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Alumni News - Week Ending May 7, 2017
May 18, 2017

In this week's 42 alumni headlines, LEGO Group names Marjorie Lao as Chief Financial Officer; Marks & Spencer appoints Archie Norman as Chairman, effective September 1; Encore Capital Group names Ashish Masih its new President and CEO; CompuCom names Hardik Shah its new Chief Strategy Officer; Crédit Agricole Italia names Olivier Guilhamon its Deputy General Manager, Corporate; Bayer names Bhavesh Ashar SVP and Head of Oncology for its U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division; Origin Energy appoints Teresa Engelhard to its board of directors; and more.


Bayer names Bhavesh Ashar (NJO 97-02) SVP, Head of Oncology for its U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division (read more)

Jeremy Bahr (SVO, LAN 97-05) named Chief Business Officer at Photocure, a Norwegian specialty pharmaceutical company (read more)

Jonathan Bailey (NYO, LON, LOX 06-08, 10-16) named Head of Environmental, Social and Governance investing at Neuberger Berman, a global asset manager (read more)

Yasmin Belo-Osagie (LGS 12-14) and Afua Osei (LGS 13-16), co-founders of She Leads Africa, an online network for young female African entrepreneurs and professionals, named to the 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators (read more)

Lanxess appoints Jens-Christian Blad (HAM 06-17) Head of Corporate Development (read more)

Interview with Alexandra Cavoulacos (STA, NYO 08-11), co-founder and COO of The and co-author of “The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career” (read more)

Alison Davis (NYO 84-93), co-founder of Fifth Era, co-authors international best-seller "Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era: How to Prosper in an Age of Unprecedented Innovation" (read more)

Tim deGavre (NJO 05-10) appointed new Country Head for Sandoz UK (read more)

Shantanu Deshpande (DEL, MUM 11-15) and Deepu Panicke (XFR 11-15), co-founders of the Bombay Shaving Company, a men’s grooming start-up based in India, find success in the personal care market (read more)

Origin Energy appoints Teresa Engelhard (LAN 92-96) to board of directors (read more)

DLA Piper names Ana Garcia Fau (MAD 92-94) a non-executive director (read more)

Chuck Gillman (NYO 92-94), Executive Managing Director of IDWR, elected to board of directors of Points International, a loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions provider (read more)

Crédit Agricole Italia names Olivier Guilhamon (PAR 88-93) Deputy General Manager, Corporate, with responsibility for the credit and banking businesses (read more – in Italian)

Krishna Gupta (CHI 10-10), founder and General Partner at Romulus Capital, interviewed for a series featuring venture capitalists (read more)

Gerald Hörhan
(FRA 99-00) releases new book, "Der stille Raub: Wie das Interrnet die Mittelschicht zerstört und was Gewinner der digitalen Revolution anders machen," a discussion of what he sees as the negative impact the digital revolution will have on society (read more – in German)

Comcast Cable promotes Marcien Jenckes (DCO 98-02) to President, Advertising (read more)

Theo Kiesselbach (HAM, SFO 88-97) to retire as CEO of GrandVision, a global optical retailer, after serving more than 16 years with the company (read more)

LEGO Group
names Marjorie Lao (SIN 01-06) as Chief Financial Officer (read more)

Graham Holdings Company elects Jack Markell (DCO 86-89), former Governor of Delaware, to board of directors (read more)

Encore Capital Group names Ashish Masih (DCO 96-01) its new President and CEO, effective mid-June (read more)

Paul McNamara
(LOX, LON 93-03) named Chief Executive Officer at EValue, a UK-based fintech provider (read more)

Ed Meier (DAL 07-09), a former top policy aide to Hillary Clinton, officially announces candidacy for Congress in Texas’ 32nd Congressional District (read more)

Award-winning film producer Mark Mitten’s (CHI 01-04) latest film “ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail” – a documentary about the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis – opens in theaters May 19 (read more here and here, and watch a trailer here)

Nick Nash (NYO 00-02), President of Garena, a consumer internet platform provider based in Asia, co-authors McKinsey Quarterly article, "Reimagining e-commerce for Southeast Asia" (read more)

Marks & Spencer appoints Archie Norman (LON 79-86) as Chairman, effective September 1 (read more)

Ron O'Hanley (BOS 86-97), President and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, comments on trends within the investment industry (read more – subscription required)

NuTonomy, which makes software for self-driving cars and where Doug Parker (SEA 10-15) is COO, will partner with Peugeot to test autonomous driving in Singapore (read more)

Nicolas Pujet (BOS 99-03), Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Celestica, plays a significant role in future acquisitions (read more – subscription required)

Nathalia Quirós (CCS, CAR 98-10), senior advisor at Agrega Partners, appointed to the board of directors at Banco del Progreso (read more – in Spanish)

Tom Roets (SYD, BER, JOH 99-00, 03-09) to assume role of Executive General Manager of Future Technology & Architecture at Australia’s National Broadband Network (read more)

Ursula Rüegsegger (ZRH 01-08) named Chief Executive Officer at Sanacare, a Swiss-based managed care organization (read more – in German)

Renato Salsa (MIL 06-10) named Chief Executive Officer of Switzerland-based family office Grace Capital Partners (read more – in Italian)

Karine Samaha (PAR 98-02) appointed Group Vice President of Transformation at French catering and foodservice company Elior Group (read more)

CompuCom names Hardik Shah (ATL 05-08) its new Chief Strategy Officer (read more)

Shiza Shahid (DBI 11-13), co-founder of NOW Ventures and The Malala Fund, offers opening remarks at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Fundraising Conference (read more)

Kevin Sharer (NYO, DCO 82-84), Professor of Corporate Strategy at Harvard Business School, shares his views on teamwork (read more)

Beyond Tablet, the first smart tablet without a display screen – developed by Beyond Screen's CEO, John Shi (BEI, SHA, LAN 95-99) – wins prestigious CES2017 Innovation Award (read more)

Margot Singer (NYO 86-97) releases New York Times-recommended novel, "Underground Fugue," set against backdrop of London tube bombings in 2005; will appear at Manhattan bookstore Book Culture for a reading and conversation on Wednesday, May 31 (read more here and here)

Ole Skov (COP 87-94), Chairman at Adsidius, contracted to participate in a business angel matching fund with the European Investment Fund and the Growth Fund to support Danish entrepreneurs (read more – in Danish)

Jeff Tung (TOR, TOB 10-13) named CFO and COO at Cannabis Wheaton, a marijuana streaming company that facilitates connections between licensed producers and consumers (read more)

Johan Van de Steen (LON, BRU 97-00) named Operating Partner, Head of Strategy, Operations and Business Control at IK Investment Partners, a Pan-European private equity firm (read more)

Fast Company profiles Assaf Wand (NYO 04-06), co-founder and CEO of Hippo, a tech-enabled home insurance startup (read more)


Malcolm Candlish (CLE, TOR, MEL, NYO, LON 65-77) dies at 81 (read more)

Jim Rogers (FIR 83-98) dies at 82 (read more)


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