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Alumni News - Week Ending August 6, 2017
August 11, 2017
In this week's 41 alumni headlines, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe names Toshimitsu Motegi as Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister; BBVA Compass appoints Cagri Suzer as its Head of Retail Banking; Broadridge names Tim Gokey as President; FTD Companies names Simha Kumar as its new CFO; GE Healthcare names Nalinikanth Gollagunta as President and CEO of GE Healthcare India & South Asia and Managing Director of Wipro GE Healthcare; and many more. 


Abdul Aziz Al Mulla's (DBI 14-14, 15-16) Madar Farms aims to develop sustainable agriculture within Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations (read more)

Evan Auyang (HKO 00-00, 01-09), Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific at GLG, discusses Hong Kong's growth on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia” (watch video here)

Senior Partner Emerita Joanna Barsh (PAR, NYO 81-82, 82-13) backs New Delhi-based 18-month residential alternative to traditional MBA, co-founded by Pramath Raj Sinha (TOR, DEL 93-06) (read more)

Christian Beckett (HOU 01-01, 02-04) steps down as CEO of Pacific Drilling (read more)

Giancarlo Bonsel (AMS 07-10, 12-13) named head of OLX Portugal (read more – in Portuguese)

Helen Boudreau (DCO 93-96) named CFO at Cambridge, MA-based biopharm company Proteostasis Therapeutics (read more)

Rachel Carrell (XIA, XNZ, NYO, LON, LOX 02-02, 06-12), founder and CEO of London-based childcare service Koru Kids, profiled in "Inspiring Women" series (read more)

In-depth interview with Fuencisla Clemares Sempere (MAD 00-07), Managing Director, Spain & Portugal at Google (read more – in Spanish)

Susan Colby (DCO, FIR, SFO 87-89, 89-16) launches education nonprofit Imagine (read more)

Patrick Coveney (LON, ATL, DUB 96-05), CEO of Greencore, profiled in Irish Business & Finance magazine (read more)

Stephanie Davis (LAN 92-95) joins executive search firm Korn Ferry as Senior Client Partner, North American Private Equity, Technology Leader (read more)

Uwe Dörken (AMS 86-90) joins international consultancy Blue Ridge Partners as Managing Director Germany (read more – in German)

Q&A with Sarah Friar (LON 96-98), CFO of mobile payment company Square (read more)

Reinhold Gebert (NYO 98-02) named COO and Chief Risk Officer at Chicago-based quantitative investment manager Teza Capital Management (read more)

Gioia Ghezzi
(LON, LOK, LOX 01-12) appointed Senior Advisor of Gruppo Investimenti Portuali SpA (GIP), a leading operator of container terminals in Italy (read more – in Italian)

Broadridge appoints Tim Gokey (NYO, MIN 86-04) President, effective September 1 (read more)

GE Healthcare names Nalinikanth Gollagunta (SVO, MUM 05-12) President and CEO of GE Healthcare India & South Asia and Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare (read more)

Zayne Imam (JOH 12-14), co-founder of Johannesburg-based pop-up gourmet gastro-events company Five-Oh-Two, on Poets and Quants’ list of 2017 MBAs to Watch (read more)

Hubert Joly (PAR, SFO, NYO 82-84, 85-96), CEO of Best Buy, discusses spiritual influences and principles that guide his leadership style (read more)

FTD Companies names Simha Kumar (STA, NYO 03-05) its new CFO (read more)

Kenny Lam (HKO 01-14), Group President of Chinese wealth management company Noah Holdings, plans branches in Australia and Canada (read more)

Chris Meyer (DAL 93-15) named Chairman of Texas-based pipe manufacturer Forterra (read more)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe names Toshimitsu Motegi (TOK 83-91) Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister (read more)

Gautam Mukunda (NYO 02-04), Harvard Business School Professor, weighs in on “dos and don'ts” for BBC article on starting a new job (read more)

Ananth Narayanan (FIR, CLE, SHA, CHI, CHN 99-15), CEO of Myntra: as of January, company has 100% y-o-y growth and annualized run rate of $1.65 billion (read more)

Gernot Overbeck (MUN 94-97), founder and CEO of Fintura, offers SMEs a platform to compare loan offers (read more – in German)

Rishi Padhi (ATL 06-08) launches Bay Area e-commerce site PantryPerks, where users get cash back for purchases of natural and organic products (read more)

Jaclyn Porfilio (BOS 15-17) joins Governor of Rhode Island's staff as policy advisor (read more)

Felix Recht (SCA 13-17) joins Transom Consulting Group as Associate Partner (read more)

Jim Rosenthal (NYO 86-89), former COO at Morgan Stanley, launches cybersecurity firm BlueteamGlobal with $125 million round (read more)

Cognition Therapeutics
elects Lazard Vice Chairman Stephen Sands (NYO, NJE 86-88, 90-94) to board of directors (read more)

Fernando Sepúlveda's (MEX, JOH 98-05) TrepCamp is skill-fostering 'boot camp' for entrepreneurs (read more)

Solar and climate-change expert Varun Sivaram (SFO 13-15), dubbed the "Alexander Hamilton" of solar industry, speaks with Richard Matsui (TAI, HKO 07-10), co-founder and CEO of kWh Analytics (read more)

BBVA Compass appoints Cagri Suzer (ISB 08-13) as Head of Retail Banking (read more)

Shrankhla Upadhyay (SLL, LAN, SCA 08-14) takes pride in ancient family formulas at her luxury skincare company Uma Oils (read more)

Carlos Watson (ATL, SFO, SVO 94-97) founder and CEO of future-trend-focused OZY Media, on how he stays ahead of the curve (read more)

Entrepreneur, Stanford lecturer, and author Amy Wilkinson (SFO 03-04) to speak at TEDx South Lake Tahoe (read more)

Trian Xylouris' (MUN 12-13) gaming company Quizdom bought by Germany’s Friend4Media Group, which intends to feature it as one of its main products (read more)

Johnson Yeh (TAI 05-08, 10-13), Head of Shanghai Office at e-sports company Riot Games, on South China Morning Post's list of "big hitters" in e-sports (read more)


Sir Alcon Copisarow (LON 66-76) dies at 97 (read more)

Michael Peterson
(NJE 95-98) dies at 52 (read more

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