Mohamad Ali is Chief Executive Officer at IDG, the world’s leading technology media and research company.
Prior to this, Mohamad was CEO of Carbonite, a publicly traded data-protection and cybersecurity company where he grew revenues four-fold to over a half billion dollars in in four years. Before that, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett Packard where he played a pivotal role in the company’s turnaround and led the decision process to split HP into two companies. At IBM, Mohamad acquired and integrated various companies to create the firm’s eight billion dollar analytics software unit. At Avaya, he oversaw the two billion dollar services group, and served as the head of the company’s research labs.
Mohamad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.A. in History, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, each from Stanford University. He currently serves as lead director of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) and director of Henry Schein (NASDAQ: HSIC), and previously director of Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB) and City National Bank (NYSE: CYN). Mohamad also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He was named 2018 CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, member of 2018 Public Board of the Year by National Association of Corporate Directors New England, 2021, 2020 & 2018 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine, 2011 All-Star by Massachusetts High Tech magazine, 2008 40-Under-40 by Boston Business Journal, and was a finalist in America’s prestigious 1988 National Science Talent Search.
Sarah Dunn is the Global Human Resources Officer for Tapestry, a New York-based house of brands that unites the magic of Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Responsible for 16,500 associates in 23 countries, Ms. Dunn is focused on unlocking the power of Tapestry’s people to drive its strategic agenda through an engaged, inclusive culture and strong people and career development opportunities.
Prior to joining Tapestry (Coach Inc. at the time) in 2008, Ms. Dunn spent most of her career in financial information. At Thomson Financial from 2002-2008, she served as Chief Content Officer, and then as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development.
From 1986-2002, Ms. Dunn worked for Reuters, starting in London, and moving to New York in 1993. She held various positions, including CEO of Lipper Analytics and President of Corporate and Media Division, and she served on the Board of Factiva.
Ms. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Science in human sciences from University College, London, U.K., and a master’s degree in information science from City University, London. She serves on the Board of Directors of Renaissance Youth Center, in the Bronx, NY and lives in Chappaqua, NY with her photographer husband. They have two adult children and one adorable grandchild.
Sylvia Kerrigan has over a decade of experience in the board room as a
director and former executive for the industrial, transportation and energy
sectors. In addition to her leadership roles at various capital-intensive
enterprises, her board expertise includes environmental, social and
governance (ESG), regulatory, risk management, cybersecurity and
information privacy matters. She has been deeply involved in strategy and C-suite succession at four
companies, shareholder activism at three companies and recapitalization at two companies.
Ms. Kerrigan is the lead director for Team Industrial Services (NYSE: TISI), where she chairs the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee. She
also is a member of the Diversified Energy Company Board of Directors (FTSE: DEC) and its Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Previously, Ms. Kerrigan served on the board of Alta Mesa Resources (formerly NASDAQ: AMR), sitting on the Audit and Compensation Committees and chairing the board of its Kingfisher Midstream subsidiary, as well as Nine Point Energy (Private Equity backed), where she chaired the Audit & Finance Committee and sat on the Compensation Committee.
Ms. Kerrigan retired from her role as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) in 2017. While at Marathon, she sat on the Executive Committee and was responsible for state, federal and international public policy matters, legal and compliance functions, and external communications. She was central to the company’s corporate positioning, including a spin-off of the refining, transportation and retail assets in 2011, and a subsequent recasting of corporate culture and capital allocation. She worked closely with the board on major M&A, shareholder outreach, corporate disclosure and numerous other issues for eight years. Ms. Kerrigan’s prior experience includes an appointment to the United Nations Security Council’s Commission d’Indemnisation in Geneva, Switzerland, where she led an interdisciplinary team responsible for evaluating material losses sustained by international companies operating in the Middle East. In private practice, she worked with manufacturing, maritime, construction and engineering clients on complex international, commercial and insurance matters. Ms. Kerrigan clerked for the Texas Supreme Court during law school. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.
Ms. Kerrigan is the Executive Director for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas. She chairs the Academic Affairs Committee, sits on the Executive Committee and is the Vice Chair for Southwestern University’s Board of Trustees. In recognition of her contributions, the University of Texas presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and Southwestern University honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
A 1965 Harvard College graduate, Mr. O’Brien was captain of the football team and recipient of the Francis Hardon Burr Award (outstanding scholar/athlete). After one year traveling around the world on a Harvard Fellowship, he enrolled in the Harvard Business School graduating with an MBA in 1968.
He joined Fidelity Investments as a Security Analyst and rose to become Group Managing Director of FMR Corp., the number two position at Fidelity.
As Fidelity grew from a small mutual fund company into one of the country’s largest financial service organizations, Mr. O’Brien rapidly changed responsibility to help manage that growth and diversification. During his 21-year career, revenues grew from $27 Million to $850 Million. He became head of the fixed income investment department when Fidelity rapidly expanded into money market and municipal bond products. He then became President of Fidelity Distributors Corporation and was responsible for marketing and sales of all of Fidelity’s products when Fidelity reorganized into a no-load organization that marketed its products directly to the public. During that period, Fidelity also significantly expanded its institutional and defined contribution services. In 1983, he became President of Fidelity Management and Research and was responsible for all investment personnel. After another reorganization, he was named Chairman of the rapidly growing Fidelity Brokerage Company.
Mr. O’Brien left Fidelity in 1989 to join State Mutual Life Assurance Company. He first served as President & CEO of State Mutual Life Assurance Company. In 1995, under his leadership, State Mutual reorganized as Allmerica Financial Corporation and became the first insurance company in Massachusetts to demutualize and become a public company. Allmerica Financial Corporation is now known as the Hanover Insurance Group. Mr. O’Brien was also Chairman of the Hanover Insurance and Citizens Insurance companies (two subsidiaries of Allmerica also listed on the New York Stock Exchange). Allmerica grew to become one of the 15 largest sellers of variable annuities and one of the top 30 property and casualty companies in the United States.
After leaving Allmerica in 2002, Mr. O’Brien expanded his responsibilities as a public company director. He currently serves as a director of The TJX Companies, Inc., an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions. He also was a member of the Cabot Corporation board from 1990-2020; the LKQ board from 2003-2021; the ABIOMED board from 1990-2006, and a director of a family of BlackRock mutual funds from 2004-2018.
Mr. O’Brien has assumed major board leadership responsibilities serving as Non-Executive Chairman of Cabot Corporation for ten years and the Lead Director of The TJX Companies for eighteen years; and at different times during his service on Boards, he served as Chairman of the Audit, Governance and Compensation committees.
He has also been active in the non-profit sector serving as Corporation Chairman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2009-2015), President, Harvard Alumni Association (1992-1993); Vice Chairman, Boston Lyric Opera (2002-2007); Trustee, Worcester Art Museum; and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
He was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award in 1998 and in 2010 was named NACD Corporate Governance Director of the Year.
Krishna Palepu joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in 1983. He is the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, and Senior Advisor to the President of Harvard University. Professor Palepu was a Senior Associate Dean at the Harvard Business School for several years, overseeing the school’s research, and its global initiative. Professor Palepu’s current research and teaching activities focus on strategy and governance. Professor Palepu has published numerous academic and practitioner-oriented articles and case studies on these issues.
In the area of strategy, his recent focus has been on the globalization of emerging markets, particularly India and China, and the resulting opportunities and challenges for western investors and multinationals, and for local companies with global aspirations. He is a coauthor of the book on this topic, Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution. Professor Palepu Chairs the HBS executive education programs, “Global CEO Program for China” (3 weeks), “Leading Global Businesses” (1 week), and “Senior Executive Leadership Program—India” (7 weeks).
In the area of corporate governance, Professor Palepu’s work focuses on board engagement with strategy. Professor Palepu teaches in several HBS executive education programs aimed at members of corporate boards: “Making Corporate Boards More Effective,” “Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance,” and “Compensation Committees: New Challenges, New Solutions.”
In his prior work, Professor Palepu worked on mergers and acquisitions and corporate disclosure. Based on this work, he coauthored the book, Business Analysis and Valuation Using Financial Statements: Text and Cases, which won the American Accounting Association’s Wildman Award for its impact on management practice, as well as the Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award for its impact on academic research. This book, translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish, is widely used in leading MBA programs all over the world. It is accompanied by a business analysis and valuation software model published by the Harvard Business School Publishing Company.
Professor Palepu has served on a number of public company and non-profit Boards. He has also been on the Editorial Boards of leading academic journals, and has served as a consultant to a wide variety of businesses. Krishna Palepu is a researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a fellow of the International Academy of Management.
Professor Palepu has a masters degree in physics from Andhra University, a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, a doctorate in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an honorary doctorate from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.
Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is on the board of FLEX Inc., a global manufacturing and supply chain services provider, as well as VEO Robotics. Prior to his time at HBS, he spent 28 years in industry, with manufacturing and distribution operations around the world, as well as global sales and marketing operations. He has written extensively about supply chains, and his Summer 2020 paper in the MIT Sloan Management Review, “Is it time to Rethink Global Supply Chains” was the most popular article of the year. He also authored the Wall Street Journal’s 2021 year-end supply chains review.
Cyrus Taraporevala is the president and chief executive officer of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. State Street Global Advisors provides disciplined investment solutions spanning both indexing and active strategies to many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated investors. Cyrus is also a member of State Street Corporation’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy- and policy-making team.
Prior to this role, Cyrus was the head of the Global Institutional Group at State Street Global Advisors, where he was responsible for leading the global client-facing, product and marketing teams delivering State Street Global Advisors’ capabilities to institutional investors around the world.
Cyrus has more than 30 years of experience in asset management. Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2016, he led Fidelity Investments’ Retail Managed Accounts and Life Insurance and Annuities businesses. He joined Fidelity from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where he was the head of North American Distribution. Previously, he helped to oversee Legg Mason’s institutional business, directed business strategy for Citigroup Global
Investment Management and was a partner in the Financial Institutions practice of McKinsey & Company, based in New York and Copenhagen during his 14 years at the management consulting firm.
Cyrus received his bachelor’s degree from Sydenham College, University of Bombay and Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In 2019, he joined the New York Stock Exchange Board Advisory Council as a founding member. The council proactively addresses the critical need for inclusive leadership by connecting diverse candidates with companies seeking new directors. He also serves as an ex-officio board member of The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts-based non-profit conservation organization.
Greg Woods is an executive vice president and general counsel at LPL Financial, a retail financial services firm and the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer. Mr. Woods manages the corporate legal group at LPL, which provides advice on a range of corporate, securities, employment and commercial matters. He also serves as LPL’s corporate secretary and counsels on the operation of the board of directors and its committees. The 40-person team led by Mr. Woods advises on legal and regulatory requirements related to LPL’s: brokerage and advisory platforms and products; business development initiatives; strategic and capital markets transactions; internal and external communications, including SEC reporting; employment- and compensation-related practices, policies and plans; procurement and commercial transactions; and privacy program. The team also manages employment-related claims and supports the firm’s intellectual property and real estate matters.
Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital (formerly the Floating Hospital for Children) in late 2011. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 226-year history. The hospital employs more 6,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers. Ellen holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine including: Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine. Additionally, Ellen holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ellen is currently the Distinguished Global Leader in Residence at High Point University in North Carolina and for the period of 2011 to 2013, Ellen was a Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Healthcare Administration at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.
From 1994 to 2004, Ellen held the position of Network President for Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare System, Inc) in Boston. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of a provider network featuring the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. The network encompassed 5600 physicians and represented $800+ million of managed care revenue. Today, this entity represents one of the largest physician networks in America. Prior to that, Ellen was the Chief Executive Officer at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts. In this capacity, Ellen was an employee of HCA and then Quorum Health Resources.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC (1973) and has a Master of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (1975). She holds the following honorary degrees: Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.
Ellen is currently a Director of Azenta Life Sciences (NASDAQ: AZTA) (formerly Brooks Automation), Director of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX), a Director of Haemonetics Corporation and Chair of the Board (NYSE: HAE) and a Director of Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF). She is a member of the Advisory Board for National Grid New England (NYSE: NGG). She is a Director of AgNovos Healthcare, LLC in New York, NY, a Director of Savista (formerly nThrive) in Alpharetta, GA, the Lead Director of the Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston, a Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter and Chair of the Board of George Washington University – Medical Faculty Associates Board, Washington, DC. Ellen is also a Trustee of Hebrew Senior Life in Metro Boston and a member of the Board of Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (Appointed by Governor Charles Baker).
Ellen is a former Director of Parexel International (NASDAQ: PRXL), a former Director of Press Ganey (NYSE: PGND), a former Director of Lincare Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNCR), a former Director of Variagenics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VGNX), a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech public company focused on pharmacogenomics, a former Senior Healthcare Advisor for Vestar Capital and the former Chair of the Board of Minuteman Health (a health plan focused on individual and small group insurance in Massachusetts and New Hampshire). She is the founding Chair of the Board of Tufts Medicine (Parent Board of Tufts Medical Center as well as a system of community hospitals and physician organizations), the former Vice Chair of the Board of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital, a former member of the Board of Overseers at the Tufts University School of Medicine, the former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at George Washington University, a former Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, an Emeritus Trustee of Northeastern University, and also a former Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. From 1996 to 2001, Ellen was a member of the Board of Governors at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (national hospital) at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.