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Alumni News - Week Ending July 16, 2017
July 24, 2017

In this week's 28 alumni headlines, Microsoft appoints EVP Kurt DelBene to the additional role of Chief Digital Officer; BlueMountain Capital names Lee Kempler as COO of Investments; GfK names Christoph Erbenich as its new Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer; MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group appoints Karel Dörner to serve temporarily as its CTO; ViaSat appoints Varsha Rao to its board of directors; and many more. 


Gerry Anderson (CLE 88-93), President and CEO of DTE Energy, takes increased civic leadership role in Detroit; opens new park (read more)

Glamour magazine interviews Anna Auerbach (BOS 05-07), co-founder and co-CEO of job opportunities board WERK, about getting your boss to say 'yes' to flextime (read more, and read our March 2017 feature on Anna here)

Mariano Belinky
(MAD, NYO 08-14), Managing Partner at Santander InnoVentures, comments on Santander's investments in fintech firms (read more)

Marguerite Cazeneuve (PAR 11-11, 13-14) joins office of Prime Minister of France as Technical Advisor, Social Protection & Social Accounts (read more – 
in French, subscription required)

Patrick Cohen (MIL 04-07), CEO of AXA Assicurazioni, discusses the rollout of AXA's new plans for Italy (read more – in Italian)

Nishan Degnarain (LON 07-14), recently appointed as San Francisco-based Special Advisor to World Economic Forum and chair of its new special initiative on oceans, co-authors book, "Soul of the Sea: In the Age of the Algorithm: How Tech Startups Can Heal Our Oceans" (read more)

Microsoft appoints Kurt DelBene (LAN 89-89, 90-92), EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning, to additional role as Chief Digital Officer (read more)

Rainer Deutschmann (MUN 01-05), Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio, joins advisory board of DENT Wireless, a decentralized mobile data exchange (read more)

CVC Capital Partners, led by Alexander Dibelius (DUS, VIE 87-92) acquires 80% stake in iconic Swiss watch brand Breitling, and acquires majority stake in Pasubio, a specialized provider of premium leather for the automotive industry (read more here [in German, subscription required] and here)

MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group appoints current Senior Partner Karel Dörner to serve temporarily as CTO (read more)

GfK names current Partner Christoph Erbenich its new Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, effective August 1 (read more)

Mudit Garg
(SEA, SVO 08-11), co-founder and CEO of healthcare data tech company Qventus, named to Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list (read more)

Michael Katchen (TOR 09-11), founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, offers 5 money tips in CNBC profile (read more)

BlueMountain Capital names Lee Kempler (NYO 86-11) COO of Investments (read more)

Rizwan Koita (MUM 95-99), founder and CEO of CitiusTech, pens first in 4-part series on entrepreneurship for Huffington Post India (read more)

Interview with Martin Lau (HKO 95-98), President of Tencent Holdings (read more – in Chinese, subscription required)

Current Firm Associate Haitham Nasri to join UK-headquartered Charterhouse Capital as an investment manager, effective in September (read more – subscription required)

ViaSat appoints Varsha Rao (NYO 95-98) to board of directors (read more)

Vincent Rérolle (PAR, SVO, SLL 89-94, 96-99) joins smart-building technology company Lunera as SVP, Business Development (read more)

Alejandro Rojas (CAC 96-98) joins Parrot Analytics as LATAM regional director (read more)

Kumi Sato (NYO 81-83) joins board of French biopharmaceutical company Poxel SA (read more)

Knut Simonsen (DAL 97-00) elected to board of University Musical Society (UMS), a nonprofit performing arts presenter associated with University of Michigan (read more)

Straits Times speaks with Hooi Ling Tan (KLA, SFO 06-13), co-founder of Southeast Asian ride-hailing startup Grab, soon to be valued at $5B (read more)

Jessica Tan (CBL, SIB, SIN 00-12), CIO and COO of China's $106B Ping An Insurance, comments on group's growth strategy (read more)

John Thee (DAL 01-01, 02-05) named COO of CLEARAS Water Recovery, a Montana-based provider of water treatment technologies (read more)

David Vandegrift (ATL 11-14) leaving Pritzker Group Venture Capital to become CTO of networking startup 4Degrees (read more)

Fangfang Xu
(SFO, HKO 85-87), daughter of Chinese artist Xu Beihong, publishes memoir, "Galloping Horses" (read more)

Upscale instant coffee company Sudden Coffee, co-founded and led by Joshua Zloof (BOS 08-11), featured in piece on coffee innovations (read more)


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