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Alumni News - Week Ending March 12, 2017
March 20, 2017
In this week's 39 alumni headlines, Abertis appoints António Viana-Baptista as an independent director; American University appoints Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow in the School of International Service; Esprit appoints Dieter Messner as General Manager, Germany; Warner Bros. Consumer Products names John Louie its Senior Vice President, International; AFK Sistema reelects Mikhail Shamolin as President and Chairman; Bank Zachodni WBK appoints Arkadiusz Przybył to its management board; and more.


Nuclear engineer Sa’ad Allawi (LON, NYO, CHI, STA, CLE 76-82), author of “Grassroots Metamorphosis,” interviewed on Tucson radio station KVOI; shares highlights from book (read more / listen to the interview)

Real Ventures' Janet Bannister (TOR 97-00) finds "innovation where no one else is looking" (read more)

Jan Bubeník (PRG 97-99) sees an opportunity to increase the talent base of the Czech market by offering more high qualified part-time roles to women (read more – in Czech)

Money Map, recently founded by Frank Broer (MUN 05-10), helps as a digital personal finance assistant (read more – in German)

Visa's Cecilia Frew (CEL 97-01) discusses her mission for faster payments (read more)

Logistics company Rivigo Services, founded by Deepak Garg (DEL, SYD 06-14) and Gazal Kalra (DEL 07-09) raises debt financing of 15 million USD to expand its fleet of trucks (read more)

Former investment banker Bastiaan Hagenouw (AMS 05-07) is shaking up the Dutch bicycle market (read more – in Dutch)

Author Mohsin Hamid (LOK, LOX, NYO 97-03) covers timely issues of global migration and displacement in his new novel “Exit West” (read more)

Yan Hascoët (MON 07-09) raises 50 million EUR to expand Chauffeur Privé from France to Europe (read more – in French / subscription required)

Himanshu Jain (DEL 12-15) and Legal Raasta in advanced talks to raise Series A funding (read more)

Command Security Corporation elects Jerry L. Johnson (ATL 94-97) to its board of directors (read more)

Saikiran Krishnamurthy (LOX, MUM 00-15), former head of Flipkart's supply chain unit Ekart, rejoins McKinsey as a part-time advisor (read more)

Spanish fintech company Ebury, co-founded by Juan Lobato (LOX 01-03), moves most of its workforce from London to Madrid as a result of Brexit vote (read more – in Spanish)

Prominent board director Barbara Kux (DUS 84-89) discusses challenges of women in leadership (read more – in German)

Warner Bros. Consumer Products names John Louie (LAN 92-96) as Senior Vice President, International (read more)

Portrait of Sir Charlie Mayfield (LON 96-00), Chairman of British department store company John Lewis Partnership (read more)

Steven Mendel's (FIR LOK, LON 98-04) startup Bought By Many is disrupting the insurance industry (read more)

Director Emeritus Lenny Mendonca (DCO, SFO 83-14) discusses universal basic income – in Kenya and in the U.S. (read more)

Esprit appoints Dieter Messner (VIE 95-04) as General Manager, Germany (read more)

Firewall company FireMon's new CEO Satin Mirchandani (CLE, SFO 90-98) sees "a good firewall like the spider in the web" (read more)

Adrian Mitchell
(CHI, DAL, MIA 96-07) resigns as CEO of Ohio-based Arhaus Furniture (read more)

Greek Opposition Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis
(LON 94-94-95-97) discusses the economic challenges his country is facing (read more)

Samba Natarajan (NJE, SIN 99-14), chief executive of Singtel's Group Digital Life, sees his investments gaining traction (read more)

“Every aspect of our mission is being challenged” – Suzanne Nossel (NYO 97-97, 99-01), Executive Director of nonprofit PEN America, speaks on panel at New York’s Cooper Union on role of journalism and literature under current U.S. administration (read more)

Hrishikesh Parandekar
(CHI, MUM, NYO 94-01), CEO of NBFC and private wealth at Ambit Holdings, to step down (read more

Juan Procaccini
(BAI, COL 00-00, 01-04), President of the Argentine Investment Agency, keeps busy with hosting Davos Forum, WTO, and G20 all in one year (read more – in Spanish)

Bank Zachodni WBK
, owned by Santander, appoints Arkadiusz Przybył (WAW 96-96, 97-05) to its management board (read more – in Polish)

Matias Recchia (MIA, NYO 06-06, 07-11), CEO and co-founder of IguanaFix, about "the challenges of building a successful business in Latin America" (read more)

American University appoints Susan Rice (TOR 91-93), former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow in the School of International Service (SIS) (read more)

Jaime Sánchez-Laulhé's (LML, MAD 12-12, 13-15) Geoblink named as one of the "50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of" by Bloomberg (read more)

Naiyya Saggi (MUM 07-09), co-founder of Babychakra, is building an ecosystem for mothers in India (read more)

Mikhail Shamolin
(MOS 98-04) reelected as President and Chairman of Russian holding company AFK Sistema (read more – in Russian)

Profile on potential future leader of Australia's Liberal Party, Angus Taylor (AUS 94-00) (read more)

Vivarte elects Denis Terrien (BRU, LON 90-90, 91-94), founder of Amazon France, as its non-executive Chairman (read more – in French)

Profile of Christy Trang Le (BOS 10-10, 11-13), Director of Strategy Misfit Wearables, who is considered one of the influential women in Vietnam's startup economy (read more – in Vietnamese)

Abertis Infraestucturas, S.A. appoints António Viana-Baptista (LIS 85-91) as an independent director (read more)

Ankit Wadhwa (BOS, DBI, DEL 05-09, 12-15), co-founder of UAE-based online marketplace, discusses his attitude toward money (read more)

U.S. defense equipment firm Ibis Tek, Inc. elects Greg Warner (HKO, LAN, NYO 90-90, 91-98) to its board of directors (read more)

Li Yinuo (BEI, LAN, SVO 05-15), founder of ETU School, is innovating how Chinese kids learn (read more

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