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Advisory Council

2013–14

John N. Irwin III '76 is managing director and lead investment officer of the Brookside Group, Greenwich, Connecticut, which he cofounded in 1977. Irwin and his partners were pioneers in the field of leveraged buyouts starting in the late 1970s. Irwin himself has extensive international investing experience, including a leadership role in early privatizations in Eastern Europe. Currently, he serves as president of the Fresh Air Fund and the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, as well as treasurer of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

George McCabe '97 is the managing director and chief investment officer of Portolan Capital Management in Boston. Prior to founding Portolan in 2005, McCabe worked in private equity, and later as a research analyst at the family office of Peter Lynch and the Lynch Foundation where he helped manage its major investments. McCabe also serves on the investment committee of the United Nations Foundation.

Heidi Miller '74 was president of JPMorgan International, a division of global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co., from 2010 until her retirement in 2012. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president and CEO of treasury and security services at JPMorgan Chase. Over the course of her career, Miller also held instrumental positions at Chemical Bank, Travelers Group, and Citigroup, among others. As an outspoken advocate for women in business, she helped plan the White House Project’s Women’s Leadership Summit in 2001. Miller serves on the General Mills., Inc., board of directors and is a trustee of Princeton University.

Kathleen Morrison is Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. She also directs its Center for International Studies. Morrison's research focuses on the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a particular emphasis on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her recent book, Oceans of Dharma: Landscapes of Power in Southern India, is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press. Morrison has been honored with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship and numerous other professional awards, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Arka Mukherjee *95 is the founder and CEO of Global IDs, Inc., New York. The company provides information integration solutions for major corporations at a global level. Mukherjee gained prior management experience from companies such as IBM, Accenture, and KPMG, with expertise in sales, consulting, finance, and technology.

Henry Posner III '77 is chair of the Railroad Development Corporation, Pittsburgh. He also serves as chair of Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ferrovias Guatemala, and Hamburg-Koln Express (Germany). He is a director of ALL (América Latina Logística)-Central & ALL-Mesopotámico (Argentina) and of Ferrocarril del Pacifico (Colombia), and serves as vice chair of the Hawthorne Group. Posner also sits on several boards, including the Winchester Thurston School where he formerly served as board chair, and has been active in welfare programs for the Jewish community in the former Soviet Union and in civic work in Guatemala.

Stephen M. Scherr '86, a partner at Goldman Sachs, is the global head of the firm's financing group. Scherr has held positions in various divisions since joining Goldman in 1993 including currency and commodities; media, entertainment, and technology; and investment banking. He serves on the firm's public policy, diverse business engagement, and client and business standards committees, and co-chairs the firmwide capital committee. He also a member of the Pine Street Board of Directors.

Beth Simmons is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and currently serves as the center’s director. She worked at the International Monetary Fund (1995–96), was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (1996–97), and spent a year in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2002–3). Simmons is the author of Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy during the Interwar Years, 1924–1939, and is currently working on a book on international human rights.

Sanjay Swani ’87 has been a general partner at the private equity firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, New York, since 2001, and a member of the firm’s management committee since 2007. He focuses on investments in the information and business services industries.  Further, he serves on the board of trustees of the American Red Cross in New York and is also a member of the Rockefeller University Council.

Debra Valentine '76 is group executive, legal, external, and regulatory affairs at Rio Tinto, the global mining and metals company. She joined the company in 2008 as head of its legal department. She previously was vice president, deputy general counsel, and corporate secretary at United Technology Corporation, and was a partner at the law firm O'Melveny & Meyers in Washington D.C. Valentine served as general counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission from 1997-2001.

Henry Wendt ’55  retired as chairman of SmithKline Beecham in 1996 after nearly four decades in the pharmaceutical industry living and working in the US and abroad. In 1994, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Star by the Japanese government and  in1995 was named an Honorary Commander of the British Empire by HRM Queen Elizabeth II. Wendt and his wife Holly are founders and former owners of Quivira Estate Vineyards and Winery. His collection of the first printed maps of the West Coast of North America has been on tour in the US since 2004 ("Mapping the Pacific Coast from Coronado to Lewis and Clark"). His more recent collection of the first printed maps of the world is also currently on tour ("Envisioning the World") having been exhibited at the Sonoma County Museum; Firestone Library, Princeton University; Osher Map Museum, Portland, Maine; Columbia River Museum, Astoria, Oregon; and the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia. Wendt has served on numerous corporate and civic boards of directors.
 
Peter M. Yu '83 is a managing partner of Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity firm he founded in 2005. Prior to forming Cartesian, Yu founded and served as president and chief executive officer of AIG Capital Partners. Before that, he was director of  the National Economic Council, the White House office responsible for developing and coordinating economic policy, during the Clinton administration. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Yu was president of the Harvard Law Review and served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.