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Alumni News - Week Ending August 20, 2017
August 31, 2017
In this week's 28 alumni headlines, Rackspace appoints Joe Eazor as its CEO; ING Bank Turkey appoints Yucel Olcer as their EVP and Executive Board Member in charge of Operations; BlackRock appoints Sohee Park as Head of Strategy for its exchange traded funds (ETFs) business; and many more. 


Saad Allawi
(LON, NYO, CHI, STA, CLE 76-82), Chairman at Performance Logic, Inc., involved in efforts to bring Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to Arizona veterans  (read more here and here)

Kendra Banks (COP, LOX, LON 99-03) promoted to Chief Commercial Officer at Seek, an Australian-based online employment marketplace (read more)

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT)
, a data analytics software company led by CEO Anthony Bruce (ATL, LON 93-99), identifying hidden effects that affect the bottom line (read more)

Steven Carden (XNZ, NYO 03-08), CEO at New Zealand's biggest farming company Landcorp Farming, on the challenges and necessary adjustments to remain competitive (read more)

Ted Devine (CHI, DAL 92-05), CEO of small business insurance company Insureon, on building a successful career as a valuable employee (read more)

Rackspace appoints Joe Eazor (CHI 10-11) CEO (read more)

David Edelman (BOS 08-16), CMO at Aetna, to be featured presenter at marketing technology conference MarTech Boston, October 2-4 (read more)

Kris Elverum (SFO, DCO, MIN 02-10) appointed Chief Business Officer at Turnstone Biologics, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company (read more)

Kathryn Fagg
(MEL 89-93), Reserve Bank of Australia board member and head of Chief Executive Women, receives Ada Lovelace Medal, awarded to an outstanding woman engineer (read more)

U.S.'s National Public Radio (NPR) profiles GiveDirectly, an unconditional cash aid charity operating in East Africa that is co-founded and led by Chairman Michael Faye (NYO 09-14) (read more)

Profile of Seattle startup Pivot Health, an online healthcare job board co-founded by Simon Frey (SEA, CHI, FLT 12-16) (read more)

Reinhold Gebert (NYO 98-02) appointed COO and Chief Risk Officer of asset management firm Teza Capital (read more)

Sheila Hooda (CHI 87-87, 88-89), CEO & President at Alpha Advisory Partners and active board director,  in podcast on boards’ role in the oversight of Strategy and Risk; is profiled in Jill Griffin's book "Women Make Great Leaders" (listen and read more here and here)

Profile of Chris Hsu (MIN, ZRH 01-07), current COO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and EVP of HPE Software, and CEO-elect at Micro Focus, a global enterprise software company to merge with software business segment of HP (read more)

Interview with Sahil Kini (MUM 08-10), Principal at India-based venture capital firm Aspada Investments (read more)

Sankar Krishnan
(HKO, MUM, NYO 92-06) appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of New Delhi-based Ashoka University (read more)

Shawn Lankton
(NYO 10-15) named Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Operations at MacStadium, a provider of on-demand cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (read more)

Daryl Lee (NYO 98-99), Global CEO at media and advertising agency UM, on the growth potential of branded content (read more – subscription required)

Dina Nayeri's (NYO 01-03) new novel "Refuge," a tale of a young Iranian immigrant, makes New York Times' list of recommended books (read more)

ING Bank Turkey appoints Yucel Olcer (ISB, CHI 07-13) EVP and Executive Board Member in charge of Operations, effective September 1 (read more – in Turkish)

BlackRock appoints Sohee Park (LON, LLL, HKO, SIN, SEO 02-12) Head of Strategy for its exchange traded funds (ETFs) business (read more)

Interview with Corrado Passera (MIL 80-85), founder and Chairman at Italia Unica (read more – in Italian)

Helen Puddefoot (LON, LOX 06-08) co-founder of Relax and Renew Events, blending health, personal development and business strategy, announces 2018 retreat focusing on female entrepreneurs (read more)

Assessment of online travel agency Despegar on IPO filing with CEO Damián Scokin (BAO, SAN, BOS 94-05) (read more)

Lara Setrakian (MIA 04-05), CEO and co-founder at New York-based startup News Deeply, an online media company doing deep dives on major issues, among those practicing mindfulness in the newsroom (read more here, and read our October 2016 feature on Lara here)

Tina Shah Paikeday
(SFO 94-96) joins global executive search and leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates as Executive Director in Human Resources Officers Practice (read more)

Thomas Smith (NYO 99-01) appointed by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to city's new citizens' police commission (read more)

Subha Townsend (CLE 10-13), Senior Product Manager at software company Intuit, collaborates on Forbes article, "Snapchat vs. Facebook from a First Mover and Fast Follower Standpoint" (read more)

Don Clifford, Jr.
(NYO 59-84) dies at 84 (read more)

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