Spring 2020

News, Notes, and Nods: Graduates


Jake Filoon MBA’90 joined The Bulfinch Group in Needham, Massachusetts, as a financial representative. Filoon has lived in Needham for the past 20 years, serving on the town government’s finance committee and as a town meeting member. “Jake brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the complexities of business development and wealth protection to his new post,” Bulfinch Group President Seth Medalie said. “He will be a tremendous addition to The Bulfinch Group and a remarkable asset to his clients.”


Stephen Laster MBA’92 was appointed chief product officer of higher education software and services provider Ellucian. In his role, Laster will lead product direction, strategy, and research and development organizations. “Stephen is both a practitioner and visionary who brings a deep understanding of the education industry and the opportunities and challenges it faces to Ellucian,” Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen said.


Vicki Dempsey MBA’94 was elected to the 2020 MSPA Americas board of directors and will serve as chair of the membership committee. Dempsey currently is a corporate partner and vice president of sales and marketing at Jancyn Inc., a market research group that provides customer satisfaction, brand value, and employee performance feedback to clients.


Anne De Greef-Safft MBA’95 was named to Benchmark Electronics’ board of directors as an independent director. She previously was a strategic consultant at Windjammer Capital Investors.


U.S. Bank hired Peter Gordon MBA’96 to lead the company’s emerging payment efforts and oversee strategy and product development. Most recently, Gordon served as chief revenue officer at PayFi, and he also has held leadership positions at Mastercard and RBS Citizens. “I’m impressed with the clear-eyed vision that U.S. Bank leaders have on where we will take emerging payments,” Gordon said. “I’m excited to get to work.”

Janet King MBA’96 joined Arizent, a business information company that advances professional communities, as vice president of its research division. She comes to Arizent with more than 25 years of experience. “Janet’s passion in storytelling with data has delivered a strong track record of dynamic and comprehensive research, which will be vital to our day-to-day reporting as we will leverage her insights to drive all content,” Arizent Chief Content Officer David Evans said.


Deborah Bitsoli MBA’98 was named president of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bitsoli, who has 25 years of healthcare experience, most recently was president of Morton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts, and previously was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Peter Mazoff MBA’01 was named president and CEO of GOLO Mobile Inc., a Montreal-based mobile on-demand eco-delivery and pickup platform. The company offers pickup and delivery services for food and other goods through its mobile and web-based platform. Mazoff comes to the company with more than 20 years of leadership experience and previously was president of Thinking Capital, a company he co-founded in 2006.


Lino Covarrubias MBA’03 was named CEO of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest. Covarrubias previously was chief operating officer of Jewish Family Service and served 20 years in the Navy. The organization has served more than 5,000 people in the past year. “With Lino taking the helm of JFS, JFS will go from strength to strength, will continue to enhance impact, never make excuses, and always move forward,” Board President David Milowe said.


Tricia Silverman MBA’04 published a book, Healthy Dividends, and soon thereafter received Amazon bestseller status from a significant number of five-star reviews. The book offers readers tips for longevity and strategies for self-motivation, dieting, and fitness. Silverman has earned several distinctions and awards for her work as a registered dietician and certified wellness and fitness coach and instructor.


Douglyss Giuliana MBA’05 sold SailTime Boston, which he started while part of the Fast Track MBA program. Running it as a side hustle, he grew SailTime to a fleet of five sailing yachts. This first business spawned two others in the industry, one of which he sold years ago and one that he is still operating, Advantage Yacht Sales.

Sara Loud MBA’05 was appointed president and CEO and to the board of directors of Accelerated Cure Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Loud joined ACP in 2005 and has held several leadership roles. She was named chief operating officer in 2015. “I look forward to deepening our existing collaborations and forging new ones with the MS community, researchers, healthcare providers, and our nonprofit advocacy partners in order to best serve those who are awaiting better health outcomes, improved quality of life, and ultimately a cure for MS,” she said.


Rosemary McLaughlin MBA’10 recently sold two successful Elements Massage franchises. She started these businesses in 2011, growing revenue to $1.5 million. McLaughlin also has worked for Berkshire Health Systems for the past five years and recently was promoted to regional director of operations, managing skilled nursing and hospice locations throughout Berkshire County in Massachusetts.


Rashel Masters MBA’11 joined New England Sci-Tech as a member of the board of directors. New England Sci-Tech is a nonprofit STEM+ education center and makerspace dedicated to project-based, hands-on learning for youth and families across New England.


Jenny Flores MBA’12 joined Wells Fargo to lead its small business growth philanthropy. In her role, she will shape the company’s philanthropy, which strives to help entrepreneurs access capital and technical assistance, impacting the economy and providing jobs. Flores most recently served as head of community affairs and corporate social responsibility at Bank of the West.


David Rego MBA’13 was named vice president and general manager of Physik Instrumente’s North American operations. He has worked in Physik Instrumente’s U.S. sales operations for 18 years and has been an “important factor in PI USA’s future growth,” the company said in a press release. Rego said, “Every day, we interact with pioneers in their own fields who need precision to create, measure, or explore, and that makes PI a fun place to be.”


Fernando de León MBA’14 married Belén Grimaux on November 30, 2019, in beautiful Punta del Este, Uruguay. The couple shared their happiness with friends and family in an emotive vintage beach wedding celebration, including several close Babson friends who flew from Chile and the United States. Pictured, from left to right: Gustavo Grinberg MBA’14, Juan Icaza MBA’14, Grimaux, de León, Cristián Lüders MBA’14, and Claudio Angelini MBA’14.


Meredith Delia MBA’16 joined GI Partners as HR manager in August. Established in 2001, GI Partners is a private investment firm that has raised more than $17 billion in capital to invest across private equity and real estate.

Founded by Cameron Fischer MS’16 and Alfred Schofield MS’16, plant-based supplement company VitalFit Nutrition was acquired by TB12 Sports, led by John Burns MBA’05. “We’re trying to unlock that value through collaboration,” Schofield said. “We take a lot of those ideals from Babson, whether it’s ideation, brainstorming, challenging each other’s perspectives, and collectively putting our heads together.”


Colleen O’Connor MBA’17 was promoted to vice president, leasing, East Coast and U.K. markets at BioMed Realty, overseeing almost 5 million square feet of life science real estate. O’Connor joined BioMed Realty almost six years ago and previously served as the company’s senior director of leasing for its East Coast and U.K. markets.


Matthew Potter MBA’19 has been named associate director of marketing at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. Ironwood is a gastrointestinal-focused healthcare company dedicated to creating medicines that make a difference for patients living with gastrointestinal diseases. Potter is responsible for the promotion of Linzess, the leading global treatment for IBS-C.

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