Sanger Advisory Board

The Sanger Advisory Board (SAB) is a group of accomplished and motivated executive professionals who are passionate about developing the next generation of leaders. They represent a variety of industries and experience levels and are dedicated to advancing the Center’s mission in three key areas: strategic input, fundraising, and corporate connection. Board members meet with the Center leadership several times per year and also contribute their expertise at several of Sanger’s programs.

2023-2024 Board

Karim Bitar

Karim Bitar

Chief Executive Officer, Convatec

MBA ’92

Karim's Bio

Karim Bitar is Chief Executive Officer of Convatec Group plc.  Convatec is a leading global medical technologies company focused on solutions for the management of chronic conditions, with leading market positions in advanced wound care, stoma care, continence care and infusion care. Convatec products and services provide a range of clinical and economic benefits including infection prevention, improved clinical outcomes and reduced total cost of care.

Previously, Karim was Chief Executive Officer of Genus plc, a leading agricultural biotechnology company. During his eight-year tenure, the company was transformed into a technology pioneer with leading global franchises in dairy, beef and pork genetics. Prior to this, Karim worked for over 15 years with Eli Lilly & Company and was President of Lilly Europe, Canada and Australia before joining Genus. An ex- McKinsey & Company consultant, he worked across Asia and in Europe and also held management roles at Johnson & Johnson and the Dow Chemical Company.

Karim has a Masters (Hons) in Business Administration, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin.

Tiffanie Boyd

Tiffanie Boyd

Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, McDonald’s USA

MBA ’98, BBA ’94

Tiffanie's Bio

Tiffanie Boyd is the Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer for McDonald’s USA and a member of the US Senior Leadership Team. In this role, she leads the People function for the US business and is accountable for strategy, talent management, performance management, leadership development and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. By partnering with leaders, employees and franchisees, Tiffanie brings the McDonald’s mission and values to life for all employees and partners across the country.

Tiffanie joined McDonald’s in January 2021 after almost 23 years with General Mills. In her most recent role there, she served as Vice President, Human Resources, for North America Retail and led initiatives to upgrade talent, transform the organization design, drive culture change and improve employee engagement for 11,000 employees across the largest business segment of General Mills. She has extensive global experience through her role leading HR for the global supply chain function which had 18,000 employees across 50 manufacturing plants and offices around the world. She also held HR leadership roles in the Foodservice segment and General Mills Canada (based in Toronto).

Early in her career, Tiffanie worked in several manufacturing plants. Prior to joining General Mills, she was a consultant at Hewitt Associates advising clients on defined contribution plan administration. Tiffanie earned an MBA and BBA from the Michigan Ross Business School.

Tiffanie is deeply committed to youth education and serves on the board of Thrive Scholars, the Catalyst Advisory Board and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Tiffanie lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Colbert and their sons, Evan and Ian.

Tamika Curry Smith

Tamika Curry Smith

Chief Diversity Officer, Arm, Ltd.; President, The TCS Group, Inc.; Operating Advisor, Goldman Sachs Asset Management; LEO Lecturer, Michigan Ross

BBA ’95

Tamika's Bio

Tamika Curry Smith is a global HR and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) executive who is currently Chief Diversity Officer at Arm Ltd., the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property company. Tamika has previous experience leading DEI at Nike, Inc., Mercedes-Benz USA, Target Corporation, and Deloitte. Tamika also is an advisor to Goldman Sachs’ asset management division, in addition to early-stage start-ups and venture capital firms, such as Talenya, Mathison, and SemperVirens Venture Capital.

Derek Flowers

Derek Flowers

Chief Risk Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

MBA ’01

Derek's Bio

As Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Derek is accountable for the effective governance of the company’s risk programs. As the leader of the independent corporate risk function, he oversees all financial and non-financial risks, including compliance risk management. Derek’s leadership team includes chief risk officers for each of the five business groups and Finance, and risk officers overseeing risk management programs by risk type. Derek serves on the Wells Fargo Operating Committee and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Why the SAB

Derek joined the SAB because…

Michigan provided me the tools, instructions, and alumni that helped build the foundation for a successful business and leadership career. I’d like to help current students in a similar way.

Kristin Glazner

Kristin Glazner

General Counsel & Chief Human Resources Officer, Wabash

JD, Indiana University

Kristin's Bio

Business and Legal Executive currently leading People Operations; Talent & Organizational Effectiveness; Legal, Compliance, Sustainability, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Environmental and Occupational Health, Safety and Security; and Wabash Management System.

Edward Hightower

Edward Hightower

Chief Executive Officer & President, Lordstown Motors Corp.

MBA ’95

Edward's Bio

Edward Hightower is the Chief Executive Officer & President of Lordstown Motors Corp., an original equipment manufacturer of electric vehicles for the commercial fleet market. In 2022, he co-led the turnaround of the company, implementation of a new asset-light business model, and launch of its first vehicle – the Endurance battery electric full-size pickup truck. In doing so, over 700 jobs were saved, and Endurance was selected as a finalist for 2023 North American Truck of the Year. Of all the new electric car companies, Lordstown is one of the very few to have successfully launched and delivered vehicles to customers. Crain’s Automotive News magazine recognized Hightower as the first African American CEO of a publicly traded US automaker.

Previously, Hightower served in several new-product development, engineering, strategy, brand marketing, and senior executive roles between Ford, BMW, and GM, including leading GM’s $15 billion global crossovers business as the executive chief engineer and vehicle line executive. He also worked as a hands-on growth, strategy, and operations improvement consultant at AlixPartners, LLP and Motoring Ventures LLC, which Hightower founded. He has extensive experience in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Along with Lordstown, Hightower served on the boards of directors of Tritium Charging of Australia (Nasdaq: DCFC), Tempel Steel, and HEVO Power; and served as an advisor to Kiira Motors, a Uganda, East Africa based manufacturer of electric city buses.

Hightower authored the book Motoring Africa: Sustainable Automotive Industrialization, published in 2018. Based on his industry experiences in China, India, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil, Motoring Africa makes the case and offers an actionable roadmap for economic development by building sustainable automotive manufacturing businesses in six of the 54 countries in Africa. Hightower had the honor of presenting Motoring Africa at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during its 2019 Industrialization Week.

Originally from Chicago, Hightower earned a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He serves on the Ross School Advisory Board, Sanger Leadership Center Advisory Board, and chaired the Ross Alumni Board of Governors. He is a lifetime member of both Kappa Alpha Psi and the Council on Foreign Relations. An Eagle Scout, he previously served on the executive board of the Michigan Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a 2019 recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout award. Hightower is a 5th degree Black Belt and certified sensei instructor of Isshinryu karate. He and his family live in metro Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Omer Ismail

Omer Ismail

Senior Partner, Trinity Life Sciences

BBA ’10

Omer's Bio

Omer has experience advising global pharmaceutical and biotech organizations focusing on commercial strategy. His expertise areas include go-to-market, launch excellence, brand/portfolio strategy, insights & analytics, and promotional strategy & effectiveness.

During his tenure, Omer has held multiple marketing leadership roles, including brand lead with P&L responsibility for a $500M+ portfolio of immunology and GI products, 10+ years in Oncology commercial strategy, leading the launch and management of patient support services (HUB) for a Women’s Healthcare device, and helping to reshape the customer experience for an established player in the eye care space to confront a rapidly changing landscape.

Prior to joining Trinity, Omer was on the early leadership team at BluePrint Group helping to grow the firm from 15 to 100 people before its sale to Trinity in December 2020. Earlier, he was a Consultant at ZS Associates and holds a BBA with High Distinction and minor in Statistics from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Why the SAB

Omer joined the SAB to…

Support leadership and development programs for all Ross students, helping to prepare future leaders who can impact across industries. And, to help guide the growth and recognition of Ross and Michigan as a global leader in real world applied learning.

Matthew Kaufman

Matthew Kaufman

Managing Partner, Validor Capital

MAcc ’93, BBA ’93

Matthew's Bio

Mr. Kaufman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Validor Capital. He is a senior private equity professional with more than 20 years of principal investing experience. Over the course of his career, he has led the execution of over 30 equity, debt and merger and acquisition transactions and has significant experience managing portfolio companies and turnarounds.

Mr. Kaufman was previously senior managing director with GSC Group, where he was a member of the investment committee of the private equity and distressed debt group. Prior to that he was director of corporate finance with NextWave Telecom and worked in private equity and M&A at The Blackstone Group and Bear Stearns.

Mr. Kaufman has served on the board of directors of numerous corporate and not-for-profit entities and has held steering committee positions in several bankruptcies. Select board memberships include Chairman of Pacific Aerospace & Electronics and Aeromet Holdings (both in the aerospace and defense industry), Burke Industries (commercial flooring), Day International Group (printing press consumables and chemical products), Safety-Kleen Corp. (environmental services) and Woods Equipment Co. (agricultural and construction equipment.)

Mr. Kaufman earned his BBA and MAcc degree from the University of Michigan.


Matthew joined the SAB because…

Three reasons:

1) I have received so much benefit from my 35 year association with the University of Michigan and Ross that I wanted to give back and volunteer my time to an important cause that could have a meaningful impact to current and prospective students and their career paths.

2) I never received formal leadership training and, in hindsight, early in my career, I made mistakes and sub-optimized results while I learned leadership skills organically from observation and self-education. This drove home the value to me of leadership education sooner than later.

3) My current profession is buying sub $100 million revenue businesses in the manufacturing and industrials space. Most of the leaders we engage with in these markets have had little to no leadership training. We spend countless hours, days, and weeks coaching and mentoring our leaders. I wanted to get closer to the action on cutting edge tools to train leaders so I could be better at my job and have a more meaningful impact on the organizations we invest with.

Jessica Lieberman Quinn

Jessica Lieberman Quinn

Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer, American Express Company

MBA ’00

Jessica's Bio

Jessica Lieberman Quinn is Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of American Express.

She leads a team of 1600 colleagues to ensure financial integrity and a strong control environment through the delivery of financial accounting, reporting, compliance, and advisory services. Jessica has held a variety of roles at the company, including SVP, Corporate Planning & Analysis and SVP, Chief Financial Officer for several business segments.

Jessica is a member of World50’s Finance Executives network and the University of Pennsylvania’s Professional Women’s Alliance. She is the executive sponsor for American Express’ Women in Finance initiative and a member of its Executive Women’s Interest Network Steering Committee.

Why the SAB

Jessica joined the SAB because…

I want the opportunity to give back to the university and to share what I have learned about leadership with the team at Sanger and indirectly with students.

David Pettrone Swalve

David Pettrone Swalve

Senior Vice President, Workforce Inclusion and Learning Development, Life Time Inc.

MPA, Rutgers

David's Bio

David Pettrone Swalve is the top Inclusion executive for Life Time, Inc. (LTH – NYSE). He has also served as the Chief Solutions Officer as an external consultant for organizations across the US. David does this as a human-centered executive that creates systems to meaningfully implement change. He is a servant leader that creates communities of opportunity for an enterprise with 32,000 employees.

David is a musician for life as well and an active Pilates practitioner. He loves travel and spending the time outdoors with his family and friends across the world.

Why the SAB

David joined the SAB because…

Leadership Development is my passion and I want to support Dr. Greer. As a leader of color, helping to shape the future of inclusive leadership at the prestigious Michigan Ross through the Sanger Leadership Center is such an incredible honor. Paying it forward for the workforce of tomorrow.

Steve Sanger

Steve Sanger

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Mills; Former Chairman of Wells Fargo; Former Director of Target Corporation; Former Director of Pfizer

MBA ’70

Steve's Bio

Stephen W. Sanger is chairman at Wells Fargo, a position he was elected to in October 2016 after serving on the board since 2003. He is also a director at Target Corporation (since 2001) and Pfizer (since 2009). Sanger served as chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, Inc., during the final 13 years of his 34-year career with the company. During his tenure as CEO, the company’s net sales nearly tripled from $5 to $14 billion and its global workforce grew from 10 to 30 thousand employees. Perhaps his greatest legacy at General Mills was his fostering of a culture that attracted and developed great leaders. The company was regularly listed among Fortune’s Most Admired Companies and 100 Best Places to Work, and in 2007 and 2009 it was ranked No. 6 and No. 3 in Fortune’s list of the top global companies for the development of leaders.

Steve and his wife Karen Sanger extended that legacy of leadership development in 2015, when they donated $20 million to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to found the Sanger Leadership Center, which is dedicated to developing leaders with the mindset, skill set, and personal vision to make a positive difference in the world.

James (Jim) Sohigian

James (Jim) Sohigian

Principal, Deloitte

BS ’90, MBA ’95

Jim's Bio

Jim is a senior partner and a 25+ year veteran in Deloitte’s Financial Services practice. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and specializes in operations and infrastructure improvement for global banks.

His areas of focus include:

• Large-scale operational and organizational transformation

• Operations risk mitigation through organizational restructuring and process redesign efforts

• Strategic planning and implementation

• Target operating model development for shared services functions

Jim also leads Deloitte’s US account leader program for Banking & Capital Markets and serves as the Advisory Partner for the Firm’s extended relationship with the University of Michigan. He received his MBA from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jim is married to Sabine (LS&A BA and Ross MBA), has two very active teenagers (Sophia & James), and spends any free time attending college field hockey matches (Sophia) and tennis matches and sailing regattas (James). He has been a runner for over 40 years, logging over 75,000 miles, and completed 20 marathons.

Why the SAB

Jim joined the SAB…

Because leadership is Michigan’s secret sauce. The Sanger mission is so important and its ability to deliver leadership experiences so early in a professional’s life is critically important to their long term success.

Dave Webb

Dave Webb

Vice President & Treasurer, Ford Motor Company

MBA ’03

Dave's Bio

Dave Webb is Vice President & Treasurer of Ford Motor Company, a role he has held since 2019. As Treasurer, Dave is responsible for leading Ford’s global Capital and Funding Strategy, Risk Management, Affiliate Finance, Asset Management, and Treasury Operations. He also is a member of Ford Motor Credit Company’s Board of Directors and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Ford Fund. Dave reports directly to Ford’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this role, Dave was Ford’s Assistant Treasurer and held various other leadership positions.

Dave earned a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.B.A. in Finance (with Distinction) from Michigan Ross. Dave presently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

Why the SAB

Dave joined the SAB for…

The opportunity to build into and help develop the next generation of future leaders and accelerate Sanger’s ambition to become the world’s best leadership center.