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Business Leader of the Year


The Haas School’s Business Leader of the Year Award (known as the Alumnus of the Year Award from 1970 to 1998) is presented annually to a member of the Haas community who has achieved prominence in his or her field. Business Leaders are selected for their career accomplishments, their dedication to and involvement with the school, and for their stature as role models for alumni and students. These individuals have shown unfailing support and enthusiasm for the Haas School, including their involvement as advisors, speakers, and donors.

 

2013

Douglas E. GoldmanDouglas E. Goldman, MD, BA 74

Chairman and Founder, Certain, Inc.
Philanthropist
Advisory Board Member: Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, and UC Berkeley Athletics Director
Trustee, UC Berkeley Foundation

Honored for his successful business career, philanthropy, and commitment to the University and the Haas School of Business.

 

 

2012

Janet L. YellenJanet L. Yellen

Vice Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Professor Emerita, Haas School of Business

In recognition for her outstanding business leadership and support of the Haas School of Business and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

2011

Bob O'DonnellBob O'Donnell, BS 65, MBA 66

Retired Sr. VP and Director
Capital Research and Management Company

In recognition of his tireless commitment to public education at all levels; the enormous impact he has had at Berkeley and Haas; and his successful leadership role in the mutual fund industry.

 

2010

Warren HellmanWarren Hellman, BA 55

Founder, Hellman & Friedman LLC
Banjo Player and Songwriter

Lifetime Achievement Award winner in recognition of his countless accomplishments in business and generous philanthropic efforts.

 

2009

Richard Blum Richard Blum, BS 58, MBA 59

Chairman, Blum Capital Partners
Founder & Chairman, American Himalayan Foundation
Founder, Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies

 

Named for the enduring support, exceptional service, and strong leadership that he has shown to the Haas School and UC Berkeley.

 

2008

Shantanu Narayen, MBA 93Shantanu Narayen, MBA 93

President and CEO
Adobe Systems Inc.
San Jose, California

Named for executing a vision that spurs financial prosperity, fosters employee development, and fulfills its responsibility to the community.

 

2007

Barbara Desoer, MBA 77Barbara Desoer, MBA 77

Chief Technology & Operations Officer
Bank of America
Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Named for her vision and for her leadership at Bank of America.

 

2006

Paul Otellini, MBA 74Paul Otellini, MBA 74

President and CEO
Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, California

Named for his innovative new strategies at Intel, his ability to lead and to inspire a global workforce, and for his unwavering commitment to conducting business with integrity.

 

2005

Barclay Simpson, BS 66Barclay Simpson, BS 66

Founder and Chairman
Simpson Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Dublin, California

In recognition of his commitment to entrepreneurial success and his outstanding leadership in giving back to his community.

 

2004

A.W. "Tom" Clausen, MBA 77A.W. "Tom" Clausen, MBA 77

Former Bank of America and World Bank Chief

 

Lifetime Achievement Award winner in recognition of his private- and public-sector leadership in domestic economic affairs and the global economy.

 

2003

Howard Lester, MBA 77Howard Lester, MBA 77

Chairman and former CEO
Williams-Sonoma
San Francisco, California

 

Named for his outstanding contributions to the retail business and the school.

 

2002

Arun Sarin, MBA 78Arun Sarin, MBA 78

Former CEO
Vodafone Group Plc
London, United Kingdom

 

Named for his outstanding contributions to the business of telecommunications and to the school.

 

2001

Peter E. Haas, Sr., BA 40

Director & CEO Levi Strauss & Co.

San Francisco, California

 

Received the Haas School's highest honors — the 2001 Business Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards — for his lifetime of leadership in business and social responsibility.

 

2000

Stephanie G. DiMarco, BS 79

CEO & Chairman

Advent Software

 

1999

Thomas Schneider, BA 58, MBA 62

Executive VP

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.

 

1998

Warren "Ned" Spieker, BS 66Warren "Ned" Spieker, BS 66

Former Chairman & CEO
Spieker Properties, Inc.
Menlo Park, California

 

 

 

 

1997

Richard A. Clarke, BA 52, JD 55

Former Chairman & CEO
Pacific Gas & Electric

 

1996

Thomas W. Tusher, BA 63Thomas W. Tusher, BA 63

President & COO
Levi Strauss & Co.
San Francisco, California

 

 

 

 

1995

Paul M. Hazen, MBA 64

Chairman & CEO
Wells Fargo Bank

 

1994

Richard C. Blum, BS 58, MBA 59

Managing Partner

Richard C. Blum & Associates

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Eugene Trefethen

Former President

Kaiser Industries Corporation

 

1993

William F. Cronk, BS 65

President & Director

Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc.

 

1992

Paul H. Stephens, BS 67, MBA 69Paul H. Stephens, BS 67, MBA 69

General Partner

Robertson, Stephens & Co.

 

 

1991

Gerson P. Bakar, BS 48Gerson P. Bakar, BS 48

President

Gerson Bakar & Associates

 

 

1989

Clarence W. Houghton, BS 60

Retired Partner

Deloitte, Haskins & Sells

 

1988

W. Michael Blumenthal, BS 51W. Michael Blumenthal, BS 51

Chairman & CEO

Unisys Corporation

 

 

1987

Theodore J. Saenger, BS 51

Former President & CEO

Pacific Bell

 

1986

Donald G. Fisher, BS 50Donald G. Fisher, BS 50

Chairman & CEO

The GAP, Inc.

 

 

1985

Steven V. White, BS 51

President

Bechtel Investments, Inc.

 

1984

Leo B. Helzel, MBA 68Leo B. Helzel, MBA 68

Counsel

Jacob, Sills & Coblentz

 

 

1983

Robert A. Lutz, BS 61, MBA 62

Executive VP

Ford International Automotive

 

1982

James R. Harvey, BS 56, MBA 63

Chairman, President & CEO

Transamerica Corporation

 

1975

William Burns, Sr.

Professor

Haas School of Business

University of California Berkeley

 

1974

E.T. Grether, MA 23, PhD 24

Former Dean & Professor Emeritus

Haas School of Business

University of California Berkeley

 

1973

Michael N. Chetkovich, BS 39, MBA 40

Managing Partner

Deloitte, Haskins & Sells

 

1972

Daniel E. Koshland

Levi Strauss & Co.

San Francisco, California

 

1971

William M. Witter

Honorary Chairman

Dean Witter & Co.

 

1970

Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr.

Sr. Director

Bechtel Group, Inc.