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WINTER 2005

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Haas in New York City and Boston: Haas Alumni Make Their Mark

Margo Alexander, BS 68
Retired Chairman
UBS Global Asset Management
New York

Margo Alexander attributes her success to hard work, an exceptional education, carefully-honed credentials, and a dash of good luck. Over the course of her career she climbed from stock analyst to one of the most senior women on Wall Street as chairman of Paine Webber's Asset Management Company, subsequently UBS Global Asset Management.

At Berkeley in the mid-1960s, Alexander pursued a business degree against the backdrop of turbulent campus protests. She then went on to earn an MBA from Harvard in 1970 and, after graduation, she landed at a firm that would become Paine Webber (and eventually UBS).

For the next 29 years, Alexander stuck with the company, building impressive credentials and a resume punctuated by a long list of "firsts." Although a few women were securities analysts in the early 70s, she was the first woman to head a top-ranked research department; the first woman to oversee a major trading floor, and one of the first women to head a large asset management business.

Alexander's management syle relies on encouragement and support -- support of bosses, subordinates, and the home team. "Getting along with people and forming personal relationships has been the bedrock of my career," Alexander says. "Being a team player was absolutely crucial."

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Margo Alexander, BS 68

Margo Alexander, BS 68
Retired Chairman
UBS Global Asset Management
New York

 
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