University of Pittsburgh

Winners of 50th Annual Business Alumni Association Awards

Recognized for their exceptional contributions to their professions, disciplines, communities, and Pitt Business, the 2014 Business Alumni Association award recipients are making a positive impact on industry and the next generation of business leaders. Please join Pitt Business and the Business Alumni Association in celebrating the outstanding achievements of the alumni profiled. For more information about these awards or to nominate an alumnus or friend of Pitt Business for a future award, visit our Awards Program page.

Susan Arnold Gloster Current George Davidson La'Tasha Mayes Max Mitchell Kulpatra Sirodom Texas Instruments

Susan E. Arnold

Distinguished Alumna Honoree
KGSB '80
Vice Chair/President, Procter & Gamble (retired)
Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group
Board member, Walt Disney Co. and McDonald's Corp.

Susan Arnold was president of global business units at Procter & Gamble when she retired after more than 29 years with the company. In this position, she was responsible for 300 brands resulting in $80 billion in sales worldwide.

Arnold broke the glass ceiling at P&G, serving as the first female leader of P&G's global beauty business and first female vice chair. As head of P&G's global beauty and health business, Arnold oversaw brands such as Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Wella, Hugo Boss, Always, Actonel, Crest, Olay, and Old Spice. Her leadership contributed to P&G's overall growth during the decade of the 2000s and established P&G as one of the world's leading beauty companies.

Arnold was known for her strong business intuition, decisive leadership, focus on customers, and commitment to workplace diversity. She was instrumental in embedding sustainability into P&G's products and operations. Overall, Arnold led P&G's varied businesses to record results.

Arnold now serves on the board of directors of Walt Disney Co. and McDonald's Corp. In addition, she is an operating executive in the consumer and retail practice of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. In this role, Arnold assesses the strategy and acquisition potential of potential target companies and evaluates personnel and leadership.

Arnold also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was on Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women list for seven years and Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list for five years.

Arnold and her partner have two children, one of whom is a senior in high school and considering the University of Pittsburgh for college. Her mother is also an alumna of the graduate school of business.


Gloster B. Current Jr.

Distinguished Service Award
KGSB '72
Immediate Past President, Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN)
Board member, A.O. Smith Corp.

Retired executive Gloster B. Current Jr. was a founding member and first president of the Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN), an alumni organization dedicated to help present and future diversity students at Katz. Established in 2010, PBAN has a membership of about 140 individuals who offer support in the areas of student recruitment, scholarship funding, and alumni mentoring.

Current serves on the board of directors and audit committee of A.O. Smith, a $2 billion global manufacturer of commercial and residential water heaters, boilers and water filtration equipment. At his retirement in April 2009, Current was vice president of corporate affairs and assistant to the CEO at Northwestern Mutual and served as president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. He directed the team responsible for corporate philanthropy totaling $17 million annually and served as the liaison to Northwestern Mutual's Board of Trustees.

Prior to this position, Current served as vice president and chief marketing officer for Lincoln Financial Group from 1995-2003. He directed all facets of the company's branding campaigns, advertising, Internet, promotions, and event management. One of his signature achievements was leading the initiative to secure 20-year naming rights at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team.

Earlier Current served as a vice president at Citibank and held key leadership roles at KFC Corporation, Del Monte Foods, Inc., and Procter & Gamble. Current earned his bachelor's degree from Howard University. During his time at Katz, Current was president of the business student government and won the 1972 Marshall Alan Robinson prize granted by the faculty.

Current and his wife, Yvonne, have two daughters.


George A. Davidson Jr.

H. J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Award
ENGR '61
Chairman, Dominion Resources, Inc.(Retired)
Pitt Business Board of Visitors member
University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustee Emeritus

George A. Davidson Jr. is a retired chairperson of Dominion Resources, Inc. and also spent 34 years with Consolidated Natural Gas Co., where he held a number of managerial and executive positions, including CEO and chairperson. Additionally, Davidson served more than 20 years on the boards of PNC Financial Services Group and Goodrich Corp.

Davidson joined the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees in 1987 and was elected an Emeritus Trustee in 2011. In addition, he has served on the Pitt Business Board of Visitors since 1987, including for 15 years as its chair (1996-2011). Davidson is also the vice chairperson of the Swanson School of Engineering Board of Visitors and served previously as a University Director of the UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Board.

Through gifts to the University, Davidson has established the George A. Davidson Engineering Laboratory for Freshmen, the George A. Davidson Jr. Unit Operation Laboratory in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, the George A. Davidson Jr. MBA Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the George Davidson Graduate Fellowships in Chemical Engineering. He is a Golden Life Member of the Pitt Alumni Association and is a member of the Cathedral of Learning Society and the Brackenridge Circle.

In 2003, the American Gas Association presented Davidson with its Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor, for his contributions to the natural gas industry. Davidson's contributions have been recognized by the University, as well, for he is a Legacy Laureate, the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the School of Engineering, the recipient of the Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction, and the recipient of the 225th Anniversary Medallion.

Davidson and his wife, Ada, have been married for 52 years and have three children and six grandchildren.


La'Tasha D. Mayes

CBA Outstanding Alumni Award
BSBA '03
Founder and Executive Director
New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice

La'Tasha D. Mayes is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, human rights issues, and leadership development, particularly as it relates to women and girls of color. She is the founder and executive director of the community-based organization, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice (NVP).

Since 2004, NVP has improved the health and well-being of more than 10,000 women in greater Pittsburgh by creating opportunities for social change activism, civic engagement, and leadership development. This year, NVP will launch the Black Women's Health Agenda™ and Black Girls' Health Agenda™: five- to 10-year plans designed to address the physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, political, economic, environmental, and social health of Black women and girls.

Mayes's social activism extends to other causes. She is the national chair of SisterSong, an Atlanta-based organization that is the largest human rights advocacy organization for indigenous women and women of color in the United States. Mayes is a member of Women for a Healthy Environment Leadership Committee and a co-chair of the Social Action Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter. Additionally, she is a past president of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh and was a founding commissioner of the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission (2009-2012), formed to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) residents.

Mayes holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management in Reproductive Health and Justice Policy from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. She is a native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women.


Max H. Mitchell

Distinguished Alumnus Honoree
KGSB '89
President and CEO
Crane Company

Max H. Mitchell is the president and CEO of Crane Co., a global diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products headquartered in Stamford Connecticut, with more than 12,000 employees and $3 billion in revenue. He is also a member of the Pitt Business Board of Visitors.

At Crane, Mitchell has held positions of increasing responsibility: corporate vice president of operational excellence (March 2004), president of Crane's $1.2 billion fluid handling group (April 2005), executive vice president and chief operating officer companywide (May 2011), president and chief operating officer (April 2013), and president and CEO (January 2014).

Prior to Crane, Mitchell held a variety of managerial roles with leading manufacturers. He served as senior vice president of global operations for the Pentair, Inc.'s Tool Group from 2001 to 2004. The $1.1 billion division of Pentair was a manufacturer of consumer and professional power tools under the Porter Cable, Delta, and Devilbiss brands.

Prior to this experience, Mitchell held operating roles with the Danaher Corporation, including vice president of operations of Joslyn Hi-Voltage; manager of Danaher Business System; director of operations for Matco Tools, and vice president of operations and general manager of Veeder Root.

Mitchell earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Tulane University in 1985. After earning an MBA with a finance concentration from Katz, he joined the Ford Motor Company. He worked in the Controller's Office of Powertrain Operations and later became a financial analyst in Powertrain Operations New Product Programs before moving into manufacturing line management.

Mitchell and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, have four children: Max II, 22, attending Lynn University; Rachel, 21, attending Rice University; Katherine, 19, attending Boston University; and Nick, 16.


Kulpatra Sirodom

Distinguished Alumna Honoree
PhD-KGSB '87, PhD-A&S '87
Associate Professor in Finance, Thammasat University Business School
Board member, Thai President Foods, Thai Wacoal PCL, President Bakery PLC, The Siam Commercial Bank

For more than 25 years, Kulpatra Sirodom has served in leadership roles at Thammasat Business School in Thailand. From 2010-13, Sirodom was dean of the school's Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, and during her tenure undergraduate students won the CFA Institute's Research Challenge worldwide competition and the McGill Management International Case Competition, and master's degree students won awards in the Moot Corp Competitions and Global Social Ventures Competitions.

Since 2002, Sirodom has served as chairperson of curriculum in the Thammasat's International MBA Program in International Business. Previously she served as director of the International Business Center, director of the Business Research Center, and director of the BBA International program.

Sirodom, who has published extensive research about Thai equity markets, is an advisor to the option trading platform of the Stock Exchange of Thailand. She is a former director and committee member of the Agricultural Futures Exchange of Thailand and served as an advisor of committees dedicated to R&D and the creation of an exchange traded fund (ETF).

Sirodom serves on several corporate boards. She is an independent director on the boards of Thai President Foods (chairperson of audit committee), Thai Wacoal Public Company Limited (chairperson of audit committee and corporate governance committee), President Bakery PLC (audit committee), and The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (audit committee).

Sirodom also assists the Thailand government through current or past service on committees for social security, pension funds, government housing, public-private partnerships, state enterprise policies, performance agreements, and university affairs.

Before earning her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh, Sirodom earned an MBA with a finance concentration from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Thammasat University, graduating first in her class.

She is married to Dr. Rom Hiranpruk, a computer scientist, who shares her interests in social development projects. Together they serve in various foundations with a focus on education, industry and sustainability.


Texas Instruments

2014 Corporate Appreciation Award

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that sells products to more than 100,000 electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide.

With 2013 revenues of more than $12 billion, TI offers a broad array of integrated circuits central to almost all electronic equipment. During the past few years, TI underwent a strategic transformation to shift its primary focus to analog and embedded processors, known as the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. This market segment offers TI growth opportunities in a number of directions, including inside of the industrial and automotive markets.

TI has been a Fortune's "World's Most Admired Company" for 10 consecutive years and made the Thomson Reuter's "Top 100 Global Innovators" list for two consecutive years. TI has been named seven times to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for its leadership in corporate economic, environmental, and social performance. TI is the first semiconductor company to earn certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

As the owner of more than 40,000 patents, TI's landmark innovations over the years include the first commercial silicon transistors, the first integrated circuits, and the first electronic hand-held calculator. TI's innovative spirit was established more than 80 years ago, when Geophysical Service Inc. pioneered signal processing technology as a tool for locating underground oil reservoirs.

Today TI's semiconductors are used across a wide variety of industries including industrial, energy, medical, safety and security, and consumer product industries. TI's goal is to help its customers unlock the world as it could be—smarter, safer, greener, healthier, and more fun. Based in Dallas, Texas, TI has more than 32,000 employees and the industry's largest sales and support staff.