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Alumni Relations Launches Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Task Force

The Office of Alumni Relations launched the Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Task Force in collaboration with the Undergraduate Business Administration and Undergraduate Economics programs. The goal of the task force is to provide insight and recommendations to Tepper senior academic leadership regarding the recent alumni experience. The task force will identify opportunities for further engagement (in-person and virtual events/experiences), review and recommend resource allocations, and develop a strategic plan for undergraduate alumni engagement for the next 10 years. The task force had its first two meetings on campus in October 2018 and April 2019.

Co-chairs leading the task force are economics alumnus Alex DiClaudio (BA 2009, HNZ 2011), of DiClaudio Productions LLC, and Tammy Loucks (BSBA 2000, MBA 2005), Business Leader for Property and Acquisition Comparison Experiences at Progressive Insurance and past director on the Tepper School Alumni Board. They are leading two committees, one focusing on the student experience and the other on the alumni experience.

Carol Goldburg (S 1984, DC 1986, Ph.D. 1994), Executive Director of the Undergraduate Economics Program, Adjunct Professor of Economics; John Sengenberger, Executive Director of Alumni Relations; and Jennifer Wegner, Executive Director of the Undergraduate Business Administration Program, are coordinating the task force.  ―


Jon Panzer Takes Executive Leadership Role at Union Pacific

Union Pacific announced that Jon Panzer (MSIA 1996) was promoted to the executive role of Senior Vice President for Technology and Strategic Planning. In this role, he will be responsible for technology throughout the company, including application development, infrastructure, and information security. He is also responsible for network planning and the design of the railroad’s service network.

A 23-year Union Pacific veteran, Panzer was most recently Vice President for Financial Planning analysis. He has held leadership positions in planning and analysis, finance, and marketing and sales. He reports to Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena. Panzer is also the recruiting lead at Union Pacific for Carnegie Mellon University.

One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain.  ― 


Payment Platform Company Names Byas Nambisan as CEO of Digital Payment

Ezetap appointed Byas Nambisan (MSIA 1994) as new CEO of Digital Payment. Byas had been the CFO and Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Bengaluru-based Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd. since 2014. A key member of the top leadership team, he had served as interim CEO since November 2018.

“I am looking forward to leading the company into break soon and also chart new territories in the global FinTech narrative — both geographically and technology-wise,” he said.

He had spent 20 years at Intel Corporation and served as CFO at Intel India until relocating to the Santa Clara headquarters as Senior Finance Controller of Mobile Client Platforms. He left Intel in 2014 to join Ezetap.  ― 


PNC Promotes Pat Pastore to Cleveland Regional President

PNC Bank named Pat Pastore (MSIA 1994) the new Regional President of the Cleveland, Ohio, market. Pastore most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Market Leader for PNC Corporate Banking in Northern Ohio.

“Pat has extensive banking experience and deep roots in this community. He is a lifelong Northeast Ohioan who is active in this community and has played a significant role in our efforts to serve this market,” said Louis Cestello, Executive Vice President and head of PNC’s regional markets.

Pastore is co-Vice Chairman of the board of JumpStart, serves on the board of United Way of Greater Cleveland, is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2011, and previously served on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland and The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland.

He has worked for the bank for a total of 25 years, leaving for a five-year stint to serve as a Vice President in the investment banking group of Parker/Hunter Inc. and as a Relationship Manager in ABN AMRO Bank’s corporate banking group. At National City and then PNC, Pastore worked in the corporate finance group of PNC Capital Markets. At National City, he was named Head of Corporate Banking for Cleveland in 2005 and a regional manager of corporate clients in Northern Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania in 2007. He assumed his most recent role as PNC’s Market Leader of Corporate Banking for Northern Ohio in 2009.

Pastore earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University of Ohio before his CMU master’s degree.  ― 


PwC Places Justin Kaufman as Pittsburgh Managing Partner

Justin Brett Kaufman (MBA 2004) was named the new Managing Partner for PwC’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office, the second-biggest accounting office in Pittsburgh. He is also PwC’s Midwest Advisory Market Leader and a Partner/Principal in the management consulting/advisory business. He has 18 years of experience in management consulting covering various industries, such as banking, energy, government, health care, insurance, retail, telecom, technology, and wealth management. Across all of these industries, Kaufman and his teams continue to lead and collaborate with clients on engagements that typically have a transformational driver/catalyst — for example, digital transformation, post-merger integration, business separation, organization redesign, new business/product, or technology platform/application/infrastructure buildout.

A native of the Boston, Massachusetts, area, Kaufman earned his undergraduate degree in finance and operations management at the Isenberg School of Management of the University of Massachusetts. After graduating from Tepper, Kaufman joined Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, acquired by PwC in 2010.

In 2015, he was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 by Pittsburgh Magazine. He is also a board member at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and serves on the Tepper School Alumni Board.  ― 


Dan + Shay Win Grammy and CMT Music Awards

The country duo Dan + Shay, featuring Pittsburgh-area native and Tepper alumnus Dan Smyers (BSBA 2010), received their first award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Tequila” at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The duo won Best Duo Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards in June for “Tequila.” Dan + Shay record in Nashville and have released three albums, “Where It All Began,” “Obsessed,” and “Dan + Shay.”

Smyers attended North Allegheny High School before studying finance at Tepper and playing football at Carnegie Mellon. A talented songwriter and vocalist, he began playing guitar and singing when he was very young and played in numerous bands over the years.  ― 


Rob Rice Rises to Global Corporate Finance Manager for ExxonMobil

Tepper School Alumni Board President ❊ Rob Rice (MSIA 2000) was named Global Corporate Finance Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation. He will be relocating from the Houston-area campus in Spring, Texas, to the corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Rice had been Controller for the ExxonMobil Exploration Company. He joined ExxonMobil after graduating from Tepper. ―


BBVA Appoints Onur Genç as CEO

Onur Genç (MSIA 1997) was named Chief Executive Officer of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. Since January 2017, he has served as CEO of BBVA Compass and Country Manager for all BBVA operations in the U.S., where he achieved significant progress, not only in the financial results of the franchise, but also on the development and improvement of digital capabilities, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement.

“Onur has had an extremely positive impact in our operations in the U.S. and in Turkey, and now that contribution will be extended to the whole group,” Chairman Carlos Torres Vila said. “The Board has selected Onur as he is the ideal CEO to continue pushing forward our strategy and boosting our transformation.”

A native of Turkey, Genç received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1995 before earning his master’s at Carnegie Mellon. He began his career at American Airlines in Dallas, Texas, before joining McKinsey & Company in 1999, where he served as Director-Senior Partner, Country Manager in Toronto, Ontario, and Istanbul, Turkey. He then joined Turkish lender Garanti in Istanbul in 2012 as Executive Vice President for Retail and Private Banking and was later that year given additional responsibilities for Garanti Payment Systems. In 2015, he was named Garanti Bank deputy CEO, assuming wholesale banking responsibilities as well. —