Alumni Connections - No. 44 - March 2008

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

Aguila Technologies Inc.
Guilherme “Bill” Cardoso, ’04,
has been promoted to president. Previously, he was vice president of technology. Based in San Marcos, California, the company makes microchips and wafer-scale devices for use in the wireless automotive, electro-optical, biomedical, defense, and aerospace industries.

American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
Ronald Tarrson, ’72 (XP-31),
was elected to a one-year term on the board of directors. The Chicago-based foundation works to increase public and professional knowledge of periodontal diseases and therapies. Tarrson, past president and CEO for John O. Butler Company, which makes oral health care products, is managing partner and director of Santa Fe Aero Services, an avionics and maintenance supplier at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, airport.

Archstone Consulting
Jam Attari, ’93,
has joined as a principal in the San Francisco operations practice. The consulting firm is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Rosa Ebling, ’94,
has been appointed senior vice president and financial advisor at the Chicago office of the financial services firm. Baird has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Bausch & Lomb
Richard Wallman, ’74,
has been appointed to the board of directors. Based in Rochester, New York, the health care firm makes contact lenses and lens care products.

BNP Paribas
Evi Vogl, ’04 (EXP-9),
has joined as head of Frankfurt-based asset management business and cohead of institutional sales, Europe, for the French bank, which is headquartered in Paris.

Boingo Wireless, Inc.
Edward Zinser, ’82,
has joined as CFO. Based in Los Angeles, the company provides wireless internet access to consumers using laptops or mobile phones.

Chem Rx Corporation
Andrew Jones, ’86,
has been appointed to the board of directors of the institutional pharmacy services provider, which is headquartered in Long Beach, New York. Jones is founder and manager of North Star Partners, an investment firm based in Westport, Connecticut.

Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C.
Gerald Beeson, ’99,
has been promoted to chief operating officer from CFO. The Chicago-headquartered financial institution focuses on alternative investment strategies and services.

Con Edison
Gurudatta Nadkarni, ’98,
has been named vice president, strategic planning. The utility company is based in New York City.

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Sylvie Biragnet, ’03 (EXP-8),
has joined as executive director, global skincare marketing. She will be based in the cosmetic company’s New York headquarters.

Ford Australia
William Osborne, ’01 (XP-70),
has been named president. He previously was president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada.

FutureGen Alliance
Paul Thompson, ’81,
has been named new chairman of the board. Based in Washington DC, the nonprofit organization represents 13 of the world’s largest coal companies and electric utilities and is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to build a clean coal-fueled plant with near-zero emissions. Thompson is senior vice president of energy services at E.ON U.S., an international energy company.

Gen-Probe Incorporated
Carl Hull, ’82,
has been promoted to president from vice president and remains chief operating officer for the San Diego–based company, which makes diagnostic products to test for microorganisms.

Steven Marks, ’93,
has been appointed senior vice president, senior relationship manager, commercial middle-market. The financial services company is headquartered in Chicago.

Hartford Financial Service Group, Inc.
Jeffrey Lange, ’99,
has been promoted to vice president of the Houston branch. Previously, he was Houston branch manager. The company is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.

iMedia International, Inc.
Jeffrey Johnson, ’90,
has been appointed to the board of directors. Based in Singapore, the company creates marketing programs using digital applications and entertainment content. Johnson most recently was publisher, president, and CEO of the Los Angeles Times.

Damien Duhamel, ’05,
has been named head of two new offices in Shanghai and Singapore. The marketing consultancy is based in London.

Lightyear Capital LLC
David Cynn, ’98,
has been promoted to managing director at the New York–based private equity firm, which provides buyout and growth capital to companies in the financial services industry.

Paul Catalano, ’96,
has joined as a managing director at the independent international investment banking boutique, which has principal offices in Chicago, London, and Madrid.

The Morey Corporation
Matt Williams, ’92,
has joined as business development manager of the electronics company, which is based in Woodridge, Illinois.

Motorcar Parts of America, Inc.
Kevin Daly, ’89,
has been promoted to chief accounting officer from vice president and controller. Based in Los Angeles, the company makes alternators and starters.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Bill Royan, ’93,
has been appointed vice president, relationship investing, public equities. The independent corporation is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada and is headquartered in Toronto.

Brian Baker, ’97,
has been promoted to managing director. He is president and director of the firm’s Hong Kong office, PIMCO Asia Ltd. The investment management company is based in Newport Beach, California.

Thomas Caldwell, ’90,
has been appointed CFO. Based in London, the firm supplies engineered fuel cell membranes for the portable electronic and automotive industries.

Putnam World Trust II
Paul Quistberg, ’90,
was appointed a director. The umbrella unit trust is based in Dublin.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Julia Ragona, ’01,
has joined as chief broadcast operations officer. Funded by the United States and headquartered in Prague, the international broadcast organization serves eastern and southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and central and southwest Asia.

Secured Digital Storage Corporation
Patrick Gainer, ’92,
has joined as CFO. The Chicago-based company manages data and digital storage for businesses and information technology operations.

Kevin Smith, ’86,
has joined as chief operating officer and head of development for the solar thermal company, which is based in Los Angeles.

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.
David Lockwood, ’83,
has been appointed to the board of directors. Steinway is based in Waltham, Massachusetts. Lockwood is managing partner of ValueAct SmallCap Partners

Alumni to Know

Chyhe Becker, MBA ’97, PhD ’99,  has been named by the Securities and Exchange Commission to be Assistant Chief Economist in the Office of Economic Analysis. Becker, who started March 3, will oversee the Office of Litigation Support and manage the Commission's economic analysis conducted in support of the SEC's enforcement program. Ms. Becker brings more than 14 years of experience in economic and litigation consulting to her new position. Prior to joining the Commission staff, Ms. Becker served as a Principal at Chicago Partners, LLC. Her experience includes time at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, Deloitte and Touche LLP, and Andersen LLP. Ms. Becker received a Ph.D. and MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and a B.A. with honors from Yale University.

William Michael Cunningham, ’83, social investing advisor of Creative Investment Research, linked the failure of African-American-owned Douglass National Bank to the global mortgage crisis, according to a January 28 article in U.S. News & World Report. The bank, which originated in the 1940s, lost $1.3 million in 2007 and $4.3 million in 2006, the article said. Bad commercial real estate loans, not residential mortgage loans, led to recent losses, the article said. “It’s this secondary and tertiary impact of the crisis in the subprime market that’s beginning to impact smaller institutions mainly through [the slowdown in] consumer spending,” Cunningham told the magazine. He said he expects other small banks to fail, as a faltering economy inhibits borrowers’ ability to repay loans. Douglass is the fourth bank to fail since February 2007, the article said.

Mark Hennessy, ’90 (XP-59), global chief information officer of IBM, traveled to Australia to talk to local information technology executives about innovation and leadership, said a February 7 article in CIO. “I think one of the key requirements for CIOs these days is to drive real collaboration between the IT community and the line of business to make sure we are addressing the requirements of the line of business, we’re helping to set strategy,” he told the magazine. Since taking the position in July, Hennessy has launched a massive energy-conservation project to consolidate 3,900 IBM servers in six global locations, one of which is in Australia, the article said. 

Jim Oberweis, ’80 (XP-45), won the Republican primary in Illinois’s 14th Congressional District in February and will face Democrat Bill Foster in the November general election to replace Republican Congressman Dennis Hastert, who is retiring. Oberweis, who runs Oberweis Dairy, defeated Illinois state Senator Chris Lauzen in the primary. “Tonight, Republican primary voters have spoken—and they have chosen someone who understands the economy and what we need to do to spur investment and create jobs,” Oberweis said in a February 5 article in the Arlington Heights, Illinois, Daily Herald.

After winning the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District in February, Wilmette business consultant Dan Seals, ’01, will make a second attempt to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Kirk in the November general election. “Seals, 36, who had been cultivating his name recognition since losing to Kirk in a close race in 2006, gathered dozens of high-profile endorsements, including those of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and was well funded,” said a February 5 article in the Arlington Heights, Illinois, Daily Herald.

CEO Watch: Making Headlines

Frits Seegers, ’89
Barclays Global Retail and Commercial Banking
Seegers has created two MBA recruitment programs for Barclays: the Global Leaders program to develop future chief executives, and the Operational Executive program to develop future chief operating officers, said a January 28 Financial Times article. The article called Seegers “a passionate believer in the power of the MBA.”

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