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Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence Program

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Each year the UC Davis Graduate School of Management invites a prominent executive to teach a quarter-long MBA course that reflects their management expertise. The Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence Program gives students and faculty a unique opportunity to work closely with a top business leader. 

Image of Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence ProgramIn addition to class lectures, the Executive-in-Residence invites other high-level executives to guest lecture in his or her class, meets with students and the GSM community informally.

Robert Fox, who led Foster Farms, Revlon International and Del Monte and other major public and private corporations over four decades, endowed the program with a $350,000 gift in April 2007. Fox, who is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, himself served as Executive-in-Residence at the School in 2001. Fox’s generous gift will help the Graduate School of Management continue to bring the know-how of other leading executives to the classroom.

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Executive-in-Residence Carlo Pugnetti

Image of Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence Program Carlo Pugnetti is an experienced international executive who has served in a variety of roles in several countries during his 14-year tenure with Allianz, the German market leader in insurance. At Allianz, he has been involved in leading turnaround cases, founding new companies, business development, strategy and general management. As vice president of group development, he led a global initiative to understand the evolution of financial markets, customers and distribution over the following 10 years, and identify and prioritize key growth opportunities and strategic issues for the Allianz Group.

Currently on leave from Allianz, he most recently served as the CEO of Allianz Global Assistance in Switzerland, a provider of travel insurance and services, where he grew revenues by more than a third during his four year tenure.

Before joining Allianz, Pugnetti worked in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman and in the automotive sector with Siemens. He is also a global speaker and has served on industry boards. He was keynote speaker at the 2014 CEO Talk in Switzerland, chaired the Claims Technology Committee of the American Insurance Association, and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Medi24 AG in Berne.

A citizen of Italy, Pugnetti is fluent in Italian, English and German, and lives in Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a focus on risk analysis and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University.

As Executive-in-Residence, he will be teaching an MBA course on Understanding and Managing Risk.

Browse Past Executives-in-Residence:

Executives in Residence


Stephen G. Newberry
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2014

Stephen G. Newberry has been chairman of the board of directors for Lam Research since November 2012. He joined the Company in August 1997 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer in July 1998. In June 2005, he was named president and chief executive officer, and in December 2010, he was named vice chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. In addition to serving as a director of Lam Research, Mr.


Jim Olson
Lecturer, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Summer 2015

M.S., MBA, Santa Clara University.
B.S., University of California, Davis

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.


Kevin M. Bacon
2012 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

In today’s face-paced, highly scrutinized and transparent business world, the biggest challenge facing leaders is adroitly balancing the needs of the organization and its success with the social and ethical obligations owed to different and often conflicting stakeholders.


Robert Smelick
2011 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, 2014 Visiting Faculty

Managing Partner and CEOHeadland Ventures, San Francisco, Calif.

Adjunct faculty at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Visiting lecturer at University of Washington; Harvard University; Georgetown University; the University of San Francisco; Duke University; and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Served on the boards of several private and public companies, including Kaiser Steel, Willamette Industries, King Broadcasting and The Wine Group (one of the world’s largest wine companies)


Jack M. Gill
2010 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Jack Gill, a founder and managing partner (retired) of Vanguard Ventures in Palo Alto, has joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as in the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence for the spring 2010 quarter.

Jack has more than four decades of experience working in Silicon Valley and Boston as a company founder and venture capitalist. He also has 10 years of experience teaching entrepreneurship courses in science, engineering and medicine at Harvard Medical School, MIT and Rice University.


Joe Dobrow
Joe Dobrow Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2009

Joe Dobrow, a senior marketing executive and consultant who has enjoyed a diverse career in consumer retail and nonprofits, served as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for the spring quarter 2009.

While at UC Davis, Dobrow taught an MBA course on real-world decision making in practice that will offer a unique window into the world of executive thinking.


L. Wilton Agatstein, Jr.
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2008

L. Wilton Agatstein, Jr., a senior executive with Intel Corporation who retired at the end of last year, has been named the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for this spring.

With nearly three decades of global experience in the competitive high-tech arena, Agatstein will tap his deep understanding and expertise in emerging markets to teach a quarter-long MBA course focused on innovation for the developing world.


Russell Read
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2007

Russell Read, chief investment officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest public pension fund, has joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for the spring quarter.


Sotiris Kolokotronis
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2006

Sotiris K. Kolokotronis is the founder and owner of SKK Developments, a Sacramento-based real estate firm that specializes in mixed-use, multi-family and land development projects.

As Executive-in-Residence in spring 2006, Kolokotronis taught a quarter-long MBA course on real estate development, drawing on two decades of experience on projects involving more than 1,500 single-family homes, 1,200 apartment units and 250,000 square feet of commercial buildings in Northern California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon.


Lee A. McIntire
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2005, Commencement 2008 Keynote Speaker

Lee A. McIntire is the president and chief operating officer for CH2M HILL, a global leader in engineering, construction, operations and related technical services for public and private clients. With $6 billion in revenue and 24,000 employees worldwide, the firm delivers innovative, practical, sustainable solutions—helping clients develop and manage infrastructure and facilities that improve efficiency, safety, and quality of life.


Linda Oubre
Linda Oubre Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2003

In her two decades of business experience, Linda Oubre has been involved in more than 30 new ventures. Most recently, as co-founder, director, and president-COO of BriteSmile, Inc. From 1998-2002, Oubre was responsible for the planning, launch and management of the company’s one-hour teeth whitening spas and affiliated dental offices. During her four-year tenure, BriteSmile’s annual sales grew to more than $50 million.


Charles Steinberg
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2002

Charles A. Steinberg was president of the Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics Inc. from 1988 to 1999. His responsibilities included marketing and development of products and systems for the broadcast and business/industrial markets in the United States.

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