Michael Crotty ’87 has been appointed EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. Mr. Crotty brings more than 25 years of multichannel retailing and brand management marketing experience, the last 10 years concentrated in retail, holding progressively senior positions at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and, most recently, Nordstrom. Mr. Crotty is responsible for the overall marketing strategy for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Bob O’Hern ’85 is now the COO of Next Day Blinds, a retailer, manufacturer, and installer of custom blinds and shutters in the Northern Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore markets. He previously was with Ritz Camera for 19 years, with his last roles being CIO and Senior Vice President, Operations.
Douglas G. Kott ’85 has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Fresenius Medical Care North America. Through an industry-leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities and 55,000 employees in North America and vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy, and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care North America provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. FMCNA is also the continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers, and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals.
Sarah Umbarger Burnett ’81 and Anne Umbarger Scruggs ’96 are the Founders of MontVue Capital Management (Link), a private wealth management firm in Lynchburg, Va., celebrating its 15-year anniversary. With over $91 million in assets, MontVue serves clients throughout the East Coast.
Jeffrey Edell ’79 and his wife, Elaine Hastings Edell, are the Producers of “Final Recourse”/“Taken for Ransom,” a psychological thriller starring Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, and Tia Carrere that garnered a primetime cable premiere release Lifetime Dec. 29, 2013, after its limited theatrical release in Los Angeles. Jeffrey, who is CEO of Edell Ventures, has a cameo role in the film. (Link; Link; Link) Jeffrey has also partnered with “Spider-Man” Creator Stan Lee to release a new superhero game world and mobile app (Superhero Ball Wars; Link). In addition, he is preparing to launch a new digital indie music world and app that he and his daughter, Natalie Edell, created. The music network currently spans 20 U.S. colleges and is growing exponentially (Link).
Jill Anderson ’79 has been appointed Executive Vice President and CFO for Wal-Mart India. She previously was Vice President of International Financial Planning & Analysis and Senior Director, International Finance for Wal-Mart Stores.
Daniel Friend ’78 is now Administrator of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for the MCV Physician Group, a division of VCU Health System.
Bill Couper ’68 was honored Dec. 3, 2013, as a 2013 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Founded in 1988 by The Greater Washington Board of Trade, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and The Washingtonian, the annual induction ceremony honors outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs who, through their work, have made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Greater Washington. Couper retired from Bank of America in 2012.
Carrie L. Gray ’97, of Honolulu, a Verizon Executive Marketing Director, died Nov. 4, 2013, at the age of 38. (Published in Honolulu Star-Advertiser Nov. 13, 2013; http://bit.ly/ZMJKGH)
Raymond Regis Robert Radoski, “Ray” ’85, age 50, of Sudbury, Mass., died unexpectedly May 23, 2013, after becoming ill at his residence. (From DignityMemorial.com; http://bit.ly/1s3qv1V )