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Alumni News - Week Ending April 23, 2017
May 01, 2017

In this week's 38 alumni headlines, Citigroup names David Chubak Head of Retail Banking and Mortgages; AXA names Jad Ariss Group Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility; MassMutual appoints Aaron Miller Head of Strategy & Corporate Development; Tyson Foods appoints Justin Whitmore Chief Sustainability Officer; Hexal AG appoints Stephan Eder Chairman of the Board; Warburg Pincus appoints Dominic Casserley as a senior advisor; and more.


Profile of Pablo Alvarez (MAD 97-99), Global Commercial Head at global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and their role in the fight against diabetes (read more – in Spanish)

AXA names Jad Ariss (PAR 87-95) Group Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility (read more)

Clyde Kelly Atkins (BOS 14-16), on education leave from the Firm, finds a balance between pursuing his MBA at Wharton and music with the release of his second album scheduled for May 18 (read more)

Kirti Avasarala (MUM, BLR 10-15) named VP and Head of Product Management at ShopX, an offline digital platform for small retailers (read more)

Powerhouse Ventures Limited, a New Zealand-based venture capital firm specializing in incubation, names Blair Bryant (LAN 78-80) to its board as a non-executive director and Chairman-elect (read more)

Geraldine Buckingham (NYO 06-14), Global Head of Corporate Strategy at BlackRock, offers advice to women for navigating a career on Wall Street (read more – subscription required)

Warburg Pincus appoints Dominic Casserley (NYO, HKO, LON, LOX 83-13) as a senior advisor (read more)

Bhaskar Chakravorti (BOS 06-11), Senior Associate Dean, Professor and Executive Director at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, pens article for Harvard Business Review: "Early Lessons from India’s Demonetization Experiment" (read more)

Citigroup names David Chubak (NYO 05-15) Head of Retail Banking and Mortgages (read more – subscription required)

Hexal AG appoints Stephan Eder (VIE, DBI 99-99, 01-05) Chairman of the Board (read more – in German)

Alison Fielding (LON 94-00), Director of IP Impact at IP Group, a leading intellectual property commercialization company, appointed as a non-executive director at Nanoco Group, a UK-based nanotechnology company (read more)

Prashant Gandhi (DAL, DEL, NYO, NYB 02-17), MD and Head of Digital Payments at JPMorgan Chase, co-authors McKinsey Quarterly article, "Life insurance: Ready for the digital spotlight" (read more)

Ramin Goo (BER 04-04, 06-10) turns his passion for cooking into a successful business venture as founder and CEO of Kochhaus, a food store that offers ready-to-make recipes along with necessary food ingredients (read more – in German)

Two alumni named to 2017 Medtech Boston '40 Under 40' Healthcare Innovators list: Jeff Greenberg (NYO, BOS 03-03, 07-09), co-founder, Firefly Heath and Medical Director, Brigham Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Yuri Tomikawa (NJE 12-14), founder & CEO at (read more here and here)

Jose Guerra (LIS, ANG 10-12, 14-16) to lead Portugal-based JCG Advogados, a new boutique tax and legal office (read more – in Portuguese)

Shahril Hamdan (KLA 12-14) appointed as one of Malaysia's National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Youth Ambassadors, responsible for establishing futuristic policies targeting Malaysia for the period from 2020 to 2050 (read more – in Malay)

Marta Higuera (MAD, SYD 01-03, 05-10), co-founder & CEO at real estate agent comparison site OpenAgent, weighs in on the impact of changes to Australia's visa program (read more – subscription required)

Stephen Hodges (LLL 98-02), President of Hult International Business School, expresses concerns for business schools post-Brexit (read more)

Ankit Jain (SVO 12-16), Senior Director & Head of Ola Play, a connected car platform, confirmed as keynote speaker for Connected Car Pune in India on November 29 (read more)

Trond Riiber Knudsen (OSL 91-15), a shareholder in Arundo, a global provider of analytical and predictive solutions, comments on the bright future of the company with Tor Jakob Ramsøy (OSL, OLB 01-15) as CEO (read more – in Norwegian)

Profile of George Kurian (LAN, SFO 94-99), President & CEO at NetApp, a California-based storage and data management company (read more – in German)

The special leadership quality of Werner Lanthaler (VIE 95-98), Chief Executive Officer at Evotec, a biotechnology company (read more – in German)

Adam Lewis (AUO, AMS, MEL 90-10), Chairman of Aconex and a tech investor, comments on the untapped potential of SMS provider MessageMedia (read more)

MassMutual appoints Aaron Miller (PIT, NYO 99-05) Head of Strategy & Corporate Development (read more)

Profile of Sumeet Nagar (SLL, SVO 01-07), co-founder and Managing Director at Malabar Investments, an India-focused foreign portfolio investor (read more)

Unilever acquires Sir Kensington's, a maker of gourmet condiments, co-founded and led by CEO Mark Ramadan (NYO 08-10) (read more)

Justin Ryan (NJE 95-00, 04-06) appointed President of Tamarack Aerospace (read more)

Interview with Jayant Sinha (NYO, BOS, DEL 91-00, 02-06), India's Minister of State for Aviation, on the newly designed regional connectivity scheme (read more – subscription required)

Dun & Bradstreet appoints Manish Sinha (LON, LOX 01-03) Managing Director, India (read more)

Marc Soler
(MAD 13-16) and Jaime Farres (MAD 13-16), co-founders of Spanish fashion-focused social network 21 Buttons, take on new leadership roles at the company following €3 million financing round (read more – in Spanish)

Catherine Sutjahyo (SIN, JAK 04-12), CEO of Alfaonline, a customer-centric online marketplace platform, comments on success in Indonesia's e-commerce industry (read more – in Indonesian)

Fred Swaniker (JOH 99-01) receives an honorary doctorate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and speaks to transforming Africa through education and leadership (read more)

Ryan Taylor (NYB, NYO 05-12) appointed CEO of Dash Core Project, a cryptocurrency provider (read more)

EvenRank, co-founded by Rishi Thussu (MUM, DEL 06-10), is a Bangalore-based startup that uses data science to create a personalized career and coaching platform (read more)

Tony Tjan (TOR 94-96), CEO of Cue Ball Group in Boston, released book on April 25: "Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters" (read more)

Caroline Webb (LON, LOX 00-12), author of "How to Have a Good Day," shares her thoughts on the "planning fallacy" (read more)

Tyson Foods appoints Justin Whitmore (CHI 14-17) Chief Sustainability Officer, a newly-created role (read more)

Lia Winograd (BOG 13-15) co-founds brassiere company Pepper, launches successful crowdfunding campaign (read more here and here)


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