2016 Influential Leaders

In today’s world, business school graduates are increasingly using their degrees to make a difference not only in the corporate world but also across global society. If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill immeasurable volumes, and as such, AACSB International is honored to continue to share these stories through the second annual AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge.

As leaders in large corporations, small businesses, the nonprofit industry, the public sector, and government alike, alumni of AACSB business schools continue to push the boundaries—pioneering change, fostering global exchange, and improving quality of life.

This year, more than 15 industry sectors—including social enterprise, healthcare, and technology, to name a few— across 11 countries make up the Class of 2016 Influential Leaders. While the honorees differ in their fields and paths to success, the 2016 Influential Leaders program reveals important ways in which business school alumni are challenged to help businesses thrive, addressing some of the world’s toughest shared challenges.

Please join us as we recognize and honor the time, talents, and contributions that the 2016 Influential Leaders have made, and will continue to make, around the globe. Congratulations to each, their nominating institution, and their supporting business community.

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NANCY AOSSEY

Nancy Aossey

University of Northern Iowa, College of Business Administration
Industry: Public Health

President and CEO, International Medical Corps

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LUCIANO BALBO

Luciano Balbo

SDA Bocconi—School of Management
Industry: Education and Entrepreneurship

Founder and President, Oltre Venture

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KEVIN BERGNER

Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner

Trinity University, School of Business
Industry: Education and Entrepreneurship

President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

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SCOTT BUDNICK

Scott Budnick

Emory University, Goizueta Business School
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Founder and President, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

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GARY COHEN

Gary Cohen

Rutgers–The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick
Industry: Public Health

Executive Vice President, Becton Dickinson and Company

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JEAN PHILIPPE COURTOIS

Jean-Philippe Courtois

SKEMA Business School
Industry: Innovation and Technology

EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Microsoft Corporation

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TAWNI CRANZ

Tawni Cranz

Claremont Graduate University, The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Industry: Innovation and Technology

Chief Talent Officer, Netflix Inc.

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MARK CREA

Mark Crea

University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business
Industry: Public Health

Executive Director and CEO, Feed My Starving Children

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GUILLERMO DIETRICH

Guillermo Dietrich

IAE Business School
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

Transport Minister, Argentine National Government

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ZENETTA DREW

Zenetta Drew

Texas A&M University—Commerce, College of Business
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

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ALBERTO DURAN

Alberto Durán López

IESE Business School
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

President, ILUNION

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DOUG FOSHEE

Douglas Foshee

Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Principal, Sallyport Investments LLC

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SARAH FREED

Sarah Freed

Appalachian State University, Walker College of Business
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

Global Social Responsibility Consultant

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SHERI GOVERNO

Sheri Governo

University of Manitoba, I. H. Asper School of Business
Industry: Public Health

Co-founder and Vice President, Business Development & Administration, Exigence Technologies

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HUW KINGSTON

Huw Kingston

University of Bradford, School of Management
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

Director, Wild Horizons

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BECKY LEVIN

Becky Levin

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics
Industry: Education and Entrepreneurship

Executive Director, The Possible Project

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JONATHAN MILDENHALL

Jonathan Mildenhall

Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Business and Law
Industry: Innovation and Technology

Chief Marketing Officer, AirBnB, Inc.

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ZIBU MTHIYANE

Zibu Mthiyane

University of Stellenbosch, University of Stellenbosch Business School
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Founder, MMC SA

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ROBERT NIBLOCK

Robert Niblock

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Belk College of Business
Industry: Education and Entrepreneurship

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

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PARKER PETIT

Pete Petit

Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Industry: Public Health

Chairman and CEO, MiMedx Group, Inc.

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RAHUL PUSHP

Rahul Pushp

University of Liverpool, Management School
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

Co-Founder and Director, i-Solarlite

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RUTH RILEY

Ruth Riley

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

General Manager, San Antonio Stars

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JOANNA SHIELDS

Baroness Joanna Shields

The George Washington University, The George Washington School of Business
Industry: Innovation and Technology

Minister for Internet Safety and Security/Under Secretary of State; The Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the United Kingdom

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ANALJIT SINGH

Analjit Singh

Boston University, Questrom School of Business
Industry: Public Health

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Max Group

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SAVITHA SRIDHARAN

Savitha Sridharan

Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School
Industry: Corporate Social Responsibility

Founder and CEO, Orora Global, Inc.

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NASHWA TAHER

Nashwa Taher

King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Economics and Administration
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Director, Al Taher Group

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SHAWN TAYLOR

Shawn Taylor

Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
Industry: Education and Entrepreneurship

President and CEO, Zaxby's Houston

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JESSE TYSON

Jesse Tyson

The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

CEO and President, National Black MBA Association Inc.

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JUDITH VREDENBURGH

Judy Vredenburgh

University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Management
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

President and CEO, Girls Inc.

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CAITLIN WILSON

H.E. Caitlin Wilson

Queensland University of Technology, Business School
Industry: Diversity and Inclusion

Deputy Head of Mission to the United Nations, New York; Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia

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