Alumni on the Move
AtCor Medical, Inc.:
Kurschinski, ’90, has been appointed vice president–market
development for the Australian company’s U.S. subsidiary.
AtCor Medical, Inc., a subsidiary of AtCor Medical Pty. Ltd.
of Sydney, Australia, markets an innovative biomedical development
technology for cardiovascular research and clinical practice.
Grover, ’99, has been appointed CEO. Beganto is
a privately held company that has developed patent-pending, single-clock-cycle
search technology. Based in Fremont, California, Beganto does
custom computer programming for the electronic component industry.
China Optimization Group:
Schnell, ’90, has been named vice president of business
development with the consulting services startup. The China Optimization
Group (COG) was formed to help small and mid-sized companies
evaluate business opportunities in sourcing, go-to-market, and
distribution offered in China. Schnell is based in the company’s
central U.S. office in Geneva, Illinois.
Jamison, ’85, has joined the firm’s Chicago-based
management team as CFO. The premium convenience restaurant chain
has more than 80 locations in 11 states.
Workman, ’85, has been named CFO. Based in Birmingham,
Alabama, the company is the largest provider of rehabilitative
health care and outpatient surgery services in the country and
has 1,700 facilities in the U.S., Australia, Puerto Rico, and
Willis, ’91 (XP-60), has been named chief commercial
officer at the brewery’s branch in Belgium. Previously,
he was chief marketing and sales officer.
The Interpublic Group:
J. Leshne, ’96 (XP-65), has been named vice president,
financial planning and analysis and investor relations. Interpublic,
based in New York, is a leading organization of advertising agencies
and marketing service companies.
The Lewin Group:
Book, MBA ’02, PhD, ’02, recently joined the
firm as a senior associate in its health care finance practice.
Based in Falls Church, Virginia, the group is a premier national
health care and human services consulting firm.
Merriman Curhan Ford & Co.:
Sztam, ’94, has been named a senior vice president
in sales and trading in the firm’s New York office. Merriman
Curhan Ford is a securities broker-dealer and investment bank
focused on emerging growth companies and growth-oriented institutional
Newmont Mining Corporation: Donald
C. Roth, ’71, has been named to the board of directors
for the company. The firm is among the world’s top gold
Output Exploration, LLC:
F. Clark, AB ’74, MBA ’76, has joined the
company as CFO, overseeing the company’s strategic planning
and financial activities. The Stafford, Texas–based firm
engages primarily in exploration for and production of natural
gas liquids and crude oil in California, Oklahoma, Louisiana,
Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:
A. Gyenes, ’83 (XP-50), has been appointed senior
vice president, CFO, and treasurer, overseeing the worldwide
financial management and accounting activities of the firm and
its subsidiaries. Based in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Savient
Pharmaceuticals develops, manufactures, and markets products
designed to address unmet needs in both niche and wider markets.
Tap Pharmaceutical Products Inc.:
Douglas MacKenzie, ’99 (XP-68), has been named president,
H. Thomas Watkins, ’79. Tap is a
joint venture between Abbott Laboratories and Japanese drug maker Takeda
Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. that sells the heartburn drug Prevacid
and prostate cancer treatment Lupron Depot in the United States.
Washington Mutual: Larry
Breitbarth, ’88, has been named senior vice president
and controller of the commercial group for the Seattle-based
Alumni to Know
Paul Farmer, ’82, is CFO at
IPIX Corp., a company based in California and Tennessee, that was
named by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as one of the businesses
that could help make the country more secure. Interviewed in September
by Bay Area paper Contra Costa Times, Farmer explained
that IPIX’s imaging technology, long used on the Internet
to let viewers see items on eBay or go on a 360-degree virtual
tour of a home, has been transformed for digital cameras. Among
the new products is the CommandView360, an outdoor product. The
two cameras face back to back, allowing the device to capture the
entire sphere, Farmer told the paper. IPIX’s technology won
approval from the Secret Service for use at the G8 Summit at Sea
Island, Georgia, last summer. “Our systems were used to monitor
(the international dignitaries) when they arrived at the airport,
when they went in and out of buildings for logistical purposes,
and then also moving them around the island,” he told the Times.
Rob Karwath, ’02, (XP-71),
is associate managing editor for the business section of the Chicago
Tribune. He oversees a department of 63 journalists who produce
the paper’s daily section as well as five weekly sections
on real estate, the automotive industry, and personal finance.
Karwath has served in a number of roles at the Tribune,
including stints on the business side as general manager of suburban
operations and as business development director. He came to the
paper in 1985 after graduating from the University of Kansas. Karwath
has been a reporter, political editor, and Sunday metro editor.
John Keeley, ’65, manager of
the $155 million Keeley Small Cap Value Fund, was featured in a
story on Bloomberg.com for “generating above-average
returns by buying shares of U.S. companies that are emerging from
bankruptcy or being restructured.” Although the fund was
started to allow Keeley’s family and friends to invest even
if they couldn’t afford the $1 million minimum for separate
accounts, it now has over $1.1 billion in assets. His fund is up
8.5 percent this year, ranking it second among 146 small-cap funds
that Bloomberg tracked, bested only by FBR Small Cap Value Fund.
Tim Michels, ’97 (XP-66), won
the Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate primary on Sept. 14. Michels,
who co-owns Michels Corp., a construction company, defeated three
challengers and will face incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in November.
Michels served for 12 years in the Army Rangers—experience
that appealed to voters, according to Gail Chimenti, Republican
Party chairman of Brown County, Wisconsin.
Dumas Siméus, ’72, was
appointed by Florida governor Jeb Bush to the newly formed Haiti
Advisory Group, established to identify critical short-term and
long-term solutions to the key issues of Haiti’s reconstruction,
including economic development, education, technology, and the
environment. Siméus, chairman and CEO of Siméus Foods
International in Texas, created the Siméus Foundation, a
nonprofit organization that provides health care, food, clothing,
clean water, and educational opportunites to the people of Pont-Sondé,
Haiti, where he was born. More than 230,000 Haitians live in Florida,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making the state home to the
largest Haitian population in the country.