Winter 2006

Alumni Notes & News

Alumni in the News

Paul Otellini, MBA 74, chief executive officer and president of Intel, was featured in both the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek on December 30 in articles about the overhaul of Intel. Otellini’s plan is to organize Intel around end user products instead of processors.

Scott Adams, MBA 86, creator of Dilbert, was quoted in the December 25 issue of Editor & Publisher in an article titled, “Pundits Find Freedom, and Audiences Through Blogs.” Adams commented on the freedom he feels writing a blog without having to worry about creating content that will fit the format and guidelines of a comic strip.

Dawna Stone, BS 90, made it through all the challenges thrown at her last fall on the television show, “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and was named to a 12-month position at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s magazine Body + Soul.

Priya Haji, MBA 04; Siddharth Sanghvi, MBA 03; and David Guendelman, MBA 06, the management team of World of Good, which won the Global Social Venture Competition in 2005, were featured in a Time magazine article on December 19 titled, “Meet the Hard-Nosed Do-Gooders.”

The Duckhorn Wine Company, founded by Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, BS 60, MBA 62, was named winemaker of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle in an article titled, “Winemaker of the Year Duckhorn Takes Wing” on December 8.

Paul Merage, BS 66, was quoted in the New York Times on November 16 in an article titled, “Problem: Good Jobs are Scarce. Solution: Become Your Own Boss.” Merage, creator of the snack food, Hot Pockets, commented that he endowed the UC Irvine business school, in part, because the new curriculum will stress innovation and entrepreneurship.

Barbara Desoer, MBA 77, Chief Technology Service &Fulfillment Officer for Bank of America, made Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women List,” published on November 14. At #47, she was cited for being responsible for every transaction between Bank of America and its 33 million customers.

James Hong, MBA 99, was featured in the New York Times Magazine on November 14 in an article on his new website See the profile of Hong on page 14.

Bengt Baron, BS 85, MBA 88, chief executive of V&S group, the Swedish state-owned producer of Absolut vodka, commented on the plans for growth for V&S in a Financial Times article on November 12.

The clothing of Tarsian & Blinkley, founded by Sarah Takesh, MBA 03, was featured in the October 2005 issue of O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine.

Haas School Advisory Board member Ta-lin Hsu, Ph.D. 72 (EECS), founder and chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on September 6 in an article about H&Q Asia Pacific partnering with private equity firms looking to expand into Asia.

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