Alumni Movers and Shakers

moveshakeJohn Donnelly ’70 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Dia Bras. Donnelly is currently Chairman of the Board of Zurich Financial Services in Mexico; Member of the Board of Directors and President of the Audit Committee of JP Morgan in Mexico; Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of CrediConfia, a microfinance company; and a Board Member of U-Storage, a self-storage company and Paralelo 19, a hotel ownership company, all in Mexico.

Charles Rix ’79 has joined Oklahoma Christian University as an assistant professor of Bible. Rix previously served as an associate dean and professor at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Also, he is a retired financial executive for Exxon and has served as a minister for 17 years. Rix is an accomplished pianist who performs around the world and has been a finalist in international pianist competitions.

Kim Korth ’80 has been appointed to President and Chief Executive Officer for Supreme Industries. Korth has served as the interim President and CEO of the company since February 2011.

Thomas Malone ’80 was recently hired as a senior advisor to Waller Capital. Malone has more than 30 years of investment banking experience including serving as the group head of Daniels & Associates’ Private Capital Group, the managing director at Chase Securities and additional roles for Chase.

Kim Royster ’85 was recently hired as Director of Client Strategy for The Pert Group. Royster will focus on the restaurant, hospitality and foodservice industries, drawing on more than 20 years of experience as an industry consultant. Royster has worked throughout the U.S. and in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Douglas Sanders ’87 has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of CMC Biologics. Sanders is a founder of several life science companies and a financial consultant in the industry. He brings extensive international, financial and life science experience and has spent years working in Europe and the U.S.

Nina Maria Fite ’88 recently assumed charge as the U.S. Consul General in Lahore. Fite is a career member of the Foreign Service and spent more than 20 years focusing on trade, environmental issues and post-conflict economic development. Her assignments include serving as the Deputy Economic Counselor in Kabul, Afghanistan and as the Political/Economic Section Chief in Angola.

Sanjeev Chowdhury ’91 was recently appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Consul General of Canada to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is Chowdhury’s second time serving as Consul General. He was Canadian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 2003 to 2006 and was Acting Canadian Ambassador to Sri Lanka for three months during that same time.

William Mott ’94 has been appointed Managing Director of Opel Australia. Mott has spent the majority of his career in Europe and the last 16 years with Opel, most recently as Group Marketing Manager Mini and Small Cars at Adam Opel Haus in Rüsselsheim.

Robert Criste ’95 was named Director of BigBelly Solar waste and recycling systems. He is responsible for seven states and 38 nations globally.

Ashley Moretz ’96 moved to the Kyrgyz Republic as Country Representative for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives’ new program, which was launched following the unexpected change of government in April 2010. Moretz previously spent five years as the USAID Country representative in Turkmenistan.

Joseph Gerard ’98 has been named Assistant Professor of Management at Western New England University. Gerard comes to the university from the State University of New York Institute of Technology, where he served as Assistant Professor of Technology Management.

Gwen Davidow ’98 will take a short term assignment with the President’s Council on Environmental Quality to further the mission of the U.S. Government’s major sustainability initiative known as GreenGov. Davidow is currently the Senior Director of Corporate Programs & Operations for the World Environment Center. In the new assignment Davidow will serve as the Senior Program Manager in the Office of the Federal Environment Executive.

Nikhil Arora ’98 has been appointed Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit India. Arora comes to Intuit from Laureate Education where he served as Vice President and head of operations. He has more than 18 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, marketing, finance and operations and has worked for companies such as ADP, Delphi Automotive, Microsoft and CBS Television. Arora has a deep understanding of the Indian and Central Asian marketplace as well as the challenges confronting businesses in India.

Chai-Koon (CK) Tan ’99 has been appointed as the Vice President of Marketing for Asia Pacific in the Infrastructure Business Group of Belden Singapore. Tan’s most notable experience includes Director of Asia Pacific Sales and Marketing with Johnson Controls Power Solutions and various sales and marketing positions throughout Asia with Hilti.

Eigo Okada ’99 recently joined Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. as a Director, Franchise Strategy at their global headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois.

Olivier Portet ’02 has recently joined Polaris Wines as national sales manager. Portet has more than 15 years of professional wine industry experience. In his new role, Portet will focus on national sales and marketing, brand management and distributor and supplier management.

Claudia Huang Ruobing ’04 has been appointed as a member of the BASF Greater China Country Board. BASF is a leading chemical company. Huang joined BASF as a Plant Manager of Shanghai BASF Polyurethane Co. in 2004. She became the General Manager of Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. four years later.  Before joining BASF, Huang held senior positions in technical planning and project management with international companies.

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