H. Fisk Johnson, '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86
CEO and chairman, SC Johnson
H. Fisk Johnson, the fifth generation Johnson to lead the SC Johnson family company, has held a broad range of marketing and general management positions since joining the company in March of 1987, including president and general manager, Canadian Johnson; vice president, North America Home Care; and president, Americas and Asia Pacific. On his watch, SC Johnson has received wide recognition for its trademark Greenlist process for choosing better, more sustainable ingredients for its products, and began working closely with partners in developing countries to create sustainable and environmentally responsible business opportunities that drive economic growth. The 124-year-old company, with more than $8 billion in sales, employs approximately 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.
Irene Rosenfeld, '75, MS '77, PhD '80
CEO, Kraft Foods Inc.
Irene Rosenfeld brought more than 20 years experience in consumer packaged goods to Kraft Foods, Inc., the world's second-largest food-and-beverage company, when she took the helm in June 2006. She previously served as chairman and CEO of Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Prior to that, she held a number of key positions at Kraft and General Foods. Her accomplishments include integration of Kraft's $19 billion Nabisco acquisition.
Daniel Hesse, MBA '77
Former CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.
Known to many as "the wireless guy," Daniel Hesse had three decades of industry experience under his belt when he took the helm at telecommunications giant Sprint Nextel, a company posting $41 billion in revenue, in December 2007. Previously the chairman, president, and CEO of Sprint spin-off Embarq Corporation, Hesse held several top positions during his 23 years at AT&T, including president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services from 1997 to 2000, then the nation's largest wireless operator.
Nancy Schlichting, MBA '79
CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Nancy Schlichting leads the fastest-growing health care enterprise in Michigan, a $3 billion not-for-profit that has won national recognition for excellent treatment and community service. Since 2003, she has led Henry Ford out of deficit to realize a net income of more than $100 million in 2005, and has greatly improved patient and employee satisfaction. Schlichting is a graduate of the Sloan Health Administration Program, formerly part of Cornell's Graduate School of Management, and now housed in the College of Human Ecology.
Robert Ramin, AB '82, MBA '85
Executive Director, National Aquarium, Washington, D.C.
In 2005, Robert Ramin took leadership of the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., the nation's longest continuously operating aquarium. His charge there includes renovation of the facilities aquatic life-support system and raising public awareness of the aquarium. He previously served as senior director of development for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and also has held development positions with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the African Wildlife Foundation, and the University of Maryland.
Kyung-Bae Suh, MBA '87
President and CEO, AmorePacific Corp.
As head of AmorePacific, one of the world's top-30 cosmetics manufacturing firms, Kyung-Bae Suh has led his company to sustained growth, with a unique corporate philosophy. Under its tenet of "Conscious Capitalism," AmorePacific has committed to growth based on eco-friendly, transparent management. The Seoul-based firm markets 10 cosmetic brands, five personal-care brands, and two health brands, including, Kerotop, an arthritis treatment in band-aid form. AmorePacific enjoyed revenue equivalent to $1.4 billion in 2005.
Terry C. Stewart, MBA '72, JD '74
President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Terry Stewart leads the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, Its collection is the definitive source for the preservation, interpretation, and celebration of the history of rock and roll. The 150,000-square-foot museum opened in 1995, at initial project costs of $92 million. More than 6 million visitors have toured the museum since its opening.
After earning two Cornell graduate degrees, Stewart spent the next fifteen years building a traditional business background