Krishnamurthy named executive VP, Northern Trust Featured

7:00pm EDT December 26, 2005
Northern Trust named Nirup Krishnamurthy executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Krishnamurthy was previously vice president and chief information officer of UAL Corp.

Timothy J. Theriault, president, worldwide operations and technology at Northern Trust says, “Nirup’s appointment as CTO is an important step in our continuous efforts to strengthen and advance our competitive position, and he is an outstanding addition to our global IT management team.”

Prior to his 2003 appointment as chief information officer for United, Krishnamurthy worked as vice president of United’s information services division, and led its joint global IT efforts with the Star Alliance. He served as managing director of applications development, with responsibility for all software development, as well as manager of applications development, where he was responsible for developing and executing automation strategies for United’s flight operations, onboard service and cargo divisions.

Krishnamurthy began his career in the finance division at United in 1990, developing key optimization models for airline scheduling, operations planning and aircraft maintenance.

“I am excited to join Northern Trust at this time. It is a great opportunity to be a part of this growing and dynamic organization,” says Krishnamurthy. “In addition to helping create more value for clients through strategic use of technology, I look forward to contributing to Northern’s longstanding heritage of technology innovation and leadership.”

Krishnamurthy holds a Ph.D. and a master of science degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York in Buffalo.

Immtech International Inc. hired Dina Grinshpun in the newly created position of vice president, general and IP counsel.

Grinshpun previously worked at Fish & Richardson PC. Prior to that, Grinshpun was a judicial clerk for The Hon. Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She has a strong technical background, having worked as a pharmaceutical chemist at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Inc. prior to becoming an attorney.

Grinshpun received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a member of the Bar of the State of California.

Kurt Rittenburg
will lead HTP Inc.’s new Chicago office.

Before joining HTP, Rittenburg spent seven years as vice president of client development with Argen Healthcare and HealthRev. Inc., both formerly known as HHL Financial Services. Before that, he worked as director of client development and account management for HHL for six years.

Rittenburg earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University.

Caterpillar Inc. chairman and CEO James W. Owens was selected by Stark’s Truck & Off-Highway Ledger as its 18th annual “Manager of the Year.”

The business publication cited continuing efforts to diversify its product portfolio through aggressive investment in new innovative technologies, especially at its key construction machinery-making division and diesel engine unit, as a primary reason for the selection of the Caterpillar chairman as its “2005 Manager of the Year.’”

Owens has been a director of the company since 2004. Prior to his current position, he served as vice chairman and group president of Caterpillar Inc.

Rx EDGE appointed Robert J. Blazek director of new business development.

Blazek brings a diverse and extensive health care industry background to Rx EDGE. Most recently, he was with CVS/pharmacy, where he served as manager of patient intervention programs. Prior positions at CVS included regional health care manager and staff pharmacist/pharmacy manager.

Blazek earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Purdue University.

Tribune Co. appointed John Reardon president and CEO of its broadcast group, overseeing the company’s 26 television stations.

Reardon had been responsible for the company’s television stations in the Western and Southern regions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. He is a board member of the Television Bureau of Advertising and serves on the board of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Also at Tribune, John Vitanovec was promoted to executive vice president.

Vitanovec has had responsibility for overseeing the division’s television stations in the Central and Eastern regions and Superstation WGN.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves on the DePaul University board of trustees and as an advisory council member for the College of Commerce, and he is an advisory board member for the Northwestern University Media Management Center.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and is a member of the Executives’ Club of Chicago.

Michael J. Thompson
was hired as vice president, general sales manager for Signature Wine and Spirits Co., a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois.

Thompson most recently held a managing director position at Millennium Import LLC in Minneapolis.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in restaurant and institutional management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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