Alumni Connections - No. 80 - March 2011

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

Accelerize New Media, Inc.
Thomas Gabriele, '02,
has been appointed chief operating officer. The internet marketing and customer acquisition company is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

American Hospital Association
Mark Gavens, '81,
has been named chair of the governing council for the association's metropolitan hospitals section. The nonprofit association has offices in Chicago and Washington DC. Gavens is chief operating officer and senior vice president for clinical care services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Austin Ventures
Scott Donaldson, '07,
has been promoted to principal from senior associate. The venture capital and growth equity firm is based in Austin, Texas.

American Chamber of Commerce
Ted Dean, '08 (AXP-7),
has started work as 2011 chairman of the chamber in China. Headquartered in Beijing, the chamber of commerce is a nonprofit organization representing U.S. companies and individuals doing business in China. Dean is president, managing director, and principal at BDA.

Aurora Health Care
Gail Hanson, '90 (XP-59),
has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Aurora is a 15-hospital nonprofit health care system.

Marc Nahum, '90,
has joined the investor development group as distribution director for Europe and the Middle East. Headquartered in London, England, the private equity firm invests in emerging markets.

Lennox International Inc.
Gregory Swienton, '79,
has been appointed to the board of directors. The heating and cooling company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Swienton is chairman and CEO of Ryder System, Inc.

Banorte Money Market Fund plc
Oscar Santaella, '02,
has been appointed fund director. The fund is based in Monterrey, Mexico. Santaella is vice president of Banorte Securities International.

BAE Systems
Brian Sheridan, '91,
has joined the intelligence and security sector as vice president and deputy general manager of strategic initiatives and global business. With North American corporate headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, the company focuses on products and services for the defense, security, and aerospace industries.

Battery Ventures LP
Chelsea Stoner, '03,
has been promoted to principal from vice president. The investment firm is based in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Valerie Van Meter, '04 (XP-73),
has been serving as the district's equal employment opportunity director in her role as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Clinton Lively, '84,
has been promoted to senior vice president and head of the market risk department in the risk management function of the bank supervision group. Lively joined the institution as vice president in August 2008.

Mark Ernst, '86,
has joined as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Based in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the company offers information management and electronic commerce systems for the financial services industry.

GE Capital Interbanca
Roberto Ippolito, '03,
has been named head of corporate finance. The lending institute is based in Milan, Italy.

Gleacher & Company Securities, Inc.
Neil Wessan, '84,
has joined as head of capital markets origination group for equity and corporate debt products. Headquartered in New York, the firm is a broker-dealer subsidiary of Gleacher & Company, Inc., an investment bank.

Horizon Capital Advisors, LLC
Konstantin Magaletskyi, '09,
has been promoted to principal from investment director. The private equity fund is based in Kiev, Ukraine, and invests in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.

Lori Gery, '98,
has been named vice president, global marketing and development. With North American headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, the company offers a search engine for the life sciences, chemical, and food industries.

Kinetic Corporation
Frances Skolnick, '88,
has joined as vice president of client services and chief relationship officer. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the firm manages multilingual corporate communications to help maintain global brand consistency.

Monroe Capital LLC
Jeffrey Williams, '08,
has joined as vice president. The investment firm is based in Chicago.

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Deborah Wensel, '91,
has been named senior vice president, finance and administration. Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, the association is made up of more than 1,000 member insurance companies.

Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy
Jennifer Clark, '93,
has been named regional advocate for Region X, which comprises the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Based in Washington DC, the Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.

Stone & Youngberg
B. Craig Hutson, '89,
has joined the Chicago-based portfolio strategy group as senior vice president and senior corporate credit analyst. The financial firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Schawk, Inc.
Gary Rietz, '83,
has been appointed chief information officer. Headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, the printing firm offers digital prepress and imaging and other services, primarily for consumer product packaging, advertising, and point-of-sale marketing.

Virgin Blue Holdings Limited
Sankar Narayan, '95,
has been appointed chief financial officer, effective in April. Based in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia, the holding company's main subsidiary is Virgin Blue Airlines.

Webster Bank
John Guy Jr., '76,
has joined as senior vice president, business and professional banking. The bank is headquartered in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Westlake Chemical Corporation
Andrew Johannesen, '96,
has been named vice president and treasurer. The Houston, Texas-based company makes petrochemicals, polymers, and fabricated products.

Alumni to Know

Michael Girsch, '03, has been promoted to assistant general manager from director of baseball development at the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team. A January 7 article in, a section of, cited a news release from the Cardinals that said Girsch has served an important role in player evaluation, scouting, and the creation and development of the team's RedBird Dog 2.0 professional and amateur scouting system that coordinates player video with data and scouting reports.

An online startup that helps small businesses compare credit card processors has raised $1.6 million in a new round of funding. FeeFighters—previously named TransFS—was launched in 2009 by Sean Harper, AB '03, MBA '09, and Joshua Krall, '09, in 2009. The new financing will help FeeFighters expand its products and marketing, said a January 12 article in Chicago Breaking Business.

Corporate confidence has rebounded in a big way, said Sameer Nath, '01, managing director and head of Citi's mergers and acquisitions operations in India, in a January 4 article in VC Circle. Nath said 2010 has been a "record year" for mergers and acquisitions in India, surpassing a previous record of $68 billion in 2007. Outbound areas that are generating interest among Indian companies include natural resources and technology. Inbound areas include health care, consumer goods, and telecommunications, Nath said.

Daniel Posner, '94, has left D.E. Shaw to launch a credit hedge fund at Golub Capital, according to a January 19 article in The Business Insider, which quoted the Financial Times. The article said the Financial Times describes Posner as "well-known in industry circles as an astute distressed debt investor." The article quoted Dealbook as saying that Posner will be looking for "short- and long-term credit investments, as well as opportunities that result from market events."

CEO Watch: Taking the Lead

Hugues Delmaire, '02 (EXP-7)
Ceram Hyd

Delmaire has moved from RWE Innogy VC fund to one of the fund's portfolio companies. Based in Avon, France, Ceram Hyd researches and develops technologies for hydrogen production and reconversion into electricity. It has developed a new membrane technology.

CEO Watch: Making Headlines

Glen Senk, '80
Urban Outfitters, Inc.

Senk has been named Retail Innovator of the Year by the National Retail Federation. "Recipients of this award have successfully distinguished themselves as retail pioneers through the use of new, innovative, or imaginative techniques, formats, or service," said a January 6 article in Integrated Solutions for Retailers.

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