Board of Overseers
The Board of Overseers for the School of Engineering and Applied Science is the main advisory body to the School and its Dean. Its members are practitioners, leaders of the engineering profession and experts in areas of relevance to the School’s activities. They participate in the strategic planning process, serve as a sounding board for initiatives of the School, represent the School within the rest of the University and the larger engineering and corporate community, and act as a liaison between the School and the Board of Trustees of the University. Their support and guidance plays an important role in furthering the School’s strategic goals. Board members serve a three-year, renewable term.
Mr. Robert Stavis (EAS’84, W’84)
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Rob Stavis is a partner in Bessemer Venture Partner’s New York office. He focuses on investments in the financial services, education and emerging software and hardware technologies.
Mr. Stavis has been actively investing in venture-backed startups for more than 15 years and currently serves on the boards of directors of several companies, including 2U, Betterment, Gerson Lehrman Group, Quantopian, August Home, Knewton, Brightbytes and United Capital Financial Partners.
Some of Mr. Stavis’ historical investments include Skype (acquired by eBay); SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee); Kroll Bond Ratings; Yodle (acquired by Web.com); debit-card provider PRE Solutions (acquired by Incomm); India based financial services provider Motilal Oswal (BSE:MOSL); and Bermuda-based reinsurance company PXRE (NYSE:PXRE).
Mr. Stavis entered venture capital after a 15-year career at Salomon Smith Barney, where he was co-head of global arbitrage trading. He was a member of Salomon’s operating and risk-management committees and chaired the recruiting committee, in addition to managing a $100 billion balance sheet. Active in a number of not-for-profit initiatives, Mr. Stavis serves on the Board of New School Venture Fund, WJCS, and Crisis Text Line. He holds a B.A.S. from Penn Engineering and a B.S.E. from The Wharton School.
Mr. Andrew Africk (L’92, WG’92)
CEO, Searay Capital LLC
Andrew Africk formed Searay Capital LLC after 21 years as a senior partner at Apollo Global Management LLC. Mr. Africk helped build Apollo into a leading global alternative asset manager with a long record of successful private equity and credit-oriented capital markets investing. Apollo currently has assets under management exceeding US $150 billion and has offices in New York, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Mr. Africk was responsible for Apollo’s investments in technology and communications. Mr. Africk led Apollo’s purchase of Intelsat Ltd. and served as Vice Chairman while building Intelsat into the largest commercial satellite services provider in the world, with a fleet of 53 geosynchronous satellites serving 200 countries. Mr. Africk also led Apollo’s purchase of Hughes Communications, Inc., the world leader in satellite VSAT technology. Mr. Africk and Apollo successfully invested in and helped build semiconductor, mobile media and telematics companies. Searay Capital makes private equity investments in these same areas.
Mr. Africk serves on the UCLA Science Board and is a Trustee of the Trinity School in New York City. Mr. Africk graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a J.D., and with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with an M.B.A.
Mr. Peter Armstrong (ENG’87, M.S., Columbia)
Peter Armstrong is an active technology entrepreneur and private investor. He co-founded Triple Point Technology, a leading commodities management software business, in 1993 and was its chief executive officer until the sale of the company to the ION Group in 2013. Under Mr. Armstrong’s leadership, Triple Point launched a full suite of industry-leading and award-winning products and evolved into a global organization supporting the demanding needs of energy and commodity market participants in a wide range of industries. Mr. Armstrong currently serves on the boards of directors/advisors for several software and technology-enabled services companies, including Hanweck Associates, etouches, Mediant Communications, Eka Software Solutions, Trendalytics, and Qliktag Software. Mr. Armstrong is also a special limited partner of and advisor to The Argentum Group, a private equity firm that invests in rapidly growing technology and services business at the small end of the middle-market. Prior to co-founding Triple Point, Mr. Armstrong held software engineering and management positions at Salomon Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and Bell Laboratories. He holds a B.S.E. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University. Mr. Armstrong resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Susanne and their five children.
The Honorable Harold Berger (EE’48, L’51)
Managing Partner, Berger Montague
Judge Harold Berger is Managing Partner of Berger Montague, a Philadelphia-based law firm. He formerly served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia and is past Chairman of the Federal Bar Association’s National Committee on the Federal and State Judiciary. He is the author of numerous law review articles, has lectured extensively before bar associations and at universities and has served as Chair of the International Conferences of Global Interdependence held at Princeton University. Judge Berger has served as Chair of the Aerospace Law Committees of the American, Federal and Inter-American Bar Associations and was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in Paris in recognition of the importance and impact of his scholarly work.
As his biographies in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who In American Law outline, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Special Service Award of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and a Special American Bar Association Presidential Program Award and Medal. Judge Berger is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Long active in engineering and law alumni affairs at Penn, he also serves as Chair of the Friends of Biddle Law Library.
Mr. David J. Berkman (W’83)
Managing Partner, Liberty Associated Partners, LP
David J. Berkman is the Managing Partner of Liberty Associated Partners, LP, a venture capital firm primarily engaged in media, telecommunications, and internet industries. Currently, Mr. Berkman serves on the boards of directors for the following companies: Cibernet Corporation; Current Technologies, LLC; Entercom, Inc.; Internet Capital Group, Inc.; XOS Technologies, Inc.; and Jingle Networks, Inc. He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of The Franklin Institute and of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Berkman resides in Haverford, Pennsylvania, with his wife Pamela and their three children.
Mr. Dennis “Chip” Brady (W’94, C’94)
Partner, LSN Partners, LLC
Mr. Brady is a co-founder and partner at LSN Partners, LLC, a Miami-based business development and strategic consulting firm. LSN Partners works with its clients to identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow their business in the private, public, and international markets. The company specializes in the transportation, energy, telecommunications, and healthcare sectors, and serves as a national strategic government affairs advisor for several high profile clients. Prior to LSN Partners, Mr. Brady spent eight years in the energy industry, working as an analyst for American Electric Power and Sprague Energy, and serving as an advisor for Chevron-Texaco, Westport Petroleum, and Gulf Oil. He received his Navy commission at Penn, and served in Naval Intelligence.
Mr. Brady and his wife Allison Weiss Brady (C’ 93) met at Penn, and are very active philanthropically by co-chairing and supporting events for Moira Forbes Mumma’s The Community Coalition at Forbes magazine to benefit the homeless and Say Yes to Education Foundation which provides scholarships to at-risk students.
Mr. Jonathan A. Brassington (GEng’97)
Lead for Invent North America, Capgemini Group
Jonathan Brassington leads Capgemini Invent NA, the digital innovation, consulting and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group. Capgemini Invent is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. A multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries, Capgemini reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.
Prior to Capgemini, Jonathan was the CEO, Partner, and co-Founder of LiquidHub, a digital transformation company focused on re-imagining engagement. Jonathan is a Wharton Fellow, serves on the Leadership Council of The University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center, is on the board and Executive Committee of Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology, and on the Board of Trustees at Misericordia University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ric Calvillo (C’90)
Co-Founder and CEO, Nanigans
Ric Calvillo is co-founder and CEO of Nanigans, a leading advertising automation software company with six offices worldwide. Mr. Calvillo has 20-plus years of startup experience as a serial entrepreneur, having founded and led three technology companies.
Prior to Nanigans, Mr. Calvillo was Founder and CEO of Incipient, a venture-backed data storage infrastructure software company. Before this he founded and led Conley Corporation, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in 1998. Conley Corp. developed enterprise data storage software, including the award-winning EMC PowerPath. Mr. Calvillo spent three years at EMC Corporation as General Manager of the EMC Cambridge Software Center.
Mr. Calvillo holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and has a strong commitment to education, as credited though his generous charitable support to both Penn Engineering and Squashbusters of Massachusetts.
Mr. Peter N. Detkin, Esq. (EE’82, L’85)
Founder, Intellectual Ventures
Senior Advisor, Sherpa Technology Group
Peter Detkin is a founder of Intellectual Ventures, and focuses on a variety of projects relating to intellectual property and invention. Intellectual Asset Management recently named Mr. Detkin the second-most influential “IP market maker” in the world, and referred to him as a “legend in the patent transactions and strategy world”.
Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Detkin spent eight years at Intel Corporation, where he was a vice president and assistant general counsel. As assistant general counsel, he was responsible for managing the Intel patent and licensing departments, including all aspects of prosecution and claims management. Mr. Detkin also managed the litigation and competition policy departments (including antitrust). Before Intel, Mr. Detkin was an intellectual property partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto. He was their first patent lawyer and formed the basis of its highly successful intellectual property practice.
Mr. Detkin is the past president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which provides legal services to low-income children and families, people with mental and developmental disabilities, AIDS patients, and victims of discrimination. He is currently on the boards of directors of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Mr. Detkin is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Richard D. Forman (EE’87, W’87)
Managing Partner, Health Venture Group, LLC
Richard D. Forman is the Managing Member of Health Venture Group, LLC (“HVG”) an investment and advisory firm focused on enhancing information technology applications in the health care industry. He is a co-founder of Vitals.Com, the leading health care site for pricing and quality transparency. Prior to HVG, Mr. Forman was the founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Register.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:RCOM). In 2002, Mr. Forman was awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst and Young. Mr. Forman is also an active real estate investor with properties in NY and FL and has a Masters Degree in Real Estate from NYU. He is on the boards of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York, NY. Mr. Forman lives in NYC with his wife Camille.
Goodwin Gaw (ENG’91, W’91)
Founder and Managing Principal, Gaw Capital Partners
Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and also provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$16 billion as of 2019 Q2 and currently commands assets of over USD$23 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He is especially passionate in bringing new lease on life to heritage properties and used real estate to create positive impact to the neighborhoods. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Douglas Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group.
Goodwin received a BS in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Construction Management from Stanford University.
Mr. Paul S. Greenberg (WG ’87, EE’83)
Managing Member, Clermont Capital, LLC
Paul S. Greenberg is a founder, managing member, and the CEO for Lutetium Capital, a Stamford,CT-based financial services firm which focuses on below-investment grade debt. Formerly, he was a founder, co-portfolio manager, and head of research for Trilogy Capital. Previously, Mr. Greenberg was the Director of High Yield and International Research at Bear, Stearns and Company, Inc. and was a Senior Managing Director of the firm. As Director, he coordinated the worldwide below-investment grade corporate and sovereign bond research efforts for the firm, along with European investment grade bond research. Mr. Greenberg was a multi-year member of the Institutional Investor All American Fixed-Income Research Team in the Paper and Forest Products category and in the Chemicals category. Mr. Greenberg lives in Westport, CT, with his wife Ellen and two daughters.
Mr. Alex Haidas (C’93, ENG’93, WG’98)
Founder, Bluewall Capital Ltd.
Alex Haidas is the founder of Bluewall Capital Ltd, a London-based, independent investment advisory company, focusing in particular in opportunities arising from the European deleveraging process as well as investments in real assets benefiting from globalization themes and offering high cash flows in the energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors. Mr. Haidas was previously a portfolio manager for the special situations fund and in charge of business development at Credaris, a credit specialist asset manager with over a billion Euros under management. Prior to Credaris, he was a Managing Director of Structured Credit Products at North AM in London. Mr. Haidas previously led teams structuring and marketing a broad range of cash, synthetic and hybrid credit products at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. Mr. Haidas obtained bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and was awarded an M.B.A. from The Wharton School in 1998. Mr. Haidas lives and works in London with his wife and their two children.
Ms. Sarah Wolf Hallac (EE’86, W’86)
Sarah Wolf Hallac is a senior advisor to BlackRock. She previously worked at Bear, Stearns and Company where she spent her entire career in the Financial Analytics and Structured Transaction group. She was involved in the early days of the mortgage securitization including the first Agency Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit (REMIC) issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA). Ms. Wolf has been published in several books including The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities. She is a third generation Penn graduate, which includes her father, Jack Keil Wolf (EE ’56), and her grandfather, Joseph Wolf (DMD ’16).
Mr. Jeff Horing (ENG’86, W’86)
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners
Jeff Horing has been a co-founder and managing director at Insight Venture Partners since 1995. Under his leadership Insight has become a premier venture capital and private equity firm focused on growth investments in software and internet businesses, currently investing from a $2 billion fund. Mr. Horing’s areas of focus include mobile, online gaming, data, infrastructure and internet software. Mr. Horing is a former member of the boards of directors of Airborne Entertainment (acquired by Cybird Co.), CTSpace (acquired by Sword Group), Beechwood Data Systems (acquired by Cap Gemini), Greenfield Online (IPO, later acquired by Microsoft), Hitwise (acquired by Experian Group Ltd), IAG Research (acquired by The Nielsen Company), ProMira Software (acquired by Manugistics), SLP Infoware (acquired by Gemplus), Solarwinds Inc., (IPO) and Xchange (IPO acquired by Amdocs).
Mr. Horing currently serves on the boards of directors of GFI Software (security and messaging), Jagex Ltd (online gaming), Mentez (online social games publisher), 6Waves (online social games), Datacore Software (storage virtualization), SolarWinds (network monitoring), Teamviewer (remote desktop collaboration), WIX (free DIY flash-based websites) and Zumba (global fitness and lifestyle brand).
Prior to founding Insight, Mr. Horing was a key member of the technology investing team at Warburg Pincus. Earlier in his career he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Capital Markets group.
Mr. Horing holds an M.B.A. from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He has dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Engineering and Wharton School, where he graduated with high honors and was Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Horing is a regular speaker at Wharton as part of the Distinguished Guest speaker series.
Mr. Lloyd W. Howell, Jr. (EE’88, M.B.A., Harvard Business School)
Executive Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Lloyd Howell Jr. is an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, the management and technical consulting firm. He currently leads the firm’s Civil Market Group, which includes financial services, health, energy, law enforcement and homeland security federal and commercial clients. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s Executive Management Committee and chairs the Ethics and Compliance Committee. During the course of his career, Lloyd has also led the firm’s Strategy and Organization practice and served as the financial services’ Client Service Officer. Prior to joining the firm, Lloyd worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in their Investment Banking Division’s Financial Institutions Group.
Lloyd’s current board memberships include Integra Life Sciences Holding Corporation (IART), the Committee for Economic Development, Partnership for Public Service Capital Partners for Education, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and the United Negro College Fund. In 2011, Lloyd received the Black Engineer of the Year Award and in 2010 the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement in Industry. Lloyd and his wife live in Washington, D.C. with their two sons.
Mr. Alex T. Krueger (ENG’96, W’96)
President and CEO, First Reserve International, Ltd.
Alex T. Krueger, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined First Reserve in 1999 (previously, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer from 2015-2017). Mr. Krueger is responsible for the overall management of the firm and sits on the Private Equity Funds’ Investment Committee, which is responsible for the supervision of the Firm’s investment program and strategy. Mr. Krueger also is responsible for the development and management of the Private Equity investment team. In addition, he maintains responsibilities for investment origination, structuring, execution, monitoring and exit strategy across the global energy industry, with particular expertise in the natural resources upstream sector. Prior to joining First Reserve, Mr. Krueger worked in the Energy group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in Houston. Mr. Krueger holds two B.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. John F. Lehman, Jr. (Gr’74)
Chairman and Founding Partner, J.F. Lehman & Company
Dr. John F. Lehman is currently Chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity investment firm. He served as Secretary of the U.S. Navy from 1981-1987. He received his Navy commission at Penn and began his career in defense and foreign affairs as a staff member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute at Penn. Dr. Lehman served as a member of the White House National Security Council and Deputy Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was President of Abington Corporation between 1977 and 1981, and he served in the Naval Reserve for 25 years. Dr. Lehman also was an investment banker with Paine Webber. He is a director of Ball Corporation and ISO, Inc. and serves as Chairman of the Boards of Hawaii Superferry and Atlantic Marine, Inc. He also serves on the board of Enersys, Inc, and as Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation. Dr. Lehman has written several books, including Command of the Seas, Making War, and On the Seas of Glory.
Mr. Ryan D. Limaye (ENG’93, W’93, WG’93)
Co-Head, Global Technology Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
Ryan is the co-head of Global Technology Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Since 2014, he has been the global head of Enterprise Technology and previously was the head of Communications Technology and the co-head of Telecom. He is a member of the Investment Banking Division Technology Investment Committee. Since joining the firm in 1994, Ryan has focused on financings and strategic assignments for leading companies in the technology and communications sectors. He has worked on numerous technology mergers and acquisitions and has led the IPOs and financings of many technology companies. He was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan worked at McKinsey & Company.
Ryan serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and is a trustee of the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Ryan earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with distinction and was designated a Palmer Scholar. He also earned a BS in Economics and a BAS in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude and as a Ben Franklin Scholar, Nelson Scholar and Joseph Wharton Scholar.
Mr. Hital R. Meswani (ENG’90, W’90)
Executive Director and Member of the Board, Reliance Industries Limited
Hital R. Meswani is Executive Director and member of the Board of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector enterprise, with businesses in the energy and materials value chain. He joined Reliance in 1990 and is responsible for all manufacturing and business operations of Reliance Petroleum. He is also responsible for rolling out the Reliance Infocomm activities, comprised of a nationwide next-generation broadband network, a mobile network spanning 1100 cities and towns across India and a nationwide retail chain of Webworld outlets. Reliance Group is one of the fastest-growing industrial enterprises in India today. The Group’s activities include textiles, synthetic fibres, fibre intermediates, petrochemicals, refining, oil and gas, infrastructure, power, port terminal, and telecom services.
Mr. Meswani is a recipient of the Indo American Society’s Young Achiever Award in 2003 and is an active member of two international organizations: the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO). He serves on the Secondary School Admission Committee for the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rajeev Misra (ME’85, GEng’86, M.B.A., Sloan School of Management, M.I.T.)
Head of Strategic Finance, SoftBank Group
Rajeev Misra joined UBS in July 2009 as Global Head of Credit and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In January 2010, he was appointed Joint Global Head of FICC. In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Misra is also the co-Global Head of Emerging Markets and is a member of the FICC Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Misra spent over ten years at Deutsche Bank, most recently as Global Head of Credit Trading, Securitization and Commodities and a member of the Global Markets Executive Committee. Before that, he was with Merrill Lynch for 7 years working in New York and London in derivative marketing and trading.
Mr. Misra has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.
Mr. Ofer Nemirovsky (EE’79, W’79, M.B.A., Harvard Business School)
Senior Advisor, HarbourVest Partners, LLC
Ofer Nemirovsky joined HarbourVest in 1986 and served as a managing director through 2014. In January 2015, he reduced his commitment to HarbourVest and became a Senior Advisor. Ofer continues to provide input on firm strategy, investments, and other HarbourVest matters. During his 29-year tenure with HarbourVest, Ofer concentrated on direct co-investments and pioneered the direct team’s early focus on software companies. He co-led the team for many years and was responsible for numerous successful investments, including Artisoft, AVID, AXENT, Centra, Clarus, Creo, Dendrite International, Digital Insight, eTapestry, Frame, Gilead, Insignia Solutions, Manugistics, Marcam, m-Qube, NETCOM On-Line, Progress Software, Radware, Retix, Shopzilla, SpectraLink, Ultimate Software, and UUNET. He was also instrumental in business development and accessing new sources of capital around the world. Ofer’s previous experience includes four years in technical computer sales and marketing with Hewlett-Packard.
He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986. Ofer serves or has served on the Boards of the National Venture Capital Association, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. He is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Alison Newman (C’83, J.D., NYU)
Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Alison Newman is a corporate partner in the New York office of Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm. Ms. Newman represents a diverse client base in connection with public offerings and private placements of securities, venture capital investments, private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions. Her clients are active in a number of industries, including high-technology, life science, electronics, homeland security and the internet. Ms. Newman is a member of the NYC Advisory Board of Astia, an organization promoting women’s entrepreneurship, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Life Sciences Angel Network, an organization designed to serve scientists and entrepreneurs looking to fund and promote innovation.
Ms. Newman received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband, Alan Levine, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and her two daughters.
Mr. Mitchell I. Quain (EE’73, M.B.A., Harvard Business School)
Board Chair Emeritus
Senior Advisor, Carlyle Group
Mitchell Quain is a Senior Advisor at Carlyle Group. He was with AMN AMRO, an investment banking, securities and asset management business, from 1997-2001, most recently as vice chairman. Previously, Mr. Quain spent 22 years at Schroder Wertheim, immediately following his 1975 graduation with distinction from Harvard Business School. Mr. Quain founded Wall Street’s first Industrial Manufacturing Group, an outgrowth of his research coverage of machinery companies. He “retired” from research as the Institutional Investors Magazine number-one machinery analyst.
Mr. Quain is former Chair of the SEAS Board of Overseers (1998-2008) and served for ten years on Penn’s Board of Trustees, vice chairing its audit committee, as well as serving on the executive committee and chairing the finance committee of Penn Medicine. In addition to his various commitments at the University, he serves on the Board of Directors of AstroNova and Jason Industries. His children, Rhonda and Jake, are graduates of Penn Engineering.
Mr. Andrew Rachleff (W’80, M.B.A., Stanford)
Board Chair Emeritus
Executive Chairman, Wealthfront, Inc.
From 1995 until 2004 Andy was a co-founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital. Upon his retirement from Benchmark, Andy joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to teach a variety of courses on technology entrepreneurship. In 2011 he co-founded Wealthfront Inc. where he now serves as President & CEO. Prior to his 10 years at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent 10 years with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre.
Andy serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of its executive committee and Chairman of its endowment investment committee. He also sits on the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation with whom he and his wife partnered to provide funding for early career investigators to conduct high risk/high reward research to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Andy earned his BS from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1984.
Mr. Allie P. Rogers, Jr. (ENG’87, W’87)
Chief Operating Officer, Trendalytics Innovation Labs, Inc.
Allie P. Rogers is co-founder and served as the Chief Technology Officer of Triple Point Technology, Inc., a Westport, Connecticut-based financial software company. Founded in 1993 with fellow Penn alum Peter Armstrong, Triple Point Technology is the leader in trading, risk management, scheduling and logistics solutions for commodities including power, oil, gas, coal, metals, agricultural products and freight. At Triple Point, Mr. Rogers designed and created the industry-leading Tempest XL and Commodity XL solutions, as well as presiding over the company’s growth from 2 to 250 employees in offices worldwide.
Mr. Rogers graduated from the Management and Technology (M&T) program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a B.A.S. in Computer Science from Penn Engineering and a B.S. in Management from Wharton. He is currently retired, focusing his attention on personal and philanthropic pursuits.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Rosenbluth (ENG’84)
Dr. Jeffrey M. Rosenbluth is private investor and former head of Fixed Income Arbitrage at Salomon Brothers, Inc. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Chalkstream Capital Group, a private investment fund. Dr. Rosenbluth is a founding board member and a member of the executive committee of Math for America, a charity that seeks to improve mathematics education in the United States.
Dr. Rosenbluth serves as Chairman of the NYU/Courant Advisory Council and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Courant’s Program in Financial Mathematics. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from New York University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Rosenbluth graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E. in Computer Science.
Ms. Suzanne Rowland (ChE’83)
Group Vice President, Industrial Specialties Ashland Inc.
Suzanne Rowland is Group Vice President of the $1B Industrial Specialties business at Ashland and Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee of the Board of LBFoster (NASDAQ: FSTR). Ms. Rowland has spent her career in the chemical, materials, and mechanical products industries, where her hallmark has been transforming complex businesses through turnarounds as well as improving profitable growth of businesses with leading market shares. She has held multiple executive positions, including Vice President of Fire Products and Vice President of Business Excellence of Valves & Controls at Tyco. At Rohm and Haas, she was Vice President and Global Business Director of Adhesives & Sealants, Vice President Coatings North America, and Vice President of Procurement & Logistics. Ms. Rowland also gained valuable family company and board experience working for the Chairman & CEO of J.M. Huber Corporation.
Ms. Rowland received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She won a prestigious University of Pennsylvania Thouron award and completed her M.Sc. in Business Studies at the London Business School in London, England. Ms. Rowland and her husband have two children and live in Jenkintown, PA.
Mr. Theodore Schlein (C’86)
General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Ted Schlein is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins and a leading expert on cybersecurity and enterprise software. The founding Chief Executive Officer of Fortify Software, Schlein has led Kleiner Perkins’ involvement in several successful investments including Alien Vault, Arcsight, CarbonBlack, Chegg, Internet Security Systems, Phantom Security, Mandiant and Oakley Networks. Ted serves on the board of directors of several companies including Area 1 Security, FullStory, Interos, Incorta, Ionic Security, IronNet Cybersecurity, Reputation, Shape Security, Synack, Trusona and UJet. Prior to Kleiner Perkins, Schlein served as Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec and led Symantec’s move into the software utilities market, launching its commercial antivirus solution. Ted is the former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a national alliance advocating the role of venture investing in job creation, technology innovation, and economic development. He is also the former president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the founder of DoD-sponsored DeVenCI program. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and the Board of Overseers of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Ted serves on the NSA Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees at InQTel and frequently participates as an opinion leader in public, private and government forums, providing perspectives on security technology, related investments, and market adoption trends. Ted holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Krishna P. Singh (GEng’69; Gr’72)
President and CEO, Holtec International
Dr. Krishna P. Singh is President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Holtec International, an energy technology company headquartered in Marlton, New Jersey. Dr. Singh has shepherded the growth of Holtec International over the past two decades through development of cutting-edge technologies to help generate eco-friendly energy from both nuclear and fossil fuels. In the nuclear power sector, Holtec is globally recognized as the preeminent developer and provider of technologies to store and transport used nuclear fuel and of heat exchange equipment that lie at the heart of operating nuclear power plants. Holtec-supplied heat exchange equipment designed to coax maximum energy from fossil fuel helps power scores of electric plants on four continents around the world. Dr. Singh is the author or co-author of over sixty technical papers, a widely used reference book on heat exchanger design, numerous technical monographs, and hundreds of industry reports. His array of patents on innovative heat exchange and nuclear fuel storage device designs form a keystone of Holtec’s product lines.
Dr. Rajendra Singh (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University)
Chairman and CEO, Telcom Ventures LLC
Dr. Rajendra Singh, together with his family, is the principal owner of Telcom Ventures LLC, a private investment firm specializing in telecommunications and related information technologies. Dr. Singh is also a member of the Board of Directors of LCC International, Inc., a publicly-traded subsidiary of Telcom Ventures, and one of the largest wireless telecommunications engineering consulting firms in the world. Dr. Singh and his wife, Neera Singh, co-founded LCC International in 1983. Under Dr. Singh’s direction, Telcom Ventures, LCC and their affiliates have launched numerous wireless and other telephony telecommunication systems throughout the world. Dr. Singh continues to play a leading role in the development and deployment of emerging wireless technologies.
Dr. Singh received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1980. He has a distinguished record of academic achievements beginning with his doctoral dissertation, Spectrum Efficient Schemes for Mobile Radio Communications, which was published in 1980. Dr. Singh is a former member of the faculty of Kansas State University and City College of New York, and is a member of various electrical engineering societies.
Ms. Juliet Sjöborg (EE’85, WG’92)
Director, Plena Capital Ltd.
Juliet Sjöborg is a Director of Plena Capital Ltd., a multinational investment group with interests across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Plena Group currently operates in 5 countries and employs nearly 1,000 people as an international company with experience in investing across continents.
Ms. Sjöborg is a retired Senior Investment Officer at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). EBRD works in 29 countries from Europe to central Asia financing projects that serve the transition to market economies and pluralistic democratic societies. She started working in London in 1992 in the Infrastructure and Power groups. From 1996 to 1998, she served as the Head of the EBRD office in Zagreb, Croatia, leading a portfolio of more than €500 million in food, pharmaceutical and electric companies. In 1999, she returned to the EBRD office in London where she remained a Senior Banker within the Agribusiness Team until she retired in 2003.
Prior to joining EBRD, Ms. Sjöborg served as a consultant for the Privatization Ministry of the Republic of Poland, where she took part in the assessments of the Polish pharmaceutical industry operating in the private sector. From 1986 until 1988, she worked as a System Engineer at Questech, Inc. (now CACI Technologies) in Arlington, VA.
Ms. Sjöborg obtained a B.S. in Computer Engineering from The Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1985, an M.S. in Economics from the University of Nice, and an M.B.A. in Finance from Wharton in 1992. She lives in London with her husband, Mattias Sjöborg, and their three children.
Mr. Alexander F. Stern (ENG’89, WG’94)
President, Lazard Ltd.
Alex Stern was named President of Lazard Ltd in June 2019. Alex has served as a Managing Director of Lazard since 2002, and prior to becoming President was Chief Executive Officer of Lazard’s Financial Advisory business since April 2015, Chief Operating Officer of Lazard since November 2008 and Global Head of Strategy since February 2006.
Mr. Stern initially joined Lazard in 1994. He has worked with a broad array of clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Stern previously held various positions at Patricof & Co. Ventures and IBM.
Mr. Stern earned a BS (Phi Betta Kappa) from Duke University. He also received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, and an MSE from The Moore School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Harlan Stone (C’80)
President and CEO, HMTX Industries
Harlan is the President and CEO of HMTX Industries LLC, a global enterprise headquartered in Norwalk, CT consisting of a group of companies that manufacture and distribute decorative building materials. The HMTX family includes Halstead, the leading supplier of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) to The Home Depot; Metroflor, its signature residential brand in North America; Teknoflor, its focused health-care and institutional brand; Aspecta, its high-end global contract brand for architects and designers; and Vertex, the foundation of the international supply chain for HMTX.
With his company’s roots dating back four generations, Harlan began his career in Hong Kong and has continued his long-term involvement in product development and manufacturing in Asia to this day. He embodies the spirit of innovation and transparency, and is a firm believer in the positive benefits of each when it comes to growing this business.
He serves on Habitat for Humanity’s Asia Pacific Development Council, which is making incredible progress in expanding affordable housing access for low-income households in the region. Harlan has also enjoyed a nearly 30 year relationship with the Camphill Foundation, which provides a residential program for children with severe developmental disabilities.
Harlan obtained a degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and his interest in the visual arts continues to this day. He is active in his local affiliation with the Trust for National Historical Sites – The Glass House in New Canaan, CT; as well as senior Patron of both the Metropolitan Opera and Guggenheim Museum.
Mr. Michael D. Ward (EAS’85, W’85, M.B.A., Dartmouth)
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Bain Capital LLC
Michael D. Ward joined Bain Capital in 2002. He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he was Global Head of the Portfolio group. Mr. Ward has worked closely, often in interim senior operating roles, with Burger King Corporation, Houghton Mifflin, Inc., Sensata Technologies, Inc., Toys R Us, Inc., and The Weather Channel, Inc. He has also been a past board member of Houghton Mifflin, Inc., Toys R Us, Inc., Sensata Technologies, and The Weather Channel, Inc.
Previously, Mr. Ward held various positions at Digitas, Inc., including President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Digitas, Mr. Ward was with Bain & Company from 1994 to 1997 and with Price Waterhouse from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Ward is on the board of the Boston Public Library and the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Mr. Frederick Warren (ME’60, WG’61)
Founder, Sage Venture Partners, LLC
From 1963 to 1972, Mr. Warren served his private equity investment apprenticeship as President and CEO of Westland Capital Corporation (a venture capital investment company) and General Television, Inc. (a leveraged build-up) in the cable television industry. In May 1972, Mr. Warren co-founded Brentwood Associates which became a leading venture capital investment firm on the West Coast. In 1984 he initiated Brentwood’s formal entry into the leveraged buyout business (LBO) and its evolution as a private equity investment firm. Beginning with the new millennium in 2000, Mr. Warren returned to his venture capital roots with the formation of Sage Venture Partners a “friends and family” venture capital fund.
Mr. Warren graduated from Penn with an Engineering degree and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School. In addition to Ooyala, he serves as a director/advisor of Slingshot Sports, Plainview Capital Management, NeoMedix, Everest Sciences and Callidus Capital Management. Mr. Warren was a founding board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Jonathan Z. Wilf (ENG’06, JD Yeshiva University)
Partner, Garden Homes
EVP, Strategic Planning and Business Initiatives, Minnesota Vikings Ownership Group
Jonathan Z. Wilf is a Partner in Garden Homes, the family-owned, nationwide leader in retail, commercial, and private residential development based in Short Hills. He has been a member of the Minnesota Vikings ownership group for over a decade, and serves as their Executive Vice President – Strategic Planning and Business Initiatives. Mr. Wilf serves on the Vikings management team and plays a leadership role in developing revenue-generating initiatives for the organization as well as enhancing and expanding technology applications within the Vikings and at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mr. Wilf serves on the new stadium development team and with the planning of the new team headquarters in Eagan, MN.
Mr. Wilf is actively engaged in philanthropy as a trustee of the Wilf Family Foundations and has a passion for supporting causes that involve children and education. He received a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Mr. Wilf and his wife Rachel (C’08) have two children.