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Alumni in the News

The appointment of Rodrigo Rato, MBA 74, as managing director of the International Monetary Fund hit the headlines worldwide, including May 5-6 announcements in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and China Daily.

Sarah Takesh, MBA 03, and her company Tarsian & Blinkley, winner of the 2003 Global Social Venture Competition, featured prominently in the media this year. Articles on the company that creates fashion products that celebrate Afghan artisanship while contributing to the development of the Afghan economy included The New York Times Magazine on February 22 in “Silk and Human Kindness,” The Los Angeles Times on February 21 in “Dignity and Reform, One Thread at a Time,” and Fortune Small Biz on April 25 in “Sewing a Brighter Future.”

Smith & Hawken CEO Barry Gilbert, MBA 77, was profiled in the San Francisco Business Journal on January 30 in an article titled “Executive Profile: Barry Gilbert.”

San Francisco magazine featured the Pacific Heights home of Trevor Traina, MBA 95, in the December 2003 issue. Traina is co-founder and board member of SchemaLogic, a Redmond, Washington-based company that develops software for data management.

Kathy Klotz-Guest, MBA 01, was the subject of a profile in the San Jose Mercury News on December 9, titled “Have You Heard the One about a Humor Consultant?” Klotz-Guest teaches courses aimed at the effective use of humor at work.

Congressman Doug Ossi, BS 77, appeared on the KQED San Francisco radio show, Forum, on January 21 to comment on President Bush’s State of the Union address.

Minnesota Public Radio’s “Starting Over” series interviewed James Cook, MBA 99, on January 5. Cook described his decision to join the staff of The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with chronic medical conditions.

Sandra Fox, MBA 89, was profiled in the East Bay Business Times on January 16 in an article titled “Firm Owner Makes Science Data Pay Off,” which featured her role as founder and president of HighTech Business Decisions in Moraga, Calif.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiled Dennis Wu, MBA 67, in an April 21 article titled “A Citizen of the World: With His Background in the Far East and US Education, Deloitte Exec is Building Trade Networks in the Pacific Rim.”

James Cunha, MBA 76, was featured as the newly appointed interim Chief Financial Officer for VaxGen Inc. in a Biotech Week article on April 28 titled “VaxGen Inc.: Biopharmaceutical Company Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer.” Health & Medicine Week ran an item on the appointment on April 26 in an article titled “Personnel: Biopharmaceutical Company Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer.”

Ashley Bryan, MBA 03, was cited as the founder of the Safety Organization for Schools (SOS) program in a Houston Chronicle article on February 18 titled “Lamar High School Honors Former Teacher.” SOS, Bryan’s nonprofit organization, is aimed at improving school safety through a Web site that allows students to anonymously report concerns.



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