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Alumni News - Week Ending April 16, 2017
April 21, 2017

In this week's 26 alumni headlines, Procter & Gamble appoints Amy Chang to its board of directors; Birra Peroni names Roberta Bazzo its new CFO; Caroline Connellan takes up her new role as CEO of Brooks Macdonald; LATAM Cargo appoints Andrés Bianchi as its new CEO; Ripley Corp. names Alex Rosemblatt to its board of directors; Stada names Ralph Grobecker CEO for its OTC business; and more.


Saurabh Agarwal (DEL, NJE 04-07), Managing Director at Warburg Pincus LLC, joins AAG Energy Holdings as non-executive director (read more)

Birra Peroni names Roberta Bazzo (MIL 10-14) Chief Financial Officer (read more – in Italian)

LATAM Cargo names Andrés Bianchi (SAG 07-10) as new Chief Executive Officer (read more)

Procter & Gamble appoints Amy Chang (SLL 00-03), founder and CEO at Accompany, to board of directors to serve on the audit and innovation & technology committees (read more)

Muhammad Chbib (COL, DBI 04-07, 09-11), CEO of, a leading online travel platform for the MENA region, highlights several practices SMEs can learn from larger organizations (read more)

Brooks Macdonald: Caroline Connellan (LON 00-08) takes up new role as CEO (read more)

Stephen DeFalco (NYO, COP, STA 88-96), CEO at Crane & Co., discusses what to ask before joining a family business with "Slice of MIT," an MIT alumni publication (read more)

Three alumni on Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list for Asia: Adamas Belva Syah Devara (JAK 11-13), co-founder of Ruangguru; Masaru Ishizaki (TOK 14-16), co-founder and COO of EMPAG; and Akshay Navaladi (NJE 13-14), co-founder of Healthskool Clinics (read more)

Laura Fuentes (MAD, NYO, DCO 02-07), SVP for Talent, Rewards and People Analytics at Hilton Worldwide, featured in Huffington Post’s Women in Business Q&A (read more)

Tamas Giorgadse (FRA, BER 03-13), founder and CEO of fintech startup Weltsparen, comments on swarm financing and varying interest rates (read more – in German)

Ralph Grobecker (DUS, FRA, NJE 93-00) named CEO for the OTC business at Stada, a German-based pharmaceutical company (read more – in German)

Holger Hohrein
(BER 99-08) named Chief Operating Officer at Deposit Solutions, a leading European fintech company (read more – in German)

Interview with Oliver Kharraz-Tavakol (MUE, MUN, MUT, NYB, NYO 01-07), co-founder and CEO of Zocdoc, on improving patients' ability to schedule an appointment (read more)

Singer-songwriter Laura Kits (AMS 14-15) releases first album, “Skipper Canyon Road” (read more here, and listen here)

Andrea Marmolejo (MAD 88-90) appointed as operating partner for Spain at Advisors & Partners, a London-based company providing financial, advisory and business development services (read more)

Meghana Narayan (DEL, LOX, LON 03-05, 07-15) co-founded Slurrp Farm to provide healthy, made-in-India, organic food for children (read more)

Max Pedro (BAO, SPO, CHA 01-05), co-founder, COO and CFO of TakeOff Technologies, a Boston-area startup that operates an end-to-end grocery platform, enters into an exclusive arrangement with KNAPP, a world market leader in warehouse logistics and automation (read more)

Alex Perez-Tenessa (MAD, NYO, NJE, CHI 98-00, 03-13) to step down as VP merchandising manager of beauty and personal care at CVS (read more)

Profile of Dom Perks (LON 00-02), CEO and co-founder of Hambro Perks, a London-based incubator and investment company (read more)

Ripley Corp. names Alex Rosemblatt (SAG, MIA 99-02) to board of directors (read more – in Spanish)

Sheryl Sandberg (DCO, LAN 94-96), COO at Facebook, on the loss of her husband and how the experience led to her newest book “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” (read more)

Tariq Shaukat (NYO, STA 05-12), President of Enterprise Sales at Google, acknowledged for his expertise in engaging the enterprise market (read more)

Startup Revo Technologies, co-founded by Irene Shvakman (MSW 06-16), offers express loans as an alternative banking service (read more – in Russian)

Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) appoints Magali Smets (PAR 99-01) as Executive Director (read more – in French)

Tommy Stadlen’s (LON 13-15) Silicon Valley photo-app startup Polaroid Swing aims to reboot brand and inspire new generation (read more)

Tanja zu Waldeck (COL 02-07) named Chief Operating Officer of German-based Burda Group's digital publishing company (read more – in German)


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