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Alumni News - Week Ending September 30, 2017
October 09, 2017
In this week's 35 alumni headlines, Utz Quality Foods names Tom Flocco as President and COO; Gary Preysner is named President and COO of the American Soccer League; National Bank of Canada appoints Rebecca McKillican to its Board of Directors; Mastercard promotes Paolo Battiston to EVP of Digital Payments & Labs Europe; and many more.


Cologne-based engine manufacturer Deutz buys Managing Partner Christoph Ballin's (HAM 96-03) German water-based electromobility company Torqeedo (read more – in German)

Merck CEO of Consumer Health Udit Batra (NJO 01-04) profiled by Boston Business Journal (read more – subscription required)

Mastercard promotes Paolo Battiston (MIL 00-03) to Executive Vice President Digital Payments & Labs Europe (read more – in Italian)

New York City-based digital labor company Ipsoft appoints David Champeaux (LON, BOS, LLL, AUB, SYD 97-14) as Global Cognitive Director, Healthcare Solutions (read more)

Jean Drouin
(TOR, ZUR, SFO, LON, NYO 94-15), CEO at Clarify Health Solutions, joins Healthcare Analytics News editorial advisory board (read more)

Bloomberg discusses Saudi Arabia's new M&A regulations with Capital Market Authority Chairman Mohammed El-Kuwaiz (DBI 04-06) (read more)

Utz Quality Foods, the largest independent privately held snack brand in the United States, names Tom Flocco (CHI 92-99) President and Chief Operating Officer (read more

Pamela Fung (HKO 09-11), Principal at Morgan Stanley, discusses private equity in Asia (read more)

Deepak Garg (SYD, DEL 06-14), founder and CEO of technology-enabled logistics company Rivigo, aims to transform India's truck-driving industry (read more –subscription required)

Interview with Anurag Goel (AMS, MUM 98-01), CEO and co-founder of global scientific communications firm Cactus Communications (read more)

The Financial Times profiles Zurich Insurance Group CEO Mario Greco (MIL 86-94) (read more – subscription required)

Cooking app Plantjammer, founded by CEO Michael Haase (COP 10-13), uses AI and food science to create the perfect meal (read more)

Forbes profiles Karin Hehenberger (NJE, NYO 99-00), founder and CEO of patient entrepreneur platform Lyfebulb (read more)

Robert Jeffree (LON 98-05) named CIO of Banque Transatlantique's London-based wealth management division launching in January 2018 (read more)

Global online international payment provider OFX appoints Mike Kennedy (SFO, SVO 95-04) President, North America (read more)

Interview with Lev Lesokhin (STA 00-03), Executive Vice President of Strategy and Analytics at global software intelligence firm CAST (read more)

Karin Lindahl (STH 11-17) named CEO of online fashion retailer Indiska (read more – in Swedish; subscription required)

Helsinki-based business support solutions provider Qvantel appoints Mikael Lundman (STH 11-15), Head of Strategy & Business Development and Managing Director Qvantel Asia Pacific (read more)
National Bank of Canada appoints Rebecca McKillican (TOR 01-01, 03-05, 08-08) to Board of Directors (read more)

Fortune magazine profiles Andrew Messick (CHI, AMS 91-97), CEO of World Triathlon Corp (read more)

Profile of Harvard Business School Professor Gautam Mukunda (NYO 02-04) (read more – in Spanish)

In his first interview as CEO-designate of Novartis, Vas Narasimhan (NJO 01-01, 03-05) discusses his aim to put medicines and data science at core of the Swiss drugmaker's business with The Financial Times (read more – subscription required)

Profile of Felix Oldenburg (BT/LLL 01-02), Secretary General of Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, the Association of German Foundations (read more –  in German; subscription required)

Richard Potok
(MEL 86-88), Director of Australia-based Aurora Project and Aurora Education Foundation, receives honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra (read more)

The American Soccer League names Gary Preysner (CLE 87-91) President and COO (read more)

Naiyya Saggi (MUM 07-09), CEO of startup parenting and advice app BabyChakra, shares talent development advice (read more)

Philippe Salle (PAR 95-99) appointed President of French property management firm Foncia, effective December 1, 2017 (read more – in French)

Amanda Setili (ATL 90-94), author of the recently published book "Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets", shares seven rules companies that grow fearlessly live by (read more)

CNBC profiles Alexandra Shapiro (SFO 96-03), Chief Marketing Officer of online merchant e-commerce platform BigCommerce (read more)

Interview with Stephen Stuut (ATL 94-97), CEO of digital identity verification company Jumio (read more)

Pfizer spins out Biotech Firm SpringWorks Therapeutics, led by founder and President Lara Sullivan (NJO, NYO 00-00, 02-11), with $103 Million in funding to develop drugs for rare diseases (read more)

Profile of AXA Germany CEO Alexander Vollert (STU 00-08) (read more – in German; subscription required)

Czech Republic-based online beauty retailer Notino appoints Jan Vrany (PRA 09-14) Chief Commercial Officer (read more – in Czech)

Interview with Tim Welsh (NYO, MIN 88-17), Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking at U.S. Bancorp (read more

Charles Ames (NYO, CLE 57-72) dies at 92 (read more)

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