Alumni Connections - No. 1 - August 2004

Alumni Connections is a sampling of alumni news. Alumni on the Move, Alumni to Know, CEO Watch: Taking the Lead, and CEO Watch: Making Headlines share news gleaned from media online and in print, including news submitted to Chicago Booth Magazine. Submit information about yourself or fellow alumni to

Alumni on the Move

AlphaGraphics: Kevin Cushing, ’82, has been named CEO. The Salt Lake City–based company is the leading worldwide provider of designing, copying, printing and digital publishing services.

Akorn, Inc.: Jeffrey A. Whitnell, ’87, has been appointed vice president, finance, and chief financial officer. Akorn, Inc. manufactures and markets sterile specialty pharmaceuticals.

Ameritrade Holding Corporation: Kenneth I. Feldman, ’87, has been named president, private client division.

Best Buy Co.: Mary Tolan, ’92, was appointed to the board of directors in May. Tolan is CEO of Accretive Health and a GSB council member.

Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.: Effram Kaplan, ’03, has joined the middle-market investment banking firm as an associate in Cleveland.

Case Financial, Inc.: Edwin S. Baldwin, ’78, has been named to the board of directors and appointed CEO/CFO. Case Financial is one of California’s leading litigation funding companies. Matt Ferguson, ’01, president of, has been appointed to the additional role of CEO. He is 37 years old. is the nation's largest online job network with more than 16 million unique visitors and over 400,000 jobs. It is in the number one position in online recruitment this year, with the company outpacing the industry in traffic, job postings, and job growth.

CertainTeed Corporation: Peter Dachowski, ’71, has been named president and CEO

City of Chicago: Ron Huberman, AB ’00, MBA ’00, has been promoted to executive director of emergency management and communications by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

CorpHQ Inc.: Carlton McGee Sr., ’83, has been appointed CFO of the business consulting organization.

Credit Suisse First Boston: Brady Dougan, AB ’81, MBA ’82, has been named CEO. The 44-year-old Dougan is the youngest executive to head a Wall Street firm. He joined the firm in 1990.

Deutsche Asset Management: Russell Read, AB ’84, MBA ’87, has been appointed deputy chief investment officer in the Americas.

DeVry Inc.: Paul Eppen, ’88, was appointed senior vice president and chief marketing officer. DeVry Inc. is an international higher education company founded by GSB council member Dennis Keller, ’68.

Ebix, Inc.: Pavan Bhalla, ’97, has joined the company’s board and has been elected chairman of the Ebix Audit committee. Bhalla is senior vice president in MCI Inc.

Fellowes, Inc.: Jude Rake, ’86, has been appointed president and chief operating officer. The company is an international provider of workspace products with subsidiaries around the world.

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company: Gary C. Bhojwani, ’95, has been named president of commercial business. He was previously president of Lincoln General Insurance Company.

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.: Eileen Kamerick, JD ’84, MBA ’93, has been named CFO of the international executive search and leadership consulting firm.

IBM: Mark Loughridge, ’82, has been named CFO.

Micron Technology, Inc.: Ron Foster, ’75, has been appointed to the board of directors. Foster is executive vice president and CFO of JDS Uniphase.

MusicNow LLC: Gary Cohen, ’88, has been appointed president. MusicNow, a provider of customized digital music stores and subscription services, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Circuit City Stores Inc. Cohen cofounded the company in 1999.

Peace Software: Tony Engberg, AB ’71, MBA ’75, has been appointed vice president of research and development at its development center in Auckland. He was most recently chief technology officer and executive vice president of R&D for Gemplus International in France. Before that he had a 23-year career with Hewlett-Packard.

Piper Jaffray & Co.: T. Michael (Mike) Walkley, ’99, has joined the securities firm as a senior research analyst covering wireless communications equipment companies.

Sequiam Software, Inc.: David Dobkin, ’83, has been named president. Sequiam Software is an information management, software, and security technology company.

Union Pacific Corporation: Erroll B. Davis Jr., ’67, chairman and CEO of Alliant Energy Corporation, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Davis is a GSB council member.

Xcel Energy: George Tyson, ’92, has been elected vice president and treasurer. Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in 11 states.

Wrigley Company: Reuben Gamoran, ’85, has been appointed CFO. He has been with the company since 1985.

Alumni to Know

Roger C. Altman, ’69, is chairman of New Jobs for New York, an organization conceived by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to create jobs in upstate New York. Altman was assistant treasury secretary in the Carter administration and deputy treasury secretary and economic adviser to Bill Clinton. In the private sector, he is best known for brokering mergers and acquisitions, including the deal that merged CBS with Westinghouse.

Stopher Bartol, ’93, is CEO of, which provides online obituaries and guestbooks for more than 175 newspapers nationwide, including the Chicago Sun-Times. The company recently launched its first celebrations site for newspapers, which handles wedding, engagements, and anniversaries.

Michael Keane, ’84, managing director of Wedbush Morgan Securities and a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, did some unusually risky research for a case-study on the Iraqi war and reconstruction efforts. Keane, whose financial strategy class draws parallels between corporate examples and military campaigns, was embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year. A military strategist and former Defense Department fellow, he was there to advise the division on integrating business and economic development into military efforts.

Rob Kennedy, ’80, is co-chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and executive vice president of C-SPAN. He was working as vice president of marketing and programming at Time Inc.’s (now Time Warner’s) cable division when he was recruited by C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb in the early 1980s.

Michael Larson, ’81, is the investment manager for Bill Gates. According to Fortune magazine, Larson manages about $44 billion, including $17 billion of which is Gates’s personal fortune.

David Baker Lewis, ’67, was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of top American lawyers in November 2003. Lewis is a GSB council member.

Investigative reporter Greg Palast, AB ’74, MBA ’76, toured the country this spring as the author of the Expanded Election Edition of the New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (Plume/2004). Palast’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Harper’s, and The Nation, and he does regular reports for BBC’s “Newsnight.” He has also been a guest on several television shows, including “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Politically Incorrect.” Britain’s Tribune magazine calls him “the most important investigative reporter of our generation.” For more information, see

Sara Paretsky, AB ’69, MBA ’77, PhD ’77 (Social Sciences), and Jill Smart, ’91 (XP-60), are among Crain’s Chicago Business’s June 7 listing of the 100 most influential women in Chicago. Paretsky, is the author of 11 detective novels featuring the character V. I. Warshawski. Her novels have been translated into 25 languages and have sold 10 million copies worldwide. Smart, who is Chicago lead partner for Accenture, manages human resources for 86,000 employees worldwide and heads the 4,000-employee Chicago office. She began the Chicago Working Parents Group, which after 11 years has 1,000 members and has been replicated at Accenture offices in 20 other cities.

George Powlick, ’70, is CFO and vice president of finance at K-Swiss, which was number 15 on BusinessWeek’s June 7 list of Top 100 Hot Growth Companies. Other GSB alumni whose companies made the list include Orval Dale Madden, ’73, CEO of Hot Topic (No. 17); Jim Call, ’79, CFO and executive vice president of American Medical Systems (No. 66); and Arthur Lee Herbst, ’89, executive vice president and CFO of Young Innovations (No. 96).

Claudia Rosett, ’81, is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a former member of the paper’s editorial board. She writes a bi-weekly column, "The Real World," for The Wall Street Journal Europe and More info:

David Walker, ’80, might be able to teach a few thing about career survival. The former Arthur Anderson CPA, partner in the company’s Tampa office, and head of the firm’s Florida audit practice lost his job in the Enron shakeout. He has since joined the University of South Florida as director of the accounting program and head of its Center for Social Responsibility and Corporate Reporting.

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