La Jolla business people on the move

Schoenfeld joins CalciMedica

Steven L. Schoenfeld, M.D., has joined La Jolla-based CalciMedica as vice president, clinical development.

His clinical drug development career spans over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Gonul Velicelebi, Ph.D., is chief executive officer of the biopharmaceutical company, which is focused on calcium release-activated calcium (CRAC) channels and dedicated to the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.


a Jolla Institute for Allergy Immunology adds board member

The La Jolla Institute for Allergy Immunology’s board of directors recently elected Katina Tsakopoulos as a new member at its June meeting.

Tsakopoulos, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, is the managing partner of the Tsakopoulos Family Partnership, which manages real estate assets in Northern and Central California. Along with her business activities, Tsakopoulos has also been active with several charities focused on children’s issues.

Major to chair LAIAA

John E. Major was recently elected chairman of the board of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy Immunology.

Major is the nonexecutive chairman of the board of Broadcom Inc., a major technology innovator and global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications. He is also chairman of CommNexus San Diego, a nonprofit organization created to support the growth and success of the technology industry in the San Diego region.

“John will bring his vast executive experience, business acumen and an innovator’s mind to his role as board chairman, and we know the institute will benefit under his guiding hand,” Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., the institute’s president and chief scientific officer, said in a news release.

Major succeeds Samuel Strober, M.D., a Stanford University professor of medicine and a highly respected immunologist. Strober will remain on the board and on the institute’s Scientific Advisory Board, which conducts annual evaluations of scientific progress and reviews future research objectives.

Matt Carter named Turnaround Exec of Year

Matt Carter was recently named Turnaround Executive of the Year during the Stevie Awards — 2010 American Business. Carter is former president of Boost Mobile, a prepaid division of Sprint, and received this award for 2009 during his tenure at Boost Mobile.

Earlier this year, Carter was appointed president of Sprint’s 4G initiative and oversees the company’s continuing roll-out of fourth-generation broadband wireless services. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, now available in 33 markets covering 50 million POPs.

Led by Carter, Boost Mobile received additional three awards this year, including:

  • Business Turnaround of the Year–Up to 2,500 Employees Award
  • Best Technology Ads Campaigns for Boost Mobile’s popular Unwronged advertising campaign, and
  • People’s Choice Stevie for Favorite New Products, determined by more than 150,000 public votes

More than 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.