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Alumni Connections - No. 71 - June 2010

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

Altman Vilandrie & Company
Matt Dinsmore, ’98,
has joined as director, clean tech and smart grid practice group. Headquartered in Boston, the strategy consulting group focuses on communications, media, clean tech, and related technology and investment sectors.

Associated Press
Patrick McDowell, ’10 (AXP-9),
has been named assistant bureau chief for Illinois and Indiana. He previously was Asia-Pacific editor. Headquartered in New York, the newswire service is the world’s largest news-gathering operation.

Bank of America Global Liquidity Funds plc
Paul Quistberg, ’90,
has been named to the board of directors. The bank is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Quistberg is head of cash investments for Columbia Management Distributors, Inc.

BNY Mellon
Roderic Prat, ’93,
has been appointed global head of derivatives. The financial services firm is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

Brooks Automation, Inc.
Stephen Schwartz, ’87,
has been appointed president. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the company makes production tools and factory automation products for the semiconductor industry.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Don Roberts, ’87,
has been appointed vice chairman, renewable energy and clean technology. The wholesale banking business is headquartered in Toronto.


Cap Gemini Canada
Olivier Lefèvre, ’10 (EXP-15),
has been appointed CFO. Based in Toronto, the international IT services group specializes in outsourcing, technology, and consulting. Lefèvre spent the last 10 years as CFO in the IT services sector. Previously, he has worked for 6 years at Deloitte in Europe and in the United States.

Committee on Capital Markets Regulation
Eric Fraser, MBA ’09, JD ’09
has been named executive director for research. The nonprofit, nonpartisan research group is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In July, Fraser will finish a clerkship with Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington DC Circuit.

CVC Capital Partners
Allen Han, ’95,
has joined as senior managing director on the operations team in Asia. The global private equity firm is headquartered in London.

The Hartford
John Wilcox, ’93,
has been named senior vice president, personal lines. The insurance-based financial services company is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut.

Highland Capital Management, L.P.
Patrick Boyce, ’97,
has been promoted to partner. Boyce is chief operating officer and CFO of the Dallas-based investment management firm.

Kaplan Legal Education
Christopher Caywood, ’97,
has been promoted to president from chief operating officer. The online educational program offers law, public policy, and public safety-related certificate and degree programs and includes Kaplan University’s School of Legal Studies, School of Criminal Justice, and Concord Law School. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company and is headquartered in New York.

Lockton Companies
Thomas Schmidt, ’03 (XP-72),
has joined as a vice president in the employee benefits practice in Chicago. The world’s largest privately held insurance broker, it is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with international headquarters in London.

MBA Lazard
Mauricio Gomez, ’03,
has joined as a director in the new financial advisory office in Bogota, Colombia. The leading Latin American investment banking group, it has offices in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay. MBA Lazard Holding Company S.A. is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Morgan Stanley
Jeremy Haug, ’10 (EXP-15),
has joined the global capital markets team as executive director, ratings advisory/capital structuring in the London office. The global financial services firm is headquartered in New York.

Riverside Europe Partners
Vincent Daelemans, ’07,
has joined as vice president, origination, in the firm’s Brussels office. The private equity firm was founded in New York and has offices around the world.

Scotia Capital
Guy Haselmann, ’92,
has joined as director of U.S. rates strategy and hedge fund sales. Based in New York, the subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia is building a new primary dealership.

SimCorp
Anders Andersen, ’09 (EXP-14),
has been named vice president and head of professional services. The fund management software vendor is headquartered in Copenhagen

SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC
Christopher Denver, ’99,
has been named a consulting principal in the Chicago office. Based in Philadelphia, the firm advises CFOs on matters of accounting operations, business performance, resource management, and risk and regulations.

Twin Disc, Inc.
Michael Smiley, ’89,
has been elected to the board of directors. Based in Racine, Wisconsin, the company makes marine and heavy-duty off-highway power transmission equipment. Smiley is CFO of Zebra Technologies Corporation.

Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.
Ronald Zoromski, ’85,
has joined as CFO and vice president of finance. Based in Waukegan, Illinois, the company makes industrial control and automation products.


Alumni to Know

Despite recent signals of economic improvement, Dean Curnutt, ’96, remains wary. Curnutt, founder of options advisory and brokerage firm Macro Risk Advisors LLC, studies the equity options market to gauge stock price volatility. He has picked up mixed signals in recent months, said a May 4 Bloomberg.com article that referred to a June 10 Bloomberg Markets magazine article. Curnutt is concerned about low interest rates and government borrowing to finance stimulus funding. While those factors are fueling the current rally, they also may derail it, Bloomberg.com said. “These structural deficits can’t continue,” Curnutt said. “The alternative is very harsh medicine, spending less, and battening down the hatches, which is not good for equity prices.”


When Tom Ricketts, AB ’87, MBA ’93, was a student at Chicago Booth, he wrote an essay describing his dream job. Now he is living it, as owner and chairman of the Chicago Cubs. “There aren’t words to describe how great it is to be here and how excited we are about this whole day and this whole season,” Ricketts said in an April 12 article in the Denver Post. The Ricketts family bought a 95 percent stake in the team from Tribune Co., the article said.


Diane Swonk, ’89, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, has examined the state of the economy and the restructuring it needs to deal with debts in her April edition of “Themes on the Economy.” That edition is discussed in a May 1 article in Investment Weekly News. “Technically, the economy is expected to cross its previous high-water mark and transition from a ‘recovery’ to an ‘expansion’ in 2010,” Swonk said. “For all practical purposes, however, the economy will still feel more like it is struggling to recover than entering an expansion. Indeed, almost all of the rebound in the level of inflation-adjusted activity can be attributed to gains in one sector—health care, which only contracted in one quarter during the entire recession.”


As Goldman Sachs executives were set to testify in late April before a Senate subcommittee about their actions buying and selling mortgage-backed assets, the subcommittee received e-mails written by top executives. One was from Jon Winkelried, AB ’81, MBA ’82, who was Goldman co-president then in 2007. According to an April 26 article in The Times, he wrote to the bank’s top executives: “I think this may be a big problem and a lot worse than currently thought.”


CEO Watch: Taking the Lead

Steve Crutchfield, ’09
CEO
 NYSE Amex options
The New York–based exchange is one of NYSE Euronext’s two options exchanges. The CEO post is newly created.

Robert Malte, ’82
CEO
Evergreen Hospital
The hospital is based in Kirkland, Washington.

Maciej Wisniewski, ’04 (EXP-9)
President and CEO
S&T Services Poland
The firm is the Polish subsidiary of S&T, a leading provider of comprehensive consulting, outsourcing, systems integration, and information technology services in Central and Eastern Europe.


CEO Watch: Making Headlines

John Watson, ’80
CEO
Chevron
When Watson took over the top spot earlier this year, the company was in strong shape. “We don’t have a hole in our portfolio,” he said in an April 26 profile in the Financial Times. “We’re in good shape for the next decade. But, in a depleting business, you need to find new opportunities for growth.”


Submit information about yourself or fellow alumni to editor@chicagobooth.edu.