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Featured Alumni


October 2005

Felix A. Rouse, MBA '03Felix A. Rouse, MBA '03, was recently hired to be the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, NJ after spending almost two years with McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals as an Associate Marketing Manager on the popular Tylenol brand. Felix has extensive experience with Boys and Girls Clubs, starting as a club member and moving on to become a unit director, a national training associate and a Keystone Club Advisor. Felix also previously served for two years on the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark. In 2001, Felix was also selected as the Robert Woodruff Fellowship Recipient by Boys and Girls Clubs of America - only one Boys & Girls Club professional is awarded this fellowship annually.

Gautam Chandra, MBA '94Gautam Chandra, MBA '94, was elected vice president, performance improvement and non-utility operations for WGL Holdings, Inc., and vice president, performance improvement for Washington Gas Light Company. Washington Gas recruited Gautam in 2002 because of his success as an entrepreneur and his experience in energy business strategy and deal making. He founded and led an energy company from concept to $30 million in revenues before the firm was sold to a larger energy business. Gautam is very pleased and excited to be providing financial and operational oversight for WGL Holdings' unregulated business, as well as directing a corporate-wide effort to improve company performance for the utility. Gautam and his family reside in Vienna, VA.

Kimberly S. Stevenson, MBA '01Kimberly S. Stevenson, MBA '01, has been named vice president of Portfolio Management-Infrastructure Portfolio at EDS Global Communications. Kim will oversee the development, market management and strategic planning for EDS's Workplace, Hosting, Network and Security Services. Kim will continue to represent EDS on the Microsoft Outsourcing Partner advisory council and the National Center for Women & Information Technology Workforce Alliance. Before joining EDS, Kim was the vice president of marketing and operations for the eServer iSeries division of IBM. During her 18-year career at IBM, Kim held several senior management positions. Kim is a recognized expert in the IT services. She is also the president of the Cornell Alumni Association of North Texas and a member of the Executive MBA Advisory Board in the Johnson School.

Charles F. Knight, MBA '59Charles F. Knight, MBA '59, a celebrated business leader who was CEO of Emerson for 27 of its consistently profitable years, has released a new book entitled, "Performance Without Compromise: How Emerson Consistently Achieves Winning Results."

For 43 years, global manufacturing and technology leader Emerson achieved consecutive annual increases in earnings per share and dividends per share. This remarkable record, which spans varying economic cycles from the 1950s through 2000, ranks among the longest in American business. Today, Emerson remains one of the world's most admired, innovative, and successful companies.

In his book, Knight argues that Emerson's long-term competitiveness is the result of a dynamic management process carried out with unrelenting discipline. Remarkably smart and simple, Emerson's system consists of six vital management tenets that most companies fail to follow-through on. Performance Without Compromise describes how the Emerson management team developed, fine-tuned, and zealously executed the management process.

The book is filled with insightful lessons about leadership, management, and competitiveness, and outlines the tools and principles that can help any company manage successfully in extraordinary economic times.

Mr. Knight recently discussed the book and his career with Randall Sawyer, the Public Relations Officer at the Johnson School. Read the interview.

Purchase "Performance Without Compromise: How Emerson Consistently Achieves Winning Results" by Charles F. Knight.