Weatherhead alumni joined in an event filled weekend to celebrate Homecoming 2014 on October 15-17. The fantastic turnout, stimulating programs and the awarding of the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni awards made the weekend a huge success! Alumni and friends came back to reconnect with fellow classmates and Weatherhead faculty, to participate in discussions on healthcare and entrepreneurism and to recognize the achievements of Denny Sullivan MBA ’69 and Anand Swaminathan, BA ’97, MBA ’99.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the weekend a memorable occasion and to those who joined in the festivities. We look forward to working with classes ending in 0s and 5s to celebrate their upcoming Weatherhead anniversaries in 2015.
If you were unable to attend, the two presentations sponsored by Weatherhead were videotaped and are available below for viewing. They include Michael Goldberg’s MOOC, Beyond Silicon Valley, and the other was a lively healthcare panel discussion moderated by Professor J.B. Silvers.
Congratulations to the 2014 Weatherhead Alumni Award
Weatherhead recognized the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni during Homecoming weekend. Launched in 1993, the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumnus Awards recognize leading Weatherhead alumni.
Anand Swaminathan, BA ’97, MBA ’99
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who are transformational leaders, bringing credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement and as good global citizens.
Anand Swaminathan is the Managing Director of the Financial Services practices in the Western United States for Accenture, serving as the Global Client Relationship Director for large financial services clients. During his 18-year tenure at Accenture, Mr. Swaminathan has distinguished himself as a leader in mobile money, digital business models, cost transformation, retail banking and consumer lending. Through Y Combinator, he advises and invests in start-ups, having participated in more than 35 new companies. He also serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco. Mr. Swaminathan earned a BA in economics and an MBA in strategy, finance and operations from Case Western Reserve University. He is a guest lecturer in Weatherhead’s consultancy and marketing courses, volunteers in the Career Management Office, serves as a mentor to students, and participates in Massive Open Online Course panels.
Dennis Sullivan, MBA ’69
The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni to recognize longevity and consistency of service and dedication to the Weatherhead School of Management.
Dennis Sullivan served as executive vice president and president of Worldwide Industrial and Automotive Products for Parker Hannifin. During his tenure, the company’s sales grew from $50 million to $6.5 billion, with Mr. Sullivan being responsible for more than 80 percent of the company’s total sales volume. Mr. Sullivan received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 1960. He created a scholarship fund that is generously matched by Parker which has allowed the school to attract the top students by offering tremendous financial support. As an accomplished business and community leader, Mr. Sullivan provides an outstanding example of success and generosity for our faculty and students.