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David Zussman, BBA ‘08, became the new Chief Financial Officer of Related Companies.

Katie Vanderjagt, MBA ‘16, was named Chief Human Resource Officer at La-Z-Boy Incorporated at the end of 2018.

Lisa (Elizabeth) Black, MBA ‘87, retired at the end of 2018 from her role with Nuveen (a TIAA company). At Nuveen, Black lead the taxable income strategic direction and investment perspectives teams. She joined TIAA in 1987 as a corporate credit analyst, where she covered paper/forest products, banks, and finance companies.

Rohan Mendoza, MBA ‘09, was appointed by Relevium Technologies to lead the company’s Amazon marketplace operations.

Jeremy Werner, BBA ‘12, was promoted to Vice President at Beringea, a venture capital firm. Werner is currently a board director for Beringea portfolio company D3O.

William Blake III, BBA ‘06, was promoted to Vice President at Beringea, a venture capital firm. Blake also serves as a board director for Beringea portfolio companies Avid Ratings, Fiber By-Products, and Montage Talent.

Prabhu Patil, MBA ‘02, as the CEO and President of PROLIM, was named a 2018 Small Business Supplier of the Year by Siemens USA. “We are extremely pleased and proud to be honored with this award, especially given Siemens’ wide range of high-quality suppliers, it is a tribute to all the dedicated and committed PROLIM employees,” Patil said.

Steve Mitzel, BBA ‘94, CEO of Mspark, was named a Top CEO by the Birmingham Business Journal in Alabama for companies with 100-250 employees. “I am honored to be named Top CEO for our category,” Mitzel said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to lead the amazing people at Mspark.  It’s all about the team, the team, the team. Together we have transformed our culture and pushed to significantly grow Mspark and improve each and every day. I couldn’t be more proud of all our team has accomplished, and look forward to a great 2019”.

Matthew Muench, MBA ‘10, is now the Director of Workforce Innovation for the City of Chicago.

Ali Raymond, MBA ‘18, was selected as a 2019 Fellow of the New Leaders Council of New Jersey. Ali is an HR Manager currently in the Human Resources Leadership Development Program at Johnson and Johnson, having served rotations in the office of Diversity and Inclusion and Total Rewards. Ali hopes to take from NLC strategies to leverage J&J’s size for good.

Kimberly Dillon, MBA ‘10, was named one of 16 AdWeek “Brand Stars” in the Los Angeles area for her work as Vice President of Marketing at Papa & Barkley, a company making CBD-infused products.

Gregory Seremet, BBA ‘07, recently welcomed a new baby to the family.

Laura Frey, MBA ‘11, was named one of the Top Women in Investing in Latin American Tech by the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America. Frey is an impact investment professional with over ten years of experience in Latin America and Emerging Markets.

Howard Prager, MBA ‘80, was selected to be a part of the Marshall Goldsmith MG100, out of 16,000 applicants. Many executives, authors, and coaches are part of this unique MG100 network which has met with the President of the World Bank, former Ford CEO Alan Mullaly, numerous Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and Frances Hesselbein, President and founder of the Peter Drucker Foundation. Howard is a certified Stakeholder Centered Coach, and founder of his consulting firm Advance Learning Group.

Elle (Pamela) Starrett Ingalls, MBA ‘88, of Battle Creek, Michigan is the CEO of Pressure-Free Living LLC, and the creator of The Pressure-Free Method, a fast, effective method that reduces stress, anger and anxiety without having to take time off or slow down. She coaches C-level executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, educators and high-achieving students, gives corporate trainings, and is a keynote speaker. Elle has just been appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of Ingalls Pictures, a video-production company owned by her sons Hugh and Edmund "Ned" Ingalls in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dylan Hogan, Executive MBA '10, joined Utah-based, SaaS startup, as Director of Strategic Accounts. Dsco provides technology and services that enable enterprise retailers such as Nordstrom, Kohl's, and Neiman Marcus to grow their ecommerce businesses.

Kevin E. Phillips, MBA ‘13, published his second book, Managing Millennials: The Ultimate Handbook for Productivity, Profitability, and Professionalism, in August, 2018. This book helps leaders know exactly what it takes to increase motivation, unleash talent, and transform potential into productivity.

Weiguo Fan, PhD ‘02, became the Henry Tippie Chair Professor in Business Analytics at The University of IOWA Tippie College of Business after 16 years of service at Virginia Tech. Fan does research in the business applications of IT and business analytics. He has published more than 200 refereed articles since graduation from Michigan.

Vaughn Payne, Executive MBA ‘11, was named Chief Medical Officer of Aetna Better Health of Kentucky.

Jeremy Kiger, MBA ‘15, was recently promoted to International Business Leader with Roche Molecular Systems. Kiger has been with Roche since 2001. Roche Molecular Diagnostics (RMD) develops, manufactures and supplies a wide array of innovative medical diagnostic products, tests, platforms and technologies, focusing on the revolutionary, Nobel-prize winning Polymerase Chain Reaction Technology (PCR) which quickly replicates a single specific fragment of DNA or RNA to quantities sufficient for accurate laboratory analysis. Kiger will be relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alexander Lemmen, BBA ‘13, was named Chief Operating Officer at Tommy Car Wash Systems.

Anning Chen, MBA ‘04, was named CEO of Ford China, a new division for the automaker. Chen has experience with alliances and joint ventures and product development. He will lead the company’s operations in greater China, including all import and joint venture operations. Prior to this role, Chen served as CEO at Chery Automobile Ltd., and chairman of the board of directors, Chery Jaguar Land Rover, Automotive, China.

Manuel Valencia, MBA ‘99, founder of CONNECTIVE Agency, joined the Dallas Children’s Theater Board of Trustees, the largest professional theater for youth in the southwest U.S.

Michael Kolosowsky, MAcc ‘90, has joined the Energy & Natural Resources Group as a Managing Director with an emphasis on covering corporate clients across the midstream, power, and project finance segments to support Regions’ capital markets expansion. Kolosowsky will be based in Charlotte, N.C.

Rich Wachter BBA 84, VP Human Resources for the Danaher Product Identification Platform and Videojet reports that Videojet earned 4 “Best and Brightest Company” Awards in 2018 from he National Association of Business Resources (NABR). Videojet was recognized as both an “Elite Winner” and a Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work® for in the category of “Employee Achievement and Recognition.” Winners were selected based on best practices including engagement, development, workplace flexibility, Diversity & Inclusion. Videojet was also recognized as a 2017 US Best & Brightest Place to Work in the Large Business (301+ employees) category and a top 101 company.