Batu Aksoy, ENG ’98
CEO and Board Member
Turcas Petrol A.Ş.
Batu Aksoy is the Vice Chairman of Aksoy Holdings, as well as CEO & Board Member of Turcas Petrol and its controlled subsidiaries. He is also an Executive Board Member at Conrad Istanbul Hotel, Aksoy Real Estate Investment Companies, Aksoy International Trading, RWE & Turcas Power Generation, and Natural Gas Wholesale JV Companies, and Vice Chairman of TAIB Investment Bank.
Aksoy is a Member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen's Association) and Vice Chairman of its Energy Working Group; Vice Chairman of the Energy Business Council of DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey); member of ETD (Energy Traders Association), which he chaired from 2013-2014; member of PETFORM (Petroleum Platform Association), which he chaired from 2006-2008; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School; and a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).
Aksoy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
President and CEO
Old Mutual Asset Management
Peter Bain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM), the U.S. based global asset management business of Old Mutual plc. He serves on the Executive Committee of Old Mutual plc and as a Director on the Board of OMAM. Bain has more than two decades of experience leading and advising firms in the investment management industry.
Previously, he was a Senior Executive Vice President at Legg Mason, Inc. where he held leadership positions from 2000 to 2009. Most recently, he served as Head of Affiliate Management and Corporate Strategy where he oversaw the firm's investment managers. Prior to that, he served as Chief Administrative Officer where he was responsible for the firm's overall administration and operations. Bain received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in General Scholarship. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Joseph T. Bradley, CFA, MBA '03
President, CEO and Board Member
Volver Investment Partners
Joseph is the President, CEO and Board Member of Volver Investment Partners and its controlled operating subsidiaries, including ReverTech Solutions and DRS Product Returns. Joseph is also a Co-Investor and Operating Partner of the Private Equity Sponsor, Leading Ridge Capital Partners.
Previously, Joseph has two decades of diversified professional achievement as a CEO, Investment Banker, Principal Investor, Board Member, Management Consultant, Corporate Leader and Entrepreneur within a variety of dynamic and growth oriented business cultures.
Joseph is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has attended Harvard Business School, completing an executive education program in Private Equity and Venture Capital. Joseph graduated from The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business with both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Graduate Degree in Investments. Joseph also graduated St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Finance Concentration, and was distinguished with the Alumni Association Award for Leadership and Service.
Kevin F. Carey, MS '99
Former Senior Vice President
American Express Company
Kevin served as a senior executive with American Express Company for over 25 years, where he held domestic and international commercial operating roles in the merchant, card and corporate travel businesses. Since 2015, Kevin has been consulting Fortune 100 companies, private equity firms, and start-ups on payment strategies and online & mobile travel-related solutions. He has held leadership roles in prominent industry organizations including, US Travel Association, Travel Business Roundtable and the Global Business Travel Association. Kevin received his BA in History from Penn State and earned his master’s in business from Johns Hopkins University. Kevin also currently serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and a member of the Parent Philanthropy Committee at Penn State. Kevin resides in Far Hills, NJ with his family.
Dr. Pamela “Pam” Drew
Premier Aerospace Defense
Dr. Drew is founder and CEO of Premier Aerospace Defense located in Herndon, VA.
Until 2015, Dr. Pamela (Pam) Drew served as Executive Vice President and President of Information Systems, a business area of Exelis that is a leading provider of mission critical network solutions. These solutions leverage the group’s core capabilities that span the full life cycle of critical networks – including system architecture, design, development, deployment, integration, test and evaluation, operations, maintenance, sustainment and modernization. These services are currently provided to US government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Air Force, US Navy, US Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the Intelligence community; additionally, the business includes a growing commercial aviation and international presence, primarily in Australia and southeast Asia.
Before joining Exelis, Dr. Drew was the senior vice president of Strategic Capabilities and Technology at TASC, leading an enterprise-wide team that provided systems engineering and integration, cyber security, financial and business analytics and test and evaluation solutions to intelligence, defense and federal and civil customers. In a prior role at TASC, she led the Enterprise Systems business unit that served defense and federal civil agencies including DTRA, DHS and the FAA. Prior to that, Dr. Drew was sector vice president of business development for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector. Before joining Northrop Grumman in 2008, Dr. Drew was vice president and general manager for Boeing’s Integrated Defense and Security Solutions organization heading strategy and business generation in homeland and global security markets. While at Boeing, Dr. Drew also served as vice president and general manager of Boeing’s C3ISR business unit serving the US Air Force, US Navy and several international customers including the United Kingdom, NATO, Australia, and Turkey. And in a prior role, she led a significant portion of Boeing Phantom Works developing and transitioning technology across the commercial airplane and military businesses.
Dr. Drew has held several leadership roles with the National Academies including her recent service as the vice chair of the National Research Council Air Force Studies Board and her current role on a “NextGen” Air Traffic Management committee for the Transportation Research Board.
Matthew T. Echols, MS '02
Senior Vice President
Coca-Cola North America
Matt Echols is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola North America. He oversees strategic direction for multiple teams, including brand, business,
and internal communications, social commitment marketing, government relations, and partnerships with community stakeholders.
Previously, Matt was Vice President, Corporate Government and Public Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company, based in Washington, D.C. and responsible for managing the company’s corporate offices in Washington and New York City. As a senior strategist, he focused on domestic and global initiatives. His broad public policy expertise encompasses sustainability, tax and trade, and international affairs.
Matt led the Company’s U.S. State Government Relations team and its engagement on ballot initiatives and integrated issue campaigns across the country. In nearly every state capital, he worked with Coca-Cola bottlers on legislative and regulatory issues impacting employees, brands, customers, consumers and facilities. Since joining Coca-Cola in 1998, Matt has collaborated with international teams in multiple countries to develop strategies to manage complex public affairs issues and effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences.
Previously, he was a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Representative Jack Kingston.
Matt serves in leadership roles on numerous business, foreign policy and public policy boards, including the Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees, the Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and on the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also represents the Company before the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic International Studies, the Brookings Institution, the Wilson Center, and the Washington Economic Club. In 2010, he was appointed by then-Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of the Georgia Public Broadcasting Commission.
Matt holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of West Georgia. He also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University’s Said Business School. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Abby and their three children.
Benjamin Griswold, IV
Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company
Benjamin Griswold, IV is Chairman of Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Company and joined the firm in 2005. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, Griswold was Senior Chairman of DB Alex. Brown, Senior Chairman of BT Alex. Brown and Chairman of Alex. Brown & Sons. Griswold graduated from Princeton University in 1962 and served as an artillery officer in the U.S. 7th Army in Germany before receiving an MBA from Harvard in 1967.
Griswold is the Non-Executive Chairman of W. P. Carey & Co. and a trustee of the W. P. Carey Foundation. He is a trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University. Griswold serves on the board of directors for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc, Executive Committee; Flower Foods, Inc, Lead Director; and Signal Hill Capital Group, LLC. He has also served as a Senior Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities and former Chairman of Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc.
Allyson (Lynn) L. Hackney, MBA '03
Lynn Hackney is a well-known entrepreneur and innovator in the Washington, DC multifamily real estate industry. She currently serves as CEO of Urban Pace, the leading real estate sales, leasing, marketing and advisory firm in the National capital region, with additional offices in New York City and Philadelphia. Urban Pace is now part of The Long & Foster Companies. Lynn is the only woman in the metropolitan area who has a leadership position in her field as owner of a major real estate services firm, residential or commercial. Under her leadership, Urban Pace has been number one in market share in its field for many years, even during the financial downturn, during which Urban Pace experienced record-breaking prices and sales pace. Since Lynn founded Urban Pace in 2001, the company has orchestrated the disposition of more than $2 Billion of real estate assets comprising more than 6,500 condominiums and townhomes. Lynn also is a Partner in Allyson Capital, an investment firm specializing in equity and debt for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Allyson Capital has offices in Washington, New York, and Miami. Complementing Urban Pace’s full range of services to developers, Allyson Capital provides specialized financing for projects with an average valuation of $30 million each.
Lynn was unanimously elected 2016-18 President of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA), the first woman ever to serve in that capacity, and is a 2015 winner of Smart CEO’s Brava Awards. In addition, Lynn serves on the Boards of the Washington, DC Economic Development Partnership and Hamiltonian Artists; she also is a founding member of the Washington ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, has served on the Board of Capital Bank and joined the board of Eagle Bank in May 2016. Lynn has been a major fundraiser and volunteer in several national Presidential election campaigns, and serves on the Boards of two high-profile national nonprofit organizations. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, Lynn holds a certificate from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and finance from Virginia Commonwealth University.
John A. Hunter
Executive Vice President (Retired)
John Hunter, recently retired from QVC holding the position of Executive Vice President of Customer Fulfillment Services. In this position, Hunter was responsible for overseeing over 12,000 associates in customer service, distribution, business analysis and engineering, and quality assurance teams, and the company’s three U.S-based call centers and its four US distribution centers. He also led the building of fulfillment and customer service operations in each of QVC’s global operations in Europe and Asia. Hunter joined QVC in 1991 as Vice President of Customer Services and has held various roles of increasing responsibility with the company, including Senior Vice President of Distribution and Senior Vice President of Customer Services. Among his many successes with the company, Hunter played an architectural role in developing QVC’s world-class customer service organization. Under his leadership, QVC won top placements in the most respected retail industry rankings for customer service. QVC recently achieved second place in ForeSee’s ranking of etailers who provide the highest customer satisfaction. In January 2013, QVC was recognized as a Top 10 retailer for customer service by the National Retail Federation (NRF) for the fourth consecutive year. He spearheaded the transformation of QVC’s distribution network to support the rapid growth of the company’s e-commerce platforms, and helped lead the charge for new technologies across television, phone, online, mobile and tablet touch points to enhance the user experience.
Hunter’s previous professional background includes a nine-year career with Citibank, serving as Senior Vice President in its Credit Card Division. Prior to Citibank, he spent eight years with Avis Rent a Car in sales and marketing.
Hunter served on the board of directors for GSI Commerce, Inc. He is also the advisory board chairman for the Leadership Development Program at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and participates in speaking engagements with other universities and businesses. He is a contributing author to Ernan Roman’s “Integrated Direct Marketing” and Lance and Dorothy Berger’s “Talent Management Handbook.”
Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Pace University in New York.
Frank F. Islam
FI Investment Group, LLC
Frank F. Islam is the Chairman/CEO of FI Investment Group LLC (FIIG), an investment firm he founded in 2007. FIIG focuses on providing growth capital to emerging companies, as well as managing specialized and branded funds. His investment style centers on innovative strategies for value creation, such that he is often the first to invest within a new economic paradigm.
Previously, Islam was the founder and CEO of QSS Group. QSS Group was an Information Technology company which generated revenue of $300 Million. Through QSS, Mr. Islam garnered multiple industry awards for leadership, entrepreneurship, and excellence. In 1999, Mr. Islam was recognized by the Ernst and Young as Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year. The US Small Business Administration selected him as the Small Business Person of the Year of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in 2001.
Islam serves as a member of the following: International Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Democratic National Committee (DNC) National Advisory Board, advisory committee for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC), Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Dean's Advisory Council, University of Maryland Smith School of Business advisory board, American University in the Emirates (AUE) of board of trustees, University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) International Advisory Panel, George Mason University School of Management Dean’s Council, Maryland Governor’s International Advisory Council, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) John Hopkins University Advisory Council, American University School of International Services Dean’s Council, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
Islam has been an active participant in the Information Technology, Aerospace Engineering Services and Systems Integration business for more than 25 years. He holds a B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. His extensive business development experience within the Federal Government sector was the key to the remarkable growth of QSS. He is a well-known philanthropist whose private foundation supports educational, cultural, and artistic causes worldwide, participating in a number of non-profit organizations as a board member, such as TiE –DC and the Strathmore Center for the Arts, as well as chairing the StateDemocracy Foundation.
Islam hosts a TV show “Washington Current Review” on MHz Networks and is a contributor to several publications, including Huffington Post, Indian Express, Economics Times, and India Abroad. He is also the co-author of the books “Renewing the American Dream” and "Working the Pivot Points." In all endeavors, whether in the world of business or charity, Islam strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity, always guided by the virtues of hard work, focus, quality, innovation, and kindness.
Kay Kapoor, MS '97
AT&T Government Solutions
Kay Kapoor serves as President of AT&T’s $4.5B Government Solutions business. She leads a team of 4,000 professionals who are focused on delivering innovative network solutions, voice and data solutions, information technology, and cyber security across Defense, Civilian, Public Safety and National Security agencies.
Before joining AT&T, she served as CEO of Accenture Federal Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLC. Prior, Kapoor worked 20 years for Lockheed Martin Corporation, ultimately serving as Vice President and COO of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Civil Unit.
Kapoor has a Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. She has completed executive programs at MIT and Harvard Universities. She is the recipient of numerous company, industry, and government awards and also is involved in various industry and non-profit activities in the greater Washington, DC area.
Kapoor immigrated to the U.S. from India to pursue her education and credits her background with her desire to give back every day. She credits her Johns Hopkins education for giving her tools to rise from producer to manager to leader. She reminds students to “always keep ethics front and center,” noting that her reputation for integrity has paved the way for her professional progress.
David H. Langstaff
Former Chairman, President and CEO, TASC, Inc.
David Langstaff is the former chairman, president, and CEO of TASC, a $1.5 billion company offering advanced enterprise engineering, integration, decision support, and other technical services across the national security community. He held those positions from 2010 to 2013. Previously, he was founder, president, CEO and director of Veridian Corporation, from its formation in 1995, through its IPO in 2002 and ultimate sale to General Dynamics in August 2003.
David chairs the advisory board of the Aspen Institute Business and Society policy program and serves as a senior moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In addition, he is an Executive Fellow with the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development, and a director of The Hitachi Foundation. He serves on the Defense Business Board, the Wolf Trap Foundation Board, and on the Advisory Board of the Open Cloud Consortium. He also has served on a number of public and private company boards.
David received a BA from Harvard College in 1977 and earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1981. He is a baroque, classical and folk musician, and is currently putting together a PBS special on the history of recorded music, with Sir George Martin, to be aired in spring of 2016. He lives on a farm in Comus, MD.
Anthony A. Lewis, LDP '96, MBA '99
Region Vice President
State Government Affairs
Tony Lewis is Region Vice President of State Government Affairs for Verizon. He oversees the corporations’ interests in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Lewis assumed this position in October 2011, and his responsibilities include shaping and advancing Verizon’s public policy initiatives for the wireline, wireless and enterprise business segments. He also directs Verizon’s philanthropic activities for the region.
Prior to this position, Lewis served as Vice President of Wholesale Development and Operations for Verizon Wireless. He was also responsible for executing the open development initiative which included directing the pricing, activation, billing, distribution, device specification, testing, communications planning, and financial matters for the project.
From 2004 to 2008, Lewis was the president of Verizon - Washington DC where he had oversight for all of Verizon's operations, including regulatory and financial matters in the nation's capital. Previously Lewis held the title of Executive Director, Business Planning. His responsibilities included the coordination and linkage of strategic policy and initiatives affecting Verizon’s business units and its regulatory organization. Lewis joined The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia, now Verizon Virginia in 1986 as a group manager in the operator services department. He has held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities in product line management, traffic engineering and planning, sales, regulatory, public policy, and marketing.
Lewis has served on various boards including, the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University, the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University, the DC Workforce Investment Council, District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. He currently serves on the boards of Fight for Children, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the corporate advisory board for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Federal City Council and is Chairman of the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce’s Governing Board.
Lewis graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business in 1986. He furthered his education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Leadership Development Program and the Johns Hopkins Leadership Development Program in 1996. He obtained his MBA from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000.
Gary N. Loveland, MAS ‘91
Global Security Practice
Gary Loveland is a principal in PricewaterhouseCooper's advisory practice with over 22 years of information systems management and implementation experience. Based in Southern California, he has deep expertise in information technology, cybersecurity, and risk management, as well as extensive hands-on security management and implementation experience.
Loveland has functioned as a data security officer and has worked closely with executive management teams to recommend and implement security strategies in large-scale business environments. He has worked extensively with the key vendors in the security industry to deploy security solutions to solve business needs. His expertise also includes network, Internet, and enterprise security solutions.
Loveland has overseen numerous security deployments that have been successfully implemented for millions of internal and external users. He is a regular speaker at security industry events and has written numerous information security articles.
He holds an M.A.S. degree in Information Technology Management from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University.
Jenny G. Morgan, MAS '86
President and CEO
Jenny Morgan has over 25 years of experience building successful, growth-oriented technology companies in the healthcare information technology market. Jenny is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Basys, inc., a growing, leading provider of benefit administrative technology solutions for third-party administrators and self-administered Fund Offices that service the multiemployer market throughout the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining basys, Jenny served as an Investment Principal at Sterling Partners, a top middle-market private equity firm with $4 billion of equity capital under management, where her responsibilities included identifying, evaluating and executing prospective investments, and working with portfolio companies to leverage opportunities for growth and operational efficiencies.
Before joining Sterling Partners in 2006, Jenny was CEO of ViPS, Inc., (presently a subsidiary of General Dynamics Information Technology) one of the largest information technology companies in the Baltimore area where she spent over 20 years with the company. A leader in the healthcare information technology market, ViPS employs over 700 professionals servicing the commercial healthcare and public payer markets. The company is a leading provider of IT services to CMS (Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services) and a leader in providing decision support solutions in the areas of NCQA HEDIS compliance, Medical and Disease Management, and Fraud and Abuse to the commercial health payer markets. Jenny led the company through significant growth by focusing on customer satisfaction, market diversification and product development. During her tenure at VIPS, Jenny tripled the revenue of the company and led its successful sale to WebMD in 2004. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Vice President, Payer Services, at WebMD.
Jenny holds a Master of Administrative Sciences degree from The Johns Hopkins University, where she was also awarded The Edward J Stegman, C.P.A. Memorial Award for excellence in the Study of Administrative Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Brandeis University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000, she was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® Award and in 2005 named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® Award winner for the state of Maryland. From 2001 to 2003, she received the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 50 award as CEO of one of Maryland’s 50 fastest-growing technology companies. Ms. Morgan just completed a 6 year term where she also served as the Chairperson of the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve of Richmond. She also serves on a number of local privately held company boards.
Chief Operating Officer
Bayard Advertising Agency, Inc.
Louis Naviasky is Bayard Advertising’s Chief Operating Officer and has held that position since 1998. He has overseen the agency’s development and growth from its typesetting roots to a creative and interactive media force in several vertical markets. Louis directs US and International operations with branches in 12 states, and key partnerships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Louis also leads the agencies internal investment and acquisition strategies, currently focused on developing new areas of business capability in emerging digital and social channels.
In addition to his work at Bayard, Louis is active in charitable and philanthropic endeavors and has served as President of his Temple and Chairman of its award winning day camp, serving over 550 children in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Louis also co-chairs the UJA Federations Long Island President’s Council and serves on the board of the Children’s Medical Fund. He is an active member of the Marketing and Communications Committee for UJA Federation of Greater New York. Louis earned his BA from University of Maryland College Park and went on to study at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Robert L. (Bob) Olsen, MBA '04
Chief Executive Officer
North Star Group & COMPASS
Robert (Bob) Olsen is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of North Star Group, LLC and Comprehensive Applied Security Solutions, LLC (COMPASS). Mr. Olsen is a proven professional with more than 20 years of experience in operations, information technology, cybersecurity, engineering, and finance. He has led North Star Group to being recognized on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies for 3 consecutive years.
Prior to co-founding North Star Group and COMPASS, Mr. Olsen served as vice president of program management and corporate services for Corvis/Broadwing Communications (Austin, Texas) and Regional Engineering Manager, Verizon (Baltimore, MD). During his employment at Corvis/Broadwing Mr. Olsen developed, implemented and managed the customer service organization for a $1B market cap technology company; led the network integration of a $350M telecommunications company; reengineered corporate-wide new product development processes resulting in significantly reduced time to market, higher quality and more tightly integrated offerings; led the corporate-wide ISO9001-2000 certification for a 2,000 employee technology company; and implemented a corporate-wide project management system. Prior to Verizon, Mr. Olsen was a non-commissioned officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army. Mr. Olsen graduated from Towson University (Towson, Maryland), with a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts. He later earned a master of science in information and telecommunication systems and a master of business administration from The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School (Baltimore, Maryland). Mr. Olsen is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Michael C. Perkinson, SAIS ’97, MS ’09
Chief of Staff
Michael Perkinson joined Guggenheim Partners in 2012 as Chief of Staff to the Chief Investment Officer. As such, he oversees the executive and business-process aspects of Guggenheim Partners’ Asset Management business. This includes responsibility for developing processes, setting priorities and allocating resources in the business which manages US$220 billion. Mr. Perkinson is a native of Newport, Rhode Island and attended the University of London and The American University and was graduated from the latter with a degree in comparative politics. After University, he worked in the British House of Commons and as a staff member for the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He was commissioned as a naval intelligence officer in 1989 and served in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. During 21 years of active naval service he served in various combat and diplomatic roles as well as leading operational and analytic organizations.
While assigned to the NATO Headquarters, he was the Supreme Allied Commander’s analyst with responsibility for the Balkans. Later, during an extended assignment in the Balkans he was seconded to the British 22nd Special Air Services Regiment. He served in Iraq in 1991 and again in 2005, where he was responsible for a joint direct action team focused on counter terrorism missions in al-Anbar Governorate.
He was assigned to the staff of the Director of Central Intelligence, where he maintained responsibility for the US intelligence relationship with the United Nations. He served as a US diplomat in the Peoples’ Republic of China where he was responsible for managing sensitive negotiations with the Chinese government. Mr. Perkinson studied Chinese Politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and received a Master of Science in Finance from Johns Hopkins.
Following his retirement from government, Mr. Perkinson was a Partner at Veracity Worldwide, a political risk consultancy in New York, where he built the China practice, growing revenue from 3% of total revenues to 21% in 22 months.
Mr. Perkinson is skilled in managing sensitive negotiations, overseeing multi-national teams and in managing change in growing and complex organizations. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and lives in Santa Monica, California.
Michael S. Poulos
Co-Managing Partner (Americas)
Regional Chair, US Litigation Practice
Michael S. Poulos is a senior partner in DLA Piper's Litigation Practice group and is a member of DLA Piper's US Executive Committee. He has substantial first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He concentrates his practice in areas of complex litigation relating to such matters as consumer fraud, securities, insurance, and professional malpractice litigation, as well as various forms of governmental investigations by the SEC, US Attorney's office, and other agencies. His clients range in size from several Fortune 500 clients to small closely-held corporations. Poulos has been approved by American International Group, Inc., as one of the few lawyers in the Midwest to represent directors and officers in securities and other complex litigation matters.
Poulos earned a JD from Case Western Reserve University and has a BS from Grinnell College.
Vinod K. Rustgi, MD '79, MBA '08
Clinical Director of Hepatology
Professor of Surgery and Medicine, and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the Thomas Starzl Transplant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Vinod K. Rustgi is a renowned hepatologist who serves as the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and the Clinical Director of Hepatology at UPMC.
Dr. Rustgi has published key findings on liver diseases, specifically hepatitis A, B, and C. He has focused on the effects of liver complications during pregnancy. He conducted extensive research and clinical trials of potential treatments for patients with hepatitis sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies and research centers.
As the co-author of five books, 82 articles, and over 130 abstracts, Dr. Rustgi’s work has been published in several leading journals in his field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Transplantation. He is a longstanding member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases where he also served on the Governing Board.
Dr. Rustgi has been honored numerous times throughout his distinguished career. He was the recipient of the National Research Service Award in Gastroenterology and has served as a reviewer for the Medical Research Council of Canada. He is a Fellow of numerous professional societies including the Royal College of Physicians (London).
Dr. Rustgi earned his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his medical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, his medical residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and gastroenterology fellowships at the Stanford University Medical Center and the Liver Diseases Section of the National Institute of Health. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Rustgi served as a clinical professor of medicine and surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at the Medical College of Virginia while practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
President and General Manager
Susan Silbermann is President and General Manager, Pfizer Vaccines. In this role, Silbermann oversees a global business of more than $4 billion in revenues and is responsible for the commercial development of a robust and active pipeline in both prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.
Prior to this position, she was the regional president of Latin America within Pfizer’s Emerging Markets Business Unit. In this role, she managed Pfizer’s pharmaceutical operations in more than 20 countries and guided the business to reach revenues of more than $3 billion.
Silbermann began her career at Pfizer in 1988 as an intern in U.S. Marketing. She has served in various positions in the U.S. and international markets, including Marketing Director in Pfizer Italy, Vice President of U.S. Pharmaceutical Marketing, and Senior Vice President of World Wide Commercial Development.
She is an active member of the Vaccine Policy Advisory Committee at Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington D.C. and holds a seat on the Vaccines CEO Roundtable at International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) in Geneva. In addition, Silbermann serves on the boards of advisors for Catalyst Inc. and on the Dean's Advisory Council for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
Silbermann has a Bachelor of Science in biology and French from Tufts University, and a joint MBA/MA in international business and French studies from the Stern Graduate School of Business and the Institute of French Studies at New York University.
Pat Sidhu, MS ’94
The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement
Dr. Pat Sidhu is a serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated high levels of success in building and directing multiple thriving enterprises. His former leadership positions include Co-founder, Learn-it Systems, LLC; Founder & CEO, Spectrum Solutions Group Inc.; Co-founder, President & COO of HiFusion, Inc.; and Co-founder, President & CFO Liberty Lending, Inc. One of Dr. Sidhu's ventures, Learn-it Systems, LLC, the largest provider of supplemental educational services under the No Child Left Behind Act, provided customized, outcomes-focused tutoring to over 40,000 students per week.
Overall, his ventures have employed over 15,000 individuals and have been recognized for providing rich experiential learning and leadership development opportunities. Dr. Sidhu has expertise in organizational and leadership development and has developed strategies for leading people in an increasingly connected global society. As a mentor and coach to numerous current and future entrepreneurs and business leaders, he guides individuals to seek the requisite academic support systems and skills development opportunities to maximize their performance and achievement. Dr. Sidhu received a BA from George Washington University in 1987, a MS in Finance from Johns Hopkins University in 1994, and a Doctorate in Management from Southern California University in 1997.
Robert Valdes, MBA ’06
Robert Valdes, MBA '06 has over 25 years of biotechnology experience and currently serves as cofounder/Industry Consultant for alliancebio, LLC serving clients in the US, EU, and east Asia. Prior to this start-up, Robert (Bob) served as the Director, Large-Scale Manufacturing at Human Genome Sciences (acquired by GSK) where he oversaw the manufacture of Human Genome’s first commercial product Benlysta®, the first lupus drug to make it through US regulators in more than half a century. Prior to his 12-year tenure at Human Genome Sciences, he was employed by Lonza Biologics (US/UK) from 1994 to 2000 in various positions in biologics manufacturing, design, and engineering. Bob’s first awesome biotech job out of school was at Charm Sciences Inc. as a pilot-plant microbiologist.
As a strong community citizen, Bob founded and operated RRMS Inc. for 12 years. RRMS was a nonprofit (501c3) benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis community in over 20 states. From 2009-2016, Bob also served on the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business’ Alumni Board (DAAB) whose primary goal is to encourage global alumni participation and engagement.
Bob lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife Susie and enjoys cycling, hockey, and karate. Originally from the northeast, Mr. Valdes and his wife have lived in Maryland for 16 years. Mr. Valdes holds Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts (MSc) and Johns Hopkins University (MBA) and a BA in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire. An advocate for continuous learning, Bob is currently taking classes to learn Korean and Mandarin.