January 18, 2008

UCLA Anderson School of Management Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Visitors

New Members Are Leaders in Investment Management, Consumer Products, and Technology Industries


LOS ANGELES - The Chairman of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors (BOV), Eugene (Gene) S. Rosenfeld, announced today that the school has named three new members to its Board.  Joining the UCLA Anderson BOV are the following industry leaders:

  • A. Steven Crown, General Partner, Henry Crown & Company
  • John J. Harris, Executive Vice President, Nestle S.A. and Chairman and CEO, Nestle Waters
  • Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman and CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation

"The unique insights and expert advice of BOV members is vital to our school's enduring growth and success," said Rosenfeld.  "My fellow Board colleagues and I welcome these new members, who will enhance our collective efforts on behalf of UCLA Anderson."

"Board members are critical advisors and allies to us in all that we do to advance the excellence and contributions of UCLA Anderson," said Dean Judy D. Olian.  "These extraordinary leaders will broaden our thinking and connections to additional industries and regions of the world."

The Board of Visitors of UCLA Anderson School of Management provides strategic guidance to the dean in advancing the school's mission.  The Board was established to stimulate and support important strategic initiatives as well as outreach, globalization, communication, and fund-raising.   The BOV consists of 60 senior global leaders who are seasoned executives as well as Board advisors.  Their passion for higher education is reflected in their active engagement on the Board and in the school.

Bio Briefs on New UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors Members

A. Steven Crown, General Partner, Henry Crown & Company 
A. Steven CrownMr. Crown is a General Partner of Henry Crown & Company, a private investment firm based in Chicago.  He is a Director of Farmers Investment Company (Sahuarita, Arizona), Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, The Family Institute, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, the Anti-Defamation League of B’Nai B’rith, Council on Jewish Workplace Issues, and Arie Crown Hebrew Day School (Chicago).  He is a Trustee of Claremont McKenna College and The Art Institute of Chicago.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, Investment Committee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Modern Wing Oversight Committee, and Board of Governors of the School at The Art Institute of Chicago.  Mr. Crown was elected to the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University in 1990 and serves on the Educational Policies and Appointments Committee and the Student Affairs Committee.  He received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

John J. Harris, Executive Vice President, Nestle S.A. and Chairman and CEO, Nestle Waters
John J. HarrisMr. Harris has worked for the Nestle Company for over ten years, first as a senior vice president with the Worldwide Petcare Strategic Business Unit, based in Switzerland.  He was then named president of the Friskies Petcare Company, and later went on to become the CEO of Nestle Purina Petcare Europe, receiving added responsibility of Asia, Oceania, and Africa.  Today, Mr. Harris is an executive vice president with Nestle S.A. and the chairman and CEO of Nestle Waters.  Before joining Nestle, Mr. Harris held various positions with the Carnation Company in Los Angeles.  He serves as the chairman of the Pet Food Institute’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Harris received his BA from California State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Business.

Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman and CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation 
Ronald D. SugarMr. Sugar joined Northrop Grumman following its 2001 acquisition of Litton Industries Inc., where he served as Litton's president and chief operating officer and as a member of its board of directors.  Prior to joining Litton, Sugar was president and chief operating officer of TRW Aerospace and Information Systems.  Earlier, he ran TRW's worldwide automotive electronics business and also served as TRW's chief financial officer.  Mr. Sugar graduated summa cum laude in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he also received a master's degree and a doctorate in the same field.  He subsequently completed executive education programs at Stanford University, the Wharton School, and Harvard University.  He was honored by UCLA as Engineering Alumnus of the Year, and has received among other honors the Marine Corps Foundation's Semper Fidelis Award, the Air Force Association’s John R. Alison Leadership to National Defense Award, the Army Distaff Foundation’s Eisenhower Distinguished Citizen Award, and USC’s Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award.  Sugar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  He currently serves as national fundraising chairman of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund.  He earlier was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.  He also is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, a trustee of the University of Southern California, and a member of the board of directors of Chevron Corporation.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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