Stanley Strand (BS '38), of Florham Park, NJ, serves as a feature story writer in the Florham Park Eagle. Strand writes a column on seniors titled, "Strand on Seniors."
Helen Steiglitz Weinstein (BS '38), of Wyncote, PA, received accolades in June 2008 by Governor Edward G. Rendell as a business teacher at Germantown High School in Philadelphia, PA. Weinstein continues to substitute teach at 90 years old.
Morris Shulman (BS '50), of West Orange, NJ, was honored by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans with two Bronze Stars and the French Legion of Merit for his combat service in World War II.
Kenneth G. Langone (MBA '60), of Sands Point, NY, was named to the Board of Directors at TI Automotive, a supplier of automotive fuel storage and delivery systems. Langone is Chairman and CEO of Invemed Associates, LLC, Vice Chairman of the NYU Stern Board of Overseers, and Vice Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees.
Eugene I. Zuriff (BS '60, LAW '63), of New York, NY, has joined PBS Real Estate, a New York-based commercial real estate firm specializing in representing high-end office and retail tenants, as its Vice Chairman.
George J. Delaney (MBA '63), of Briarcliff, NY, was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Westchester Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Delaney is the President of Summit Resources Inc., a consulting firm that works with CEOs to solve corporate problems.
Robert F. Johnston (MBA '64), of Princeton, NJ, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Pharmos Corporation's Board of Directors. Johnston, a venture capitalist, is President of Johnston Associates.
Robert M. Donnelly (BS '65), of Hackensack, NJ, is currently Editor of a monthly online column called "The Entrepreneurial CEO" for Chief Executive Magazine.
Stanley A. Glassman (BS '66), of Seattle, WA, has been appointed CEO of MetroPlus Health Plan, Inc., an operating entity of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).
Michael Berke (BS '67), of Woodbury, NY, has published his first novel, Hot Cole. Berke, now retired, spent 35 years in equipment financing and leasing.
Max Leifer (BS '68), of New York, NY, opened CRAVE On 42ND, a bistro featuring Bravo's "Top Chef" finalist Dave Martin as Executive Chef. Leifer, a civil litigator, also owns Brandy Library in TriBeCa.
Robert M. Beall (MBA '69), of Bradenton, FL, received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award. Beall is the Executive Chairman of Bealls Inc., the parent company of Bealls Department Stores, Inc., operating in Florida, and Bealls Outlet Stores, Inc., operating in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. The company was founded by his grandfather in 1922.
Steven Sonberg, Esq. (BS '69), of Boca Raton, FL, has been elected Managing Partner at Holland & Knight. Sonberg has been a partner at the firm for 15 years.
Fred S. Zeidman (MBA '70), of Houston, TX, has been appointed Interim President of Nova Biosource Fuels, Inc. Zeidman is Managing Director of the law firm Greenberg Traurig and Chairman of the Board of Corporate Strategies Inc., a consulting firm. He is also the Chairman of the US Holocaust Memorial Council.
Leonardo LoCascio (BS '71), received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). He is the founder, CEO, and President of Winebow, Inc., a wine importing and distribution company operating in New York and New Jersey that deals in more than 3,000 wines from around the world.
Thomas G. Cigarran (MBA '72), of Nashville, TN, is a member of the newly-formed Executive Board of Cressey & Company LP, a private investment firm that builds healthcare companies in partnership with executives. Cigarran is a founder of Healthways, a provider of comprehensive care enhancement and health support services, where he has been Chairman since 1988 and Director since 1981.
Thomas F. O'Neill (BS '72), of Halesite, NY, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. O'Neill is a founding partner of Sandler O'Neill & Partners L.P.
Linda B. Strumpf (MBA '72), of Sands Point, NY, has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University. Strumpf is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Ford Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization.
Geraldine A. Michalik (MBA '73), of New Canaan, CT, received the Loyalty to Alma Mater Award from St. Peter's College. She shares this award with other members of her family affiliated with the school. Currently, she is the COO and Director of Credit Research for Ryan Labs, a fixed-income portfolio management company.
Robert N. Dangremond (MBA '75), of New York, NY, received the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. Dangremond is Managing Director of AlixPartners LLP, a global business advisory firm.
Steven J. Bensinger (BS '76), of New York, NY, has been appointed Vice Chairman of Financial Services of AIG, an international insurance organization. He has served as AIG's Executive Vice President and CFO since 2005, and has been with the company in a variety of roles since 2002. Bensinger has recently joined NYU Stern's Board of Overseers.
Mary C. Farrell (MBA '76), of Madison, CT, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Yale New Haven Health System. Farrell has more than 35 years of experience as an investment analyst and strategist and is a consultant in the financial services industry.
Peter Krause (MBA '76), of New York, NY, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch; he will also continue to serve as a member of its management committee. Most recently, Krause was with Goldman Sachs, where he was Co-head of the Investment Management Division (IMD), Head of firmwide strategy, and a member of the management committee.
Robert L. Steele (MBA '76), of New City, NY, has joined Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP, certified public accountants and profitability consultants, as a tax manager.
Steven J. Heyer (MBA '77), of Altanta, GA, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Omnicare, Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical care for the elderly. Heyer is the Co-chairman and CEO of Fathom Studios.
Scott Berrie (MBA '99)
A lifelong New Yorker, Scott Berrie still remembers the thrill of watching King Kong on the big screen at the Ziegfeld Theater on New Year's Eve of 1976. It's no surprise, then, that his latest venture is a film company, Impulse Creative Productions, which he founded in 2008 to produce thought-provoking independent films. "I want the audience to leave feeling challenged," he said. "I want them to be in a different place than when they began watching the movie."
Meeting challenges has been a theme throughout Berrie's career. Before founding Impulse, Berrie was already a successful entrepreneur. The spark for his first startup was lit in Stern's Executive MBA program, which he started while working his way up in his family's toy company, Russ Berrie. In one seminar, Professor Zenas Block asked each class member to come up with an idea for a company and then had the class vote for the best one. Most students, caught up in the 1990s' dot-com boom, proposed businesses centered on software and technology. When Berrie's turn came, he announced that he wanted to create a company with the mission of bringing up-close vision to everyone. When it came to the final show of hands at the end of class, he recalled with a laugh, "Not a single classmate voted for my idea!" Nevertheless, his idea spawned his first company.
Scojo New York LLC, which Berrie began with a business partner in 1999, designs and distributes fashionable and affordable reading glasses worldwide, including to such developing countries as Bangladesh and Ghana. The experience validated his vision that businesses can combine the interests of the public good and the private sector. He also discovered his own philosophy of business: as a founder, he wanted to create projects that motivated people, build sustainable businesses, and then move on. Scojo New York thrived under his leadership, and, in 2007, Berrie sold it and began his new film venture.
Berrie's motivations were socially-minded long before he entered the business world. Early in his career, he pursued his passion to bring peace to the Middle East, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and earning a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University. His switch to business "took some convincing," he recalled, "of my family members and of myself." But ultimately, he found that business allowed him to be creative and practical at the same time, and to be committed to public service as well as the bottom line.
Outside of his business ventures, Berrie remains active philanthropically. He serves as vice president of the Russell Berrie Foundation, which invests in innovative ideas designed to promote Jewish life and to foster religious understanding and pluralism, among other causes. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and in his spare moments — that would be pre-dawn — he trains for triathlons. In July, he will compete as a member of the United States triathlon team at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel. For Berrie, life is all about finding the challenges that matter, and meeting them.
Frederic Golchan (MBA '78), of Los Angeles, CA, produced "Chaos Theory," a film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Richard Khaleel (MBA '78), of New York, NY, has been appointed as an independent board member to Jade Art Group Inc., a seller and distributor of raw jade sourced from China. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for The Bank of New York.
Frank J. Skuthan (MBA '78), of Ridgewood, NJ, has been appointed COO at Hudson Valley Bank, where he has been since 2000.
Arthur R. Williams (MBA '78), of Syosset, NY, has been appointed Chief Accounting Officer at Hamptons Luxury Homes, Inc. Prior to joining Hamptons Luxury Homes, Williams was co-founder of A&A Williams LLP, a certified public accounting practice on Shelter Island.
Gerald L. Hassell (MBA '79), of Chappaqua, NY, has been elected to the Board of Directors at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Hassell is the President of Bank of New York Mellon.
William J. Marshall (BS '79), of Stamford, CT, has been appointed President and CEO of Green Earth Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of environmentally friendly consumer products. Marshall most recently served as Managing Partner of CRT Private Equity.
Peter B. White (MBA '79), of Rye, NH, has been appointed CFO at Nascent Wine Co. Inc. Prior to joining Nascent, White served as Managing Director of Armillaire Advisors, a consulting practice he co-founded in June of 2005.
Steve M. Cohen (MBA '80), of New York, NY, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at J.H. Cohn. He had been Senior Director of Marketing at RSM McGladrey.
Richard J. D'Anna (MBA '80), of Freeland, MD, has been appointed Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's newly created Office of Collections and Distributions. Prior to joining the SEC staff, D'Anna was Senior Vice President at First Bridgehouse Securities.
Kenneth C. Johnson (MBA '80), of New York, NY, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Jade Mountain Corporation. Johnson, a CPA, has served as Senior Vice President and CFO of Fairfax/MFX, an insurance and financial conglomerate.
Neil D. Getter (MBA '81), of Huntington, NY, has been appointed Executive Vice President to the US aerospace practice of Willis Group Holdings Limited.
Ronald J. Kramer (MBA '81), of New York, NY, has been appointed CEO at Griffon Corporation. Kramer previously served as President and Director of Wynn Resorts, Ltd.
Badhia C. Soubra (MBA '81, PhD '85), has been appointed Senior Advisor for Transactions at MerchantBridge, an equities house investing in the Middle East. Previously, he was General Manager for product development at Qatari Islamic Bank Masraf Al Rayan.
Raymond J. Quinlan (MBA '82), of Fairfield, CT, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Doral Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company. Quinlan is the founder and CEO of Citicorp Investment Services.
Gretchen E. Shugart (MBA '82), of Pelham, NY, is CEO of TheaterMania.com after serving as an advisor to the company through her position as President of eMediaCapital LLC, an investment bank advisory firm specializing in the media and Internet industries.
Fazel Fazelbhoy (BS '83), of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been appointed CEO of Dubai-based Topaz, one of the UAE's largest oil and gas service companies. Since 2002, Fazelbhoy had been heading the group's ship repair business, NICO International.
George A. Gulla (BS '83), of New York, NY, has been appointed Vice President of Publications at The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Gulla was previously with Standard & Poor's.
Max P. Trescott (MBA '83), of Mountain View, CA, was named the 2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year by the General Aviation Awards Program. Trescott is known for his Max Trescott's G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook and is a Master Certified Flight Instructor and Master Ground Instructor.
Scott L. Kauffman (MBA '84), of Palo Alto, CA, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Ubiquisys Ltd., a developer of mobile broadband devices. In 2006, Kauffman was named President and COO of BlueLithium, a performance marketing company.
Maureen Tart-Bezer (MBA '84), of North Caldwell, NJ, has been elected to the Board of Foster Wheeler Ltd., a global company that offers, through its subsidiaries, a broad range of engineering, procurement, construction, manufacturing, project development, management, research, and plant operation services. Tart-Bezer most recently served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Virgin Mobile USA.
Playing by the Rules
Mark Lilling (BS '72)
Mark Lilling is passionate about auditing. For more than 30 years, Lilling has worked to convey the importance of the role of auditors in the business world, believing that fair financial reporting, and public and investor confidence in it, is critical to any corporation's effectiveness.
Lilling began his career at a large accounting firm that eventually became Deloitte & Touche. Beyond the work itself, he learned there the importance of building relationships. "One of my mentors, a very successful businessman, told me the contacts I made in my twenties would turn into lifelong business relationships," he recalled. "They did."
In 1984, moved by an entrepreneurial spirit, he left to found his own company, Lilling & Company LLP, a public accounting firm specializing in auditing. In particular, his company performs peer reviews of certified public accounting firms. "I identified an opportunity," he said. "We didn't just do what everyone else did." In short order, his firm was performing the most peer reviews of CPA firms per year in New York State, as it has every year since it began.
One of the biggest career challenges for Lilling has been to figure out how to promote his small, local firm of professionals in the face of larger competition. He credits his experience at NYU Stern and at larger companies with teaching him how to communicate his firm's abilities. He has also helped promote dialogue in the financial community about the importance of audit quality by collaborating with Stern Clinical Professor of Accounting Seymour Jones and by endowing an annual forum on accounting at Stern's Ross Institute. Most recently, Lilling's book, Advantage Audit, was academically peer-reviewed by Professor Jones.
"I'm a big fan of Stern," he said. "There I had teachers who taught me how to think." He found that Stern was different from other business schools in that it gave him a theoretical education that extended far beyond vocational training in accounting. His experience at the School of Commerce — as Stern was then known — made a big impact on the way he approached business. "I agree with Dean Cooley that the role of a business school is to teach the next group of business professionals to think and evolve as leaders," he said.
Lilling enjoys the small firm environment, which has given him the freedom to explore his interests, take on new projects, and spend time with his family. For much of the year now, he works four days a week so that he can spend time at his vacation house and enjoy hobbies such as music and exercise with his wife of 34 years. They met at NYU, where she was studying at the School of Education. For all that he has accomplished in his career, Lilling said, "Meeting my wife was the highlight of my NYU experience."
Bruce T. Miller (MBA '85), of Plandome, NY, has joined Digital Risk, LLC, a New York-based risk mitigation solutions firm. Miller will lead Digital Risk's structured finance consultancy.
Alexander P. Moon (MBA '85), of New York, NY, joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as Partner. He was previously Partner at Duane Morris.
Christianna Wood (MBA '85), of Sacramento, CA, joined Capital Z Asset Management as CEO. Previously, Wood served as Senior Investment Officer at CalPERS.
Donald Correll (MBA '86), of Franklin Lakes, NJ, has been elected to the Board of Directors of New Jersey Resources (NJR), a company that provides retail and wholesale energy services primarily in New Jersey. Correll is President and CEO at American Water, the largest water services provider in North America.
John T. Gaffney (MBA '86), of West Orange, NJ, has joined First Solar in Phoenix, AZ, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Gaffney was previously Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Robert L. Hershey (MBA '86), of Bronxville, NY, has been appointed Vice President and SAP Consulting Pratice Leader for EDS Americas and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining EDS, Hershey was Senior Vice President and Global Enterprise Solutions Practice Leader at BearingPoint.
Marti Murray (MBA '86), of New York, NY, has announced that her investment advising firm, Murray Capital Management, Inc. (MCM), has been acquired by Babson Capital Management LLC. Prior to forming MCM in 1995, Murray spent five years at Furman Selz Inc., a research, brokerage, and investment banking firm that is now part of Xerox Financial Services Inc.
Joseph D. Stecher (MBA '86), of New York, NY, has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Stecher managed a global program of real estate funds at Goldman Sachs.
Michael J. Christenson (MBA '87), of Summit, NJ, has been named President of Computer Associates. He will continue to serve as the company's COO.
Robert Greifeld (MBA '87), of Westfield, NJ, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Dubai International Financial Exchange Ltd. Greifeld is currently CEO of NASDAQ OMX Group.
David A. Handler (BS '87, MBA '90), of New York, NY, has joined Centerview Partners as Partner. Centerview Partners is a financial advisory firm that operates an investment banking advisory practice and a private equity business. Handler is former Managing Director at UBS.
Martin Katz (MBA '87), of Scarsdale, NY, has been named an independent director of Global Capacity, a telecommunications logistics company. Since 1985, Katz has served as the CFO of four public companies. He has also served as a consultant and assisted early stage companies in the initial public offering process.
Michael R. Albert (MBA '88), of White Plains, NY, has published a new book, An Artist's America, featuring his cereal box mosaics. The founder of Sir Real organic fruit juices, Albert's art weaves pop icons into eye-grabbing works bursting with tiny, brightly colored pieces, an artistic style he has dubbed "cerealism."
Edward C. Eppler (MBA '88), of New Canaan, CT, has joined the investment banking firm Moelis & Company as Managing Director. Eppler was previously Head of the Aerospace and Defense Finance Group at CIBC World Markets.
Robert Graham (MBA '88), of South Orange, NJ, has been appointed Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). In 2006, he consulted for the HUD recovery team on housing management. Graham is currently serving as Principal of APM Property Management, Development, and Consulting Services.
Khaled T. Haram (MBA '88), of Rochester, MI, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO at Handleman Company. Haram was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Handleman.
James Holzer (MBA '88), of Rye, NY, has joined Brown Brothers Harriman as Head of Software and Technology-enabled Services. Holzer was previously Managing Director at Berkery Noyes.
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David A. Pizzo (MBA '88), of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, has been appointed Market President of the West Florida region with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF). Most recently, Pizzo was BCBSF's Vice President for Advertising, Brand Management, and Market Communications.
Mark D. Alexander (MBA '89), of Upper Saddle River, NJ, has joined the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation's Board of Directors. Alexander is Managing Director and Head of Global Operations for Merrill Lynch.
Kathleen A. Corbet (MBA '89), of New Canaan, CT, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Corbet is the former President of Standard & Poor's.
James L. Dunleavy (MBA '89), of Chatham, NJ, has joined ORIX Finance as Director of its media finance practice. ORIX Finance is a provider of structured finance credit products and select equity co-investments. Previously, Dunleavy worked at Merrill Lynch Capital, where he formed the media finance team.
Jeffrey M. Fischer (MBA '89), of Mamaroneck, NY, has been named Director of the MBA Career Management Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. He was most recently co-founder and Managing Partner of a registered investment advisory firm specializing in hedge funds.
Michael S. Geltzeiler (MBA '89), of Ridgefield, CT, has been appointed CFO and group Executive Vice President of NYSE Euronext, a family of global stock exchanges that includes the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext, Liffe, and NYSE Arca Options.
Lars E. Holmquist (MBA '89), of Alpharetta, GA, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Vesdia Corporation, a provider of marketing services. He was formerly President of TSYS Loyalty, a marketing firm.
Scott J. Levy (MBA '89), of Short Hills, NJ, founded Corporate Edge, Inc., a major national distributor of promotional products, in 1990. Corporate Edge has grown to more than 140 employees and was acquired in 2007 by InnerWorkings, Inc., a leading provider of managed print solutions for corporate clients.
Sanford R. Rich (MBA '89), of Darien, CT, has been elected to the Board of Directors at BenefitStreet, Inc. Rich is Principal and Senior Vice President for GEM Capital Management.
John S. Santaguida (MBA '89), of Bridgewater, NJ, has been appointed CEO at investment management firm McMorgan & Company. Prior to becoming CEO, Sataguida was Managing Director and Head of McMorgan's client services, sales, and marketing teams.
Nels Wangensteen (MBA '89), of Armonk, NY, has joined Integre Advisors, an asset management firm, as Principal and Portfolio Manager. Wangensteen was previously Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman.
Scott C. Butera (MBA '90), of Las Vegas, NV, has been appointed President of Tropicana Entertainment. Butera has been COO of the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since January 2007.
Rajiv Dalal (MBA '90), of Princeton, NJ, has joined Datamatics, a global information technology solution and services company, as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Dalal was Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales at Kale Consultants Ltd.
No Small Feat: Managing Risk, a Career, and Family Life
Yasmine Anavi (MBA '83)
Over the last few years, as the finance industry has come under intense scrutiny, and risk management in particular, Yasmine Anavi has risen to the challenge as Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for Citi Risk Management. She has more than 20 years of extensive experience in risk management across a broad array of consumer and commercial credit products, markets, channels, and customer risk profiles.
"Anytime you face a difficult challenge in business, you should see it as an opportunity to make an impact," she explained. "Managing through difficult times is a great chance to demonstrate your leadership ability and to make a significant contribution to your firm." She credits weathering the storms of her decades-long career in finance for her success in business.
Anavi has held numerous positions of successive responsibility in her 10 years at Citi, including Chief Risk Officer of the company's Global Consumer operations, where she led a risk management organization of more than 2,200 professionals in 50 countries. Prior to joining Citi, Anavi was a senior vice president and group credit executive at Chase, where she was responsible for risk management for the company's national consumer loan portfolio. She began her career at one of Chase's predecessor companies, Chemical Bank.
"I always knew I wanted to go into banking," Anavi recalled. "And the analytical, logical, quantitative nature of risk management appealed to me." Her ascent has been bolstered by a strong work ethic, resiliency, and an ability to tough it out regardless of how daunting the situation might seem. Anavi faced another challenge as a woman starting out in the finance industry in the early 1980s. "As a woman in business, your commitment to your career is always questioned, and even today I feel the pressure to continually prove myself," she said. Because of this pressure, Anavi said she "over-corrected," working twice as hard to prove her dedication and devotion to her chosen career — a habit that won't quit.
Yet, despite her demanding career, Anavi also makes time for her two "fabulous" sons and a husband with whom she routinely works on weekend projects that have included renovating a loft and building their dream home.
"Taking a concept of how one wants to live, translating that to lines on a sheet of paper, seeing it materialize, and then actually living in that space has been so rewarding," Anavi explained. Beaming with pride as she talks about her family, she has, it is clear, managed to find that much sought-after balance between work and family.
John F. Furth (MBA '90), of New York, NY, has been appointed Managing Vice President of Business Strategies Services at Hitachi Consulting. Prior to joining Hitachi Consulting, Furth built and managed the US business for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
Clyde R. Hosein (MBA '90), of Morgan Hill, CA, has been appointed CFO with Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a company that provides storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions.
Nuruz Z. Rahman (BS '90), of Westbury, NY, has been promoted from Senior Manager to Partner at Margolin Winer & Evens. MWE is one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in the Northeast.
Gregory D. Simon (MBA '90), of Stamford, CT, has been appointed Senior Vice President of the Strategies and Solutions Group at Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. Prior to joining Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment, Simon led new business efforts for the consulting divisions at sports marketing firms IMG and Octagon.
Alan R. Streiter (MBA '90), of Westport, CT, has been named Managing Director and will head the new convertible securities unit at Morgan Joseph & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. Streiter was formerly Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at McMahan Securities Co. L.P.
Richard Vogel (MBA '90), of Stamford, CT, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Loeb Enterprises. Vogel is a founding partner of Loeb Enterprises and has served as the company's COO since its inception in 2005.
Steven A. Weil (MBA '90), of Los Angeles, CA, has been named as the Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, an educational, outreach, and social service organization that serves as an umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish congregations in the US. Weil is the Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills, CA, the largest Orthodox synagogue in the US outside the New York area.
Joe S. Eberhardt (MBA '91), of West Bloomfield, MI, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at the LexisNexis Group. Eberhardt was previously Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, and Service at DaimlerChrysler.
Eric M. Leeds (MBA '91), of New York, NY, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Global Investor Relations at Mylan Inc. Leeds most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations of Primedia, Inc.
David Naggar (MBA '91), of New York, NY, has joined iAmplify.com as President. Naggar was previously President of Random House Audio, Diversified, Information, and Travel Publishing Groups.
Elizabeth R. Thornton (MBA '91), of Newark, DE, has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer at Babson College. Thornton was also appointed to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board by Governor Deval Patrick. She is founder and CEO of the training and consulting firm, Entrepreneurship Advantage, Inc.
Gerald S. Cantini (MBA '92), of New York, NY, has been appointed to the position of CFO for Best Practice Insurance Services, LLC, a provider of underwriting, medical risk management, claims management oversight, and distribution services.
Yau D. Chiang (BS '92), of Brooklyn, NY, has been elected to the Board of Fuda Faucet Works, a Chinese company that manufactures and distributes European-style brass faucets, spouts, and fittings to international markets. Chiang will also serve on the audit and compensation committees. He is currently Managing Director in the investment banking division of Northeast Securities, Inc.
Hillary N. Latos (BS '92), of New York, NY, has signed a letter of intent with Real American Brands, Inc. to design a line of women's purses and bags.
Gregg T. Michaelson (MBA '92), of Skillman, NJ, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Customer Marketing, at Rodale, a company that produces media properties, trade books, subscription online properties, and integrated marketing solutions relating to health, fitness, and wellness.
Patrick Philbin (MBA '92), of Naples, FL, has been appointed Executive Vice President and COO of Royal Palm Bank in Naples. Philbin previously held the same position at Community Bank of Naples.
Mark E. Ross (MBA '92), of Beaver, PA, has been appointed Chief Information Officer at Sun Life Financial. Ross will oversee the company's IT functions in Asia.
Jonathon E. Gold (BS '93, MBA '95), of New York, NY, has been promoted to Portfolio Manager with Federated Investors, Inc., an investment management company. Gold joined Federated Kaufmann in 2004 as a senior investment analyst.
Bruce W. King (MBA '93), of Novato, CA, has been appointed CFO at SolarCraft. King was most recently the CFO and COO at the Coaches Training Institute.
Read All About It: Stern Alumna Conquers Indian Media Market
Smiti Kanodia (BS '01)
It happened at 30,000 feet up. Aboard a plane several years ago, an idea crystallized for Smiti Kanodia, one that had been just an inkling during her graduate studies at the London College of Printing: starting a media firm in her homeland of India, with Time Out, one of her favorite magazines, as the flagship publication. On her return to Mumbai following graduation, Smiti made it happen. She founded Paprika Media in 2004, the first foray into the publishing industry for her family's business, the Essar Group, one of India's largest corporations, with interests spanning the manufacturing and service sectors.
"Having being born and raised in Mumbai, I knew the potential of the city," explained Smiti, Paprika Media's Chairperson. "The crisp, colorful, and informative medium of providing honest entertainment news was what Mumbai needed."
Prior to entering publishing, Smiti worked as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in the telecommunications sector at Lehman Brothers in New York, a dream job for most finance majors. But for Smiti, something was missing. She believed she needed "the right mix of creativity and finance," which, after having interned at a start-up magazine in SoHo, she felt she could find in publishing.
Entering what she described as an unorganized industry in India, with problems in distribution, a lack of international English language-focused publications, and questionable integrity in reportage across some publications, Smiti had her work cut out. She has made great progress in four years and credits her success to surrounding herself with smart, experienced colleagues and her own perseverance. "When you commit to a product or an enterprise, go all the way with it," Smiti said. "Believe in it and back it 200 percent. Along the way, you will encounter hurdles, but stay focused and absorb each of these as vital points on your learning curve."
When asked what her biggest challenge has been as a young entrepreneur, she answered honestly: "Myself. But, I am aware that if I have confidence in my work and delivery, then I will be taken seriously." To other young entrepreneurs, Smiti advised, "Believe in yourself and enjoy every moment of the journey."
Paprika Media, through its dynamic team of 120 people, puts out both consumer and custom-published magazines. The flagships of a partnership with the UK-based Time Out Group, Time Out Mumbai and Time Out Delhi have become integral parts of the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle-related reading in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengalaru.
Wisdom Lu (MBA '93), of Los Angeles, CA, has been appointed CFO at Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. Most recently, Lu served as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer at Health Net, Inc.
Matthew J. Maslow (MBA '93), of Bedford, NY, joined Victoire Finance Capital, LLC as President. Prior to joining Victoire Capital, Maslow worked for eight years at Goldman Sachs.
Maureen Morrin (MPhil '93, PhD '94), of Bala Cynwyd, PA, is a recipient of the 2008 Rutgers University-Camden Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence. Morrin is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden and recently completed a multi-year NASD Foundation grant that supported her research on how women select 401(k) funds.
Philip Shawe (MBA '93), of Beverly Hills, CA, was named to Crain's "40 Under 40" list. Shawe is the co-founder of TransPerfect, a language services company he started in his NYU dorm room with fellow Stern alumna Elizabeth Elting (MBA '92).
Bryan C. Spielman (MBA '93), of New York, NY, has joined Centerview Partners as Partner. Previously, Spielman was Managing Director in UBS' Global Technology Group and was primarily responsible for covering the communications technology sector.
Seth S. Appel (MBA '94), of Armonk, NY, has been appointed Director at investment banking firm Morgan Joseph & Co. Appel was previously Director with McMahan Securities Co.
Frank W. Baier (MBA '94), of Summit, NJ, has been appointed CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Michael G. Parham (MBA '94), of Irvine, CA, has been promoted to Managing Director at RSM EquiCo Capital Markets LLC, a global investment bank. Previously, Parham was SVP and led RSM's energy team.
Eric P. Richter (MBA '94), of Littleton, CO, has been appointed Portfolio Manager with Luminent Mortgage Capital, Inc. Previously, Richter was Vice President and Portfolio Manager for HarbourView Asset Management & Oppenheimer Funds Inc.
Katherine A. Binns (MBA '95), of New York, NY, has been named Senior Vice President of Client Service for Knowledge Networks, a consumer information company that works with clients in business, government, and academia to facilitate consumer-brand connections, marketing and advertising, public policies, and social science research.
Jorge L. Figueredo (MBA '95), of Mahwah, NJ, has joined McKesson Corporation as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Figueredo most recently served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones, Inc.
Richard S. Foemmel (MBA '95), of Nashua, NH, has been named a trustee of Rivier College. He is a director of DecImmune Therapeutics Inc., a Boston-based early-stage drug discovery company, where he previously served as President and CEO. Before joining DecImmune, he founded CytoLogix Corporation, a medical products company.
Dorothy Price Hill (MBA '95), of Manhasset, NY, is the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at SV Investment Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm that specializes in buyouts and buildups of business services companies.
Thomas L. Monahan, III (MBA '95), of Chevy Chase, MD, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Convergys Corporation. Monahan is Chairman and CEO of the Corporate Executive Board.
Daniel A. Parisi (MBA '95), of San Francisco, CA, has been named one of the "10 Top Young Trainers" in the US for 2008 by Training magazine. Parisi is Executive Vice President for BTS, a company that produces business simulations and other discovery-based learning solutions for corporate clients. He is also Partner and Managing Director of BTS' San Francisco office.
Sandip Gupta (MBA '96), of Fremont, CA, has been named President at NetMagic Solutions, an India-based managed IT service provider. Previously, Gupta was President and CEO of Ensim Corporation, a provider of management software.
Colleen M. King-Rinaldi (BS '96), of Lake Worth, FL, owns and operates the Sabal Palm House Bread and Breakfast Inn, which has recently been awarded Four Diamonds from AAA.
Praveen Kumar (MBA '96), has been appointed to Chief Information Officer at Babson Capital Management LLC. Previously, he was Director of Enterprise Systems at Wellington Management in Boston and Head of the US Technology Application Development Group at JPMorgan Private Bank in New York.
James M. Marsh (MBA '96), of New Canaan, CT, has been hired as Senior Research Analyst for Piper Jaffray. Most recently, Marsh was a co-portfolio manager with Hanover Square Capital Management. He has also worked for SG Cowen, Robertson Stephens, Prudential Securities, and UBS.
Glenn M. Saldanha (MBA '96), of Mumbai, India, is the CEO of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a drug research and development company loacted in Mumbai. Glenmark is ranked in the top four of Indian companies conducting drug innovation research.
Xinyue J. Geffner (MBA '97), of Great Neck, NY, has been appointed CFO at China Architectural Engineering, Inc. Geffner previously headed the China desk at HSBC.
Steven G. Raich (MBA '97), of Stamford, CT, has been appointed Managing Director of Littlejohn & Co., a private investment firm that applies an operational approach to building middle-market companies. Raich has been an employee of Littlejohn & Co. since 2000.
Dave D. Whitmore (MBA '97), of Lincroft, NJ, has been hired by Genesis Securities LLC, a trading technology developer, to be President of SogoTrade, a retail brokerage division. Whitmore most recently worked for TD Ameritrade.
Wendy E. Burke (MBA '98), of Houston, TX, has been selected from among 273 nominees as a winner in Building Design & Construction
magazine's third annual "40 under 40" competition. Burke is Vice President of Client Development at Linbeck, a national professional services company headquartered in Houston.
Benjamin L. Daitch (MBA '98), of Dallas, TX, has been appointed Senior Vice President and CFO of Cano Petroleum Inc., an independent Texas-based energy producer.
Elena B. Gretch (BS '98), of New York, NY, has launched her own pet training company, It's a Dog's Life, which was recently featured in AM NY's Business section. Previously, she spent eight years at the New York Stock Exchange trading derivatives.
David M. Hinsley (MBA '98), of London, England, has been appointed as the Co-head of Latin American Capital Markets and Institutional Sales for Deutsche Bank, where he will assume responsibility for derivatives and structured products marketing for Latin American corporations and institutions. Hinsley has been with Deutsche Bank since 1999.
Adrienne Johnson-Guider (MBA '98), of New York, NY, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of the Strategic Initiatives Group at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. Prior to her promotion, Johnson-Guider served as Vice President and Chief of Staff in the office of the CEO.
William A. King (MBA '98), of Old Greenwich, CT, has joined Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C., a global financial institution focused on alternative investment strategies and services, as Senior Managing Director and Head of Securitized Products. King previously served as Global Co-head of Securitized Products at JPMorgan.
Matthew S. Miksic (MBA '98), of New York, NY, has been hired as Senior Research Analyst by Piper Jaffray. Previously, Miksic was Senior Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Glen M. Petraglia (MBA '98), of New York, NY, has been appointed Senior Vice President of Standard Life Investments, a global investment management company. Petraglia was previously a US equity analyst at Citigroup Investment Research.
Duncan Still (MBA '98), of New York, NY, has been appointed Chief Commerical Officer of Rail Europe. Still joined Rail Europe in 1997 as Vice President of Human Resources, Legal Affairs, and Administration, and, in 2003, was appointed CFO.
Superna Kalle (MBA '99), of Manhattan Beach, CA, has been promoted to Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Television International's (SPTI) Networks Group. Prior to her promotion, Kalle was SPTI's Vice President of International Networks.
Josephine Lee (MBA '99), of Mamaroneck, NY, has published her first book titled, New York City's Chinese Community.
Karim Rozwadowski (BS '99), of Great Neck, NY, has been promoted to Senior Analyst with the N.I.R. Group, LLC, an investment fund management company. He is the co-author of "Buyout Competition: The Emergence of Hedge Funds in a World of Private Equity," published in the Journal of Private Equity.
Lee Solomon (MBA '99), of Hartsdale, NY, has been named COO of The Weinstein Company, a multi-media company. Solomon previously served as Principal at Grosvenor Park, a provider of equity, debt, and tax-based financing in the motion picture industry.
Christopher Claps (MBA '00), of Shrewsbury, NJ, has been named Vice President of Quantitative Analysis at Contemporary Healthcare Capital, a leading provider of senior mortgage, mezzanine debt, and equity to healthcare service companies.
Anthony A. Dertouzos (MBA '00), of Oakland, NJ, has joined the New York office of Private Banking USA. Previously, Dertouzos was Managing Director of the relationship management team with Citigroup Global Wealth Management.
Jessica A. Dowd (BS '00), of Garden City, NY, and her husband welcomed their first child, Brendan Patrick Wilde, in October of 2007.
Vivek C. Kamath (MBA '00), of Edison, NJ, has been promoted to Director at Berkery Noyes, an investment bank providing mergers and acquisitions services to the global information, media, and technology industries.
Laura P. Kiernan (MBA '00), of Larchmont, NY, has been appointed to Director, Investor Relations, of Terex Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer of construction, mining, and road-building equipment. Previously, Kiernan was the Vice President
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