The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management established the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board in 2004.
It provides an essential link between the Wharton community and the foremost leaders in business, public service, government, entertainment, and sports. The board’s mission is to provide support and advice on evolving and expanding the Leadership Center’s and Wharton School’s leadership initiatives, to identify long-term directions and objectives for the initiatives, and to assist in securing financial support for the initiatives.
Vice President, Predictive Analytics, and CEO, SPSS (IBM)
Mr. Advani is the General Manager of IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure software division (formerly known as Tivoli). Before that he owned the strategy and product development mission for IBM’s business analytics portfolio. He also had P&L responsibility for the Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics segment.
From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Advani was the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of eCommerce for Lenovo. Before joining Lenovo, Mr. Advani worked at IBM for 13 years where he held several global executive positions –
- VP and Business Line Executive, High End Intel Servers
- Vice President, Linux Strategy
- Director, High Performance Computing Software Development Lab
Mr. Advani has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Wright State University. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He serves on advisory boards at Wharton and Yale universities.
The Anchor and Global Markets Editor for Fox Business Network
Maria Bartiromo is the host of the new show “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” (M-F, 9-11 a.m, ET) on the Fox Business Network. She was previously the anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” (M-F, 3-5 p.m. ET), and host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated “Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo,” which was rated the most watched financial news program in America.
“The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo” is a nationally syndicated business, financial and economic news program, distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. The half-hour weekly newscast appears on over 200 stations each week and provides the clarity, depth and insight of The Wall Street Journal in a television magazine format.
In 1995, Bartiromo became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis where she covered breaking news for the network’s unscripted and fast-paced business morning program, “Squawk Box.”
Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. She has anchored the television coverage of New York City’s world famous Columbus Day Parade since 1995. In 2004, Bartiromo was honored with The Union League of Philadelphia’s prestigious Lincoln Statue Award, for significant contributions to the United States of America. In 1996, Bartiromo was nominated for a CableACE Award for her three-part series on the Internet and its implications for investors. In 1997, she received the Coalition of Italo-American Associations’ Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award. In 2002, Bartiromo was nominated for a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for her piece on the widows of September 11. In May 2008, Bartiromo received a Gracie Award in the category of Outstanding Documentary for her documentary “Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream.” She was also awarded a 2008 News and Documentary Emmy for her “Bailout Talks Collapse” coverage. In December 2009, Bartiromo was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Who Shaped the Decade.”
She has written a weekly column for BusinessWeek and Milano Finanza, as well as monthly columns for Individual Investor, Ticker and Reader’s Digest magazines, and she has been published in the Financial Times, Newsweek, Town and Country, Registered Rep and the New York Post. HarperCollins published her book, “Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy” in June 2001. The book was on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Bartiromo’s latest book, “The 10 Laws of Enduring Success” will be released by Crown Publishing Group in late March 2010.
In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, Bartiromo is on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York; as well as PENCIL, Public Education Needs Civic Involvement and Leadership, which is a non-profit group focusing on improving New York high schools. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Governors of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Bartiromo graduated from New York University, where she majored in journalism and minored in economics.
Grant G. Behrman
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Behrman Capital
Mr. Behrman is a founding Partner of Behrman Capital. He currently serves on the boards of Pelican Products, Brooks Equipment, Selig Sealing Products, Atherotech and Tresys Technology Holdings. Prior board affiliations include Nimbus CD International, Esoterix and Athena Diagnostics. Previously, Mr. Behrman was a founding member of Morgan Stanley’s principal investment activities where he worked from 1981 to 1991. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Behrman was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. An avid recreational runner, he has completed numerous marathons including New York City, Boston and Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa. Mr. Behrman also serves on the board of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and the Wharton Leadership Advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Behrman graduated with an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and received a BCom from the University of Witwatersrand in 1973.
Randi J. Brosterman
Principal (Retired), Deloitte Consulting LLP Financial Services Industry Practice
A career management consultant to the Financial Services Industry, Randi Brosterman is a retired Strategy and Operations Principal from Deloitte Consulting (active until 2014). Randi is now an independent consultant, writer and coach focused on leadership development and self-empowerment in women and girls.
Randi spent 26 years in Deloitte Consulting’s Financial Services Industry (FSI) practice, working with financial institutions in the areas of banking, securities, investment management, insurance, and credit ratings. Her main focus at Deloitte was helping clients to achieve Service Operations Excellence.
She held a number of leadership roles within Deloitte, including leading Deloitte’s mid-market Consulting FSI practice, Deloitte Consulting’s risk management initiative within the Securities Industry, as well as various leadership roles within Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative and partner sponsor of Deloitte’s Parents Community. In her leadership roles, she focused on attracting, retaining and developing top talent at Deloitte, and fostering an environment of inclusion that develops skills in networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and leadership development.
Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. A board member of United Way of Northern Westchester, Randi has been president of this organization, has served on the Steering Committee of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council of Westchester/Putnam.
Randi holds both an MBA in Finance/Marketing (WG’88) and a BS in Economics (W’81), both from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Brosterman is married to Bob Hutchens (WG’88), and they have two children.
Roger W. Crandall
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Roger W. Crandall is President and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), headquartered in Springfield, Mass. Prior to being named President and CEO on January 1, 2010, Mr. Crandall served as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Crandall first joined MassMutual in 1988, and spent the first 12 years of his career in the company’s Investment Management Department. In 2000, he joined Babson Capital Management LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary. In 2002, he was named Managing Director at Babson Capital and head of the company’s Corporate Bond Management, Public Bond Trading and Institutional Fixed Income units. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all corporate credit related investments, including public and private bonds, bank loans, European bank loans, mezzanine and private equity investments, and structured credit products.
In June 2005, Mr. Crandall was appointed Chairman of Babson Capital and Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of MassMutual. He was appointed Co-Chief Operating Officer of MassMutual in June 2007. In this role he was accountable for Babson Capital and two other MassMutual subsidiaries – Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC and Baring Asset Management Limited – as well as MassMutual’s Retirement Services, Retirement Income and Financial Products businesses. Mr. Crandall was named President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2008, at which point he joined the Board of Directors and also gained oversight of MassMutual’s domestic insurance business – which includes the company’s core product, whole life insurance – Enterprise Technology Organization and MassMutual International LLC.
Mr. Crandall, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Brig. Gen. Peter M. Dawkins, USA (Ret.)
Former Vice Chairman, Citigroup Private Bank
A 1959 graduate of West Point, Pete served for 24 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he commanded a company in the 82nd Airborne Division, led a battalion in Korea, taught at West Point, was a White House Fellow, and served as Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. After serving in Korea, he commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, and was promoted to Brigadier General in 1981.
Pete holds numerous military awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, and three Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses. At West Point, Pete was First Captain of the Corps of Cadets, President of the Class of 1959, Captain of Army’s undefeated football team and an All-American halfback. He won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding college football player. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, Pete studied at Oxford University, and later received a Masters degree and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
In 1983, following his career in the Army, Pete entered the world of business. He joined Lehman Brothers as head of the firm’s Public Finance banking business, where he led a 3-year initiative focused on providing creative financing to meet the need to overhaul a significant portion of the physical infrastructure throughout the country.
After running in 1988 as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey, Pete moved to Bain and Company – a Boston-based strategy consulting firm – where he became head of the U.S. consulting business. In 1991, he was recruited to become Chairman and CEO of Primerica Financial Services, where Pete assumed the high-profile role of the recently departed founder, and led the company for the next 5 years.
Following that, Pete held a series of executive positions in what became Citigroup. He served as Vice Chairman and EVP of Travelers Insurance, then Vice Chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank and, finally, Vice Chairman of Citigroup Global Wealth Management.
Pete remains active in a variety of national, community and philanthropic roles. His listing of Board service includes Iridium Satellite, LLC; Olatec Industries, LLC; Wharton Business School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management; the Intrepid Museum; the Secretary of Defense Policy Board; the Boards of Trustees of the United States Military Academy, Hampton-Sydney College, Emory University Business School, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Time magazine identified Pete as one of the “Top 50 Leaders in the U.S.” Among his many awards for public service is the National Institute of Social Sciences Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service to Humanity, the BENS Eisenhower Award for Distinguished National Service, and The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Gold Medal Award. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975 and West Point’s Army Sports Hall of fame in 2005. Pete was selected in the inaugural class as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy and, in 2006, was recognized by the Horatio Alger Association by receiving its Distinguished American award.
Pete and his wife Judi have been married for 48 years. They have two grown children, three grandsons and three granddaughters. For additional information see www.petedawkins.com
William P. Egan
Founder and General Partner, Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners
Bill is founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners, Massachusetts-based venture capital firms. He founded Alta’s predecessor firm, Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979, and has identified and backed several of America’s leading growth companies in the information technology, life sciences, and communications industries. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co., Bill was a Partner at TA Associates. He began his career as a Manager of Venture Capital for New England Enterprise Capital Corporation.
He is the past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a former trustee of Fairfield University and the University of Pennsylvania and a former member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School. He is a member of the Board of CRH plc, and a number of privately held companies. Bill is also a trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Duniry Foundation.
Bill received a degree in Economics from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Thomas P. Gerrity
Joseph Aresty Professor of Management, and Dean Emeritus, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Thomas P. Gerrity is the Joseph Aresty Professor of Management at the Wharton School. His research, consulting and teaching expertise is focused on Leadership, Governance and Strategic Change management. Dr. Gerrity also served as the 11th Dean of the Wharton School for the nine years from 1990-99, leading Wharton through a period of highly recognized innovation and advancement.
Prior to coming to Wharton, Dr. Gerrity was the founder and Chief Executive Officer for 19 years of the Index Group (later named CSC Index), one of the world’s leading consulting firms in business reengineering, corporate strategy and information technology. He then served as the President of CSC Consulting, the Computer Sciences Corporation’s Professional Services Group, one of CSC’s three major divisions (and also the parent of CSC Index); he was at the same time overall Corporate Vice President of the Computer Sciences Corporation.
Dr. Gerrity currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sunoco Inc., PharMerica Corporation, Internet Capital Group, the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Arden Fund I, a real estate distressed assets investment fund.
A Rhodes Scholar in Economics at Oxford University, Dr. Gerrity received his Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970). He also earned his Bachelor of Science (1963) and Master of Science (1964) degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from MIT. Dr. Gerrity also taught courses for executives and MBA’s in Corporate Strategy and Management Information Systems at MIT’s Sloan School from 1968-1972.
CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Gorsky is the CEO and Worldwide Chairman of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to this he was Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and management and, in 2001, was appointed President of Janssen. In 2003, he was promoted to Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Alex left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to serve as the chief operating officer for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. In 2005, he was named head of Pharma North America and Chief Executive Officer for Novartis.
Alex returned to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 as Company Group Chairman and Worldwide Franchise Chairman for Ethicon. At that time, he also was appointed to the Surgical Care Group Operating Committee. In early 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Surgical Care Group and also was appointed to the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of Captain. Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
A longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion, Alex was named the 2009 Mentor of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, an organization he has been involved with for many years. During his tenure with Novartis, he established the Novartis CEO Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Currently, he is the Executive Sponsor of the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiative.
Alex serves on the board of directors of the Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife, Pat, have a son, Nicholas.
Founder and Chairman, Vertical S. A. (Santiago, Chile)
Rodrigo Jordán is founding director of Vertical in Chile, an organization devoted to using the mountains as classroom for groups ranging from company mangers to school children. He also directs Fundación Vertical, the non-for-profit arm of Vertical to serve the underprivileged students of the poorest schools in Chile.
Rodrigo is an accomplished mountaineer that has climbed throughout the Andes, summited Mt. Everest by the difficult east face in 1992, and led a Chilean team in 1996 in a successful ascent of K2. In 2002, he led a four-person team in an unsupported 250-mile traverse, much of it unexplored, of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica. In 2006, he led a national team of 15 members to the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.
He received his doctorate in organizational administration from Oxford University, and he teaches Leadership and Decision Making in the MBA program of the Universidad Católica de Chile. Rodrigo was chosen to be the present chairman of the Chilean National Foundation for the Overcoming of Poverty, the most important NGO dealing with Poverty and Social Development today in Chile.
Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, ABRY Partners, LLC.
Peggy Koenig is co-CEO and Managing Partner of ABRY Partners, LLC which is a private equity investment firm focused solely on the media, communications, information and business services industries. Since 1989, ABRY has completed over $36 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity investments.
Ms. Koenig has been at ABRY since 1993 where she has been responsible for numerous transactions in the broadcasting, cable television, consumer and business publishing, local media, health care information, out-of-home and business services sectors. She is currently a director of Language Line Holdings, KnowledgePoint360 Group and Masergy Communications Inc.
Prior to ABRY, Ms. Koenig was a vice president, partner and member of the Board of Directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corporation, a merchant bank making investments principally in the radio industry. Earlier in her career, she was involved in motion picture financing (Columbia and TriStar Pictures), investment banking (Thomson McKinnon Securities), and the magazine publishing industry (Savvy and American Photographer magazines).
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, Advisory Board to Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Communication Advisory Council for the Department of Communications. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Medical Center. She is also a member of the Boston Club’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.
Founder and Co-President, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
Brian Kwait is co-president and one the founders of Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC, a middle market private equity firm based in New York City. Currently, Odyssey is investing its fourth fund, a $1.5 billion fund. Prior to co-founding Odyssey, he was a principal in the private equity investing group of Odyssey Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund, from 1989 to 1997. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Safway LLC; One Call Medical Inc; Packaging Holdings Inc.; RanPak Inc; Wastequip and Pro Mach Inc.
Prior to joining Odyssey, Mr. Kwait was an associate in the Corporate Finance Group at Bear, Stearns & Co. from 1988 to 1989. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Kwait was a CPA and senior accountant at Ernst & Whinney.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Kwait received his undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and received his Masters in Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he resides in Greenwich Connecticut with his wife Randye and his three children.
William P. Lauder
Executive Chairman, Estée Lauder Companies
William P. Lauder is Executive Chairman and Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Board of Directors. The Company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of $7.8 billion in fiscal 2010. Its products are sold in more than 150 countries and territories under more than 25 well-recognized brand names.
Mr. Lauder held the position of Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through June 2009. Under his leadership, he expanded the Company’s international presence and distribution channels and greatly strengthened the brand portfolio.
Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the oversight of all of the Company’s Global Operations, including Manufacturing, Research & Development and Human Resources. In that role, he also oversaw nine of the Company’s specialty brands, including Prescriptives, Aveda and Bobbi Brown, as well as Retail Store Operations and all activities for the Company’s international business. Earlier, Mr. Lauder held several other senior executive positions, led the global businesses for Clinique and Origins and oversaw the Company’s freestanding stores and Internet businesses.
Mr. Lauder has earned many brand and industry distinctions. Under his leadership, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion became the best-selling prestige skin care product in U.S. department stores and Clinique launched its first anti-aging product, Stop Signs Visible Anti-Aging Serum, which won the Cosmetic Executive Women Award for “Best Skin Care Product in Limited Distribution” in 2000. Mr. Lauder led the development of the Origins brand and helped create its innovative store-within-a-store concept.
He joined The Estée Lauder Companies in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director of Clinique U.S.A. in the New York Metro area. Prior to joining The Estée Lauder Companies, he completed Macy’s executive training program in New York City and became Associate Merchandising Manager of the New York Division/Dallas store at the time of its opening in September 1985.
Mr. Lauder is on the Boards of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Trinity School in New York City. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Fresh Air Fund and the 92nd Street Y.
A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he studied at the University of Grenoble in France. An avid golfer, skier, mountain biker and hiker, he resides in New York City with his family. He is a grandson of Mrs. Estée Lauder, the Company’s founder.
Richard B. Lieb
Director and Former EVP, SEI Investments Company
Mr. Richard B. Lieb is a private investor living in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Rick is a retired Executive Vice President and current board Member of SEI Investments. Rick served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969-1973, including a tour in Vietnam. He graduated from Duke University in 1969 with a B.A. in History and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance in 1975. He has served on many private and public Boards.
Chairman of the Americas & senior partner at McKinsey
Vik Malhotra is chairman of the Americas and a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he leads the practices in both North America and Latin America. Vik previously led McKinsey’s Northeast office and prior to that led McKinsey’s financial institutions practice. He is a member of McKinsey’s shareholders council and director review committee. Vik also previously led McKinsey’s North American life insurance practice, the North American personal financial services practice, and co-led the emerging markets financial institutions practice.
At McKinsey, he has focused on wholesale banking, asset management, private banking, and retail banking. His financial services consulting experience has spanned the areas of corporate strategy, business unit strategy, growth strategies, performance transformation, organizational
design, operational improvement, and business process offshoring.
Vik is a trustee on the boards of the Wharton Graduate School, the Asia Society, the Touch Foundation, and The Conference Board. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree in economics from the London School of
F. William McNabb III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard Group
F. William McNabb III is president and chief executive officer of Vanguard, and chairman of the board of directors and the Vanguard funds’ board of trustees. Mr. McNabb has been with Vanguard since 1986, serving in several senior management roles and leading each of the Vanguard client-facing business divisions. In 2008, he was elected president and director of Vanguard by the board of directors and succeeded John J. Brennan as chief executive officer. He assumed chairmanship of the board of directors and the board of trustees on December 31, 2009.
Before his election as president, Mr. McNabb was managing director of Vanguard Institutional Investor Group and oversaw Vanguard’s institutional and international businesses. He held that position since 2006 and was a managing director since 1995. Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry, having testified before the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia.
Mr. McNabb earned an A.B. at Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of JBK Partners
Anne Welsh McNulty is a cofounder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation.
Before starting JBK Partners, Anne was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and a senior executive of the Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and of Villanova University, where she chairs the Investment Committee. She is also
a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, of the Child Mind Institute in New York, and of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Anne earned her MBA in Finance & Insurance from the Wharton School and served as valedictorian at Villanova University. She is a Trustee of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, benefiting children’s charities in Collier County Florida.
Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Alternative Investments business of the Asset Management Division
John Popp is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Alternative
Investments business within the Asset Management division, based
in New York. As the head of the Leveraged Investments Group in
Alternative Investments., he served as a member on the Managing
Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC) during 2005, and from 2007- 2009.
John joined Credit Suisse First Boston Asset Management in November 2000 through the merger with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he served in a similar capacity. Prior to that, he worked at First Dominion Capital, LLC as a Founding Partner, Chief Operating Officer and Head of
Previously, John worked simultaneously at Indosuez Capital as a Managing Director, at Indosuez Capital Asset Advisors, Inc. as President and at 1211 Investors as President. Before Indosuez, he worked at Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc. as a Senior Vice President in the corporate finance team, and before that worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert as a Vice President in mergers and acquisitions.
John holds a BA in History from Pomona College and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. John is a council member of The Brookings Institution and a member of The Juilliard School Council.
Chairman, Red Eagle Ventures and Co-Chairman, HighTower Advisors, LLC
Dave Pottruck is the Co-Chairman of HighTower, a $14 billion nationwide wealth management firm. Mr. Pottruck was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation, where he worked from 1984 until 2004.
In addition to HighTower, Mr. Pottruck serves on the Board of Directors of the Intel Corporation, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. Mr. Pottruck also serves Senior Advisor to Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, and serves as a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty in the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. Mr. Pottruck was formerly a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the San Francisco Committee on Jobs.
Mr. Pottruck has received significant recognition by various organizations. He has been named one of the “Top 15 CEOs” by Worth; “CEO of the Year” by Information Week, “Executive of the Year” by The San Francisco Business Times; and “CEO of the Year” by Morningstar. Mr. Pottruck also received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2000 Torch of Liberty Award.
Mr. Pottruck co-authored a “best seller” business book, Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World. He was appointed by Congress and then President Clinton to serve as a commissioner on The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
Mr. Pottruck graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and earned his MBA with honors from Wharton in 1972. A native of New York, Mr. Pottruck and his wife, Emily, reside in San Francisco. He is the father of three adult children.
Founder & CEO; Chairman, Headwaters Capital; Dynasty Financial Partners
Presently, Todd Thomson is CEO of Headwaters Capital, a private equity investing firm specializing in financial services and alternative energy.
From 1998 through 2007, Mr. Thomson served in increasingly responsible positions at Citigroup, including CFO of the company and CEO of the Global Wealth Management division. Throughout his 9 year tenure at Citigroup, Mr. Thomson served as a member of the Citigroup Business Heads and Management Committees. He also was vice-chairman and a Director of Citibank, N.A.
From 2004 through 2007, Mr. Thomson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Global Wealth Management, comprised of The Citigroup Private Bank, Citigroup Investment Research and Smith Barney. Citigroup Global Wealth Management ranks as one of the largest wealth management businesses in the world with $1.4 trillion in client assets. Citigroup Investment Research is one of the leading research firms on Wall Street with more than 300 research analysts and strategists covering nearly 3,000 stocks globally. During Mr. Thomson’s leadership, he turned around a business that had flat income performance for 5 years to one that in 2006 increased revenues 17% to $10.2B and increased net income 34% to $1.67B, while investing to expand in India, Brazil, UK, China and building out advisory, trust and lending capabilities. Mr. Thomson also led the re-branding effort for Smith Barney, launching the Working Wealth campaign. Mr. Thomson led the successful acquisition and integration of Legg Mason’s retail brokerage business, achieving net income accretion during the first year, and the acquisition of Quilter in the UK.
From 2000 through 2004, Mr. Thomson was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations, Technology and Strategy for Citigroup. In this position, he built one of the leading global finance organizations while overseeing Financial Reporting, Treasury, Tax, Investor Relations, O&T, M&A and Strategy. While CFO, Mr. Thomson also established and oversaw Citigroup Alternative Investments, with approximately $15 Billion in proprietary and client capital invested in Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Credit Structures and Real Estate.
From 1998 to early 2000, Mr. Thomson served as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Private Bank and, previously, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Citigroup. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1998, Mr. Thomson was EVP Acquisitions and Strategy at GE Capital. Reporting to the CEO, he led the strategic planning process of GE Capital as well as the acquisition efforts, completing dozens each year. Mr. Thomson was selected to attend GE’s elite Executive Development Course.
From 1991-1996, Mr. Thomson was Managing Director and Partner of Barents Group, LLC, an operating subsidiary of KPMG, specializing in M&A, Privatizations, Strategic Advice, Financial Services Consulting and Econometrics. He founded and led the Merchant Banking Practice, creating a business with a focus on Privatizations, M&A and Strategy Consulting Services. Over 4 ½ years, Mr. Thomson built the business to more than 100 professionals in 12 offices around the world. He advised on the first privatizations in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Vietnam while also advising on transactions in Poland, Russia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Kyrgyzstan, and Panama.
From 1987 until 1991, Mr. Thomson was Consultant and Manager at Bain & Co. While at Bain, he led more than 25 assignments for more than 15 companies, including manufacturing strategies for Chrysler Corporation, operations strategies for Sara Lee, competitive analysis for Anheuser Busch, capital management strategies for General Dynamics, marketing strategy for Russell Athletic, and M&A strategies for Canadian Pacific.
Mr. Thomson is a member of the Board of the World Resources Institute, the Board of Trustees of Davidson College, as well as a member of the Economic Club of New York. He is Chairman of the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board. Mr. Thomson received his M.B.A., with distinction, from the Wharton School and his B.A. in Economics from Davidson College.
Alain Belda, Chairman and CEO, ALCOA
Connie Mack, Former U.S. Senator, Partner, King & Spaulding, LLP
Andrall E. Pearson, Founding Chairman, YUM! Brands, Inc.
Lewis Platt, Chairman, Boeing Company
Dean Smith, Former Head Basketball Coach, University of North Carolina