The annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner will be held Friday, April 15 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The following awards will be presented.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
ANNE (COOK) ANDERSON, MBA ’02
Vice President, Aviation / Shell International Petroleum Company / London
Working from the company’s London offices, she focuses on supplying high-quality fuel and lubricants to airports, airlines, corporate jet operators, and flying clubs around the world. A Florida native, she started her career as a chemical engineer at Monsanto and Solutia. One thing she would advise business students to do is take chances. “Many of us have the opportunity to be very safe in our careers,” she says, “but what has made the difference for me is to go to those places where you can really make a difference if you have a bit of risk tolerance.”
ROBERT W. BECK, BSBA ’86
Chief Operating Officer–US Retail Bank / Citigroup Inc. / New York City
Upon graduating, he worked for the May Company at its St. Louis corporate headquarters. Eventually, he moved to New York and earned his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Beck has been with Citi for nearly three decades. In his current role, he’s responsible for product development, pricing, and profitability in checking, debit, savings, and retail lending products. He also leads Mergers and Acquisitions, Distribution Strategy, and the Business Transformation office. Previously, he served as head of Corporate Finance for Citigroup.
DONALD IMHOLZ, TI ’78, MBA ’91
Executive Vice President, Operations, Chief Information Officer (retired) / Centene Corporation / St. Louis
During his tenure at Centene, a Fortune 500 company providing various services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, annual revenues grew from $3 billion to more than $21 billion. Thanks in part to his IT oversight, it became an award-winning leader in digital engagement, business analytics, and cyber security. As a result, Imholz was named a Top 100 CIO by CIO Magazine and served as a member of The Wall Street Journal CIO 100 Network.
LORI (MASON) LEE, BSBA ’88, MBA ’89
Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer / AT&T Inc. / Dallas
“I’m really passionate about business operations and about people,” says Lee, who was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech by the National Diversity Council in 2015 and one of Fortune’s 2014 Most Powerful Women in Business. In her current position, Lee oversees brand strategy, advertising, corporate communications, events, and sponsorships worldwide, with responsibility for AT&T’s global brand and reputation. She also leads the company’s It Can Wait program, aimed at eliminating distracted driving.
JAMES T. LITTLE, PhD
Donald Danforth Jr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business
DREW CAYLOR, MBA ’14
Partner / Louis York Capital / St. Louis
ALICIA HERALD, LA ’05, MBA ’11
Founder / myEDmatch / St. Louis
VINITA KUMAR, BSBA ’01
Senior Manager / Deloitte Consulting LLP / Chicago
HUGH TYCHSEN, LA ’05, MBA ’11
Director, Sales and Account Management Operations / Express Scripts, Inc. / St. Louis
JASON WANG, BSBA ’09
CEO / Xi’an Famous Foods / New York City
The Olin Award for research that impacts business will also be presented to professors Radhadrishnan Gopalan and Todd Milbourn. See related blog post.
Images: by Jerry Naunheim