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With leading alumni, a global community

MIT Sloan is a school of real-world engagement, an agent of global impact. That’s significant ground to cover, but thankfully the School has a worldwide network of distinguished and connected alumni.

Dean David Schmittlein created the MIT Sloan Executive Boards to help guide the School’s programming and engagement around the world. The board members represent some of the MIT Sloan community’s best qualities: knowledge, collaboration, and the cultivation of global partnerships.

MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine spoke with four of these leaders about their engagement with and support of the School.

Marcelo Larraguibel, SM ’89

Marcelo Larraguibel, SM ’89

Partner, Virtus Partners

Latin American Executive Board

“The dean invited me to be part of this board, and I reconnected in that way, even though I have done a lot of recruiting at MIT as a consultant. I also proposed to the School that we develop a CEO summit to discuss the key topics discussed among leaders in Chile. We invited the top 35 CEOs and company owners in the country. It’s great that the School is connecting much more with emerging markets. I think that the Dean’s idea to connect with all of these countries on the board is a great way to make connections, not only bringing people to study at MIT, but also connecting with the leaders here.”

Emmanuel Maceda, SM ’89

Emmanuel Maceda, SM ’89

Chairman, Asia-Pacific, Bain & Company

North American Executive Board

“On the executive board, I get to spend time with people who have a passion for MIT Sloan. We feel like we can make a difference, and appreciate the opportunity to provide advice, guidance, or even just reactions to the School’s agenda. My firm is one of the top hirers of MIT Sloan graduates, so this is also a way to invest in a very important strategic partner. I’ve given to both the annual fund and the capital campaign. This is an institution that took me in, developed my skills, and helped me achieve my professional goals. It’s a reasonable—and should be an expected—norm that we give back to the places that nurtured us.”

Mary Puma, SM ’81

Mary Puma, SM ’81

Chairman and CEO, Axcelis Technologies, Inc.

North American Executive Board

“MIT Sloan provided me with a great career foundation. Getting involved and giving back in terms of time—on the executive board and my reunion committee—and money—with both the annual fund and capital campaigns—is very rewarding. My husband, Eivind Lange, SM ’81, and I give to allow the School to grow and flourish. We have a lot of confidence in Dean Schmittlein and his team and their ability to take the School to new heights. The students coming out of MIT Sloan are the business leaders of tomorrow. We want them to have the best academic opportunities possible.”

Paul Yang, MIT SM ’92

Paul Yang, MIT SM ’92

President and CEO, China Development Financial Holding Corporation

Asian Executive Board

“For me professionally, as my company continues to grow in this region, we need talent, and I think MIT Sloan is a great source of that talent. My being able to participate in forming ideas and opinions that will lead to decisions made by the School—especially in regard to this region—will make sure students coming out of the MIT-China Management Education Project will be ready and proficient to capture the opportunities that are developing in Asia. That’s part of being in the MIT family at large.”