Business, A - L
Tufts Degrees: B.A., Philosophy, English, 1990
Other Degrees: M.A., International Relations, Yale University, 1996; Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2004
Awards & Honors: Named to the Time100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, 2006; World Economic Young Global Leader, 2008; Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in India, 2006; Ernst & Young Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year in India, 2006; Echoing Green Public Service Entrepreneur Fellowship, 1998-2002
Biography: In 1998, Vikram Akula launched SKS Microfinance, a company that specializes in making micro loans and providing insurance services to poor women in India. Through access to financial services, SKS helps women start or expand simple businesses, thus reducing poverty and expanding economic opportunities. SKS is considered an innovative leader in the realm of microfinance. In 2005, Akula returned to SKS after a year hiatus, and he converted the corporation into a for-profit company and expanded the number of Indian women he served from the thousands to the millions. Using a combination of group lending and highly accurate tracking technology, Akula has led the company to a 99% on-time repayment rate. Akula has been active in development work in India well before starting SKS: he was a community organizer of women’s self-help groups in rural India for the Deccan Development Society, he researched poverty and development while working at the World Watch Institute, and was a Fulbright Scholar in India in 1994-95.
John Joseph Bello, A68
Entrepreneur best known as co-founder of SoBe Beverage Company
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., History, 1968 (cum laude)
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College, 1974 (Edward Tuck Scholar)
Awards & Honors: Distinguished Service Award, Tufts University Alumni Association, 2005; Ernst and Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, Consumer Products Category, 2001; Southwest Connecticut/New York Hudson Valley Entrepreneur of the Year, 1999; Joe DiMaggio Award for contributions to Health, Education and Well Being of America's Youth 2006
Biography: John Joseph Bello co-founded the South Beach Beverage Company (SoBe) in 1996. The company is known for its herb and nutrient-infused beverages marketed under the brand name SoBe. Mr. Bello also founded JoNa Ventures, an investment and strategic management company and is a General Partner of Sherbrooke Capital, a health and wellness venture capital firm. He first made a name for himself during his fourteen years (1979-1993) at National Football League Properties, the marketing and commercial arm of the National Football League. Here, he developed a business model for the marketing, merchandising and promotion for both professional leagues and college sports teams. Mr. Bello is the recipient of numerous awards for his entrepreneurship.
Dana Callow, Jr., A74
Managing Partner at Boston Millennia Partners who has headed a number of major health care and tech companies
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1974
Other Degrees: MBA, Dartmouth, 1979
Biography: Dana Callow is the Managing Partner of Boston Millennia Partners, a venture capital firm. Prior to founding Boston Millennia Partners, Mr. Callow co-founded Boston Capital Ventures in 1982 and invested in a number of private health care and technology companies. Before that, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Braxton Associates, an international strategic planning firm that was formed by professionals from Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Co. He worked with Fortune 100 companies in strategic planning and implementing merger and acquisition strategies. Since 1986, Mr. Callow has worked to build PAREXEL International, a NASDAQ listed clinical trials management company from its near inception to its current level of 10,000 employees worldwide and over $2.5 billion in revenue backlog. He is the current Presiding Director and Chair of the governance committee of PAREXEL, and is, or has served, as a Director of a number of other companies, including ILEX Oncology, Inc., a cancer pharmaceutical company; MedAptus, Inc., a mobile computing provider of clinical, financial and administrative software solutions to the medical community; and PHT Technologies, Inc., a provider of mobile and Web-based technology solutions to the pharmaceutical industry focused on clinical trials management. His other investment responsibilities include Glycofi, HotJobs, iVillage, and Tektagen. Mr. Callow is a Director of Jobs for Massachusetts, a Massachusetts based non-profit organization comprised of business and political leaders, including the Governor and Congressional leaders. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dartmouth/Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Chairman of the Investment Committee at Tufts University and on the Board of Overseers at Tufts University Medical School.
Wm . David Cornwell Sr., A82
Preeminent attorney who represents high-profile professional athletes, sports agencies, executives, and companies in the sports industry
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1982
Other Degrees: J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1985
Biography: David Cornwell is a preeminent attorney and partner in the Atlanta office of Gordon & Rees and represents high-profile professional athletes, sports agencies, executives, and companies in the sports industry. He also serves as executive director of the National Football League Coaches Association, representing the interests of nearly 500 assistant coaches in the NFL. Mr. Cornwell has been at the center of some of the biggest sports stories for his representation of New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez and the Miami Dolphins' Jonathan Martin. His client roster has included Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers); Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals); Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Michael Beasley (Miami Heat); Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders); and Ryan Braun, Major League Baseball’s 2011 National League MVP, in his appeal of discipline under MLB's Joint Drug Program. Braun is the first player in the history of baseball’s joint program to successfully appeal discipline.
Mr. Cornwell began his 25-year career in sports as assistant league counsel to the National Football League in 1987, representing former Commissioners Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue in numerous legal and business affairs, including the antitrust lawsuits filed in the wake of the 1987 players' strike. Following the decertification of the NFL Players Association, Mr. Cornwell worked with Commissioner Tagliabue to ensure that the NFL and its players maintained an open channel of communication, resulting in the creation of the NFL Players Advisory Council. Notable among his achievements was his leadership in developing and directing the NFL's minority hiring program, which helped pave the way for the NFL hiring its first black head coaches—Art Shell and Dennis Green. In 1992, Mr. Cornwell was recruited by Leigh Steinberg and Jeff Moorad to join their sports agency, where he represented professional athletes such as Howie Long, Warren Moon, Desmond Howard, Junior Seau, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Greg Anthony, and John Starks.
Mr. Cornwell served as vice president and general counsel for the Upper Deck Company, Upper Deck International, and Upper Deck Authenticated where he negotiated and administered licenses and endorsement agreements that earned Upper Deck and its affiliates in excess of $300 million in annual gross revenues. He is a member of the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and is a popular lecturer on topics unique to the sports industry, including serving as a guest lecturer at the Wharton School. Mr. Cornwell also has served as a legal analyst, notably during the Michael Vick dogfighting case and Major League Baseball’s steroid investigation.
Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics, 1958; H.D.P.S., 2006
Awards & Honors: Distinguished Service Award, Tufts; Ernst & Young Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year for New England, 1998
Biography: William S. Cummings is the founder of Cummings Foundation, Inc., one of the largest charitable foundations in New England. Established in 1986, the Foundation now owns most of Mr. Cummings' commercial real estate firm, Cummings Properties, LLC, of Woburn, MA, where he also has many other business and civic involvements. Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine was named after him following a $50 million gift to the school. Mr. Cummings is a trustee emeritus of the University, and a former overseer of the Tufts School of Medicine.
Tufts Degrees: B.S., Economics, Computer Science, 1984
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1986
Awards & Honors: #50 of 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Magazine, 2008; rated #1 by Institutional Investor magazine; named Trustee of Save the Children, 2010
Biography: Susan L. Decker began working for Yahoo! in 2000 as chief financial officer, and she climbed the ranks to EVP of finance and administration, EVP of the advertiser and publisher group, and finally to president of the company. Decker served as president from 2007 to 2009. During this term, she developed a reorganization plan for the company and created partnerships with a dozen other firms. Before working at Yahoo!, she was involved in equity research for fourteen years with the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette. Currently, Decker is serving on the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway, Intel, and Costco, as well as working with students at the Harvard Business School as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Dr. Charles Dallara, F75, FG86
Leading authority in the global financial services industry, former Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance (1993 – 2013), and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1975; MALD, Fletcher, 1976; Ph.D., Fletcher, 1986
Other Degrees: Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, University of South Carolina; B.S., Economics, University of South Carolina
Biography: Charles H. Dallara is a Partner and Chairman of the Americas at Partners Group Holding AG, a global private markets investment management firm. He concurrently holds the position of Executive Vice Chairman of the Group’s Board of Directors. Before joining Partners Group, Mr. Dallara served as Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), playing a vital role in the development of the institute for nearly 20 years. Representing more than 400 global financial institutions, the IIF is composed of many of the world's largest banks, investment banks, and asset management firms and serves as a leading voice for the financial services industry on global regulatory issues. Under his leadership, the IIF gained global recognition and played significant roles in highly publicized financial initiatives such as the debt restructuring agreement between private creditors and Greece. Prior to joining the IIF, Mr. Dallara was a managing director at J.P. Morgan & Co., where he led Morgan's investment and commercial banking business in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, and India. He also chaired Morgan's Emerging Markets Risk Committee, which reviewed the risk positions involved in all of Morgan's emerging market trading operations. During the 1980s, Mr. Dallara held several senior financial positions in the U.S. government. Most notably, he served as US Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1984 – 1989. As Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs under President Bush Sr., Mr. Dallara was responsible for international economic and financial policy, G-7 policy coordination, exchange rate policy, financial market liberalization, and the operations of several multilateral financial institutions. Mr. Dallara also served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1970-1974. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. At The Fletcher School, he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors and is a member of the Board of Overseers.
Richard Dietrich, A68
Co-founder of the country's leading solutions provider to the global window & door industry
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1968
Other Degrees: J.D., Suffolk University, 1973
Biography: Richard Dietrich is the co-founder and President of Glass Equipment Development Integrated Solutions, the leading designer and builder of insulating glass fabrication systems for use by North American window and door manufacturers. He and co-founder Edmund Leopold started working together in 1975 continuously inventing new technological advancements that have kept the company at the forefront of the industry by automating virtually every step of a once highly labor intensive process, thereby reducing costs and increasing quality. As a result, GED Inc. has earned numerous awards, including multiple Crystal Achievement Awards for Most Innovative Machine. By 2005, 70% of all windows and doors made in North America utilized GED technology.
James Dimon, A78
Major player in financial world through work with Citigroup, Bank One, and J.P. Morgan Chase
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics, Psychology, 1978
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1982
Awards & Honors: Light on the Hill, Tufts, 2006; named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, Time Magazine, 2006, 2008, 2009
Biography: James Dimon began his career in the financial world at American Express after graduating from Tufts. After three years, Mr. Dimon left American Express and he and a former colleague created Citigroup, one of the largest financial services companies in the world. After leaving Citigroup in 1998, Mr. Dimon became CEO of Bank One and later president of J.P. Morgan Chase when it acquired Bank One in 2004. Mr. Dimon is still currently the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, a global financial services firm with assets of $2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. Mr. Dimon was praised by President Obama on how he has led J.P. Morgan Chase through the current financial crisis. Today, Mr. Dimon also serves as a director of The College Fund/UNCF and he sits on the Board of Directors of The New York Federal Reserve Bank, Harvard Business School, New York University School of Medicine, and Catalyst.
Frank C. Doble, E1911, H62
1886 - 1969; Technology pioneer and generous philanthropist
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Tufts Degrees: B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1911; H.D.C.S., 1962
Biography: Frank Doble bequeathed $136 million to Tufts in 2008, thus representing the largest single donation to the university. This donation represented half of his estate (the other half was given to Lesley University). The money will be used to finance a new laboratory space on the Medford campus to support cooperative research between the biology and engineering departments. Additionally, some funds will be used to support financial aid, faculty, and other critical needs of the university. Apart from his generous gift, Mr. Doble is best known for founding Doble Engineering Company, a business that provides high-end diagnostic test solutions for the electric utility industry. Through this company, Mr. Doble developed new technologies to make the electric power industry safer and more productive and reliable. Doble Engineering Company has grown into an internationally recognized corporation since its establishment in 1920.
Daniel J. Doherty III, H03
Founder of the Doherty Family Scholarship and Trustee of Tufts
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Tufts Degrees: B.S., Honoris Causa, 2003
Awards & Honors: Distinguished Service Award, Tufts University Alumni Association
Biography: Daniel J. Doherty III established the Doherty Family Scholarship at Tufts University to assist economically challenged students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. Mr. Doherty is an active member of the Board of Overseers for Athletics and a recipient of the Tufts University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, Mr. Doherty was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees. Mr. Doherty also chaired the Tufts University Development Corporation.
Mr. Doherty is a founder and principal of Eastern Real Estate LLC, one of New England's leading commercial real estate investment, development and asset management firms. Mr. Doherty’s entrepreneurial approach and 20 years of extensive experience have allowed him to develop creative solutions to a wide range of commercial real estate opportunities.
Mr. Doherty is a strong advocate for many youth causes and is an avid supporter and board member of numerous charitable and academic concerns. Among the charities he is most active in are, Autism Speaks, YMCA, Dreamland Foundation, The Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Big Brothers of Mass Bay and Tower School.
Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1978 (Social psychology)
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College
Biography: Peter Dolan is the chair of ChildObesity180 at Tufts. He has served as chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb and later as chairman and CEO of Gemin X, a venture capital backed oncology company that was successfully sold to Cephalon. He is a director of Vitality Health, a for-profit health and wellness company. Dolan has 25+ years of operating experience, with 18 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb and, prior to that, eight years at General Foods. Beginning his career in marketing at General Foods, he moved to Bristol-Myers in 1988. Among other responsibilities, he was president of the company’s products division (1993) and Mead Johnson Nutritionals (1995). He was group president of medical devices and nutritionals (1997) and later promoted to become president of Bristol-Myers Squibb (2000) and chairman and CEO of the company (2001). He served until 2006 as the company’s CEO. From 2008–2011 he was a director of Gemin X, initially on the board as an independent director and, from 2009 until the company’s sale in 2011, he was chairman and CEO. Dolan is a vice chair of the Board of Tufts University and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School at Dartmouth. He also serves as a member of the board for the Partnership for a Healthier America, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He served on the boards of the American Express Company, C-Change (a cancer coalition organization), and was chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He has run several marathons, numerous triathlons and completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in October 2007.
John L. Dowling, A59
1938 - 2004; Major figure in the real estate business and benefactor to Tufts
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Government, 1959
Other Degrees: Dowling Hall named in his honor; John L. Dowling Fund named in his honor
Biography: John L. Dowling is a familiar name on the Medford campus due to his generous gift which established Dowling Hall. This multi-million dollar facility, dedicated to house resources for students, was completed in 2000 and partly designed by Mr. Dowling himself. Mr. Dowling had dedicated his time and efforts to Tufts for many years: he was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1997 until his death, he was chairman and director of Tufts Development Corporation, and he was also a member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences. Besides his service to Tufts, Mr. Dowling was an important figure in real estate. After graduation, Mr. Dowling began working for the real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield and became a leading broker during his 44-year career there. He was involved in many major real estate deals in Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Dowling held the positions of executive vice president and board member at Cushman and Wakefield. He eventually left the firm to establish his own company, Dowling & Company, in 1999. Mr. Dowling used his expertise in real estate to advise Tufts on various projects, including the design and construction of Sophia Gordon Hall on the Medford campus and other establishments on the Boston campus.
Tufts Degrees: B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1944
Awards & Honors: PCIM/PV, Award for Pioneering in the Analysis of Electrical Disturbances; N.J. Society of Professional Engineers honorary award for Engineering Developments
Biography: After receiving his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts, Abe Dranetz served for two and one half years in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He then completed a master's degree at M.I.T. In 1948, Dranetz joined Gulton Industries as a development engineer to study the characteristics of a newly developed piezoelectric ceramic material and to look into possible electromechanical and electro-acoustical applications. This program led to the development and manufacture of sonar transducers, ultrasonic devices, and shock and vibration measuring instruments for space rocket problems. In 1958, Dranetz became Vice President of the company and General Manager of the Instrument Division.
Four years later, Dranetz left Gulton and started his own company, Dranetz Technologies, Inc., with its first product developed in his basement. Under his leadership, the company grew into a successful engineering company, developing and manufacturing measuring devices for the sonar, electrical power quality and the growing computer field. Attaining rapid growth, with more than a third of its sales in exports, and also teaching and stimulating other companies to export, the company was awarded the E STAR award by the Department of Commerce and received recognition from INC, Forbes, and other magazines. In 1988, the company, for years on NASDAQ, was sold to Hawker-Siddely, a large British industrial group, after which Dranetz retired.
During his career, Dranetz also was a Registered Engineer in New Jersey, was a member of Tau Beta Pi, prepared and presented a number of technical papers, was a member of various technical committees preparing instrument standards, held a number of patents, and was the monthly technical reviewer of newly issued patents for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. For more than 20 years Dranetz also served as a member of the Tufts Engineering Board of Overseers, retiring in 2007. Sadly, Abe Dranetz, devoted Jumbo and entrepreneur, passed away on February 12, 2015 at the age of 92, leaving Marianna, his wife of 57 years, son Ron Dranetz, daughter Karen Dranetz Wolf, J84, four grandchildren, and his brother, Marshall.
Matthew Feldman, A85
Award-winning reorganization and restructuring lawyer who led the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler during the financial crisis
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, 1985
Other Degrees: J.D., New York University, 1988
Awards & Honors: 2014 Law360 “MVP in Bankruptcy;” 2014 and 2009 Turnarounds & Workouts “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer;” 2013 Global M&A Network “Top 100 Global Turnaround & Restructuring Professionals;” 2013 Benchmark Litigation “Litigation Star;” 2010 Financial Times “US Innovative Lawyer;” 2009 The American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year;” US Dept. of the Treasury, “Secretary’s Honor Award;” Lawdragon “500 Leading Lawyers in America;” “Who’s Who Legal”
Biography: Matthew A. Feldman is Co-Chairman of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and Partner and Co-chair of the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department. His clients include debtors, creditors, investors, lenders, governmental agencies, and committees. In March 2009, Mr. Feldman was recruited to serve as Chief Legal Advisor to the Obama administration's Task Force on the Auto Industry. The task force was assembled to help develop the overall strategy to restructure and recapitalize General Motors Corporation and Chrysler L.L.C., which resulted in the groundbreaking legal proceedings that implemented a comprehensive financial solution for both companies and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs. Mr. Feldman has also been involved in numerous complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings, and regularly represents hedge funds, such as Centerbridge Capital and Silver Point Capital, in all aspects of judicial and non-judicial restructurings. He regularly represents investors seeking to acquire assets or businesses from companies operating in chapter 11. Among a number of accolades, Mr. Feldman has been honored by Law360 as “MVP in Bankruptcy” in 2014 and selected as an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnaround & Workouts in 2009 and 2014. In 2015, T&W also recognized him for his lead role representing the Debtors in the precedent-setting restructuring of Momentive Performance Materials, which was featured on the publication’s listing of the most successful restructurings of 2014. In recognition of his efforts and sacrifices in connection with his service to the Obama administration’s Task Force on the Auto Industry, he received the “Secretary’s Honor Award,” presented to him by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for his “distinguished service to the American people.”
James B. Flaws, E71
Vice Chairman & Chief Financial Officer of Corning Incorporated
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Tufts Degrees: B.S., Civil Engineering, 1971
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, 1973
Awards & Honors: Named a member of The Conference Board’s prestigious Council of Financial Executives, May 1999; named one of America’s Best CFOs, Institutional Investor magazine, 2006 & 2009
Biography: James B. Flaws is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of Corning Incorporated, making him responsible for all financial functions at Corning. He also oversees Legal and Corporate Communications. Mr. Flaws joined Corning in 1973 and has held a variety of prominent positions since then. Mr. Flaws was elected assistant treasurer of Corning rated in 1993, and led the spinoff of Corning's health-care businesses in 1996. He was named executive vice president and chief financial officer in December 1999, and elected to Corning's board of directors in December 2000. In April 2002, Mr. Flaws was named vice chairman.
Mr. Flaws is on the board of directors for Dow Corning Corporation; chairman of the board of trustees for the Corning Museum of Glass; and a member of the board of trustees of the Corning Foundation. He is active with the local United Way, where he served as a board member for 17 years, board chairman for three years, and treasurer for 10 years. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation and also of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.
Stephen Fraidin, Esq. A61
Award-winning merger & acquisition lawyer recognized for his management of many high-profile, complex transactions, such as 3G Capital Partners’ acquisition of H.J. Heinz Co. in 2013
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Tufts Degrees: A.B., History, 1961
Other Degrees: LL.B., Yale Law School, 1964
Awards & Honors: 2012 Simeon E. Baldwin Award, Yale Law School; 2013 Law360 “MVP in M&A” Financial Times “Top 10 Most Innovative U.S. Lawyers;” 2013 The International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers' top ten “Most Highly Regarded Individuals;” twice named The American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Year”
Biography: Celebrated as one of the leading M&A lawyers in the U.S., Stephen Fraidin focuses on the representation of major companies and investment groups, acquisitions, proxy contests, and the representation of special committees and boards of directors regarding mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and other matters. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman for Pershing Square Capital Management LP, an activist hedge fund. Previously, Mr. Fraidin was a senior partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has been a Wall Street lawyer for over 50 years, first making partner in 1971 at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen LLP. Annually recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Mr. Fraidin is described as ""a superb deal-maker whether for private equity sources or public companies" with a ""profound experience of the market.” His supervision over a range of transactions includes his recent work on behalf of 3G Capital Partners in the $28 billion acquisition of Heinz and on behalf of Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. His work for 3G Capital was recognized by Investment Dealers' Digest in its annual ""Deal of the Year Awards,"" The Deal Magazine as one of the ""Deals of the Year"" and as the ""Private Equity Deal of the Year"" at the M&A Atlas and IFLR America's awards ceremonies in New York. In 2012, Steve was honored by Yale Law School with the Simeon E. Baldwin Award for his legal creativity and teaching skills.
Seth Godin, E82
Founder of Yoyodyne and Squidoo, best-selling author, and blogger who writes about the marketing and spread of ideas in the digital age
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Tufts Degrees: BSE, 1982, Engineering
Other Degrees: MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1984
Awards & Honors: 2013 Direct Marketing Hall of Fame Inductee
Biography: Seth Godin is a successful entrepreneur and author of 18 best-selling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages globally. His blog is one of the most popular marketing blogs on the internet, with over 1,000,000 subscribers. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and, most of all, changing everything. Some of his notable books include Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, and Purple Cow. In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded Squidoo, an online community platform where users could publish original content. Before his work as a writer and blogger, Godin was Vice President of Direct Marketing at Yahoo!, a job he got after selling them his pioneering 1990s online marketing startup, Yoyodyne. In 2013, Godin was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, one of three chosen for this honor. Recently, Godin once again set the book publishing on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. One of his latest, The Icarus Deception, argues that society has been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in.
Varney J. Hintlian, A72
Principal at Prospectus LLC in charge of managing the company’s investment and development activities
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics, 1972
Other Degrees: M.B.A., Harvard, 1974
Awards & Honors: Distinguished Service Award, Tufts University Alumni Association
Biography: Varney J. Hintlian is a principal at Prospectus, LLC, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based real estate development, investment and consulting firm. In this role, Mr. Hintlian is involved in all aspects of the firm's investment and development activities, which to date has included over $300,000,000 of projects for over 2,000,000 square feet of commercial, residential and research & development space.
Before joining Prospectus, Mr. Hintlian was Executive Vice President of the Marcus Organization, the New York based real estate firm that managed the development of the One and Two Canal Park and Davenport Buildings located in East Cambridge, MA. As the local Boston partner, Mr. Hintlian worked with City of Cambridge officials and other area developers in implementing the City's revitalization of the East Cambridge Riverfront -- a 60 acre mixed use waterfront development area on the Charles River totaling nearly $800,000,000 of public and private investment that created over 5,000,000 square feet of office, retail and housing development.
Prior to his real estate career, Mr. Hintlian was a Senior Principal at the Hay Group, a business management consulting firm in New York City where he managed client relationships and team consulting activities for a diverse group of clients in a number of industries in the United States and the Middle East.
Mr. Hintlian was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves on the Trustee Buildings and Grounds and Compensation Committees. He is also the Chair of the Board of Overseers for Athletics and serves on the Council of the Boards of Overseers. Mr. Hintlian serves as a Trustee of the East Cambridge Savings Bank and is Past President of the Council of Armenian Executives.
Robert D. Hormats, A65, F66, FG70, H00
Department of State's Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics & Political Science, 1965; M.A., International Economics, 1966; M.A.L.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1967; Ph.D., International Economics, Fletcher, 1970; H.LL.D., 2000
Other Degrees: French Legion of Honor, 1982; Arthur Fleming Award in 1974
Biography: Robert D. Hormats has been the Managing Director of Goldman Sachs since 1998. He was sworn in as the Department of State's new Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs on September 23, 2009. As Under Secretary, he leads the work of the Department on issues ranging from trade, energy, and aviation to bilateral relations with America's economic partners.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hormats served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981 to 1982. Before that he was the Ambassador and Deputy US Trade Representative from 1979 to 1981. Mr. Hormats also served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979. He served as a Senior Staff Member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1969 to 1977, where he was Senior Economic Advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Mr. Hormats has also been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a member of the Dean's Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Hormats has published several books including The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars; Abraham Lincoln and the Global Economy; American Albatross: The Foreign Debt Dilemma; and Reforming the International Monetary System. He has also had several articles published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, and The Financial Times.
Joi Ito, attended 1985, H15
Director of the MIT Media Lab and vocal advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom
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Tufts Degrees: Attended, Engineering, 1985; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2015
Other Degrees: Attended University of Chicago, Physics; 2013 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, New School for Social Research
Awards & Honors: 1997 listing in TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite;” 2001 Global Leaders for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum; 2008 “25 Most Influential People on the Web,” Business Magazine; 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Oxford Internet Institute; 2014, inducted into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame; 2014, Golden Plate Award
Biography: MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society in substantial and positive ways. He is recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom. Mr. Ito has served as both chairman of the board and CEO of Creative Commons as well as chairman of the board of PureTech Health, and sits on the boards of The Sony Corporation, Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times Company, and The Mozilla Foundation.
In Japan, he is executive researcher of KEIO SFC and was a founder of Digital Garage. He also helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. Mr. Ito was named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008. In 2011, he was chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the 100 most influential people for the future of Japan and by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of his role as one of the world's leading advocates of Internet freedom.
Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1977
Other Degrees: J.D., Harvard, 1980
Biography: Jeff Kindler recently joined Starboard Capital Partners, a financial and strategic sponsor that partners with management and private equity investors primarily in the acquisition of companies with initial enterprise values of $15 million to $150 million. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer
During his corporate career, Mr. Kindler has served as law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and later as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Mr. Kindler was also a partner at Williams & Connolly and General Electric's Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy before joining McDonald's Corporation as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
He moved into line management at McDonald's, becoming President of Partner Brands, which included Boston Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Pret a Manger.
Mr. Kindler is Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the biopharmaceutical industry’s U.S. trade association, and was recently appointed to President Obama’s Export Council, which is charged with promoting U.S. exports, jobs, and growth. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Catalyst, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2006.
Roger Krakoff, A81, F83
Successful venture capitalist and founder and managing partner of Cloud Capital Partners
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Tufts Degrees:MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1983; B.A., International Relations and Economics, 1981
Other Degrees: MBA, Harvard Business School, 1990
Biography: Roger Krakoff has more than 25 years of venture capital, equity investing, and operating experience in the enterprise software, IT, and information services industries. As founder and managing partner of Cloud Capital Partners, he targets investments in cloud technology such as software, business intelligence and analytics, and business and data integration.
Previously, he was a Venture Partner at Sigma Partners for more than five years and a partner at JEGI Capital, LLC, focusing on enterprise software and the intersection of technology with the media, marketing, and information industries. Prior to that, Mr. Krakoff served as a managing director at Veronis Suhler Stevenson, where he directed the private equity fund's investing efforts in the information services market and new media industries. He has further held senior executive positions in corporate development, marketing, and product management at a number of other firms, having begun his career at IBM. Mr. Krakoff is currently on the board of directors at The Flow, Quant5, and SeeWhy? He is a frequent speaker and a writer on the venture capital industry and a mentor at Citrix Startup Accelerator, TechStars Cloud and Accelprise.
Tufts Degrees: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1978
Other Degrees: Master in Management, Northwestern University, 1983
Awards & Honors: Named 7th among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, Fortune, 2009; 7th among the 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes, 2009; named one of the top 50 women executives to watch, The Wall Street Journal, 2006; Aiming High Award, Legal Momentum, 2004
Biography: Ellen Kullman is the first woman to be appointed Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont, an American global sciences company. Previously as executive vice president, she had the responsibility for three business platforms and several functions, including Marketing & Sales, and she led planning for the company's growth in emerging international markets. Among the more well-known products produced by the businesses she led are DuPont™ Kevlar®, used in bullet-resistant vests and other protective applications; DuPont™ Corian®, solid surfacing material; and DuPont™ Tyvek® products, used in home construction and personal protection.
Mrs. Kullman is a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the Business Council, and the executive committee of SCI-America. She is co-chair of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Changing the Conversation: From Research to Action. Mrs. Kullman is also on the board of trustees of Tufts University and serves on the board of overseers at Tufts University School of Engineering.
Laura Lang, J77
Executive professional and former CEO of Time Inc. who has dedicated her career to digital strategy and building digital business
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Psychology and Political Science, 1977
Other Degrees: MBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
Biography: Laura Lang is the Managing Partner of Narragansett Ventures, focused on digital investing and strategic digital advisory services. Her career has been dedicated to building digital businesses. From 2011-2013 she served as the CEO of Time Inc, one of the largest branded media companies in the world and a division of TimeWarner. Prior to that, she grew Digitas into the industry's leading global digital integrated marketing agency, serving as global CEO from 2008 to 2011. She also served on the Publicis Groupe operating committee during the same period, holding additional responsibility for a portfolio of five dedicated digital, social, and mobile agencies. Ms. Lang first joined Digitas in 1999 after holding various management positions at the Marketing Corporation of America, Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, Bristol Meyers, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She has over 30 years of experience in brand management, corporate strategy, and strategic consulting. In addition to her role as Managing Director at Narragansett, Ms. Lang currently serves as a director of Care.com, Inc., the V.F. Corporation, Pirch, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Andrew Levander, A73
Distinguished white collar and securities litigation lawyer and former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., History, 1973
Other Degrees: J.D., Columbia University, 1977
Awards & Honors: 2013 Securities Docket: Enforcement 40 – included in the 40 best and brightest securities enforcement defense lawyers; 2010 and 2013 Award for Excellence in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers USA; 2009 The Lawyer, “Top 25 Transatlantic Elite”
Biography: A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit, Mr. Levander is consistently recognized for excellence in the practice of law. Currently, he is a white collar and securities litigation partner at the global specialist law firm Dechert LLP, as well as chair of the firm’s Policy Committee. Mr. Levander represents parties in securities fraud and commercial litigation and criminal and government investigations. In the maelstrom of investigations and litigation arising out of the world financial crisis, he has been retained to represent such high-profile clients as Robert Diamond, former CEO of Barclays, Jon Corzine, former CEO of MF Global, Lehman Brothers’ outside directors and John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch. In addition, he has taken a leading role in Dechert’s representation of a number of intermediary funds and investment managers in the Bernard Madoff scandal, including his representation of Ezra Merkin. He has also advised or defended various financial institutions and public companies, including AIG, Credit Suisse, GlaxoSmithKline, and Microsoft, among many others. Mr. Levander is also devoted to pro bono and public service, and under his leadership, Dechert has been recognized among the top 10 U.S. law firms for pro bono work in both The American Lawyer’s National and International Pro Bono Surveys. He has written extensively on legal issues and is an esteemed lecturer, speaking at the likes of Columbia University Law School, the ABA White Collar Crime Institute, and various bar associations and government agencies.