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Haas NewsWire, August 17, 1999

Haas MBA Orientation Features a Week of Special Events
New Leadership for Career Center and Admissions Offices
Tom Schneider Named 1999 Business Leader of the Year
Richard Portes Inaugurates Haas Global Visitors Program
Epiphany's Roger Siboni Named Chair of Haas Advisory Board
Haas Plays Musical Chairs
John Sculley and Mark Breier Speak at Leading Edge Conference at Haas
Swaminathan Joined International Scholars in Global Supply Chain Conference
B-Plan Competition Winner and Finalist Get Funded
Lester Center and Center for Executive Development Offer Venture Capital Institute
Recent Corporate Gifts Support Haas Programs
Happening at Haas

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Orientation Week for the MBA Class of 2001 kicked off this past weekend with the traditional Ropes Course, a series of outdoor physical games, puzzles, and creative challenges that place a premium on teamwork.

Orientation activities commenced yesterday with information sessions and Dean Laura Tyson's welcome of the new students in the afternoon. In the spirit of the Ropes Course, Tyson characterized business education at Haas as a team sport, and urged the new students to make the most of the variety of people and opportunities they will meet at Haas and Berkeley.

Informational and team building events will continue throughout the week, as the expected 241 first-year students settle into the Haas community. Please welcome the new members to the community.

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A new era has dawned at Haas with the appointment of Ilse Evans to be the school's first executive director of MBA admissions and career services, Jay Stowsky, associate dean for school affairs and initiatives, announced today.

Evans has directed the career center at MIT's highly ranked Sloan School of Management for the past five years. At Haas, Evans will be responsible for increasing the career relevancy of the school's admissions strategy and ensuring a greater coordination and integration of career services with the admissions process and the MBA curriculum. The admissions and career services staffs will report to her, with a new director of admissions and a new director of career services serving as her chief lieutenants. Evans starts her transition to Haas with orientation activities next week, and will steadily increase her presence at the school before moving permanently to Berkeley in late October.

Ilse Evans comes to Haas with an impressive track record. In five years, she has guided the career services office at Sloan from worst to first in student satisfaction surveys of student services at MIT. She draws on eighteen years of marketing management experience, most recently as group marketing manager for software at Digital Equipment Corporation, and, before that, as manager for sales planning and services for consumer products at BASF Systems Corporation. Evans holds an MBA from Simmons College School of Management in Boston and a master's in German Literature from UC Berkeley. She is a cum laude graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Acting Career Center Director Leaves Haas for Pacific Telesis

Evans' appointment coincides with the departure of Acting Career Center Director Susan Tull, who leaves Haas to join Pacific Telesis in San Ramon as a senior college recruiter for their Management Leadership Program. Tull was a career advisor at Haas for six years, and has served as acting director since March. At Pacific Telesis, Tull will have responsibilities for recruiting at five schools, including Berkeley (mostly undergraduate business and undergraduate and graduate engineering students).

To fill the temporary void left by Tull's departure, Haas has hired two new career development specialists for the fall semester, Terry Karp and Susan Urquhart-Brown. They will assist the School's other career advisors, Sheri Lockshin and Lesah Beckhusen, in providing career development advice for MBAs.

John Morel continues his role as career advisor to the Evening MBA program, as well as providing paid services for Haas MBA alumni. Jessica Durand, technical recruiting manager, will handle all issues pertaining to Beartracks and On-Campus Recruiting. The school's new industry account managers, Melanie Dixon, Lane Varden, Rich Wong, and are in charge of managing the school's recruiting relationships with companies in their respective sectors.

Executive Director Ilse Evans will manage the process of finding Susan Tull's successor (the new "second in command" career services director) after she arrives at Haas this fall.

Search for New Admissions Staff Under Way

Staff changes are also under way on the MBA Admissions side of Ilse Evans' shop. Longtime MBA admissions director Fran Hill has left the admissions office for other duties, and co-directors Alison Jenkins and Robin Drouin Tuch have left to pursue opportunities outside the school. Admissions office manager Diane Lopez has also departed, for a position at UC Berkeley's College of Letters and Science. A search has been launched for the school's new admissions team, and negotiations with a leading candidate as the new MBA admissions director (the new "second in command" to Executive Director Evans) are already well under way.

Meanwhile, a faculty committee appointed by Dean Tyson to make recommendations concerning the school's admissions strategy expects to complete its work in time for Executive Director Evans' arrival later this fall.

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Thomas C. Schneider, MBA 62, has been named the Haas School's 1999 Business Leader of the Year, an annual award bestowed upon Berkeley alumni who have distinguished themselves in their leadership and support for Haas and the Berkeley campus and the business community. The award ceremony will take place at the annual Alumni Celebration Dinner on November 4.

Schneider is the executive vice president at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., where he has worked for the past 30 years. He served as chief financial officer of Dean Witter for many years before its merger with Morgan Stanley, and saw the company grow from a small retail securities firm to a major player in the securities industry. He serves on the board of directors of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. and as chairman and board member of SPS Transactions Services. He also serves on the Haas School's advisory board.

Asked which of his business achievements please him the most, Schneider cited the design and building of a computer system that produced the first computer-executed stock trade in 1969 and taking Dean Witter Discover & Co. public in 1993.

Schneider grew up on a ranch near Fresno, with the goal of attending UC Berkeley, working in a radiation lab, and going to work on Wall Street. He met his wife, Alison Pruyn, at Cal 40 years ago. They live in Greenwhich, Conn., with their children and grandchildren nearby.

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Richard Portes is the first of a series of internationally known scholars from abroad to visit the Haas School this fall. The Distinguished Global Visiting Professorship invites renowned scholars of business and economics to conduct research and teach at the Haas School. The program is designed to expose the Haas community to international experts in various business disciplines and attract highly respected scholars and speakers in the future.

Richard Portes is professor of economics at the London Business School, president of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and director d'etude at the Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has been described by colleagues in academia as "the leading academic power in Europe." His article, "Crisis? What Crisis? Orderly Workouts for Sovereign Debtors," (with Barry Eichengreen) in CEPR in 1995 was widely welcomed as a major analytical and practical contribution to the debate on how to deal with Mexico-style financial disturbances. He is also highly respected for his work on the Euro and the international role of a single European currency. He frequently writes for the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Finanz und Wirtschaft, EIU Global Outlook, LBS/OEF Economic Outlook, among others.

Portes will be at the Haas School for the entire 1999-2000 academic year.

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Roger Siboni, president and CEO of Epiphany.com, has been named chair of the Haas School Advisory Board. He succeeds Rick Cronk, BS 65, president of Dreyer's Ice Cream, who chaired the board from 1995 until now. Siboni will lead the fall meeting on November 5.

Siboni has been an advisory board member and a supporter of the Haas School for many years. His expertise in electronic commerce is of great value to the Haas School and comes at a crucial time when Haas is exploring and expanding its offerings in that arena.

Epiphany is a leading firm in Web-based enterprise relationship management (ERM), tying together information existing internally in sales, marketing, service, finance, and manufacturing, as well as in external sources. Red Herring named Epiphany one of the 50 best private technology companies of 1998.

Siboni, 43, was the deputy chairman and COO of KPMG Peat Marwick, where he led the firm to consecutive years of record revenue and profitability, growing its consulting practice by over 100% over the last two years and its high-technology practice by over 250% over the previous four years.

He serves also on the boards Pivotal Software, Active Software, Marcromedia, FileNET, James Hardie, and the Central Park Conservancy. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

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Several members of the Haas staff and faculty have relocated their offices over the summer. The great move was prompted by the increasing office shortage Haas is experiencing. To find you colleagues' new whereabouts, please refer to the following chart.

Staff Moves:

EBOP F501 to F408/410
CMR S549 to F501
Accounting S550 to S549
Personnel S544 to S549
Marketing & Communications F461and F457 to S550
Development F502D to S518
Rodebush S520 to F502D
Center for Financial
Reporting & Management F510 to F502D
Love S546 to F510
Lagreid S520D to S546
Kariv/Lubkowitz S520 to S544
Kurovsky S522L to S520L
Frost S520A to S520D

Faculty Moves:

John Freeman F645 to F457
Greg Duffee F673 to F645
Bob Cole F597 to F459
John Myers F447 to F453
Pete Bucklin F447 to F498
Matt Spiegel F630 to F694
Richard Stanton F694 to F630
Paul Gertler F543 to F643
Andy Shogan F643 to F543
Sebastian Teunissen F455 to F447
Stephanie Tibbetts F402 to F449
Jerry Engel F402D to F455

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John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computer and founder and partner of Sculley Brothers, and Mark Breier, president and CEO of Beyond.com, will be the keynote speakers at this year's Leading Edge conference at the Haas School on September 18. The Leading Edge is a student-organized conference on current technology issues. The theme of this year's conference, "Trends on the Internet," focuses on compelling issues surrounding electronic commerce and the new business models forged as a result of the "Internet Economy."

Both speakers are seasoned players in the turbulent world of electronic commerce. Sculley, 59, is the chairman of Live Picture, and a director of several emerging technology multimedia companies including: Zapa Digital Arts, Veon, PeopleScape, Greentree, Sirius, and SoftVideo. In addition, he is a director of NFO, NetObjects, and Select Comfort.

Mark Breier joined Beyond.com as president and chief executive officer in March 1998. Beyond.com is one of the world leaders in digital download retail with more than 1.6 million customers. The company also offers more than 1.6 million software and other digital products. Prior to joining Beyond.com, Mark was vice president of marketing for Amazon.com, where he grew the online bookstore's sales from $16 million in 1996 to nearly $150 million in 1997.

For more information on the conference, go to the web site at http://www.theleadingedge.org/conference.html.

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Professor Jayashankar Swaminathan was invited to participate with business scholars from the US, Britain, and Japan in a symposium on global supply-chain management on June 24-25. The symposium was held at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at Chapel Hill. Swaminathan presented a talk about the challenges of teaching supply chain management to a diverse group of students, including full-time and part-time, fully employed MBAs and engineering students.

Supply chain management deals with how companies and groups of companies move products and services form raw materials through manufacture and assembly, to deliver them to the customer.

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Timbre Technologies, winner of the first annual Berkeley Business Plan Competition, and Hotpaper.com, one of eight competition finalists, are officially funded.

Timbre Technologies will receive $300,000 in seed funding from Sevin Rosen Funds. According to Timbre founder and CEO Nick Sturiale, MBA 2000, Sevin Rosen will also incubate the company at their office in Palo Alto, a special bonus, considering that Sevin Rosen only incubates one venture at a time. Mario Rosati, partner of the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati and Haas adjunct professor, will serve on Timbre Technologies' board of directors, along with Stu Dominik of Sevin Rosen and Klaus Wiemer, former CEO at two semiconductor companies.

Hotpaper.com raised over $2 million from three venture capital firms and angel investors, according to Kevin Warnock, founder, chairman, and CEO. The venture also hired a new president, David Henderson, who previously held senior positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Morgan Stanley Ventures.

Hotpaper makes document templates available online. Warnock started the company with the help of six second-year Haas MBAs, who pursued other careers after the business plan competition.

zipRealty, another competition finalist, has also received funding and is about to roll out its first product (see Haas NewsWire July 12).

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The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Center for Executive Development recently announced the inaugural session of the Venture Capital Institute, to be held on November 7-19 at the Haas School of Business.

Supporting technical innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital investing around the world, the Venture Capital Institute teaches clients from outside the US how the American high-technology entrepreneurial model works and, specifically, how venture capitalists decide to allocate funds, structure deals, and work successfully with entrepreneurs growing new companies.

The Center for Executive Development is also launching the Haas Core, a new series of advanced executive development programs in Supply Chain Strategy (September 22-24), Business Strategy for E-Commerce (September 27-30), Knowledge Management (October 12-13), and Leading Change and Leveraging Culture (Oct. 31-Nov. 3). For more information on the Venture Capital Institute or the Haas Core programs, visit the CED web site at http:www.haas.berkeley.edu/ced, or contact Joyce Leonardo via e-mail at leonardo@haas.berkeley.edu.

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The Haas School is increasingly dependent on the generosity of its alumni and friends, as well as on the support of organizations and corporations, to ensure the continued excellence of its programs. The following are a few examples of recent corporate gifts that came in during the month of July.

Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA
$25,000 Gift

The Haas Health Management Fund

California State Personnel Board Sacramento, CA
$10,000 Gift

The Center for Organization and Human Resources Effectiveness

Lucent Technologies San Ramon, CA
$60,000 Gift

The Lucent Management of Technology Fellowships

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All articles are posted on the "Haas in the News" bulletin board between the student lounges and the Computer Center on the third floor.

Severin Borenstein appeared in several articles and local TV news shows speaking about the current increase in gasoline prices and commenting on future expectancies:

7/15 Contra Costa Times
7/15 Channel 4,5,7 local evening news
7/16 San Francisco Chronicle
7/16 Channel 5 local Evening News
7/21 San Francisco Chronicle
8/9 Contra Costa Times interview
8/11 San Francisco Chronicle
8/15 Channel 4 local evening news

USA Today included zipRealty.com in their article "Net takes legwork out of house hunt," on July 17. The article mentioned zipRealty as being a fully automated online real estate company that will make home buying easier for future homeowners. The article also explained that through web sites like ZipRealty.com both the buyers and sellers would save themselves a lot of time and footwork when buying or selling a new house.

The July issue of Fortune mentioned the Haas School as one of the business schools that experience a strong trend among its MBAs to pass up traditional careers to start their own companies or join high-growth startups. The article compared the experiences of a group of friends that graduated from the same program but embarked on different kinds of careers.

The Financial Times featured a profile of Laura Tyson's first year as dean of the Haas School of Business on July 19th. In the article "Berkeley overcomes the California cash handicap," Dean Tyson talks about the financial hardships that public business schools encounter. She also talked about the need for greater operational flexibility.

Business Week Online recently posted an interview with Haas MBA Director David Downes about financial aid packages available to MBA students at Haas and how students here have successfully managed the increasing cost of an MBA education with fellowships, teaching assignments, and student loans. For a transcript of the interview, go to http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/bsfaqna/bsfaqna21.htm.

The New York Times published an Op-Ed piece by Dean Laura Tyson on August 3. In the article Tyson welcomes recent reports of increased employee compensation, and spoke out in favor of "a small adjustment or two in rates to curb inflation" as opposed to a more severe interest rate increase.

ZDNet interviewed John Morel, alumni and evening MBA advisor in the career center, about modern-day recruiting and application techniques. The clip is available at http://www.zdnet.com/zdtv/zdtvnews/features/story/0,3685,2264968,00.html.

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