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Alumni News - Weeks Ending June 27 and July 2, 2017
July 07, 2017

In this week's 65 alumni headlines, ABN AMRO appoints Karin Kersten to Global Head of Trade & Commodity Finance; Douglas appoints Andreas Bork as CEO for Germany and Switzerland; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group names Lain Hancock CEO of Bai Brands; Generali Group appoints Bruno Scaroni Group Strategy & Business Accelerator Director; Marico appoints Ananth Narayanan to its board; Princeton University Board of Trustees elects Beth Cobert to the board; Tom Tailor elects Thomas Tochtermann to Chairman of the Supervisory Board; and many 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)

Six alumni named to 2017 Glassdoor Choice Awards lists for Highest Rated CEOs:

Oliver Bäte (COL, DUS, NYO 91-07), Allianz (#5, Germany)
Alistair Cox (LON 90-94), Hays (#19, UK)
James Gorman (NYO, MEL 85-99), Morgan Stanley (#39, UK)
Gene Hall (STA, NYO 82-98), Gartner (#17, UK and #94, U.S.)
Hubert Joly (PAR, NYO, SFO 82-96), Best Buy (#77, U.S.)
Sundar Pichai (SVO 01-04), Google (#4, UK and #17, U.S.) (read more)

Bonify, a Berlin-based fintech startup co-founded by Andreas Bermig (MUN, MUT 04-12), Josef Korte (BER, DUS 07-07, 09-15), and Gamal Moukabary (BER 06-09), named to Bank Innovation's list of startups to watch (read more)

Florian Bressand (PAR, SFO 03-03, 05-17) COO at e-commerce marketplace platform MIRAKL, featured as example of growth in Parisian startup scene (read more)

Douglas appoints Andreas Bork (PAR 96-99) CEO for Germany and Switzerland, effective September 1 (read more)

Geraldine Buckingham (NYO 06-14), Global Head of Corporate Strategy at BlackRock, is honoree in National Organization for Women New York’s 2017 Women of Power & Influence Awards (read more)

Ny Teknik speaks with Rickard Carlsson (SKB, STC 10-14), CEO of web security service provider Detectify, about the company’s innovation process (read more – in Swedish) interview with Libby Chambers (NYO, LAN 88-98), Chief Strategy, Product and Marketing Officer at Western Union, in "How to turn marketing efficiency into growth" (read more)

Senior Partner Emeritus Tim Chapman (CLE 85-06) named to board of directors at Updox, a healthcare care coordination solution provider (read more)

Darwinbox, a cloud-based integrated HR technology product co-founded and led by Rohit Chennamaneni (CHN, MUM 12-16), secures $4 million in funding (read more)

Princeton University Board of Trustees elects Beth Cobert (SFO, NYO 83-13), CEO of Skillful at Markle Foundation, effective July 1 (read more)

Andrea Coravos (DCO, HOU 09-13), co-founder of public speaking app Ummo, named Harvard Business School Dean’s Award recipient (read more)

Tony Danker
(DCO, FIR, LON, LOX 98-04, 05-08), Chief Strategy Officer at Guardian News & Media, chosen as Chief Executive of UK's new Productivity Leadership Group; chair of group is Sir Charlie Mayfield (LON 96-00), Chair of John Lewis (read more)

Guillaume de Roquemaurel (PAR 06-12) and Vincent Luciani (PAR 08-08, 10-14), co-founders of data marketing agency Artefact, to become COO and Managing Director of France, respectively, in newly combined Artefact and NetBooster global digital marketing agency (read more)

Vogue profiles Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project, and its champion Isabel Dedring (LOX, LON 96-96, 98-03), Global Transport Leader for engineering firm Arup and London’s former Deputy Mayor for Transport (read more)

Online small business insurance agency Insureon, led by CEO Ted Devine (CHI, DAL 92-05), ranked #11 among Chicago-area companies with fast revenue growth (read more)

Fintech Ebury expands into Europe with appointment of Celso Fernandez Perez (MAD, SYD 03-15) as Director of Corporate Development and Menne Mennes (AMS, PER 12-17) as Managing Director for Benelux (read more)

FLEETCOR promotes Steve Greene (PIT 97-99) to President of Global Fuel Cards (read more)

Ong Guat Cheng (BEI, NYO 01-03) promoted to Head of Fixed Income at Singapore-based emerging market specialist Fullerton Fund Management, effective July 1 (read more)

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group names Lain Hancock (DAL 05-07) CEO of Bai Brands (read more)

AXIS Insurance Company promotes Robert Hartman (PIT 03-15) to COO (read more)

Karl-Erivan Haub (DUS 86-86, 88-90), owner and CEO of German retailer Tengelmann, speaks at the 2017 Swiss Economic Forum (read more – in German)

Interview with Stefan Heitmann (ZRH, MUN, DUS 01-01, 03-12), CEO of Swiss fintech startup Moneypark (read more – in German)

Sheila Hooda (CHI 87-87, 88-89), CEO & President at Alpha Advisory Partners and active board director, publishes articles for NACD Directorship, and Directors and Boards Magazine, and is profiled in C-Suite Magazine (read more here, here, and here)

Profile of Niloo Howe (LAN 96-99), Chief Strategy Officer at information security firm RSA, and the role of women in cyber industry (read more)

Georgia Healthcare Group (GHG) appoints Senior Partner Emeritus Bill Huyett (BOS, ZRH, DCO 87-15) to board as independent non-exec director (read more)

Sumit Jamuar (DEL 99-01), Executive Chairman of genomics data platform and applications company Global Gene Corp, weighs in on importance of gathering genetic data to tailor effective healthcare solutions (read more)

ABN AMRO appoints Karin Kersten (AMS 00-03) Global Head of Trade & Commodity Finance (read more)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) announces Deepak Khandelwal (TOR 94-10) as Group Head, Client Connectivity and Innovation, effective August (read more)

Fortune interviews Oliver Kharraz (MUN, MUE, MUT, NYO, NYB 01-07), co-founder and CEO of healthcare startup Zocdoc (read more)

Profile of investment management company Astral Asset Management and its CEO and co-founder Kian Soon Lee (SIN, SIB 01-07) (read more – subscription required)

Tom Klein (SFO 79-82), proprietor and CEO of Rodney Strong Wine Estates, recognized as a leader among North Coast independent wineries (read more)

Profile of Tencent, a leading provider of internet services in China, and its President Martin Lau (HKO 95-98) (read more)

Jean-Luc Lemmens (PAR, BRU, FIR 98-12) named Director of Telecoms Division at European digital economy think tank IDATE DigiWorld (read more)

Interview with Steve Lien (STA 99-02), Honeywell Aerospace’s President for Asia-Pacific (read more)

Eric Lineback (CHI 90-92) joins Vermont-based business brokerage, mergers, and acquisitions firm Country Business (read more)

Gautam Mago (NJE, MUM 04-07) to step down as a managing director at VC firm Sequoia Capital India (read more)

Senior Partner Emeritus Lenny Mendonca (DCO, SFO 83-14) comments on the balance of power at startup tech companies (read more)

Glenn Mercer (CLE, FIR 85-06) forms an alliance to advise startups and investors within the automotive industry (read more)

Alex Molloy (currently on education leave), co-founder and CEO of startup Valiant Finance, awarded Fintech Startup of the Year at the inaugural 2017 Fintech Business Awards (read more)

Marico appoints Ananth Narayanan (CHN, CHI, SHA, CLE, FIR 99-15) to its board as an independent director (read more)

Adam Neufeld (DCO 08-10) appointed Joint Fellow by The Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation (read more)

Specialty insurer Hiscox appoints Josh Nevin (DAL, ATL 12-15) as COO for its Hiscox USA business unit (read more)

Peggy O'Keeffe Umanzio (SFO 80-82), founder of Asset Development, recognized as mentor to Marisa Gallagher, Head of Design and UX, Digital at Amazon Music (read more)

Donkey Republic, a bicycle rental platform co-founded and led by Erdem Ovacik (ISB 03-05), expands to Spain's Balearic Island of Mallorca (read more – in Spanish)

Amit Paley (NYO 11-17) named CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth (read more)

Three alumnae on Business Insider’s list of "coolest female startup founders in the UK": Tamara Rajah (SCA, DCO, LON, LOX 04-15), founder and CEO of Live Better With; Saasha Celestial-One (NYO, LOK, LOA 03-07), co-founder and COO of Olio; and Melissa Morris (LON 08-10), founder of Network Locum (read more)

Dina Ravera (MIL 91-01) confirmed for a second term as President for the Italian telecommunications system trade association Assotelecomunicazioni-Asstel (read more – in Italian)

Sharmila Ray (BOS 05-17) appointed Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy at insurance solutions provider Vertafore (read more)

Profile of Otto Nova, a German-based private health insurance startup, and its founder Roman Rittweger (MUN 94-98) (read more – in German)

Gerard Rohaan
(AMS 00-01) named CEO of IPP Logipal and PRS Return System at Netherlands-based Pooling Partners, a leading rental provider of pallets and boxes; contributing to environmental sustainability by promoting recovery, reconditioning, and reuse (read more – in Spanish)

Olivier Ropars (LOK, LON 00-02) named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at StubHub (read more)

Generali Group appoints Bruno Scaroni (MIL 04-08) Group Strategy & Business Accelerator Director (read more)

Mike Simkovic (NYO 07-09) joins faculty of University of Southern California Gould School of Law (read more)

Jayant Sinha (NYO, BOS, DEL 91-00, 02-06), India's Minister of State for Aviation, seeks to transform the country's aviation sector (read more)

Eric Soller (NYO 11-16) appointed Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at BlueRock Therapeutics, a regenerative-medicine startup (read more)

Mike Steib (NJE 98-00), CEO of multi-platform media company XO Group, speaks with Business Insider about questions to consider when thinking about changing jobs (read more)

Rebecca Taber (DCO 07-07, 09-12), Coursera’s Director of Government & Nonprofit Partnerships, reflects on the impact of Coursera for Refugees, an initiative to provide free, online education to refugees around the world (read more)

Tom Tailor elects Thomas Tochtermann (HAM, MUN, STU, DUS 83-83, 85-14) Chairman of the Supervisory Board (read more)

Suresh Vasudevan (MUM, CHI, DEL 93-99) appointed to board of directors at the application-centric data management company Datos IO (read more)

Crawford & Company appoints Rohit Verma (CBL 05-07) Global Chief Operating Officer (read more)

Christian Weiss (TOR 94-10) promoted to Partner at pan-European VC firm Creathor Venture (read more)

Mark Wu (SFO 99-03), Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, selected by the Class of 2017 to receive the Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence (read more)

Veronica Wu (BEI 97-02), Managing Partner of Hone Capital, featured in McKinsey Quarterly article, "A machine-learning approach to venture capital" (read more)

PCMag profiles the City of Los Angeles's official cleantech business incubator, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and Perception Robotics, a startup that develops tactile sensor technologies for modern industrial robots, co-founded by Helena Yli-Renko (LAN 00-03) (read more)

Medicxi, a life sciences-focused investment firm co-founded by Giuseppe Zocco (BRU, ECX, MIL 88-96), closes $300 million late-stage life sciences fund (read more)


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