Accolades & Achievements

The Accolades & Achievements blog gathers information from news articles and press releases about noteworthy events in the lives of alumni. It is a complement to the Class Notes section of The Record.

If you would like an event added to or removed from the blog, or to report any inaccuracies, please email Alison Coppelman, Director, Alumni Relations, at

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June 10, 2015

Jim Franczek likes to kick off collective bargaining with great food: a catered meal, an ethnic feast or just the freshest doughnuts he can find.

Anything to get both sides to some commonalities.

June 4, 2015

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jun 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Essent Group Ltd. announced today that Joseph G. Hissong has joined the Company and will serve as President of Essent’s Bermuda reinsurance company, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. (“Essent Re”). The company also announced that Paul C. Wollmann was named Chief Underwriting Officer. Mr. Wollmann has been with Essent Re since 2009.

June 2, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced he has nominated Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor with experience in public safety, as the next chair of the Chicago Police Board – the civilian body that gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process. Lightfoot replaces Demetrius Carney, the current chair of the Police Board.

May 29, 2015

May 18, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Stanley Pierre-Louis, a former executive with Viacom Inc., was announced as the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) new General Counsel, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association announced today. ESA represents the $22 billion U.S. computer and video game industry. Pierre-Louis will begin at ESA this month.

May 29, 2015

Bjarne Tellmann has rebooted publisher Pearson’s in-house legal team, redesigned the entire legal function and reduced the legal team’s budget, and he shows no sign of slowing down yet…

May 13, 2015

James Evans, a top officer at Union Pacific Corp. for 16 years, died Monday at age 94, the Omaha-based railroad company said.

The company said Evans, from New York City and East Hampton, New York, died peacefully. Union Pacific did not report a cause of death.

May 11, 2015

Comcast named Michael J. Cavanagh as its chief financial officer Monday.

Beginning early this summer, Cavanagh, 50, will replace the company's current CFO, Michael Angelakis, who will head up Comcast's new company focused on investing in and operating growth-oriented companies.

May 1, 2015

I attended the University of Chicago Law School in the late 1990s, and one of the professors was a man in his 30s. He had two young daughters, two large student-loan debt loads, and three jobs.

April 28, 2015

SALT LAKE CITYApril 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Flagship Financial Group announced today that Brock Worthen has joined the company as general counsel.