Duravest Inc. named Dr. Ogan Gurel president and CEO. Gurel was also appointed to Duravest’s board of directors, as well as the board of directors for Estracure Inc.
Gurel was chairman of the Aesis Research Group, which provides comprehensive, forward-looking information and research services to the health care and life science sector. Prior to the Aesis Group, Gurel was vice president and medical director at Sg2, a leading health care intelligence think-tank and consultancy serving hospitals and health systems.
At Sg2, Ogan was the principal architect of the industry-leading Impact of Change health care utilization forecasting system and participated in a business development strategy that built the firm from a start-up to one with more than $12 million in revenue within three years.
Gurel’s business background includes management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He also was an independent consultant to several medical device firms in which he was involved with both European and FDA clinical trial development and oversight. Gurel has a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard and was a visiting researcher at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France.
He teaches cellular and molecular biology, bioinformatics and mathematical modeling at Roosevelt University.
He received his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Gurel was involved in international medical relief work during the NATO military campaign in Kosovo and in Turkey after the 1999 earthquake.
Equis appointed Lisa Takata vice president in Equis’ Corporate Services group. Takata focuses on expanding Equis’ real estate technology practice.
Takata has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and management consulting. Her expertise includes implementation of financial and real estate ERP systems, business process design and data migration of real estate portfolios resulting from mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Takata was a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, where she served as one of the key individuals responsible for the design and development of its real estate platform.
Equis also appointed Paul Katz senior vice president. Katz works with Equis’ Corporate Services Group providing strategic real estate consulting to corporate and public sector clients. Katz has more than 20 years of experience in real estate transactions, portfolio management, strategic planning and construction management worldwide. As former vice president at TeleTech in Denver, COLO.com in San Francisco and Anixter International Inc. in Chicago, Katz had responsibility for site selection, transactions and construction of facilities worldwide.
EPSTEIN BECKER & GREEN
Hans U. Stucki joined Epstein Becker & Green PC’s national litigation practice.
Stucki, a commercial litigator, represents multi-national companies in a broad range of industries, with particular experience in banking and finance. He also possesses in-depth knowledge of the aviation industry and varied electronics-related industries, regularly appearing before federal and state courts, arbitrators, mediators and administrative agencies, and has handled myriad arbitrations, mediations and appeals involving complex legal issues.
Prior to joining EBG, Stucki practiced at Holland & Knight representing major corporations as both in-house and outside counsel. As senior litigation counsel for two Fortune 100 corporations, Stucki directly litigated a full array of labor and employment issues before state and federal courts.
Stucki’s experience includes business torts and contract claims, construction disputes, real estate litigations and issues pertaining to dealer termination, product liability and a wide variety of unfair competition.
Stucki was also active in the Association of Corporate Counsel while in-house, serving for four years as chair of the Litigation Section. He was a recipient of the association’s Member of the Year Award in 1995. He is a recurrent faculty member to organizations such as Council on Education in Management; Centaur Conferences International (Europe), Legal Conferences; Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (Europe); the American Bar Association; and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.
4240 ARCHITECTURE INC.
4240 Architecture Inc. promoted Geoffrey Brooksher to senior associate.
Brooksher is both technical director of the 4240 Architecture Chicago studio and head of 4240’s Sustainable Architecture Task Force. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Brooksher’s 4240 projects include 200 Fillmore, a repositioned office building in Denver and new offices for the Spencer Foundation, a Chicago-based educational watchdog organization.
He pursued a dual concentration in architecture and business administration at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sharon Rostoker was named general manager of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Chicagoland Northwest, assuming responsibility for the overall operation of the program.
A 14-year veteran of VITAS, Rostoker most recently was general manager during the launch of the VITAS program serving the Greater Sacramento Valley and Foothills in California. In this role, Rostoker was responsible for obtaining the program’s initial licensure and certification, implementing the business plan and interviewing, hiring and training employees. Previously, Rostoker was director of admissions for VITAS’ Chicagoland Northwest program, Chicagoland North program and San Gabriel Cities, Calif., program.
She also worked as regional education and training coordinator for the San Gabriel Cities program.