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Alumni News - Week Ending April 9, 2017
April 14, 2017

In this week's 34 alumni headlines, Wells Fargo appoints Titi Cole as Executive Vice President and Head of Operations; Danish supermarket giant Coop names Kræn Nielsen CFO and Executive Vice President; Credit Fondiario names Iacopo De Francisco General Director; USAA names Chad Borton as its new President; DNB Bank appoints Wojciech Dyk to its executive board, where he will oversee finance, IT and operations; Valora Holding AG elects Michael Kliger to its board of directors; and more.


Frank Appel (FRA 93-00), CEO of Deutsche Post, discusses challenges of digitization, why he’s not afraid of Brexit, and more in an interview with Handelsblatt (read more – in German)

Thomas Barta (COL, LON, LOX 01-12), author of "The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader," weighs in on connecting with employees (read more)

Oliver Bäte (COL, DUS, NYO 91-07), CEO of Allianz, discusses with Handelsblatt his plans for redirecting corporate culture (read more – in German)

Laszlo Bock (STA 99-03), author and former Google SVP of HR, to deliver keynote at 20th annual HR Technology Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas in October (read more)

USAA names Chad Borton (BOS, CHA, FIR 00-05) as its new President, reporting to EVP and COO (read more)

AXA Assicurazioni CEO Patrick Cohen (MIL 04-07), Head of Distribution Integration at Generali Bruno Scaroni (MIL 04-08), and Generali Italia CEO Marco Sesana (MIL 04-13) are among a new generation of managers at the top of Italian companies (read more – in Italian)

Wells Fargo appoints Titi Cole (CBL, CHI 98-04) as Executive Vice President and Head of Operations (read more)

Jetty, the first insurance provider built for cities, launches with Braden Davis (GVA 04-09) as Chief Insurance Officer (read more)

Credit Fondiario names Iacopo De Francisco (MIL, VER 98-12) General Director (read more – in Italian)

DNB Bank appoints Wojciech Dyk (WAB 09-10) to executive board; will oversee finance, IT and operations (read more – in Polish)

CEO Roger Ferguson (FIR, NYO 84-97) is rebuilding and rebranding TIAA/Nuveen (read more – subscription required)

Sarah Gentleman (LON 93-95) to chair Rathbones' Remuneration Committee (read more)

Yassin Hankir's (FRA, SIN 07-07, 09-12) startup Savedroid, a playful app to encourage household saving, receives additional funding (read more – in German)

Aerosoles names Denise Incandela (NYO 92-99) Chief Executive Officer (read more)

Helge Jordan (COL, BOS 94-95, 98-00, 02-05), outgoing German Honorary Consul in Arizona, receives German American Friendship Award from German Ambassador Peter Wittig (read more)

Valora Holding AG elects Michael Kliger (MUN, VIE 92-04) to board of directors (read more)

Boeing and JetBlue to invest in Zunum Aero, a hybrid electric aircraft startup founded by Ashish Kumar (CHI 99-04) (read more)

François Lafortune (MON 05-09, 11-15), Chief Executive of Diagram, a venture-capital fund, is helping to shape Canada's future (read more)

Quinn Lai (HKO 13-14) turns entrepreneur with startup EONIQ, creating customized watches (read more – in Chinese)

Diane Mulcahy (BOS, NYO 06-09), author of “The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want,” elaborates on the trend toward a "gig economy" (read more here, here, and here)

Mihyar Mohamed (CHI 08-10) to become Vice President and General Manager of North American Cooking for ITW's Food Equipment Group (read more)

Coop, the Danish supermarket giant, names Kræn Nielsen (COP 12-14) CFO and Executive Vice President (read more – in Danish)

Interview with Rob Paterson (HKO 05-07), President and Chief Executive Officer of Alterna Savings and Credit Union Limited and Alterna Bank (read more)

Interview with Pedro Pizarro (LAN 93-99), President, CEO and Director of Edison International (read more)

Louise Orbesen (COP 98-01), Owner and Partner at Orbesen Executive Insight, on a yearlong project and the future of leadership (read more – in Danish)

Nate Quigley
(LAN, PAR 96-00), Co-Founder and CEO of Chatbooks, a mobile app that creates photo books from digital photos, settles in Utah, the “new tech hotspot” (read more)

Quaero Capital, a Geneva-based asset management company, names Francesco Samson (GVA 96-98) as Chief Operating Officer (read more)

Gowri Shankar (BLR, CHN, DEL, MUM 05-12), CEO and Co-Founder of India-based RoofandFloor, an online platform connecting homebuyers and builders, on the challenges in the marketplace (read more)

Gunjan Soni (DEL, MUM 03-14), CMO and Head of International Brand Business at Myntra and Head of Jabong, accepts award as one of IMPACT's 50 Most Influential Women (watch here)

Katrin Suder (BER, COL 00-14), Secretary of State at Germany's Federal Ministry of Defense, on increased cyber security (read more – in German)

Angus Taylor
(AUS 94-00), Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation in Australian government, shares vision to improve the regional inland cities of New South Wales (read more)

Artisan du Chocolat founder and CEO Anne Weyns (BRU, LON, LOX 95-01) highlights the challenges as a small chocolatier of working with a giant retailer (read more – subscription required)

Doug Woodham
(FIR, NYO, SDL, STA 85-94, 97-00) on the release of his new book “Art Collecting Today” (read more here and here)


Robert Topaz
(NYO, ATL, SYD 87-97) dies at 59 (read more)


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