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The News & Notes is a resource for alumni and current students of the University of Connecticut School of Business to stay up-to-date with their alumni network. We hope by providing information about our accomplished alumni, students and other alumni will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding about their industry and broaden their network.


Eric Cernak ’04 MBA

Eric Cernak ’04 MBA has been appointed by The Hanover Insurance Group to lead its cyber practice.  In this role, Mr. Cernak is responsible for overseeing The Hanover’s corporate cyber strategy across all of its commercial lines and specialty business, to ensure a cohesive offering of products and services for the company’s independent insurance agent partners.


Crystal A. Germanese ’02

Crystal A. Germanese ’02 has been appointed as the Managing Director in the Greenwich, Connecticut, office of Andersen Tax, joining the firm’s Private Client Services practice.  Ms. Germanese has over 15 years of experience and specializes in serving closely held businesses and high net worth individuals on tax matters ranging from income tax planning, compliance, specialized transactions, and family wewalth and tax planning.  Before joining Andersen Tax, Ms. Germanese was a partner at Blum Shapiro & Company, P.C.


Daniel S. Frey ’86

Daniel S. Frey ’86 has been appointed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc.  Mr. Frey brings to his new role more than three decades of finance and accounting experience.  Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the company’s Claim and Field Management organizations.  Prior to joining Travelers, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Spalding Sports Worldwide.


Robert J. Gronda ’89

Robert J. Gronda ’89 has been appointed Vice President responsible for business development and client management activities in the Client Services Group of ASB Real Estate Investments.  Mr. Gronda is a highly experienced institutional investment management professional with strong client service experience developed over a dynamic career in the commercial real estate financial services industry.


Faisal Saleh ’78 MBA

Faisal Saleh ’78 MBA is launching a new US-based museum dedicated to researching and preserving Palestinian history, as well as presenting expressive art and individual stories from Palestinians around the world today.  The museum, located in Woodbridge, CT, will feature multimedia collections curated from rare historical photographs and documents, films and digital media, oral histories, and the visual and literary arts, along with public lectures and live performances.  Mr. Saleh, who after over 40 years of entrepreneurial undertakings, is now tackling one of the most ambitious Palestinian media projects in the US.


John F. Rossi ’13 MBA

John F. Rossi ’13 MBA was named one of Hartford Business Journals 40 Under Forty 2018.  He serves as the vice president of operational integration for Hartford HealthCare.  He is primarily focused on improving quality and reducing costs to help HHC provide reliable andefficient health care.  Hired in 2014 to launch a system-wide project management office, he now serves as the leader for the annual operational budget improvement process.


Mahesh Puthenveetil ’10 MBA

Mahesh Puthenveetil ’10 MBA has received one of the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 awards.  He is currently a senior director within the Enterprise Execution Department at Anthem Inc., which is the second largest health insurer in the US.  In his role, Mr. Puthenveetil is leading the new prtoduct and service operations portfdolios that support 30-plus enterprise transformative initiatives impacting Anthem’s top-line and bottom-line growth across multiple commercial segments.


Bradley P. Bentley

Bradley P. Bentley ’13 MBA has been named Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities.  Mr. Bentley’s career spans over 25 years working for public utilities throughout the United States and, most recently, the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency.  His work experience includes both management and engineering positions while working for American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio; GridAmerica in Cleveland, Ohio; San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, Calif.; and Eversource Energy in Hartford, CT.



Yuan Jin ’18 Ph.D.

Yuan Jin ’18 Ph.D., an OPIM Doctoral Student, has successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Essays on Online Two-sided Platforms.”  Dr. Jin has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor offer from Texas Tech University.  She will join the Area of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences faculty at the Rawls College of Business.