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Booth Names 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

April 30, 2012

Recipients to be honored at Alumni Celebration on October 5

Chicago Booth has named the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards are a Booth tradition intended to recognize the outstanding achievements of alumni living around the world. The awards are significant because they are an opportunity for the Booth community to join together and honor alumni who have made a deep and lasting impact in each of four areas: Corporate, Entrepreneurship, Public Sector/Public Service, and Young Alumni. Winners are nominated by alumni and are selected from a pool of finalists by a committee comprised of alumni representatives. Recipients will be honored at Alumni Celebration, scheduled for Friday, October 5.

The winners of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

Corporate Award: J. Patrick Doyle, ’88
Mr. Doyle is president and chief executive officer at Domino’s Pizza, Inc. In 2010, Mr. Doyle became only the third person to hold the chief executive officer title in Domino’s 50-year history. As executive vice president of Domino’s Pizza International (1999-2004), Mr. Doyle was responsible for increasing the company’s global presence by nearly 1,000 stores. The International division has now boasted 72 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth through the end of 2011. Prior to joining Domino’s, Mr. Doyle was vice president and general manager for Gerber Products’ baby food business in the United States, where he strengthened the company’s core business and launched its Tender Harvest organic line.

Entrepreneurial Award: Michael Pape, '06 (XP-75)
Dr. Pape is cofounder, chief executive officer, and chief scientific officer at Nymirum, Inc. During his career at Parke-Davis (now Pfizer), Dr. Pape worked in the field of drug discovery, specifically on atherosclerosis and the drug used to treat it, Lipitor, which became the largest-selling pharmaceutical worldwide. In 1998, he cofounded Esperion, a biotech start-up that eventually was sold to Pfizer for $1.3 billion. In 2009, he cofounded Nymirum, Inc., a venture-backed private drug discovery company. Nymirum’s research focuses on RNA, one of the most promising new areas for drug developers in the 21st century.

Public Sector/Public Service Award: Dean Karlan, MBA '97, MPP '97
Mr. Karlan is a professor of economics at Yale University. In 2002, he founded Innovations for Poverty Action, which has grown into a $25 million, 500-employee NGO with 14 offices and projects in over 40 countries. For the tremendous potential demonstrated at the start of his career in academia and the lasting impact his research will have in the future, Mr. Karlan was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2007 and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2008. Mr. Karlan is also the founder of stickK, an angel-funded online start-up that uses principles from behavioral economics to help people commit to and achieve their goals. Although the primary business model is B2B, helping manage corporate wellness programs, the B2C component was launched in 2008 and over 130,000 commitments have been created with over $10 million on the line from goal seekers.

Young Alumni Award: Michael Armstrong, '02
In January 2011, at 38 years old, Mr. Armstrong was named senior vice president and general manager of BET International and Paramount Channel, part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). In 2006, when Viacom’s BET Networks group decided to re-launch its international business, it looked to Mr. Armstrong. He assumed the role of senior vice president and general manager of BET International in May 2006, where he oversaw the strategy and dissemination of the BET brand into international markets. In 2009, BET achieved its highest reach, with 90 million viewers in North America and the Caribbean and 13 million viewers internationally. By 2011, BET was airing broadcasting in more than 54 territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa; to date, BET’s original programming has been seen in more than 100 territories. In March 2012, Mr. Armstrong helped oversee the creation and launch of VIMN’s first-ever Paramount Channel, in Spain, with more expected to launch in other international markets in the coming years.