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Alumni News - Week Ending June 18, 2017
June 27, 2017

In this week's 40 alumni headlines, Essendant appoints Richard Phillips Interim President and CEO; the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) elects Karien van Gennip as Vice-Chair; AbbVie names Jerome Bouyer UK General Manager; Ritchie Bros. appoints Amy Guggenheim Shenkan to its board of directors; Wortmann Gruppe names Tobias Seng its new CFO; U.S. Bank names current Senior Partner Tim Welsh Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking Sales and Support; and more.


Protix, a Netherlands-based insect supplier for sustainable animal feed co-founded by Kees Aarts (AMS 07-09) and Tarique Arsiwalla (AMS 05-09), secures €45 million in funding (read more)

Hassan Belkhayat (CAS, JOH 05-17), recently elected to the Moroccan RNI political bureau, establishes investment company Southbridge A&I (read more – subscription required)

Nina Bhatia (LOX, LON 87-10), Managing Director of Centrica Connected Home, featured in Women@Forbes interview,"How To Take Calculated Risks To Advance Your Career" (read more)

AbbVie names Jerome Bouyer (PAR 01-05) UK General Manager (read more)

Harry Briggs (LON 98-01), Partner at London-based venture capital firm BGF Ventures, attends "Xoogler Pitch Day," commenting on the allure of the Google brand (read more)

Forbes interviews North Dakota’s first-term Republican Governor Doug Burgum (CHI 80-83), deems him “America’s Best Entrepreneurial Governor” (read more)

Financial Times’ “Banking Weekly” podcast features Libby Chambers (NYO, LAN 88-98), Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Western Union, discussing U.S. money transfer market (read more)

Jiyoung Chung (NJE, SEO, OSA, NYO 91-99) named Managing Director and Head of Korea at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), a network of professional learning and expertise (read more)

Fast Company features Citibank's innovative advertising campaign, Citi Bike, with comments from Vanessa Colella (SVO 01-08), Head of North American Marketing (read more)

John DeVine (MIA, SEA, PNW, ATL 99-13), SVP for Global Operations at Yahoo, a key individual in the future success of Verizon Oath – the new company combining AOL and Yahoo brands (read more)

Sanjay Dholakia (LAN 97-00) appointed to board of directors of mobile app Magic Memories, which allows users to create personalized products (read more)

Fabrizio Fantini (LON, ROM, VER 05-14) and Andrea Tricoli (LON, VER, MIL 06-14), co-founders of London-based marketing tech company Expressly, comment on digital advertising (read more)

Ritchie Bros. appoints Amy Guggenheim Shenkan (SFO 91-94, 05-11) to its board of directors, effective July 1 (read more)

Schaltbau Holding elects Ralph Heck (DUS 82-16) Chairman of the Supervisory Board (read more)

Livemint shares excerpts from "ReOrg—How To Get It Right," co-authored by Stephen Heidari-Robinson (LON, LOX 05-13) and Suzanne Heywood (LON, LOX 97-16) (read more)

Trond Johannessen (OSL 97-02) appointed President and CEO of global technology group Norautron Group (read more)

Thomas Knecht (ZRH 79-09), Chairman at Swiss-based Knecht Holding, discusses Swiss startups and investors in article for Neue Zürcher Zeitung (read more – in German)

Profile of social entrepreneur Daichi Konuma (TOK 08-11), co-founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Cross Fields, a corporate volunteer program connecting Japanese employees and NGOs throughout Asia (read more)

Lothar Krinke (STA, DUS, NYO 91-98) appointed CEO at Magstim Group, a leading provider in advanced neurostimulation products (read more)

Nick Lovegrove (DCO, LOX, LOK, LON 82-12), author of "The Mosaic Principle," argues the importance of a broad career path (click here to read more, and click here to read our 2016 Alumni Center feature on Nick) 

Financial Times profiles Toots, a Japanese clothing company specializing in men's luxury underwear, and its CEO Keiya Masuno (TOK 06-09) (read more – subscription required)

Hrishi Parandekar (MUM, NYO, CHI 94-01) appointed Executive Chairman of Sugee Group, a Mumbai-based real estate business group (read more)

New York Business Journal profiles Bee, co-founded by Vinay Patel (NYO, NYB 07-07, 09-14), offering simplified banking and debit card programs (read more)

Essendant Inc. appoints Richard Phillips (CHI 98-13) interim President and CEO (read more)

Derick Prelle (CHI, HOU 99-06) appointed President and CEO at Mills Fleet Farm, a Midwestern-based retailer of outdoor life, work, home, and recreation products (read more) features 3-D paper pop-up greeting card company LovePop, co-founded and led by Wombi Rose (BOS, LON 11-13) (read more)

Interview with Ted Sapountzis (AMS, FIR 99-04), VP of Marketing at Simpplr, a provider of software designed to cultivate productive workplaces; panel participant at Digital Workplace Experience in Chicago, June 19-21 (read more)

Jan Schultink (LOK, LON, AMS 92-02), founder and CEO of presentation design firm Idea Transplant, provides Excel tips for updating presentation charts (read more)

Wortmann Gruppe names Tobias Seng (MUN 98-05) its new CFO (read more – in German)

Chicago Tribune profiles Techweek Chicago, an annual event connecting local technology startups, and its overall format change led by CEO Amanda Signorelli (CHI 13-15) (read more)

Patrick Sostmann (HAM, MUN 99-06) named Chief Sales Officer at Wer liefert was, the leading B2B supplier search website in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (read more – in German)

​Ezequiel Szafir (AMS 02-04), CEO of Banco Santander subsidiary Openbank, comments on its recent transformation (read more)

Puls Biznesu profiles Empik, a Polish bookstore and retailer led by CEO Ewa Szmidt-Belcarz (WRW 07-15) (read more – in Polish)

Tony Tramontin (NYO 03-17) appointed Chief Scientific Officer and SVP of Research & Development at Axcella Health, a Massachusetts-based biotech company (read more)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
, the world’s largest, most representative business organization, elects Karien van Gennip (AMS, SFO 93-02) as Vice-Chair (read more)

Harvard Business School weekly publication The Harbus interviews HBS Professor Matt Weinzierl (NYO 00-07) (read more)

U.S. Bank names current Senior Partner Tim Welsh Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking Sales and Support, effective July 10 (read more)

Allen Zhu (SHA 98-00), Managing Director at Chinese venture-capital firm GSR Ventures, asserts wireless charging is overrated; plans to place designated power bank distribution machines throughout China (read more)


Roger Evans Jr.
(LAN 60-67) dies at 86 (read more)

Larry Kem (CLE 64-72) dies at 82 (read more)


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