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Olin Business School will honor three distinguished alumni on Friday evening, April 21. They are Chris Bloise, BSBA 1997, Lal Karsanbhai, MBA 1995, and Ari Lewine, BSBA 2009. Please register here to join the celebration.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is a tradition—now in its 36th year—in which Olin recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding alumni who have become leaders in their community and have attained distinction in their careers. Those who are honored embody the core values of vision, innovation and leadership and have each made a positive impact on business and the communities in which they live and serve.

Chris Bloise, BSBA 1997

Chris Bloise serves as president and managing partner at Court Square Capital in New York City. Bloise joined the firm in 2003, focused on technology and communications investments. He currently serves on the boards of GoEngineer, Momentum Telecom, Smart City and Virtium.

Bloise previously served on the boards of AHEAD, Connatix, Conterra Ultra Broadband, Encompass Digital Media, Fibertech Networks, IWCO Direct, Mosaic Sales Solutions, nTelos, SPS, System1 and Thrive.

He received his BSBA, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Lal Karsanbhai, MBA 1995

Lal Karsanbhai is president and chief executive officer of Emerson. He was named CEO of the $18.2 billion global technology and industrial software leader based in St. Louis in 2021. Under his leadership, the company is modernizing its culture and transforming into a global automation leader advancing sustainability, safety and productivity for the world’s most essential industries.

Karsanbhai began his career at Emerson in 1995 as an international planner and has held global roles of increasing responsibility for strategic growth, technology investment and digital transformation innovation. His global career has taken him from St. Louis to France and London.

He serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the US-China Business Council. He is a member of Business Roundtable and The Business Council.

Karsanbhai has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ari Lewine, BSBA 2009

Ari Lewine is the co-founder of TripleLift and from 2012-2022 served as its chief strategy officer. TripleLift is one of the world’s largest advertising technology firms and a pioneer in native programmatic advertising. TripleLift has been named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America for five years in a row. Lewine led TripleLift’s direction on sales, strategy and product innovation. Vista Equity Partners acquired the company in 2021.

Previously, Lewine served as head of the performance sales team at AppNexus. He started his business endeavors at 17 as co-owner and CEO of University Trucking, which has been operated by WashU students since 1977. He was named Forbes “30 Under 30” for his contributions to the online advertising industry.

He holds a BSBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Pictured at top, from left: Chris Bloise, Lal Karsanbhai and Ari Lewine.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni will be honored on April 21 at 6 p.m. Please join us at Celebration Weekend, April 20-23 to celebrate Olin’s Centennial and accomplished alumni.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be followed by a very special affair to commemorate our Centennial. Guests are invited inside Knight and Bauer Hall for a once-in-a-century Gala celebration. The Gala reception will include a band, food stations and cocktails, a photo booth, and a digital exhibit showcasing Olin’s rich history. The evening will conclude with a celebratory fireworks display as we embark on Olin’s second century of excellence.

Bill BroderickBill Broderick, MBA ’76

Partner (Retired) / Edward Jones / St. Louis

Chair, Board of Trustees / Bridge Builder Mutual Funds / St. Louis

In a 30-year career at Edward Jones, it is safe to say there is very little that Bill Broderick hasn’t participated in building for the firm. Even after his retirement in 2012, Broderick still has a hand in the business as founder and chairman of a subadvised family of Edward Jones sponsored mutual funds, with assets totaling $32 billion.

And that isn’t the only way in which Broderick has continued to participate. Since 2013, he has served as CEO for Victory Wireline, a Texas-based company offering specialized equipment services to the oil and gas industry. After earning his MBA from Washington University, Broderick launched his career at Centerre Bank, which at that time, was one of the two largest banks in the St. Louis area. He made a name for himself over six years, as a commercial banking officer and leader in the credit department, supervising 25 analysts.

By 1982, he had left Centerre to begin his distinguished career in investment banking at Edward Jones, and within four years, he was invited to be a partner in the firm. And that is where he started putting his fingerprints all over it—from product design to marketing to leadership development and beyond.

He took responsibility for the firm’s Equity Syndicate and OTC Trading operations in 1992, supervising 12 traders and syndicate professionals and overseeing the distribution of all new equity IPOs and secondary offerings. In that role, he initiated a college recruiting and rotational development program designed to attract and develop Edward Jones leaders, which remains the firm’s primary program for developing home office managers. The program has benefitted many Washington University graduates.

As the Internet Age took hold in the mid-1990s, Broderick served as Edward Jones’s online marketing leader, a capacity in which he built a team, developed the firm’s online strategy, and launched the first edwardjones.com website—all in just 10 months.

Broderick’s five years of leadership in the Edward Jones investment advisory programs increased the firm’s advisory assets under management from $4 billion to $90 billion. That assignment led to the launch of Edward Jones Advisory Solutions—a fee-based investment management program that today accounts for about 40 percent of the firm’s earnings.

Broderick’s links to the St. Louis community are not only tied to his business dealings, however. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Visitation Academy, the Missouri Friends of Injured Marines, and St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System.

Watch his presentation video.

Lee HeadshotLee Fixel, BSBA ’02

Partner / Tiger Global Management / New York City

At least one national magazine has credited Lee Fixel with having the Midas touch. As a partner in Tiger Global Management and head of its private equity business, Fixel’s hand in the high-tech startup world has yielded gold for his firm and companies around the world.

With billions in venture capital investments under his control, Fixel’s eye for hot startups has paid off handsomely. Many of the companies that have come under his gaze—and into his portfolio—are now so well known they scarcely require introduction, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Spotify, and SurveyMonkey.

Others fit the category of hot startups that are edging their way into popular culture, such as online eyeglass retailer Warby Parker, online shaving retailer Harry’s, and Peloton, which uses technology to bring the experience of group exercise cycling into the home.

Forbes magazine has named Fixel four times to its annual “Midas List” as one of the best dealmakers in high tech and life sciences. In 2016, Fixel ranked No. 55 out of its 100 hot rainmakers. The magazine took special note of Fixel’s deep reach in India’s technology ecosystem, which included an investment in the country’s online e-commerce leader Flipkart, which at its high point was valued at a reported $15 billion.

Fixel’s foray into the Indian startup scene caused a stir as Tiger Global poured a reported $2 billion into companies involved in online classifieds, groceries, and the ride-hailing service Ola, according to a report in the Financial Times.

All that investment keeps Fixel busy on numerous corporate boards—including those of Flipkart, Ola, Eventbrite, and SurveyMonkey. But he has also remained an active member of the Washington University community. Fixel began a four-year term on the university’s board of trustees in mid-2015. He also serves as a member of Olin Business School’s National Council, charged with providing insights that will help the school achieve its vision to be recognized as one of the world’s best business schools.

Since 2009, Fixel has been active with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, first on the organization’s leadership council, then on its board of directors since 2013.

Before joining Tiger Global Management in 2006, Fixel worked at Alkeon Capital Management and completed the general course at the London School of Economics. He is a CFA charterholder, the highest distinction in the investment management profession.

Nina Leigh KruegerNina Leigh Krueger, MBA ’94

President / Nestlé Purina U.S. / St. Louis

Nina Leigh Krueger embodies the classic story of an executive who started at the bottom and rose through the ranks. In 1993, midway through her MBA studies at Washington University, Krueger joined the Ralston Purina Company as a brand management intern.

In 2016, 23 years and a variety of important steps later, Krueger assumed the role of president for Nestlé Purina U.S., after serving as the company’s chief marketing officer. While she retained responsibility for Purina’s marketing group—overseeing brand lines in dog food, cat food, pet treats, and cat litter—the new assignment gave her responsibility for Purina’s Market Development Organization as well.

Krueger recently made headlines by closing a 10-year agreement with the Westminster Kennel Club, making Purina Pro Plan® the exclusive pet food sponsor for the club’s famous annual dog show—extending an agreement that began in 2012.

She credits her MBA studies for showing her how to see the big picture throughout her career.

“Olin taught me how to ask smart questions,” Krueger said in a 2015 Olin blog post. “While my focus was marketing, the broad base of the program also gave me a grounding in areas like operations and accounting. I’ve discovered that leadership is not just knowing the answers. Often, it is about knowing the right questions to ask.”

After earning her MBA in 1994, Krueger joined Purina full time, establishing herself with increasing responsibilities, while working on key global brands in the cat food marketing division.

Just seven years later, Krueger took on another major challenge when Nestlé acquired the company in 2001 and executives tapped her to lead the integration of the two marketing departments. She has been instrumental in bringing innovation to market on several successful brands, including Beneful® brand dog food.

In 2010, Krueger was named vice president of Golden Products Marketing, makers of Tidy Cats® litter. Later that year, she led the successful integration of a newly acquired brand of dog treats, becoming the president of that division of the company. She became Nestlé Purina’s chief marketing officer in 2015.

Krueger is active in her community, having served on multiple boards and executive committees of various nonprofit organizations.

Watch her presentation video.

Dave MoellenhoffDave Moellenhoff, EN ’92, EN ’92, MBA ’94

Cofounder / Salesforce.com / San Juan Capistrano

Fresh out of business school with a newly minted MBA from Washington University, Dave Moellenhoff was planning to move to Seattle to work—as a bartender.

“I probably would have been the most overqualified bartender around,” Moellenhoff told his high school alma mater, St. Louis University High. The point of the story was simple: stick to your dreams. Don’t settle. Instead of taking a safe, salaried position, Moellenhoff resolved to create a company, and he moved to California.

His first foray into entrepreneurship was Left Coast Software, a computer consulting firm he founded with two others. Soon he got the itch to create a product, which led to $100,000 in seed money from Marc Benioff, who was Oracle’s vice president at the time.

The result was Salesforce.com, now the market-leading softwareas-a-service (SaaS) provider, which Moellenhoff cofounded in 1998.

It was named by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s most innovative companies for five years in a row, and by Fortune as one of the best companies to work for eight years in a row. Salesforce.com enables companies to develop and run any application without investing in hardware and network infrastructure. It now has more than 19,000 employees and generates more than $8 billion in annual revenue.

After the company’s founding, Benioff became Salesforce’s CEO, and Moellenhoff became its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for designing and implementing the infrastructure to power an enterprise application on a web-based scale. Today, that infrastructure serves more than 4 billion page views a day to users around the world.

Moellenhoff also serves on the board of directors of Salesforce.com, which pioneered the 1:1:1 model of corporate philanthropy. The idea: corporations should give back to their communities by donating one percent of their products, equities, and employees’ time.

The foundation has facilitated more than 1.6 million volunteer hours by Salesforce.com employees, given free or heavily discounted licenses to more than 22,000 nonprofit customers, and provided more than $125 million in grants. The foundation has partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District to steer more than $15 million toward integrated science, technology, engineering, and math programs for all city schools.

Moellenhoff also serves as the governing board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, which last year served 3,400 children.

Before founding Salesforce.com, Moellenhoff held positions at Metropolis Software, an early CRM innovator, and Clarify. He continues to operate Left Coast Software, advising and investing in early-stage technology startups. He serves on the boards of several technology companies, including Specright, Beautycounter, MileIQ, KaChing!, and Cloudwords.

Watch his presentation video.

Rick RyanRick L. Ryan, PhD, MBA ’94

Co-Founder and CEO / Apertus Pharmaceuticals / St. Louis

General Partner / Cultivation Capital Life Sciences / St. Louis

In the span of a few decades, Rick Ryan has moved from athlete to scientist to startup entrepreneur. Along the way, he has cultivated a focus on helping other entrepreneurs reach their dreams.

After a stellar pitching career in high school, college, and amateur baseball leagues, the Cincinnati Reds came knocking on his door with a draft offer. Instead, Ryan decided to become a free agent, taking part in initial discussions with the Chicago White Sox while completing his first year in graduate school—after which he had to fulfill an obligation to the Iowa National Guard.

At that point, Ryan never looked back, continuing his pursuit of a graduate degree. Today, he is cofounder and CEO of a St. Louis-based pharmaceutical company called Apertus. He is also a general partner in Cultivation Capital, a venture-funding firm that invests in early stage life sciences startups. Ryan has enjoyed the embrace of the life sciences community in St. Louis.

“There is a sharing of intellectual knowledge and networking of support in St. Louis that is extraordinary,” Ryan said in an interview with St. Louis’ EQ magazine. “It seems like there are only two degrees of separation from anyone in the St. Louis community.”

Ryan completed his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Illinois in 1976. From there, his career carried him to Armour Dial in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he focused his research on the biology of skin. Then an opportunity to join Monsanto brought him to St. Louis for the first time.

His 15-year career at Monsanto exposed him to a variety of management disciplines, including research, product development, commercial development, strategic planning, and international marketing. During that time, he attended Washington University, earning his MBA in 1994.

With his degree in hand, Ryan took on a new challenge, running the global commercial development unit for Embrex, a vaccine company based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. St. Louis soon drew Ryan back with a position at Purina Mills in the late 1990s. His next move was to LINCO Research, a biomedical research firm, where he served as president. When Millipore acquired LINCO in 2006, Ryan stayed on, serving as vice president for the Drug Discovery and Development business unit.

After retiring from Millipore in 2011, Ryan didn’t stay out of the game for long. With a partner, he cofounded Apertus Pharmaceuticals in late 2011. The company manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) as well as tablets and capsules for oral dosage products. In 2013, he helped form the life sciences arm of Cultivation Capital. Currently, that team is raising its second fund to support entrepreneurs and local economic development.

Rick and his wife Sarah have lived in St. Louis for the past 35 years. They love to travel, and Sarah is a very active volunteer with the Assistants League of St. Louis. They have two children, Matt (wife Blithe and son Colum) and Amy (husband George). Their grandson Colum recently celebrated his first birthday.

Watch his presentation video.

On Friday, April 21 Olin Business School will recognize the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees followed by a very special gala to commemorate our Centennial. The evening begins in a spectacular tent on Mudd Field, and the Gala will include various entertainment, festive food stations and cocktails, a fun photo booth, and an interactive digital exhibit showcasing Olin’s rich history.

We will not be hosting a traditional sit-down dinner, but there will be ample gourmet food to enjoy and a variety of seating on every level of the building. The evening will conclude with a celebratory fireworks display as we embark on Olin’s second century of excellence. The exciting and commemorative event promises to be a night to remember.

Distinguished Alumni Awards & Centennial Gala

  • Bill Broderick, MBA 1976
    Partner (Retired), Edward Jones
  • Lee Fixel, BSBA 2002
    Partner, Tiger Global Management
  • Nina Leigh Krueger, MBA 1994
    President, Nestle Purina U.S.
  • Dave Moellenhoff, EN 1992, EN 1992, MBA 1994
    Co-Founder & Former Chief Technology Officer, Salesforce.com, Inc.
  • Rick L. Ryan, PhD, MBA 1994
    CEO, Apertus Pharmaceuticals, LLC; General Partner, Cultivation Capital Life Sciences

Dean’s Medalists

Mahendra R. Gupta, PhD and Sunita Garg
Former Dean and Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management

Emerging Leaders Celebration

  • Arvan S. Chan, MBA 2009, MHA 2009
    Vice President, International Markets, Centene Corporation
  • Chuck K. Cohn, BSBA 2008
    Founder and CEO, Varsity Tutors
  • James A. Mourey, BSBA 2005
    Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, DePaul University
  • JD Ross, BSBA 2012
    Co-founder, Opendoor
  • Meghan O’Meara Winegrad, MBA 2006
    Senior Director, Product Management, Express Scripts

For more information or to register for these events, visit the
Olin Celebration Weekend website

Questions? Contact Anne Peterson at annepeterson@wustl.edu or 314-935-5872

Mark your calendar:  All events are complimentary! Consider making a gift in honor of Olin’s 100 years of excellence!

Your favorite WashU events – from class reunions to Thurtene Carnival – are taking place on campus on the same action-packed weekend. Make your reservations today, bring the family, and plan to celebrate with your Olin graduate classmates and college friends!

10. You may look the same, but campus has changed!

Knight Hall

9. Reconnect with classmates, friends, and professors.

Liana D’Anjon, Judy Cheng, Nicole Lindenbaum, Francie Wasser, Kirstin Mailman at the Olin Graduate Reunion Gala in 2012. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Liana D’Anjon, Judy Cheng, Nicole Lindenbaum, Francie Wasser, Kirstin Mailman at the Olin Graduate Reunion Gala in 2012. Photo by: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

8. The BBQ & Beer Garden in Brookings Quad (better than WILD!)


Dean Mahendra Gupta dishes out barbecue to students at the 2013 Welcome Back barbecue.

7.  Meet the 2016 Emerging Leader Awardees.

Emerging Leader Awards

6.  Network during the Distinguished Alumni Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Dinner

Dean Mahendra Gupta speaks at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Photo by: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

5. Bring the kids! Childcare available!


4. Learn the latest about Lessons in Leadership at the symposium discussion.

2015 Emerging Leaders

Valerie Toothman, Jonathan Kaufman, David Brown, and Lauren Herring lead a discussion on leadership at the inaugural 2015 Emerging Leaders reception.

3. It’s Thurtene Carnival weekend! Fun for the whole family.


2. This will be Dean Mahendra Gupta’s last reunion as dean.


1. And the Number 1 reason to attend Olin Celebration Weekend is…


This is going to be the biggest and best alumni event of the year. You don’t want to miss it!

2016 Celebration Weekend logo

Make history this year at the first-ever Olin Celebration Weekend. Your favorite Wash U events – from class reunions to Thurtene Carnival – are taking place on campus on the same action-packed weekend. (more…)