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.
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.”
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.
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.