What’s the most effective way to manage an investment fund to help people retire? What are the fundamental differences in investment options for pension funds and private funds? These lead questions open up the dialogue in a new Pension Fundamentals Educational Program designed by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management in partnership with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), launched in September 2013.
By most measurable accounts, the modern corporation is a wild success, with products and services that touch every moment of our lives and companies with so much wealth that some are valued at more than the GDP of industrialized nations.
WalMart, for example, posted $444 billion in net sales last year, slightly more than the GDP of Norway. Apple has a value greater than the GDP of Poland, and selling the company at its market value of about $490 billion would more than pay off Greece’s crisis-causing debt.
Anne Simpson is the senior portfolio manager and director of corporate governance in the investment office at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. CalPERS is the largest public pension system in the United States with about $224 billion under management.The corporate governance program includes CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS actively managed corporate governance investment strategy.She is leading CalPERS work to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund.
For more than four decades, UC Davis and Mars have partnered on innovative research in food, agriculture, and health. A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been Chief Science Officer since 2005. He leads the strategic development, alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary internal and scientific research programs.
In its 14th year, the UC Davis Wine Executive Program is uniquely designed to teach the fundamentals of winemaking and management skills necessary to be profitable in today’s challenging and dynamic wine industry. Sessions are tailored to help industry leaders grow their businesses by expanding on such topics as building one’s financial acumen and expanding a company’s current marketing and branding strategies.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
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.