Alumni Connections - No. 17 - December 2005

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

Advanced ID Corporation:
Daniel Finch, '69, was appointed president and CEO. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the firm develops products for identifying and tracking livestock and other animals, including radio-frequency identification semiconductor chips embedded in animal tracking tags.

Beth Vondrak, '05 (XP-74), was named vice president and general manager of a new division of Adhesives Research, Inc. Based in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, the firm makes such products as adhesive and film coating that are used in making medical devices.

BankUnited Financial Corp.:
James Foster, '71, was named executive vice president of corporate finance. Based in Coral Gables, Florida, the firm is the holding company for BankUnited FSB, the largest banking institution headquartered in Florida as measured by assets.

Julie Roehm, '95, was highlighted in a Fortune magazine article about online brand advertising. She is director of marketing communications at the automotive firm.

Columbia Management:
Frederick Copper, '98, was appointed head of the firm's international equities team and will be based in its Boston office. Columbia Management is the primary asset management arm of Bank of America.

Dresner Investment Services:
Matt Phillips, '00, was named vice president. Based in Chicago, the firm is a middle-market investment bank.

DynTek, Inc.:
Casper Zublin, '93 (XP-62), was appointed to the board of directors. Zublin was appointed CEO in June and had joined DynTek in 2004 as chief operating officer. Based in Irvine, California, the firm provides professional technology services to such customers as state and local governments and educational institutions.

Equity Office Properties Trust:
Debbie Ferruzzi, '92, was promoted to executive vice president of corporate strategy. Based in Chicago, the firm is the largest publicly held office building owner and manager in the nation.

Joe Woods, '83, has joined the firm as executive vice president of sales and marketing. The company, based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, provides cellular phone service.

Fitch Ratings:
Vincent Matsui, '85, has joined the firm as a senior director who will be part of the agency's CDO asset manager ratings group. Based in New York, the company is one of the nation's top credit rating agencies.

Ford Motor Company of Canada:
William Osborne, '01 (XP-70), was appointed president and CEO. Osborne, who joined Ford 15 years ago, previously was executive director of Ford pickup truck and commercial vehicles.

Grubb & Ellis:
Dylan Taylor, '98, has joined as executive vice president and regional managing director of corporate services for the commercial real estate firm, which is headquartered in suburban Northbrook, Illinois.

Harris Alternatives:
Roxanne Martino, '88, was profiled in the Chicago Tribune in August. She currently serves as president of the hedge fund investment firm, which is based in Chicago.

Health Hero Network:
Philip Bouchard, '84, was named chief operating officer. The firm makes a high-tech home health monitor called HealthBuddy and is based in Mountain View, California.

Jefferies & Company, Inc.:
Ross Stevens, '96, has joined as head of electronic trading services. Based in New York, the company is a global investment bank and institutional securities firm.

Journal of Finance:
Campbell Harvey, PhD '86, has been named editor. Published six times a year, the journal is the official publication of the American Finance Association. Harvey is a professor of international business at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

LifeCell Corporation:
Michael Minogue, '01 (XP-70), has been named to the board of directors. The firm, headquartered in Branchburg, New Jersey, develops and markets products made from human tissue for use in reconstructive and other surgery. Minogue is chairman, CEO, and president of ABIOMED, which develops medical devices.

Light Sciences Oncology, Inc.:
Craig Taylor, '94, has joined the board of directors. Based in Seattle, the company develops light infusion technology to treat solid tumors. Taylor is partner of Adams Street Partners, a global manager of private equity partnership investments.

NewGen Ventures Inc.:
Peter Kertes, '74, has been named president and CEO of the firm that was recently created to invest in and expand early stage private and public companies that meet specific criteria, targeting health care technologies and communications. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, NewGen Ventures is a newly formed division of Med Gen Inc.

Northern Trust Global Investments:
Kevin Kresnicka, '01, has joined the firm's private equity group as private equity specialist. Northern Trust Corporation is based in Chicago.

Palio Communications:
Jon Hussey, '99, has been appointed vice president/account director for the firm, an advertising and communications agency based in Saratoga Springs, New York.

PG&E Corporation:
Julia Martin Murphy, '02, has been named manager of strategic planning for electric transmissions for the San Francisco-based energy company.

PG&E Corporation:
Rand Rosenberg, '77, was named senior vice president of corporate strategy and development for the San Francisco-based energy company.
Chris McGurk, '82, has joined the board of directors. Based in Los Angeles, the firm provides online comparison shopping services.

Quantitative Services Group LLC:
Yvonne Kehinde, '04, moved from marketing to financial analysis at the consulting firm, which is based in west suburban Naperville, Illinois.

Russell Reynolds:
Soo Hong-Sidman, '97, has joined the executive search firm in its New York office.

Ryder System, Inc.:
Juliet Johansson, '98, was appointed vice president of marketing for the firm's Fleet Management Solutions segment, which acquires, maintains, and disposes of commercial vehicles. Ryder is based in Miami.

Tata Consultancy Services:
Jalpa Tewari, '02, is the new marketing manager for the East Coast. The firm is an information technology company based in India with a primary U.S. office in New York.

Kenneth Feldman, '87, has been named vice president for loyalty and e-commerce of the Chicago-based firm, which is the parent company of United Airlines.

Alumni to Know

Jon Corzine, '73, became New Jersey's 52nd Governor November 8. A Democratic United States senator, he campaigned in part on his experience as former chief executive of Goldman Sachs; he told voters his business background could help New Jersey tackle its deficits and also end corruption. Corzine grew up on a farm in Illinois. After receiving his MBA at Chicago GSB, he pursued a career on Wall Street. He was elected to the Senate in 2000. Corzine's campaign and the election were covered November 9 in The New York Times, the New Jersey Star Ledger, and the Washington Post. The Times called him "one of the most powerful state leaders in the country." Read a profile that appeared in Chicago GSB.

Joseph Neubauer, '65, was listed among great board members in an October 24 issue of BusinessWeek. Compiled by the Outstanding Directors Institute, the honor role includes nine directors out of 60 nominated. "These are the people who go into the boardroom and challenge management," institute chairman Michael Griffin told the magazine. Neubauer, chairman and CEO of ARAMARK, is a director at Federated Department Stores, Wachovia, and Verizon Communications. Read a profile that appeared in Chicago GSB when he received the 2003 Distinguished Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award.

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