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.
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. Borwn & Sons, Inc.
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.Ss-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, MSIT '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.
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 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.
As President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC), Anil Menon is responsible for developing strategy and for leading the S+CC initiative--the information technology-based framework for organizing and addressing the critical challenges of today’s cities worldwide,such as those related to
providing healthcare, education, transportation, energy and resource management, and physical safety and security in the face of rapid urbanization.
Under Menon’s leadership, Cisco and its ecosystem of partners collaborate with city leaders to develop solutions that leverage the Internet as the platform for gathering and processing data from a growing number of connected digital devices, people, and processes and extend the reach of information, expertise, and services across communities. This takes the form of connected healthcare, connected learning, smart workspaces, virtual city hall, intelligent buildings and homes, and more. S+CC also affords city managers improved visibility into their city’s myriad processes, events, and systems to help drive economic, social and environmental sustainability. Cisco has undertaken more than 100 such S+CC projects and is widely acknowledged as an industry and thought leader in this arena.
Menon also serves as the Cisco Deputy Chief Globalization Officer. The charter of this office is to enable transformation by aligning Cisco technology and business architectures with each nation’s long- and medium-term priorities. As executive sponsor of emerging countries initiatives, Menon is responsible for identifying transformational opportunities in such emerging country groupings as BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa).
Prior to joining Cisco, Menon was IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both corporate and business-unit levels. Appointed by the CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the IBM Strategy Team from 2005 to 2008.
Menon was previously a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and later rose to head of the marketing department. From 1994 to 1996, Anil served as a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy with Sony Corporation. He has been on the executive committee of the Council on Strategic Planning at the Strategy Planning Institute, an international business think tank originating from the Harvard Business School.
Menon was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root/MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.
Menon serves on the board of directors for The Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the advisory council of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He currently lives in Bangalore, India as part of an international assignment.
Roger J. Pomerantz, MD, FACP
President, CEO and Chairman
Dr. Roger Pomerantz was most recently Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Licensing & Acquisitions at Merck & Co., Inc. where he oversaw all licensing and acquisitions at Merck Research Laboratories, including external research, out-licensing regional deals and academic alliances. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Global FranchiseHead of Infectious Diseases at Merck. Prior to joining Merck, Pomerantz was Global Head of Infectious Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, responsible for all anti-infective agents worldwide. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 2005 as President of Tibotec Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pomerantz received his B.A. in Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency training, and his subspecialty clinical and research training in Infectious Diseases and Virology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and served as the Chief Medical Resident at MGH. His post-doctoral research training in Molecular Retrovirology was obtained at both the Harvard Medical School and the Whitehead Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Dr. David Baltimore. Subsequently, Pomerantz was Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Chief of Infectious Diseases, and the Founding Director and Chair of the Institute for Human Virology and Biodefense at the Thomas Jefferson University and Medical School in Philadelphia, PA.
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.
Adrian (Ad) Rawcliffe
Senior Vice President, Finance
North America Pharmaceuticals & Global Franchises
Adrian Rawcliffe is Senior Vice President, Finance North America Pharmaceuticals and Global Franchises at GlaxoSmithKline. He is a member of GSK’s Finance Leadership Team.
Rawcliffe joined GSK in 1998 in London and moved to North Carolina in 1999 and Philadelphia in 2002. He has worked in a variety of finance and business development roles including most recently SVP Worldwide Business Development and R&D Finance where he was responsible for all Pharmaceuticals R&D business development activities for GSK, as well as financial management and control of Pharmaceuticals R&D.
Immediately prior to becoming SVP WWBD, Rawcliffe was Managing Partner and President, of SR One Ltd, GSK’s venture-capital business.
Rawcliffe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham, UK. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand in 1996 and worked in their audit and forensic accounting groups in the UK.
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.