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Raj Venkat, MBA '99, became the chief business officer of hc1, a cloud-based healthcare platform. He is responsible for leading the information services division and partnership strategy. Prior to hc1, Venkat was vice president of strategy and business development for Angie's List, where he played a pivotal role in the company's merger with HomeAdvisor. He has held senior leadership roles with MicroStrategy, Ingersoll Rand, and McAfee. In addition to his Ross MBA, Venkat earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Ohio University and bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

Andy Nguyen, MBA '13, was appointed a Fellow in Leadership for Greater Chicago, an organization that encourages civic impact across the city. Nguyen is a senior partner lead at Google, focusing on the consumer packaged goods industry. He also serves on the Leadership Council for the Chicago location of the Posse Foundation. He welcomed a daughter in February.

Nicholas Leiby, MBA '15, joined Weinberg Capital Group in Cleveland, where he will serve as director.

James McCloud, MBA '15, was named executive vice president of national business development for Entercom Communications. McCloud joins Entercom from Major League Baseball, where he most recently served as group director and vice president of sponsorship sales and client services.

Priscilla Flores, MBA '10, was named vice president of brand marketing at Universal Kids, a network owned by NBC.

Lindsay Compton, MBA '13, landed a job at Google as manager, gTech brand specialist.

Michael Drath, MBA '02, became COO and CFO of Pluto TV, a start-up aggregating video for a free, ad-supported service.

Paul Selvin, BBA '89, was recognized on the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" inaugural list. Selvin is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, leading the Selvin Group based out of New York City. The list is developed by SHOOK Research and is based on due diligence meetings that evaluate each advisor through qualitative criteria such as client retention and review of compliance records as well as quantitative criteria such as revenue generated for their firms. Selvin was also on Barron's Magazine 2018 list of "America's Top 1,200 Advisors."

William Bubniak, BBA '81, was inducted into the Midwest Real Estate News 2018 Hall of Fame, which recognizes commercial real estate professionals for their commitment to the profession, customer service, and leadership in industry, community and civic organizations. He is executive vice president of Farbman Group, where he began his real estate career in 1988.

Michael W. Maher, MBA '99, was promoted to director of information technology at Santa Cruz Bicycles, located in Santa Cruz, Calif. He provides leadership in digital transformation, strategy, and organizational change management. Santa Cruz Bicycles manufacturers technologically advanced bikes and wheels for mountain bikers worldwide. Maher recently earned his APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation.

Sam Barnes, BSME '91/MBA '15, was promoted to executive vice president and COO of Commonwealth Associates. He has been with Commonwealth since 2012. Commonwealth is a design engineering and consulting firm focused on high voltage power delivery and power generation projects. Barnes also serves as chairman of the Jackson College board of trustees, is the Jackson College representative on the Dahlem Conservancy board of directors, and is on the advisory boards for the Electric Power and Power-Gen International conferences.

Robert C. Greening, Jr., MBA '86, was appointed president of TJX Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. TJX Canada, an operating company of The TJX Companies, operates more than 450 stores throughout Canada under the Winners, Marshalls, and HomeSense banners and employs 25,000 associates. Greening is a founding member of the U-M Alumni Club of Ontario and is involved with several Canadian charities.

Jared Pratt, MBA '13, was promoted to senior marketing manager for Global Marketing at Ethicon, Inc.

Roshunda Price, BBA '87, JD '93, was elected to the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan board of directors. Presbyterian Villages of Michigan has a 72-year history of providing quality senior living and services to more than 5,000 individuals across Michigan. Price is a partner at Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. and a member of the firm's corporate, real estate, and emerging and growth practice groups.

Seshagiri Ajjarapu, MBA '02, accepted a position as director of engineering operations at Lyft.

Elizabeth Nakamura, BS ’15/BBA '15, accepted a position as a software engineer for Lyft.

William Fleming, MBA ’15, was named COO of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. Fleming is a 24-year veteran of The Doctors Company and had been senior vice president and regional operating officer for the Northeast. Previously, he served in a number of capacities, including claims, underwriting, product development, and as integration leader for AP Capital, Advocate MD, and Intermed as they joined The Doctors Company.

Chase Lee, BBA ’13, made Crain’s Detroit Business list of “Twenty in their 20s.” He founded the simplified note and list-making software company Fetchnotes before graduating from Michigan Ross. Chase sold the company and is now the CTO for Ambassador, a custom referral marketing software company in Royal Oak. Ambassador’s customers include PayPal and Spotify, and last year the company was listed listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

Consulting Magazine named Ashish Vatsal, MBA ’11, a “rising star” in the leadership category of its “Top 35 Consultants Under 35” issue. He is a senior associate and account leader for the Portland office of Point B, an integrated management consulting, venture investment, and property development firm. Vatsal also volunteers as an advisor to minority- and women-owned small businesses.

Patricia Griffin, B.S.E.I.O. ‘01, MBA '10; Alicia Levine, MBA '11; Patrick Huang, MBA '13; and Professor Rajeev Batra met in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Java House MAP team's supervisory professor met alumni in the Nairobi area.

Yasser Khan, MBA ’08, was presented with the "Elite 40 Under 40 Award" by L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. He serves as executive in residence at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches MBA courses in sales management and customer relationship management. Yasser has held a number of sales management roles at IBM, across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes, Founders Junior Council at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Board of Advisors at Eastern Michigan University's College of Business, and the Oakland County Business Roundtable.

 

Danielle (Mastrangle) Brown, MBA ’08, is the new vice president of diversity at Google. She was previously vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel.

George Rodnikov, BBA'06/MAcc'07; and Reuben Dvoretsky, CFA, BBA'07, founded Blueprint Ventures (www.blueprint-ventures.com), an investment manager focused on real estate tax certificates. Blueprint Ventures seeks to use in-house software and data mining capabilities to provide its limited partners with consistent, non-correlated returns. After successfully launching its first fund in October 2016, Blueprint will be launching its second fund in October 2017.

Winston Wenyan Ma, MBA ’03, was appointed to be a new non-executive board member of Noble Group. Winston and Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue were among the speakers at the 2017 Pan-Asian Reunion for the Bicentennial Celebration of the University of Michigan, which more than 400 alumni attended in Shanghai.

 

Chris Quinn, MBA '03, was appointed CEO of Cleveland-based InterDesign. Chris is an executive with 28 years of experience developing high performing organizations, businesses and brands that exceed shareholder as well as consumer expectations. Chris most recently served as the president and CEO of Streetsboro LLC.

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