Kabbage Continues Expansion with Appointment of Simon Yoo as Chief Financial Officer
DMN Newswire – February 6, 2013
Kabbage, Inc., the leading online provider of working capital for small businesses, announced today that it has expanded its executive team by adding Simon Yoo, MBA ’98, as chief financial officer. “I am thrilled to add Simon Yoo to our leadership team,” said Rob Frohwein, Kabbage co-founder and CEO. “Simon’s track record in advising some of the world’s most successful financial services institutions will be critical in helping Kabbage access increasingly larger and more strategic financing options,” he added.
Saratoga Investment Corp. Promotes Michael J. Grisius to President
Money – February 5, 2013
Saratoga Investment Corp, a business development company, has announced the promotion of Michael J. Grisius, MBA ’90, to president. “The board and I are pleased to recognize Mike’s substantial contributions in origination and investment and in his work to strengthen the organization and build its team. We look forward to continuing to work closely with him,” said Christian L. Oberbeck, chairman of the board and CEO.
New CEO for Firstsource’s healthcare practice
Business Line - February 5, 2013
Firstsource has appointed David Strickler, MBA ’96, as president and chief executive officer of MedAssist Provider Group, part of its healthcare practice.
Rishi Piparaiya to drive Aviva’s marketing strategy
Business Line – February 4, 2013
Aviva Life Insurance has appointed Rishi Piparaiya, MBA ’98, as director-Marketing & Bancassurance. Piparaiya will be responsible for Aviva’s marketing strategy including brand marketing, communications, channel marketing, Aviva’s digital and online strategy, analytics, and product propositions of the company.
Finding a Bohemian (With a Day Job)
NYTimes.com – February 3, 2013
The wedding of Lisa Schwartz, MBA ’98, and David Walker Jacobsen was featured in the New York Times Vows section. The two were wed in Casa Marina resort in Key West, Florida.
And the Most Influential Post of 2012 is … Drumroll Please
NextBillion.net – January 31, 2013
NextBillion.net released their list of most influential posts of 2012. Dan Zook, MBA ’07, a project leader in Dalberg Associates’ New York office, came in second place for his post, “The $450 Billion Opportunity: Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance.” Zook provided an explanation of Dalberg’s report “Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance,” which suggested that with increased financing, farmers can improve their yields, and in some cases, double their income
How Some Students Make Ends Meet in B-School
Johnson alum Alexandra Lynn Whisnan, MBA '11 discusses how she made ends meet by starting a chocolate business out of her dorm
Viridian Designed For Beginners
eArticles Online – January 29, 2013
Viridian Electricty was reviewed online. The firm was founded in March 2009 by Michael J. Fallquist, MBA ’04, and is based in Connecticut. Fallquist's earlier organization background involves serving as main functioning officer of Commerce Electricity, which is a community gasoline and electrical organization that has a lot more than a hundred and fifty thousand customers in 10 states.
How Some Students Make Ends Meet in B-School
Johnson alum Alexandra Lynn Whisnant, MBA '11 discusses how she made ends meet by starting a chocolate business out of her dorm
Peter "P.J." Kuyper, Jr. Named CEO of MPLC
Digital Journal – January 15, 2013
The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation has announced that Peter “P.J.” Kuyper Jr. MBA ‘94, will become chief executive officer and president of MPLC, managing day-to-day operations of the company. “I am honored to assume the position of CEO and president of MPLC,” said Kuyper. “With the proliferation of technology comes increased demand for entertainment and use of films in business settings, making our role more important than ever. I look forward to continuing our work of helping organizations use films for work and play.”
David Breazzano, President of DDJ Capital Management, Inducted Into Johnson at Cornell University's Hall of Honor
Yahoo! Finance Singapore – January 15, 2013
DDJ Capital Management, LLC, a manager of high yield and special situations investments for institutional investors, has announced that its co-founder and president, David Breazzano, MBA ’80, has been inducted into Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Hall of Honor.
Senior hires announced for GLG's macro and fixed income platform
Opalesque – January 8, 2013
GLG, the discretionary investment manager of Man Group plc announced a number of senior hires to its macro and fixed income team. The overall macro and fixed income platform will be co-headed by Jamil Baz and Sudesh Mariappa, ’82, MBA ’86.
Anametrix Names Veteran Marketing and Analytics Strategist Pelin Thorogood CEO and Board Director
CustomerThink – January 3, 2013
Anametrix co-founder and Chairman of the Board Blaise Barrelet announced that Pelin Thorogood, MBA ’94, will succeed him as CEO of the first cloud-based, real-time digital analytics platform and will join the company’s board. “Pelin is the dream CEO for our three-year-old company,” said Blaise Barrelet, co-founder and CEO of Anametrix.
Super-Rich Indians and Their Extravagant Spending
Mention of Nathan Petit's (PhD '12) study on consumer spending and high-status good; also published by EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com.
John Norris, JD, MBA Appointed CEO of Health Discovery Corporation
Yahoo! Canada Finance – December 27, 2012
Health Discovery Corporation has announced that the board of directors appointed John Norris, MBA ’73, as its new CEO. “I look forward to assuming the role of CEO at Health Discovery Corporation and leading the company to its next level of success,” stated John A. Norris, JD, MBA, chief executive officer of Health Discovery Corporation.
EnerGulf Corporate Update
Money – December 21, 2012
Senior Vice President and the energy strategist with Maxim Group in New York City Eliecer Palacios, MBA ’07, has been appointed to EnerGulf’s board of directors.
Buffets, Inc. Names Philip Friedman And Warren Ellish To Board Of Directors With Focus On Brand Turnaround
Money - Dec 20, 2012
Buffets, Inc. has appointed Philip Friedman and F. Warren Ellish, MBA ’78, to its board of directors, thereby completing the new seven-member board of directors formed after the company emerged from bankruptcy. "Both Warren and Phil have the practical knowledge of what it takes to turn around and grow a brand, and they understand the need for strong corporate governance,” said Rob Webster, chairman of the board of Buffets, Inc.
A Better, More Successful Approach to the New Year's Resolution
Huffington Post – Dec. 18, 2012
Brett Blumenthal ’95, MBA ’03, shared her insights on a more successful approach to New Year’s resolutions in the Huffington Post. She suggests focusing on smaller, incremental accomplishments rather than making big changes.
Umpqua Bank Selects Sonny Sonnenstein as EVP & Chief Information Officer
Yahoo! Singapore Finance - Dec 17, 2012
Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation announced that Sonny Sonnenstein, MBA ’91, has joined the company as EVP and chief information officer, reporting to CFO Ron Farnsworth. “Sonny’s decades of experience at the intersection of financial services and technology provide us key leadership for 2013 and beyond, enabling us to meet and exceed what our customers have grown to expect from Umpqua Bank,” said Ray Davis, president and CEO of Umpqua Bank.
Q&A: Qualcomm’s Display Ambitions
WSJ – Dec. 10, 2012
Qualcomm Inc. recently invested $120 million in Japanese display maker Sharp Corp. “The deal highlights Qualcomm’s ambitions to move beyond chip manufacturing to making displays for mobile devices.” The Wall Street Journal interviewed Qualcomm’s Chief Marketing Officer Anand Chandrasekher ’86, MEng ’87, MBA ’88, “to get an update on the company’s efforts in expanding into the display business.”