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Alumni Connections - No. 21 - April 2006

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

Alien Technology Corporation:
Robert Eulau, '85, has been appointed executive vice president and CFO. Based in Morgan Hill, California, the firm makes radio frequency identification products for global customers in government, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and other industries.

AMCORE Financial, Inc.:
Donald Wilson, '85, has joined the company as CFO and executive vice president. Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, the firm has banking assets of $5.3 billion and provides consumer and commercial banking services at 72 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin.

American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc., and American BioScience, Inc.:
Nicole Williams, '70, is in line to become division president of American Pharmaceutical Partners. Williams has been CFO of APP since August 2002. Last November, APP signed a merger agreement with ABI to create Abraxis BioScience. Williams also is expected to become CFO of Abraxis BioScience, a global pharmaceutical company.

Anacomp:
Jeff Cartwright, '91, joined the company as CFO. Headquartered in San Diego, the firm provides computer support services to thousands of businesses around the world.

BMO Nesbitt Burns:
Frederick Mifflin, '83, has been appointed vice chair, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and global head of investment and corporate banking. The firm is a member of BMO Financial Group. Mifflin has spent more than 16 years with the company, most recently as deputy head and chief operating officer of investment and corporate banking.

Cadmus Communications Corporation:
John Miller, '95, has joined the organization as senior vice president for sales and marketing for the firm's Publisher Services Group. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the company provides graphic communications to professional publishers, not-for-profit organizations, and corporations. Cadmus also is the fifth largest publisher of periodicals in North America.

Cattle-Fax:
John Maddux, '86, has been elected president. Based in Denver, Cattle-Fax provides market information, analysis, research, and educational services, and is owned and directed by its cattle-producer members, including Maddux. He is owner/manager of Bentz Valley, Inc., a cow/calf and yearling operation in Chase County, Nebraska, and manages a 30,000-acre ranch with his parents.

Conforma Therapeutics Corporation:
John Crawford, '79, has been named to the newly created position of CFO at the San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company. The firm designs drugs to treat cancer.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.:
Bill Stitt, '94, has joined the New York-based firm as managing director specializing in the health care services sector.

Keel Asset Management, LLC:
Mark Watson, '92, has been named chairman, CEO, and chief investment officer of the employee-owned boutique investment firm. Based in Chicago, Keel is a minority-owned company.

Legg Mason, Inc.:
Sam Peters, '99, has been named the sole portfolio manager of the Legg Mason Special Investment Trust by Legg Mason Capital Management, a subsidiary. Headquartered in Baltimore, Legg Mason, Inc., is a global asset management firm structured as a holding company.

Martek Biosciences:
Polly Kawalek, '78, has been named to the board of directors of the firm, which develops, manufactures, and sells naturally produced products from microalgae and fungi. The firm is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

PetroGlobe Inc.:
William Demcoe, '71, has joined the board of directors. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the firm explores for and sells oil and gas.

PIMCO:
Thomas Otterbein, '94, has been promoted to managing director. Previously, he was account manager of the firm's northeast client service office in New York City. He joined the firm in 1994 and is a senior member of PIMCO's investment strategy group and co-head of U.S. account management. Based in Newport Beach, California, the firm has more than $594 billion in fixed-income assets under management in the United States.

Reliant Energy, Inc.:
Brian Landrum, '91, has been promoted to executive vice president, operations. Based in Houston, Texas, the firm is one of the largest independent energy producers in the United States with the capacity to produce 16,000 megawatts of power.

Ryder System, Inc.:
Robert Brunn, '88, has been appointed vice president of investor relations and public affairs for the national truck rental firm. Previously, he served as group director of investor relations for Ryder, which is headquartered in Miami.

Third Wave Technologies Inc.:
Gregory Hamilton, '01, has been appointed executive vice president of finance. Previously, he was executive director of planning and administration for the Madison, Wisconsin-based firm, which develops molecular diagnostics to analyze DNA and RNA.

Wendy's International, Inc.:
Jerry Levin, '68, has been named to the board of directors of the Dublin, Ohiobased firm. Levin is chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, a management and investment firm.


Alumni to Know

Andrew Goldberg, ’94, is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker whose new documentary for PBS will air the week of April 17. “The Armenian Genocide” was written, directed and produced by Goldberg, in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. It features interviews with experts such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian. Also included in the documentary are never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players. The film is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom, among others. For those GSB alumni in the Chicago area, Andrew Goldberg will appear at a presentation of the film on April 22. For details visit the website of the Armenian General Benevolent Union/Chicago.

Sheila Mikhail, '93, was profiled February 11 by the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, News & Observer about creating Funny Girl Ventures, "an angel fund that combines the structure of a venture capital fund with the philosophy of individual investors," the paper said. Mikhail plans to back early-stage medical technologies that target women's or childhood diseases, the story said. Her law firm, Life Sciences Law, already invests 25 percent of its revenue in such startups; the fund formalizes those relationships, Mikhail told the paper.

Cathy Peng, ’01, was featured in an article in Finland’s top business magazine, MoveOn. Peng is a senior manager and general manager of a Finnish consultancy, Synocus Group. Her first assignment, in 2005, was to set up the firm’s business in China. As described in the profile, Peng’s background makes her an ideal fit for global business. Born in mainland China, she’s worked for a Hong Kong-based German company; owned one of the top ten Motorola dealers in China; spent several years in Chicago working for Motorola and getting her MBA; and then moved to Helsinki. Recently, she was transferred to New York where she will run Synocus’ international operations. View story (.pdf).

Mark Watson, ’92, launches Keel Asset Management LLC. The employee-owned boutique firm will focus on managing assets administered by a variety of institutions including corporate, public, Taft Hartley plans, and endowments/ foundations. The firm will use a relative value approach within mid-cap core and mid-cap value strategies. Watson has over 20 years experience in the investment field. He has worked in Chicago, New York and London. Watson has been a featured guest on financial cable and radio programs as well as in the financial press, including Bloomberg Radio and TV, WBBM Radio, CBS MarketWatch and Barron's.


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