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New Alumni Board Leadership


❊ Jit Singh, MSIA ’99, is a principal in Deloitte Consulting’s Pricing Strategy practice. He works across multiple industries and sectors to help companies develop leading-edge pricing strategies and analytics as well as transform how they go to market. He has had the opportunity to work with global companies to help them navigate rapidly changing customer expectations. Jit lives in Washington,D.C., with his wife Lisa Swoboda, MSIA ’99, and their two kids.

“I still remember arriving in Pittsburgh, finding a house in Shadyside, learning how to bike to campus, and walking into the GSIA building and meeting a great group of classmates and professors. The experiences and lessons I learned during my time at school, from Management Game to B**rs, I have used repeatedly in my career ever since.”


Lilly MacEachern, MBA ’09, is a vice president with J.P. Morgan. In her role, she is responsible for effectively managing the firm’s capital and driving large-scale initiatives pertaining to stress testing. She serves in a leadership capacity for the firm’s business resource groups and also enjoys being a mentor with a number of organizations, including Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the Forté Foundation. Outside of work, she greatly enjoys traveling, running and cooking.

“My time at the Tepper School was instrumental in providing me the foundation to work effectively with leaders and teams from a variety of industries, and gave me confidence and optimism in addressing complex and challenging business problems. I want to be able to give back so that others can benefit in a similar manner and positively influence and lead within their organizations and communities.”


 Russ Ewing, MSIA ’96, is a vice president and portfolio manager with Goldman Sachs Asset Management within the firm’s Global Portfolio Solutions Group. Based in New York, his team focuses on the development and management of multi-asset class portfolios for a broad range of institutional clients, including corporate and health care pension plan sponsors, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments and foundations.

“I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve on the board with members who share a vision of working together to foster heightened engagement to build a stronger community, supportive of current students, alumni and the continued advancement of the Tepper School.”


❊ Justin Kaufman, MBA ’04, is a partner with PwC and the advisory market leader for the Lake Erie Region, covering Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo and Rochester. Justin and his teams continue to lead and partner with clients that have a new organizational driver or catalyst such as a new business strategy, technology transformation or post-merger integration. He sits on the leadership market council for the region and is a leader in the digital strategy space. Justin is also a board member at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and was named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 this past year. 

“My favorite memory of my time at the Tepper School, besides meeting my wife on day one (of course), was participating in the celebratory events of the Tepper naming event on March 19, 2004, a date I will never forget. As the Graduate Business Association’s president, I was asked to present opening comments with Dean Ken Dunn, President Jared Cohon and David Tepper in front of the university. The excitement on the part of the entire student body was palpable because everyone knew they played a special part in this milestone.”

Cognizant selects Raj Mehta to take over as company president

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation announced that Rajeev “Raj” Mehta, MSIA ’92, has been appointed president of the company. “Raj is a proven leader with strong client relationships forged over 20 years with the company,” said Francisco D’Souza, MSIA ’92, Cognizant’s CEO. “For the past decade, Raj has been responsible for leading our market-facing teams in delivering industry-leading growth. He has a deep understanding of new technologies and new delivery models, and their potential to fundamentally transform businesses.” As CEO of IT Services at Cognizant, Raj was responsible for market-facing activities across the company as well as for delivery across its IT Services business. His prior roles at Cognizant include group chief executive, Industries & Markets, where he was responsible for leading its industry vertical and geographical market operations on a global basis, and chief operating officer, Global Client Services, where he was responsible for sales, business development and client relationship management organizations.

SoFi appoints Ashish Jain as senior vice president of capital solutions


SoFi, a modern finance company taking an unprecedented approach to lending and wealth management, appointed Ashish Jain, BSBA ’03, as senior vice president of Capital Solutions. He is a member of SoFi’s management team and reports to the firm’s president and CFO. In his new role, Jain is responsible for securitization, distribution, loan sales, strategic partnerships and efforts to expand SoFi’s institutional outreach. Prior to SoFi, Jain worked at Deutsche Bank for 13 years. Most recently, he was managing director and U.S. head of structured finance sales, a role he held for four years and in which he interacted with some of the world’s largest institutional investors. He began his career at Deutsche Bank in rates sales. Ashish has served on the Tepper School Alumni Board since 2010 and has been an active member of the Carnegie Mellon community.

Homaira Akbari joins Banco Santander’s Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of Banco Santander in Madrid, Spain, has named Homaira Akbari, MSIA ’96, as an independent member of the board. The bank will now have six women on the board, or 40 percent of its members — a representation among the highest in international banking. Akbari earned a Ph.D. in particle physics from Tufts University and holds an MBA from the Tepper School. She has had an extensive corporate career in France and the United States. Akbari is the CEO of global advisory firm AKnowledge Partners, which specializes in the internet of things, security, big data and analytics. She is a board member at several technology companies as well as the French service and utility company Veolia Environment.

Kalpesh Kapadia introduces new credit card for foreign students in the U.S.


Kalpesh Kapadia, MSIA ’99, who is the CEO of SelfScore, launched the first dedicated MasterCard credit card designed for international college students in the United States. The company determines creditworthiness using alternative data (not credit history) comprised of the borrower’s education, source of funding and career prospects. Kalpesh said, “International students are granted access to the U.S. educational system. However, they’re not offered a clear on-ramp to financial success. Providing that on-ramp is our intention.” Kalpesh, a former international student who created a career for himself in the U.S., started SelfScore with the intent of supporting this “deserving, yet underserved” population.

NTT i3 appoints Cindy Padnos to newly created Executive Advisory Board


NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies, announced the appointment of Cindy Padnos, MSIA ’80, to its inaugural Executive Advisory Board comprising esteemed global technology experts and business leaders from various industries. The Executive Advisory Board’s goal is to exchange ideas on key insights and industry trends. Padnos is the founder and managing partner of Illuminate Ventures. She focuses primarily in the Enterprise/B2B cloud and mobile computing sectors, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications and platforms, solutions leveraging big data for business impact, and new business models that accelerate customer acquisition. She is an investor and board member for Bedrock Analytics, BrightEdge Technologies, ChannelEyes, Hoopla Software, Litbit, Peerlyst, Xactly Corporation and Yozio, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Tepper School of Business.

Boeing subsdiary Aviall names Eric Strafel president and CEO


Eric Strafel, MSIA ’00, has been named president and CEO of Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Previously Eric served as vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Autonomous Systems for Boeing Military Aircraft. “Eric brings 20 years of leadership experience back to Aviall,” said Lynne Hopper, vice president of Material Services within Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Commercial Aviation Services. “He understands its core values, embraces the Aviall culture, and shares Aviall’s long tradition and passion for customer service. Eric is a proven leader, and his experience in international operations and general, business, defense and commercial aviation align very well with Aviall’s strategic focus.”

Rob Rice assumes new role at ExxonMobil


Rob Rice, MSIA ’00, has been named controller of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. In this role, he will oversee the global financial operations, reporting and controls for ExxonMobil’s exploration activities. Rice’s objectives will be focused on operations excellence, sustaining a high-performing organization and building new, superior oil and gas opportunities. Exploration focuses on increasing the quality of ExxonMobil’s resource base through successful “by-the-bit” drilling and capture of discovered undeveloped resources. Rice joined ExxonMobil directly after graduating from Carnegie Mellon and held various roles of increasing responsibility during his 16-year tenure. He is the ExxonMobil Executive Liaison to the Tepper School and vice president of the Tepper School Alumni Board. Rice and his wife, Diane, live in The Woodlands, Texas, with their son, Jake.

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