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August 20, 2014
Brian Cornell '91 to guide Target Corporation's transformation as new Chairman & CEO

Brian Cornell '91On July 31, Target Corporation announced that it has named former PepsiCo executive and UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors member Brian Cornell (BA '81, Executive Program 1991) as the new chairman of the board and CEO of the retail giant. A seasoned retail and consumer products executive, Cornell served as CEO of Sam's Club and Michaels Store, Inc. before he moved into his most recent role as CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods. In his new role, he will be tasked with improving Target's performance and advancing its omni-channel development after a challenging year plagued with a data breach and lackluster sales in Canada. "I am honored and humbled to join Target as the first CEO hired from outside the company. I am committed to empowering this talented team to realize its full potential, lead change and strengthen the love guests have for this brand," said Cornell. Read more...

EMBA '14 SMR team develops strategic cost cutting plan for NATO

EMBA '14 SMR TeamFor its Strategic Management Research Program, an EMBA team of four military vets and one medical device engineer jumped at the chance to help the NATO Air Training Command in Afghanistan devise a plan to create a sustainable cost structure for the Afghan Air Force. Saigovind Dandapani '14, Richard Smith '14, Guy Cohen '14, Peter McKeever '14 and Andreas Neuman '14 were tasked with reducing operating costs $50 million to $150 million annually, improving personnel training productivity, and improving the current contract procurement process. Read more...

UCLA saw 32% jump in full-time MBA program applications in past year

Jessica Kimball '15UCLA Anderson's entering class of 2016 is one of the most competitive yet. Applications to the full-time MBA program increased by 32% for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle while other schools have experienced volumes that are flattening or declining. This jump can be attributed to multiple factors including the reduction in number of required essays and recommendations as well as increased outreach efforts on multiple fronts. In particular, an ambassador program made up of 50+ current students helped to increased engagement with admits in person during campus visits and online through social media and blogs.

Meet current full-time MBA student Jessica Kimball '15 and learn how she is making a difference in her community

SAVE THE DATE: Worldwide Welcome Week, October 6-17

Worldwide Welcome WeekCelebrate the power of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network at a Worldwide Welcome Week event coming to a city near you! Join the Office of Alumni Relations and your regional alumni chapter from October 6-17 to welcome new alumni to your city, share professional experiences with fellow alumni, and reconnect with UCLA Anderson. Check out WWW 2014 for upcoming events.

Have a great event idea or perhaps you want to get more involved? Find your regional chapter or affinity group representative to get started.

Lifelong learning through executive education programs

Executive SeriesAs an UCLA Anderson alumna/alumnus, you have lifelong access to continuing education in the form of faculty and speaker events. Did you know that the school also offers executive education programs taught by UCLA Anderson faculty? Programs cover a broad range of topics including mergers & acquisitions, entertainment & media, and creativity & innovation - targeted at executives who want to learn practical and immediately applicable tools to tackle current and future leadership challenges.

“Data analytics in business is rapidly evolving from a specialized activity performed by a siloed group of analysts to a broad management capability.” – Professor Phil Leslie

Launching October 14 is Put Your Data to Work: A Leader's Guide to Effective Analytics, a 3-day immersion program led by data analytics expert and UCLA Anderson Professor Phil Leslie. "Data is touching almost every functional activity and managers at all levels are being challenged to utilize data for insights and decision-making" says Professor Leslie. If you are a manager who is finding that you need to know what questions to ask of the data, what questions to ask of the analysts, and ultimately whether the analysis is convincing, learn more about the program here. Alumni enjoy a 20% discount off the program fee.

» Learn about other executive programs

Master the Eight Stages of Entrepreneurship


Professor Anke AudenaertHave you been tinkering around with the idea of starting your own business? Perhaps you are going through the process now and have hit a few roadblocks. Hear advice from entrepreneurial experts including Guy Kawasaki '79 and Professor Bill Cockrum about the eight stages of entrepreneurship in the newest issue of Assets Digital. Read the article here or download the newest issue of Assets Digital on your iPad.


» Professor Anke Audenaert shares tips for marketing a new product or business.

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9/9 Los Angeles, CA
Women and Work Workshop: Two-part series

9/10 La Jolla, CA
The Business of Baseball

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