Alumni Connections - No. 5 - December 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

American Century Investments:
Michael Perelstein, AM '81, MBA '86
, has joined the company as vice president and senior portfolio manager in the international equity group. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the company manages approximately $90 billion in assets through separate accounts, commingled trusts, subadvisory accounts, and mutual funds.

ArvinMeritor Inc.:
Steven G. Rothmeier, '72
, was elected to the company's board of directors. Rothmeier is chairman and CEO of Great Northern Capital. Based in Troy, Michigan, ArvinMeritor supplies the motor vehicle industry with axles, suspension systems, and other components.

Canadian National Railway Company:
Paul Tonsager, '03
, has been named managing director-Asia, and chief representative-China for the firm's newly established offices in Shanghai and Beijing.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc.:
James E. Parisi, '95
, was named managing director and chief financial officer of the exchange and its subsidiary, CME, the largest futures exchange in the United States. Parisi, a 16-year veteran of the exchange, will join CME's management team and oversee the company's finance, treasury, investor relations, accounting, and strategic sourcing functions.

Domino's Pizza:
J. Patrick Doyle, '88
, has joined the company as executive vice president. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based firm is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, operating about 7,600 franchised and company-owned stores in the United States and more than 50 countries.

Duluth News Tribune:
Rob Karwath, '02 (XP-71)
, has joined the paper as executive editor. Owned by Knight Ridder Inc., the Duluth paper has a circulation of about 46,000 daily and 69,000 Sunday. Karwath will manage a staff of about 65 reporters and editors-roughly the same size staff he oversaw as associate managing editor for the business section of the Chicago Tribune.

DynTek, Inc.:
Casper Zublin Jr. '93 (XP-62)
, has been appointed chief operating officer. The company, based in Irvine, California, provides information technology services to states, local governments, and commercial organizations.

Fox-Pitt, Kelton:
Mark Viklund, '89
, has joined the company as managing director, concentrating in the banking and financial services sector. Based in New York, FPK is the only investment bank specializing in financial institutions worldwide.

Eastern Multimedia Co. Ltd.:
Faizal N. Syed, '93
, has been named chairman of the board of directors. The firm is the leading cable television operator and entertainment program distributor in Taiwan with more than one million subscribers and approximately 25 percent of the market share. Syed is managing director of AIDEC Management Company Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.

Ernst & Young:
Glenn Pape, AB '78, MBA '81
, has been named the partner in charge of personal financial services for the pacific northwest and southwest areas of the company and has moved to its San Francisco office. He handles compensation-related, expatriate, and financial planning services such as employee financial education and counseling services.

EXA Infosys:
Jack Walton, '74
, has joined the company's board of directors. Based in New York, the firm sells patented data software and services.

Joe Copeland, '95
, has been named vice president of business development, strategy, and restructuring for the firm.

Great Plains Energy:
Nate Gould, '97
, recently accepted a position as director of purchasing for the Kansas City, Missouri-based company. Great Plains Energy is a $2.2 billion diversified energy company.

H&R Block Inc.:
David Baker Lewis, '67
, has been named to the board of directors of the Kansans City, Missouri-based company. Lewis currently is chairman of the board at Lewis & Munday, a Detroit-based legal firm, and a board member of The Kroger Company.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated:
James W. Nelson, '90
, has been appointed executive vice president and chief risk officer for the firm. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company is a $31 billion regional bank holding company with more than 300 offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.

KKR Europe:
Johannes Huth, '86
, has been named head of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts's London office, taking over its European activities. The private equity firm has invested $4.5 billion of equity in Europe to date, and currently has a portfolio of 10 companies based in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Suzanne Harrison, '92
, has joined the firm as a director at its Emeryville, California, office. The firm provides expert testimony and consulting services to corporate clients and government agencies on such issues as intellectual property management.

Frank Becker, '71
, has been named to the company's board of directors. Based in north suburban Lake Forest, Illinois, the publicly traded firm develops and brings to market therapeutic cancer drugs. Becker is president and a partner at Greenfield Chemical, a pharmaceutical consulting and sourcing company.

PharmaFrontiers Corp.: David B. McWilliams, '67, has been appointed CEO. The Houston-based firm develops adult stem cell therapy by using stem cells derived from patients' own circulating blood to treat such diseases as cardiac and pancreatic conditions.

PKN Orlen:
Cezary Smorszczewski, '00 (IXP-5)
, has been named deputy president of the Warsaw, Poland-based firm. PKN Orlen is the largest distributor of fuels in Central Europe and Poland's largest refiner of crude oil. The company operates 1,900 gasoline stations in Poland and 500 in northern Germany.

Sempra Energy:
Michael Allman, '85
, has been named chief financial officer for Sempra Energy Global Enterprises, the umbrella organization for the firm's businesses operating in competitive energy and commodity markets. The company is based in San Diego.

Eileen A. Kamerick, JD '84, MBA '93
, has been appointed to the audit and finance committee of the firm's board of directors. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, ServiceMaster provides maintenance services to more than 10 million customers. Kamerick is chief financial officer at Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., which provides senior level executive search services.

Tacoda Systems:
Mark R. E. Pinney, '82
, has joined the firm as CFO. He also will be chief privacy officer; both positions are newly created. Based in New York, Tacoda develops behavioral marketing software that helps Web publishers target their ads to specific audiences.

Thomas, McInerny & Partners:
Pratik Shah, SM '93
, PhD '96 (biological sciences), MBA '99, has joined the firm as a new venture partner in its San Francisco office. The company is a health care private equity firm that invests in life science and medical technology companies.

Alumni to Know

Lyle P. Campbell, '71, was interviewed by the Arizona Business Gazette in January about launching Legacy Bank with an initial capitalization of $15 million in Scottsdale, Arizona-"a terrific place to be in the banking business because of the area's dynamic growth," he said. Campbell, the former owner of Founders Bank of Arizona, which he sold to Compass Bank of Birmingham, Alabama, four years ago, never planned to go into banking, the Gazette said. He was a boy when Interstate 80 was built, cutting through the family farm. As a young man, he sold and managed farmland but wanted a degree. A college professor convinced him to try banking. Campbell worked at Northern Trust while he earned his MBA and bought his first community bank in central Illinois in 1973.

Katerina Chumachenko Yushchenko, '86, was called "a tough minded, savvy America-raised businesswoman" by the Wall Street Journal in December after becoming the first lady of Ukraine. Her husband, Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned during the campaign; she was quoted by numerous media as saying she had detected a metallic taste on his lips. She worked under Reagan at the U.S. State Department's Bureau for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs but left her Washington post for KPMG, the international consulting firm, to provide training and technical advice for Ukraine's financial managers. One of them was Viktor Yushchenko, then governor of Ukraine's central bank. The Journal said, "It is the strong bond he has with his wife that has helped Mr. Yushchenko through the tough campaign, and it will likely be his relationship with her that will help him have a successful presidency."

Don Harmon, MBA '96, JD '96, was listed among "40 Under 40" in Crain's Chicago Business last November. A Democratic state senator from west suburban Oak Park, the magazine applauded him for "handling complex, controversial legislation that reaches across the political aisle"-skills far beyond the average freshman legislator. Within his first two years, Harmon "served as point man on a bill lifting state restrictions on expansion of O'Hare International Airport and was chief sponsor of a measure abolishing the now-irrelevant Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District." He even won praise from DuPage County Republicans for heading up a project to improve that county's water system, Crain's said.

Muna Nijem, '01 (XP-70), has been named the economics minister of Jordan by King Abdallah. A native of Jordan, she was previously CEO/chairperson of the board of the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. A global technology executive for several companies in the U.S., Nijem most recently held the position of director of next generation technologies at Motorola. She also worked as director of advanced technology for Ameritech, where she was awarded 16 patents for her work. Previously Nijem spent several years as a technical advisor and project leader at the United Nations; prior to that, she founded and ran a start-up information systems consulting firm.

George (Gus) Sauter, '80, was profiled in the December 13 edition of Forbes, which dubbed him "the country's most famous manager of index funds." The chief investment officer of Vanguard, he took over the firm's indexing operation in 1987 when Vanguard had just one stock index fund. "Today, the Vanguard 500 Index is the world's largest mutual fund," the magazine states. But Sauter also oversees 50 other index funds, from small-cap value to European stock-a total of $300 billion in indexed assets, and Vanguard has more active funds (62) than index funds (56). "We're trying to convince investors that many of them would be better off with a blend," Sauter told Forbes.

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