Since our charter class graduated more than 25 years ago, alumni from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management have been making their presence known around the world.
Our graduates are CEOs, vice presidents, chief financial officers, chief operating officers and entrepreneurs. Around the globe, they have taken prominent roles as international business leaders in a wide range of industries and organizations.
Graduate School of Management alumni are actively involved in their communities, and they make time for mentoring, advising and assisting current students and networking with fellow graduates.
Equally at home with scientists, executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, alumna Christine Gulbranson ‘96 is an innovator to watch. At 34, she has an academic, professional and leadership record few her age can match.
Not only does the Graduate School of Management teach innovation, it truly lives it. It’s a model for many business schools to follow.”
A lifelong ski enthusiast, Mike Livak spent six years as a ski instructor before entering the UC Davis MBA program. Upon graduation in 1998, he explored other options, but quickly returned to the industry he loves. Today Livak is a senior vice president at the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, a fascinating and diverse job that keeps him busy—most recently assisting in Squaw’s merger with neighboring Alpine Meadows. The deal combined two of Tahoe’s oldest resorts to create North America’s largest mountain resort.
As senior director of business development for Sling Media, Michael Fisher thrives on the cutting edge of the dynamic content consumption industry. Founded in 2004, Sling Media, Inc. specializes in audio and video placeshifting technology. Its innovative, Emmy award–winning products allowing consumers to watch their home TV from virtually anywhere across the globe.
“I feel extremely lucky to be at this intersection of amazing technology and compelling user experiences,” says Fisher.
Noemi Danao’s passport reflects her frequent travel from her current hometown of Quito, Ecuador, to countries throughout Latin America and Europe. At the head of business development for the Dutch social enterprise SNV, Danao uses her business acumen to help private sector firms, government institutions, NGOs and community-based organizations link low-income producers and consumers to formal markets.
UC Davis MBAs Wayne Leighty ‘10 and Alex Morris ‘07 teamed up this past summer at the Advanced Technology group at Southern California Edison (SCE), the electric utility that serves most of Southern California. Morris is a project manager in strategy and planning; Leighty was working as a summer intern prior to returning to UC Davis to complete a Ph.D. in transportation technology and policy.
A graduate of the Daytime class of 2003, Jill Abrams is a marketing program manager at Agilent Technologies in Santa Clara, Calif.
In addition to her job responsibilities, Jill has devoted much time working for the GSM community. She has been one of Agilent’s campus managers for the School for the last eight years. She represented Agilent at nine GSM career fairs and has hosted two “Shadow Days” for GSM students, along with spearheading the effort to arrange for Agilent sponsorship as a premier sponsor at the 2010 ASM golf tournament.
A few months after she received her MBA in 2001, Hanna Katrin Fridriksson returned to Iceland to embark on a career that has proven as rewarding as it is challenging and diverse. Today, after stints in higher education, the shipping industry and government, she is helping healthcare company Icepharma thrive in a radically new economic reality.
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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.