2021 Olin Distinguished Alumni to be honored

Olin Business School will honor four distinguished alumni on April 30 with a morning panel discussion and an evening celebration.

For more than 32 years, Olin Business School has recognized and presented Distinguished Alumni Awards honoring alumni who have attained distinction in their careers.

Those who will be honored share the characteristics of leadership: progressive thinking, high standards, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage and confidence. Their careers serve as models for all Washington University students and alumni.

Andrew Rubin, BSBA ’98

CEO and cofounder, Illumio

As CEO and cofounder of Illumio, Andrew Rubin is responsible for the overall strategy and vision of the company. Illumio, founded in 2013, provides visibility, segmentation and control of all network communications across any data center or cloud. Large enterprises including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce and Oracle NetSuite trust Illumio to reduce cyber risk.

With deep expertise in segmentation, network security and regulatory and compliance management, Rubin is a frequent participant in panels, articles and podcasts for leading industry events and publications. Each year since 2015, Goldman Sachs has named him one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” as part of its Builders & Innovators program.

Prior to Illumio, Rubin was president and head of worldwide field operations at Cymtec, a leader in the intrusion detection market. Rubin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSBA in Finance. He was the first undergraduate student to win the Olin Cup, a business plan competition through the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Rubin now lives in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.

Eric Veiel, MBA ’99

Cohead of global equity, head of US equity, T. Rowe Price

Eric Veiel is cohead of Global Equity, head of US Equity, chair of the Equity Steering Committee and a member of the Management Committee of T. Rowe Price. He is also the executive sponsor of WAVE, the firm’s business resource group whose mission is to increase the firm’s ability to attract, develop, advance and retain talented and principled women.

The Global Equity division is comprised of over 270 investment professionals based in Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, London, Zurich, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Sidney. The team is responsible for the management of over $850 billion of the firm’s $1.1 trillion in client assets and provides portfolios that meet client needs across a wide variety of investment styles, regions and market cap ranges.

Veiel has 20 years of investment experience, 14 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. He was previously a co-director of Equity Research for North America and co-portfolio manager of the U.S. Equity Structured Research Strategy. He joined the firm in 2005 as an investment analyst.

Veiel earned a BBA, magna cum laude, in finance from James Madison University. He also holds an MBA, with concentrations in finance and accounting, from Washington University, where he was a Charles F. Knight Scholar. Veiel resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Lori (PhD ’04 psychology from Washington University), and their two children. 

Rob Vitale, PMBA ’94

President and CEO, Post Holdings Inc.

Rob Vitale has served as the president and CEO of Post Holdings since 2014. He joined the company during the time of its spinoff from Ralcorp and was the company’s chief financial officer from 2011-2014. He has been a member of the board of directors at Post Holdings since 2014.

During his time, the company has completed 15 major acquisitions and executed a variety of innovative financial transactions, including the creation and spinoff of Post’s active nutrition units into a new public company, BellRing Brands Inc. in 2019. He also serves as the executive chairman of the Board of Directors of BellRing Brands. These acquisitions and transactions have increased revenue from $900 million in fiscal 2012 to nearly $6 billion today.

Prior to Post, Vitale’s background included a history of organization leadership, transformative growth and acquisitions. He served as president and CEO of AHM Financial Group LLC, a diversified financial services firm, which grew fivefold in revenue during his time leading the company. Prior to AHM, he was a partner in Westgate Group LLC, a consumer products private equity firm. Early in his career, he worked at Boatmen’s Bancshares Inc. and KPMG. He received his Professional MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BSBA from St. Louis University.

Vitale and his wife live in St. Louis near the Danforth Campus. He has two grown children, a daughter in Chicago and a son in St. Louis.

Kelli P. Washington, CFA, BSBA ’94

Managing director, research and investment strategy, Cleveland Clinic Investment Office

Kelli P. Washington joined the Cleveland Clinic Investment Office in 2017. She is primarily responsible for monitoring portfolio asset allocation policies, maintaining the macroeconomic research function and collaborating with the CIO on research that directs tactical investment decisions and hedging strategies for the long-term investment pool. Additionally, Washington conducts manager due diligence across asset classes.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic Investment Office, Washington was a managing director of investments with Cambridge Associates, where she was responsible for manager selection, investment implementation and strategy for a variety of nonprofit institutions. Before Cambridge Associates, she was an endowment officer at Bowdoin College as well as a senior due diligence analyst with Edward Jones Investments and portfolio manager with the Edward Jones Trust Co. in St. Louis.

Washington is the chair of the Alumni Board of Governors at Washington University in St. Louis and a former investment committee member for the Crittenton Women’s Union (now EMPath) in Boston. Washington is a CFA Charterholder, holds a BSBA from Washington University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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