Robert McNulty, who also earned a JD from Berkeley in 1965 and served in the military with an ROTC commission that culminated, in 1968, with the rank of captain in the infantry, has had a challenging and diverse career. He has just announced his retirement from Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit that he co-founded in 1975 and has led since 1979. Partners is a collaborative organization working across political and racial boundaries to form coalitions of opportunity in American and international cities based upon quality of life, health, wellness, equity, education, and financial prosperity.
In addition, McNulty has been teaching for the last ten years at Oxford University within the Center for the Environment at the undergraduate level and at the doctorate and master's level within the Smith School, a joint venture with the Saïd Business School and the Center for the Environment.
He is now a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing. This year, he will conclude his time at Oxford and hopefully be spending more time in Park City, Utah, where his two children and four grandchildren live across the street from each other in Old Town. He encourages visitors to give him a call.
Carl Jacobs, in addition to acting as a cantor, has been singing in secular music. Last year he sang Mozart's Requiem with the Los Robles Master Chorale and Orchestra and also Beethoven's 9th with the California Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus at Disney Hall. He sings with the Encore Singers with which he performed solos including "Simple Song" from Bernstein's Mass, Schubert's Gloria, and others. He travels regularly both abroad and within the U.S.. Last year his travels included France and Spain; the Tanglewood Music Festival in Stockbridge, New York; the annual Monterey Jazz Festival in California; and New York City, among other places. He is active in the Los Angeles Chapter of the Berkeley Haas Alumni network, chairing the scholarship committee and helping create events as a long-term board member.`
Gisela Franken See MBA 1972.
Bradford MacLane, of Benicia, Calif., reports, "Still not retired. Still actively involved in the world of real estate valuation and consulting. Moved and expanded the offices of MacLane and Company, Inc. Recently became a vice president of the Northern California/ Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. Still living in small town of Benicia with my wife of 30 years."
Thomas Leaver, BS 75
Thomas Leaver, of London, U.K., writes, "I have enjoyed an extensive career in international oil trading, both in physical and derivative crude oil and petroleum products trading, refining, marine terminal operations, and marine transportation. My greatest achievement was to have successfully gained Sultanate of Oman support to launch a physically backed crude oil contract for the East of Suez market that became the world's largest physically traded oil contract while COO and CEO of the first electronic commodity exchange in the Middle East.
"I started my career in 1975 with Edgington Oil Company in Long Beach, Calif., learning the refinery and marine terminal business. I was then hired by Apex Oil Company to continue crude oil and petroleum products trading, moving to London in 1982. I joined the Finnish national oil company Neste Oy as a director and managing director of Neste's crude oil and products/feedstock trading arms for 10 years. I then was asked to establish the OTC oil derivative business in Europe and Asia for Nations Banc-CRT, now Bank of America (which was not a lot of fun). As president of TransCanada International Petroleum I established the global trading arm of TransCanada Pipelines, the Canadian utility. As an external consultant/energy expert for McKinsey & Company from 2001 to 2004, and again from 2013 to 2017, I advised national and international oil companies in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. From August 2014 through September 2017, I was an independent director and chair of the conflicts committee on the board of VTTI Energy Partners GP LLC, an NYSE-listed MLP with over 50 million barrels of petroleum products and crude oil storage in key logistics hubs in Malaysia, Fujairah, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Port Canaveral.
"In July 2018, I participated in the American Barnstormers Tour, flying 3,200 miles in five Midwest cities culminating in a week at Oshkosh Airventure in my 1928 Travel Air biplane, along with nine other Travel Airs."
Ruth Garcia Merino, BS 78
Ruth Garcia Merino, of San Jose, Calif., updates, "I retired in 2010 from the City of San Jose's Office of the City Auditor after 24 years as a senior program performance auditor. In 2012, after attending Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training Conference, I realized I could help address climate change during my retirement. As chair of San Jose Community Energy Advocates, I led our community group in collaboration with partner organizations to successfully advocate for the San Jose City Council to approve the San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) program in May 2016. In September 2018, I was honored to speak at the launch of SJCE, which was held in conjunction with San Jose's Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event. SJCE is a community choice energy program that provides/generates more renewable electricity for the city's businesses and residents and at less than PG&E's rate. Almost everyone in San Jose is enrolled unless they opt out. SJCE has helped a city of a million people take meaningful climate action. SJCE and many programs/utilities throughout the country also offer 100 percent renewable energy for about $5 more per month— I encourage you to look that up wherever you live. It's a nominal expense that's great for the planet!"
Aziz Khatri, BS 80
Aziz Khatri, of Alameda, Calif., became president in December of the Northern California chapter of CCIM, a prestigious commercial real estate designation. He writes, "I am really excited about working with the 2019 board members and other dedicated, committed, and giving professionals. I know that presidency of this award-winning chapter is not going to be easy. I am thankful that we have quite a few past presidents with us on the board, as role models and guides. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Our chapter was the first. We support two districts: Silicon Valley and Sacramento. And, I am especially grateful to the City of Oakland for proclaiming December 11, 2018, as 'Aziz Khatri Day.'
Mark Mitchell, BS 80
Mark Mitchell died of natural causes on November 5. His wife, Anne, writes, "Mark was a Cal Bear through and through. Wherever he and I would travel, Mark would be the first one to yell out 'Go Bears!' at the sign of a Cal hat."
Mark has been hailed as truly dedicated to Lafayette, his lifelong home. He served as the city's mayor 2015-16. At the time of his death, he was serving on the City Council, to which he was first elected in 2012. While serving on the Planning Commission since 2001, Mark helped set Lafayette's framework for development, guiding the downtown plan, revising the hillside ordinance and rezoning hillsides to low-density residential, creating more realistic guidelines for senior housing, and supporting creation of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Retired Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin said, "Mark was a thoughtful and dedicated public servant. We are all saddened by his passing. Mark was the type of person we should want to emulate. He was particularly helpful in improving the relationship between the city and the Lafayette School District and working to improve the East End. Mark's actions reflected well on the city and on him. He served on the council for one reason: to better the city, not to enhance his position or draw attention to himself."
Friends are encouraged to share memories of Mark in the City of Lafayette's electronic memory book: https://haas.org/mark-mitchell.
Kevin Shields See MBA 1986.
R. Konrad Moore, of San Diego, Calif., writes, "My alumni note is to thank Ms. Ruth Nice, director of admissions, for when I rolled up three C's in my second quarter at UC Berkeley. At the time, students applied after their second year. Standards, of course, are higher now, though even then C's did not win admission. Followed up with an A in Introductory Accounting and A+ in Statistics 101, both requirements at the time, and won admission. Years later graduated from Berkeley's Law School. Nothing I subsequently accomplished, which hopefully includes helping many people, would have been possible without Ms. Nice's intervention in my life."
Margaret Andrews, BS 85
Margaret Andrews, of Medfield, Mass., reports, "I'm living the life as a Harvard instructor—teaching Creativity and Innovation, Managing Yourself and Others, and Managing Complex Teams—and as a consultant with Higher Ed Associates. My heart has always been in higher education. I wrote a blog post on the best professor/ class I ever had (Alan Dundes, Forms of Folklore) on my StratEDgy blog: https://haas.org/margaret-andrews. It always makes me smile to think about his class."
Larry Schaffer, BS 86
Larry Schaffer, of Los Olivos, Calif., writes, "I'm really excited to announce that my winery, tercero wines, has moved into a larger and more prominent tasting room in downtown Los Olivos, located in the Santa Ynez Valley about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles. I've been making wine now for about a dozen years after working in the music and publishing businesses in Southern California for a number of years. I went back to school and received my MS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2005.
"Stop on by next time you are in the area or feel free to reach out via email at larry@tercerowines. com. You can also visit my website at tercerowines.com. Cheers!"
Timothy Yee, BS 90
Timothy Yee, of Alameda, Calif., in keeping with the principle of "Students Always," has earned his Nonqualified Plan Advisor (NQPA) designation and is next pursuing his Chartered SRI Counselor (CSRIC) designation. "Learning never ceases. Keep on sharpening the saw."
Erin Andrews, BS 91, of indi chocolate, the Chocolate Maker of Seattle's Pike Place Market. The company allows visitors to watch the entire chocolate-making process, as well as to take coffee, chocolate, and cocktail classes in the Market.
Erin Andrews, of Seattle, completed the 10,000 Small Businesses Program through the Goldman Sachs Foundation with the goal of bringing her bean-to-bar chocolate factory into Pike Place Market where the entire process (from roasting bean to finished chocolate) could be watched and enjoyed. "That dream is now a reality," she writes, "along with a cafe and gathering space for classes and private events. I recently enjoyed having a Tech CEO Summit at indi chocolate, where the world's largest tech CEOs made chocolate with me in our Pike Place Market factory.
"We've had all sorts of people enjoy indi chocolate. When it comes to chocolate, we're all kids at heart. indi chocolate is named after my eldest daughter, Indi, who is going to college and teaching preschool. Despite having a chocolate company named after her, she still wants to be a preschool teacher. My other daughter and husband both help out at indi chocolate and might just be your instructor if you take a class with us."
Larry Fox, of Richmond, Calif., announces, "Started 2019 on the right note with a promotion to team manager at Kaiser Permanente's National Human Resources Service Center. Looking forward to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Glad to continue to be able to help our employees with their benefits, so they can focus on their important jobs of helping patients and making lives better.
"Can't believe it will be 25 years since our class graduated. Where does the time go?
"Continuing my commitment to helping others in the community. Whether it is serving on the board of directors at TBH, teaching teenagers at religious school, helping feed hungry families during winter break with Food For Thought, participating with G.R.I.P., or encouraging my kids with their own community service—I feel good helping others."
Andy Kurtzig, of San Francisco, announces, "I can't believe it's been 15 years since I started JustAnswer. That's a third of my life! I started JustAnswer at 30, with far more ambition than sense. I'm now a father of three, with slightly more sense (and even more ambition). I envision a day when most people turn to JustAnswer for fast access to experts instead of slow, expensive offline experts. I am 100 percent confident that most people will buy and receive professional services digitally instead of offline—like people buy and stream movies on Netflix, rides on Uber, or rooms on Airbnb—quicker, cheaper and better. We've helped 10 million people solve life's everyday problems [while] 10,000 experts do what they do best: help people. Doctors on JustAnswer have saved countless lives, lawyers have kept innocent people out of jail, and technicians have kept people's things (electronics, appliances, cars) running smoothly and out of the dump. Experts have used their JustAnswer income (as much as $40K/month!) to pay for their kids' education, buy homes, and fund medical missions.
"Our oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 1, which sparked my family's mission to find a cure. We created The Royal Ball, which has raised over $1 million to find a cure, and this year we were honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the Hope Gala, which raised another $2.8 million. It reminds me of our kids' favorite quote: 'What will you do with your one wild and precious life?' My life is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and helping people through JustAnswer."
Will Edmonson, of West Hollywood, Calif., reports, "I continue to practice law, primarily handling litigation matters for individuals and small and mid-sized businesses. Before starting my own firm, I was a partner at Doll, Amir & Eley LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Previously, I served as a law clerk in federal district court and federal appeals court. I offer big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates. Please feel free to contact me at 424-248-9581 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if I can help you with anything."
Yvonne Chen, of San Francisco, announces, "I've been working at Udemy for the last three years, leading the B2B marketing team and today am the VP of marketing, Udemy for Business. It's been a great learning experience building a team and business from the ground up, and we're seeing huge success so far. Looking forward to what 2019 has in store for us!
"My husband and I bought a house last year and now reside in Burlingame, with our lovely dog, Dipsea. We have found a love for gardening. We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year and loved having all of our friends and family over to celebrate a great 2018."
Yang Liu, of Dublin, Calif., reports, "My collaborative art project Botanical Impossibilities, with Anna Chedid, was featured on VSCO Journal. The collaboration explores the color blue, a relatively rare color in real flowers, in a photographic series of botanical paper sculptures. You can read the entire VSCO Journal article 'Paper Flowers' at vs.co/paper-flowers."
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, co-founders of Back to the Roots, appeared on the Steve Harvey Show in December with Ayesha Curry, who cooked up veggie ratatouille with cheesy grits using herbs from the Back to the Roots' kitchen herb garden set. Watch the full segment: https://haas.org/bttr-tv.
Berkeley Ball 2018 with Richard Zen, BS 09 (far right), and his wife, Jenny, BS 09 (center)
Richard Zen, of Hong Kong, announces, "Celebrating over five years at Phoenix Property Investors, an HK-based real estate private equity covering Asia Pacific.
"Together with my Berkeley Haas sweetheart, we are expecting our first child (a daughter) in May 2019, exactly 10 years after graduating."
Xumin Hu, BS 12, with his bride, Shanshan Li
Xumin Hu, of Shanghai, China, updates, "I started a new job in the international education business. I also introduced the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program to Zhejiang University, one of the best universities in China. Students there are very excited about this opportunity to exchange at Haas, and I will be going there late December to run a seminar to introduce Berkeley Haas in person. Currently, I am working on introducing this program to more Chinese universities.
"I got married in September 2018 in Hawaii; to celebrate our marriage, I donated 10 percent of the gift money from our ceremony guests back to Cal."
Ben Natter, BS 13
Ben Natter, of Mill Valley, Calif., announces, "I have launched my own hedge fund, Kent Lake Capital, with seed capital from my prior employer, Emrose Capital, where I served as a portfolio manager for the past four years and an analyst prior to that. Kent Lake Capital seeks to generate returns through individual stock selection, while minimizing the impact of the direction of the overall stock market indices. Matt Briggs, BA 17 (economics), will join me as an analyst at Kent Lake Capital."
Rosemary Hua, BS 14
Rosemary Hua, of San Jose, Calif., was recently promoted to director of data strategy and enablement at Walmart, leading data transformation in the engineering organization and reporting up to the chief data officer. In this role, she creates strategic vision, transparency, and scale within Walmart's data management and engineering teams.
Clement Kao, BS 14
Clement Kao, of San Francisco, writes, "Hi, Haas alumni community! I'm currently a product manager at Blend, a fintech startup digitizing the consumer lending ecosystem. On top of that, over the last year I've had the honor of leading a community of passionate product people at Product Manager HQ (www.productmanagerhq.com). In this role, I've had the amazing opportunity to write more than 50 articles on product management and to personally mentor aspiring product managers and experienced product managers.
"I love giving back to the community—if you're interested in product management or fintech, let me know how I can help you! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or drop me a note on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/clement-kao/. Wishing you an amazing year ahead!"
Melissa Zhang, BS 15
Melissa Zhang, of San Francisco, updates, "I just started a new role as a portfolio manager in BlackRock's flagship $8B factor investing team. I give so much credit to my Haas finance professor Dr. Sumon Mazumdar (UGBA 137), who never fails to teach, enlighten, and delight his students with lessons learned in corporate valuation. My greatest appreciation for his ongoing mentorship.
"I ran my first ultramarathon, the Way Too Cool 50K, in 2018. I've had the pleasure of competing in both the Boston and New York marathons since graduating from Haas and am training for my first 50-miler, the Marin Ultra Challenge, in 2019."
Sofia Dilsizian and Carolline Holanda, BS 17s, college roommates and business partners
Carolline Holanda, of San Francisco, announces, "Sofia Dilsizian and I started a digital marketing company named Cobalt & Sapphire our senior year at Haas. Since our graduation Cobalt & Sapphire has grown from servicing three clients to over 40! We are super excited to continue helping businesses grow their digital presence across the United States."
Shan Patel Alishan, of Los Angeles, notes, "Started a new job at McKinsey & Co. Finished my second project and focusing on manufacturing work."
The late Todd Conover, MBA 65
Todd Conover, age 79, passed away on December 9, 2018, at a retirement home near his home in Meadow Vista, Calif. He was born on October 13, 1939, to Mary Dabney (Marshall/Schneider) and John C. Conover of Bronxville, N.Y. Todd is a graduate of The Hotchkiss School ('57) and has an undergraduate degree from Yale University ('60) and an MBA in finance from Haas. He served two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Todd went on to an extraordinary career in business, including serving as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, as a founding partner of Edgar, Dunn & Company, as a consulting partner with KPMG Peat Marwick, and as a principal of Starmont Asset Management. He served on the boards of PacifiCorp and Blount International during his career. He also authored The Art of Astute Investing. Todd served as comptroller of the currency of the United States, the nation's top bank regulator, from 1981 to 1985. Todd was a member of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
Todd leaves behind Sally, his devoted wife of 57 years; two daughters, Kirsten Wiley (Captain Richard Wiley, USN) and Alison Conover Kinnear (Brian Kinnear); and his grandchildren: Nicholas, Cassidy, and Mackenzie Wiley and Logan and Scott Kinnear. In addition, Todd leaves behind his half-sisters Elizabeth Schneider Cohen and Jo Carol Conover Bennington and half-brothers John C. Conover Jr. and Robert A. Conover. Todd is also survived by his uncle Leonard L. Marshall and many first and second cousins, nephews, and nieces as well as his goldendoodle, Charlie. If you wish to honor Todd with a donation in his memory, please consider donations to the USO or the Navy Seal Foundation.
Robert Klein Verdi writes "Hard to believe: been retired from AT&T for 20 years!
Still operating a private railroad car for charter trips. Season ticket holder with the Giants and of course Cal football. Go Bears!"
Peter Michael, MBA 71, and his wife, Vicki, in front of their Cooling Springs Farm Home, which was built in 1879.
Peter Michael, of Adams-town, Md., and his wife, Vicki, celebrated the 250th anniversary of Cooling Springs Farm, their homestead founded by Andrew and Barbara Michael in 1768. Andrew's father, the Swiss explorer Franz Michel (no "a"), was the first European explorer of western Maryland, where the farm is located.
Gisela Franken, of Oakland, Calif., (Piedmont Pines in the Oakland Hills) updates as follows: "After retirement as CFO of MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) in Berkeley, I spent 10 years volunteering at Summit Hospital and recently started a new volunteering assignment at the Oakland SPCA, socializing cats so that they can be adopted. In our spare time my husband, Walter Ohlemutz, and I enjoy traveling, especially with Tauck Tours, such as trips to Switzerland, a superb river cruise from Budapest to Prague, and an ocean cruise round trip Venice to Istanbul. Our home has an in-law apartment that is available for frequent guests, family, and friends from Germany, showing them the beautiful Bay Area and directing their travels in the USA."
Robert Marwin, MBA 73, with Charlotte Sproul
World traveler Bob Marwin recently sailed in Belize and, in 2014, made it to the bottom of the globe. He writes, "We toured six days in Argentina and spent nine days cruising the Antarctic with the Cal Alumni Association, led by Cal friends Charlotte and Bob Sproul. Cal was the second largest group, with 14, after the Texas Xs with 18.
"Doretta and I started with a three-day winery tour of Mendoza = Malbec country. Visited and sampled wine at three wineries each day including a great lunch. I am now a big Malbec aficionado.
"The best part of our trip was nine days touring the Antarctic on a small French cruise boat out of Ushuia at the southern tip of South America. We made seven RIB (Zodiac) tours and landings on Antarctic islands in the NE Antarctic Peninsula, one on the continent itself, on the Weddell Bay ice shelf, and on South Shetland Island. The 1.5-day Drake Passage crossing over was calm; the return was not. But in general, the weather was amazingly good; Chicago was colder than the NE Antarctic.
"We saw several historic Antarctic explorer sites, and Adelie, Gentoo, and Chinstrap Penguin rookeries with thousands of penguins finishing the raising of their chicks. A penguin rookery is noisy, crowded, smelly, and very interesting to stand and observe for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Penguins waddling to some destination, maybe waddling along a 'penguin highway' are absolutely relentless in their determination to get where they are going. They will walk by, through, or over people who get in the way. The trip was wonderful, supplemented by two one-hour lectures each day by various college professor types who accompanied the expedition. We saw a lot, learned a lot, ate a lot."
Gary Spaugh, MBA 73
Gary Spaugh, of Stockton, Calif., reports, "Formed GLS Healthcare Consulting LLC following retirement from Dignity Health after 35 years with St. Joseph's Regional Health System, then CHW (now Dignity Health). Consult exclusively for Dignity Health. Serve on multiple nonprofit health care organization boards. Contribute to my community through civil grand jury association work. Enjoying semi-retirement working part time and watching two grandsons, Evan, 9, and Alex, 3, grow up. Cycling on a team raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society the last three years with long-distance rides, 100 miles around Lake Tahoe. Live between Stockton and San Mateo to be near daughter's family."
Hidefumi Yamagami, of Tokyo, announces, "In 2017, I started a new teaching position at Kwansei Gakuin University after 14 years of service as a Kindai University professor. I also teach a class at Komazawa University in Tokyo." Contact Hidefumi at Kwansei Gakuin University, Institute of Business and Accounting, Nishinomiya, Japan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joi Grieg, of Bethesda, Md., writes, "Mastering an active retirement with a director position on an art foundation, volunteer work at the Kennedy Center and Travelers Aid, travel with friends and groups, and time with my family, especially my granddaughter in Florida and, soon, a grandson nearby in Frederick. Loving life and grateful to Haas for equipping me for a wonderful and successful career."
Grant Ricketts, MBA 79, and Anne Delehunt, BA 80 (history), at the Rio Olympics women's volleyball quarterfinal match, USA vs. Japan. They caught the winning game ball after it was tossed into the crowd after the match.
Grant Ricketts, of El Cerrito, Calif., reports, "After an early career in advertising in S.F., I ventured back East when my wife, Anne, completed her MBA at HBS. So, I got a second dose of the MBA experience, albeit somewhat vicariously a few years after the first. Both California natives and Cal undergrads, Anne and I returned to the Bay Area in the 1990s. I focused on enterprise software working at Sybase and, later, Oracle, where I met my fellow co-founders of Saba Software, an eventual leader in learning and talent management systems. We started Saba in a garage, had a successful IPO in 2000, and grew the company to over 700 people and $130M. A lovely wild ride to say the least! The company traded on the NASDAQ (SABA) for 14 years, eventually being bought up by a private equity firm that added in a couple of other companies and still operates as Saba Software. I was later CEO and co-founder of another company, Tripos Software, focused on corporate sustainability solutions. It didn't grow as large but was no less fun in addressing big enterprise challenges.
"Today, I am involved with a mobile gaming project, have freedom to travel a lot, sit on a couple advisory boards, and have been known to drop in occasionally at the SkyDeck entrepreneurial incubator program and share some advisory services with its cohort startups. I guess the adage is, to paraphrase the iconic Gen. Douglas MacArthur, 'Old entrepreneurs never die ... and they won't simply fade away.' Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past year in Marrakesh. Greetings and best wishes to all my former classmates. Cheers!"
Brian Shefts, of Oakland, Calif., updates, "It has been 10 years since I acquired Boulangerie Solignac, an artisanal commercial bakery specializing in frozen croissants and pastries. The bakery was a year old at the time with a couple of customers that serviced bakeries, restaurants, and hotels. In addition to building that business, we developed a line of retail packaged pastries and can be found in the freezer cases of hundreds of retail groceries and stores. It's been an interesting ride, going from television to book publishing to tech and now the specialty food business. Can't wait to see what's next."
Bob Merrill, MBA 86
Kate Hart, writes, "I received a huge honor in the form of an invitation to umpire at the Little League Baseball Western Region tournament in San Bernardino this coming August. I'm very excited."
Bob Merrill, of Naperville, Ill., notes, "I retired from JELD-WEN six years after it purchased CMI, the company where I was CEO for 11 years. After taking a break for travel and moving to a new downsized townhome in Naperville, I have started REM Consulting to advise middle-market manufacturing companies in marketing, sales, and general management.
My first client is Interbuild, an Asian manufacturer of wood products, and I will serve as U.S. CEO as the company enters the market. I have been a member of the Chief Executives Network for over 15 years.
"Maureen and I are enjoying our new 'semi-urban' home and the ability to walk to shops and restaurants. Our son Matthew lives in New York, working for The Economist and pursuing his MBA at NYU Stern. Our daughter Amanda lives in Chicago teaching middle-school reading and language arts after receiving her Masters in Education from DePaul University. We visit Northern California every year to get our wine fix in Napa."
Kevin Shields, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., reports, "I started Griffin Capital in 1995 as a real estate and asset management platform. We have grown to over 190 employees with $11.5 billion in AUM. This month, we announced a transformative transaction in which we merged our real estate platform into one of our real estate investment trusts and announced the execution of a definitive agreement in which two of our trusts will merge, collectively creating an internalized real estate investment trust with over $4.75 billion in net leased office and industrial assets. Over a year's worth of work culminated in a single December afternoon.
"My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. I could not be more pleased to report that after 16 weeks of chemo, a mastectomy, and reconstruction, it is all safely in the rearview mirror. To celebrate, we embarked on a 22-day journey around the world, traversing the 66th parallel with National Geographic. Not only do we highly recommend the trip, it was an unbelievable means to embrace the fact my wife, Eileen, is a cancer survivor."
Christine (Burke) Landon, MBA 87 (right), with husband, Geoff
Christine (Burke) Landon writes, "I am working at eBay heading up Global Learning and Growth. I still work in Silicon Valley but built a home with my husband, Geoff, in Fort Collins, Colo., so we split our time between California and Colorado."
Christopher Scharff, MBA 87 (right), co-founder of Altitude Intimates, at his trade show company's inaugural trade show in Las Vegas
Christopher Scharff, of Los Angeles, sold DG Brands, the company which he grew more than fifteenfold to one of two competing publicly held international strategic acquirers. He is spending more time with his family, traveling, supervising his real estate and investment portfolio, and engaging in his new passion—surfing. Additionally, he has founded a trade show company called Altitude Intimates.
Kathryn Peyton, of Sonoma County, Calif., announces, "In a rash move at age 56, I decided I had one more career transition in me and became a financial advisor with Abacus Wealth Partners. Two years later, and after suffering through the difficult prep process for the CFP® exam, I am now happily advising wine country clients on investment management and financial planning topics. Really enjoyed seeing many classmates at the reunion this year!"
Soumitra Dutta, MBA 89, with his wife, Lourdes Casanova, director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University. The couple met at International House in fall 1985.
Soumitra Dutta, of Ithaca, N.Y., transitioned from his role as the founding dean of the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business to a faculty role there. He also became chair of the Global Business School Network, a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit focused on building management capacity in emerging markets.
Andrea Featherston, MBA 89, with Patrick Rossi
Andrea Featherston writes, "Currently launching a startup, while continuing to work in marketing communication. I live in North Idaho on a small ranch where my husband and I breed Highland cattle, ride horses, and live much of the time out of doors."
Ker Gibbs, MBA 90 (second from left), with Brian Burns, MBA 93, and MBA 90 classmates Robert Lim and Till Vestring
Ker Gibbs, of Shanghai, China, reports, "The Haas Hogs toured Vietnam on our bikes this past November. Brian Burns, MBA 93, joined up with MBA 90 classmates Robert Li, Till Vestring, and myself. We met in Hanoi and rode through the Ba Vi national park and visited a Hmong village. Already planning the next adventure!"
Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol was named secretary general of Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission, the first woman to run the market regulator. She is currently the director general of the legal execution department at the Ministry of Justice and will begin her new position on May 1.
Klaus Koerner, MBA 91, with wife, Ingrid
Klaus Koerner, of Brussels, Belgium, announces, "Just got my medal for 20 years of service on the European Commission. It has been an interesting time during these years, dealing with the enlargement of the European Union after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also with entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and social economy. With my wife, Ingrid, we spent four years in Algeria (North Africa) managing the cooperation of the European Union with Algeria, dealing with crucial topics like prison reform. After dealing with higher education, I have during the last years analyzed education systems and their contribution to economic growth. This year I also had the opportunity to participate in the EU China trip, which made me understand better the challenges and opportunities of China and of the rest of the world.
"Ingrid and I started last year in Argentina and Brazil, and then on ski slopes in the Austrian Alps. We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary."
Mayra (Hunot) Addison, of Houston, writes, "I joined the faculty of University of St. Thomas, here in Houston, and continue on the faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., teaching courses on Energy and Environment Policy for the developing world. I recently became a member of Houston's Global Energy Mentors, a group of professionals that mentors startup companies in the energy field. I still consult in the field of energy policy, private sector development, and pricing for developing countries. I am writing a paper on how renewable energy can be an off-the-grid solution for rural areas.
"We moved to Houston following my husband's appointment as general counsel of an oil firm. Son, Daniel, is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna and daughter, Alexa, a junior at St. John's School here in Houston."
Jorge Mercado, MBA 92, with wife, Sofia, and kids, Mateo (14), Aitana (13), Sofia (20), and Axel (18)
Jorge Mercado, of Merida, Yucatan, writes, "Very happy with a great 2018! Changed job to GIS, a global Mexican conglomerate in auto parts, ceramic tile, and water heaters manufacturing with ops in seven countries and three continents. We have the huge challenge of accelerating our evolution into mobility, digitalizations, and expanding global footprint. In addition I became a board member in three companies, plus a member of investment committees at a couple of family offices.
"Very happy that my son Axel is applying to Haas for the undergrad MET program. Last summer he attended the Youth Business Academy at Haas! Great program. He is now ambassador in Mexico of the program."
Nikolaos Panagiotis Karras, MBA 93
Nikolaos (Karras) Panagiotis, of Athens, Greece, updates, "After 16 years at General Motors Hellas in significant managerial positions, fleet key account manager and advertising and communications manager, I am currently job searching. Would be glad if you could share my profile with alumni job posters or other employers!
"I am married and a wonderful daughter, age 10!"
Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, was ranked twelfth on a Harvard Business Review list of the world's best-performing CEOs. The ranking, based primarily on financial returns over each CEO's entire tenure, also revealed that 32 of the 100 top-performing CEOs have MBAs.
Dan Kern, of Boston, announces, "I've joined the board of overseers for the Brandeis International Business School. I'm also spending some time in Cambridge as a board member and chair of the investment committee for the Cambridge Community Foundation. Darlene and I are looking forward to two graduations in the spring, son Matt from UC Santa Barbara and Emma from Hofstra."
Yves Speeckaert, MBA94
Yves Speeckaert, of Luxembourg, writes, "After quite a few years spent in the consulting and banking sector, I started a new company in Luxembourg in 2017 called Emergy Capital Markets, which focuses both on Governance of Private Equity funds and structuring and funding a growing number of projects in the area of impact finance. This includes advising on new greenfield industrial project in Haiti to funding sustainable agriculture projects in Brazil and Africa with donor money. Lots of fun and lots of travelling that led me to 12 countries in 2018, in Latin America and Africa.
"One of the new lines of business I am developing with Emergy is working in the carbon credit (CC) and carbon-offsetting market, identifying quality forestry, environmental, and/or energy-efficiency projects and matching these with carbon credit buyers in the compliance or voluntary markets. I have got quite a few CC projects in my portfolio, but I am now actively sourcing interested corporate or private buyers, in this $844 million tCOE2e market. This makes a lot of sense in the wake of the COP 21 Paris commitment and the obvious degradation of climate balance.
"I know that California and Cal Berkeley are at the forefront of climate-mitigating initiatives, and Luxembourg is the world's largest financial center for emission of green bonds. Perhaps some creative partnerships possible there.
I am looking forward to connecting again with my fellow graduates from the Class of 1994. Much love from Luxembourg and Belgium and a house available for Haas alumni passing by."
Kassim Chaudry, of Metuchen, N.J., updates, "Recently left Dell EMC in early November to look for new opportunities full time. I spent the last 12+ years at EMC, which was recently acquired by Dell. I have been interviewing with many different companies, hoping to land something in cybersecurity or cloud computing.
"On Thanksgiving Day our house caught fire, and we all had to evacuate in a hurry. Fortunately, no one was hurt and only things were damaged. We are in the throes of getting the house back to being livable again. In many ways this has been a blessing as we pare down our focus of what's really important."
John Stroup, president and CEO of Belden Inc., was invited to the White House to share his innovative approach to confronting substance abuse in the workplace. Belden produces and sells a comprehensive portfolio of connectivity and networking products into a variety of markets, including industrial, enterprise, and broadcast. At its Richmond, Ind., plant, the company offers applicants who fail pre-employment drug screens a tailored rehabilitation program and the promise of a job for those able to get clean. Called Pathways to Employment, the program is garnering a great deal of attention from the surgeon general and other public health officials and making a real difference for over half the people who have gone through the program.
John Winther, real estate veteran, was honored at the 34th annual gala and auction held by the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts in October. An Eagle Scout and an assistant scoutmaster in his sons' troops, Winther is founder and managing partner of Oakland-based Harvest Properties.
Alan Seigrist, of Hong Kong, writes, "Thanks Haas for inspiring me to keep going and now on to my third successful venture! Very thrilled to announce that we've closed a major investment round for my IoT tech business, Energybox—with that investment comes a global technology and sales relationship with Cisco Systems! Energybox is a global leader in connected monitoring and control solutions with a focus on facility management, energy efficiency, and food safety monitoring. Check us out at energybox.com."
Komal Shah started an arts conversation series in the South Bay, inviting nationally renowned women and artists of color for quarterly discussions on race, representation of women, and anything in between.
Jennifer Cook was appointed to the board of directors of Denali Therapeutics in November. Cook is currently the CEO of the life sciences company GRAIL.Previously, she was at Roche Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, where she held a number of senior management positions during a 25-year tenure, covering the full life cycle of product development and commercialization.
Front page of book Financiamiento Inteligente by Gonzalo Miranda, MBA 99
Gonzalo Miranda, of Santiago, Chile, announces, "I just co-authored and published the book Financiamiento Inteligente (Smart Money), aimed to help Latin American entrepreneurs in the fundraising process. The book summarizes how entrepreneurs can successfully negotiate with venture investors. Download a free copy of the book from www.financiamientointeligente.cl."
Christine (Mar) Ciriani, of Geneva, Switzerland, updates, "After nearly 17 years in international management consulting, I joined Motive Partners, an investment firm dedicated to the tech-enabled companies that power financial services. I am proud to join the team of carefully hand-selected and trusted partners with the mutual goal of unlocking value and empowering management teams to accelerate growth in financial technology. I will remain in Switzerland but continue to travel globally with particular focus on Europe and Asia. Glad to help firms continue to grow while fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and respect. During my transition it was a pleasure to meet up with several Haas alums and share experiences around the world—always inspiring!"
Lisa Rueff and Jennifer Freas, MBA 01, co-founders of Collective Heartss
Jennifer Freas, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, "Last year I co-founded Collective Hearts, a female led jewelry company dedicated to spreading love. Every purchase contributes to the Jacmel Children's Center, a children's school and home built by my co-founder. It's a company with purpose and heart. We just launched an exciting collaboration with Stella & Dot, a fashion social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. We have another big partnership to announce in May. Learn more about our product and mission at collectivehearts. co."
Jon Metzler became a faculty mentor with the Haas International Business Development program. A lecturer at Berkeley Haas, Metzler teaches competitive advantage in technology, telecom, and media markets (Strategy for the IT Firm) and international business. He is also associated faculty for the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies and a faculty mentor at SkyDeck, the Berkeley-affiliated startup accelerator.
Dan (Pine) Firepine, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "Same house in Berkeley some of you would remember, work at Kaiser (emergency medicine), own/manage several rental properties. Married with two kids, ages 12 and 13. I'm two years from early retirement and looking for cool second careers. Send me ideas, opportunities, contacts. Thoughts include medical startup advisory/board role, ground-level entrepreneurship if with others wanting to tackle major care organizational and delivery problems, venture capital in the medical space, content expert in revealing medical documentary … or maybe I'll just run for public office."
Niandong Wang, MBA 04, with wife, Lingling Yang; daughter, Angelina Wang; and dog, Nala, a 6-year-old Cavapoo
Niandong Wang, of Palo Alto, Calif., reports, "I am working for CITCON, a Silicon Valley-based cross-border payment company focused on Chinese mobile wallets such as WeChat Pay and Alipay. I've also invested in an ed-tech startup to provide career coaching and job searching for international students in U.S. colleges.
"My daughter Angelina graduated from Palo Alto High School in May 2018 and will enter Boston University in the spring. She will spend her summer semester in London and might even intern in Paris. Kids these days."
Mark Coyle, of Oakland, Calif., announces, "I am now chief product officer at ThinkHR—an East Bay startup that provides SaaS-based People Risk Management Software. Previously, I was its chief technical officer. In my new role, I continue to manage the technical aspects of the company in addition to new responsibilities in strategy and product direction."
Brad Irby, MBA 05, with family members Max, Marcela, and Lucas
Bradley Irby, of Rome, Italy, opened a new office in Rome for Alobria Systems, to extend his software outsourcing business to Europe. With current offices in Peru and Bolivia, Alobria Systems now supports clients in North and South America, as well as the European Union. The expansion should prove successful now that he is established in the city and looking for offices.
On relocating his family, Brad adds: "We arrived December 16 and spent the holidays in Florence, then continued on to Rome to begin the search for an apartment. We are all nervous but excited, and the kids are looking forward to starting school. We wish everyone an exciting and prosperous 2019."
The late Gregor Schauer, MBA 05, with daughter, Zoe, in 2009
Gregor Karl Schauer, of Berkeley, Calif., passed away unexpectedly on July 14, 2018. Gregor graduated from the evening/weekend program in 2005 and fondly remembered his years there, in particular a summer trip he took to South Africa with Haas. Gregor was born in Germiston, South Africa, in 1969, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with honors (1996), and emigrated to the United States in 1999. He worked at Google's finance division and then subsequently at JMP securities and Jefferies and Baird, all in tech-related finance. He also published tech-related news articles in Business Insider and other tech publications. He will fondly be remembered by his children, Adam and Zoe Schauer; his brother and father, John and Karl Schauer; and his extended Wojcicki family as well as friends and family throughout the Bay Area and the world.
Dan Nash has been named the new CFO of mobile gaming company Machine Zone. Before joining MZ, Nash was a managing director and head of internet investment banking at Wells Fargo Securities.
Robert Kaplan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., launched Circulate Capital, a new investment firm focused on preventing ocean plastic and advancing the circular economy in South and Southeast Asia. He announced more than $100M in commitments to their impact investment strategy from companies like PepsiCo, Danone, and Unilever.
Kate Stillwell, MBA 07, during a visit to Hawaii over Thanksgiving with daughters Karen, 9, and Julia, 7
Kate Stillwell, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "Four years ago I left structural engineering to found InsurTech startup Jumpstart, and late last year we finally launched! It's a B-corp that builds financial resilience to natural disasters. Our first-of-its-kind "parametric" insurance disburses a lump sum right away, so more people have money when they need it. Huge gratitude to all who helped along the journey. Check it out and sign up! jumpstartrecovery.com."
Preston Smalley, MBA08
Preston Smalley, of Danville, Calif., reports, "Since stepping into my role as VP of product and engineering at Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center, some major industry disruptions (digital streaming) have challenged me with navigating the 'innovator's dilemma'—a familiar topic from our strategy courses at Haas. Through integrating the best of OTT streaming (Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube) with the new-age experiences of traditional television (on XFINITY X1), we're able to embrace industry disruption in a way that benefits our customers— building for both the future and present. Additionally, we've built an unrivaled sports viewing experience; whether you're following the Cal Bears every Saturday or watching Missy Franklin swim in the Olympics. A crucial step in creating this product was the M&A of a sports analytics startup—a process I was able to lead successfully, much thanks to the lessons from Haas on the many ways these situations can go awry. We even secured 100 percent retention of the existing team and achieved all subsequent goals.
"Another fulfilling facet of my work is speaking at various conferences and sharing thoughts and ideas I've begun writing. My articles on leadership and product management have been featured in major independent publications including Medium and Product Management Insider. Finally, this year my family and I—grateful for the snow Northern California received— continue to compete for the title of 'fastest skier in the family.'"
Viral (Vik) Mehta, of Berkeley, Calif., updates, "Started at Uber in San Francisco as head of global service insights, quality, and delivery. It feels like a perfect culmination of my prior experience in operations at Adobe, Autodesk, and now I get to work on interesting problems at a scale for innovative business models globally. Many thanks to Haas alumni, who have always offered valuable advice and guidance along the way as I have looked for new perches since graduation! On the personal front, Eesha is in her freshman year at the Head-Royce School; she is enjoying it and getting used to the workload."
MBA 10 classmates at Professor Dennis Williams' (BA 84) holiday party: Will Hu, Evan Schwimmer, Jan Smidek, Bill Doyle, and Zach Chan
Zachary Chan, of Oakland, Calif., writes, "We are re-launching the Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA) and have started off with a bang! Recent events include a tour of the Salesforce Tower with Hines, the developer; a discussion with Giants president Larry Baer followed by a game; and Professor Dennis Williams' (BA 84) holiday party. We invite any UC Berkeley alumni working in real estate to check out our website and join BREAA (www.berkeleyrealestate.org), and we hope to see you soon!"
Deepak Goel, of Fremont, Calif., announces, "Recently launched ProductStudio. I am deeply passionate about creating beautiful products, and I've found a team that is just as passionate. At ProductStudio, we help entrepreneurs and companies build their own products. We've been a part of the digital world for a long time, and we've seen its ugly side. It was time to find a better way of building a healthy, creative business—and that's how ProductStudio was born. We are gaining popularity among student entrepreneurs, especially those who are non-tech founders or just looking for concept validation through MVPs and interactive mockups for their apps and websites. We provide high-quality product development services at a very reasonable price (productstudio.us)."
Deepti Illa, MBA 10, at De Novo's vineyard in Sonoma
Deepti Illa, of Fremont, Calif., updates as follows: "I lead growth marketing and integrated campaigns for Google Analytics, Google Optimize, and Google Data Studio. In my previous role, I helped launch Google Marketing Platform, a powerful enterprise solution that unifies Google's advertising and analytics products.
"My winery, De Novo Wines, continues to produce award-winning wines while employing sustainable viticultural practices. Our 2015 cabernet sauvignon won Gold at the SF International Wine Competition. Use the discount code Haas at store.denovowines.com to get 25 percent off your wine orders.
"I went parasailing for the first time two months ago in Cancun. I felt like I was on top of the world! My 6-year-old joined the Cub Scouts last year and recruited me as the den leader for the group of seven adorable Tiger scouts (Pack 152, SF Bay Area Council)."
John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, "I am coming up on my six-year anniversary at Intel this spring and additionally am teaching Technology Transactions at the UC Davis (King Hall) School of Law."
Laurie Peterson, MBA 11, at a toy fair with her Build & Imagine construction kit
Laura Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., reports, "I am proud to announce that my startup Build & Imagine was acquired by a top-tier U.S. toy company. Our small but mighty team made a big impact to shift the construction toy category in a girl-friendly direction. With this sale I am looking forward to seeing our magnetic dollhouses reach children worldwide and am thinking about new beginnings. I am so appreciative of the support the Haas network provided on this journey, including Build & Imagine's participation in SkyDeck and LAUNCH, investments from my classmates, mentorship from professors, and the confidence to go after my dreams. Thank you."
Kevin Sung, of San Francisco, updates, "In November 2018, I left a position as director of product at music startup Smule and moved to a new product role at Dropbox."
Dash Victor, MBA 14, with wife, Erin, and son, Hayes
Dashiell Victor, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, "Hayes Victor was born on September 8, 2018."
Chad Reed, Leigh Madeira, Zach Knight, and Nick Wobbrock, all MBA 15, co-founders of Blue Forest Conservation, secured funding for the first privately financed forest fire bond. A $4 million deal will finance their first big project in Tahoe National Forest.
Julia Silbergeld, of Oakland, Calif., has stepped into the role of chief of people at MoveOn.org, a progressive advocacy organization with millions of members. In her role, she focuses on culture, equity, strategic planning, and talent. She would love to connect with other Haas alums in similar roles!
Jamaur Bronner, of Jakarta, Indonesia, writes, "In October, I joined Moses Lo's (MBA 15) fintech startup Xendit as a product manager! The company is headquartered in Jakarta, and I'll be splitting my time between our offices in Jakarta and Singapore. "Also, I am happy to have won the raffle for a one-year LinkedIn Premium membership. I'm sure I'll find many uses for it as I continue to broaden my professional network. Thanks to the Haas administration for selecting me for the prize and to Haas alum Rachelle Diamond, MBA 00, for coordinating the prize with LinkedIn."
Newlyweds Albert Cheng and Kati Pease, MBA 16s
Kati Pease, announces, "Albert Cheng, whom I met during my first year at Haas, and I got married in November. We even had special Berkeley- colored maracas at our Mexico wedding. This adds another Haas wedding to the books."
Paul Lei, MBA 18, and his wife, Yujie
Paul Lei, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, "I started a new job as a senior financial analyst at Zendesk in San Francisco. And I got married in Hilo, Hawaii, during Christmas!
Patricia Rose Duignan, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, "I've welcomed my third granddaughter into the fold. Having daughters and granddaughters makes me highly aware of the fact that one in three women will experience assault during her lifetime. To combat this horrendous statistic, I have dedicated myself to bringing a program called EAAA (Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act) to colleges in my area. It's a 12-hour course for young women that has proven to cut sexual assaults among its graduates by 50 percent. So, it's working! Each of us needs to do our part in combating this cultural acceptance and ignorance about assault and harassment and coercion. Speak up!
Adam Tachner, BCEMBA 08, and family at the Incan "Gate of the Sun" above Machu Picchu
Adam Tachner wrote in to report that he, his wife, and their three kids, ages 11 to 14, are traveling the world for 14 months during a family gap year. They've got 30+ countries planned on every continent except Australia. Summer and fall of 2018 started in Europe; then, the Tachners were off to South America and Africa. Plans for 2019 include Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, and back to Europe for the summer. Follow their journey at www.tachnergrams.com, where you can also find FAQs responding to common inquiries they receive, such as: Are you homeschooling? (Short answer: yes). Adam is also working on a startup, magtera.com, which he plans to fundraise for and focus on full time when he's back.
Woven co-founders Burc Arpat, BCEMBA 11, a former engineering leader at Facebook and Google, and Timothy Campos, BCEMBA 11, former Facebook CIO
Timothy Campos, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Burc Arpat, announced the launch of the app for Woven (www.woven.com), a new company that brings advanced collaboration capabilities to existing calendar software to help busy people be more productive. Campos writes, "Burc and I first met in 2009 as MBA students. In 2016, we both left fantastic positions at Facebook to pursue our vision of 'empowering people to spend time on what matters most.' On November 8, 2018, we launched Woven, the intelligent calendar for busy professionals. We are thrilled with the reception of Woven to date and are hard at work delivering more features to our growing user base."
Raj Krishnamurthy, EMBA13
Raj Krishnamurthy, of Fremont, Calif., announces, "We are coming off the stealth mode! ContiNube (continube.com) is a SaaS startup focused on continuous risk management. We make it super easy for you to manage your IT compliance and operations risks. Berkeley alums who want to transform the way you manage IT risks, give me a call: (650) 996-2019 or email me at email@example.com. Appreciate all referrals."
Julia Felts, EMBA 15, with husband, Edward Loh
Julia Felts married Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of MotorTrend, on October 27, 2018. They celebrated with a small reception at St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif. Julia and Ed credit the EMBA program for bringing them together, since they were introduced by her 2015 classmate, Christine Elfalan, and her husband, Jon. They live in Redondo Beach, Calif., where Julia works as a lead consultant for BCG Digital Ventures, helping to build new technology startups.
Srivats Iyer, EMBA15
Srivats Iyer, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, "Since graduation, my career has moved rapidly in an upward direction. I believe my Haas MBA played a major role, from improving my personal branding to being able to leverage the Haas alumni network. After starting a new role at a startup, I have been at Facebook now for over a year as a data center technical program manager."
Anita Ratnathicam, of San Francisco, started her new role on the Google Food Team in February. She writes, "Thanks Caroline Yeh, EMBA 15, for the referral and also to the fabulous Haasies who are my personal Board of Directors for their support throughout the interview process!"
William Halal, PhD 71
William Halal, of Washington, D.C., updates as follows: George Washington University Professor William Halal's seventh book, Beyond Knowledge, draws on collective intelligence to show that the tech revolution is creating higher-order challenges that are moving modern societies beyond the Knowledge Age and into an Age of Consciousness. The internet, smartphones, and social media have created today's post-factual world where values and beliefs dominate knowledge and reason. Advanced AI is automating knowledge jobs and moving the labor force into a new form of creative work that humans excel at. And climate change, financial instability, autocratic rule, and other threats pose a "Crisis of Global Maturity" that must be resolved to reach a sustainable global order. South African futurist Michael Lee called Beyond Knowledge "one of the most intelligent, insightful, relevant, and illuminating books I have ever read on the nature of changing society. It's a marvel." Learn more at www.BillHalal.com.
Margarete and Serge Matulich, PhD 71, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary
Serge Matulich, of Orlando, Fla., funded Matulich Foundation, Inc., which will grant an annual scholarship to a business student at the Haas School and to a business student at the Crummer School at Rollins College, from which Serge retired after 18 years of teaching there. First grants to be made in 2020. The amount of the scholarship will depend on the size of the foundation's endowment, which is currently small. The foundation honors Serge's parents for bringing him and his sister and two brothers to America from a refugee camp in the Sinai desert, where they lived for three years during World War II. A short video can be found at MatulichFoundation.org.
Nicholas Hall, of Columbus, Ohio, Berry Professor at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, served as the 24th president of INFORMS during 2018. INFORMS, with 12,500 members in 86 countries, is the world's leading professional society for operations research and business analytics. The U.S. Congress recognized Professor Hall's "tireless dedication to the field of operations research and analytics" with the flying of a flag in his honor over the Capitol on October 30, 2018, at the request of Congressman Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
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