July 31, 2009

Bill Feingold: I am starting a new firm, tentatively named Hillside Advisors, which will help investors make use of convertible bonds in their portfolios. Also, I am coming out with a book called The Undoing of Cowardice this summer. It’s about how individuals are better off investing on their own than relying on the so-called professionals who are just trying to mimic benchmarks and one another.

Aphichart Assakul: After working for 15 years in family textile business, I will join in early August as Deputy Director at True Corp., Thailand’s Third Largest Wireless carrier, and a major player in the local internet and television cable businesses. I will be in
charge of 3G wireless products such as Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s Blackberries.

Karen Batchelder:
After 22 years as a banker, I am finally taking a sabbatical. I left Stifel Nicolaus in June and am going to travel for at least the next six months. I will be in Europe much of the summer, heading to Asia for the fall and then maybe Latin America in the New Year. Post travels, I hope to pursue my next career in microfinance or with a non-profit.

Ted Nash:After four years of running CIBC’s M&A practice, I have moved to the new role of head of Strategic Merchant Banking, which will invest in arms-length operating businesses and in opportunities that advance the bank’s strategy. I recently published a book (Honeymoon in Greece and Other Misadventures; http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Honeymoon-In-Greece-And-Other-Misadventures/Edward-Nash/e/9781606933213/?itm=1), which documents in a humorous light my family’s travels over 10 years.

Deborah Aronoff Strull: I am still living in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband Bill and two children, Rebecca (6th grade) and Ethan (4th grade). When not working, we stay busy enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Marin County and keeping up with the children’s extracurricular activities that these days include competitive soccer, lacrosse and dance. After a decade of working a reduced schedule, in January I took on an a full-time executive position at Kaiser Permanente. I am now Vice President for Performance Excellence and have been busy building the internal consulting and performance improvement team for the Northern California region. It is a challenging and exciting time to be working in health care in the US. I’d love to reconnect with Wharton classmates.



Steven Pinsky: Thanks to everyone who has sent me kind words about my book; Win-Win My Ass! It was written as a labor of love and I am glad that I can bring a few smiles to people’s faces in these tough times. Since my last update, I was honored to have been named, against everyone’s better judgment, to the Wharton Alumni Association Board. If there is anything that I can do for you in this role, please do not hesitate to ask. I had a great lunch with Pat LaVecchia and convinced him to join the annual Wharton NY holiday dinner so Jane or Lorrie, please add him to the list.


Jordan Foster: I recently took the position of Head of Marketing – North America with Marshall Wace Asset Management, the London-based hedge fund manager. I’m working out of the Greenwich, CT office. My wife, Sara, and I, along with Andie (4 year old daughter) and Benjamin (7 months old) live on the Upper East Side, but we’ll be moving to Westchester this Fall.