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Alumni News - Week Ending May 14, 2017
May 23, 2017

In this week's 45 alumni headlines, the Obama Foundation appoints Lynn Taliento as Chief Program Officer; Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions appoints Peter Feldhaus as CEO; Mekonomen elects Magnus Håkansson to its board of directors; Whole Foods names Ken Hicks as an independent director, and names Mary Ellen Coe the new Chair of its Nominating & Governance Committee; Lindab International elects John Hedberg to its board of directors; the Swiss Finance Institute names Adrian Nösberger a new member its Foundation Board; Bridgeway Capital Management President Tammira Philippe is recognized as one of the top women in asset management in Money Management Executive’s annual awards; and more.

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Byron Auguste (LAN, DCO 93-13), co-founder and President at New America's Opportunity@Work and among the creators of TechHire, an initiative to build tech talent pipelines in communities across the country, on exploring the potential talent pool in Eastern Kentucky (read more)

Startup Autobix, a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based solutions provider for automotive dealerships, co-founded by Adhikar Babu (XFR 12-14), receives seed funding (read more)

Rohit Bassi (SCA, LAN 06-11) named Managing Director, Operations at Corridor Capital, a U.S.-based private equity fund (read more)

Maple, a fee-for-service telehealth provider co-founded and led CEO Brett Belchetz (TOR 00-02), expands service to five provinces in Canada (read more)

Maiden Home, a furniture startup founded and led by CEO Nidhi Kapur (NYO 08-10), is among a rising number of companies committed to U.S.-based manufacturing (read more)

Siemens appoints Alexander Biron von Curland (MUN 03-09) as Senior Executive Vice President of Middle East Mobility Division (read more)

Attila Brungs (SYD, XIA 98-02), Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Technology, Sydney, on preparing undergraduates to be professionals and think strategically about their careers beginning their first week on campus (read more)

Sanna Campbell (STH 00-03) named to the Advisory Board of Northvolt, a Swedish startup developing lithium-ion batteries (read more – in Swedish)

Irish Independent profiles Patrick Coveney (DUB, ATL, LON 96-05), CEO of Greencore Group, a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods (read more)

Profile of angel investors Alison Davis (NYO 84-93) and Matthew Le Merle (NYO 84-92), co-founders of their private investment firm Fifth Era (read more – subscription required)

Jakub Daxner (PRA 15-17) transitions to Project Lead at Rockaway Ventures, a Czech-based venture capital firm (read more)

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, an end-to-end plant engineering services provider, appoints Peter Feldhaus (DUS, MSW 99-15) as CEO (read more)

Eli Groner (TAV, NJE 03-09), Director General of the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one of his key advisors, will join him in meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump (read more)

Bernhard Günther
(COL, DUS 93-98), CFO at Innogy, interviewed for McKinsey Quarterly article, "A case study in combating bias" (read more)

Mekonomen elects Magnus Håkansson (STO 90-90, 91-93), President and CEO of RNB Retail and Brands, to board of directors (read more)

Ted Hall (SFO, FIR 73-00), President & CEO of Long Meadow Ranch, named 2017 Napa Valley Grower of the Year (click here to read more, and click here to watch a video about Ted)

CarSwitch.com, a UAE-based used car marketplace startup co-founded by Imad Hammad (DBI 08-16) and Ali Malik (NYO, TOR, DBI 01-03, 05-16), receives additional funding (read more)

Rohit Harve (DAL, NJE 12-17) appointed Vice President, North American Operations at Smithers Viscient, a global contract research organization (read more)

Lindab International elects John Hedberg (STH, NYO 97-03), President and CEO at Creades, to its board of directors (read more)

Stefan Heitmann (ZRH, MUN, DUS 00-01, 03-12), founder and CEO of Swiss fintech startup MoneyPark, comments on the mortgage market and digitalization of financial services (read more – in German)

Whole Foods appoints Ken Hicks (DAL, NYO 82-87) as an independent director, and names Mary Ellen Coe (CHI 01-12), President of Google Global Marketing Solutions, new Chair of its Nominating & Governance Committee (read more)

Himanshu Jain
(DEL 12-15), co-founder of Delhi-based startup LegalRaasta, a finance and taxation services provider, secures $5 million in funding (read more)

Neil Kumar (NJE 07-11), CEO of clinical-stage biotech company BridgeBio Pharma, to act as interim CEO for newly launched biopharma subsidiary Eidos Therapeutics (read more)

“Global citizen” Sal Lavallo (ADH 13-16) nearing goal to become youngest American to visit every country (read more here and here)

Interview with Magnus Liungman (SKB 08-13), co-founder and CEO at Doctrin, a B2B system provider to healthcare providers (read more – in Swedish)

John Malone (NYO 70-73), "cable cowboy" and Chairman of Liberty Media Corporation, comments on the state and direction of the U.S. cable industry (read more)

Julien Mazerolle (PAR 96-99) appointed President of French startup 1001Pharmacies, an online marketplace dedicated to the sale of health and beauty products (read more)

Swiss Finance Institute names Adrian Nösberger (ZRH 96-00), CEO of Schroder & Co. Bank, a new member its Foundation Board; will serve as representative of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (read more)

Interview with Nobu Okada (TOK 00-04), founder and CEO at Astroscale, a Singapore-based satellite services company focused on cleaning up orbital debris (read more here, and read our 2016 ‘Focus on Founders’ feature on Nobu here)

Ikenna Okezie (BOS, NYO 99-03), co-founder and CEO of Somatus, raises $5 million for the McLean-based startup that focuses on kidney care (read more)

Grant Parkinson (LOX 00-05) appointed COO at UK-based wealth manager Brewin Dolphin, effective in August (read more)

Banco Supervielle
names Nerio Peitiado (BAO 94-99) its General Manager, and additionally the Vice President of Supervielle Asset Management (read more – in Spanish)

Tammira Philippe (HOU 95-97, 02-05), President of Bridgeway Capital Management, recognized as one of top women in asset management in Money Management Executive’s annual awards (read more)

Cressida Pollock (LON 13-15), CEO of the English National Opera, discusses the criticism and challenges faced since her appointment two years ago (read more – subscription required)

Derrell Porter (LAN 96-01) named SVP and Global Commercial Head at Atara Biotherapeutics, a California-based biopharmaceutical company (read more)

Interview with Johannes Quodt (ZRH 11-15), co-founder of handcrafted Italian leather sneakers brand Koio (read more)

Daryl Rolley (PIT, SPO 96-00) appointed SVP and Chief Commercial Officer for PRGX Global, a global provider of Source to Pay (S2P) services (read more)

Moti Shahani (LON, MIL 87-95), Managing Director at Blue Ridge Partners in London, to moderate panel at INSEAD Private Equity Conference in Fontainebleau, France (read more)

Andy Slavitt (LAN 93-95) named Senior Advisor at AVIA, a Chicago-based leading network for health systems (read more)

Built In Boston, an online community for Boston startups and tech companies, profiles Michele Spitzer (CHI 13-16), People Growth at Catalant Technologies, a software solutions provider (read more)

Obama Foundation appoints Lynn Taliento (DCO, MEX 94-17) Chief Program Officer (read more)

David Wessels (NYO 92-94), adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, co-authors McKinsey Quarterly article, "The six types of successful acquisitions" (read more)

Jan Wilmking (COL, BER 04-13), Managing Director of zLabels, finding success with numerous online fashion brands (read more – in German)

Silvan Wyss (SWA, ZRH, BOS 94-01) named Head of Wealth Management at Bank SYZ, a Geneva-based banking group (read more – in German)

OBITUARIES

Gary Rogers (SFO 68-72), former CEO of Dreyer’s Ice Cream and former Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co., dies at 74 (read more in the Wall Street Journal here – subscription required – and here)

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