MBA '82, Managing Member, Crystal Lake Capital
Since 2010, Ackert has been the Managing Member of Crystal Lake Capital and was previously an Operating Director at Paine + Partners. From 1994 until 2007 he was an executive vice president at AIG Financial Products Corporation, where he served as head of corporate marketing for North America and global head of the transaction development group and the energy practice. From 1986 until 1994 Ackert was a VP in the capital markets department at Goldman, Sachs & Co. From 1983 to 1986 he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York City law firm.
Ackert earned his B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), MBA and J.D. (Law Review, Moot Court Honors) degrees from UCLA. He also attended Hong Kong University as a Rotary Foundation Fellow. Ackert and his wife, Charlotte, have one son, Nicholas.
Robert D. Beyer
MBA '83 | Chairman, Chaparal Investments
Robert D. Beyer is the Chairman of Chaparal Investments LLC, a private investment firm he founded in 2009. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the TCW Group, Inc., a global investment advisory firm with approximately $150 billion of equities, fixed income and alternative assets under management and member of the Executive Committee and a director of Societe Generale Asset Management, S.A., the parent company of TCW.
Mr. Beyer is a director of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) and The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). He is a past chair and serves on the Board of Trustees of Harvard-Westlake School. He is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a member of the Board of Councilors at the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He is also a member of the Board of Airport Commissioners of Los Angeles World Airports and was a former commissioner of the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System. He is an owner and member of the Advisory Board of The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.
Mr. Beyer received his B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
David G. Booth
Founder and Executive Chairman, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc.
David Booth, a founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981, is the firm’s Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer.
Currently, David serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Board of Governors and is an active member of ICI’s Executive Committee. In 2016, he received the Investment Management Lifetime Achievement Award from Institutional Investor magazine, and Forbes ranked David as No. 39 on the magazine’s list of the 40 “Money Masters: The Most Powerful People in the Financial World.” In 2012, he was awarded the Outstanding Financial Executive Award by the Financial Management Association International for his background and accomplishments in applying financial theory and research to the practical world of asset management, particularly for his pioneering work in indexing and small capitalization investing. MutualFundWire ranks him seventh in its list of the 100 Most Influential People in mutual funds, and in 2010, InvestmentNews named David as one of “The Power 20” in the financial services industry.
David has written numerous articles, including “Diversification Returns and Asset Management” with Eugene F. Fama, which won a Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence from the Financial Analysts Journal in 1992.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business was named in honor of David, where he also serves as a lifetime member of the school’s business advisory council. David is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago, the University of Kansas Endowment Association, and Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also on the board of overseers for the Becker Friedman Institute.
David received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. He also holds an MS and a BA from the University of Kansas.
Kenneth F. Broad
MBA '94 | Partner & Portfolio Manager, Jackson Square Partners
Kenneth F. Broad is a founding member of Jackson Square Partners (JSP) from its inception in May 2014 when the Focus Growth Team spun-out of Delaware Investments as an independent firm. JSP is based in San Francisco and manages over $25 billion in concentrated growth equity strategies in Large Cap, Small-Mid, All Cap and Global products with the same philosophy and process employed while at Delaware Investments. Broad specializes in small and mid-cap growth stocks and the fund he has co-managed for over a decade, The Delaware Focus Smid-Cap Growth Equity Portfolio (ticker: DCGTX), was awarded 3 separate Lipper Fund Awards - in 2012 and 2013 - for trailing 3 and 5 year performance through the financial crisis. Prior to the formation of JSP, he was a portfolio manager and equity analyst at Delaware Investments from April 2005 until the May 2014 formation of JSP. At Delaware, the Focus Growth Equity team managed an identical product set with the same long-term investment horizon, conviction-weighted portfolios and a focus on intrinsic business value.
Prior to Delaware Investments, he was a principal and portfolio manager at Transamerica Investment Management, where he managed sub-advised funds and institutional separate accounts. Before joining Transamerica in 2000, he was a sector analyst and portfolio manager with The Franklin Templeton Group and, before graduate school, he was a consultant in the business valuation and merger & acquisition group at KPMG Peat Marwick in New York.
Broad received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University, and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Adjunct Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Professor Bill Cockrum has won numerous teaching awards, including 10 at UCLA Anderson, and was recognized as the top entrepreneurial professor in the nation in a survey conducted by Businessweek in 1996. He has become a legend for a case study entrepreneurial finance class he has taught for nearly 35 years, teaching students the ins and outs of acquiring and sustaining financing for organizations.
“I teach because I’m still able to,” Cockrum says. “I’m teaching things that are still relevant, that are not taught elsewhere in the school.”
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Cockrum spent 25 years in financial services, initially as a marketer and finally as CFO/CAO and one of the top senior officers at Becker Paribas Inc., an investment banking firm with 3,000 employees. When the company was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1984, Cockrum began his second career as a consultant to CEOs, and for 35 years has served some 45 clients. He serves as a consultant in a variety of industries on issues such as organization structure, strategy, marketing, finance, governance and administration.
Shortly after starting consulting, Cockrum joined UCLA Anderson in 1985 and, in 1988, became a full-time professor teaching students the business and finance skills needed to succeed as entrepreneurs. Cockrum has taught at UCLA Anderson for 34 years. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Finance; Leadership and Business Ethics; Real-World Challenges Leaders Face; and Investment Management. He has advised numerous field study projects in Anderson’s Applied Management Research and Business Creation Option programs. More than 7,000 students have passed through his classroom.
“One of the courses we’ve created, Real-World Challenges Leaders Face, builds on the optimization that we teach here in the school and all the case work. It brings in the law and regulation as another dimension, and finally adds three tools to bring a moral dimension to all the case work. It’s at the intersection of those three circles where leaders have to operate,” Cockrum says.
Cockrum is a member of UCLA Anderson’s Board of Advisors, the Anderson Alumni Network board and the advisory boards of the Price Center and the Fink Center. He is a former member of the UCLA Foundation investment committee and was a governor of the Foundation from 1997 to 2012. Cockrum is also a generous supporter of UCLA Anderson, where a classroom is named in his honor.
Cockrum is a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Management of Cranfield University in Cranfield, England, as well as a visiting professor and a member of the advisory board of the Betteny Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at Cranfield. From 2004 to 2013, Cockrum was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Management at Warwick University in Coventry, England, where he won teaching awards in each year between 2005 and 2012. Currently, Cockrum is a professor and member of the business school’s advisory board at Trinity College, Dublin University, where he was awarded the top teaching award in 2016.
Cockrum is also a trustee of Educational Housing Services in New York City, a not-for-profit providing 4,400 beds to university students in the New York City area, where he is chairman of the board’s Nominating, Governance and Compensation Committee.
Richard R. Crowell
MBA '80 | Partner, Vance Street Capital, LLC
A native of Los Angeles, Richard Crowell started his finance career in 1980 in New York at E F Hutton and then Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he was named Managing Director in 1986. In 1987, he helped establish and served as the President of Acadia Partners, an investment partnership with lead investor Robert M. Bass. In 1991, Mr. Crowell returned to Los Angeles where, with two partners, he founded Aurora Capital Group, a private equity partnership managing institutional capital. In the 15 years that Mr. Crowell served as President of Aurora, the firm acquired 15 companies and completed more than 100 growth acquisitions.
In 2007, Mr. Crowell founded Vance Street Capital, a private equity partnership, to acquire and grow California based, middle market companies in partnership with operating management. Since inception, Vance has acquired a controlling interest in 5 companies involved in the design and production of aerostructures, radiation hardened high reliability electronics and tactical mission computing systems.
He received an MBA in finance and accounting from the UCLA Anderson School, and a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz.
Mr. Crowell serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors, and co chairs the Development Committee for the UCLA Anderson School of Management; the Board of RBC Bearings Inc. (NASDAQ Symbol "ROLL"); the Boards of PFI Inc., Semicoa Inc, Klune Industries, Inc, Micross Inc, and Secure Systems Inc. In 2000 he helped establish and is the chairman of Red Car Wine, LLC.
He is married to Alison Crowell who is a trustee of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and has two daughters: Jennifer, a graduate of the University of Chicago; and Nora, a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Charles E. Davidson
MBA '77 | Chairman, Wexford Capital
Charles E. Davidson co-founded Wexford in 1994 and serves as its Chairman and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Davidson has primary responsibility for the overall strategic direction of Wexford’s investment activities, serves as the Portfolio Manager for the Wexford Spectrum Funds, the Wexford Catalyst Funds and the Wexford Credit Opportunities Funds and is the Chairman of the hedge fund investment committee. From 1984-94, Mr. Davidson was a General Partner of Steinhardt Partners, L.P. where he was responsible for all fixed income arbitrage, risk arbitrage, private equity, distressed/bankruptcy and special situation investments of the multi-billion dollar hedge fund. From 1977-84, Mr. Davidson was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. where he was the head of domestic corporate bond trading and proprietary trading. Mr. Davidson holds an MBA and a BA in economics from the University of California – Los Angeles.
Joel P. Fried
MBA '86 | President, PRIMECAP Management Company
Joel P. Fried currently serves as president and director of PRIMECAP Management Company, a Pasadena based investment management firm he joined in 1986. He also serves as co-chief executive officer and trustee of the PRIMECAP Odyssey Funds.
In 2003 and 2014, Mr. Fried was awarded the Domestic Equity Fund Manager of the Year Award by Morningstar. In 1997, 1999, and 2000, Morningstar named Mr. Fried runner-up for its Manager of the Year Award. Mr. Fried is a portfolio manager for several mutual funds that have been awarded Lipper’s Performance Achievement Award.
The PRIMECAP Odyssey Aggressive Growth Fund was recognized in 2014 and 2015 as the #1 Mid-Cap Growth Fund for the preceding 5 years. The Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund was recognized in 2014 as the #1 Large-Cap Core Fund (10 years) and in 1999 as the #1 Multi-Cap Core Fund (15 years). In 2008, The Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund was recognized as the #1 Multi-Cap Core Fund (15 years).
Mr. Fried received his B.S. in Economic Systems/Science from UCLA and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
George Froley III
MBA '61 | Consultant, Pacific Income Advisors
George Froley retired in January 2006 from Froley Revy, a firm he founded in 1975. He was an analyst and portfolio manager with the $200 million Harbor Fund from 1969 to 1974, at which time it was the largest public portfolio solely dedicated to investments in convertible securities.
Froley received his Chartered Financial Analyst and his Chartered Investment Counselor designations in 1980. He is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research, the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts, the National Association of Petroleum Analysts and the Los Angeles Bond Club.
Stephen A. Greene
MBA '85 | Managing Partner, Crevice Capital Partners
Stephen A. Greene is a senior private equity and investment banking professional. Over the past 28 years, he has closed more than 100 merger & acquisition, financial restructuring and financing transactions (both debt and equity) across a wide range of industry verticals.
Mr. Greene is currently the Managing Partner of Crevice Capital Partners, a Short Hills, NJ-based private equity firm. Prior to founding Crevice Capital, he held partner-level positions at The Silverfern Group, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan and Eureka Capital Partners. From 1992 to 2002, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen, where he was responsible for various components of its U.S. corporate finance and restructuring businesses. Mr. Greene began his investment banking career at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin and later became Managing Director in charge of Houlihan’s San Francisco office.
Mr. Greene received his MBA in Finance from the UCLA-Anderson School of Management. He also received a B.A. with Distinction and an M.A. (both in History) from Stanford University. Mr. Greene is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies and was the recipient of a Fulbright/Hays fellowship to the United Kingdom. He is an investor in and a member of the Board of Directors of National Home HealthCare Corp., an Angelo Gordon & Co. portfolio company.
B. Kipling Hagopian
MBA '66 | Managing Partner, AppleOaks Partners, LLC
B. Kipling ("Kip") Hagopian is a founding partner of Brentwood Associates, a prominent high-technology venture capital and private equity firm. Since its founding, Brentwood has evolved into three successor companies: Brentwood Associates Private Equity, Redpoint Ventures (which invests in early-stage information technology ventures) and Versant Ventures (which invests in early stage healthcare companies). Collectively, these companies manage more than $3 billion. Hagopian is currently managing partner of AppleOaks Partners LLC, a private investment firm he owns with one of the co-founders of Brentwood.
During his 25-year career as an active venture capitalist, Hagopian served in several leadership positions in the venture capital industry, including terms as board member, president and chairman of the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association. In 1991, he formed Segue Productions, Inc., a theatrical motion picture production company that produced two studio motion pictures: Restoration, which won two Academy Awards, and Ransom, which grossed about $350 million worldwide.
Hagopian also has served on a Presidential commission (on industrial competitiveness) and testified before Congress and Executive Branch hearings on securities law and capital formation issues. He has lectured at UCLA’s School of Law and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and has written and been published on tax policy.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree from UCLA and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Timothy D. Jensen
MBA '88 | Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management
Timothy D. Jensen joined Oaktree Capital Management, LLC in January 2000 as co-manager of its emerging markets fund. Prior to joining Oaktree, Jensen served as a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Investment Management, with responsibility for investment portfolios focused on Asia ex-Japan. Previously, he worked at Ardsley Partners, Bankers Trust and Deutschman Clayton & Co. For periods of his employment Jensen has lived in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Hungary. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor of arts degree in history and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Richard A. Kayne
MBA '68 | President & CEO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
Richard “Ric” Kayne is the chief executive officer of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., an $18 billion alternative asset manager. He co-founded the firm in 1984 with John E. Anderson, for whom the UCLA Anderson School of Management is named.
Kayne began his career in the mid-1960s as an analyst with Loeb, Rhodes & Co. in New York. Prior to forming Kayne Anderson, he was a principal of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Inc.
Kayne is a director of Glacier Water Services Inc. and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. He also is a trustee of the UCLA Foundation.
In 1966, Kayne earned a B.S. degree in statistics from Stanford University. He received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1968.
Martin C. Murrer
MBA '81 | Partner, Muirfield Capital Management
Martin Murrer ('81) is a Partner in the alternative asset firm Muirfield Capital Management. He is also an active ventor investor in emerging technologies in the healthcare, nutrition and energy savings sectors. In 2004, Mr. Murrer co-founded Sagent Advisors where he led the formation of the firm’s exclusive sale effort. He retired from Sagent in 2011 to pursue his interests in health and wellness and technology commercialization.
Mr. Murrer has been active in nonprofit organizations including on the Executive Committee of the Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, The Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the Ohio State University Endowment and a Founding Member of the UCLA Fink Center for Finance & Investment. Mr. Murrer began his career at Lehman Brother Kuhn Loeb in 1981 after graduating from UCLA as an Edward Carter Scholar. He later joined Salomon Brothers in 1984 where he became a director in the Merger & Acquisition department. From 1990 to 1995, he was at Goldman Sachs where he was in charge of the New England Region in the firm’s investment banking services group. He joined Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1995 and established their exclusive sales group and went on to run Merrill Lynch’s middle market merger & acquisition group before forming Sagent Advisors. Mr. Murrer has also been active as a principal having invested in over a dozen early stage companies or leverage buyouts as the controlling shareholder.
Managing Partner, El Faro Partners
Ben Nickoll is the Managing Partner of El Faro Partners, a Holding Company with interests in Real Estate, Credit and Private Equity. Prior to founding El Faro Mr. Nickoll was the CIO of Ore Hill Partners and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley & Co. He began his career on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers where he was a Senior Vice President.
Nickoll graduated UCLA College of Honors with a degree in History. He currently sits on the boards of the Fink Center of Finance and the History Department.
He is married with two children.
Timothy M. Pennington III
MBA '66 l Founding Partner, Brentwood Associates
Timothy M. Pennington III was a founding partner of Brentwood Associates in 1972. Brentwood Associates is one of the nation’s leading venture capital and private equity firms and has grown into several investment entities with more than $2 billion in capital. Brentwood Associates has owned or invested in more than 300 companies over its 30 years. Its venture capital activities have been primarily in the high-tech areas of computers, software, electronics, health care, biotechnology and medical services. Its company ownerships have included the fields of cellular communications, sports equipment, medical imaging, publishing, rental equipment, golf course ownership and many others.
Pennington has been a director of both the National Venture Capital Association and the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, as well as many public and private companies and a number of charitable organizations. He currently serves on the board of visitors of the UCLA School of Medicine, is a director of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, and serves on the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Western Los Angeles County Council.
His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and he received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Richard S. Wiley
MBA '80 I CEO, SKY Leasing
MBA '86 | Managing Director, Glendon Capital Management LLP
MBA '05 | Managing Partner, K1 Investment Management
Taylor Beaupain is a Managing Partner at K1 Investment Management, where he is a member of the investment committee, board member for K1’s portfolio companies and advisor to K1’s management teams. Previously, Mr. Beaupain was a partner in the growth equity practice at Kayne Anderson where he managed growth equity and buyout investments. Mr. Beaupain started his career in the financial sponsors investment banking group of Merrill Lynch where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and financings for the portfolio companies of global private equity firms. Mr. Beaupain is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received an MBA and was a Dean’s Scholar, and of Washington and Lee University, where he received a B.S. in business administration, summa cum laude.
Jeffry P. Brown
MBA '81 | CEO, Azimut Alternative Capital Partners
Jeff Brown is currently CEO of Azimut Alternative Capital Partners. He has over two decades of investing, due diligence and operating management experience in the alternatives asset management industry. Jeff was previously a Managing Director at Dyal Capital Partners (one of the leading minority stake investors in alternatives asset management businesses globally, part of Neuberger Berman), and joined in its early days of formation. He founded and for five years led Dyal’s Business Services Platform which drove value creation in the Dyal portfolio companies across three private equity funds totaling $ 9bn in AUM. Prior to Dyal, Jeff was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns Asset Management (“BSAM”). During his tenure at BSAM, he was Chief Development Officer and led the strategic expansion of the firm from $23bn AUM to $ 55bn AUM in four years. Prior to joining BSAM, Jeff held senior roles at Morgan Stanley Asset Management. In addition to his M.B.A. from the Anderson School, Jeff holds a B.A. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
John R. Casaudoumecq
Casaudoumecq served as a member of Citigroup’s Global Markets Management Committee and European Markets Management Committee and, from 2003 to 2006, was global fixed income’s chief operating officer. As managing director and global head of commodity trading, sales and research, Casaudoumecq restructured and built the commodity business from a small boutique to an integrated and diversified trading, sales and capital markets effort. During his tenure, Citigroup established itself in a top five position in commodity derivatives. Casaudoumecq led Citigroup’s investment in and served on the boards of Ipreo, Markit and FXall, as well as several other FinTech companies. He currently serves on the advisory board to the Fink Center for Finance & Investments at UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Casaudoumecq holds an A.B. in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Fink Center for Finance & Investments at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Mr. Casaudoumecq holds an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.
Jeffrey S. Deutschman
MBA '81 | Managing Director, Apollo Global Management
Jeffrey Deutschman has spent more than 30 years in the turnaround, private equity and lending business. He graduated from Columbia University and the Anderson Graduate School of Management, and started his career with Grisanti & Galef/The Spectrum Group in 1981, playing a hands-on role managing and turning around companies the group had acquired.
Deutschman was a co-founder of Aurora Capital in Los Angeles and a co-founder of Crown Capital in New York before joining Stone Tower as a partner in 2006. Deutschman joined Apollo in 2012 when Apollo acquired Stone Tower. He is a managing director in Apollo's opportunistic credit group, which is focused on a wide variety of lending strategies that include lending to companies acquired by private equity sponsors and financial entrepreneurs, middle market energy and natural resource companies, specialty finance companies, and companies experiencing financial challenges. The opportunistic credit group is part of Apollo's $105 billion credit business, which, along with Apollo's private equity and real estate groups, manages in excess of $180 billion in assets.
MBA '99, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank
Thomas Ming-dong FANG rejoined UBS in June 2009 as Greater China Sales Head and recently became the co-head of Asia Structured Sales Head in the Equities Derivatives Sales team. He leads the teams in structuring and marketing structured products for financial intermediaries in Asia including insurers, retail and private banks, securities houses and other institutions.
Tommie was appointed as QFII Representative of UBS AG in June 2012, and in October 2015 he was appointed as Head of China Equities. Tommie also took up the role of Chairman of UBS Futures Co., Limited.
Prior to rejoining UBS, Tommie was Head of Retail and Third Party sales team for all asset classes of Goldman Sachs. Between 2003 and 2008, Tommie worked at the UBS Equity Intermediary Risk Management Products sales team. His last position was Deputy Head of Equity Intermediary Risk Management Products Sales, Asia. Between 1999 and 2003, he worked for Morgan Stanley.
Thomas Fang has a Bachelors degree in World Economy from Fudan University. He holds the CFA charter, an Master in Economics from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.
MBA '04 | Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Alternative Beta, Martlet Asset Management
Lisa Fridman is a Portfolio Manager and a Co-Head of Alternative Beta at Martlet Asset Management. Prior to joining Martlet, Lisa served as the chief executive of PAAMCO Europe and the global head of research at PAAMCO. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with institutional investors, designing bespoke portfolio solutions. Ms. Fridman has contributed to various publications, including The Economist, Financial Times, HFMWeek, Institutional Investor and Investment & Pensions Europe.
Ms. Fridman is an active participant in the industry associations. She serves on the Fink Center Board and previously was a member of the London Board of 100 Women in Finance and of the AIMA's Investor Steering Committee. Lisa has been named to the Financial News 100 Influential Women list multiple times; included in the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds list, published by the Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young; and recognized among 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds by the Financial News.
Ms. Fridman received her MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she was awarded a dean's fellowship. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in business economics from UCLA. She is a CFA charter holder and has received a CQF designation.
William O. Grabe
MBA '63 | Advisory Director, General Atlantic LLC
William O. Grabe joined General Atlantic in 1992 and retired as a Managing Director in 2010. He continues to support GA in an advisory capacity.
Mr. Grabe brings broad international operational experience and an extensive sales and marketing background to General Atlantic. He has been an integral part of GA’s global expansion, initially in Europe and later in India and China. Mr. Grabe currently serves on the boards of Quality Technology Services, Lenovo Group Limited, Gartner, Inc., and Covisint Corporation. He also serves as a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, a member of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Advisory Board, a member of the Board of the Grand Canyon Trust, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Florida.
Prior to his affiliation with General Atlantic, Mr. Grabe retired from the IBM Corporation as an IBM Vice President and Corporate Officer. In his last position he was responsible for US Marketing and Services and was a founding member of the board of ISSC, the precursor to IBM Global Services. Earlier in his IBM career he was President, National Accounts Division and in 1988 was responsible for the worldwide launch of the AS 400.
Mr. Grabe holds a BS in Engineering from New York University and received his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.
MBA '92 | Managing Partner, Evoke Wealth
David has served as a Financial Adviser to wealthy families and institutional clients since 1992. He began his career in the Goldman, Sachs & Co. Private Client Services Group and six years later joined Merrill Lynch to help build the Private Banking and Investment Group. In 2008 David and his partners founded Luminous Capital, which First Republic Bank acquired in 2012. While at First Republic, David served as a Senior Managing Director and was a member of the Alternative Investment Committee, the bank’s private investments platform. Barron’s and Forbes have ranked David perennially as one of the Top 100 Wealth Advisors in the country.
David received a BS in economics/business from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is an advisory board member of the UCLA Anderson School Fink Center for Finance and Investments. He also is a trustee and chair of the Finance Committee at Carlthorp School in Santa Monica. David is an active supporter of SCS Noonan Scholars, a foundation providing funding and support for inner city college-bound youth. David lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife and four children.
Christopher (Kit) D. Jennings
MBA '80 | Partner, Liquid Venture Partners
Christopher D. (“Kit”) Jennings is principal at Liquid Venture Partners. Previously, he was managing director of Roth Capital Partners, co-Chief Executive Officer of Global Euro Net Group and a managing director of Cruttenden Roth Incorporated. Before joining Cruttenden Roth in 1995, Jennings was a managing director at Sutro & Co., and a principal and senior managing director of Maiden Lane Associates, an equity fund organized to arrange and invest in management buyouts. Jennings was previously associated with Dean Witter Capital as a managing director, where he was responsible for major corporate clients in Southern California. Prior to joining Dean Witter, Jennings was an investment banking officer with Warburg Paribas Becker. Jennings graduated with a BA in economics and public policy from New College in 1975, and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (1980).
Chris M. Kanoff
MBA '84 | Executive Vice President, Jefferies and Company Inc.
Chris Kanoff is Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Jefferies & Company. With more than 25 years of investment banking expertise, Kanoff joined Jefferies in 1991 and currently serves on the Executive Committee. Kanoff has worked on Wall Street since 1984, having started his career in the Corporate Finance Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert. He received an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, were married in 1988 and have four children.
Dennis J. Keegan
MBA '80 | Principal, Karkiden, LLC
Dennis J. Keegan (MBA '80) Dennis Keegan is an experienced financial industry executive who now manages private funds and serves as Principal of Karkiden, LLC, a family investment company. Previously, Keegan started and served as Chief Investment Officer of Auspex Group, LLC, a macro hedge fund. In August 1995, he resigned from Salomon Brothers, Inc., where he had been global head of arbitrage, chairman of the risk management committee, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.
Keegan began working in Salomon Brothers’ foreign exchange trading department in New York in 1980. He moved to London in 1983 to head Salomon’s foreign exchange trading in Europe and was promoted in 1988 to co-head of fixed income trading. In 1991, he became co-head of fixed income and equity businesses in Europe, a position that expanded the following year to co-chief executive in Europe.
In late 1993, Salomon Brothers brought Keegan, who was already on the executive committee, back to New York to bolster its risk management. His original task was to take over management of the New York arbitrage group, but soon his responsibilities increased to include the firm’s global proprietary activities and risk management functions.
Keegan serves on the board of the Brunswick School and Community Centers, Inc.
He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UCLA and an MBA in finance from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He served in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1978.
MBA '88 l Portfolio Manager, Hotchkis & Wiley
Raymond Kennedy has had 30 years of experience in the Finance Industry and has spent 7 years with Hotchkis & Wiley. In his role as portfolio manager and founder, Mr. Kennedy plays an integral part in the investment research review and decision-making process. He coordinates the day-to-day management of all High Yield bond portfolios and represents the strategy to current and prospective clients. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kennedy was a Managing Director, portfolio manager and senior member of PIMCO's investment strategy group. At PIMCO, he headed the global high yield business along with managing and overseeing High Yield funds, bank loan trading and collateralized debt obligations. Mr. Kennedy was formerly associated with the Prudential Insurance Company of America as a private placement asset manager where he was responsible for investing and managing a portfolio of investment grade and high yield privately placed fixed income securities. Prior to that, he was a consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Los Angeles and London. Mr. Kennedy, a CFA charterholder, was nominated for Morningstar's 2010 Fixed Income Manager of the Year. He received his BS from Stanford University and MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
O. Kit Lokey
MBA '67 | Chairman Emeritus and Founder, Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin
O. Kit Lokey is the chairman emeritus of the board of directors and a founder of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Inc. In addition to being chairman, Lokey was Houlihan Lokey’s CEO and president until 2002. His activities within the firm currently involve business development and strategic initiatives, including geographic expansion, acquisitions and strategic partners. He sits on a number of corporate and charitable boards, with the latter including the largest independent theatre group in the city of Los Angeles.
Lokey holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering and earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Thomas E. McCarthy
MBA '80 | Co-President, McCarthy Cook & Company LLC
Thomas McCarthy is the co-president of McCarthy Cook & Co., a commercial real estate investment, management and development company. Founded in 1995 by McCarthy and Edward W. Cook III, McCarthy Cook & Co. has completed more than $3 billion of transactions involving office, medical research and mixed-use properties in California and Arizona. The firm specializes in large compelx assets that afford a value-added opportunity.
McCarthy Cook & Co. invests its own capital together with its joint venture partners, including JP Morgan, RREEF, the Blackstone Group, and Stockbridge Capital Partners. The firm maintains offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Francisco.
Prior to founding McCarthy Cook & Co., McCarthy was a senior executive with Maguire Thomas Partners (now Magquire Properties), a major Los Angeles-based commercial real estate company, where he was responsible for the debt and equity financing of the firm's 12 million square foot portfolio.
McCarthy is vice chairman of the board of directos and serves on the executive committee of Junion Achievement of Souther California. Through Junior Achievement, McCarthy teaches economics and entrepreneurship classes principally in inner city public schools.
McCarthy earned his MBA in finance from UCLA Anderson School of Mangement in 1980. He is a member of the board of Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. McCarthy is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the Urban Land Institute. He graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a native of Evantson, Ill.
Mitchell J. Milias
Chairman Emeritus, PRIMECAP Management
MBA '85 | Executive Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Karlheinz Muhr is executive vice chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Muhr is a member of the Global Corporate & Investment Banking Leadership team and focuses on the bank’s most strategic relationships across all industries and client segments globally.
In the past 32 years, Mr. Muhr has managed investment banking and trading divisions at Credit Suisse First Boston and SBC Warburg, co-founded and ran an independent asset management company and advised corporate and institutional clients around the globe on capital markets, strategic transactions, as well as financings and risk management solutions. He has also served as an independent director on public company boards.
Mr. Muhr serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., where he is also a Crown Fellow, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. He is a member of the advisory board of the Fink Center of Finance at UCLA Anderson and a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Mr. Muhr has a Mag.rer.soc.oec. degree from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Business in Los Angeles.
MBA '91 | President and CEO, Citizens Business Bank
Christopher D. Myers joined Citizens Business Bank on August 1, 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Citizens Business Bank is the 11th largest bank headquartered in California with $7.42 billion in assets and 49 branch locations. The holding company for Citizens Business Bank is CVB Financial Corp. which trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol ‘CVBF’. The company has produced positive earnings in 149 consecutive quarters and paid a cash dividend in 99 consecutive quarters. In August 2014, CVBF was ranked as the 4th highest performing bank in the United States based on financial metrics determined by Bank Director Magazine for banks and thrifts with assets between 5 and 50 billion.
Prior to his tenure at Citizens, Mr. Myers served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon First Business Bank, where he spent a total of ten years in various assignments. Chris began his banking career with First Interstate Bank in 1984 where he completed extensive commercial loan training and progressed through their management ranks. He also spent six years with Sanwa Bank California (now ‘Bank of the West’) as a Vice President and Commercial Banking Center Manager. Mr. Myers is presently a Board Member for the California Bankers Association and the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Fink Center for Finance and Investments.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Payden & Rygel
Joan Payden, CFA, is the president and chief executive officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm that she founded in 1983.
Payden has overseen the firm’s international expansion and its growth to more than $50 billion in assets under management. In 1992, the firm launched Payden & Rygel Investment Group, a family of mutual funds, of which she is chairman and chief executive officer. Subsequently many of these strategies were duplicated in offshore funds domiciled in Ireland. In 1998, Payden & Rygel Global Ltd. was founded in London. At the same time, the firm established Metzler/Payden LLC, its joint venture with Metzler Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank. She is a member of the Payden & Rygel investment policy committee and serves as chairman of the board.
Prior to founding Payden & Rygel, Payden was managing director of West Coast operations for Scudder, Stevens & Clark as a national partner of the firm.
She serves as a trustee of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. She is also a member of the board of directors of the John Tracy Clinic, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Amateur Athletic Association and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She is past chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America.
Payden holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College in Mathematics and Physics.
Robert W. Schult
Co-Founder and Managing Director, VMG Equity Partners, LLC
Prior to co-founding VMG Partners, Schult spent almost three decades in the consumer products industry. Schult has held key positions managing more than 50 leading consumer brands and $8 billion in sales across diverse segments including food, beverage, pet care, health and beauty, lifestyle, nutritional and auto care. His experiences include serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nestle USA, Inc., founding, managing and selling Novopoint, Inc. as the Company’s Chairman and CEO, a supply chain management technology company for the food and beverage industry.
Served as the Chairman and CEO of The Shansby Group’s Food Products Group. Schult’s responsibilities for the brands he has managed span functional areas from sales and marketing to operations and finance. He has played critical roles in such well known brands as Nestle, Stouffer’s, Hills Bros, Libby’s, Carnation, Buitoni, and Friskies. Schult has served on numerous boards including The Times Mirror Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times, and the Grocery Manufacturers of America where he was Chairman of the Industry Productivity Council. Schult received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina.
Leland L. Sun
MBA '86 | Managing Director, Pan Asian Mortgage Company, Ltd.
Mr. Sun founded Pan Asian Mortgage Company in 2001 as an innovative non-banking financial services company specializing in residential mortgage financing in Hong Kong. He was also the founder of a financial guaranty and small-loan lending Company in Chongqing.
Mr. Sun was appointed by the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government as the first Chief Operating Officer of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (HKMC). Previously, Mr. Sun was a Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns Asia Ltd. and an Executive Director, Goldman Sachs (Asia) Ltd.
Mr. Sun is an independent non-executive director of Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank (3618). He is also an independent director and Chairman, Audit Committee for Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd.
Mr. Sun is a General Committee member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) and Chairman, Coalition of Service Industries; Honorary Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong (BPF) and Executive Committee Member and Treasurer, Servicemen's Guides Association (SGA), an NGO which serves U.S. and international naval personnel visiting HK. Previously, Mr. Sun was the President of The American Club in Hong Kong; past Treasurer and Board of Governor, The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Mr. Sun graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Business with a MBA (Finance) and was named as one of the 100 Most Inspirational Alumni in 2011. Mr. Sun is also a Board member of the Fink Center for Finance & Investments.
Mr. Sun was born in Hong Kong and is fluent in Putonghua.
MBA '83 | Managing Partner and Founder, Cypress Forest Holdings, LLC
David Windreich is Managing Partner and Founder of Cypress Forest Holdings, LLC (“Cypress Forest”). Before Cypress Forest, Mr. Windreich was Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (“Oz Management”). At Oz Management, Mr. Windreich was Co-Chief Investment Officer, Co-Chairman of the Investment Committee and Co-Chairman of the Risk Committee. He was also a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Operating Committee, the Partner Management Committee, and the Business Risk Committee, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining Oz Management at its inception in 1994, he was a Vice President in the Equity Derivatives Department at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he began his career in 1983. He is currently a Trustee of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he is also on the Finance Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Sema4, a health intelligence company, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance & Investments at UCLA Anderson School of Management. David holds both a BA in Economics and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.