HBSAB Board 2013-2014

The HBSAB Board of Governors is a diverse group of HBS alumni who coordinate the administration of programs and set Association strategy and policies.

2013 - 2014 Board of Directors

A. Christian MacKenzie

Treasurer and Vice President:
Hayden Anderson

Vice President:
Nathaniel Welch

Programs Co-chairs:
Adrian Gill & Steve Perry

Membership Chair:
Kathryn McKinnon

Marketing Chair:
Kristen Giarrusso

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) Chair:
Patricia Martone Carrolo

Sponsorship Chair:
Renee Fry*

Community Action Partners (CAP), Co-Chairs:
Bill Morrison & Jon Shipp

Audit Committee Chair:
Ronald Kutrieb

Forum Coordinator:
Bernie Heine

Habib Rahman

HBS Alumni Relations Rep:
Katie Martin

George Berman, Chuck French, Sasha Gimpelson, Anne Hawkins, Scott Lyon, Lawrence J. Smith, Jr.,
Bic Stevens, Maura Sullivan, Saeko Tsuchihashi, Frank Wezniak, and Marc Zablatsky*

* Past President

S. Hayden Anderson, MBA 1969, Treasurer

Hayden Anderson has been treasurer and a member of the Board of Governors of HBSAB for four years. After retiring three times, Hayden continues to consult with small businesses. He was previously vice president of finance for Accent Optical Technologies in Bend, Oregon, and York, England. He was group controller for Bio-Rad Laboratories, and he held a series of finance positions with Digital Equipment, including assignments in Switzerland, Japan, and Singapore. Hayden has served as a member of the executive committee of of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, and he has been board chair and treasurer of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of New England. Hayden and his wife, Michelle, live in Dracut. They have five children, twelve grandchildren, and one delightful great-granddaughter. Email Hayden. 


George M. Berman, MBA 1949, Governor

George M. Berman is founder (1960) and retired Chairman of Unitrode Corporation, a $200 million (sales) NYSE semiconductor company. Active as mentor of technology start-ups and in development work with two Harvard hospitals.


Patricia Martone Carrolo, MBA 1991, Chair, Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Patty is the Director of Business Development for IBM Watson Solutions. As a member of the IBM Watson executive leadership team, she leads the global business development efforts for IBM Watson. Prior to joining the IBM Watson Solutions team, Ms. Carrolo was a Global Enterprise Competitive Leader, Territory Manager and Executive Consultant at IBM. Earlier in her career, Ms. Carrolo was a Product Manager at Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. She also worked as a Dean’s Research Fellow at Harvard Business School and published several case studies and teaching materials on the subject of Customer Relationship Management.


Chuck French, MBA 1958, Governor

After a 30 year career as a high-tech marketing/management executive, Chuck founded Saybrooke Associates to apply his experience and training to a consulting role in both nonprofit and commercial organizations. He has worked with CAP for 10 years as a volunteer and board member. He currently has commercial clients in the defense industry and theatre arts marketing. He served in senior management positions with leading display integrators including Fusion Optix, Aydin Displays, Three Five Systems, and Advanced Video Display. His international experience included serving as VP International Operations for Vitrion Computer Systems and the Baird Corporation. He has served on the Board of the Harvard Business School Community Action Program, the Bedford VA Research Inc., the Arlington Friends of the Drama and the Lexington Historical Society and has also served as member of the Lexington Tourism Committee and the Bedford Historic Preservation Commission, the Bedford TV Committee and Friends of the Bedford Depot. 


Renee Fry, MBA 1999, Chair, Sponsorships

Renee Fry is a founder of Making Care Easier, an on-line application for helping families care for elderly relatives. Previously, Renee led Philips Lighting North America's New Business Initiatives and Development across their five business units. Renee worked for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney overseeing the majority of his cabinet and before that was in the cabinet herself as Director of Business and Technology and Undersecretary of Economic Development. She started her career after HBS at a supply chain start-up backed by Charles River Ventures and before school at BASF in their professional development program. Renee has a BS in Operations Management and Honors Logistics degree from Penn State and is a 1999 alum of HBS, section B. Renee and her husband Ryan live in Quincy with their son Liam. 


Kristen Giarrusso, MBA 1998, Chair, Marketing

Kristen Giarrusso joined Brown Brothers Harriman upon graduating from HBS in 1989. She is currently the Partner in charge of Firm wide Strategy, Marketing and Communications. She also heads up the business development, marketing and risk management disciplines for the Investment and Wealth Management businesses. While at BBH, Kristen also helped to launch BBH Infomediary, a technology servies company, for which she served as Chariman and CEO. She also headed up the Americas region for their largest business, Investor Services.


Adrian Gill, MBA 1998, Co-chair, Programs

Adrian is the founder of Adhoc Industries, an agency providing brand strategy, creative marketing advisory, film production and design services. Through extensive brand and general management experience, he serves as board advisor to several startups focusing on building consumer and brand equity in the social/digital media space. He stays close to creative ventures, and is Executive Producer for a short film that premiered at Sundance Film Festibal 2011. Adrian is the former Vice President of the Global Footwear Division at Puma, a $1.8B business, where he ran all operations and led the global design team. Prior to Puma, Adrian spent two years at AT Kearny, Inc. (Consumer Goods Practice), and four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Technology Practice). 


Alexander Gimpelson, MBA 1987, Governor

Sasha has been involved in organizing HBSAB events since 2007. In recent years he has co-founded a number of startups in a variety of industries, from music education software to indoor gardening. Under his leadership, Music Games International, developer of the Interactive Classics Series, received over 35 awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Prior to his involvement with start ups Sasha worked in Russia, serving as General Manager for Alcoa CSI. He has introduced innovative new technologies and products for semiconductor, MEMS, packaging, medical and pharmaceutical applications. He is a holder of both US and European patents.


Anne Z. Hawkins, MBA 1998, Governor

Anne is a Vice President with Great Hill Partners, LLC, a growth equity fund focused on investing in technology-enabled services sectors. Anne graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in economics and political science, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Foundation Fellowship scholar. Previously, Anne spent three years as an investment professional with Thoma Bravo, LLC in San Francisco, CA, where she executed investments in enterprise software. Anne began her career as an investment banking analyst with McColl Partners, LLC in Charlotte, NC.


Bernie Heine, MBA 1990, Chair, Forum Coordinator

Bernie Heine founded Professional Business Coaches, Inc. in September 2009. He has 20 years of experience advising senior business leaders (mostly in large companies) including: leading strategic planning for Textron Inc., advising the CEO of Coca-Cola in Germany, and as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (also in Germany). He started his career as a marine engineer building ships globally. Bernie holds a BS in marine engineering systems from the US Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in German, and lives with his wife and 2 children in Massachusetts.


Ronald Kutrieb, MBA 1969, Chair, Auditing Committee

Ron is the Founder, President & CEO of AccuPax, LLC, a nationwide pharmacy that specializes in adherence packaging of medications for residents of facilities that care for seniors, the developmentally disabled and children. Prior to founding AccuPax Ron spent 27 years in real estate, including serving ten years immediately following HBS as President and CEO of Realty Income Trust, a real estate investment trust listed on the American Stock Exchange. He was Co-Chair of the HBSAB New Venture Program in 2012. While at HBS he was the President of the Interclub Council and winner of the “Best New Program Award” for co-founding the Pub which was the first drinking establishment for students on campus.


Scott Lyon, MBA 1997, Governor

Scott is a digital marketer and strategic adviser for early- and growth-stage ventures, specializing in unique challenges of marketing and customer acquisition in a "lean start-up" environment. Most recently Scott was the Vice President of Marketing for Captivate Network, which pioneered the usage of "place-based" advertising via a proprietary network of over 10,000 digital video screens inside office elevators. He was also part of the successful launch team behind Cars.com, which is now the #1 destination site for online car-shopping, while managing the electronic classifieds business for the Los Angeles Times. Scott earned a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, where he studied abroad at Oxford University and was a state finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. He was part of the start-up team behind the recently launched HBS Alumni Angels of Boston & New England and currently serves as the Marketing Chair of that group.


A. Christian MacKenzie, MBA 1988, President

Chris MacKenzie provides strategy, marketing and business development consulting services to senior management and boards of firms in the computer software industry. His specific expertise is in the development and launch of new technology products and services that are adjacent to established core markets. Chris has held executive positions in marketing, strategy, business development and general management functions at early to mid-stage technology organizations including Black Duck Software and Biscom. He has also served on the advisory boards of several technology startups. Prior to his entry into the software industry, Chris architected the fixed income trading system for a major Wall Street broker-dealer. Email Chris.


Katie Martin, Director of Alumni Clubs and Associations at HBS,

Ex officio Board Member

Katie Martin is Director of Alumni Clubs and Associations at Harvard Business School. In this role, Katie is solely focused on partnering with the more than 100 alumni organizations worldwide to increase alumni engagement both with each other and with the School. Katie holds a BA from Colby College and an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Kathryn McKinnon, MBA 1989, Chair, Membership

Kathryn McKinnon has served the HBSAB as Chair of the Membership Committee from 2011-2012. Professionally she has been an Executive Life Coach since 1992. Her 32 years of corporate and entrepreneurial business experience include Member of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee, Assistant Editor for Adirondack Life Magazine, Advertising Manager for the Chittenden Bank, Product Manager and Marketing Director for the Shawmut Bank and the Bank of Boston, Innovation Management Consultant for IdeaScope Associates, Harvard Business School Officer for MBA Career Management Services and Executive Education, and Executive Education Consultant for The Center for Executive Development.


Bill Morrison, MBA 1998, Co-chair, Community Action Partners (CAP)

For the past six years, Bill has worked with a variety of non-profit agencies on issues of strategy, marketing, governance and finance as a consultant and board member. For the preceding fifteen years, he worked in the computer industry as an entrepreneur and senior manager in product management, marketing and engineering roles. Morrison co-founded Sports Reward Systems, creating customer loyalty programs for Major League Baseball fans. Prior to starting SRS, Morrison worked at ATG, a leading Internet commerce and loyalty marketing technology vendor and as Director of Product Marketing at Avid Sports, LLC. He also held a number of engineering management positions at Avid Technology and Learningways, Inc.  Bill has been a member of ten HBSAB Community Action Partners (CAP) projects and this is his sixth year on CAP's Board.


Steve Perry, MBA 1990, Co-chair, Programs

Steve is currently the Assistant Controller for the $450M revenue Northeast Region of Securitas Security Services, the world’s largest contract security firm. Prior to this assignment, he led Securitas business in much of Connecticut and had the greatest increase in profit margin in the region for two consecutive years. Previously, Steve spent ten years in Colorado where he led the liquid filtration business for Johns Manville, raised growth capital for companies as an investment banker and was a principal in a boutique marketing strategy consulting firm. While in Colorado, he served as the president of the HBS Club of Colorado and also led for four years the club’s Annual Business Forum. A chemical engineer by training, Steve worked in a variety of technical and management roles for DuPont prior to earning his MBA with Distinction from HBS in 1990.


Habib Rahman, MBA 1983, Clerk

Habib is a tax accountant and estate planner for individuals and small local businesses. For almost three decades, he worked with aspiring and active entrepreneurs and helped them with their tax and legal issues. Since 1986 Habib has been a faculty member at Suffolk University's School of Management where he teaches business law and accounting. He also taught at Bentley and Regis colleges in the Boston area and the University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). 


Jon A. Shipp, MBA 1989, Co-chair, Community Action Partners (CAP)

Jon is an independent business consultant planning and executing strategic business process and systems projects for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Jon is the President of the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a transition school for young adults with special needs who have a strong music interest. He has consulted with many adult care agencies including several CAP projects the American Red Cross, Earthwatch, More Than Words, Cradles to Crayons, The ARC of South Shore, and NEADS. He is a former Board Member of the Franciscan Hospital for Children.


Lawrence J. Smith, Jr., MBA 1971, Governor

Lawrence Smith is the founder and CEO of Wisdom4Hire, a consulting firm which provides CFO services and strategy solutions to businesses with an annual revenue range of $5 million to $95 million. Prior to launching Wisdom4Hire Lawrence had a progressive career with several Fortune 500 firms including Controller of U.S. Operations for Pizza Hut and CEO of Informatics Legal Systems, a subsidiary of Wang Laboratories. He was also one of the longest serving (1999-2012) and most active full-time faculty members for Babson College’s four time national award winning undergraduate course, Foundations in Management and Entrepreneurship. A long-time member of HBSAB Lawrence joins the Board of Governors for the first time in 2013. A member of MENSA and Sigma Pi Phi, he also serves on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Boston and the Board of Directors for Masonic Health Systems, Inc.


G. Bickley Stevens, MBA 1969, Governor

Bic has more than 30 years of venture capital, investment banking, and business development experience. He is the founder and principal of Stevens Capital Advisors, a cleantech advisory investment banking firm, and is currently advising and raising capital for a number of cleantech companies. Stevens Capital Advisors is affilated with Growth Capital Services, Inc., a registered broker dealer operating under the regulations of the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA).


Maura Sullivan, MBA 2009, Governor

Maura Sullivan is a former Marine Corps Captain and is presently a Director in PepsiCo's General Management Leadership Development Program, currently running Frito-Lay’s Central New England business. A native of Chicago, Maura attended Northwestern University on a ROTC scholarship. After completing Marine Corps Officer Candidates School and earning her commission, Maura served more than 5 years on active duty including a tour in Fallujah, Iraq and 2 years in Okinawa, Japan supporting Joint Military Exercises throughout southeast Asia. Maura is a 2009 graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School where she was both a John F. Kennedy Fellow and a George Fellow and was elected Co-President of Harvard’s Armed Forces Alumni Association. In 2009, she was appointed to The American Battle Monuments Commission by President Obama. Maura sits on the Board of Directors for Orphans Against AIDS and Crimson Serves. She resides in Boston where she serves as a Year-Up mentor and is elsewhere active in her local community.


Saeko Tsuchihashi, MBA 1992, Governor

Saeko manages Market Ignition Group. She brings US technology companies to Asia (and vice versa), providing market entry strategies and arranging strategic partnerships and capital infusions. With Global Emerging LLC, she helps US companies enter the Chinese market by providing incubation spaces and investment from an affiliated private equity fund. Saeko was at Sony in product marketing, Cargill in strategic planning, and the Inter-American Development Bank investing and lending in Latin America. She founded a mobile internet startup and worked as a strategy and marketing consultant driving the development of innovative products, services, and market initiatives. She speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and some Chinese. Former chair, HBSAB programming committee.


Nathaniel Welch, MBA 1979, Vice President

Nat and his colleagues at CFAR-The Center for Applied Research, work with senior leaders and boards to help them address difficult issues involving strategy, transformational change or collaboration. Working at the intersection of behavior and business performance, Nat helps executives with innovative solutions that develop people and improve performance in sustainable ways. Nat spent 20 years building and leading two small, high performing technology organizations in customer facing roles. In 2000, Nat left high tech to leverage his interests in social capital – how human relationships drive value in business. He spent the next 8 years consulting to senior executives on how to effectively use collaboration and alliances to improve organizational effectiveness, grow revenue, and innovate more rapidly.


Frank Wezniak, MBA 1959, Governor

Frank Wezniak has had a distinguished business career as both a technology CEO and as a venture capitalist. Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of Photovac in Waltham, a manufacturer of analytical instruments to detect volatile organic compounds in gaseous form in the atmosphere. Frank has been an active alumnus in support of both Brown and HBS. He has been a Trustee of Brown University since 1983, and has been active in the reunion activities of his MBA Class of 1959. He served as president and director of Brown’s Third Century Fund, the venture capital component of Brown’s endowment management from 1981 to 1986. He has lectured on business management topics at both Brown and Babson College. Frank served his country as a Lieutenant (J.G.) in the United States Navy after his graduation from Brown. Frank currently is the Teasurer and Director of the Farm Institute, an educational non-profit institution in Edgartown.


Marc Zablatsky, MBA 1992, Governor

Marc Zablatsky is Vice President and General Manager of AiSquared, the makers of Zoom Text, the world’s premier screen magnifier and reader that help individuals with Low Vision use a computer. Marc heads up the Sitecues initiative that brings ZoomText like functionality to the web in a SaaS corporate partnership model. Sitecues is a paradigm shift that allows corporation to better serve individuals with visual & print difficulties and age related diminished vision. Marc has a twenty-year track record of building brands, business and organizations both domestically and internationally. In recent years has applied his passion for building businesses to early stage companies: founding, consulting and advising. Marc is a Past President of HBSAB and has served on the board for the past six year. He is proud to have help launch the HBS Forum initiative and is the co-creator of the CEO Roundtable now in its 6th year. Marc has also done a CAP project and encourages all alum to look into the opportunity.