Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, will receive a 2015 Genius Award from Liberty Science Center, an interactive science museum located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Besides his contribution to the growth of e-commerce, Bezos will be recognized for founding Blue Origin, LLC, an aerospace manufacturer that is developing a sequence of technologies to enable private human access to space.
Connelly was formerly with E.I. du Pont Nemours, joining in 1977 as a research engineer. Over the course of the next 36 years, he held various executive positions, leading businesses and operations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with special emphasis on developing markets. Upon retirement in 2014, Connelly was executive vice president and chief innovation officer of the company.
Albert Garner was appointed a non-executive director to the board for AngloGold Ashanti, a gold producing company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. AngloGold has 20 gold mining operations in 10 countries, as well as exploration programs in both established and new gold producing regions worldwide.
It was announced by NewNet Communication Technologies, a global provider of telecom solutions, that Jonathan Huberman is its new president and CEO. In this role, he will further develop strategies for the company’s long-term growth in four areas: mobile messaging, payment security, interactive voice communications, and broadband wireless.
Morgan Stanley Investment Management has announced that Greg Finck is a managing director in the New York office. He will serve as portfolio manager and head of the securitized team for the firm’s global fixed-income platform.
Coca-Cola will base its largest bottling operation in Africa in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Starting in March 2015, Hüseyin Akin will step into his new role as CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and lead the strategic and integration planning of its establishment. The bottler, which plans to merge with SABMiller, Gutsche Family Investments, and the Coca-Cola Company, is expected to serve 12 countries in the southern and eastern regions of Africa.
Ian Cook, M.D., was named chief medical officer and senior vice president of NeuroSigma, Inc., a life-sciences company developing bioelectrical neuromodulation treatments for epilepsy, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury. He previously served as a consultant to the company for several years.
Jackie Ying has contributed to the development of a portable device that can detect common infectious viruses within two hours. Samples such as blood, saliva or tissue are inserted into a cartridge and analyzed by the easy-to-use kit, which is then connected to an Android device to learn whether a virus such as dengue is present. With the kit, results are accurately determined in a short time without need of a laboratory. This can lead to earlier treatment and help to prevent the spread of disea
John Kidd, senior vice president and CTO at Net App, has joined Infinio’s advisory board. Infinio is a provider of storage acceleration for virtualized data centers.
Jan Allebach, the Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, was named a 2014 fellow by the National Academy of Inventors.
Eli Harari will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from the President of the United States. As the founder of SanDisk Corporation, Harari will be honored for his innovations and contributions to flash memory storage solutions. Digital storage has had an impact on the evolving development of cameras, smart phones, USB drives, and other technological devices.
It was announced that Hafize Gaye Erkan has joined First Republic Bank as senior vice president, chief investment officer, and co-chief risk officer. Based in New York, Erkan will oversee the bank’s investment portfolio and direct the enterprise risk management function.
Karen Liu is now vice president of marketing at Kaiam Corporation, makers of hybrid photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. In this position, she is responsible for the product roadmap and expansion of the product portfolio as the Newark, California, company grows and develops.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation elected Macauley Whiting president of its board of trustees. Whiting served on the board in other trustee capacities prior to this appointment.
Subhash Khot, who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton’s Department of Computer Science in 2003, has won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, awarded every four years for outstanding contributions in mathematical aspects of information sciences.