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Alumni News - Week Ending January 15, 2017
January 26, 2017

In this week's 37 news headlines, Jürgen Schulte-Laggenbeck becomes CFO at German B2B retail company Berner Group; Norwegian medtech company Navamedic elects Kathryn Baker as Chairman of its Board of Directors; Kellogg Company names Fareed Khan as its new CFO; and U.S. retail magazine Chain Store Age selects Deepika Pandey, Walgreens' Group Vice President for Digital Marketing, Media and Customer Experience, as one of the "Top 10 Women in Retail Tech."


Thiago Alvarez' (RJO, SPO 07-12) GuiaBolso, Brazil's leading personal finance platform, to drive the financial revolution in Brazil (read more – in Portuguese)

Startup accelerator operator Techstars LA names Anna Barber (NYO 97-99) managing director (read more)

Norwegian medtech company Navamedic elects Kathryn Baker (OSL 93-99) as Chairman of its Board of Directors (read more)

British property development and investment company Great Portland Estates appoints Wendy Becker (LON, LOX, SFO 93-08) as a non-executive director (read more)

Mark Bell (ATL 02-05) takes helm at Georgia-based wealth management firm Diversified Trust (read more – subscription required)

Senior U.S. regulator David Blaszkowsky (CHI 83-85) joins the advisory board of Canadian Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) (read more)

Time Inc.
names Clay Chandler (FIR, HKO 08-13) as executive editor of its international division (read more)

Sophie Chung (BER, MUN, VIE 07-07, 08-13), medical doctor and founder of Germany-based medical tourism startup Junomedical, discusses the dangers of “founder burnout” (read more – in German)

Que Thanh Dallara (XIA 97-99) will serve as Honeywell's Vice President, Commercial Excellence & Strategy (read more)

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens nominates current McKinsey Partner Drew Erdmann as state's first COO (read more)

German fintech Raisin, founded by Tamaz Georgadze (BER, FRA 03-13), has passed €2 billion of investment over its platform three years after launching (read more)

Profile of Petra Grell-Kunzinger (VIE 11-14), Senior Manager Strategy and Corporate Development at Austrian Post (read more – in German)

Cate Hardy (CHI, PNW 00-02, 99-99), CEO of U.S. food market co-op PCC Natural Markets, is leading a major expansion effort (read more)

Louis Hawke (MEL 85-90) appointed as an independent non-executive director of BNZ, formerly known as Bank of New Zealand (read more)

California middle-market private equity firm HGGC has named Greg Hughes (LAN, SFO, SVO 92-92, 93-03) and David Chung (NYO 92-92, 93-95) as executive directors (read more)

Martin Hulsman (ADL 05-09) named CFO at Dutch online travel agency Oravo (read more – in Dutch) 

Interview with Ethan Karp (CLE 11-14) of Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, a public-private partnership (read more)

Zameer Kassam (TOR 01-03) sells diamonds his way by personalizing jewelry (read more and click here for our 2016 ‘Focus on Founders’ feature on Zameer) 

Horst Kayser
(DUS, BOS, TOR, FRA 87-95), Chief Strategy Officer at German multi-industrial player Siemens, on working with startups and identifying key digital trends (read more – in Czech)

Food producer Kellogg Company names US Foods Holdings’ Fareed Khan (BRU, CHI 92-92, 93-99) as Chief Financial Officer (read more)

Professional services firm Red Chalk Group, founded by John Koepke (CHI 90-90, 91-96) and Raymond Zenkich (CBL, FKL, FRA 00-05) supports defense expert AST to sell multi-industry patent portfolios (read more)

George Li (OCO, LAN, SCA 07-10), founder of social capital and blockchain-enabled savings and insurance platform WeTrust, announces product launch for Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCA) on the Ethereum blockchain (read more here and here in English and here in Chinese)

Andrey Lobanov teaches school students to program using his own online platform, Algorithmica (read more – in Russian)

Indonesia's first billion-dollar startup – ride-hailing app Go-Jek, founded by Nadiem Makarim (JAK 06-11) uses its digital payment offering “Go-Pay” to get edge over competition (read more)

Mariano Malvicino (STA 10-11) joins executive search firm Korn Ferry as senior client partner in its global industrial practice (read more)

Frank Mattern, former Managing Partner of the Firm’s German Office, will leave McKinsey September 1 to become an investor (read more)

U.S. retail magazine Chain Store Age selects Deepika Pandey (CHI 00-02, 03-08), Walgreens Group VP, customer experience, direct and digital marketing, as one of the "Top 10 Women in Retail Tech" (read more)

U.S. education finance firm Mpower, founded by Manu Smadja (BRU, DCO 10-14), plans to raise $100 million in debt to grow its loan book (read more)

Karine Samaha (PAR 98-02) named transformation director at commercial caterer and foodservice company Elior France (read more – in French)

Jürgen Schulte-Laggenbeck (DUS 90-96) becomes CFO at German B2B retail company Berner Group (read more)

Karsten Schween (JAK, MUE, MUN, MUT, SIA 93-07) joins advisory council of German HR and management consulting firm Kienbaum Consultants International (read more – in German)

Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo (SIN, JAK 04-12), CEO of e-retailer Alfaonline, identified by Indonesian TV news program Liputan 6 as a role model for successful women in technology (read more – in Indonesian)

Nitin Seth (DEL, XFR 96-00, 02-10) named COO for India's eCommerce giant Flipkart, also overseeing its logistics arm Ekart; former Ekart CEO Saikiran Krishnamurthy (LOX, MUM 00-15) moves into a new role working directly with group CEO and founder Binny Bansal (read more – see final paragraph)

Brazilan NGO Instituto Akatu hires Renata Soares (SPO 08-08, 09-13) as executive director (read more – in Portuguese) 

Zaman Velji
(TOR 10-15), portfolio manager at  British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, joins the Investment Committee of the Victoria Foundation, a Canadian community foundation (read more)

Bank of Nova Scotia's global head of energy, Adam Waterous (TOR 84-86), starts a private equity fund focused on the oil and gas industry (read more)


Ian S. Wishart
(SFO 51-60) dies at age 96 (read more)


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