Sudesh (Sudi) Mariappa '82, MBA '86, is happy to fund a fellowship, along with his wife, Eiko, because "I wanted to give back to the university that gave me so much. It strengthens the link with the school knowing that you are helping another individual learn from the Cornell experience."
He sees his time at Cornell, first in chemical engineering and then in his MBA program, as a tremendous start to his career. "The network and the toolkit I gained have been extremely helpful. I still stay in touch with the friends I made there." His education gave him the mindset and technical skills to apply in the financial world.
Mariappa also remembers the values reinforced during those years. He recalls a guest presenter in one of Professor Jerry Hass's strategy classes. "The brand manager had just gone through a challenging restructuring at his company. The class was quiet and seemed unappreciative. After he left, Hass asked us how we would feel in his shoes. How would we succeed as managers or team members without empathy?"
After retiring as managing director in portfolio management at Pimco in 2008, Mariappa traveled around the globe meeting friends, including many Cornell alums. He is currently back at Pimco as a senior advisor, and he and his wife and seven-year-old daughter, Hana, live in Newport Beach, Calif. He served as a member of the Dean's Leadership Committee in 2005-2006 and connects with Joe Thomas and other Cornellians during their West Coast visits.
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