Accolades & Books

Stepping Up


Jo Mackness, MBA 04

The new year brought new leadership posts to members of the Haas community. Haas Chief Strategy & Operating Officer Jo Mackness, MBA 04, assumed the top human resources role on the UC Berkeley campus, serving as interim assistant vice chancellor for human resources. “I’ve always been committed to using my career to create positive social change,” says Mackness. “Moving into a role that more directly supports the entire university was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”


Courtney Chandler, MBA 96

Taking Mackness’ place on an interim basis at Haas is Courtney Chandler, MBA 96, previously the assistant dean for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

Jamie Breen, the former assistant dean of Berkeley Haas’ MBA for Executives program, is now leading teams as assistant dean for Haas’ MBA Programs for Working Professionals.

Working Smarter


Book by Marion McGovern, MBA 85

In Thriving in the Gig Economy (Career Press, July 2017), Marion McGovern, MBA 85, explores dramatic changes in the world of work and offers advice on how to capitalize and compete in the new landscape. McGovern focuses on the high end of the gig economy, looking at the alternative workforce of senior consultants. She dives deep into the world of digital marketplaces and outlines ways to maneuver in this new, digitally enabled world of work to create a path that optimizes success.



Satish Rishi, MBA 86

Satish Rishi, MBA 86, was named a 2016 Silicon Valley CFO of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Rishi spent the last ten years at Rambus Inc., a creator of semiconductor and IP products with an annual revenue of $300 million. “I am honored and humbled and owe it to my team and Haas,” Rishi said of his award. At Rambus, he built a finance team that questioned the status quo and made significant changes to internal processes. He also increased the institutional investor base from 25 percent to 82 percent and worked with the CEO to develop a strategic plan for the company to become profitable. Rishi recently retired from the company.

New Fiction


Book by Jackie Townsend, MBA 93

Management consultant-turned-author Jackie Townsend, MBA 93, debuts her second novel, The Absence of Evelyn (SparkPress) this spring. The book is a saga of a stormy relationship between an almost-50 mother and her daughter that explores love, loss, and identity. Townsend’s novel cultivates elements of romance, intrigue, and adventure among four lives spanning three continents. Townsend’s first novel is Imperfect Pairings.

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