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People in the News: Matthew Trunnell and Chuck Pieper


The Broad Institute has tapped Matthew Trunnell to serve as its new chief information officer.

Until now, Trunnell has served as manager of research computing at the Broad. Prior to that, he worked as the managing director for Genedata and as the director of technology synthesis for the Blackstone Technology group. He has also held positions in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media laboratory and at Kenan Systems.

Trunnell obtained a bachelor's degree in physics and geophysics from Princeton University and a master's degree in in physical oceanography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Cambridge Semantics said this week that one of its board members, Chuck Pieper, will take on the role of chairman and CEO of the company.

Prior to joining Cambridge Semantics, Pieper served as president and CEO of seven GE businesses and was also a vice chairman in Credit Suisse's Asset Management division.

He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The Scan

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