Stephanie Fujii, MBA 04, and Courtney Chandler, MBA 96
Alumnae are now leading two of Haas’ graduate degree programs. Courtney Chandler, MBA 96, who joined the Haas staff in 2009, became the director of the Evening & Weekend MBA program last February and executive director in August. Previously she served as senior associate director of part-time and executive MBA admissions at Haas. In August, Stephanie Fujii, MBA 04, was named the first assistant dean of the Full-time MBA Program and Admissions, a newly created position. A nine-year Haas veteran, Fujii served most recently as executive director of full-time MBA Admissions. In her new role, she will oversee both the full-time MBA admissions and the full-time MBA program office. Both women join Mike Rielly, the executive director of the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program.
Bruce Strong, MBA 91, offers practical advice on how leaders can transform and renew their organizations effectively in his new book, Strategic Conversations: Creating and Directing the Entrepreneurial Workforce (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-authored with J.-C. Spender (www.cbridgepartners.com/book). Strong, a management consultant and founding partner at CBridge Partners in the Greater Boston area, interviewed leaders at numerous organizations, including EMC, Best Buy, and Red Hat, to see how they’ve creatively engaged front-line employees to reimagine their strategies and successfully implement them. The book offers a framework for how managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all stripes can optimize the way they approach change.
Last fall, Chris Tobler, MBA 88, CEO of Switzerland-based Sefar Group (www.sefar.com), was awarded the Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst & Young in the family business category. The company, which manufactures precision fabrics, has been in his family since 1830. Originally it produced silk bolting cloth for sieving flour. These days Sefar products are used in various industries, including electronics, medical, automotive, aerospace, and architecture. Tobler has been CEO for ten years. Some 2,200 employees work for the company at locations in 25 countries. “This was not only a personal honor but also a high recognition of what my ancestors have done to create such a great company,” Tobler says. “I enjoyed the wonderful award evening together with my lovely wife, Claudia.”
John L. Graham, PhD 80, professor emeritus of international business at UC Irvine, has co-authored Inventive Negotiation: Getting Beyond Yes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) with Lynda Lawrence and William Hernandez Requejo. The book offers specific techniques showing how to be more successful with negotiation illustrated by real-life stories and the latest research in neuroscience and behavioral economics. Every example demonstrates a principle perfected by the authors’ decades of experience in everything from oil pipelines to international peace.
Robert Tyminski, MBA 94, of San Francisco, a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, has recently published The Psychology of Theft and Loss: Stolen and Fleeced (Routledge, 2014). The book investigates different types of stealing, including robbery, kidnapping, plagiarism, and technotheft, and includes a look at the economic aspects of the crime with research from behavioral economics.