Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alumni News

Bethany Trustee John Mullen ’69 Named Direct General CEO
Direct General announced that it has named John W. Mullen, former Unitrin Specialty President and Bethany Trustee and 1969 graduate, as its new Chief Executive Officer. 

Mullen brings to the position 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, including service as President of Unitrin Specialty, President of Financial Indemnity Company, Western Region President and SVP Claims for Windsor Insurance Group, and held various leadership roles with Great American Insurance, Unigard Insurance Company, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

"John Mullen brings extensive experience and a great track record in leading personal and casualty insurance organizations," said Robert Sandler, Chairman.  "I know that he will drive execution of our near-term business plan and build a platform for future growth."

Bado ’77 Joins MarkLogic as Chief Executive Officer
MarkLogic® Corporation has announced that 1977 Bethany College graduate and Trustee Ken Bado, a veteran technology executive who most recently was the executive vice president of sales and services at Autodesk, has been named chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Bado was at Autodesk for eight years and led sales and services under former Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz. During his time there, he was key in driving revenue from $800 million to more than $2.3 billion. The company’s share price increased more than 800% during his tenure.

Prior to his success at Autodesk, Bado spent 11 years at Mentor Graphics, in positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, customer support and consulting before becoming senior vice president of world trade, where he managed 1,200 people. Bado previously was a top sales representative at Intergraph Corporation. He has been a member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees since 2006.

MarkLogic’s flagship product is a purpose-built database for unstructured information.  Customers in industries including media, government and financial services use MarkLogic to develop and deploy information applications at a fraction of the time and cost as compared to conventional technologies such as relational databases and search engines.

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Jill Nutter ‘77 Releases First Novel
Jill Nutter, LISW, counselor for the Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a series of historical romance novels for the inspirational market under the pen name Jillian Kent. “Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One” will be released on May 3 in both trade paperback and e-book formats. You can find out more and read the first chapter at  “Secrets of the Heart” is the story of an English noblewoman who rescues a runaway from a lunatic asylum in 1818. Best-selling suspense author James Scott Bell calls the book “A feast for fans of historical romance, and a superb debut from Jillian Kent.”