Accolades & Books

Alumna Leads MBA Admissions

Morgan Bernstein, MBA 09

Morgan Bernstein, MBA 09

Morgan Bernstein, MBA 09, was recently promoted to executive director of Full-time MBA Admissions, overseeing the recruitment and selection of Haas MBA students. She has worked for the admissions team since 2011. Previously, Bernstein worked on strategy and marketing for eBay’s apparel category. She also led consumer marketing for InsideTrack. Bernstein takes over the helm from Assistant Dean Stephanie Fujii, MBA 04, who left to work at executive search firm Russell Reynolds.

Woman of the Year

Jennifer Cook, MBA 98

Jennifer Cook, MBA 98

Jennifer Cook, MBA 98, head of pharma region Europe for Roche, was named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Noted for her leadership, business-savvy results, and commitment to inclusion, Cook runs pharma operations in 28 countries with revenue over $9.3 billion. She oversees over 5,500 employees and the treatment of more than 5 million patients annually. She started her health care career at Genentech, part of the Roche Group, eventually becoming senior VP and U.S. business unit head for immunology and ophthalmology. Her work with that team in driving culture change for strategic advantage comprises a case study written by Haas Prof. Jennifer Chatman and published in California Management Review as part of the Berkeley Haas Case Series:

Creative Investment Strategies

Book by William T. Ziemba, MBA 65, PhD 69

Book by William T. Ziemba, MBA 65, PhD 69

William T. Ziemba, MBA 65, PhD 69, a professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, is the author of Great Investment Ideas, a collection of articles published in the Journal of Portfolio Management from 1993 to 2015. The book draws on 40+ years studying the methods, results, and evaluation of great investors. Topics include the effect of errors in means, variances and co-variances in portfolio selection problems, stock market crashes and anomalies, portfolio theory and practice, evaluation theory, and more. Learn more at

Medal of Honor

Vreij Kolandjian,  MBA 76

Vreij Kolandjian, MBA 76

Vreij Kolandjian, MBA 76, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor earlier this year from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The award honors individuals for their accomplishments in their field and inspired service to the nation. Kolandjian is the retired president of Houston-based Uncle Ben’s Inc., and he’s currently a partner at Yellowstone Capital and part owner of Chung’s Gourmet Foods. Other recipients of this award include six U.S. presidents, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Muhammad Ali, and Rosa Parks.

Widening the Coding Community

Kakul Srivastava,  MBA 01

Kakul Srivastava, MBA 01

Kakul Srivastava, MBA 01, VP of product management at code-sharing community GitHub in San Francisco, was named to Fast- Company’s 2016 Most Creative People in Business list “for seeing the people behind the code.” Srivastava is finding ways to extend the code-sharing community beyond engineers working together on open-source projects. Says FastCompany, “She’s helped introduce such approachable features as word processor-style editing tools and easier ways for members to help others improve their code.” Watch her 2016 HAASx talk, “Fear: A Beginner’s Guide,” from the Alumni Conference at

North Bay Alumnus Shines

Javier Tenorio,  BS 09

Javier Tenorio, BS 09

At 32, Javier Tenorio, BS 09, was named to the North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list. The award honors young professionals for leadership in their companies as well as community participation. Tenorio is the controller of La Tortilla Factory in Santa Rosa where he oversees all of the company’s accounting operations and is the project lead for accounting-related system implementations and upgrades. An Iraq combat veteran, Tenorio is dedicated to the veteran community and sat on the board of Swords to Plowshares, a Bay Area veteran’s rights organization.

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