Because Every C-Suite Needs a Doctor
Prescribe powerful business solutions with the Fox Executive DBA program. – Expand your decision-making abilities and gain new perspectives on everyday business challenges. The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration is a part-time, three-year program designed to equip senior managers and executives with the power to transform today’s business environment. Through the tools of applied theory and research, the Fox Executive DBA prepares you to approach problems as an evidence-based manager—and a thought leader in your field.
- Engage in academically rigorous and practice-focused business research from the AACSB-accredited Fox School of Business.
- Learn how to conceptualize and investigate complex business problems.
- Develop a program of research tailored to your background and career goals.
- Receive personalized mentorship from Executive DBA faculty as you progress through your coursework and develop your individual program of research.
- Receive your Doctor of Business Administration in three years with a structure tailored to executives, delivered through a limited number of on-campus residencies, and supplemented with online courses and collaboration.
- For you: Enhance your personal and professional development by fueling your research curiosity, teaching you new tools for understanding organizational systems and preparing you to address the unique challenges and opportunities of today’s business environment.
- For your company: New perspectives and problem-solving skills to enhance your company’s managerial decision-making through rigorous testing of assumptions, comparative solutions and successful assessments of corporate initiatives.
Meet the Class of 2018
Chief Financial Officer, LoanLogics
JL “John” Alarcon is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LoanLogics, a recognized technology leader in loan quality management and performance analytics, where he oversees financial operations, planning, and human resources. Initially, John served as the CFO of Aklero Risk Analytics, who then merged with LoanLogics, and he was promoted to CFO of the combined company following the merger. Prior to Aklero, John served as VP of Finance and Corporate Treasurer for ISGN, a leading provider of …
High Pressure, High Temperature/Exploration Well Engineering Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company
Kris Ayanruoah has over twenty-four years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as the High Pressure, High Temperature/Exploration Well Engineering Manager for Shell Petroleum Development Company, located in Nigeria. He has held several leadership positions such as Head of Well Engineering Business Planning, Head of Conceptual Engineering, Head Well Intervention, and Regional Completion and Well Intervention Manager. …
Chief Executive Officer, Kewill Ltd.
Doug Braun joined IBS as their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May of 2012. Prior to IBS, he held various top management roles in global product strategy and development, and product management. Doug also held positions at RedPrarie, including hosting and support, was responsible for forming their first SaaS supply chain offering, served on RedPrairie’s operating committee, and led operations in the Americas and EMEA. …
Program Delivery Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Iris Burrell is a Program Delivery Leader with Hewlett Packard Enterprises, with over 20 years of experience in a variety of Information Technology (IT) roles across various industries. Her career began in the telecom industry as an applications developer, technical systems analysts, and project manager over several next generation communications systems. Iris later moved into the financial services industry where she was head of Project Portfolio & Planning and led several multi-year, …
Associate Director, Business Planning & Management, Strategy & Operations, Enterprise Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Lisa has spent the past twenty-seven years in various capacities within the Information Technology (IT) organization at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). She began her career as an IT developer, and during her tenure at BMS, increased her scope of responsibility to include the management of the enterprise-wide electronic mail systems, datacenter operations, client support, telecommunications, engineering, process & project management and infrastructure qualification teams. Currently, she provides …
Vice President, Store Operations, Tractor Supply Company
Brian Davis currently serves as a Vice-President in Store Operations for the Tractor Supply Company. With over 20 years of management experience in the retail sector, Brian has worked in various retail channels such as Big-Box discount, Small-Box variety, Close-Out, and Farm & Ranch. Prior to his current role, Brian was employed in positions of increasing scope and responsibility, both in field operations, as well as in various corporate support center positions. Brian’s career has given him …
General Manager, East Africa, Bluegreen Holdings
Emiliano Finocchi is the General Manager for East Africa at Bluegreen Holdings (BG), a Swiss based oil and gas service provider. He is also the Founder of Indico Dourado, a Mozambican company used to provide a strong local content to BG and other partners within the same industry. Prior to BG, Emiliano worked for more than six years for the government of Mozambique. He began this employment first as the Advisor for the Minister of Transportation and Communication, and later as the first National …
Senior Manager, Business Operations
Irene Graff is currently a Senior Manager for a High Technology company in Silicon Valley. In her role she directs global programs for expansion worldwide, including preparation for advances in new software and hardware products. Prior to this role, Irene has led the complete redesign and replacement of global electronic commerce platform across 30+ countries, as well as the re-engineering of product availability messaging for new product introductions worldwide. Irene has developed a reputation …
Managing Principal, Pinnacle Performance Group; Adjunct Professor, Temple University and Philadelphia University
An executive coach, Michael works with senior leaders in service and manufacturing industries in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University, teaching undergraduate courses in the Engineering School, and the undergraduate management capstone course at the Fox School of Business. At Philadelphia University, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in management and marketing. Michael is a retired naval officer dual-qualified as a …
Senior Vice President, WITF, Inc.
Ron Hetrick is a business and finance executive at WITF, central Pennsylvania’s public media affiliate. Ron’s passion for lifelong learning, combined with his obsession for technology, provides a perfect mix for the education-focused nonprofit. During his fourteen year tenure at WITF, Ron has been charged with ensuring that all WITF services and activities are strategically aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. He ensures that resources are allocated effectively to meet financial …
Vice President, Insurance Operations Support, Ohio National Financial Services
As Vice President of Insurance Operations Support at Ohio National Financial Services, Melinda leads several diverse areas of operations for the Cincinnati-based corporation. She has been leading transformational efforts in areas including Claims, Reinsurance, and Distributor Compensation. With nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, Melinda has presented at multiple industry events highlighting these efforts. …
Director, CRM Strategy, BioPharm Communications
Maggie Jordan has over seventeen years of marketing experience in the healthcare and media industries. She presently holds the Director of CRM Strategy role at BioPharm Communications in the Philadelphia area. Prior to her current role, Maggie held management-level careers at Sirius XM Radio, Vimeo/IAC, GE Healthcare, and similar companies. Maggie has also served as a marketing management consultant for over ten years. She has taught several marketing classes as an adjunct faculty member at New …
Finance Director, Fidelity Investments
Caitlin Kane is a Finance Director for Fidelity Investments in Boston, supporting the Chief Information Officer of Corporate Technology. Prior to joining Fidelity, Caitlin worked at EMC Corporation providing financial decision support to the Corporate Strategy and New Business Development businesses, as well as supporting the Chief Technology Officer and his organization. Caitlin began her career as a Financial Analyst at JPMorgan within Investment Management, Global Technology. With over ten …
Vice President, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
With over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience, John Knighton has held a number of roles with increasing responsibilities within the biopharmaceutical field. Currently, John is a Senior Scientific Director at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, leading a diverse and dedicated team of managers, scientists, and engineers in biopharmaceutical process development, global technology transfer, and technical commercial product support. John started his …
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Kevin B. Mahoney is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Executive Vice Dean for Integrative Services for the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founding Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation. Kevin’s responsibilities include information technology, strategic planning, primary care network, human resources and capital planning. Prior to joining UPHS, …
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, True North Enterprises Management, LLC
Shane Michelli is Chief Executive Officer and Partner in a private multi-family office based in the Chicago, IL area. The multi-family office operates as TNE Management, LLC (TNEM) and has holdings in manufacturing, consumer goods, hospitality, commercial and residential real estate, technology, and consulting. Before joining TNEM, Shane was the President and Chief Operating Officer of two different multi-brand consumer products conglomerates focused on the outdoor lifestyle and sporting goods …
Vice President of Academic Programs and University Partnerships, One University Network
Steve recently co-founded and serves as the Vice President of Academic Programs and University Partnerships of One University Network. He is also serves as the Senior Advisor to the Excelsior Group in Nairobi. Steve is a Senior Fellow of Health Care Management, and a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. During his 24 years of teaching, he created more than a dozen courses, taught nearly 10,000 students, and his research focuses on international …
Healthcare Consultant; Adjunct Professor, Transylvania University
Amy has over twenty years of project management, property investment, and healthcare management experience, in addition to co-owning a physician clinic. She currently teaches at Transylvania University, located in Lexington KY, and previously taught at Oakland University in Michigan. Amy served as a consultant at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit while completing her Master’s thesis, titled “Healthcare Sustainability: Reducing Operating Room Waste with Reusable Medical Supplies and …
Senior Director, Commercial Innovation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Curtis Smith is the Senior Director of Commercial Innovation at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In that role he focuses on nurturing emerging capabilities in response to the changing external environment, and oversees the development and deployment of critical value-generating analytic capabilities. Prior to joining Janssen, he led the analytics function for McKinsey & Company and Henry Rak Consulting Partners. Curtis has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing analytic plans …
Executive Vice President and General Manager, AECOM
Karl is an Executive Vice President and General Manager (VPGM) at AECOM a $19B firm. Karl has profit and loss responsibility for a $1B global organization of 8,300 employees providing clients with engineering and logistics solutions. Prior to AECOM, Karl held executive positions at CSC including VPGM of Maritime, VPGM of Army, Vice President of Intelligence, and VP of Strategic Business Development.
Karl earned an MBA from Duke University’s Global Executive Program, where he was a Fuqua …
Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant, Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc.
William S. Spudis has nearly fifteen years of sales, marketing, and business development experience, and currently serves as a Senior Account Executive and Marketing Consultant with Pennsylvania Bedding., Inc. Bill is responsible for supporting corporate clients in realizing their maximum growth capabilities by providing creative sales and marketing strategies for his company’s products. Through the development and maintenance of several large corporate accounts, combined with the implementation …
Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
Thomas (Tom) Stone recently joined the full time faculty at Penn State Abington after 23 years at Siemens Healthcare IT. At Penn State, Tom teaches undergraduates in microeconomics, corporate finance, strategy, as well as healthcare policy and finance. While at Siemens, Tom served in various capacities, most recently as Director of Strategy and Finance where he was responsible for benchmarking activities and competitive analysis. Previous roles at Siemens included Compliance Officer, Financial …
Principal and Founding Partner, Consultants 2 Go, LLC
Sandi Webster is a principal and founder of Consultants 2 Go, LLC (C2G), a certified, minority and women-owned, management consulting firm that provides marketing and analytics consultants on an interim basis or as an outsourced project to Fortune 500 companies in the Financial Services, Telecom, Insurance, and Pharma industries. Sandi, and her employees, specialize in developing targeted marketing and complex analyses for new products. …
Managing Director and Co-Head, U.S. Equity Research, Wells Fargo Securities
Todd has over twenty years of Wall Street experience, currently serving as a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Equity Research at Wells Fargo Securities. In his current position, Todd manages 60 sell-side senior publishing analysts researching 1,100+ public equity securities across eight industries, with offices located in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Denver, Chicago, and San Francisco. Previously, Todd served as Co-Head of Equity Research at Wachovia Securities. Before moving into …
Principal, Williamson Strategy
David Williamson is the Principal of a consulting firm which provides services to independent fine dining restaurants, specializing in start-ups, and the fast turnarounds of distressed properties. He began his career in the food service industry at the age of fifteen, and has since risen to the highest levels of the culinary industry, serving as chef at numerous AAA Four Diamond, New York Times Four Star, and Zagat Rated restaurants throughout the Northeast. David is the Co-Chair of the Business …
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