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Alumni News - Week Ending June 11, 2017
June 16, 2017

In this week's 33 alumni headlines, Ascena Retail Group appoints Stacey Rauch to its board of directors; Automobili Lamborghini names Paolo Poma CFO and Managing Director; Ferroglobe names Manuel Garrido y Ruano a director of its board, with CEO Pedro Larrea Paguaga to join later this month; Willis Towers Watson appoints Taro Ogai Head of Investments for Asia Pacific, effective July 1; and more.

Nasr Benaissa (DBI, PAR 99-07), CIO at Mawarid Investments, a private UAE joint stock company providing Sharia-compliant financial services, invests in startup Wahed, a Sharia-compliant robo-advisor (read more)

Gary Briggs (CHI 89-93), Global CMO of Facebook, says increasing need for speed in business transactions has led to in-house creative teams (read more)

Marcus Brune (DUS 97-99) appointed to board of directors of junior mining company Critical Elements Corporation (read more) interviews Alexandra Cavoulacos (STA, NYO 08-11) and Kathryn Minshew (NYO 08-10), founders of online career resource and co-authors of "The New Rules of Work" (read more)

Michael Chapman (DCO 00-02) joins the Litigation & Disputes group of Ankura Consulting as Senior Managing Director (read more)

Mario Cuccia
(MIL 88-92), President of Agricola and Borgo San Felice of the Allianz Group, appointed to board of directors of Phlavia Investimenti, an Italian holding company (read more – in Italian)

Veit Dengler (VIE, LAN, PAR 97-03) steps down as CEO of Swiss-based media company NZZ-Mediengruppe (read more – in German)

Gary DiCamillo (CHI 80-83) named CEO of Universal Trailer Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures trailers for hauling (read more)

Interview with Jean Drouin (NYO, LON, SFO, ZRH, TOR 94-15), co-founder and CEO of Clarify Health, a startup in AI-enabled care guidance and clinical workflow optimization (read more)

Profile of Sarah Friar (LON 96-98), CFO at Square, provider of electronic payment products (read more)

Ferroglobe names Manuel Garrido y Ruano (MAD 91-92, 94-96) a director of its board; CEO Pedro Larrea Paguaga (MAD, LAN 89-95) to be appointed later this month (read more)

Felix Grawert (MUN, MUT 05-13) to join Executive Board of German-based technology company Aixtron, effective October 1 (read more)

Don Haut (CHI 00-02) appointed Chief Business Officer at Histogenics Corporation, a Massachusetts-based regenerative medicine company (read more)

Stefan Heck (STA, SVO, FIR 96-13), CEO at autonomous vehicle tech startup Nauto, weighs in on driver distraction and machine-to-human handoff (read more)

Tomas Holmestad (OSL 06-08) appointed CEO at Swix Sports, a Swiss-based manufacturer and distributor of ski products (read more – in Norwegian)

Grab, a Southeast Asia ride-hailing platform co-founded by Hooi Ling Tan (SFO, KLA 06-13) – and one of Asia’s first $1B startups – seeks to build and expand its services (read more)

Pia Kåll
(HEL 06-13) appointed new Managing Partner at CapMan Buyout, a Nordic investment and specialized asset management company (read more)

Markus Krall (FRA 03-06) releases new book, "Der Draghi-Crash," a discussion of the negative impact of zero-interest-rate policy and regulation (read more – in German)

Thomas Kredatu (MUN, NYO, STU, DUS 98-98, 00-08) appointed Managing Director at Poggenpohl , the oldest kitchen brand in the world (read more – in German)

Mark Leiter (NYO, FIR, ATL 93-99), Chairman of Leiter & Company, named Senior Advisor at New York-based media investment bank DeSilva+Phillips (read more)

Heidrick & Struggles names Andrew LeSueur (STA 04-15) Head of Leadership Consulting in the Americas (read more)

Crain's Chicago interviews film producer Mark Mitten (CHI 01-04) in advance of the June 16 Chicago premiere of his documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," at the Gene Siskel Film Center (read more)

Sam Nickless (MEL, XIA, AUO 05-05), COO at Australian corporate law firm Gilbert + Tobin, promoted to partner (read more)

Willis Towers Watson appoints Taro Ogai (TOK 99-03) Head of Investments for Asia Pacific, effective July 1 (read more)

Louise Orbesen (COP 98-01), Owner and Partner at Orbesen Executive Insight, sets out on a project focused on the future of leadership (read more – in Danish, subscription required)

Automobili Lamborghini names Paolo Poma (MIL 00-02) CFO and Managing Director (read more)

Ascena Retail Group
appoints Stacey Rauch (NYO, NJE 86-10) to its board of directors (read more)

Jai Shekhawat (CHI 95-99) joins board of directors at Fourkite, a logistics technology platform providing real-time tracking (read more)

Paul Smith Márquez (MEX 03-05) appointed CFO at Hoteles City Express, a limited-service hotel chain operating five distinct brands throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile (read more)

Fred Swaniker (JOH 99-01), co-founder of African Leadership University, speaks to the university's role in developing Africa’s next generation of leaders (read more)

Mexican company Vista Oil and Gas, with Pablo Vera Pinto (MUN 04-06) as CFO, becomes first oil company to enter the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) (read more – in Spanish)

Christoph Westphal (LAN, BOS, STA 98-00) steps down as Chief Executive at Boston-based biotech Flex Pharma Inc., effective July 3 (read more)

Forbes profiles "Genius Girl" Songyee Yoon (SEO, CFQ 00-02), CEO of NCSoft West, the U.S. subsidiary of South Korea-based video game developer NCSoft, charged with expanding business into U.S. market (read more)


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