Alumni Connections - No. 10 - May 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

Bimal Kalvani, '95
, has joined the company as president of its flexible packaging business. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Alcoa Flexible Packaging makes a variety of materials, including blister lidding foil, thermoformed trays, cable wrap, and shrink film.

American Century Investments:
Michael Perelstein, '86
, co-manages the company's newly launched foreign large-cap growth fund, American Century International Stock. He is also co-manager of American Century's flagship International Growth fund.

American Financial Realty Trust (AFR):
Robert Patterson, '78
, (XP-40) has joined the real estate investment trust as senior vice president for acquisitions. AFR focuses on acquiring and leasing properties occupied by financial institutions.

ASM International:
Naud van der Ven, '85
, will join the firm June 1 as chief financial officer. The Netherlands-based company and its subsidiaries design and manufacture equipment and materials for the production of semiconductor devices.

Bally Total Fitness:
Katherine Abbott, '77
, has joined the company as vice president and treasurer. Bally operates more than 400 fitness centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Korea, China, and the Caribbean.

Cube Route:
Alex Walker, '93
, has joined the firm as chief executive officer. He also sits on the board of directors of the Toronto-based managed logistics service.

Dana Corporation:
Jay Klinko, '02
, has been promoted to program manager for BMW products. The Toledo, Ohio-based company is a leading supplier of axle, driveshaft, engine, frame, chassis, and transmission technologies.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.:
Richard Rizzo, '98
, joins the firm's collateralized debt obligations (CDO) group within the global markets division this month. As a director in CDO trading, he is based in New York.

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary:
Gregory Hayes, '02
, has been named a partner in the Chicago law firm's corporate and securities group, where he concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and general corporate law.

Emerson Hospital:
Christine Schuster, '89
, will become president and CEO July 1. The full-service, nonprofit community hospital is located in Concord, Massachusetts.

Fired Up Inc.:
H. G. "Carey" Carrington Jr., '79
, has joined the Austin, Texas-based company as CFO. Fired Up Inc. owns, operates, and franchises 142 Johnny Carino's Italian restaurants in 26 states and is poised to expand both domestically and internationally over the next 10 years.

Global Markets Capital Group, LLC (GMCG):
Michael Levitan, '93
, has joined the investment bank as a principal in the New York office. GMCG provides strategic advisory services and M&A expertise to public and private life science companies.

Legg Mason Capital Management (LMCM):
Sam Peters, '99
, has joined the firm as senior vice president/portfolio manager. He co-manages the Legg Mason Special Investment Trust and LMCM's midcap separate accounts. LMCM is a subsidiary of Baltimore-based Legg Mason Inc.

Linux Networx:
Rene Copeland, '78
, has joined the Utah-based company as executive vice president for global sales and marketing. Linux Networx is a provider of high-end computing systems that are used for simulation, analysis, and modeling.

Reginald "Reggie" Lyon, '02
, has joined the firm as vice president of client services. He will oversee the cosmetics business unit of the Dallas-based field sales and marketing company.

Pelican Products:
Scott Ermeti, '02
, has been promoted to vice president of marketing and international business development. Pelican Products manufactures high-impact, watertight cases and safety-approved flashlights.

Pfizer Inc.:
Karen Katen, '74
, president of Pfizer Human Health, has been named a vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. and a member of its newly formed executive committee. Katen joined the pharmaceutical and consumer health care products firm in 1974 after completing her MBA at Chicago.

PMI Group Inc.:
Bill Horning, '89
, has joined the company as vice president of investor relations. The PMI Group Inc., headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, offers residential mortgage insurance, credit enhancement products, and financial guaranty insurance and reinsurance.

David Barnes, '87
, has joined the electronics retailer as chief financial officer. He was formerly CFO at Coors Brewing.

SkinMedica Inc.:
Dianne Denton, '89
, has been promoted to vice president of pharmaceutical marketing, overseeing the marketing of the company's two prescription products to the U.S. dermatology market. The Carlsbad, California-based firm also sells cosmeceutical products through physicians.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):
Thomas Kierans, '63
, has been appointed to the council, an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training and works to help develop improved policies and practices in key areas of Canadian life.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.:
Javier Benito, '87
, has joined the global hotel giant as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. The company owns, operates, and franchises hotels and resorts, including Sheraton and Westin.

Xantrex Technology Inc.:
Christopher Thompson, '01
, has joined the firm as vice president of engineering and product development. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company develops, manufactures, and markets advanced power electronic products.

Zimmer Holdings Inc.:
Stuart Essig, MBA '87
, PhD '92, has been elected to the board of directors of the Warsaw, Indiana-based orthopedic surgical product manufacturer. Essig is president and CEO of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation.

Alumni to Know

John L. Keeley Jr., '65, and his Keeley Small Cap Value Fund were featured recently in both Barron's and the Wall Street Journal. The small-cap portfolio, launched in 1993, now has well over $400 million in assets. The Journal reported that for the 12 months ending March 31, the fund posted a return of 24.4 percent, compared with the average 9 percent for its small-blend peers. According to Barron's, Keeley and his sons, John III and Mark, use several strategies based on corporate restructuring of small-cap companies. They generally avoid technology, media, and telecommunications offerings in favor of consumer services, manufacturing, energy, and utilities stocks.

Joseph Neubauer, '65, recently received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. The honor was bestowed by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan institution that studies national and world affairs. Neubauer, chairman and CEO of the ARAMARK Corporation, has "established himself as an integral part of Philadelphia's business community through his respected leadership style and his dedication to civic organizations," according to the Wilson Center. A member of several nonprofit and corporate boards, he has established the Neubauer Family Faculty Fellowships and the Neubauer Family Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the GSB.

Norman Bobins, '67, president and CEO of LaSalle Bank Corporation, told Crain's Chicago Business in April that he originally intended to become a history teacher. After doing most of his undergraduate work in Byzantine and Eastern European history, he decided that he needed to "get more focused and make a living," opting for business school instead of a graduate program in history. He also recounted how, on his first day in the GSB's full-time program, he happened to meet a student from his Wisconsin hometown. That connection proved invaluable-through him Bobins met Jim Nicholson, now his best friend and a member of LaSalle's board of directors.

Kevin Cushing, '82, became president and CEO last year of AlphaGraphics Inc., a printing and communications company that focuses on small and midsize businesses. The Salt Lake City-based firm has about 280 locations in 10 countries. Cushing, who still owns the two Minnesota AlphaGraphics franchises he opened in the 1990s, was profiled recently in the Deseret Morning News as a chief executive who listens to others' ideas and enjoys helping fellow franchise owners succeed in their business. "I have the opportunity right now basically to lead 280 of my good friends," he said. "I'm driven by the mission of making AlphaGraphics a good part of their lives."

Efi Gildor, '88, has paid $30.5 million for a 5.2 percent stake in Saifun, a computer chip startup-probably the largest investment in an Israeli startup by an individual, according to an Israeli newspaper. Ha'aretz reported in April that Gildor is an econometric models expert who "likes risk." Unlike many investors, however, he uses scientific tools to make projections in uncertain conditions, according to the paper. A former Israeli combat pilot who moved to the U.S., Gildor sold Arbitrade, the five-year-old company he founded, to a U.S. securities group for $460 million in 2000.

Julie Roehm, '95, director of marketing communications for the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands, told Crain's Chicago Business last month that it was at the GSB that she fell in love with marketing. "But she knew she had to sell something she liked," Crain's reported, "and narrowed the list to cars, wine, and travel." Roehm previously held a variety of marketing positions with Ford, where she directed the highly successful marketing launch of the Ford Focus when she was 28, pregnant with her first child, and only three years out of business school.

Arun Mehra, '97, manages the Fidelity Equity Fund, the first mutual fund offering by Fidelity Investments' new Indian company. The Smart Investor described the new fund as "an open-ended plain vanilla equity diversified fund aimed at long-term capital appreciation." Mehra said that Fidelity will follow a bottom-up approach in assembling the portfolio and then try to benchmark it, in order to avoid missing out on any "action" taking place in stocks outside the benchmark indices. The world's largest fund manager, Fidelity Investments manages more than $1.2 trillion in assets for more than 20 million investors worldwide. Mehra has been with the company since 1997.

Brett Smith, '01, is president of Wisconsin-based S&S Cycle Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance engines and components for motorcycles. Smith's grandfather, George Smith Sr., founded the company in 1958,four years after setting the world land speed record on his Harley-Davidson. Brett Smith served as an officer in the military and worked at John Deere as a project manager before agreeing to join his family's company in 2002. He told that he wants his company to be an industry leader not only in product and innovation, but also in honest and fair business practices. "When I got here, we already had the best products in the business," he said. "Now we're trying to lead in other ways."

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