The Dolan School of Business Advisory Board Members
Mary Campbell MA'72
Mary Campbell is a Managing Director and Founder of EDF Ventures. EDF Ventures, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital firm, invests in early stage market driven opportunities in health care. Mary is a Managing Director and Founder of EDF Ventures. She has been an active investor both in healthcare and information technology companies for over 20 years.
Mary led several of the firm's most successful transactions including:
- Pixelworks, a leader of system-on-a-chip integrated circuits for the advanced display market which became a public company
- HandyLab, a developer of molecular diagnostic assays and automation platforms, sold to Becton Dickinson & Company
- Sircon, a provider of automation solutions for the insurance industry, sold to Vertafore the nation's number one insurance software provider
Kevin Cannon '80
Zweig-DiMenna Associates LLC
Kevin is Chief Executive Officer of Zweig-DiMenna Associates, a New York based hedge fund adviser, a position he has held since 2000. He started with the firm as COO in 1998, after he was asked by his classmate and friend, Joe DiMenna '80, former University Trustee, to take on this new role. Kevin began his career at Deloitte after graduating from Fairfield in 1980 with a B.S. in Accounting. He was Partner in charge of the Connecticut tax practice prior to joining Zweig-DiMenna.
Kevin and his wife, Elaine live in Easton, CT with their 15-year old son Nicholas.
Kevin has been a member of the Fairfield Awards Dinner committee and a Director for the Connecticut Grand Opera. He has also been the director of the DiMenna Foundation since 2003 which supports organizations in the arts, education and those for the development of children.
Christopher S. Cardell '81
Former President and COO
Christopher S. Cardell has been a director, President, and Chief Operating Officer of Jupitermedia since its inception. Previously, Mr. Cardell was President and Chief Operating Officer of Mecklermedia from November 1997, and a director from February 1997 until it was acquired by Penton Media in November 1998. Prior to November 1997, Mr. Cardell held the office of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of Mecklermedia. He joined Mecklermedia as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 1996. Prior to that time, Mr. Cardell was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Hugh Davis '95
Critical Mix, Inc.
Hugh Davis is a Managing Partner at Critical Mix, formerly known as reInvention – a global market research survey solutions company headquartered in Westport, CT. Davis co-founded reInvention in July 2011 with the goal of building a business to transform the survey solutions industry. In January 2013 reInvention acquired Critical Mix and Authentic Response and later rebranded the combined companies as Critical Mix.
Prior to Critical Mix, Davis was the Chief Strategy Officer at Toluna where he was also part of the executive leadership team. Toluna acquired the ISS division of Greenfield Online from Microsoft in July of 2009.
Prior to Toluna, Davis held numerous leadership roles at Greenfield Online/Ciao Surveys. In 1994, working for Andy Greenfield, Davis helped to create Greenfield Online. From 1994 to 2010 Davis was part of the executive leadership team. Davis played a significant role in transforming the business from a two-person start-up in 1994 into a global, 600+ employee, publicly traded company (Nasdaq: SRVY) and ultimately the sale of the business to the Microsoft Corporation in the fall of 2008.
Thomas J. Fanning, Sr. '78 P'10, P'06
Heritage Strategies LLC
Mr. Fanning, founder and Co-Managing Partner of Heritage Strategies LLC, is widely recognized as a leading expert in the field of estate and business continuity planning bringing over 30 years experience to the position. He is also Co-Managing Member of Heritage Solutions LLC and Sterling Heritage Partners LLC. Mr. Fanning began his career within the I.F.D. division of CIGNA, a $60 billion financial services leader. Recognizing that his high net worth clientele desired more sophisticated and focused estate planning, Mr. Fanning partnered with two former CIGNA colleagues in 1990 and established one of the top national life insurance brokerage firms in the country representing some of America's most prominent families. In 2002, Mr. Fanning's former partnership was acquired by National Financial Partners, a NYSE listed company, where he remained as President until reacquiring his practice and establishing Heritage Strategies LLC in 2009.
In addition to Mr. Fanning’s estate and insurance practices, Mr. Fanning partnered with a long-time friend and banking icon, James R. Fitzgerald, to develop private equity and real estate ventures. These include, but are not limited to; acquiring, re-zoning and developing Roosevelt Raceway into an active adult community with 720 luxury units (www.meadowbrookpointe.com); acquiring and developing The Market at Town Creek Shopping Center located in Lenoir City, Tennessee; Founder and Board Member of Gold Coast Bank (www.goldcoastbankny.com); Advisory Board Member and equity holder of ROAR Beverages LLC (www.drinkroar.com); and facilitating for royalties the launch of Arizona's Golden Bear drink.
Mr. Fanning is devoted to philanthropic endeavors, currently serving as a member of the Foundation Board at St. Francis Hospital, Member of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Advisory Council at Fairfield University and serves on the Chairman’s committee for SCO Family of Services as well as Annual Chairman for their golf outing.
Michael Ferrante '90
Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations
Michael Ferrante is the Executive Vice President, Chief of Operations at MultiPlan Inc, the nation's oldest and largest supplier of independent, provider network based cost management solutions in the healthcare industry. In his current role, Mr. Ferrante oversees all aspects of traditional operations departments, all Business Process Outsourcing, and all aspects of developing and maintaining MultiPlan's national network of healthcare providers.
Prior to his position at MultiPlan, Mr. Ferrante worked at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield. His career at Empire began in a Management Training Program. Throughout his career at Empire, Mr. Ferrante served in various roles, the last of which was as Director of Managed Care Product Development and Management.
Mr. Ferrante's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University and an MBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business.
William F. Greenwood '81, P'11
Meridian Asset Management
William F. Greenwood is an accomplished and well respected financial industry executive with over 25 years of experience and a successful record of business development, portfolio management & trading, global treasury management and regulatory compliance. Mr. Greenwood has extensive experience in global treasury management, asset/liability management, private equity, business start-ups, and system implementation. He currently serves as Chief Investment Officer at AH Salce Investments, a Naples, FL family office. Prior to that he co-managed a leveraged global macro portfolio across interest rates, equities, currencies, and commodities. Mr. Greenwood served as Chief Compliance Officer Reval SDR, Inc., a Dodd-Frank related derivatives reporting start-up. He also led project management teams in the implementation of a treasury and risk management system. He was recruited by The Carlyle Group in 2006 as part of a management team to provide leadership in the development and implementation of a publicly listed permanent capital vehicle. He served as a Managing Director and portfolio manager for Carlyle Capital Corporation. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Greenwood served as First Vice President in the Global Treasury Department of Merrill Lynch where he managed the firm’s $40 billion liquidity and collateral portfolios. He worked closely with the global funding team in managing the risk of the $100 billion debt portfolio. Mr. Greenwood served on Merrill’s Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO). Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1999, Mr. Greenwood served as a Vice President and U.S. Government bond trader at NationsBank, predecessor to Bank of America. Mr. Greenwood started his career at Chemical Bank, predecessor to JPM Chase in the U.S. Government and Agency bond department as a trader. He is a graduate of Fairfield University with a BA in Economics and received an MBA from Northeastern University.
Neal D. E. Griffin '91
Senior Managing Director
Head of Institutional Equity Trading
Institutional Strategy and Investment Group, Inc.
Neal has been with ISI for 16 years and has been instrumental in expanding the company from 19 to 120 employees. ISI is a macro-economic based research firm and also has a separate money management group that manages over $1.5 billion for individual investors and endowments.
Douglas W. Hammond '86
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
National Financial Partners
Mr. Hammond joined NFP in November 1999 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since April 2008. Mr. Hammond served as NFP's Executive Vice President and General Counsel from January 2004 to June 2008 and as NFP's Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel from December 2002 to January 2004. Prior to joining NFP, Mr. Hammond was an attorney with the law firm currently known as Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he represented NFP's capital sponsor prior to NFP's formation. From 1995 to March 1998, Mr. Hammond held various legal and business positions in the financial institutions division of Gulf Insurance Group, Inc., a specialty lines insurance company. Mr. Hammond serves on the Board of Directors of Institutional Life Services, LLC and on the Trustees Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees of Fairfield University. Mr. Hammond received his B.A. from Fairfield University and J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.
E.A. Hughes & Co.
Elaine Hughes is the most trusted and successful professional in the consumer products executive search industry. For 25 years, the largest retailers and consumer products companies have turned to her in management crises and for her expertise in long-term management team building strategy.
Elaine's credentials include years of real experience both on the inside and on the consulting/executive search side of the industry. This combination of experience has honed Elaine's well-known ability to grasp the real needs of a business and match the executive candidate who has both the style and experience needed to create a winning fit.
After graduating from Hunter College, Elaine joined Springs Industries in 1976 as the first female account executive in the Company's apparel fabrics division. Springs realized Elaine's potential and she went on to receive her MBA degree in 1980 from Sacred Heart University. Elaine went on the marketing positions in the textile industry with Malden Mills and Blue Ridge Winkler textiles. In 1991, after a term as partner in the executive search firm of Bader Hartley, Elaine founded E.A. Hughes & Company.
Elaine was named Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year in 1996 by the Fairfield County Girl Scout Council. She is a three-term board member of Women in Management, where she initiated two programs: The WIM Scholarship Fund, which offers financial assistance to women who are attending college, working and raising families, and the WIM Mentorship Program, which assists high school teenagers with positive role models from business.
Elaine sits on the Board of the Dolan School of Management Fairfield University. She is also on the board of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
She is a former board member of the Baseball Express Catalog Company in San Antonio, TX.
Most recently, Elaine was a featured speaker on Fashion and the Internet in Florence, Italy.
Adrienne A. Johnson '91
Managing Director & Chief Audit Executive
Adrienne Johnson is Managing Director and Chief Audit Executive for AXA US. As the Chief Audit Executive, Adrienne is responsible providing independent and objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve AXA US's operations. Adrienne and the Internal Audit team bring a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluating the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control processes that management has enacted, as well as managing fraud investigations, including driving fraud awareness and prevention. In this role she reports directly to the Audit Committee of the AXA Equitable Board of Directors, and to AXA Group Audit, and administratively to the AXA Equitable Chief Financial Officer.
Adrienne has held several leadership positions since joining AXA in 1999, including Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO, and Vice President, Market & Product Development. In 2013 Adrienne received the AXA Group Chairman’s Award for outstanding individual performance and achievement.
Prior to joining AXA, Adrienne was with Enterprise IG, a part of the WPP Group where she focused on post-merger and post-divestiture integration work for financial services, insurance, manufacturing and agricultural clients. Adrienne has also held positions at AIG Trading Group, Morgan Stanley, and Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Adrienne earned a B.S. from Fairfield University and an MBA from The Stern School of Business at New York University. She serves on the Dinner Committee for Fairfield University’s Annual Dinner, as wells as on the Fairfield University School of Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Women’s Bond Club.
Paul LaViolette '79
SV Life Sciences
Paul LaViolette joined SVLS in January 2009. Paul was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), an $8 billion medical device leader. During his 15 years at BSC, he served as COO, Group President, President-Cardiology and President-International as the company grew revenues over 20 times. Paul integrated two dozen acquisitions and led extensive product development, operations and worldwide commercial organizations. Paul previously held marketing and general management positions at CR Bard, and various marketing roles at Kendall (Tyco). He served on the boards of Urologix, Percutaneous Valve Technologies and Advamed, and currently serves on the boards of TranS1, Direct Flow Medical, Conceptus and DJO Surgical.
Paul received his BA in Psychology from Fairfield University and his MBA from Boston College.
Shelagh Mahoney ’87
Eastern Salt Company, Inc.
Shelagh Mahoney is the CEO and owner of Eastern Salt Company, Eastern Minerals Inc., and Atlantic Salt Company – all salt distribution companies on the east coast of the United States. The company is a family business which was created in 1954.
She has over 25 of experience in the salt industry and is the Director of Compania Minera Cordillera SCM (CMC), a salt mining company in the Atacama Desert in Chile; Director of Terminal Maritimo Patache SA (TMP), a port company in Northern Chile; and Director of Irish Salt Mining & Exploration Company Ltd, a salt mining and distribution company in Northern Ireland.
Mahoney is a Fairfield alumna from the class of 1987 and graduated with a BA in economics. She received her MBA in 1991 from Babson College with a concentration in international business. She is an active supporter of the Nobel Maritime Museum in Staten Island, NY; the Boys and Girls Club of Chelsea, Mass.; the Boston Harbor Association, a non-profit that promotes a clean and accessible Boston Harbor; St. Patricks’ Church Lowell Restoration project, and the Academy of Notre Dame.
A native of Lowell, Mass., Mahoney resides in Lowell with her husband Joe McNamee and their five children Molly, Sean, Michael, Leo and Kate. Molly is a freshman at Fairfield this year.
Joan Makara '74
VP Global Risk Operations – Consumer Finance
Joan graduated Fairfield University in 1974 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She began her career at GE in one of their Industrial Businesses on the Financial Management Program and has held numerous finance leadership roles in GE and GE Capital spanning corporate staff, capital markets and commercial equipment finance and consumer finance. In 1996 she led a GECC corporate sponsored initiative to identify new internal business ventures. In 2001 she assumed a leadership role in GECC’s Global Risk Management HQ staff leading several strategic initiatives to develop and strengthen portfolio oversight and economic capital analyses. In 2009 she assumed her current role in Consumer Finance focused on managing mortgage and other consumer loans through the global financial crisis.
Today she continues in Consumer Finance Credit Risk Management and is responsible for consumer lending credit policy, risk appetite, and developing the infrastructure necessary in an increasing and more demanding regulatory environment.
Joan is an Advisory Council member in the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
John R. O'Neill '71, P'08
Managing Director & Practice Leader
Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC
John O'Neill is a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal and is the leader of the firm's valuation services practice. Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global multi-disciplinary consulting firm with over 2100 professionals located in 25 countries. Building on its roots in restructuring and turnaround consultancy, it has evolved to provide a full range of consulting services across the life-cycle of an organization, all of which draw on its operational heritage and are free of audit conflicts.
Prior to joining A&M, John and his family were franchisees and the area developer for Connecticut for Roni Deutch Tax Centers. John has spent the majority of his career in the accounting and tax world, having been a partner at Ernst & Young and the firm's U.S. Leader of Private Equity, as well as a tax partner in the firm's Transaction Advisory Services practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, John spent 25 years with Arthur Andersen where he was managing partner of the firm's Global Private Equity practice and the U.S. Transaction Advisory Services practice.
John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of Public Accountants.
John has a B.S. in Accounting from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in Taxation from Iona College Graduate School of Business.
James J. O'Shaughnessy '79
Jim is an Audit Partner in the New York Metro practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). He has over 30 years experience with PwC working on a broad range of large multinational companies in the media, services and technology sectors, in addition to maintaining a variety of leadership roles with the firm. Jim has had significant experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, initial public offerings and equity and debt offerings in both public and private environments.
In addition to Jim's client responsibilities he has held various leadership positions including the Managing Partner of PwC's Global Entertainment & Media practice. Jim has been a frequent speaker on the trends and evolution of product delivery in the media industry and has been a contributor to the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Entertainment and Media Outlook.
Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.
Kevin C. Piccoli, CPA '79
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Kevin is Deputy Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the CFTC where his responsibilities includes implementing the Dodd-Frank legislation and oversight of all commodity and swap dealers and major swap participants. Prior to joining the CFTC, Kevin was Managing Director and CFO of Tradeweb, a leading global electronic trading exchange which focuses on creating markets in fixed income and derivative securities around the world. Kevin came to Tradeweb from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation as an Executive Vice President responsible for managing the Corporate Consulting Group which assist businesses enhance revenue, assess strategy and reengineer process flows. The group consists of former, senior level consultants and business people who understand the Company's business and that of its' competitors. From May 2001 through November 2006, Kevin was the Chief Auditor of the Company responsible for the global audit function.
Prior to the Bank, Kevin was the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, responsible for the Firm's Global Accounting, Regulatory, Management Reporting and Treasury functions. Kevin was also the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of eSpeed, Inc. (a majority owned NASDAQ listed subsidiary of Cantor), where, along with the above responsibilities, he was also responsible for Investor Relations. Prior to joining both Cantor and eSpeed in the fall of 1999, Kevin was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Greenwich Capital Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Kevin's responsibilities included the global accounting, tax, and regulatory reporting areas of the Firm. Prior to joining Greenwich in April 1992, Kevin was an audit partner at Coopers & Lybrand and co-head of the Firm's Derivative Products Practice.
He received a BS degree in Accounting from Fairfield University in 1979. Kevin has written numerous books and periodicals on the financial service industry covering topics including risk, accounting issues, and AICPA Accounting and Audit Guides. Kevin is a NASD Series 24 FinOp, was a member of the AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee Financial Instruments Task Force, AICPA Stock Brokerage Committee, and the SIA Risk Assessment Committee.
Stephen Pilch ’83
Stephen focuses on the management and oversight of Stockbridge’s opportunity fund investments and its operating partners as well as the day-to-day operations of Stockbridge. He has over 30 years of real estate industry experience and has worked extensively in asset management, portfolio management, capital markets, property development and acquisitions. Prior to joining Stockbridge, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Divco West Properties (Divco) where he was responsible for the oversight of all the operations at Divco and its Page Mill Properties Fund, including investment services, asset management, property management, construction management, leasing and marketing. Mr. Pilch has previous experience as a Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Properties, a national real estate investment trust, and as Managing Director in charge of West Coast Real Estate Investments at Aetna Life & Casualty. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University and a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and a former member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center at the University of California. Stephen serves on the Board of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association and the Leadership Council for AIM High, a San Francisco based school program for underserved middle school youth.
Lisa Cowell Shams '87
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Westfield Group LLC
Lisa Cowell Shams serves as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs for the Westfield Group LLC., one of the world's largest publicly listed real estate companies with world headquarters in Sydney, Australia and its United States headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
At Westfield, Lisa serves as the senior executive responsible for government affairs in the United States. Prior to joining Westfield, her professional background has spanned senior roles with a number of political campaigns, service as a United States Senate staffer as well as with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and as founder of a strategic consulting firm.
Her political experience includes service as Deputy Finance Director of the DSCC under the leadership of the Chairman, Senator Bob Kerrey (NE), Vice Chairman Senator Bob Torricelli (D-NJ) and then-Democratic Leader Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Lisa's campaign background includes the re-election campaigns of Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Senator Chris Dodd (CT), as well as a US Senate race in Missouri and a number of other statewide and local races in Connecticut. She worked in the U.S. Senate on the staffs of Senators Lautenberg (NJ) and Max Baucus (MT).
Lisa serves on the Advisory Board of the California Business Properties Association and the Board of The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation as well as serving as Board Chair for The Affinity Advisory Group. She has also served on the Board of the National Retail Federation Foundation. Through her work at Westfield, she was a Board Member of the American Australian Association and she has been an active advisor with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on their annual Thanks & Giving campaign. In 2012, she received recognition as a "Woman of Achievement" by the Century City Chamber of Commerce.
Lisa Cowell holds a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Politics with a minor in Religious Studies, from Fairfield University.
A native of Connecticut, Lisa Cowell currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Ray Shams.
Kevin C. Shea '87
Kevin is a salesperson in the Interest Rate Products Group. He worked for 12 years as a trader on the US Government Trading desk. In 1999, he moved to London Fixed Income Sales, focusing on the Central Bank franchise. Kevin returned to New York in 2003 to join the Interest Rate Product Sales team, covering official institutions and macro hedge funds. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1987 and was named managing director in 2010.
Kevin served for three years as a member of the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus Zoning Board of Adjustment and is serving a three-year elected term as a member of the Town Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
Kevin earned a BA in Economics and English from Fairfield University in 1987. He lives in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, with his wife and three daughters.
Steven Siwinski '92
High Road Capital Partners
Steven Siwinski is a Partner at High Road Capital Partners, a $470 million private equity firm focused on buying and building leading middle market companies. Steve is responsible for working with portfolio company management teams to formulate and implement financial best practices, value creation initiatives, and add-on acquisition integration plans across High Road’s portfolio companies with the goal of achieving excellence in financial operations. Steve brings to High Road a unique combination of private equity, corporate finance, public accounting and advisory experience. Prior to joining High Road, he was a Finance Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners where he led due diligence and transition activities on new investments, provided interim financial leadership to portfolio companies, and advised portfolio company CEOs, CFOs and boards on strategic initiatives. Prior to Marlin, Steve was the Vice President of Finance and Strategy at The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN) where he was a member of the senior management team, advised the chairman and CEO on corporate-wide strategic initiatives, and served as CFO for one of Hain’s newly acquired high growth divisions. Steve was also a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) where he worked on the GM bankruptcy and led various advisory projects for private equity firms. Steve began his career at Ernst & Young, where he rose to the level of Partner in the transaction advisory services practice and worked with private equity firms and their portfolio companies. While at Ernst & Young, he was also a member of the risk management committee responsible for new firm guidelines and co-leader of the middle market private equity initiative in New York.
Steve received a B.S. in accounting and finance from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. in finance and management strategy from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he was a stern scholar and graduated with honors. He is a CPA in New York and Pennsylvania. He has previously served on the board of the Montclair United Soccer Club and on the sponsorship board of the New York Private Equity Network. Steve has spoken on private equity, corporate finance and M&A related topics for a variety of industry and educational organizations.
Christopher J. Stephens, Jr., CPA
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher J. Stephens was appointed senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer, Barnes Group Inc in January 2009.
Prior to joining Barnes Group, he had more than 20 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies, including Honeywell, The Boeing Company, Allied Signal and Ingersoll-Rand. Most recently, he served as president, Honeywell Consumer Products Group (CPG), an automotive products busines with leading brands, such as Prestone, FRAM, and Autolite.Prior to CPG, Mr. Stephens was the cief financial officer of Honeywell's Transportation Systems Business. He also held senior leadership roles at Boeing Company and Allied Signal. He started his career at Ingersoll-Rand as a member of the Financial Management Training Program and held finance positions with increasing responsibility over the next 10 years.
Mr. Stephens received a bachelor's degree in accounting from King's College in Wilkes-BArre, Pennsylvania and an MBA in corporate finance from Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business. He is a certified public accountant, and a member of the Advisory Board of Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business.
Kevin Walsh '82
Managing Director and Group Head Power & Renewable Energy
GE Energy Financial Services
Kevin Walsh leads GE Energy Financial Services' Power and Renewable Energy group, which invests in thermal and renewable energy projects and also engages in venture investing in energy. Renewable energy has been a strategic growth initiative at the GE unit since 2006. Under Kevin's leadership, GE has invested more than $7 billion globally in projects generating power from wind, sun, biomass, water, geothermal and other renewable energy sources.
Kevin's group also makes investments in thermal electricity-generating, transmission and distribution assets. The GE business unit holds investments in power projects with a capacity to produce nearly 30 gigawatts, equivalent to the installed generating capacity of Norway.
Kevin serves on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and is a frequent speaker at universities and energy conferences on energy project and venture investing. He is also a member of GE Chairman Jeff Immelt's ecomagination Advisory Board.
Previously, Kevin was responsible for the management of GE Energy Financial Services' $20 billion global portfolio of energy investments. Since joining GE Capital in 1990, Kevin has held leadership positions in International, Capital Markets, Industrial and Asset Management. Prior to 1990, he held positions with GE Trading, GE Aviation and GE Corporate. He is a graduate of General Electric's Financial Management Program (FMP) and, following graduation, became the Global Program Manager for FMP.
Kevin graduated cum laude in 1982 from Fairfield University, where he received a B.S. in Business Management and was the recipient of the Richard B. Curtis Award for outstanding achievement in Management. He is a member of the President's Circle at Fairfield University and has served on the fundraising committee for the Annual Awards Dinner.
Kevin is co-founder and past president of the Fairfield Wildcats Youth Football League and an active supporter of the Kennedy Center (Trumbull, CT) and the Pan-Mass Challenge cycling fundraiser for cancer research. Kevin lives in Fairfield, CT with his wife Sandy and their two boys, Kyle and Cory.
Joseph F. Walton
Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise Services Operations and Integration Management
Joseph Walton is Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Services (GES) Operations and Integration Management at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $23.2 billion in 2013 and 67,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping customers to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.
Walton is responsible for driving GES operations to optimize efficiency, revenue growth and profitability. He works with the rest of the GES leadership team to execute successful cross functional initiatives smoothly across business units within GES and across EMC as a whole. Under his supervision, the End to End Process teams are focused on driving increased customer value, operational efficiencies and time to value by re-architecting enterprise-wide end to end processes. Walton also guides the Office of Operational Excellence, which works with business units across EMC to identify and diagnose productivity opportunities, drive and monitor transformation projects, and identify, share, and install best practices.
Walton represents GES among key internal and external stakeholders, including customers and partners. Under his supervision, the National Security Team ensures that EMC’s products, business practices and service offerings are aligned with requirements of the United States Government and global critical infrastructure clients. Walton also manages EMC’s Integration Management Unit, responsible for the integration of acquired companies into the larger EMC organization. At EMC, he has overseen the development of EMC’s integration playbook, which has become standard procedure for more than 90 technology company acquisitions by EMC since then, helping to make EMC’s M&A track record a best practice that has won accolades from financial analysts and others in the industry.
Previously, Walton led EMC's global Human Resources practice for Global Enterprise Services Organization, including leadership, employee development and talent acquisition to ensure the availability of world-class talent to drive EMC's success. Walton has held numerous other senior executive positions at EMC leading highly effective global teams in customer and professional services, operations, new business development and merger and acquisition integration.
Prior to joining EMC in 1999, Walton spent 25 years with Unisys Corporation, an important EMC partner, where he established himself as a leader in the sales and services business. He served in numerous senior positions including Vice President and General Manager for the Unisys Global Customer Services division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He successfully established a European consultancy practice, helped launch Unisys’s managed services business, and was recognized with the Chairman’s Excellence in Management Award.
Walton holds a degree in modern languages from Fairfield University and completed additional coursework at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the New York School of Finance, and Babson College.