Influential Leaders

Throughout the past 100 years, business graduates can be found across all facets and levels of commerce—in large corporations, small business, the nonprofit industry, the public sector, and government alike—pioneering change, fostering global exchange, and improving quality of life. The story of how alumni have positively influenced society through their actions and ideas is one that should be told.

The Influential Leaders from AACSB Business Schools Challenge recognizes 100 such stories and demonstrates how all honorees personify the role as a visionary figure or change agent. If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill immeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to share the collective 100 as a component to celebrating the organization’s, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.

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SABEEN ALI

Sabeen Ali

University of San Francisco, Masagung School of Management
Industry: Technology

Founder & CEO, AngelHack...Read More

Paul Allison

Paul Allison

McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business
Industry: Investment

Chairman and CEO, Raymond James, Ltd....Read More

DANIEL P. AMOS

Daniel P. Amos

The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
Industry: Insurance

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aflac...Read More

Steve Appleton

Steve Appleton

Boise State University, College of Business and Economics
Industry: Technology

Former Chairman and CEO, Micron...Read More

Dato' Tajuddin Bin Atan

Tajuddin bin Atan

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Economics and Management
Industry: Investment

Chairman, Bursa Malaysia...Read More

Subha Barry

Subha Barry

Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business
Industry: Entertainment and Media

Vice President and General Manager, Working Mother Media...Read More

Felipe Larranín Bascuñán

Felipe Larranín Bascuñán

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Administración
Industry: Academe

Director, Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies at Universidad Católica de Chile (CLAPES UC)...Read More

Juan Francisco Beckmann Vidal

Juan Francisco Beckmann Vidal

Tecnológico de Monterrey, EGADE Business School
Industry: Consumer Products

Chairman, José Cuervo Corporation...Read More

Philip Berber

Philip Berber

University College Dublin, UCD College of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Co-Founder and Chairman, A Glimmer of Hope...Read More

Gary Brinson

Gary P. Brinson

Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics
Industry: Investment

Founder, Brinson Partners and The Brinson Foundation...Read More

Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak

Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak

Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Industry: Financial Services

Global Vice Chair—Public Policy, EY...Read More

Robert Burke

Robert M. Burke

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Founder and Chairman, LadderUp and Founder and Manager, Burke America...Read More

Jeffery J. Clarke

Jeffrey J. Clarke

SUNY at Geneseo, School of Business
Industry: Communications

Chief Executive Officer, Kodak...Read More

Mitchell Cohen

Mitchell D. Cohen

The Pennyslavania State University, Smeal College of Business
Industry: Financial Services

Vice Chairman & Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers...Read More

Jonathan Coles

Jonathan Coles

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)
Industry: Consulting

Partner at Renaissance Growth Advisory (RGA), and Director, C.A. Ron Santa Teresa...Read More

David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
Industry: Academe

Fairmount Santrol-David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management; Professor, Organizational Behavior; Editor, Emerald Publishing...Read More

Peter Corbett

Peter Corbett

Emory University, Goizueta Business School
Industry: Communications

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, iStrategyLabs...Read More

Greg Creed

Greg Creed

Queensland University of Technology, Business School
Industry: Speciality Foods

Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc....Read More

Emily Cummins

Emily Cummins

University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School
Industry: Non-Profit

Inventor and Entrepreneur...Read More

Diego de la Torre de la Piedra

Diego de la Torre de la Piedra

Universidad del Pacifico, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales and Escuela de Postgrado
Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Services

President, La Viga SA...Read More

Elisabet de los Pinos | AACSB Influential Leader

Elisabet de los Pinos

IE Business School
Industry: Healthcare

Founding Chief Executive Officer, Aura Biosciences, Inc....Read More

Susan DeVore

Susan DeVore

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Belk College of Business
Industry: Healthcare

President and CEO, Premier, Inc....Read More

Walter A. Dods, Jr.

Walter A. Dods, Jr.

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
Industry: Transportation

Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc....Read More

Virginia Donohue

Virginia Donohue

State University of New York at Oswego, School of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Founder and Executive Director, On Point for College...Read More

Tim Dubois

Tim DuBois

Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business
Industry: Academe

Music Executive and Owner, Tim DuBois Entertainment...Read More

Kaushal Dugar

Kaushal Dugar

Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Industry: Speciality Foods

Founder, President & CEO, Teabox...Read More

Fiza Farhan

Fiza Farhan

The University of Warwick, Warwick Business School
Industry: Energy

Chief Executive Officer, Buksh Foundation at Buksh Energy Pvt. Ltd....Read More

Tommy Franks

Tommy Franks

The University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business
Industry: Military Service

Retired General, United States Army...Read More

Max L. Fuller

Max L. Fuller

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of Business
Industry: Transportation

Chairman & CEO, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc....Read More

David Gaus

David Gaus

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
Industry: Healthcare

Founder and Executive Director, Andean Health & Development...Read More

Katie Gilstrap

Katie Gilstrap

University of Richmond, Robins School of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Cofounder, Lift Caregiving...Read More

William Goldring

William Goldring

Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business
Industry: Consumer Products

Chairman, Sazerac Co....Read More

Andrés Simón González-Silén

Andrés Simón González-Silén

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)
Industry: Healthcare

Co-Founder and CEO, Grupo Venemergencia...Read More

John Goolsby

John Goolsby

The University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business
Industry: Real Estate and Development

Retired President & CEO, Howard Hughes Corporation...Read More

Andy Gourley

Andy Gourley

Queensland University of Technology, Business School
Industry: Non-Profit

Founder and Director, Red Frogs Australia...Read More

Francis J. Greenburger

Francis J. Greenburger

Baruch College—City University of New York, Zicklin School of Business
Industry: Real Estate and Development

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J. Barry Griswell

Barry Griswell

Berry College, Campbell School of Business
Industry: Financial Services

Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Principal Financial Group...Read More

Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría

University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School
Industry: Public Policy

Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...Read More

Monique Hammaty-Simmonds

Monique Hamaty-Simmonds

Florida International University, College of Business
Industry: Speciality Foods

President and CEO/Entrepreneur, Tortuga International Holdings...Read More

Derek Handley

Derek Handley

Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria Business School
Industry: CSR and Sustainability

Founding CEO and Entrepreneur in Residence, The B Team...Read More

Maya Helbaoui

Maya Helbaoui

IE Business School
Industry: Design

Communication Manager, Roche Lebanon...Read More

Charles Horngren

Charles T. Horngren

Marquette University, College of Business Administration & Graduate School of Management
Industry: Academe

Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Accounting Emeritus, Stanford University...Read More

Sir Tom Hunter

Sir Tom Hunter

University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School
Industry: Investment

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Founder West Coast Capital, Founder and Chairman of The Hunter Foundation...Read More

Garrett Ilg

Garrett Ilg

University of New Hampshire, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
Industry: Communications

Senior Vice President and Head of World Wide Enterprise Sales & Field Operations, Adobe Systems, Inc....Read More

Jerry Kent

Jerald L. Kent

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
Industry: Technology

Chairman and CEO, Suddenlink and Chairman, TierPoint; President and CEO, Cequel III LLC...Read More

Jorgen Knudstorp

Jørgen Vig Knudstorp

Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS)
Industry: Consumer Products

President and CEO of the LEGO Group...Read More

Jose Koechlin

José Koechlin

Universidad del Pacifico, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales and Escuela de Postgrado
Industry: Tourism

Chairman & CEO, Inkaterra...Read More

Gary Kovacs

Gary Kovacs

University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Industry: Technology

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Management Board...Read More

Larry Landry

Lawrence Landry

Clark University, Graduate School of Management
Industry: Healthcare

Chairman and CEO, Masterpiece Living, LLC...Read More

Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee

Bradley University, Foster College of Business
Industry: Consumer Products

Co-Founder and CEO, Newton Running...Read More

Leonard Stew

Stew Leonard, Jr.

Ithaca College, School of Business
Industry: Speciality Foods

President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s...Read More

Richard Qiangdong Liu

Richard Qiangdong Liu

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Industry: Consumer Products

Founder, Chairman and CEO, JD.com, Inc....Read More

Robert Luddy

Robert Luddy

La Salle University, School of Business
Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Services

President, CaptiveAire...Read More

Marshall Lytle

Marshall B. Lytle

U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Management Department
Industry: Military Service

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard...Read More

Betty Manetta

Beatriz Manetta

Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business
Industry: Technology

Founder, President & CEO, Argent Associates...Read More

Mark Mason

Mark Mason

Howard University, School of Business
Industry: Financial Services

CEO, Citi Private Bank...Read More

Tammy Miller

Minnesota State University Moorhead, College of Business and Innovation
Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Services

Chief Executive Officer, Border States Electric...Read More

Mingzhu Dong

Dong Mingzhu

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Services

President and Chairperson, Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai...Read More

Don Mohanlal

Don Mohanlal

Indian School of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Executive Director, Innovation and Impact, National 4-H Council...Read More

Bob Moritz

Bob Moritz

SUNY College at Oswego, School of Business
Industry: Financial Services

Chairman and Senior Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)...Read More

Ted Mosler

Ted Mosler

North Carolina State University, Poole College of Management
Industry: Healthcare

Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer, GILERO Biomedical, EG-Gilero...Read More

Martin Mucci

Martin Mucci

St. John Fisher College, School of Business
Industry: Financial Services

President and CEO, Paychex, Inc....Read More

James Owens

James Owens

North Carolina State University, Poole College of Management
Industry: Transportation

Former Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar, Inc....Read More

Lester, Owens

Lester Owens

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Silberman College of Business
Industry: Financial Services

Managing Director, Global Head of Treasury Services, JPMorgan...Read More

Maria Pacheco

Maria Pacheco

INCAE Business School
Industry: Non-Profit

Founder and President, Kiej de los Bosques...Read More

Javier Palomarez

Javier Palomarez

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Industry: Government

President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce...Read More

Neal Patterson

Neal Patterson

Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business
Industry: Healthcare

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Cerner...Read More

Tom Pike

Thomas H. Pike

University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business and Economics
Industry: Healthcare

CEO, Quintiles...Read More

Paul Pohlman

Paul Polman

University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Industry: Consumer Products

CEO, Unilever...Read More

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

George Washington University School of Business
Industry: Military Service

Former U.S. Secretary of State; Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff; Retired 4-Star General of the U.S. Army, Founding Chairman of America's Promise...Read More

Meiny Prins

Meiny Prins

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management
Industry: CSR and Sustainability

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Madhavan Rangaswami

Madhavan (M.R.) Rangaswami

Kent State University, College of Business Administration
Industry: Technology

Co-Founder, Sand Hill Group LLC...Read More

H.E. MOHAMED ALI RASHED ALABBAR

H.E. Mohamed Ali Rashed Alabbar

Seattle University, Albers School of Business and Economics
Industry: Real Estate and Development

Founder and Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC...Read More

Punit Renjen

Punit Renjen

Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Industry: Financial Services

Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Global...Read More

Ann Rhoades

Ann Rhoades

University of New Mexico, Robert O. Anderson School of Management
Industry: Consulting

PRES (Person Responsible for Extraordinary Service) and Founder, People Ink...Read More

Rick Rieder

Rick Rieder

Emory University, Goizueta Business School
Industry: Investment

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Fixed Income, BlackRock...Read More

Stephane Roques

Stephane Roques

NEOMA Business School
Industry: Non-Profit

Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—Doctors Without Borders...Read More

Robert Rudnick

Robert Rudnick

Universitaet of Mannheim, Business School
Industry: Speciality Foods

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Coffee Circle...Read More

Ricardo Sagrera

Ricardo Sagrera

INCAE Business School
Industry: Manufacturing and Commercial Services

President & CEO, Hilasal Group and Superate Project...Read More

Keith Schroeder

Keith Schroeder

Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business
Industry: Speciality Foods

Founder and CEO of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc....Read More

Jay Shidler

Jay Shidler

University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
Industry: Real Estate and Development

Founder and Managing Partner, The Shidler Group...Read More

Paul Shrivastava

Paul Shrivastava

University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

Executive Director, Future Earth...Read More

James Sinegal

James Sinegal

San Diego State University, College of Business Administration
Industry: Retail Sales

Co-Founder and Former CEO, Costco...Read More

Rex Sinquefield

Rex Sinquefield

Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business
Industry: Public Policy

Co-Founder and President, Show-Me Institute...Read More

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, College of Business
Industry: Tourism

Co-Owner, Garden of the Gods Club...Read More

John Stumpf

John Stumpf

University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Industry: Financial Services

President, CEO and Chairman, Wells Fargo & Company...Read More

Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor

Minnesota State University, Mankato, College of Business
Industry: Communications

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Corporation...Read More

James Terry

James Terry

University of North Georgia, Mike Cottrell College of Business
Industry: Military Service

Lieutenant General, United States Army...Read More

Amanda Tincknell

Amanda Tincknell

Cranfield University, Cranfield School of Management
Industry: Consulting

Chief Executive, The Cranfield Trust...Read More

Nancy Tumavick

Nancy Tumavick

Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business
Industry: Government

Mission Strategy Advisor, USAID/DRC...Read More

James Turley

James Turley

Rice University, Jesse H. Graduate School of Business
Industry: Financial Services

Chairman and CEO, 2001–2013, Ernst and Young...Read More

Sarah Turse

Sarah Turse

Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Graduate School of Business & Public Policy
Industry: Military Service

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy/Naval Special Warfare Command...Read More

Sam Walton

Sam Walton

University of Missouri, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
Industry: Retail Sales

Founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club...Read More

Martin Whitman

Martin Whitman

Syracuse University, Martin J. Whitman School of Management
Industry: Investment

Founder, Chairman, and Portfolio Manager, Third Avenue Management LLC...Read More

David Williams

David Williams

University of Houston, C. T. Bauer College of Business
Industry: Non-Profit

President and CEO, Make-A-Wish America...Read More

Milton Wilson

Milton Wilson

Howard University, School of Business
Industry: Academe

Dean Emeritus, Howard University...Read More

Patricia Woertz

Patricia Woertz

The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business
Industry: Speciality Foods

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Archer Daniels Midland Company...Read More

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo

Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Industry: Non-Profit

President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services...Read More

Yan Dongsheng

Yan Dongsheng

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai College of Economics and Management
Industry: Finance

Chairman, Bohai Commodity Exchange...Read More

Larry Zicklin

Lawrence Zicklin

Baruch College—City University of New York, Zicklin School of Business
Industry: Investment

Member of the Board, Neuberger Berman...Read More