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Stephen Gold moves into new role at Honeywell

Honeywell named Stephen Gold, MSIA ’84, as vice president and general manager of Connected Enterprises.

In making the announcement, Darius Adamczyk, Honeywell’s chief executive officer, said, “Stephen’s track record of leading successful connected enterprises and building software-focused businesses across industries and geographies will provide a strong foundation for leading our connected businesses. Among his many responsibilities will be leading our new Atlanta Software Center.”

“Honeywell has a unique position in the market, serving both the consumer and commercial sectors, bringing deep subject matter expertise and a legacy of delivering extraordinary value,” Gold said. “Our focus will bring together the physical world with data and digital intelligence, including next-generation artificial intelligence technology and advanced analytics. I am excited by the opportunity to deliver greater customer value and to work with such an accomplished team and organization.”

Most recently, Gold served as principal architect and chief marketing officer of IBM’s Watson Group as well as vice president of business development, commercializing solutions based on Watson’s transformative technology in industries such as health care, finance, education, retail, marketing and supply chain management and in the Internet of Things. He also oversaw partner programs, investments, and mergers and acquisitions for Watson. Prior to that, Gold was CMO of SPSS Inc., a provider of predictive analytics software and solutions that was acquired by IBM. Before SPSS, Gold served as president of the Aberdeen Group, a data science firm. Gold also held positions at Digital Market (now Oracle), Reptron and CalAbco/Packard Bell.


Union Pacific promotes Eric Butler to chief administrative officer

Union Pacific appointed Eric Butler, MSIA ’86, E ’81, executive vice president and chief administrative officer in December 2016. In this position, he develops and leads companywide strategic planning initiatives, along with overseeing human resources, labor relations and general administration. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, a position he had held since March 2012, after serving seven years as vice president and general manager for industrial products and two years as vice president and general manager for automotive. Since joining the railroad in 1986, he has held a number of positions, including vice president of supply and purchasing and vice president of planning and analysis. Butler was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha Branch Board in 2015. He has been a member of the Tepper School Business Board of Advisors since 2014 and served as a member of the Tepper School Alumni Board from 2011 to 2014.


Yelp acquires Robb Myer's NoWait app for $40 million

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Yelp, best known for its restaurant rating app, bought the Pittsburgh startup NoWait for $40 million.  Robb Myer, MBA ’06, founded NoWait, an app for managing restaurant waiting lists, in 2010 with Richard Colvin, ETC ’04; James Belt; and Luke Panza. Myer served as a board member at the time of the acquisition. The Pittsburgh Technology Council named it “Startup of the Year” in 2014. NoWait was one of the first companies to come through the Pittsburgh-based Innovation Works’ startup accelerator, AlphaLab.

Myer is now back on campus as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. At the center, he shares his insights and experiences in working with founders all across campus to help them launch the next great CMU startups. 

Earlier in his career, Myer worked as an application engineer, program manager and venture associate at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, California, as well as a communication engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida.

BBVA Compass names Onur Genç as its next CEO

Onur Genç, MSIA ’97, is currently deputy CEO of Garanti Bank, Turkey’s largest bank by market capitalization ($9 billion) and the BBVA Group’s most advanced franchise in digital sales, and he will join BBVA as CEO. Genç leads Garanti’s retail banking, private banking and asset management efforts, among other responsibilities. He joined the bank in 2012 and was named deputy CEO in 2015. Garanti serves about 14.4 million customers and is the top institution among private banks in Turkey in terms of mortgages, consumer loans, auto loans and credit cards. BBVA is Garanti’s largest shareholder, with a 39.9 percent stake.

Prior to Garanti, Genç was a senior partner and Turkey office manager at McKinsey & Company, joining the global management consultancy firm in Canada. He became partner in 2004, rising to senior partner and Turkey Office Manager in 2009 at age 34. Genç started out his career in 1997 as a financial controller for American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul in addition to his MSIA. Genç is married and the father to 12-year-old twins.


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