in New York. Schleusener, who is based in Chicago, has been an associate with the firm since 2014 as a member of the corporate department.

Sumit SinghChewy Inc., the e-commerce pet company based in Dania Beach, Florida, has launched a new telehealth service, “Connect with a Vet,” to virtually connect pet owners with veterinarians and preserve continuous veterinarian care and support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Visiting a local vet continues to be a challenge for many pet parents during this time,” said Chewy CEO Sumit Singh, ’14. “Similarly, the vet community has also been impacted via clinic shutdowns or reduced clinic hours. So, we thought, why not come up with a solution that can help both communities, our customers and veterinarians, in this time of greatest need.”

Andrea SreshtaThe New York–based digital media company The Newsette ran a profile on Andrea Sreshta, ’16, and her Chicago-based startup LuminAID. The company develops innovative solar-powered products for disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and recreational use outdoors. “It’s more important than ever that we do what we can to support people,” Sresha said. “Not just because of the disasters that have already happened, but so we can prepare people and make them feel a little safer and a little more secure in their everyday lives.”

Alana TaubeSprout, a Chicago-based enterprise SaaS platform connecting diverse nonprofits and individual donors cofounded by Alana Taube, ’20, was named among the Most Disruptive MBA Startups of 2020 by the business school-focused media company Poets&Quants. “Sprout’s mission is to help individual donors increase the sustained impact of their philanthropy,” said Taube. “By enabling donors to seamlessly connect with a trusted philanthropic advisor through our online platform, we empower them to plan their giving objectives and develop strategies that are both effective and personally meaningful.” Sprout was recently rebranded as Where Good Grows.