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Alumni News - Week Ending April 30, 2017
May 17, 2017

In this week's 30 alumni headlines, Diebold Nixdorf elects Dr. Alexander Dibelius, Dr. Dieter Düsedau, and Dr. Jürgen Wunram to its board of directors; Network Ten names Ivan Yu its Chief Transformation Officer; McColl's Retail Group names Jens Hofma to its board as an independent non-executive director, effective July 1; Powermat appoints Dan Stone as Chairman of the Board; and more.


Sterling Anderson (SEA 13-14), co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Aurora, a self-driving car technology startup, reveals some of their plans to Fortune (read more)

David Arcelus (MAD, KLA 05-05, 06-12, 12-16), Chief of Prepaid at XL Axiata, launches AXIS HITZ prime card, "intended to support millennials' lifestyle" (read more – in Indonesian)

Patrícia Ávila (SAP 97-00) named CEO for Brazil at public relations company Burson-Marsteller (read more – in Portuguese)

Scott Beardsley
(NYO, BRU 89-15), Dean at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, interviews legendary entrepreneur and Infosys founder Narayana Murthy (read more)

Søren Berg (COP 00-02, 04-06), Managing Director for Denmark at strategic communications company MSL Group, reflects on returning to Denmark after spending time in Silicon Valley (read more – in Danish)

Anna Chif (MON 12-14) is co-founder of virtual healthcare platform Dialogue, included on '10 Montreal Tech Companies to Watch' list (read more)

Beth Cobert (NYO, SFO 84-13) appointed Chief Executive Officer of Skillful, the Markle Foundation's economic initiative to create a national skills-based labor market (read more)

Andres Colichon (BOG, LIM 05-08) appointed CFO at Camposol Holding, a leading Peruvian agro-industrial company (read more)

Interview with Jim Collins (SFO 80-80), lecturer and author of numerous books, including “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” (read more)

Diebold Nixdorf elects Dr. Alexander Dibelius (DUS, VIE 87-90, 90-92), Dr. Dieter Düsedau (MUN 88-14), and Dr. Jürgen Wunram (HAM 92-07) to board of directors (read more)

Jevin Eagle (BOS, CHI 93-93, 94-99, 00-03), former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, named Executive Director of Boston University Hillel (read more)

Diana Farrell (CCS, NYO, FIR, DCO, MGI, SFO 90-09, 11-14), President & CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute, was keynote speaker at May 1 Johns Hopkins SAIS on topic “Big Data Insights on the U.S. Economy” (read more)

Profile of Mads Faurholt (ZRH 07-09), serial entrepreneur and co-author of "Entrepreneur: What we learned from starting 30 companies" (read more – in Danish)

Profile on the creation and evolution of prominent business cloud communications provider Knowlarity, co-founded and led by Ambarish Gupta (PIT 07-09) (read more)

McColl's Retail Group names Jens Hofma (ZRH, GVA, LON, LOK 99-03), Managing Director of Pizza Hut UK, to its board as an independent non-executive director, effective July 1 (read more)

Florian Huebner (BER 08-11), co-founder and Managing Director of uberall, says that companies need to pay closer attention to their online reviews (read more)

Manan Javeri (ATL, SFO 12-13, 14-15) heads up India launch of UberEATS (read more)

Miroslav Lukeš
(PRG, PRA 04-05, 05-11), MasterCard's CEO for Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia: "Cash will no longer be needed in a few years" (read more -- in Czech)

Mette Lykke (COP 06-07), co-founder of popular fitness-tracking app Endomondo, leaves company to become CEO of startup Too Good To Go, an online platform dedicated to reducing food waste (read more)

Nneka Mobisson (NJE 07-11), co-founder and CEO of mDoc, a mobile app that aids in finding local healthcare options, featured in CNBC Africa interview (watch here – Nneka’s segment begins 7 minutes in)

Claudia Nagel (BER 04-13), founder and Managing Director of Operations, Technology & Finance at Berlin-based smart-entry tech company KIWI, featured in piece on entrepreneurship (read more – in German, subscription required)

Magnus Olsson
(STH, DBI, ADH 06-12) and Mudassir Sheikha (DBB, DUB 08-12), co-founders of Dubai-based chauffeur-driven car booking service Careem, find success in the Middle East despite a variety of challenges (read more – in Swedish and Vietnamese)

Guillaume Princen
(PAR 05-14), Director of France and Southern Europe at digital payments unicorn Stripe: "A new wave of French startups are changing France’s economy" (read more)

Norbert Rollinger
(DUS, COL 90-95), CEO of R + V Versicherung AG, a worldwide German-based insurer, discusses with Handelsblatt the company’s continued success and growth in light of growing competition from startups and digital competition (read more – in German)

Shalini Sharp (NYO 96-98), CFO and EVP of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., joins board of Array BioPharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer treatments (read more)

Powermat appoints Dan Stone (NYO, CHI 04-07), CEO of CompuCom, as Chairman of the Board (read more)

Christine Su (HKO 08-10), CEO and founder at sustainable ranching company Summer Technologies, featured in Financial Post article about entrepreneurs discovering their true purpose (read more)

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Malaysia, promotes Serena Tan (KLA 01-03) to Executive Director, Investments (read more)

Axel Wieandt (BOS, DUS 88-88, 93-97) enters into agreement to consult CORESTATE Capital Holding S.A., an investment manager and co-investor based in Luxembourg (read more)

Network Ten
names Ivan Yu (SYD 12-17) Chief Transformation Officer (read more – subscription required)


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