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Alumni News - Week Ending March 5, 2017
March 13, 2017
In this week's 42 alumni headlines, Bridgewater Associates names David McCormick its co-CEO; Chase Merchant Services names Valeria Strappa its Chief Administrative Officer; Fiesta Restaurant Group appoints Stacey Rauch as non-executive Chairman; South Korea's Incheon National University names Chankeun Lee its new Vice-Chancellor; Walker & Dunlop appoints Michael Warren to its board; Infrastructure Toronto names Ehren Cory President and CEO; Aurecon appoints Alex Wonhas as global managing director for its energy and resources business; and more.

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Investor Monashees, founded by Eric Acher (CHI, SAO 91-97), spurs Brazil’s startup scene (read more – in Portuguese)

Tim Breen (DBI, ADH 04-10), Irfan Mian (LON 00-02), Ahmed Yahia (DBI, MON 01-10) in new roles at Mubadala Investment Company as part of the $122 billion merger with International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) (read more)

Profile of Rachel Carrell (AUO, NYO, LON 02-02, 06-12), founder and CEO of Koru Kids, which provides Airbnb-style childcare services in London (read more)

Blandine Cleyet-Merle (JAK, PAR 13-16) joins the French office of Apax Partners within the Distribution sector team (read more – in French)

Jérôme Cochet (MUN 07-11) leads online fashion retailer Zalando's digital division – a sales and marketing group with 500 employees (read more – in German / subscription required)

Infrastructure Toronto names Ehren Cory (TOR 01-12) new president and CEO (read more)

Michael Denham (ECX, TOR 87-01), President and CEO of the Business Development Bank of Canada, wants to boost "Canada’s entrepreneurs toward the next step" (read more)

Dirk Donath (BAI, NYO 88-01), managing partner at the L Catterton fund, sees a good future for Argentina in 7-8 years (read more – in Spanish)

Dutch foundation Impact Matters, recently created by Henriëtte van Eeghen (AMS 93-95), connects business professionals with nonprofit organizations (read more – in Dutch)

Dubai-based Arma Underwriting Ltd. names Hajar Fadel (DBI, LLN 09-13) as senior executive officer (read more)

Sebastian Farquhar (LON 11-11, 13-15) of Oxford University’s Global Priorities Project, is lead author on "Existential Risk: Diplomacy and Governance" report, which says world is facing enormous risks (read more here and here)

Jennifer Fitzgerald (NYO 08-13), CEO and co-founder of PolicyGenius, shares on CNBC her perspectives on the GOP Obamacare replacement plans (read more)

Harvard Business School professor Heidi Gardner (JOH, LON, LOX, NYO 97-02) about the benefits of “smart collaboration” for lawyers (read more – subscription required)

Vevo names Will Jackson (LON 01-02, 04-08) as SVP, Strategy & Operations (read more)

Ankit Jain (SVO 12-16), Senior Director and Head of Ola’s connected car platform Ola Play, will be keynote speaker at Connected Car Detroit on March 14, 2017 (read more)

Hong Kong-based mobile operator SmarTone appoints Kenny Lam (HKO 01-14) as an independent non-executive director (read more)

Incheon National University (South Korea) names Chankeun Lee (SEO 91-94) new Vice-Chancellor (read more – in Korean)

Franklin Leonard (NYO 01-03), mastermind behind "The Black List," a yearly publication featuring Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays, featured in Harvard Business School's Black Business Leaders Series (read more)

Profile of Eduardo L'Hotellier (RJO, SPO 09-10), co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at GetNinjas, which has tripled in size (read more – in Portuguese)

Profile of Jeremy Liew (AUS 94-96) of Lightspeed Venture Partners, who became one of world’s top venture capitalists with IPO of Snapchat (read more)

Interview with Barbara Kux (DUS 84-89), board member of German consumer goods firm Henkel (read more – in German)

Bridgewater Associates president David McCormick (PIT 96-99) becomes hedge fund's co-CEO (read more)

Vasant Narasimhan (NJE 01-01, 03-05), global head of drug development and chief medical officer of Novartis, sees Hyderabad as one of Novartis’s core centers (read more)

Ameet Ranadive (SFO 05-07), VP of Revenue Product at Twitter: what marketers should know about Twitter's new algorithmic 'catch-up' feed (read more)

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. appoints Stacey Rauch (NJE, NYO 86-10) as non-executive Chairman (read more)

Outdoor expert Black Diamond, Inc. appoints Radhika Ray (SFO, TOR 07-09) Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations (read more)

Remko Rosman
(AMS 95-99) appointed CEO of Dutch meat-smoking company Group of Butchers (read more – in Dutch)

Samantha Saperstein (NYO 99-05) to receive Distinguished Service Award from New York nonprofit Safe Horizon (read more)

Jason Schenker
(FRA, HOU 07-09), financial market forecaster, futurist, and President and Chief Economist at Prestige Economics, LLC, releases new book, “Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia” (read more)

Interview with Louis Shapiro (FIR, PIT 99-02), president and CEO of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (read more)

Meini Spenger
(VIE 00-06), founder and CEO at Spain-based MásMóvil Telecom, will not join competitors in raising prices in exchange for more data (read more – in Spanish)

Chase Merchant Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., names Valeria Strappa (MEX 02-04) Chief Administrative Officer (read more)

Fraser Thompson
(DBI, LON, SIN 06-15), Director of AlphaBeta, will be a key speaker at Food Vision Asia, April 25-27 in Singapore (read more)

UK's National Audit Office appoints Max Tse (LON, LOX 07-11) Executive Leader with oversight of Digital Transformation (read more)

Dina Wang (TOR, NYO, BOS 05-11, 13-15) and Vamsi Tetali (DAL 12-15) of ghSMART co-author piece for Harvard Business Review: "What 20 Years as a Remote Organization Has Taught Us About Managing Remote Teams" (read more)

Walker & Dunlop, a U.S. real estate finance company, appoints Michael Warren (DCO, FIR 97-99) to its Board of Directors (read more)

Footwear and fashion brand Oliver Sweeney appoints Chris Webster (LON, LOX 99-02, 04-06) as managing director and chief operating officer (read more)

Hypo-Vereinsbank extends the contract of its CEO Theodor Weimer (DUS 88-95) by 3 years (read more – in German)

Alexandra West (MEL 99-02), Investment Manager for Innovation and Strategy at Cbus Super, an industry superannuation fund for construction workers, aims to lift the $37 billion fund’s sustainability credentials (read more)

Engineering company Aurecon appoints Alex Wonhas (AUO, SYD 00-00, 02-09) as global managing director for its energy and resources business (read more)

Adam Zbar (LAN 91-93), founder and CEO at gluten-free and paleo meal-kit-delivery startup Sun Basket, Inc., raises Series C funding of $15 million, for total of $43 million raised (read more)

Skip Zimbalist (LAN 72-77) retires as CEO of Show Management, but continues as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Active Interest Media (read more)
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