Alumni Connections - No. 68 - March 2010

Alumni Connections - No. 74 - September 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

Alumni on the Move

Arizona Department of Liquor
Alan Everett, '85 (XP-54),
has been appointed director. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the department oversees licensing and enforcement. Everett is former mayor of Sedona, Arizona.

Atlas Commodity Markets
John Harangody, '92,
has joined as head of agriculture business. Based in Houston, Texas, the company is a wholesale biofuel brokerage.

Laurent Barocas, '03,
has joined the firm's new alpha initiative ieam, working on financial portfolio management capabilities. The financial software, news, and data company is headquartered in New York.

Charles River Associates
Gill Eapen, '94
has been named vice president of life sciences. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company offers management, economic, and financial consulting services.

Chicago Health Executives Forum
Chet Szerlag, '84 (XP-53),
has been elected president. The organization is the Chicago-area chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Szerlag is a fellow in the college and executive administrator for radiology, radiation, and oncology, and executive administrator at the Ludwig Center at the University of Chicago.

Creighton University
Eric Zimmer, '09 (EXP-14),
has joined the faculty of the School of Medicine. He is developing a curricular program on leadership and working on fundraising. The Jesuit university is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

Deluxe Corporation
David Hemler, '97,
has joined as senior vice president of small business services. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company helps small businesses and financial institutions to attract and retain customers.

DeVry Inc.
Steven Riehs, '88,
has been promoted to president of K-12, professional and international education, a new organizational structure, effective October 1. Riehs currently is president of online services. The university holding company is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

DJSP Enterprises, Inc.
Richard Powers, '95 (XP-64),
has joined as president and chief operating officer. Headquartered in Plantation, Florida, the company offers mortgage and real estate processing services.

Ernst & Young, CIS
Natalia Klimenkova, '08 (EXP-13),
has been named partner. The Moscow, Russia-based firm is part of Ernst & Young Global, the accounting, tax, and financial services company.

Joseph Morrow, MBA '95, JD '96,
has joined as executive vice president. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the firm buys back electronics from consumers. It is a service of Second Rotation, Inc.

Huawei Technologies Co. LTD
Miguel Schmidt, '04 (EXP-9),
has joined as deputy director and is responsible for structured financing. The telecommunications company is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Schmidt previously worked as vice president, sales, for Hyde Park Capital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Vahe Torossian, '10 (EXP-15),
has been promoted to corporate vice president of the worldwide small and midmarket solutions and partners group. Previously, he oversaw Microsoft operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Torossian has relocated to company headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Motorola, Inc
Daniel Moloney, '83,
has been named president of the mobility business. The wireless communications and electronics company is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Nautilus, Inc.
Carl Johnson, '72,
has been elected to the board of directors of the fitness company, which is based in Vancouver, Washington. Johnson is senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Campbell Soup Company.

SunPower Corporation
Carlo Scapinelli, '02 (EXP-7),
has joined as Europe, Middle East, Africa finance director for the utilities and power plants business. He is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SunPower designs and manufactures solar electric technology.

Andrey Kozlov, '09 (EXP-14),
has been promoted to vice president of government relations from vice president, regional policy. The oil company is headquartered in Moscow, Russia.

Ravi Patel, '77,
has joined as CFO and senior vice president, strategy and administration. Based in North Hills, California, the company provides scientifically based treatment for patients with autism and related disorders.

World Telecom Group
Jeremy Hopkins, '04 (AXP-3),
has been appointed CFO and chief information officer. The telecommunications company is headquartered in Malibu, California.

Alumni to Know

A good leader combines the best of such skills as emotional intelligence, situational management, and traditionally valued traits like communication, inspiration, and accountability, said Andy Schmeltz, '97, vice president of commercial development, specialty care business unit, at Pfizer. "You have to walk the talk and model the behavior that you expect from others," said Schmeltz, whose profile was featured in the article titled "Emerging Pharma Leaders 2010," published June 25 in Pharm Exec. "A good leader is committed to the development of future leaders, not just future products," he said.

Economies around the globe are "still more fragile than anyone cares to admit," Diane Swonk, '89, said in a July 31 article in Investment Weekly News. "In fact, an earthquake that occurred while I attended a meeting in Mexico City served as an ominous metaphor for the lingering aftershocks of the recession. The result of this instability is that economists estimate the risk of a double-dip recession at just under 15 percent, and no one believes it is out of the question, especially for the developed economies."

The bumpy economic recovery sets people on edge, she said. In a July 8 story on about the economic impact on summer road trips, Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, compared the recovery to "moving forward in a traffic jam. You're moving forward, but the longer you're in it, the more frustrated you get." Add to that "the uncertainty of not knowing what's stopping you, what's slowing you down," Swonk said.

CEO Watch: Taking the Lead

David Hogan, '02 (AXP-1)
BlueAnt Wireless

The developer of Bluetooth peripheral devices has international headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, with U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Hogan will be based in the firm's newly opened Chicago office.

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