University of Pittsburgh

Winners of 51st Annual Business Alumni Association Awards

Recognized for their exceptional contributions to their professions, disciplines, communities, and Pitt Business, the 2015 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.

Ian Buggs John Heller Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Charlotte McLaughlin Tim Robison James P. Waite Pricewaterhouse

Ian Buggs

CBA Outstanding Alumnus Honoree
BSBA '03
Associate Manager, Financial Reporting & Analysis - Africa, Middle East
Pfizer, Inc.

- Award to be accepted by Michael F. Jennings BSBA '03 and MBA '10

Ian Buggs is an Associate Manager in Financial Reporting and Analysis for the Africa and Middle East region for Pfizer Inc., a $50 billion global pharmaceutical manufacturer. He coordinates budgets for the region, while driving finance process improvements through training and reporting. He completed Pfizer's Finance Rotational Program in which he worked in four distinct divisions: Global Biopharmaceutical, Diversified Business Finance, North America Specialty Care, and Corporate Treasury – Capital Markets. Prior to joining Pfizer, Mr. Buggs worked as both a Corporate Recruiter and Financial Analyst at Medrad, which is now known as Bayer Healthcare Radiology.

Mr. Buggs also holds a Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. His concentration was on the Global Political Economy, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Mr. Buggs earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Pitt, Mr. Buggs was a recipient of the Robert Lavelle Scholarship in the College of Business Administration. He was a member of the Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association, was a Student Executive Leadership Specialist, was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and helped to found the Society of International Business. He is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Business Alumni Association Board of Directors. He lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with his wife, Woo Buggs.


John Heller

Distinguished Alumnus Honoree
KGSB ‘90
Chief Executive Officer, PAE

John Heller is Chief Executive Officer of PAE, an industry-leading provider of enduring support to the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners, and international organizations. PAE's 15,000 employees provide services in facility infrastructure, aviation, logistics, training, range operations, and national security solutions in over 50 countries worldwide. Prior to joining PAE, Mr. Heller served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Engility Corporation. Before accepting his role at Engility, Mr. Heller was President of the Professional Support Services Division of L-3 Communications, a position he accepted to assist in Engility's transition to operating as an independent and publicly traded company. Before joining L-3, Mr. Heller held several leadership positions at Harris Corporation, including President of Harris IT Services and General Manager of the division's Department of Defense programs. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Multimax, Inc., and led its sale to Harris Corporation.

Mr. Heller is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Business Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. He has served as Chairman of the American Heart Association's 2014 Greater Washington Heart Walk.


Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba

International Distinguished Alumna Honoree
KGSB '90
Former Deputy Secretary General
Commonwealth Secretariat

Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba is former Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, a London-based independent association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states committed to promoting democracy and development all over the world. Ms. Masire-Mwamba was responsible for building relationships with heads of state and private sector clients, as well as for pushing for progress in human rights, legal issues, and youth development. As the highest-ranking woman in the organization, she empowered women to be agents of change.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Masire-Mwamba was Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority. In this role, she helped to attract foreign direct investment and to diversify the country's economy away from diamond mining. Ms. Masire-Mwamba also held a variety of managerial roles with the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation. She has served on the boards of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, the Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, and the Botswana Tourism Board, where she served as chair. Her father, Quett Masire, was the second president of Botswana and served with distinction from 1980 to 1998.

Ms. Masire-Mwamba received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Electronics from the University of London and a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of South Africa. She also completed the Advanced Management Programme of the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra. Ms. Masire-Mwamba is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London.


Charlotte McLaughlin

Distinguished Alumna Honoree
KGSB ‘81
President and Chief Executive Officer
PNC Capital Markets, LLC

Charlotte McLaughlin is President and Chief Executive Officer of PNC Capital Markets, LLC, which offers investment banking and advisory services in the areas of corporate finance, merger and acquisition, private placement, foreign exchange services, and trading, among others. She is responsible for all aspects of the business including product strategy, sales, risk management, and financial accountability.

Ms. McLaughlin has more than 30 years of banking and securities industry experience. Prior to her current position, she was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of PNC's Corporate Banking Business, where she was responsible for the derivatives trading and foreign exchange groups and for the sales and trading of this area. Before PNC, she was Manager of Global Rate Risk Management Products for Mellon Bank.

Ms. McLaughlin is a board member and chair of the finance committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is a board member of the National Futures Association, the American Bankers Association Securities Association, Inc., and the Penn State Schreyer Honors College. Ms. McLaughlin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.


Tim Robison

Distinguished Service Award
KGSB '75

Former Assistant Dean for MBA Programs, University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Mellon Financial Corporation

Tim Robison is a seasoned executive with nearly 40 years of experience in finance, risk management, and in turning around underperforming business operations. He began his career at Deloitte and spent 31 years at Mellon Financial Corporation in Pittsburgh. As Senior Vice President – Corporate Finance, Robison helped two CEOs drive significant business performance and share price improvement at Mellon throughout the 1990s. Subsequently, as Mellon's Chief Risk Officer, he led a significant improvement in the credit quality of the Commercial Lending Portfolio and led the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management throughout the company. Robison retired from Mellon in 2008 following the acquisition of Mellon by the Bank of New York.

Following his career at Mellon, Robison spent nearly five years at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Dean in the MBA program with responsibility for career services and admissions. Under his leadership, MBA job placement, starting salaries, student satisfaction with the program, and rankings all improved significantly. Robison retired from Katz in 2014.

Robison holds a BA in Economics from Washington & Jefferson College, an MBA from Katz, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


James P. Waite

H. J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Honoree
UPJ ‘85
Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

James P. Waite is the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations for the University of Pittsburgh’s business school. He has increased alumni engagement within a network of 32,000 people in 90 countries worldwide. Mr. Waite hosts an average of 60 alumni-related events each year, including multiple international engagement trips annually. He implemented the dean’s vision of creating extensive international alumni and development programs throughout the world. His alumni engagement travels have taken him to Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Waite was the Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement for the University of Toledo's University Libraries and College of Arts & Sciences areas. He has also held higher education management positions at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Wisconsin-Plattesville, and Rush University.

Mr. Waite earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He also received his Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Administration, with a concentration in College Union and Campus Activities from Western Illinois University, his MBA from Dominican University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Waite resides in Squirrel Hill with his wife Zauyah and their three children, Emma, Ian, and Spencer. He is active in his children’s sports teams and serves on the leadership council for his church.



2015 Corporate Appreciation Award

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is among the leading professional services networks in the world. PwC helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for, by delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. The PwC global network employs more than 195,000 people through offices in 749 cities in 155 countries. The US firm, the network's largest, employs more than 40,000 of those people and operates from offices based in 22 markets that span the United States.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was formed in 1998 from a merger between Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. PwC has a history in client services that dates to 19th century Great Britain, where the firms began. PwC in the US, concentrates on 16 key industries and provides targeted services that include — but are not limited to — human resources, deals, forensics, and consulting services. The firm also works with educational institutions, the federal government, non-profit organizations, and international relief agencies to address their business issues.

PwC's has received consistent recognition from a broad spectrum of external organizations for their efforts in training, recruitment, dedication to diversity and inclusion, women's advancement, work/life flexibility and corporate responsibility.

PwC is very proud and honored to accept the corporate appreciation award from the Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. PwC values the strong partnership with the University.