David M. Gruppo ’79 has joined the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) as head of Latin America Corporate and Investment Banking, a newly created position. He reports to Randall Chafetz, head of corporate and investment banking for the Americas.
Gruppo has spent a significant portion of his career involved in Latin American corporate and investment banking, including positions with Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Santander. During the past eight years, he has been focused on the technology sector, working in various capacities with IBM, including T J Watson Research. An economics major at Wesleyan, he earned his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
In a press release for the company, Gruppo says he is excited by this opportunity, and he characterizes Latin America as having “strong and sustained growth over many years and demonstrated resilience during the financial crisis.”
He adds: “Latin America has reached an important inflection point where it is no longer emerging; it has emerged. … BTMU opened its first offices in Argentina and Brazil over 90 years ago, and has a long-established presence in Mexico and Chile, so is well-positioned to help facilitate the significant expansion of ties between Asia and Latin America.”
Jonathan Dube ’94
Jonathan Dube ’94 joined AOL as senior vice president and general manager of AOL news and information. Previously, he was vice president of ABCNews.com. Dube has twice served as president of the Online News Association and is now on the board of directors for the association.
In a press release, David Eun, president of AOL media and studios, calls Dube “[e]qual parts journalist and business strategist,” and says that he is “adept at building online content partnerships and creating exceptional user experiences.”
“At the heart of my passion for journalism is my long-time interest in how technology is transforming the media,” said Dube in the release.
A history major at Wesleyan, he has a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. An award-winner for his work in new media, Dube has also published in a number of print venues, including The New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Marysol Castro '96
On Nov. 30, CBS named Marysol Castro ’96 the weather anchor for “The Early Show,” beginning Jan. 3.
This was part of the network’s sweeping change for the show, replacing the entire weekday anchor team of “The Early Show” with their weekend counterparts.
Castro had most recently served as the weather anchor and feature correspondent for the ABC News weekend edition of Good Morning America (2004–2010). In conjunction with studio coverage of the national weather outlook, Castro also reported weather-related stories from the field, including several from New Orleans and Florida, focused around the recent hurricanes.
Additionally, she has also reported on stories unrelated to weather, including ones on undocumented UC Berkeley students for whom deportation loomed, as well as a family whose young daughter suffered severe allergies to a wide variety of common substances.
On television broadcasts she also swam with sharks at a New Jersey aquarium, dove off cliffs in Hawaii, and covered the Academy Awards from the red carpet.
A government major at Wesleyan, she earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Katherine O’Brien ’75
Katherine O’Brien ’75 was promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel at New York Life Insurance Company. She is responsible for managing the employment, litigation, ERISA, contracts, intellectual property, corporate transactions and administrative units of the Office of the General Counsel.
Previously, she was first vice president and deputy counsel after serving as the company’s chief diversity officer. She had joined New York Life in 1995 as a litigator, specializing in employment litigation and benefits compliance.
O’Brien earned a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. At Wesleyan, she majored in English.
Adrienne Bentman ’74
Adrienne Bentman ’74, M.D., director for the adult psychiatry residency program at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, received the 2010 Robert Cancro Academic Leadership Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
The Cancro award recognizes a professional serving in a leadership role for his or her contributions to the promotion of child and adolescent psychiatry.
At the annual meeting of the AACAP, Bentman presented a talk on her recent work: “The Little Engine That Could; Re-Establishing the Institute of Living’s Residencies.”
Seth Halpern ’09
Most people don’t become CFO of a national organization just one year out of Wesleyan—as a first job, no less—but Seth Halpern ’09 did just that.
A government major, he moved to Washington D.C. after graduation to look for employment, but the job market was difficult and a month later he was still unemployed. One morning at a local cafe he got to chatting with someone who said he worked at a software start-up, NationalField. Halpern admits that he’s always been “tech savvy” and the two hit it off. From there, he was introduced to the NationalField founders and he accepted a volunteer position with the team. A short time later, the CEO gave Halpern one of the top positions in the organization, formally naming him chief financial officer for NationalField,
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Thomas Cowhey ’94
Thomas Cowhey ’94 was appointed vice president of Aetna Investor Relations, responsible for maintaining the company’s relationship with the investor and analyst communities.
Cowhey, who joined Aetna in 2007, has most recently served the company as managing director of new business development. Prior to his affiliation with Aetna, he was a principal with Legacy Partners Group, an independent investment banking firm, and also had been a vice president at Credit Suisse First Boston. At Wesleyan, he majored in economics. He holds an MBA, with a concentration in health sector management, from Duke.
Aetna Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Joseph M. Zubretsky noted in a press release that “This new assignment makes very good use of Tom’s diverse experience, his strong knowledge of the health care industry and his familiarity with Aetna’s strategic and financial plans.”
Several distinguished alumni have been declared the winners of their elections this week. They include: John Hickenlooper ’74 – elected Governor of Colorado; Michael Bennet ’87 – elected Senator from Colorado; Peter Shumlin ’79 – elected Governor of Vermont; Kathleen Clyde ’01 – elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives; Matt Lesser (in-process) – re-elected to Connecticut House of Representatives; and Dan Wolf ’79 – elected to state senate in Massachusetts representing the Cape and Islands.
Joseph Fins '82
Dr. Joseph J. Fins ’82, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. IOM membership is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Announced Oct. 11, at the IOM’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Fins is among 65 new members and four foreign associates elected this year. “Each of these new members stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine and who has served as a model for others,” said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg in a Cornell press release.
“I am grateful for this honor and for the opportunity to be joining an organization that has done so much for America’s health.
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David Resnick ’81, P’13
David Resnick ’81, P’13 was appointed chairman of Global Financing Advisory for The Rothschild Group, in the company’s new management structure in North America.
He will help further integrate and develop Rothschild’s successful debt, restructuring, and equity advisory businesses around the world, all of which have grown substantially in recent years.
Resnick was also involved in the US government’s restructuring of the auto industry last winter. Then co-head of investment banking, Resnick was advising parts maker Delphi in its bankruptcy. Advising the government on the restructuring of GM and Chrysler has been beneficial to Rothschild. Last year it was ranked 24th in mergers and acquisition advisers in the United States. This year it has risen to the 9th spot, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data.
Jonathan Schwartz '87
Jonathan Schwartz ’87, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, recently announced a new venture in the area of health technology called Picture of Health.
In a recent blog, Schwartz writes: “We’re not saying much beyond ‘we’re focusing on the intersection of innovation and public health,’ but we are starting to build out a dev and design team. So if you care about health and technology, we’d love to hear from you here.
“Why are we focusing on health? It’s ultimately a personal choice for both of us. For me, perhaps the most satisfying part of my last job was seeing Sun’s technology used in ways and by people that changed the world. Whether that was inventing a new business, creating a new market or creating national infrastructure, I had infinite faith in my team and our technology, so it was easy to sell what we offered.”
Schwartz holds degrees in mathematics and economics from Wesleyan.