Eleven business, civic leaders join Board of Trustees
Eleven distinguished business and civic leaders have been elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees. They are:
Nicholas D. Chabraja, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics Corp., Falls Church, Va. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a JD from North-western.
Richard H. Dean, president and general manager of Teton Eisbar Products, Milwaukee. Dean graduated from North-western with a degree in business and has an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Herbert W. Gullquist is president and director of Lazard Asset Management, LLC, the New York-based arm of Lazard Fréres & Company, LLC, the world’s largest privately held investment bank. He holds a BA degree from Northwestern.
David G. Kabiller, principal of AQR Capital Management, New York City. He holds a BA in economics with honors and an MBA from Northwestern.
Ellen Philips Katz of New York City, a member of the boards and executive committees of The Mount Sinai Hospital, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Lincoln Center Theater. She received her undergraduate degree in art history from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1970.
William S. Kirsch, partner at the Kirkland and Ellis Law firm in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern and his JD degree from Stanford University.
Blair Collins Maus of San Francisco, a board member of the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation which supports the arts and humanities, civic affairs, education, environment, hospitals, health and medical programs, and social services. She received her BA degree from Bates College and her MBA from Northwestern.
W. James McNerney, chairman and chief executive officer of 3M Co., St. Paul, Minn. He holds a BA degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Dr. Andrew E. Senyei, La Jolla, Calif., joined Enterprise Partners in 1988 and has been the lead managing member for most of Enterprise Partners medical technology companies. Senyei earned his MD from Northwestern and completed residency training at the University of California Irvine’s Medical Center.
Wayne D. Watson, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, a network of seven community colleges and vocational schools. Watson received his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from North-western.
Ava Harth Youngblood, president and CEO of Youngblood Executive Search of Chicago. She holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Chabraja joined General Dynamics in 1993 as senior vice president and general counsel. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1994, named vice chairman in 1996, and was elected to his current title in 1997. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 57,000 people worldwide and had 2002 revenues of $13.8 billion. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Chabraja spent 27 years with Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm.
Dean is active in civic and community efforts involving family services and youth education programs. He is a member of the Friends of Milwaukee Public Museum, Inc. Dean was elected to the Northwestern Board of Trustees in 1997 and served four years as an Alumni Trustee. He is active in the Northwestern Alumni Associ-ation, serving as president-elect of the NAA Board, and is a member of the NU Club of Milwaukee.
Gullquist, who has 39 years of investment experience, joined Lazard in 1982. He is responsible for monitoring all investment activity to ensure adherence to Lazard’s investment philosophy and guidelines. Prior to joining Lazard, the world’s largest privately held investment bank, he was partner and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer & Co.
Kabiller is principal and a co-founder of AQR Capital Management. He previously worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. At Goldman he was vice president in the Pension Services Group where he established and maintained relationships with the chief investment officers of many of the largest pension and endowment funds in North America and assisted them in developing and implementing global investment and capital market strategies. While at Northwestern, Kabiller was voted to the All-Academic Big Ten tennis team.
Katz serves on the executive committee of the President’s Council of Rockefeller University and is a board member of New York University Child Study Center. She spends most of the winter in Carefree, Arizona where she is on the board of the Phoenix Art Museum and past president of the Boulders Women’s Golf Association.
Kirsch concentrates his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions, including, private equity fund structures, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, recapitalizations, leveraged transactions, debt and equity financings and restructurings, international mergers, acquisitions and financings, workouts, corporate control transactions, executive compensation plans, venture capital investments (start-up and later-stage), and bank regulatory matters.
Maus previously worked as a strategy and development consultant for the Interfaith Youth Core. She is currently working with the United Religions Initiative. She has served as president of the Alumni Association and board member of Millbrook School in New York.
McNerney was president and chief executive officer of GE Aircraft Engines, a world-leading supplier of jet engines prior to joining 3M. His18-year GE career includes the top position at GE Lighting; president of GE Asia-Pacific; president and chief executive officer of GE Electrical Distribution and Control; Executive vice president of GE Capital; and president of GE Information Services, a supplier of network computer services.
Senyei has been the lead managing member for most of Enterprise Partners medical technology companies including Ligand Pharmaceuti-cals, Corixa Corp., Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Nanogen Inc. and Discovery Partners International, Inc. Senyei is an inventor with more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents and pending applications in a variety of fields. Prior to becoming active full-time in venture capital, he founded and acted as chief executive officer of Molecular BioSystems and consulted for pharmaceutical companies.
Watson took the helm at City Colleges three years ago and has led a K-16 initiative that has brought the community college faculty together with professors from Illinois’ public universities to align the colleges’ course competencies with the entrance criteria of upper-level courses. Partnerships with the Chicago public schools have also increased to improve high school students’ college preparation. Watson was a Big Ten champion wrestler and competed in the 1964 Olympic trials for wrestling.
Youngblood previously was senior vice president of the executive search firm, Deborah Snow Walsh, Inc. She also spent nearly 20 years in the global energy/ petrochemical industry and was responsible for developing Amoco Corporation’s (BP) competitive intelligence function. She was president of the Northwestern Alumni Associ-ation from 2000 to 2002 and serves on the McCormick School Advisory Group. She is a member of the NU Club of Chicago and NU Black Alumni Association.