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Alumni News - Week Ending March 19, 2017
March 24, 2017

In this week's 32 alumni headlines, Zurich Insurance Group appoints Florence Tondu-Mélique as CEO of its French operations; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appoints Jeffrey Helbling as his technical advisor; Expedia appoints Chelsea Clinton to its board; KBC Group names David Moucheron CEO of K&H Bank and Country CEO for Hungary; News Corp Australia appoints Siobhan McKenna as Group Director, Broadcasting; Lincoln Financial Group names Raj Chakraborty its Chief Digital Officer; Leonardo S.p.A. will name Alessandro Profumo as its new chief executive; Nordea Bank AB elects Lars Wollung to its board of directors; Slack Technologies adds Square CFO Sarah Friar as its first independent board member; and more.


Three alumni named to World Economic Forum's 2017 class of Young Global Leaders: Hooi Ling Tan (KLA, 06-13), founder of Grab; Sercan Celebi (ISB, NJE 06-09, 11-12), founder, Vote and Beyond, Turkey's first election-monitoring organization; and Nadeen Matthews (ATL 07-10), Chief Digital Officer at the Bank of Jamaica (read more)

Juliana Armelin (SAO, SPO 99-01, 02-10), owner of coffee farm Terra Alta, clinches Brazil's most prestigious coffee award for a second consecutive year (read more)

Harbour.Space University
, a Barcelona-based tech powered university, receives funding from Director Emeritus Ingo Beyer von Morgenstern (DUS, MUN, SHA, SHH 84-84, 85-14) (read more)

Instrumentation company Spectris appoints Genus CEO Karim Bitar (LON, ROM 92-96) as non-executive director (read more)

Italian fintech Fintastico, founded by Fabio Brambilla (MIL 07-05) aims to become the TripAdvisor for financial services (read more – in Italian)

Francesco Caio (LON 86-91) to step down as CEO of Poste Italiane (read more)

Lincoln Financial Group names Raj Chakraborty (NYO 05-12) Chief Digital Officer (read more)

Expedia appoints Chelsea Clinton (NYO 03-06) to its Board of Directors (read more)

Avascent, an aerospace, defense and government consultancy, welcomes Philippe Cothier (PAR 08-13) as a Senior Executive Advisor (read more)

Brand Shop
, founded by Hillary Crittendon (CHA 11-13) uses "MiniShops" to drive direct sales (read more – subscription required)

Muriel De Lathouwer (BRU 01-08), CEO of EVS Broadcast Equipment, has been named ICT Woman of the Year by Belgium magazine Data News (read more – in Dutch)

Interview with Ted Devine (CHI, DAL 92-92, 93-05), CEO of Insureon, which aims to serve the 75% of small businesses that are underinsured (read more)

Rohini Dey (CHI 98-03), owner of Vermilion restaurants in Chicago and New York and co-founder of the Women in Culinary Leadership Program, shares lessons for the kitchen and beyond (read more)

Interview with Sergei Emdin (MOS, STP 94-00), CEO of Tele2 Russia (read more – in Russian)

Slack Technologies adds Square CFO Sarah Friar (LON 96-98) as its first independent board member (read more)

Vikas Gupta (CHI 04-06), head of Marketing at Factual, joins The Baby Box Company (read more)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appoints Jeffrey Helbling (CHI, LOK, LON 96-96, 97-12) as his technical advisor (read more)

Tutor Perini Corporation elects Tom Leppert (LAN, NYO 79-86) as an independent director (read more)

News Corp Australia appoints Siobhan McKenna (AUS, MEL, XIA 95-97, 99-07) as Group Director, Broadcasting and Director of the boards of Fox Sports, Foxtel and Sky News (read more)

KBC Group names David Moucheron (BRU 00-06) Country CEO for Hungary and CEO of K&H Bank (read more)

VC firm B Capital Group appoints Kabir Narang (DEL 00-03) as a partner in its Singapore office (read more)

Leonardo S.p.A. to name Alessandro Profumo (MIL 88-89) as new chief executive following recommendation from Italy's Treasury Department (read more)

Former Indian police commissioner Rajan Singh (NYO 06-06, 07-09) turns entrepreneur with science education startup Concept Owl (read more)

Maersk's CEO Søren Skou appoints Copenhagen AP Katharina Poehlmann (COP 11-17) to head his newly created CEO Office (read more)

Uber rival Grab, founded by Hooi Ling Tan (KLA, SFO 06-13), is hiring more than 800 new research and development staff over the next two years (read more)

Jutta Steiner (BER 13-14), founder of blockchain expert Parity Technologies, is convinced that Blockchain “will bring empowerment and transparency to development" (read more)

Former Credit Suisse Talent Officer Pamela Thomas-Graham (NYO 89-99) discusses the importance of investing in life-long learning and mentorship (read more)

Zurich Insurance Group appoints Florence Tondu-Mélique (PAR 00-07) as CEO of its French operations, effective June 2017 (read more)

Tjerk Wagenaar (AMS 89-94) steps down as director of the Dutch environmental NGO Natuur & Milieu (read more – in Dutch)

Luzius Wirth (ZRH 06-10) is appointed CEO, UK and Ireland at aviation services company Swissport (read more)

Nordea Bank AB elects Lars Wollung (STO, SYD, GTH 86-96) to board of directors (read more)

Russian Vnesheconombank appoints Petr Zolotarev (MSW 15-16) as Deputy Chairman to coordinate its charge of industry-specific solutions unit (read more – in Russian)


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