Notable Carnegie Mellon University Alumni


CEOs, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders are among our list of notable Carnegie Mellon University alumni.

Founded in 1949, Carnegie Mellon University’s top Tepper business school has built a network of more than 17,000 alumni, including from its MBA and master’s programs.

The school consistently places graduates in top MBA positions in consulting, finance, and technology. And graduates enter the workforce after being trained in Tepper’s analytical approach to decision-making, a scientific approach to solving complex problems pioneered by the school.

Tepper’s close-knit alumni community is maintained through the Tepper Alumni Network, what the school calls “the Tepper Advantage”.

Tepper also keeps its alumni network close through running regional alumni chapters, and there is an alumni webinar series that involves Tepper faculty keeping graduates up to date with the latest business trends.

Here are 10 notable Carnegie Mellon University alumni who graduated from the Tepper School of Business MBA and Masters programs:


1. David Tipper


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MBA Class of 1982

Founder and President of Appaloosa Management

Since obtaining his MBA, David Tepper has enjoyed remarkable success. He began his career at Keystone Mutual Funds (now part of Evergreen Funds) before joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, where he worked for eight years.

David is the Founder and Chairman of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami Beach, Florida. His success with the firm led him to rank third on Forbes’ list of highest-earning hedge fund managers in 2018.

Carnegie Mellon University’s business school was renamed the David A. Tepper School of Business in 2004, after David’s record donation of $55 million.

In addition to his day-to-day business activities, Davis also owns the National Football League (NFL) team, the Carolina Panthers, which he bought for $2.2 billion.


2. Costas Azariadis


MBA Class of 1969

The first director of the Center for Dynamic Economics (CEDEC)

Costas is a macroeconomist born in Athens, Greece. He has worked on many topics such as labor markets, business cycles, economic growth and development.

He is a professor who has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies, developing theories that have shaped science. contemporary economy.

He is also the first director of the Center for Dynamic Economics at Washington University in St. Louis.


3. Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu


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MBA Class of 2008

President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology

Bennet is a Nigerian American physician, medical examiner and neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings regarding degenerative brain diseases in American football players.

Since finding a causal link between Pittsburgh Steelers legend Mike Webster’s brain disease and his involvement in the NFL, Bennet has been determined to raise awareness about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the dangers of sports. high collision.

He is board certified in five medical specialties, including pathology, clinical pathology, forensics, neuropathology, and medical management. He is also a certified executive doctor.

However, a 2020 Washington Post article claims that some medical experts believe Bennet overestimates the link between CTE and brain injury in contact sports, and the state of scientific knowledge about CTE remains unclear.


4. Yoshiaki Fujimori


MBA Class of 1981

President and CEO of JS Group Corporation (now LIXIL Group Corporation)

Yoshiaki received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tokyo, before earning an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, where he has served on the board of directors since 2004.

Prior to joining LIXIL Group, a leading housing and building materials company operating globally, Yoshiaki worked for 25 years at General Electric (GE) where he held various positions. He was Chairman of GE Japan (2009-2011), Senior Vice President of GE Money (2005-2009), CEO of GE Asia (2003-2005), CEO of GE Plastics (2001-2003), Senior Vice President of GE Healthcare Asia (1997-2011), and was also a member of the Corporate Executive Council.

He is currently Senior Executive Advisor of CVC Japan, an enterprise venture capital fund, and Chairman of Oracle Japan. He is also a board member of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific and Shiseido.


5. Dina Dublon


Master of Commerce Class of 1979

Director, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dina is currently the director of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She has also held several important positions on the board of directors of some of America’s largest corporations since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.

She has served as a corporate director at Microsoft and Accenture, and currently sits on the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank. Arguably her most prominent role was at JP Morgan Chase, where she spent more than two decades serving as both executive vice president and chief financial officer.

She has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Women’s Refugee Commissions, of which she is co-chair.

Dina’s success brought her many accolades. She was named to Fortune’s list of America’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and received the New York International Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


6. Sulajja Firodia Motwani


MBA Class of 1992

Vice Chairman of Kinetic Engineering Limited and Founder and CEO of Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Limited

Sulajja graduated in commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, University of Pune in 1990, before earning her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Since then, she has dedicated her career to specializing in green mobility and electric automobiles, becoming Vice President of Kinetic Engineering Limited as well as Founder and CEO of Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Limited.

More recently, it formed a joint venture with Tonino Lamborghini to design and create electric and solar-powered golf carts and passenger vehicles, which will be manufactured in India.

She was named as the “face of the millennial” by India Today and was also ranked among the top 25 entrepreneurs in India, according to Fortune India.


7. Alejandro Villanueva


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MBA class 2019

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Alejandro Villanueva served in the US military for three years and was deployed to Afghanistan during his military service, before transitioning to civilian life in 2014.

He signed a professional football contract with the NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2014, before enrolling part-time in the Tepper School of Business MBA in 2016. Since graduating in 2019, he left the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined NFL Baltimore. Crows.


8. Nobuhiro Seki


MBA Class of 2002

Japanese businessman and serial tech entrepreneur

Nobuhiro earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and launched his post-MBA career as Executive Vice President and General Manager Asia-Pacific for Six Apart. His leadership helped the company become the leading blogging company in Japan within a few years.

Nobuhiro is a tech fanatic who has also acted as an advisor for NYDesigns, an incubator linked to the City University of New York (CUNY). He is currently Chief Investment Officer of Monozukuri Ventures, a company he co-founded that aims to provide startup founders with resources such as investment, mentorship, prototyping, manufacturing expertise, and community support.


9. Alan B. Thomas Jr.


MBA Class of 2000

Director of Operations at IntelliBridge

Prior to enrolling in the MBA at Carnegie Mellon University, Alan Thomas had begun a federal career, first as a Presidential Fellow in Management for the Department of the Army, then as a Security Management Analyst. defense acquisitions for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. Defense.

This trend continued after graduation. After his MBA, he was an advisor to government clients with Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as a program manager for the Department of Defense.

Today, he is the COO of IntelliBridge, a company that provides its customers with development, security and operations solutions based on data science and artificial intelligence. The company also provides intelligence, cloud and cyber solutions for “America’s most critical missions”.


10. Keith’s Law


MBA Class of 1999

Writer, Athletics

Keith graduated from Harvard University, where he majored in sociology and economics, before earning his MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He then decided to devote his career to writing about American baseball.

He started as a special assistant for the professional baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, before joining ESPN in 2006. After 14 years, he joined The Athletic in 2020. Keith is also an active member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.


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