Dropbox's Olga Narvskaia: Operations manager. Global innovator. Focused learner.
Tech Republic – August 11, 2014
Olga Narvskaia, MBA '06, head of online revenue operations at Dropbox, talked to TechRepublic about her life in Russia, working for a company that's changing the world, and the power of focus. "It's very important to do whatever you're doing with as much excellence as you can muster," she said. "I always try to take whatever it is I'm doing to the next level and really apply myself fully to that problem or issue at hand."
Reinsurance Group Hires Tim Matson as Investment Chief
Bloomberg BusinessWeek – August 7, 2014
Tim Matson, MBA ’87, was named new chief investment officer at Reinsurance Group of America Inc., where he will oversee a $35 billion portfolio. Matson has previously served as an executive at Aetna Inc. and at ING Group NV.
Chatterbox Wine Marketing Services Hires Ron Scharman as Chief Operating Officer
NewsWest 9 – August 6, 2014
Ron Scharman, MBA '83, has been named the new chief operating officer of Chatterbox Wine Marketing in Napa, Calif. Scharman is an instructor in Wine eCommerce and Consumer Direct Marketing at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute. He was formerly president of eWinery Solutions, one of the pioneering companies in developing ecommerce and POS software applications for the wine industry.
Hercules Expands its Energy & Renewable Technology (CleanTech) Team and Capabilities with Addition of Three Seasoned Investment Professionals
Business Wire – August 6, 2014
Brian Sapp, MBA ’98, has joined Hercules Technology Growth Capital as a managing director and will be responsible for the origination and execution of loans to venture capital-backed companies in the growing energy technology sector across all stages of growth. Hercules is a leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including technology, biotechnology, life science, and energy & renewable technology industries. “Sapp has more than 16 years of experience in finance working with venture capital, start-ups and public companies as an investment banker, and has been focused on the energy technology space since 2004,” notes the article. “Prior to joining Hercules, Sapp was a director in Robert W. Baird & Co.'s investment banking group where he originated and executed private and public equity and debt capital raises and advised on M&A transactions in the energy technology space.”
Syngenta : appoints Ponsi Trivisvavet as region director in North America and president, Syngenta Seeds
4-Traders – August 4, 2014
Ponsi Trivisvavet, MBA '99, has been appointed a region director for North America and president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Trivisvavet joined Syngenta in 2008 to lead the seeds strategy team. Previously she held positions with McKinsey & Company in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, South Africa, and Asia. “Syngenta is the leader in crop protection with a strong pipeline of new products. In seeds, we have a trait package that is second to none along with the genetics growers need for improved crop productivity," said Trivisvavet. "Our focus will remain on delivering what our customers need."
WISErg Expands Executive Team With CFO to Support Rapid Growth
EIN Presswire / Marketwired - August 4, 2014 Jonathan Alford, MBA '00, was named chief financial officer of WISErg Corporation (Redmond, Washington), a bio-clean technology company that converts food scraps into organic fertilizer for sale to farmers and consumers. Alford, a Park Fellow at Johnson, “brings deep experience helping companies identify business opportunities that blend the convergence of emerging market, technology and customer trends with core finance and capital investment principles,” says the press release. “Most recently, he served as a strategic consultant focused on developing competitive strategies and financial structures for thriving technology companies.”
Owens & Minor: Implements Management Succession Plan
4-Traders – July 28, 2014
James Bierman, MBA '76, was appointed president and CEO of Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 healthcare logistics company. Bierman currently serves as the president and COO. “Jim Bierman is a talented executive with the experience and skill set to lead Owens & Minor. He has a deep understanding of the company and its business, having spearheaded our response to the changing healthcare landscape and directed the investments necessary to drive long-term growth and value creation. We look forward to his leadership in continuing these efforts as our next CEO,” said Anne Marie Whittemore, lead independent director.
Cathy Dove named president of Paul Smith’s College
Cornell Chronicle – July 28, 2014
Cathy Dove, MBA ’84, has been named the 10th president of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. Dove moves on from being a vice president of Cornell Tech since 2012. Dove had been responsible for all administrative, operational, outreach, capital planning and construction functions for the campus currently under construction on Roosevelt Island and at its temporary location in Manhattan. “In Cathy, Paul Smith’s College has found an exceptional leader,” Cornell President David J. Skorton said. “Her talents are a perfect fit for Paul Smith’s, whose mission combines experiential and traditional learning with a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. I wish her and her new campus community continued success.” Dove has been an administrator at Cornell since 1989. “Having been a part of this great institution for many years, I am thankful for the opportunities Cornell has given me. I will be forever grateful and proud to have contributed to the vision that has brought Cornell Tech to life,” said Dove.
Macadamia Names Saurabh Nayyar New CFO
Modern Salon Media – July 25, 2014
Saurabh Nayyar, MBA ’07, has been appointed chief financial officer for Macadamia Natural Oil. Prior to this role, Nayyar held positions at UBS Investment Bank as associate director of the investment banking division leading transaction teams, presentations, and due diligence. “We are pleased to welcome Saurabh to our team,” said Vincent Davis, CEO at Macadamia Natural Oil.
Great Opportunities for Those Applying to Top B-Schools
Beat the GMAT – July 25, 2014
The 12th Annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC) with the top B-schools in the US takes place on August 9, 2014. The DMAC is also a good place to meet with admission committees and alumni, and get a feel for the schools’ culture.
Dakota Plains appoints DeRosa to board of directors
Oil & Gas Financial Journal – July 23, 2014
Dakota Plains Holdings, which expanded its board of directors from six to seven members, appointed William DeRosa, MBA ’08, as the additional member. DeRosa serves as the director of research at Lone Star Value Management LLC. Prior to joining Lone Star Value, he was a senior analyst on the Special Situations Equity team at Magnetar Capital.
Soléna Estate Announces New Leadership
PRWeb – July 18, 2014
Soléna Estate, a private winery, appointed Anthony Van Nice, MBA ’10 (CQ), to lead business operations of the winery, including company sales, marketing and strategic plans. Prior to joining Soléna Estate, Van Nice was the president of Panther Creek and the Four Graces Winery. He serves on the boards of Oregon Pinot Camp and of Lewis and Clark College.
Kentaro Muto Joins BDA as Managing Director in Tokyo
PR.Com – July 17, 2014
Kentaro Muto, MBA ’06, has been appointed managing director of Business Development Asia LLC in the firm’s Tokyo office. Muto joins from Deutsche Securities where he was director of investment banking coverage and advisory. He has also held positions at Deutsche Asset Management and Shinsei Bank. “We’re excited to have hired Kentaro to reinforce our presence and credentials in Japan,” says Charles Maynard, senior managing director and founding partner.
You Just Have To Ask
Advance Healthcare Network – July 9, 2014
In an article about asking questions in the workplace, Jodi Glickman, MBA '02, says, “Asking for help, in theory, sets you up for success." Glickman is the author of Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead and a faculty member of Johnson's Leadership Skills Program. "Asking for help the right way can show that you are very smart and thoughtful."
Finally, An App For Volunteering
Forbes – July 3, 2014
Charles Mulligan, MBA’11(CQ), founder and CEO of GiveGab, got the idea for his company when he read about how volunteering could increase happiness. GiveGab is a platform for volunteers and volunteer managers to connect, match skills, and promote their efforts. The company also plans to go global with its app. GiveGab earns its revenues through a premium service that provides reporting and analytics to non-profits, schools, and businesses.
Nanomix announces Brian Jung new CFO
Sacramento Business Journal – June 30, 2014
Nanomix, a nanotechnology company, appointed Brian Jung, MBA’89, its new vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Jung joins the company with 20 years of financial and healthcare experience. "As we drive to the commercial launch of our first product, Brian's financial and business background, coupled with his experience in our target customer market, will add important depth to our team," said David Ludvigson, president and CEO of Nanomix.
7 people who went from interns to top execs
Bankrate.com – June 27, 2014
Daniel Hesse, MBA’77, sought his sister’s help to get the name of AT&T’s recruiter when he was an MBA student. He joined AT&T as an intern and for 23 years steadily rose up the ranks to become president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services. He is currently the CEO of Sprint.
ProQuest appoints Ben Lewis as Senior VP, Strategy and Business Development
Yahoo Finance – June 24, 2014
Ben Lewis, MBA’01, was appointed senior vice president of strategy and business development at ProQuest, a cloud-based technology company that offers solutions to librarians, students and researchers. Lewis joined ProQuest after serving in several strategy roles at Moody’s, Thomson Reuters, and Accenture. "Ben's 17 years of experience in senior strategy and development roles make him the ideal fit for this key role at ProQuest," says CEO Kurt Sanford. "I'm excited about the contributions he'll make at the company and for our customers."
NCHL Names Henry Ford Health System's Nancy Schlichting and Geisinger Health System's Glenn Steele Recipients of 2014 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excell
Real Time Communications – June 11, 2014
The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), a nonprofit that works to improve population health by enhancing the capacity of healthcare leaders, announced Nancy Schlichting, MBA '79, chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), as a recipient of its 2014 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award for her “innovative approaches to bringing high-value and accessible healthcare to their communities, permanently transforming and improving the field.”
DevOps Summit Power Panel: How DevOps Is Changing the Way IT Works
Virtualization Conference & Expo – May 22, 2014
As a panelist at the DevOps Summit Power Panel on June 9 in New York City, Gordon R. Haff, MBA '86, cloud evangelist at Red Hat, along with several other tech-world experts, discussed how DevOps is changing the way IT works, how businesses interact with customers, and how organizations are buying, building, and delivering software. You can view the DevOps Summit Power Panel on YouTube.
FAMU News & Notes: Abdi new chief of staff at FAMU
Tallahassee Democrat/Tallahasee.com – May 19, 2014
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum has named Shamis Abdi, MBA ’11, her new chief of staff. Abdi, who is the president's liaison to FAMU’s Board of Trustees, began her post on May 1. “Abdi comes to FAMU with more than 16 years of experience in management, operations and consulting,” notes the article. “She most recently served as the director of operations at the Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York, an ‘A’-ranked school by the New York City Department of Education.
Interline Brands Appoints Fred Pensotti CFO
Citybizlist – May 18, 2014
Fred Pensotti, MBA ’94, was named chief financial officer of Interline Brands, Inc., a leading distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations products to the facilities maintenance end-market. “Pensotti joins Interline with 23 years of experience, holding a number of senior finance positions at Sabre Corporation, American Airlines and Eagle Management and Trust,” the article notes. “Most recently, Mr. Pensotti served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller at Sabre, a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry.”
Bostonia Partners Hires Randall E. (Randy) Male, Major Addition to Bostonia’s Renewable Energy Finance Practice
Bostonia Group – May 15, 2014
Bostonia Partners LLC announced that Randall E. (Randy) Male, MBA ’91, has joined the firm as a managing director with a specialization in the renewable energy sector. “A veteran finance executive with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Male has an extensive background in corporate and project financing, capital raises, strategy, and mergers and acquisitions,” reads the article. “In particular he brings a breadth of relationships in the renewable energy sector, having led the development of over 1GW of wind and solar projects in the U.S. and Canada.”
IMedicor, Inc. Announces John Schneller As Chief Financial Officer
AZTV7/CABLE 13 – May 6, 2014
iMedicor, Inc., a provider of portal-based, software services for the health-care industry, appointed John Schneller, MBA ’96, to the position of chief financial officer. Schneller has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including several positions at Wall Street firms as an analyst, investment banker, and money manager.
Bering Straits President & CEO receives Unsung Hero Award
Alaska Business Monthly – May 5, 2014
Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) President and CEO Gail Schubert, MBA ’81, received the Unsung Hero Award from the Northwest Indian Bar Association. The annual award honors an attorney for his or her outstanding contributions toward improving the legal and political landscape of Pacific Northwest Indian Country. “Schubert is known for her leadership and service to the Alaska Native community,” notes the article. “She is Treasurer of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Vice Chair of the Akeela Treatment Services Board, Vice Chair of the Alaska Native Justice Center, Vice Chair of the ANCSA Regional Association, and Chair of the Alaska Retirement Management Board.”