Notable Alumni

Profiles in Leadership

Creating Successful High-Tech Startups in Ithaca

With a doctorate in material science from Cornell, Greg Galvin understood the intricacies of physics and electrical engineering but didn't want to spend his days in a lab. With a Cornell MBA , he also knew the principles of accounting and marketing but didn't want to leave the science behind.


Alumni Profiles

Nelson “Nels” Schaenen Jr. ’50, MBA ’51, is honored with the Samuel C. Johnson Distinguished Service Award

Nels Schaenen Jr. is recognized for his sustained and exemplary commitment to Johnson and its alumni.


Prominent Alumni

H. Fisk Johnson

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

Irene Rosenfeld, '75, MS '77, PhD '80

CEO, Mondelēz International

Prior to her experience at Mondelēz International, 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.

Kyung-Bae Suh

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.

Other Johnson Alumni

  • Michael Chen, MBA '85, President, Strategic Initiatives Group, NBC
  • John R. Clark Sr., MBA '72, President and CEO, The 4-Clark Management Group, Inc., and former deputy assistant secretary for resource management of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science
  • Ken Derr '59, MBA '60, retired Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation
  • Martha Gallo '79, MBA '81, Executive Vice President, General Auditor, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Byron Grote, MS '76, PhD '81, CFO, BP
  • James N. Hauslein '81, MBA '84, Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., and Chairman and CEO of Atlas Acquisition Holdings Corp.
  • John Hillen, MBA '04 (E), President, Global Strategies Group, LLC, and former assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs serving the administration of President George W. Bush
  • Mzamo Mangaliso, MBA '84, president and CEO, National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • Mary Meeker, MBA '86, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers 
  • James Morgan '60, MBA '63, Former Chairman, Applied Materials Inc. 
  • Roy Park Jr., MBA '63, President and CEO of Park Outdoor Advertising
  • Jeffrey Parker '65, MEng. '66, MBA '70, Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership
  • Wilbur Parker '50, MBA '50, CPA, first black budget director for the city of Newark, first black secretary of Newark's Board of Education, first black student to graduate from Johnson, and former U.S. Army Air Force Tuskegee Airman
  • Arete Passas, MBA '79, President and CEO, Manhattan Toy
  • Rick G. Sherlund '77, MBA '78, Managing Director, Nomura Securities International, Inc.
  • Zhu Shen, MBA '98, Senior Director, Business Development, Immusol, Inc.
  • Warren Staley, MBA '67, retired Chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc.
  • Laura Wilkinson, MBA '85, JD '86, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Cornell Alumni

  • Ken Blanchard '61, PhD '67, Chief Spiritual Officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm, and author of the bestselling book, One Minute Manager
  • Abby Joseph Cohen '73, Senior U.S. Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg '54, United States Supreme Court Justice
  • Irwin Mark Jacobs '54, co-founder and chairman, Qualcomm
  • Ratan Tata '62, Chairman, of the Tata Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India

Alumni in the News

Jun 27

The 4 Things You Must Do Before You Hire a Friend

Jun 21

Poets & Quants - 2016 MBAs To Watch: Debo Aderibigbe, MBA '16

Jun 12

Poets & Quants - 2016 Best EMBAs: Tavares Brewington, MBA '16

May 31

Nine new trustees elected to Cornell board

May 17

Push or Pull? The Decision to Leave the Military and Pursue an MBA