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Alumni Connections - No. 12 - July 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 editor@chicagobooth.edu.

Alumni on the Move

BMO Nesbitt Burns:
Fred Mifflin, '83
, has been appointed vice chair of the firm's investment banking group, with management responsibility for the investment and corporate banking division in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He has been with BMO since 1992.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange:
Jeffrey P. Kilinski, '88
, has been appointed director, interest rate products. He previously served as a vice president for Lehman Brothers and J. P. Morgan Futures Inc. CME is the largest futures exchange in the United States.

Duke University:
Robert K. Steel, '84
, has been elected chairman of the school's board of trustees. Retired since February 2004 as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, Steel currently serves as advisory director for the firm and teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Enigmatec Corp.:
Mark Tolliver, '78
, has been named chairman of the Palo Alto, California-based software company's board of directors. He is CEO of Palamida, a San Francisco-based firm focused on software intellectual property management/compliance. Enigmatec specializes in data center automation.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp.:
Matthew Janopaul, '99
, has been named president and COO. He has been a strategic advisor to the company since 2001 and a member of its board of directors since 2004. Fender, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a leading manufacturer of guitars and amplifiers.

Freeman Associates Investment Management, LLC:
Thomas M. Anichini, '92
, has joined the firm as senior vice president, portfolio manager. Based in Rancho Santa Fe, California, Freeman Associates is a quantitative investment firm managing institutional equity portfolios.

GE Commercial Finance:
Allan Wieman, '82
, has been appointed industry leader for the paper, packaging, printing, and forest products marketplace by the company's Commercial & Industrial Finance unit. Wieman joined GE in 1989. GE Commercial Finance, with assets of more than $230 billion, is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Guidance Capital:
Ming Pan, '04
, has joined the Chicago-based fund-of-funds operator. Formerly an engineer at Motorola, Pan is currently researching managed-futures firms for a vehicle that Guidance plans to launch this summer.

Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority:
Christine Schuster, '89
, was appointed to the board of the self-funded public authority, which provides low-cost funds to nonprofits, by Governor Mitt Romney. Schuster is the new president and CEO of Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

Northwest Airlines:
Steven M. Sear, '92
, has been promoted from managing director of reservations services to vice president-sales. He has held several key managerial positions since joining the company in 1992. Northwest is the world's fourth largest airline.

Oshkosh Truck Corp.:
Robert A. Cornog, '66
, has joined the board of directors. Cornog is the retired chairman, president, and CEO of Snap-On Inc. Oshkosh Truck Corp. manufactures specialty trucks and truck bodies for the defense, fire and emergency, concrete placement, and refuse hauling markets.

Prudential Mortgage Capital Co.:
Carolyn McMullen, '92
, has joined the company's FHA-insured commercial loan business, known as Prudential Huntoon Paige. She is responsible for the firm's new Midwest regional office in Chicago. McMullen most recently worked for GMAC Commercial Mortgage.

Quantitative Services Group LLC:
Yvonne Kehinde, '04
, has joined the analyst team responsible for two rapidly growing trading cost analysis services. Her previous experience at QSG was in marketing. The independently owned consulting firm and provider of equity analytics is based in Naperville, Illinois.

RBC Capital Markets:
Marc Daniel, MBA '90, JD '90
, has joined the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC Financial Group as the senior New York-based managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group. He most recently worked as senior managing director at Bear Stearns & Co.

Tessera Technologies:
Kirk Flatow, '85
, has been named senior vice president of the firm's advanced semiconductor packaging group. Previously, he was senior vice president of marketing and sales for the San Jose, California-based firm, which provides miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry.

Tower Investments. Inc.:
Wayne Weitz, '89
, has been appointed chief financial officer. Before joining the Philadelphia-based real estate development company, Weitz served as managing director of corporate investment banking at Commerce Bank in Philadelphia.

VFA, Inc.:
Ameeta Soni, '84
, has joined the firm as vice president, marketing and business development. A published author and frequent panelist and speaker, she has worked for two decades in the technology sector. Boston-based VFA provides software and services for facilities management and capital planning.

Vita Food Products, Inc.:
Clifford Bolen, '98 (XP-67)
, has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in operations management and senior financial management. William Zaikos, '99, has been hired as vice president of marketing. He worked at Kraft Foods for more than 12 years, most recently as a brand manager. Vita seafood is a leader in the U.S. herring and packaged salmon markets.


Alumni to Know

CDW Corp., a Fortune 500 provider of technology products and services with $5.7 in annual sales, is sending 10 employee volunteers to Thailand for two weeks this month. Their mission: to rebuild homes in Khao Lak, an area devastated by last year's tsunamis. John Edwardson, '72, CDW's chairman and CEO, first helped raise $322,000 by agreeing to match all employee contributions to tsunami relief. He then offered to draw 10 names from the contributors' list for the expense-paid trip to Thailand. Michael Krauss, AB '75, MBA '76, reported in his Chicago Sun-Times Tech Matters column (May 30), "It's … good to know there are CEOs like Edwardson mobilizing community spirit while still delivering stellar financial results to shareholders."

David Friedman, '86, managing director for Ford India, says that the automaker has set its sights on "stable" growth in the face of tough competition as it prepares to unveil a new model in India later this year. "Ford has been deliberate in its pace of growth for good reason-the company worldwide has been through a rough patch in the North America market, so it was a difficult time to look at making new investments elsewhere," Friedman explained. "At the same time, competition has heated up here and margins have been squeezed, so we've been deliberate about rolling out new models." The 18-year Ford veteran, who has held his current post since 2001, was interviewed June 7 by Reuters.

Chicago mayor Richard Daley in May named 33-year-old Ron Huberman, MBA '00, AM '00, his new chief-of-staff. The Chicago Tribune reported on May 31 that Huberman, who was born in Israel and grew up in Tennessee and suburban Chicago, worked for the Chicago Police Department for nine years before being tapped to head the city's 911 center in 2004. He is now charged, according to the Tribune, with "cleaning up City Hall in the midst of a federal investigation into corruption and with reshaping city government to make it more efficient-all while overseeing the city's day to day operations and the daily delivery of public services." Huberman, described by city officials as a technical whiz and an innovative, creative manager, said, "We are looking at everything. …There are no sacred cows."

Jay Malin, '03, formerly CEO of Deerfield, Illinois-based Xinnia Technology, is the new vice president of business development for CableMatrix Technologies Inc., the Israel-based firm that has acquired Xinnia. CableMatrix will move its headquarters to Deerfield but retain its R&D center in Israel. Co-founded by Malin in 2003, Xinnia makes software that enables cable companies to provide premium broadband connections. CableMatrix develops PacketCable Multimedia (PCMM)-based Policy Server platforms that allow cable operators to maximize their revenues. The news was reported in the May 23 Tech Matters column by Michael Krauss, AB '75, MBA '76, in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Seventy-seven fund managers ranked Robert W. Baird & Co.'s research department and institutional equity services team as their highest-quality, most trusted source of research in 2005. The company, headed by president and CEO Paul Purcell, '71, received 12 first-place rankings in the 2005 Greenwich Associates Survey of Small/Mid-Cap Funds. In addition, Baird was named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the second consecutive year, moving up from number 73 in 2004 to number 18 in 2005. The firm is based in Milwaukee.

Thomas S. Ricketts, AB '87, MBA '93, founder of Chicago-based investment bank Incapital Holdings LLC, was the subject of a profile published in the June 13 issue of BusinessWeek. "In the mid-1990s, when the world was crazy for stocks, [Ricketts] pioneered the idea of having companies sell their investment-grade bonds to retail investors, rather than just to institutions," according to the article. Now six-year-old Incapital goes toe-to-toe with Merrill Lynch and ABN AMRO, each underwriting about one-third of the $100 billion outstanding in such bonds. And although rising interest rates have slowed bond sales, Ricketts is bullish for the long term, noting that U.S. baby boomers are fueling demand for fixed-income securities and that wealthy investors in Europe and Asia are also seeking safety and stability in their investments.

Ahmed Saeed, MBA '96, JD '96, is working for the Department of the Treasury as a 2004-2005 White House Fellow. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, the Fellows program attracts exceptional young professionals with demonstrated leadership ability to serve for one year as paid assistants to senior White House staff and Cabinet members and to study policy formulation, current affairs, leadership, and public service. Saeed most recently worked as managing director of NextCom Venture Partners, where he oversaw all investment activities and managed the firm's operations. He has also reported and anchored television news for Muslim satellite TV, translated several historic Islamic texts for publication in English, and provided pro bono legal and business advice to Pakistani-American widows.

Jill Smart, '91, managing partner of human resources at Accenture, told the Chicago Tribune that Marvin Zonis, professor emeritus of business administration, was an influential teacher at the GSB. "He was the first one who helped me truly understand about the rest of the world and the global nature of the business world," she said. " He really helped me see how something going on in Iran impacts Chicago." Smart is responsible for global recruiting and for personnel management for the consulting firm's 110,000 employees worldwide. In the newspaper's Career Path column on May 23, she also described how she has utilized her "people skills" to succeed in her career. "Working is not about networking," she stated. "It's about building relationships with people to deliver on a goal."

When the Wall Street Journal published its 2005 "Best on the Street" analyst survey on May 16, several GSB alumni were among those listed:

Joel Gomberg, '92, was ranked at the top among analysts covering investment services. Gomberg, who works for William Blair & Co in Chicago, has made the list twice before.

Todd Jordan, '96, was ranked the top analyst covering hotels and casinos. He left Buckingham Research Group in New York early this year to join a hedge fund, the Journal reported. Jordan has made the cut four times.

Christopher Quilty, '96, was ranked the top stock analyst covering aerospace and defense. Quilty, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is vice president for equity research at Raymond James & Associates. He has made the list twice.

Richard B. Shane Jr., '97, made the list twice: he ranked second in consumer and specialty finance and fourth in real estate. Shane is a senior research analyst at Jefferies & Co. Inc. He too has appeared several times on previous lists.

T. Michael Walkley, '99, made the list for telecommunications equipment, where he placed fifth. Walkley is a managing director and senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray.

Brian G. Alexander, '00, placed fifth among analysts covering computers and office equipment. Alexander is a senior vice president for equity research at Raymond James & Associates. He has appeared twice on the list.


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