Alumni Connections - No. 6 - January 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

Altegris Investments, Inc.:
Craig W. Gilbert, ’02
, has joined the company as director of marketing. Headquartered in La Jolla, California, the firm provides individuals and institutions with information about such alternative investments as managed futures, hedge funds, and hedge fund of funds.

Dendreon Corporation:
Richard P. Rieger, '91
, was appointed vice president, business development, of the Seattle-based firm. Dendreon is a biotechnology company that develops innovative cancer treatments.

Digital Insight Corp.:
Paul J. Pucino, '92
, has been appointed executive vice president and CFO, effective in January. Based in Calabasas, California, the firm makes software that enables bank and credit union customers to make balance inquiries, view transaction histories, transfer funds, and pay bills over the Internet.

EXPO Design Center:
Bruce Nelson, '84
, has joined the firm as merchandising vice president. A division of Home Depot, EXPO's 54 stores sell high-end fixtures, flooring, appliances, and home accessories for kitchens and bathrooms. The company is headquartered in Atlanta.

Human Genome Sciences, Inc.:
H. Thomas Watkins, '79
, has been appointed CEO and a member of the board of directors. Based in Rockville, Maryland, the firm develops new gene-based protein and antibody drugs.

Information Handling Services Group:
Matthew Levin, '98
, has been appointed senior vice president, corporate development and strategic planning. Based in Englewood, Colorado, IHS publishes technical documents focusing on engineering, energy, and regulatory issues and distributes the data in electronic formats including Internet, intranet, and CD-ROM.

Lipman Hearne:
Julia Marie Brady, '96
, has joined the firm as associate vice president in its Chicago office. Lipman Hearne has created a newspaper advertising campaign for Chicago GSB and is currently working to promote the Executive MBA Program.

Lynch Interactive Corporation:
John A. Cole, MBA '76, JD '76
, has been appointed vice president, corporate development, general counsel, and secretary of the firm. Based in Rye, New York, the company is a diversified holding company engaged in telecommunications, cable TV and broadcasting, personal communications, and related wireless services.

Milacron Inc.:
Sallie B. Bailey, '84
, has been named to the company's board of directors. Bailey is senior vice president-finance and controller at the Timken Company in Canton, Ohio. Milacron, based in Cincinnati, is a leading global supplier of plastics-processing technologies and industrial fluids with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm employs about 3,500 people.

Paragon Global Resources, Inc.:
Craig Selders, '90
, has joined the company as senior vice president of global business development. Based in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the firm is the parent company of Paragon Relocation Resources, Paragon Financial Resources, Paragon Real Estate Resources, and Paragon Career Resources.

Phelps Dodge Mining Company:
Jeffrey Best, '01
, has joined the company as manager, project development, leading the international and domestic mine expansion projects, mine start-ups, and other opportunities for growth. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the company is the world's second largest producer of copper and the world's largest publicly traded copper producer, employing more than 14,000 people worldwide.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company:
Timothy L. Dove, '81
, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. Previously, Dove was executive vice president and CFO. Headquartered in Dallas, Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Argentina, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, and Tunisia.

RF Monolithics, Inc.:
Joseph E. Andrulis, '90
, has been appointed vice president of marketing. Based in Dallas, the firm makes a broad range of radio frequency components for the telecommunications, automotive, consumer, industrial, medical, distribution, and security markets worldwide.

SmartSignal Corporation:
Steve Tonissen, '76
, has been named vice president of marketing. Based in Lisle, Illinois, the firm designs and manufactures equipment condition monitoring software that warns of potential failure in any factory, machine, or operating system, from a turbine to a wristwatch.

Chris Russell, '89
, has been named senior vice president of marketing. The San Mateo, California-based company provides tax-advantaged spending accounts for health care, dependent care, and commuter benefits.

Zyman Group:
Lee White, '79
, has been named the first chief operating officer for the international management consulting firm, based in its Atlanta office. The company also has offices in Chicago and Mexico City and was ranked the fastest-growing consulting firm on the 2004 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies.

Alumni to Know

JoAnn Lilek, '83, was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune in December about leaving LaSalle Bank after more than 20 years to become CFO at DSC Logistics, a supply-chain management firm based in Des Plaines, Illinois. Through her involvement with Metropolitan Chicago YWCA, Lilek met fellow supporters Cheryl Francis, '78, and Sheila Penrose, former executive-in-residence at Chicago GSB, who later recommended Lilek for the job in 2001. Lilek told the paper, "LaSalle was a fairly secure environment. This move had an element of risk, but it's also exciting." Her mentors included Ted Roberts, the bank's CFO, who encouraged her to get involved in local charities. As an undergraduate at Loyola University, she wrote "a mini-dissertation successfully replicating a proof of [Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance] Eugene Fama's random walk theory," Lilek told the Tribune. The professor inspired her to enroll at Chicago GSB to get her MBA, she said.

Karen L. Newman, MBA '73, PhD '78, has been named dean of the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Newman taught organizational behavior, change management, and teambuilding at Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, and Bucknell University. She served as a visiting lecturer at the Czech Management Center in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia. Newman most recently served as dean of the Robbins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

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