Tepper School alumni recognized at Reunion Weekend for professional excellence and impact on the Tepper School community
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
Ann Marie Petach (MSIA 1984)
Ann Marie Petach received the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her impressive career accomplishments and innovative leadership in the field of corporate finance. Among her current roles, she serves as a finance adviser to Google LLC and its parent, Alphabet Inc. She is a board member for the BlackRock Institutional Trust Company and a trustee for the Financial Accounting Foundation.
Petach began her career with the Ford Motor Company, rising to Vice President and Treasurer in 2004. She joined BlackRock in 2007 as Global Head of Business Finance and Chief Financial Officer, and was instrumental in transforming its stock ownership structure. She was named the Most Powerful Woman in Finance in 2012 by American Banker.
She is a highly active senior-level alumna, hosting alumni leadership events on Wall Street. She has spoken at Welcome Weekend for prospective MBA students and as part of the W.L. Mellon Speaker Series.
Tepper Alumni Achievement Award
Brian Olsavsky (MSIA 1989)
Now its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brian Olsavsky joined Amazon.com in 2002 after spending his early career in finance and operations roles with Fisher Scientific, BF Goodrich, and Union Carbide. He led the finance department for Amazon’s worldwide operations before being named Vice President of Finance for its North America retail business unit, and then CFO for its global consumer business.
In honor of his impressive career accomplishments and service to the Tepper community, the Tepper School presented Olsavsky with the Tepper Alumni Achievement Award. He was a founding member of the Tepper School Alumni Board and is a current member of the Business Board of Advisors. He and his wife, Susan, remain generous supporters of the Tepper School, naming a classroom in the Tepper Quad building and establishing an endowed scholarship for MBA students.
He is a leading recruiter of Tepper MBA students and alumni at Amazon. He speaks at many events for students and alumni and was the first president of Tepper’s Seattle alumni chapter.
Tepper Alumni Service Award
Ryan Baum (MSIA 1992)
Ryan Baum received the 2019 Tepper Alumni Award for Service for his dedication to students and alumni of the Tepper School. He has demonstrated a high level of dedication and loyalty to the school, and inspires his classmates and other alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area to support Tepper. He coordinated his Reunion organizing committee and champions the Bay Area alumni chapter’s annual fund contributions.
Baum is a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and earned a special Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo & Company involved in business control and risk management. He is also an avid historian specializing in the history of banking and currency.
Tepper Recent Alumni Service Award
Justin Krauss (MBA 2009)
The Tepper School recognized Justin Krauss with the 2019 Tepper Recent Alumni Service Award for his impressive service to the Tepper community. Krauss is a highly engaged volunteer. He and his wife, Valentina, established the Krauss Family ACS Legacy Scholarship in support of undergraduate students enrolled at the Tepper School based on financial need.
Krauss studied theater arts at the University of Pittsburgh. He had been serving as Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse before coming to Tepper for his MBA. He launched a successful career in financial services, first with the PNC Financial Services Group as Vice President, Relationship Manager, and now with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the Pittsburgh area, where he is Vice President of Middle Market Commercial Banking.
He supports the admission team and assists the Masters Career Center with recruiting students into financial services. He hosts alumni events and has led the Pittsburgh alumni chapter since 2013. He also rallies his classmates to participate in their Reunion celebrations.