Alumni Connections - No. 7 - February 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

Capgemini U.S. LLC.:
James J. Pizzo, '84
, has rejoined the company's health practice as vice president. He spent 20 years at the Atlanta-based firm before joining Huron Consulting Group, where he established that firm's health care consulting practice. Last August, he returned to Capgemini, which provides consulting, technology, and outsourcing services in the health care industry. Pizzo works in the firm's Chicago office.

Conseco, Inc.:
James E. Hohmann, '92
, was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Conseco owns several subsidiaries that sell supplemental health, life, annuities, and other insurance products.

Credence Systems Corporation:
John C. Batty, '82
, has been named senior vice president of finance and CFO. Headquartered in Milpitas, California, the firm makes test equipment and related software used in the design and manufacturing of semiconductors.

Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.:
Craig Tooman, '92
, has been appointed executive vice president, strategic planning and corporate communications. Based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, the biopharmaceutical company develops drugs to treat life-threatening diseases.

Greenhill & Co., Inc.:
Tim Haddock, '95
, has been named a managing director and is based in the firm's New York office. Greenhill is a leading investment bank that provides financial advisory and merchant banking fund management services.

Harley-Davidson, Inc.:
Judson C. Green, '76
, has been named to the board of directors of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based manufacturer. Green is president and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation, which develops and supplies digital maps for navigation systems to such clients as the automotive industry.

Incode Corporation:
Steven Beebe, '83
, was named chief technology officer. Based in Mount Arlington, New Jersey, the firm acquires, develops, and commercializes e-businesses in such sectors as online dating, information, retail, industrial, and financial services. Incode is a subsidiary of BIB Holdings, Ltd.

Mesirow Financial:
Diane Swonk, '89
, has been named chief economist and senior managing director of the diversified financial services firm, which is based in Chicago.

Pacer International, Inc:
Andrew C. Clarke, '98
, has been named to the board of directors. Based in Concord, California, the firm provides third-party logistics and freight transportation. Clarke is chief financial officer and senior vice president of Forward Air Corporation.

Pittsburgh Logistics Systems Inc.:
Laurence Cox, '94
, was appointed director of logistics support. Based in Rochester, Pennsylvania, the third-party logistics company manages freight transportation for companies in the metals, lumber, and building products industries.

Probitas Partners:
Jeff Mills, '01
, joined the firm's relationship management team. Based in San Francisco, the company provides integrated, global investment alternatives. Mills comes to Probitas from Siebel Systems.

RCN Corporation:
Lee S. Hillman, '79
, has been appointed to the board of directors. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the firm is the nation's largest facilities-based provider of bundled phone, cable, and high-speed Internet services delivered over its own fiber optic network. Hillman is president of Liberation Investment Advisory Group.

Scottish Re Group Limited:
William Spiegel, '90
, has been named a director of the company. Based in Hamilton, Bermuda, the firm is a global life reinsurance specialist.

Prakash Shimpi, '86
, has been named practice leader for enterprise risk management. Tillinghast is the actuarial consulting unit at Towers Perrin, Inc., the management consulting firm in New York.

Tornado Solutions:
Hal Halladay, '90
, has been named president. The company is a web publisher and advertiser.

U.S. Small Business Administration:
Stephen Galvan, '96
, was appointed chief operating officer and chief of staff in 2004. Previously, he worked for the SBA as chief information officer and at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in information technology and e-government.

United Systems Integrators Corp.:
Lynne Herer Smith, '86
, was appointed vice president and director of strategic consulting services, west region. She is located in the Seattle office. Based in Stamford, Connecticut, USI is a national corporate real estate services firm.

VF Corporation:
Jeff Kuster, '97
, was named vice president-business operations of the firm's international intimates division. Corporate headquarters are in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the firm, which manufactures brand-name jeans, intimate apparel, and sportswear. Kuster will be based in Barcelona, Spain.

VistaCare, Inc.:
David W. Elliott Jr., '87
, was named president and chief operation officer. The firm, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a leading provider of hospice services in the U.S.

V-One Corporation:
Vernon R. Broders, '94
, joined the board of directors. Based in Germantown, Maryland, the firm is a global Internet security company. Broders is founding partner and director of client services for CharterMast Partners LLC, a consulting firm.

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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