Alumni on the Move
Banc of America Securities LLC:
W. Holtz, ’92, has joined the firm as managing director
and head of wireless telecom in the media and telecom corporate
and investment banking group. Holtz works in Banc of America’s
E. Travis, ’94, has been named chief accounting
officer. The Houston-based firm makes computer software for managing
large business networks.
Chrysler Group Marketing:
Roehm, ’95, was named 2004 Automotive Marketer of
the Year by Brandweek. The magazine awards individuals
who use a full array of marketing media including traditional
advertising sponsorship, online advertising, creative promotions,
major events, and public relations.
Deutsche Asset Management:
Lynch, ’97, has been appointed director and sector
manager in the Specialty Fixed Income Group. He is responsible
for asset-backed and commercial mortgage-backed investments,
for providing market expertise for New York-based Scudder Fixed
Income Mutual Funds, and for institutional mandates including
those from corporate, pension, and insurance clients. Lynch is
based in New York.
Kampling, ’91, has been named treasurer. She will
be based in the firm’s office in Lisle in west suburban
Chicago. The Toronto-based firm is a leading producer of electric
furnace flat rolled steel as well as leading developer of high
strength steel and pipe.
E. Olson, ’87, has been named to the newly created
position of chief marketing officer. Based in Emeryville, California,
the firm develops and markets interactive educational software,
curriculum programs, and related educational materials.
Novellus Systems, Inc.:
Grech, ’96, has been named to the newly created
position of vice president, investment and investor relations.
The San José, California–based firm designs and
manufactures semiconductor-manufacturing equipment.
Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.:
Johnson, ’78, will be named to the board of directors
and appointed chief operating officer on November 1, and will
be named CEO in April 2005. Based in Anaheim, California, the
company is a specialty retailer of casual apparel, accessories,
and footwear with 969 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Yuzdepski, ’00, was named chief marketing officer.
Based in San José, California, the firm is a maker of
precision timing devices including atomic clocks.
H. Reisner, ’90, has been named new market president.
He will work in its new regional headquarters in Chicago’s
historic Rookery Building. U.S. Bank’s parent company,
U.S. Bancorp, is the sixth largest financial services holding
company in the United States.
The UniMark Group, Inc.:
McInerney, ’89, was appointed to the board of directors.
UniMark, based in Bartonville, Texas, is a producer and marketer
of high quality branded fruit. McInerney is president and CEO
of Cardinal Growth, a private equity investment group.
Alumni to Know
Cheryl Francis, ’78, received
the 2004 Leader Luncheon Outstanding Achievement Award in community
leadership from the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Francis, cofounder
of the Corporate Leadership Center in Chicago, helped start the
Chicago United Way Women’s Initiative, where she was instrumental
in increasing women’s voice, participation, and level of
giving to United Way. She created the Women’s Leadership
Forum at Chicago GSB in 2002, which focuses on helping executives
achieve higher goals. Francis also cofounded the Corporate Leadership
Center, a nonprofit group dedicated to fostering future leaders
in the Midwestern business community. She has been a member of
the Council on the Graduate School of Business since 1996 and currently
serves on the board of directors for NHI Corporation, Hewitt Associates,
and Morningstar as well as Cornell University.
Karen Katen, AB ’70, MBA ’74, was
ranked tenth among Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful
Women in Business.” Of Katen, executive vice president of
Pfizer Inc and president of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, the
magazine said, “Viagra may be down to three-quarters of the
U.S. market, but Katen still oversees nine billion-dollar blockbusters
as well as $39.6 billion in sales last year. With drug makers under
attack, Katen introduced a program to provide Pfizer medicines
at a discount—and placate critics.” The winners were
ranked on four criteria: “the size and importance of the
woman’s business in the global marketplace; her clout inside
her company; her career trajectory; and in certain cases her cultural
and social impact.”
Walter Lakomy, ’81 (XP-47),
was profiled in the Chicago Tribune’s “Getting
Ahead” column on October 4. He is chief financial officer
and executive vice president at CFC International, a coatings manufacturer
in south suburban Chicago Heights. Early in his career, but his
boss told Lakomy he needed an MBA to get ahead, and urged him to
attend Chicago GSB’s Executive MBA Program. “For two
years, I had one full day of classes, one week on Fridays, the
next on Saturdays,” he told the Tribune. He rose
through the ranks at Bee Chemical in Chicago Heights to become
controller, but when the owner decided to sell the firm in 1986,
Lakomy—and Bee’s company president—left to join
CFC. “Don’t be afraid to make a decision,” he
said. “If you’re wrong, learn from your mistake.”