Generations of MIT Sloan Fellows alumni have leveraged the expanded knowledge, confidence, skills, and perspectives they gained in the program to turn dreams into achievable objectives. Below, you will meet several of those alumni. They represent a wide range of industries and nations, and no two of them tell the same story. They all have at least one significant characteristic in common: commitment to effect positive change in their world – whether it be their community, their organization, their region, or the world.
Here are a few members of the global network you join as an MIT Sloan Fellow:
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize 2001
Kofi Annan can remember the day. It was 1971 and he was in the middle of his first term in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. He was walking along the Charles River, ruminating about his place in the program, wondering how he fit into the audacious group of global leaders who were his classmates.
Founder/CEO, Spirits Tecnologia
Marcelo Ballestiero has always been a master of developing ideas from scratch. So when Philips Brazil spun off its automation department, Ballestiero left the company to establish his own entrepreneurial niche. His software company Spirits Tecnologia has forged custom telecom, manufacturing, mobile, and business intelligence solutions since 1994. Ballestiero used his year at the MIT Sloan Fellows Program as a springboard for the launch of a new global company.
Vice President and Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
“With 25 years of aerospace experience behind me — integrating and building satellites and working on international launch teams — I had plenty of technical expertise when I started the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. But to advance to the highest levels of leadership, I needed to boost other fundamentals, like finance, strategic planning, and organizational dynamics.”
President and COO, Intellectual Ventures
“Sitting down with leaders at MIT and around the world, seeing how they were able to change the path of their companies, seeing the power of the ‘Sloan Fellows effect’ on their careers and their businesses…such high-level conversations transformed my perspective of my own possibilities, just as other elements of the program transformed my ability to fulfill those possibilities.
Chief Operating Officer, Benchmark Development
Randa Jamali Charamand was finance manager at Millennium Development when the company’s CEO, Bassim Halaby, SF ’02, joined the MIT Sloan Fellows Program. Halaby returned transformed, and Charamand was determined to follow in his footsteps. In 2006, she joined Halaby at Benchmark Development and became a fellow with Halaby’s enthusiastic support. Now COO of Benchmark, Charamand heads regional operations and $1.5 billion in projects.
Director of Operational Improvement,
Partners North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA,
President, SHUR (Sustainable Healthcare in Underdeveloped Regions)
Barbara Corning-Davis is redefining models for patient-centered care in physicians’ offices and hospitals in first- and third-world countries around the globe. Director of Operational Improvement for a Boston-area medical center, she is also president of SHUR, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing critical health technology to underserved regions of the world. Corning-Davis says her MIT experience has been a crucial resource.
CEO, LIFT Philanthropy Partners
As CEO of 2010 Legacies Now, Bruce Dewar, MOT ’92, proved that regions hosting the Olympics and Paralympics could leverage those events as catalysts for creating broad, sustainable community benefits like athletics programs, arts initiatives, even healthcare and literacy programs. Now, in the wake of the 2010 Winter Games, Dewar has evolved 2010 Legacies Now into a still more advanced community-service model with a new enterprise called LIFT Philanthropy Partners.
Chairman & CEO, Charles River Laboratories
When Forbes magazine named James C. Foster “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2002, the Chairman and CEO of Charles River had transformed his 56-year-old family business into one of the world’s leading biotech companies. And he did it by taking back control of the company from a multinational corporation.
Former President and CEO, NAACP
Bruce S. Gordon is that rare hybrid, a social visionary and an astute businessman. After 35 years rising through the ranks of Bell of Pennsylvania, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon, he retired at 56. In his final position, he led the company’s largest division, retail markets, which served 33 million residential and small business customers.
Director, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Amy Gowder Graban started her career at Accenture, where she rose steadily through the management ranks. She was a thriving supply chain consultant when Lockheed Martin offered her even more challenging career opportunities. After only nine months at the company, Gowder Graban became one of its youngest directors. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics President Ralph Heath urged her to enter the MIT Sloan Fellows Program to continue her strong career trajectory.
CEO, Vitaco Health Ltd.
In 1998, veterinary surgeon turned retail marketing executive Sarah Kennedy took the helm of Healtheries, a modest New Zealand health products company. In the decade that followed, Kennedy led the cycle of growth, acquisition, and merger that created Vitaco, the third-largest health and well-being company in Australasia. Now, she’s partnering with New Zealand’s Foundation for Research, Science, and Technology to increase commercialization of the country’s R&D.
Senior Engineering Manager,General Dynamics Information Technology
“It’s an engineer’s dream to go to MIT, so when it was time to make the transition from engineering to management, I immediately thought: Sloan. I polled executives at GD and they immediately thought: the Sloan Fellows Program...
Consul and Director, swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland
Manages Swiss/United States collaborations with universities, high-tech startups, and decision makers in IT, nanotech, life sciences, and clean energy. Trains and advises transatlantic entrepreneurs.
Worldwide Director, Hypodermic Injection Systems, Becton, Dickinson and Company
As David McBagonluri-Nuuri was helping to revolutionize Siemens’ manufacturing technology, he developed nearly 30 patent applications, rose to director of R&D and IT, and received the Black Engineer of the Year–Most Promising Scientist award. Wooed by Becton Dickinson in 2008, McBagonluri-Nuuri agreed to take charge of the global hypodermic injection systems division when the company endorsed his plan to attend the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.
CEO, Genome Quest
Richard Resnick is a genetics pioneer, a serial entrepreneur, and a music innovator, but a more accurate characterization might be high-tech explorer. Resnick has planted so many flags on so many tech mountain peaks, it’s dizzying. Today, he’s channeling everything he’s learned in those many pursuits into his role as CEO of GenomeQuest.
President, JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Keiji Tachikawa was actually disappointed when placed in charge of NTT DoCoMo, the mobile telephone unit of the Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telephone and Telegraph. He’d had his eye on what he considered a more coveted job leading NTT East, the company's local phone service unit.
Vice President, Worldwide Alliances Sales, HP Communications and Media Business
Mikko Uusitalo credits his love of all things tech for his smooth transition from corporate lawyer to marketing executive at HP. But as a leader of a worldwide sales team, Uusitalo knew he needed the MIT Sloan Fellows Program experience to perform at the highest levels of business. Energized by his year at MIT, Uusitalo is strengthening HP’s capacity for innovation as head of global alliances for new initiatives.
CEO and Chairman, Aetna
“One of the basic principles of successful leadership is to keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground. You have to start with a large-scale, long-range vision and then operationalize strategies that deliver real value to stakeholders.”
CEO, National Research Foundation
Francis Yeoh is an innovator’s innovator. An engineer with a PhD in telecommunications, Yeoh has been immersed in high tech entrepreneurship for most of his career. He was CEO of an internet services company, headed an R&D organization that spun out a bevy of start-up ventures, even set up Singapore’s first Internet service provider.
Now, if I come up against a challenge in any aspect of my work, I can call upon a team of experts in 26 countries.Iris Bombelyn, SF ’09
Vice President and Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company