Sally Petersen, MBA 83, was named CFO of the Year for the nonprofit sector by the Silicon Valley Business Journal at the end of 2013 for her role leading the financial, legal, and compliance departments of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Petersen has helped shepherd the food bank through mushrooming growth—revenue up 106 percent and net assets up 124 percent since her arrival as CFO in 2007. One of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest provides food to more than 250,000 people a month through more than 770 sites, in partnership with more than 330 agencies. Petersen’s accomplishments also have included initiating an inventory control system based on top food industry practices, acquiring a building donated by Cypress Semiconductor, and establishing a first- ever endowment after a large bequest.
Nicolas Franchet, MBA 01, was named among the top 50 French influencers of 2013 by the French edition of Vanity Fair. Franchet, Facebook’s global head of retail and e-commerce strategy, ranked #19 on the list in Vanity Fair’s January issue—four spots ahead of French President François Hollande. Franchet’s role is to help traditional retailers (such as Walmart) and pure-play ecommerce companies (such as Amazon) leverage Facebook to grow their businesses. Franchet has lived in the United States for 15 years and joined Facebook in 2012 after holding executive positions at eBay for eight years, including head of global marketplaces strategy, head of U.S. vehicles, and head of U.S. fashion.
Polish journalist and former business executive Andrzej Lubowski, MBA 86, has written an unconventional biography of Zbigniew Brzezinski, a key actor in the last half-century of American foreign policy who served as the U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and remains a popular current events commentator today. Titled Zbig: The Man Who Cracked the Kremlin, Lubowski’s first book published in the U.S. (after publishing several in Poland) focuses on Brzezinski’s contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union—his lifelong mission. Zbig also compares Brzezinski, a Polish American political scientist, with his Harvard rival, Henry Kissinger, and addresses previously unexplored issues behind Brzezinski’s high-profile but controversial image, including relations with some pro-Israel groups.
A new book by Putri Pascualy, MBA 06, managing director and senior credit strategist for Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co., reveals how investors can generate attractive returns in an increasingly volatile credit market. Investing in Credit Hedge Funds: An In-Depth Guide to Building Your Portfolio and Profiting from the Credit Market (McGraw-Hill) explores how investors can use the hedge-fund structure to profit from such credit-focused investments as high-yield bonds, bank loans, and sovereign debt. Pascualy maintains that hedge funds have evolved from a cottage industry for institutional investors and the ultra-wealthy to a mainstream investment strategy. The book provides in-depth research on the most common structuring vehicles, the legal rights and responsibilities of all parties, and the pros and cons of separately managed accounts.