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Alumni News - Week Ending January 29, 2017
February 03, 2017

In this week's 34 news headlines, Irish tidal energy company OpenHydro appoints Patrick Gougeon as Chief Executive Officer; Narayan Iyengar joins U.S. food and drug retailer Albertsons Companies as SVP, Digital Marketing and eCommerce; Italian motor vehicle producer Piaggio Group appoints Simone Montanari its new CFO; and Jennifer LaClair will lead the Business Banking team at PNC Bank.


Saad Allawi (LON, NYO, CHI, STA, CLE 76-82), Chairman at Performance Logic, Inc., releases a short article about his new book of presentations, "Grassroots Metamorphosis: When Stagnation and Obsolescence are Not an Option" (read more)

Google's Rajan Anandan (CHI, DEL 92-03) invests in Indian crowdfunding platform Wishberry, founded by Priyanka Agarwal (MUM, NYO 07-09) and Anshulika Dubey (GGN 08-12) (read more)

Smartphone app Carter, founded by Amit Bholla (JOH 10-12), Tom Gardner (JOH 06-10), and Vikash Govindjee (JOH 10-13), launched as a “Tinder for new car buying” in South Africa (read more)

Laszlo Bock (STA 99-03), Google’s former head of People Operations, is joining handyman startup Thumbtack as a strategic advisor (read more)

Maria João Carioca (LIS 93-95, 97-04) joins the executive board of Caixa Geral de Depositos, a Portuguese state-owned banking corporation (read more)

Peter Crawford (DCO, SFO 95-99) will be promoted to CFO at financial services provider Charles Schwab Corporation, effective May 16 (read more)

Interview with Alessandro Decio (MIL 93-94), CEO of Italian state-owned export credit agency SACE (Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero): SACE to invest €111B over five years to double number of SMEs with international exposure (read more)

Evgeny Fetisov (MOS 01-03) will resign as CFO of Moscow Stock Exchange by end of first quarter (read more – in Russian)

Irish tidal energy company OpenHydro appoints Patrick Gougeon (RJO 00-01) as Chief Executive Officer (read more)

Market research company IRI appoints Anthony Graham (LON, LOX 00-02) as Executive Vice President of International Solutions and Innovations (read more)

Ayushi Gudwani (DEL 08-15), founder of workwear brand Fable Street, and Kuldeep Jain (MUM 99-10), founder of on-site solar power company Clean Max Solar, on their journey from consulting to entrepreneurship (read more)

Narayan Iyengar (NYB, NYO 05-13) leaves Disney, joins U.S. food and drug retailer Albertsons Companies as SVP, Digital Marketing and eCommerce (read more)

Consulting firm Blue Ridge Partners announces Kevin Jackson (BOS, 05-10) and Steve Tagtmeier (BEI, DAL, DBI, HKO, STO 89-97, 12-15) as new Managing Directors (read more)

Sabine Keller-Busse (ZRH 95-08), CHRO at Swiss bank UBS, on creating a more diverse company (read more – in German)

Jennifer LaClair (CLE 01-07) will lead the Business Banking team at PNC Bank, one of the U.S.'s largest domestic business banks (read more)

François Lafortune (MON 05-09, 11-15) leads Canadian fintech VC fund Diagram as CEO (read more)

Karin Lindahl (STH 11-17) joins Swedish family retail enterprise Indiska as Head of Store Operations (read more – in Swedish)

British printer supply company Xaar appoints Lily Liu (BEI, NYO 05-09) as CFO (read more)

Interview about philanthropy with Saadia Madsbjerg (COP 00-06), managing partner at the Rockefeller Foundation (read more)

Phil Kotler, the widely recognized “Father of Modern Marketing,” endorses Elsie Maio (NYO 80-83), founder and CEO of Humanity Inc. / SoulBranding Institute, as a “leading Business Values guru” who guides CEOs to a new edge of “Brand Activism” (read more)

Heikki Malinen (ATL 97-00), CEO of Posti Group Oyj (Finnish Post), sees room for expansion into new sectors (read more – in Finnish)

Michael Mayer (CHI 94-96, 97-02) joins Boston-based investment management firm Loomis, Sayles & Company as securitized strategist (read more)

Italian motor vehicle producer Piaggio Group appoints Simone Montanari (MML, VER 00-03) its new CFO (read more)

Jan Mostert (AMS 05-17) joins Dutch car provider LeasePlan as Director Business Transformation (read more – in Dutch) 

Masahito Namiki (TOK 10-12) promoted to Chief Executive Officer of brand consultancy Interbrand Japan (read more)

Uber India appoints Pradeep Parameswaran (ATL, DEL, MUM 01-15), former CEO of cable firm DEN Networks, as head of central operations (read more)

Sandra Pereira (FRA, RYD, LON, SIN 00-02, 08-15), newly minted CEO of Singapore-based KPISOFT, a solution provider for a cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management application, profiled in two publications (read more here and here – in German)

Ismael Picon (MAD 91-93) steps down as CEO of private bank Sabadell Urquijo (read more – in Spanish)

Manuela Rabener
(COL, DBI, FRA, MUN, NYO 01-01, 02-09), founder of asset manager Scalable Capital, is one of the few women in fintech (read more – in German / subscription required)

Russian fintech companies Revo and Sorsdata, co-founded by Irene Shvakman (MOS, MSW 95-16), receive up to USD 20 million in funding (read more)

Public affairs consultancy Asia Group Advisors, founded by Adam Schwarz (JAK, SIN 01-13), awarded the Gold Standard Award in the category of “New Consultancy of the Year” by Public Affairs Asia, the leading industry association for public affairs and PR firms in Asia (read more)

Ranvir Singh
(MUM 05-13) and Krishnan Vishwanathan (MUM 08-13) launch fintech company Kissht to help Indians obtain collateral-free loans to buy needed consumer goods (read more)

Frits van Paasschen
(AMS, LAN 89-95), former Starwood CEO, shares his perspective on surviving "The Distruptors' Feast" in a new book (read more here and here)

TeachFirst founder Brett Wigdortz (JAK, LOX 00-02) has announced he will step down as CEO of the British nonprofit by October (read more)


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