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Five alumni win "Top 100 Under 50" award

Five Goizueta alumni have made the “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders” list published in the Summer 2009 issue of Diversity MBA Magazine. The group includes the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders holding an MBA and/or other advanced degree. The honorees attended a two-day leadership event on September 16 & 17, with an awards gala held on the final night at the Sheraton Water Tower Hotel in Chicago.

Honoree Shantella Carr Cooper 95EvMBA, vice president of human resources for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland, directs compensation, labor, and global security efforts for 54,000 employees in more than 60 countries. Cooper previously served as vice president of diversity for the global aeronautics, security, and information technology firm.

Fellow awardee Marvin Ellison 05MEMBA, executive vice president of US stores for The Home Depot, is credited with helping to revamp customer service at the nation’s third largest retailer. Ellison directs sales efforts across the retail divisions, overseeing some 270,000 employees at more than 1,950 stores in the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Also named to the list was Leslie Patterson 99MBA, partner and Southeast sub-area people leader for Ernst & Young in Atlanta. Patterson, a CPA, heads up human resource efforts for the Big 4 auditor’s southern US, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean offices. She previously served as the firm’s Americas director in the Office of Diversity Strategy and Development.

Award winner Mark Pitts 06EMBA works as vice president of sales on the Burger King Account Team for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola North America. He leads the national sales efforts for Coca-Cola products at 7,200 company-owned and franchised Burger King restaurants. Pitts previously held the post of senior vice president of sales at recovery auditor PRG-Schultz International, dealing with a diverse list of clients in the retailing, distribution, and airline industries.

Honoree Karen Wishart 03EMBA draws on her unique qualifications as a lawyer and business person in her role as vice president and chief legal officer for Silver Spring, Maryland-based TV One, the cable/satellite television network catering to African-American adults. Wishart’s combination of legal, leadership, and business expertise made her a special find for the list.

Myra A. Thomas

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2009 Diversity MBA Magazine award winners include, from top left, Shantella Carr Cooper 95EvMBA, Karen Wishart 03EMBA, and Marvin Ellison 05MEMBA.

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