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Robert M. Amen '73 served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Flavors and Fragrances Corp. (IFF) from 2006-2009. Prior to his 3 years at IFF, Mr. Amen was President of International Paper Company, retiring from that post in March 2006. During his 26 years with International Paper, Mr. Amen played a major role in developing the company's international strategy and in transforming the company's operations and business focus. He was named president of International Paper in 2003, having previously served as executive vice president of the company from 2000-2003 and president of International Paper Europe from 1996-2000. Rob is Chairman of the Deming Center Advisory Board at Columbia University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Verso Corporation and Balfour Beatty PLC. Mr. Amen has a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. Areas of interest: international business; people development/leadership and emerging markets.
John V. Faraci served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Paper from November 1, 2003 to December 31, 2014. He served previously in the positions of president, as well as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He served also as chief executive officer and managing director of Carter Holt Harvey (a former International Paper majority-owned forest products company in New Zealand). John sits on the boards of United Technologies Corp., PPG Industries, Inc., and ConocoPhillips. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Denison University and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute and The Council on Foreign Relations. John is also an operating partner with Advent International Global Private Equity. He is a former member of The Grand Teton National Park Foundation and The National Park Foundation. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Areas of Interest: conservation, environmental business issues, people development, leadership, joint ventures.
Ehud Houminer serves on Columbia Business School's Board of Overseers and has taught courses in corporate strategy, international strategy, general management and business policy in both the MBA and EMBA Programs at Columbia Business School. He received his BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his MBA from the Wharton School. Prior to joining the Executives in Residence Program in 1991, Professor Houminer held numerous high-level appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America during his long career with Philip Morris Companies, Inc., including senior corporate vice president for corporate planning and president and CEO of Philip Morris USA. He is a director of Avnet, Inc. (a global distributor of electronics components) and numerous Dreyfus mutual funds. Professor Houminer is chairman of the Business School Board and a trustee of Ben Gurion University. Areas of interest: general management, domestic and international business strategy, and consumer products and manufacturing industries with a global scope.
Jack Mitchell is Chairman of Mitchell Stores (Mitchells/Richards/ Wilkes/Marios), a three-generation family business that operates men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York, California, Washington and Oregon. After completing a BA at Wesleyan University in 1961 and an MA at the University of California-Berkeley in Chinese History, Jack worked at the New England Institute for Medical Research. He joined the family business, Ed Mitchell, Inc., in 1969, which was founded by his parents and later became Mitchells of Westport. Mitchells went on to acquire Richards of Greenwich, CT, Marshs of Huntington, Long Island, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA, and Marios in Portland and Seattle.
In 2003, Jack launched a “second career” as an author and speaker, keynoting at events for corporations including Morgan Stanley, Conde Nast, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Starbucks, and Harvard University, addressing audiences with Hug Your Customers/ Hug Your People/Selling the Hug Your Customers Way presentations. Jack has appeared on The NBC Today Show, and Kudlow & Cramer TV show as well as numerous radio interviews and online and print articles. Jack has been quoted in national magazines as a customer service and management leadership expert. In April 2005, INC Magazine listed Jack as one of the 26 Entrepreneurs We Love. Jack shares with his family a number of Community leadership Awards from the Anti-Defamation league, The Menswear Division of UJA-Federation of New York, and Sacred Heart University. Jack is on the Yale Cancer Board and Greenwich Hospital Board of Trustees. Areas of interest: management of family businesses and luxury retail, and customer service.