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Michael KrainesDigital Currency Group, a global enterprise company based in Stamford, Connecticut, has named Michael Kraines, ’92, as its first-ever CFO. Kraines previously served as president and CFO of Trading Technologies, a Chicago-based provider of trading software, infrastructure, and data solutions.

Girish PaiGirish Pai, ’10 (XP-79), has been promoted to executive vice president and chief customer officer of Tredence Inc, a provider of data science and A.I. services and solutions headquartered in San Jose, California. Pai joined Tredence two years ago from the digital shopping platform Shopalyst based in Fremont, California, where he headed the Americas and Europe business.

Don StrobergDon Stroberg, ’94, has been named CEO of Onclave Networks, a global cybersecurity company based in McLean, Virginia. Prior to Onclave, Stroberg served as senior vice president of corporate development for Ligado Networks, a provider of 5G connectivity solutions based in Reston, Virginia.

No ImageRobert Heath, ’91, has been appointed to the board of directors for Group, Inc., an A.I.-powered and video hiring platform headquartered in Houston. Heath is executive vice president and former CFO of RPX Corporation, a patent risk management platform headquartered in San Francisco.

No ImageGreen Hygienics Holdings Inc., a technology-driven enterprise focused on the hemp and CBD industry based in Poway, California, has appointed David Mapley, ’85, to its board of directors. Mapley is cofounder of the Shimoda Group, an international investment management and advisory firm based in the Cayman Islands, for which he currently serves as chairman.

Horacio RozanskiHoracio Rozanski, ’92, has been named board chairman for Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Additionally, he was elected to the board of directors for Marriott International, an operator of hotel brands headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Rozanski is president and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., a consulting firm based in McLean, Virginia.

Carlos CabreraCarlos A. Cabrera, ’89 (XP-58), has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education. Cabrera was elected for his leadership in developing and commercializing widely adopted processes for fuels and intermediate chemicals. He currently serves as executive chairman for Genomatica, a biotechnology company for the chemical industry headquartered in San Diego.

Brad ColemanHunter Point Capital, a New York–based investment firm, announced that Brad Coleman, ’88, will be joining as a partner to lead the firm’s GP Coverage Group. Coleman joins from the New York–headquartered global bank Citi, where he was most recently chairman of the global asset managers group.

No ImageIllinois governor JB Pritzker has reappointed Kia Coleman, ’09, to his administration as assistant secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services. Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, the government agency was created in 1997 to help individuals and families achieve maximum self-sufficiency, independence, and health.

L MoulderLonnie Moulder, ’97 (XP-66), recently launched Zenas BioPharma, a cross-border biopharmaceutical company focused on immune-based therapies for patients in China and around the world. Moulder is the managing member of Tellus BioVentures and will serve as executive chairman and interim CEO for Zenas. “These potentially best-in-class products are intended to bring innovation to patients with underserved diagnoses while also maximizing value across the healthcare ecosystem,” Moulder said.  

Jennifer PolkJennifer Polk, ’08, was recently promoted to managing vice president of the technology and service providers practice at Gartner, a research and advisory company based in Stamford, Connecticut. In this role, she will lead a team of research analysts. Polk joined the company in 2013, most recently serving as vice president.

Ryan RassinRyan Rassin, ’04, has joined Chartwell, a Minneapolis-based financial advisory firm, as a director in the Chicago office, expanding the firm’s corporate finance practice area. Rassin joins Chartwell from the financial services firm LBC Credit Partners in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he was an investment professional.

John WallerPrairie Capital Advisors, Inc., a corporate advisory and investment banking firm headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, has hired John Waller, ’95, as a managing director in the firm’s investment banking group. Prior to joining Prairie, Waller served as managing director and industrial growth team leader for Plaisance Advisors, a Chicago-based mergers and acquisition advisory service that Waller founded in 2010.

Scott WilliamsScott Williams, ’99, was named vice president of finance for Dealpath, a San Francisco–based deal management platform for real estate. Previously, he served as vice president, finance and operations, for Talkdesk, a San Francisco–based enterprise cloud contact center.

No ImageChicago Ventures, a local venture capital and private equity firm, has promoted Peter Christman, ’15, to partner. Christman joined the company in 2015 and focuses on enterprise SaaS, infrastructure, and B2B marketplace investments.

Nicole DOucetInc. magazine announced that Open Water took the number one spot on its 2021 list, 5000 Regionals: Midwest, a ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the region. “We’re honored that Open Water is listed among so many impressive companies, and I really couldn’t be prouder of our team,” said Nicole Doucet, ’17, cofounder and CEO. “Open Water started with a simple mission: to stop plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean, so it’s inspiring to see that there’s a passion from both individuals and businesses to join us to make a real difference for our planet.” Based in Chicago, Open Water pioneered the canned water category in 2014, and last year became the world’s first certified Climate Neutral water brand.

No ImageNicholas Judd, ’20, was named to Billboard’s 2021 list of Top Business Managers in the entertainment industry. This year’s list focused on business managers who successfully helped their clients financially survive the pandemic. Judd was highlighted specifically for cofounding the Los Angeles–based Leftbrain app, a royalty tracking tool that allows clients to access real-time financial data.

Matt O'ConnorMatt O’Connor, ’14, was featured in Retail Brew for leading his company’s brand, Keeps, to become the largest direct-to-consumer brand for men’s hair loss in the United States. O’Connor is general manager for Keeps at Thirty Madison, a New York-based startup offering treatments for chronic conditions. Under O’Connor’s leadership, Keeps’ revenue tripled from 2019 to 2020 and subscribers increased by 125 percent.