Donner Is Served!

Lubin makes sure you connect with the C-Suite before you even graduate. On October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO, and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., talks big data during a visit to the Westchester Campus as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence (EIR) program.


For the last 25 years, Lubin’s Executive in Residence program has made it possible for chairs, C-suite executives, presidents, and other top professionals to come to Pace to interact with Lubin students and faculty.

On Thursday, October 31, Fred R. Donner, BBA ’84, Senior Vice President, CFO, and COO for the Business Insurance segment of Travelers Companies, Inc., will give a lecture on Big Data: Driving Innovation at Travelers at 12:15 p.m. in the Gottesman Room on the Westchester Campus as part of the fall 2013 EIR.

Donner joined Travelers in November 2009 as Chief Financial Officer for Personal Insurance, and joined the Business Insurance segment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2010. In June 2013, he assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer for the Business Insurance segment.

This fall’s EIR began his career in the New York City office of KPMG. During his 23 years at the firm, Donner rose through the ranks to become the National Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Insurance Practice, overseeing the delivery of audit, advisory, and tax services to all facets of the insurance industry. In this capacity, he worked with several of the firm’s largest clients from the insurance industry, including Travelers.

A Certified Public Accountant, Donner holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York City. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lubin School of Business.

For more information about this fall’s Executive in Residence and to RSVP to attend, click here.

Pepsi, Please.

What do Beyoncé, Drew Brees, Bob Dole, and Back to the Future have in common? Aside from some B’s, all have partnered with PepsiCo at some point in time. On April 2, PepsiCo gets down to the Lubin School of Business with SVP and General Manager Mario Mercurio in PLV.

On Tuesday, April 2, join the Lubin School as they welcome 30-year PepsiCo veteran Mario Mercurio to the Gottesman Room on the PLV Campus from 10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. as part of the Executive in Residence program, which brings CEOs, presidents, chairs, and other top executives to visit the campus for a day and interact with students and faculty.

His lecture on “The Pepsi Cola Strategy: Performance With Purpose” will feature promotional spots from the Super Bowl, and showcase Pepsi’s partnerships with Beyoncé, One Direction, Drew Brees, and others.

Mercurio is senior vice president and general manager of the Franchise Business Unit (FBU) of Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages (PCNAB), PepsiCo’s refreshment beverage division in the United States and Canada. Based in Somers, New York, he has direct accountability for delivering brand and marketplace goals and driving mutually profitable growth with the company’s diverse network of independent bottlers.

Founded in North Carolina in 1965, PepsiCo has evolved into a multinational food and beverage corporation, overseeing such brands as Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, and many others in addition to its namesake product, Pepsi Cola. As of 2012, PepsiCo products have been distributed across more than 200 countries, resulting in annual net revenues of $43.3 billion, which makes PepsiCo the second largest food and beverage business in the world.

For more information about this spring’s Executive in Residence and to RSVP, click here.

Accountant to the Stars

Join Lubin’s Executive in Residence Richard Feldstein as he discusses accounting and celebrity and what it’s like to have entertainment industry clients.

On Monday, October 8 join the Lubin School as they host this fall’s NYC Campus Executive in Residence Richard Feldstein, CFA/PFS, partner at Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP.

Feldstein is a prime example of what happens when art and industry intersect. His clients—many of whom include screen writers, actors, musicians, composers, publishers, directors, and producers—are deeply connected to the entertainment industry.

“Mr. Feldstein was selected as an Executive in Residence,” says Tamara Kelly, associate director of Communications for Lubin, “to dispel the notion or idea that accounting is a ‘boring’ profession.”

During his lecture, Feldstein will discuss the importance of client relations in any business discipline, his experiences with clients relative to present issues, and the broad opportunities that exist in the accounting profession.

For more information about this fall’s Executive in Residence and to RSVP to attend click here.

C-Sweet!

You might work at a company for years and never meet the CEO; as a Lubin student, these executives are brought right into your classroom. This week, Lubin welcomes two Executives in Residence on both the NYC and PLV campuses.

Each year, chairs, CEOs, presidents, and other top executives visit Pace for a day and interact with students and faculty as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence Program.

On Tuesday, April 10, Marsha Gordon, DPS ’06, President/CEO of Business Council of Westchester will discuss “Perspectives on Westchester’s Future: Strategies in Economic Development” from 10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Kessel Campus Center on the PLV Campus.  

As leader of the county’s largest and fastest-growing business organization, Marsha Gordon brings more than 25 years of community, commerce, and leadership experience to the Business Council. Since taking the helm in 2001, she and her team have increased the organization’s membership from 500 to close to 1,000, many of whom credit Gordon’s skill at forging intra-membership relationships for helping their
businesses grow. A sought-after speaker, panelist, and media expert, Gordon is
widely considered the authority on economic development and business climate in
Westchester. In 2010, she founded the Westchester Coalition for Business Development to focus on retention and attraction of jobs in the county.

Recognized as a regional and statewide business leader, Marsha was asked in 2011 by Governor Cuomo to serve on his Mid-Hudson Regional Council–an initiative that brought $38 million dollars home to Westchester.  

For more information and to RSVP to see Marsha Gordon, click here.

On Thursday, April 12, Bart Flaherty, CEO of GroupM Business Science, will talk
“Marketing in the Age of Big Data” at two lectures on the NYC Campus. The afternoon lecture will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, with a reception for students and faculty from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For those 9-5ers, there will also be an evening lecture from 5:35 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Bart Flaherty is CEO of GroupM Business Science, the strategic unit of the company charged with developing a clear understanding of clients’ businesses, defining their
marketing challenges, and creating a go-to-market strategy. His expertise lies in helping business partners and clients understand how best to deploy their marketing, media, and retail trade budgets to optimize sales and profit. Prior to joining GroupM in 2007, Flaherty spent 10 years at PepsiCo, first working on the Tropicana business, then as head of the company’s Analytic Best Practice Area, and finally running Pepsi’s Strategy and Analytics Group, where twice in five years he was awarded the prestigious PepsiCo Chairman’s Award, which honors and rewards individuals who have distinguished themselves as truly extraordinary and serve as an inspiration to others.

For more information and to RSVP to see Bart Flaherty, click here.

Summa Time in Pleasantville

No, we’re not talking about the weather. General Manager of ibm.com and Pace alumna Paula Summa BBA ’78 MBA ’84 is heading to the PLV Campus to talk about Pathways to a Smarter Planet.

Each year, chairs, CEOs, presidents, and other top executives visit Pace for a day and interact with students and faculty as part of Lubin’s Executive in Residence Program.

On November 29, ibm.com General Manager Paula Summa will do exactly that, focusing on “Pathways to a Smarter Planet” on the PLV Campus.

Summa, who graduated Pace summa cum laude and was valedictorian of her graduating class, currently leads a 5,000 person worldwide team responsible for driving approximately 11 percent of IBM’s total revenue.

You might work at a company for years and never meet the CEO; as a Lubin student, these executives are brought right into your classroom. This particular lecture is open to all Pace students, so take advantage and RSVP today.