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Alumni News - Week Ending October 22, 2017
October 27, 2017
In this week's 37 alumni headlines, Dominique Anglade is named Quebec's Deputy Premier Minister; Bettina Orlopp will become the first woman to join Commerzbank's Management Board in its 150-year history; C. H. Robinson Worldwide names Tim Gokey to its board of directors; Micron Technology names Manish Bhatia as EVP of Global Operations; Mayor Naheed Nenshi is re-elected by the City of Calgary for a third term; easyJet names Robert Carey as their Group Director of Strategy and Network; and many more.


Thiago Alvarez
(SPO, RJO 07-12) and Benjamin Gleason (SPO, RJO 07-11), co-founders of Brazilian fintech startup GuiaBolso, raise $39m to expand hub (read more)

Government of Quebec names Dominique Anglade (MON 04-12) Deputy Premier Minister (read more – in French)

Micron Technology names Manish Bhatia (CLE 99-00) EVP, Global Operations (read more)

easyJet names Robert Carey (ATL, JAK 06-17) Group Director, Strategy and Network (read more)

Filipino education startup The Ultimate Learning Accelerator (TULA), co-founded by James Centenera (SYD, DCO, XNZ 09-16) and Fenton Whelan (DBI, LON 04-07, 09-13), wins AUS $50,000 grant to expand mission (read more)

Current Partner Eric Chewning to join U.S. Department of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (read more)

Philippe de la Chevasnerie (PAR 13-15), founder and CEO of Souscritoo, a French-based online service that assists users with managing household utility contract transfers following a move, changes company name to Papernest, raises €10m for expansion (read more – in French)

Katharina Schmitt (ZRH, SVO, SFO 08-16), General Manager at Ampush, and Mina Dimitrova (NYO 06-08), Google UK executive, selected as two of 13 Rising Talents at Women's Forum in Paris (read more here and here)

Josh Drazen (NYO 00-02) promoted to Partner at BlueMountain Capital Management, effective January 1 (read more)

Gonzalo Garcia Estebarena (BAO, NYO, SAG 03-11) joins Latin American travel company as Commercial Director (read more)

Mexico City government names David Garcia-Junco (MEX 01-03) Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (read more – in Spanish)

Profile of Tamaz Georgadze (BER, FRA 03-13), "high-flyer in Berlin's startup scene" (read more – in German)

Fortune profiles Margo Georgiadis (CHI, LON 86-04), CEO of Mattel: “Can a Tech Makeover Save the Toy Industry?” (read more)

Kristen Gil
(SFO 93-99) appointed to Proofpoint, Inc. board of directors (read more)

C. H. Robinson Worldwide
names Tim Gokey (NYO, MIN 86-04) to board of directors (read more)

Sarah Kaplan (NYO, FIR 90-99), Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman School: "Merely educating girls and women is not enough to improve their participation in the workforce" (read more)

Lola Kassim
(LGS 14-17) joins Uber as General Manager, West Africa (read more)

Florian Kawohl (HAM 96-00) appointed to Supervisory Board of Wrocław-based wood products company Pfleiderer Group (read more)

Samarth Kulkarni (SVO 06-15) to take over as CEO of gene-based medicines company CRISPR Therapeutics on December 1 (read more)

Paul Kusserow (LAN 88-90) joins board of Dream Foundation, the U.S. dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults (read more)

John Lee (KEB, SEO 00-02) joins strategic advisory board of app creation platform Weyland Tech, Inc. (read more)

Finance nonprofit Sitawi, founded and led by Leonardo Letelier (SPO, RJO 97-06), recognized as one of the best social organizations in Brazil (read more)

Polaris Industries appoints current Senior Partner Chris Musso as President, Off-Road Vehicles (read more)

City of Calgary re-elects Mayor Naheed Nenshi (TOR 94-96, 98-01) for third term (read more)

Zoe Ng
(LON 09-12), co-founder and CEO of Phnom Penh-based Raintree Development, "shakes up Cambodian office culture" (read more)

Commerzbank names Bettina Orlopp (MUN 95-14) to Management Board; first woman to rise to that position in bank's nearly 150-year history (read more – in German)

John Oyler
(FIR, DCO, HKO, SFO 90-97), CEO of BeiGene, aims for quick approval of drug pipeline that fights range of illnesses (read more)

Crain's Chicago profiles Vijen Patel (NYO, LON 08-11), founder and CEO of online dry cleaning service Pressbox (read more)

Michael Patsalos-Fox (LON, NJE, NYO 81-13) named Chairman at integrated video collaboration tech company Vidyo (read more)

Dina Ravera
(MIL 91-01) to step down as President of Italian telecoms organization Assotelecomunicazioni-Asstel (read more – in Italian)

Wired magazine profiles Neil Rimer (ZRH 90-90) and Giuseppe Zocco (MIL, ECX, BRU 88-96) co-founders of Index Ventures (read more)

Sam Saperstein (NYO 99-99, 00-05), CMO, Commercial Banking at JP Morgan Chase, discusses how tech and digital are changing the marketing landscape (read more)

Lloyd Segal (TOR, MON 91-96), CEO of Repare Therapeutics, announces company's inclusion as one of 2017’s 'Fierce 15' biotech companies (read more)

Pankaj Tibrewal (CHI 04-08) joins Los Altos-based analytics firm Treasure Data as VP, Product Management (read more)

Jan Vrany
(PRA 09-14), new Chief Commercial Officer at Czech cosmetics company Notino, discusses its expansion to foreign markets (read more – in Czech)

Northwestern University elects Jianming Yu (LAN 00-02) to Board of Trustees (read more)


Elisabeth Rippy
(NYO, BOS, HOU, SVO 88-17) dies at 53 (read more)

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