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Alumni News - Week Ending May 28, 2017
June 01, 2017

In this week's 48 alumni headlines, Marks & Spencer appoints Melanie Smith as Director of Strategy; CBRE Group names Beth Cobert to its board of directors; Luxfer Group names Alok Maskara CEO-elect and a member of its board of directors; Tyson Foods appoints Monica McGurk its Chief Growth Officer; and much more.


Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) names Rajan Anandan (CHI, DEL 92-03), Vice President of Southeast Asia and India at Google, as Chairman of the Board (read more)

Kalin Anev (AMS 08-09), member of the management board and Secretary General at European Stability Mechanism, an intergovernmental organization that provides financial assistance to eurozone countries, publishes article explaining how public-sector institutions can become fintech leaders (read more)

Oliver Bäte (COL, DUS, NYO 91-07), CEO at Allianz, undertakes biggest restructuring in its nearly 130-year history (read more - subscription required)

Amsety, a healthcare nutrition startup founded by Mustafa Behan (BER 00-02), provides a unique product recommended to patients with liver conditions (read more)

Hassan Belkhayat (CAS, JOH 05-17), joins new decision-making team for Aziz Akhannouch, party President for the National Rally of Independents in Morocco (read more - in French)

Sabine Bendiek (FKL, HAM 96-99), CEO of Microsoft Germany, responds to questions regarding artificial intelligence (read more here [in German], and read our recent feature on Sabine here)

Ari Buchalter (NYO 01-05) appointed CEO of Intersection, a data-driven ad and marketing tech provider (read more)

CBRE Group names Beth Cobert (SFO, NYO 84-13), CEO of the Markle Foundation's Skillful initiative, to board of directors (read more)

PolicyGenius, a consumer insurance startup founded by Jennifer Fitzgerald (NYO 08-13) and Francois de Lame (NYO, JOH 04-04, 06-08, 12-14), secures $30 million in funding and announces partnership with LendingTree (read more)

Giacomo Di Nepi (MIL 80-96), CEO at Polyphor, a Swiss-based pharma company, elected to board of directors of Kuros Biosciences, a Swiss-based company focused on the development of innovative products for tissue repair and regeneration (read more)

Michael Echenberg (TOR, BOS 01-01, 02-04), EVP and CFO at, a featured speaker at the Needham Emerging Technology Conference on May 18 and the JPMorgan 44th Annual Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on May 23 (read more)

Paul Enever (PHL, NJE 01-13), Managing Director at Canepa Healthcare, named to board of directors at Seattle-based Magnolia Medical Technologies, a company focused on decreasing false positive blood cultures (read more)

Philip Eykerman (ANT, BRU 97-11), EVP of Corporate Strategy & Acquisitions at Koninklijke DSM, named to board of directors at industrial biotechnology company Amyris (read more)

Nikolaus Frei (LON, ZRH 95-00) appointed Chief Executive Officer at Rosgosstrakh, a Russian-based insurance company (read more - in Russian)

Aaron Friedkin (MIN 14-15), Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, on the importance of hand hygiene in the workplace (read more)

Fahrenheit CEO Matthias Hoene (MUN, FKB, CBL 05-10, 13-17) hopes to turn German-based cooling business into a commercial success (read more – subscription required)

Leslie Holman (MIN 04-11), CEO of Pinnacle Performance Group, a Minneapolis-based training and performance improvement consultancy, recipient of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business Award (read more – subscription required)

Rani Hublou (LAN, XIA, AUO 91-93) appointed Chief Marketing Officer at 8x8, a cloud-based, enterprise-class software solutions provider (read more)

Mumbai-based CleanMax Solar, a provider of onsite solar power led by Kuldeep Jain (MUM 99-10), to partner with Japan-based Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (read more)

Marketing magazine profiles Cassandra Kelly (AUO 97-98), tech entrepreneur and founder of Pottinger and Atomli, recognized by Australian Financial Review as one of the 10 most influential women in the boardroom (read more)

Ashish Kumar (CHI 99-04), founder of hybrid electric aircraft startup Zunum Aero, publishes article "Coming Soon To Airports Near You: Fast Hybrid-Electric Aircraft For Everyone," about the transformation of regional air travel and its future impact on mobility (read more)

Paul Kusserow (LAN 88-90), CEO of Louisiana-based home health and hospice care provider Amedisys, focused on overall growth through implementing improvements (read more)

Profile of Valeria Landi (BAO 11-11, 13-15), Country Development Manager at OLX, a global online marketplace (read more – in Spanish)

Paolo Lugiato (ROM, MIL 97-04), CEO of Italian solar utility RTR Group, comments on the solar market in an online interview with Green.It (read more – in Italian) interviews Jeff Luhnow (CHI 93-99), General Manager of the Houston Astros (read more)

Thomas McDermott (CHI, ATL 08-10, 12-16) appointed Executive Director of UI LABS Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a public-private partnership transforming manufacturing through digitization (read more)

Tyson Foods appoints Monica McGurk (ATL, CLE 93-12) Chief Growth Officer (read more)

Italian bank ICBPI appoints Renato Martini (ROM, MIL 95-04) Business Unit Director, Payments & ATM for its CartaSì brand (read more – in Italian)

Luxfer Group names Alok Maskara (CHI, AMS 00-04) CEO-elect and a member of its board of directors (read more)

Kathryn Minshew (NYO 08-10), CEO of online career resource The Muse and co-author of “The New Rules of Work," comments on the new work model of the gig economy in New Yorker article (read more)

Fashpa, a ready-to-wear label founded and led by Honey Ogundeyi (LLN 06-08), featured in a “Wear Nigerian” campaign (read more)

Alissa Orlando (DCG, DCO 12-15), founder and Managing Advisor of Dynamo Advisors, working with companies to expand their business in the Sub-Saharan region, shares insights into challenges of operating within African marketplace (read more)

Svein Harald Øygard (RJO, OSL, HOU 95-16), Senior Partner Emeritus, weighs in on Brazil's economic future (read more – in Norwegian)

Financial Times profiles Mary Peng (BEI, NYO 00-00, 02-05), co-founder of International Center for Veterinary Services, the first foreign-owned veterinary clinic in Beijing (read more – subscription required)

Daily Mail profiles Paul Pester (LON 93-97), Chief Executive Officer at TSB Banking Group (read more)

Christian Pospiech (BER 02-05) joins German-based night express service provider nox nachtexpress as Managing Director (read more – in German)

Pramath Raj Sinha (DEL, TOR 93-06), founder and Managing Director at specialty media company 9.9 Mediaworx, named to newly formed Academic Council at New Delhi-based Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, a multi-disciplinary mass communication and media arts institute (read more)

Marks & Spencer appoints Melanie Smith (LOX, XNZ, XIA, AUO 97-99, 01-09) as Director of Strategy (read more)

Interview with Tomas Spurny (PRA 94-99), CEO at Moneta Money Bank, on the ongoing transformation of the Czech bank (read more – in Czech)

Mike Steib (NJE 98-00), CEO of multi-platform media company XO Group, provides input on successful interview strategies (read more)

Katrin Suder (BER, COL 00-14), State Secretary at Germany's Ministry of Defense, on list of the country's top LGBTI executives (read more – in German)

Zachary Supalla (CHI, DCO 06-10), founder and CEO of Particle, a platform for IoT products and connected devices, discusses questions tech entrepreneurs should think about in "7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You 'App'" (read more)

Joris Van Gool (ANT, BRU 08-13), Principal at PE firm HgCapital, named as one of Financial News’ 2017 Private Equity Rising Stars (read more)

Ewout van Jarwaarde (AMS 06-17) named SVP, Car Remarketing at LeasePlan, a multinational car leasing and fleet management company (read more)

Nadia Viswanath (CHI 10-12), pursuing her MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School and MBA at MIT Sloan, writes about defining her Muslim faith in "Pass the Pepperoni: A Muslim-American Perspective" (read more)

Lukas Vogt (ZRH 09-15), Head of Business Development at Sanitas, joins board of Medidata, a Swiss-based IT service provider for electronic health services (read more – in German)

Interview with Alison Watkins (AUO, MEL, XIA 89-99), CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil (click here to read more [in Indonesian], and click here for our 2015 feature on Alison)

Winnow, a British-based startup co-founded and led by Marc Zornes (LON 09-13), utilizes technology to cut food waste in commercial kitchens (read more


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