Thomas Krauss, MBA '98, is the founder of Empower Another, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping HIV/AIDS orphans in Swaziland and other impacted areas in the African region. "It's exciting to be on the cusp of providing much needed support to some of the children I've come to know outside my day job on Wall Street," writes Krauss, a managing director at Wachovia Securities. He met the children who inspired him to found Empower Another on a trip to Swaziland, and has set up the organization with the help and support of his contacts at the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Government's HIV/AIDS Coordinator in Swaziland.
Krauss, who will also be competing in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on October 13, sees this as an opportunity to promote Empower Another. "Any way to get the word out about the foundation would be great, and appreciated by thousands of children in southern Africa."
Krauss joined Wachovia Securities after eight years in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank. At Deutsche, he acquired significant experience and was successful in covering a number of sponsor groups, largely concentrating on consumer, industrial and media portfolio companies. Before joining Deutsche, Krauss worked for three years at Merrill Lynch and Dean Witter in their respective private client businesses in Dallas. Krauss is a graduate of Texas A & M University as well as the Johnson School. He is a former board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas and the father of four children.
Susan Wu, MBA '06, was one of an elite group of young venture capitalists selected by The Center for Venture Education to participate in the twelfth class of the Kauffman Fellows Program. The members of the new class, who represent a highly diverse spectrum of backgrounds spanning the globe, include Fellows at firms located in Australia, India, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and Vietnam, as well as in the United States.
Wu came to the Johnson School from the West coast where she had an accomplished career as a technology entrepreneur, building several businesses in the online gaming, consumer Web, and software sectors, including one that went public. While at the Johnson School, she remained active in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community, volunteering and working for the Apache Software Foundation, a leading open source software organization. She is one of three Johnson School MBAs who have received the fellowship, the others being Adele Oliva, MBA '93, and Don O'Neil, MBA '02.
Wu's passion for new businesses and product creation led her to seek a job in venture capital and she was one of hundreds of aspiring venture capitalists who applied for the Kauffman Fellowship. As part of the interview process she met individuals from Charles River Ventures and joined their firm as an associate in August 2006. Wu has recently been promoted to Principal and specializes in digital entertainment, consumer Internet, and software infrastructure.
The 24-month Kauffman Fellowship is designed to develop and network emerging leaders in the venture capital industry globally. The program provides a rigorous learning and development experience connecting the best of adult learning theory with the needs of contemporary venture capitalists and features interactivity through case-based activities. The Fellowship features a structured educational curriculum, with an individual development plan, development coaching, facilitated mentoring, peer learning and networking, and a focus on giving back and one's responsibility as a leader in VC.
Tejpreet Singh "T.P." Chopra, MBA '96, was appointed president and CEO of GE India, effective June 1, 2007. In his new role, he is responsible for the strategic and overall leadership of all GE businesses in India. "India's growth story has captured the imagination of the world and GE's plan for India is firmly aligned with the country's objectives. I am truly excited to be part of this growth path and look forward to moving GE in India to the next level of success," said Chopra.
In a recent Q&A with Chopra in India Knowledge@Wharton, Aug. 9, 2007, Chopra named three areas of focus for GE in India: infrastructure, health care, and financial services.
In July, when GE Equipment Services, a global provider of financing, maintenance and asset intelligence services for transportation assets, and Titagarh Wagons Limited, a leading railway wagon manufacturer in India, announced a strategic relationship to advance the country's rail infrastructure, Chopra commented: "Equipment Services' agreement with Titagarh is just one of the many ways that GE and its businesses can contribute to the growth of India. GE's businesses offer advanced technology and expertise for energy, water, transportation, security, healthcare and financial infrastructure. We look forward to participating with Indian businesses in the country's great future."
Chopra reports directly to Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, president and CEO, GE International, who said of his appointment: "T.P. Chopra brings with him in-depth industry experience that will play a very crucial role in driving for accelerated growth in India."
Since joining GE in 1996, Chopra has held positions in marketing, structured finance, and risk management, in Stamford, Conn., and in Hong Kong, for GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing unit of GE. Beginning in 2005, he served as senior vice president and country head for GECAS India, opening the GECAS office in Delhi, and in that capacity arranged for more than $1 billion in financing for India's growing airline industry. In May 2006 he was named president and CEO of GE Commercial Finance, India.
In addition to his Johnson School MBA, Chopra earned a degree in economics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. He has held various business roles in France, England, Hong Kong, India, and the United States.