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Alumni Networking Event and Panel
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Allan Grafman `80, CEO, All Media Ventures
Jesse J. Greene `75, Senior Fellow, The Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy
Donna M. Hitscherich '90, Director, Private Equity Program, Columbia Business School Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance and Economics
Lalit Panda, CEO, Versento LLC
Kimberly Peretti, Partner, Alston & Bird
Sterling Thomas `16, Fellow and Director of Advanced Analytics, National Security and Intelligence, Noblis
Allan Grafman `80
CEO, All Media Ventures
Allan Grafman is a recognized operating executive and board director with deep experience leading IP-centric companies. His expertise includes media, distribution, software and content enterprises, domestic and international, public and private. Currently CEO of All Media Ventures, executive roles include: Operating Partner Mercury Capital Partners; Chairman of the Board of Majesco; President of Archie Comics; President and CEO of Modelwire; EVP and CFO of Hallmark Entertainment; VP and Managing Director of Tribune Company; and VP and GM of ABC/CCB Cable. He began his career as an on-air announcer and ad salesman for KSHE Radio in St. Louis.
Mr. Grafman’s board service and activity includes these companies and investors: Mercury Capital, Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, Delta Private Equity, Morgan Stanley and others.
He is a frequently published author and commentator in "Directors and Boards," “NACD Directorship,” "Licensing Book," ACG, MSNBC and other professional publications for board directors and industry leaders.
Mr. Grafman is active in a number of corporate governance advisory boards including the NACD Lead Director Commission, ISS Corporate Governance Advisory Board, and others. He received his BA from Indiana University (Phi Beta Kappa), Russian Language and Literature, his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University (International Fellow), and his MBA from Columbia University (Beta Gamma Sigma) Finance.
Jesse J. Greene Jr. `75
Senior Fellow, The Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy
Jesse Greene is currently a consultant and is serving on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Caterpillar, Inc. He retired from IBM at year end 2010. His most recent position at IBM was Vice President Financial Management and Chief Financial Risk Officer, where he was responsible for the identification, assessment and monitoring of financial risk elements for the corporation, and led the corporation’s Financial Risk Management Board. In addition he was responsible for the company's Enterprise Risk Management program, addressing strategic and operating risks, the company’s retirement funds, worldwide real estate operations, credit operations and investor relations.
Mr. Greene began his career at IBM in 1971, and has held a broad range of positions in IBM including Associate Engineer in the Advanced Systems Development division; Tax Attorney from 1975 to 1983; 8 years in the Global Finance unit (financing dealer and end user purchases of IBM products) including the role of Vice President of Special Financing; and Assistant Treasurer for IBM from 1991 to 1994.
In 1994, Mr. Greene left IBM to join Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, first as Treasurer, then Vice President Finance, acting Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Information Technology. In 2000, he joined Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston, Texas and served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.
In 2002 he returned to IBM as Vice President and Treasurer with responsibility for IBM’s balance sheet and capital structure, cash flow, currency risk management, retirement funds, real estate, investor relations and global tax operations. In 2007 he was named Vice President, Financial Management, continuing his existing responsibilities. In 2009 he assumed the Chief Financial Risk Officer position at IBM. During the period 2002 to 2010 as IBM Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Risk Officer he had responsibility for real estate asset management worldwide. This included acquisition, divestiture, and operations in all geographies. During the period real estate overall costs were reduced each year while accommodating rapid population growth in the emerging markets.
Mr. Greene graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD and Columbia Business School with an MBA. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from New York University School of Engineering and Science. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Economic Club of New York. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Strong Medical Center in Rochester, NY.
Donna M. Hitscherich '90
Director, Private Equity Program, Columbia Business School
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance and Economics
Professor Donna M. Hitscherich was appointed as director of the Private Equity Program in October 2010. Professor Hitscherich now serves as Senior Lecturer in the Finance and Economics division, a position she has held since 2008 after a nearly twenty year career in investment banking and law. Professor Hitscherich teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Law in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. From 1988 through 1990, Professor Hitscherich was an assistant professor of law at St. John's University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.
Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, during which she held positions at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, valuation and fairness opinions. She was a member of the St. John's Law Review, and she is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.
CEO, Versento LLC
Lalit is an accomplished executive with cross functional and global experience in various discrete as well as process industries both public and private equity backed. After two decades managing complex multi-echelon global supply chains in industries like consumer electronics and textiles, he headed the Global IT function in Fortune 1000 companies as Chief Information Officer in Consumer Electronics, Mining, Chemicals and Life Science industries. He has successfully led many supply chain and information technology transformation projects of global scope such as Network & IT Infrastructure Optimization, ERP consolidations & implementation, Business Intelligence and Analytics systems, Organizational Transformations etc. including seamless integration of $1B+ acquisitions. As part of IP protection and cyber-security enhancements he conducted data security assessments and remediation projects in globally dispersed companies. Recently he started an Operations, IT and M&A consulting and implementation support company focused on mid-sized companies in NA and Europe and high growth companies in emerging markets. His passion is to enhance business efficiency and productivity while enabling revenue growth and risk reduction.
Lalit completed his B.Tech (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering at the NIT, Calicut, followed by an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Masters in Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. He lives in Long Island, New York and writes blogs in many business and trade journals, such as Journal of Commerce, WSJ’s CIO Journal etc. and speaks at various industry events on IT & Supply Chain Systems.
Kimberly Peretti, Partner
Alston & Bird
Kimberly (Kim) Peretti is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Technology, Privacy & IP Transactions Group and co-chair of its Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team. Kim is the former director of PwC’s cyber forensic services group and a former senior litigator for the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, a specialized background that enhances her practice in managing complex, technical electronic investigations and responses, often the result of cyber intrusions and data breaches. She also services a wide range of clients in matters of cybersecurity and cyber risk, including advising boards of directors and senior executives, privacy, financial crime, fraud and regulation, payment systems compliance and risk mitigation, economic espionage and intellectual property theft. Kim is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
While at the Department of Justice, Kim led several benchmark cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, including the prosecution of the infamous TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez, currently serving 20 years in prison for his role in the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the department.
Kim is regularly quoted in the media and is a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer. She was featured in both a New York Times Magazine cover story and a CNBC documentary for her role in the prosecution of Gonzalez, has appeared on MSNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, and Wall Street Journal Live, and has been recognized as an information security "industry pioneer" by SC Magazine. Kim was honored with the 2015 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for co-authoring “Cybersecurity: What Directors Need to Know in an Era of Increased Scrutiny.”
Sterling Thomas `16
Fellow and Director of Advanced Analytics, National Security and Intelligence, Noblis
Dr. Sterling Thomas is a Fellow and the Director of Advanced Analytics in National Security and Intelligence at Noblis Inc., a nonprofit research corporation with headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Thomas’ work in cyber security is focused on activity based intelligence and automation of cyber defensive strategies. His current work supports the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Thomas has been working in advanced analytics and national security for the last six years supporting the U.S. Intelligence Community and the U. S. Department of Defense. As a Noblis Fellow, Dr. Thomas has been the technical lead for the Center for Applied High Performance Computing, the founder of Noblis’ Big Data Lab, and the founder and Director of Noblis’ Analytics Center of Excellence that support the U. S. Intelligence Community, and national law enforcement agencies. Programs he has lead range from human trafficking in dark web markets to infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Thomas has also been working closely with Noblis’ recent cyber sector acquisition of National Security Partners, now called Noblis NSP, from FedCap Partners, LLC and Waud Capital Partners. Noblis NSP supports Noblis’ NCPS and Big Data cyber work for Noblis’ national security clients.
Dr. Thomas has been involved in multiple startups focused on analytics and biotechnology. He has been a member of several small business incubators as a resident entrepreneur and advisor.
Dr. Thomas earned a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University and recently completed an MBA from Columbia University. He sits on advisory boards at George Mason University’s School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for the Study of Bio-complexity, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.