Alumni Spotlights

The Executive MBA Program boasts more than 1,400 alumni who hold executive leadership positions around the globe. From family businesses to Fortune 500 companies, Executive MBA alumni hold pivotal roles in organizations such as AT&T, Cox Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Connections made through the Executive MBA program last long after graduation via the EMBA Alumni Network, which organizes professional development, philanthropy and social engagement events.

Ann-Marie Campbell, executive vice president – U.S. Stores, The Home Depot, class of 2005

Ann-Marie CampbellCampbell contributes her successful rise from Home Depot cashier to executive vice president of U.S. Stores to hard work, dedication and the support of colleagues and mentors both at The Home Depot and Georgia State University. The most important aspect of the Executive MBA program, says Campbell, was having professors and classmates who, like her, were out in the world of business even as they were getting additional education. “I had a strong business lineage, so I was able to understand and associate the business practices I was learning in class with my environment,” she says. Today, Campbell oversees more than 400,000 associates at 2,000 Home Depot stores nationwide. She also serves on the Robinson’s board of advisors and has endowed a needs-based scholarship with the college. In 2017, Campbell was recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.

Raj Choudhury, president, BrightWave, class of 2015

Raj ChoudhuryKnown as a thought leader in his industry, Choudhury started his ascent when he co-founded Spunlogic in 1998. Since then, he has held leadership positions on the executive staff of a number of digital agencies. Choudhury is currently the president of BrightWave, a renowned e-mail marketing agency serving North America. Here, he works closely with BrightWave’s CEO to manage internal operations including growth and customer satisfaction.

Kat Cole, group president, Focus Brands, class of 2010

Kat ColeAs the group president of Focus Brands (the parent company of Cinnabon, Schlotszky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and more), Cole is responsible for building revenue and profits through global licensing, manufacturing and e-commerce. Prior to this role, Cole served as president of Cinnabon, a franchise with 1,100 stores in 56 countries. In her time at Cinnabon, Cole advanced the company’s licensing programs with other franchises including Taco Bell and Burger King. Cole credits the Executive MBA program with providing her the leadership, team-building and financial skills to add value to her organization. In 2013, Cole was recognized as one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40 Top Young Business Stars.”

John Dyer, president and CEO, Cox Enterprises, class of 1987

John DyerDyer serves as the president and CEO of the nation’s third-largest cable provider, Cox Enterprises. When Dyer joined the company in 1977, he managed the financial planning duties, where he assimilated $10 billion in cable operations. With time, Dyer progressed through the ranks becoming the chief operating and financial officer of Cox Enterprises, leading a realignment of the company’s executive management team and supervising more than $3 billion in acquisitions and investments. As a 38-year Cox veteran, Dyer now oversees Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group, with more than 50,000 employees and $18 billion in annual revenues. He currently serves as the chairman for the Marcus Autism Center Board of Trustees and is a member of Georgia State University’s Foundation Board of Trustees.

Kay McFarlin, president, TIAA Charitable, class of 2016

Kay McFarlinWith 30 years of experience focused on guiding individuals and organizations to financial success, McFarlin proudly serves as the president of TIAA Charitable, a nonprofit public charity established to help donors simplify and make a bigger impact with their charitable giving. McFarlin has an extensive and impressive leadership history with TIAA-CREF, where she previously acted as the managing director and served as the head of national advocacy. McFarlin’s financial expertise, business acumen and strong values make her a natural leader for an organization dedicated to serving the philanthropic community.

Deepak Raghavan, co-founder, Manhattan Associates, class of 1998

Deepak RaghavanRaghavan, co-founder of Manhattan Associates, conceptualized, designed and developed the industry’s first “packaged” supply chain execution system. He has held numerous roles within the organization since its inception in 1990 including chief technology officer and senior vice president of product strategy. Raghavan also holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Georgia State University, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and a member on the GSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Ron Rich, CEO, Polytron Inc., class of 2018

Ron RichRich is the CEO of Polytron Inc., a leading engineering consultancy and systems integration firm. As the CEO, Rich focuses on connecting with customers and industry, establishing vision and strategy, and strengthening the culture and leadership team company-wide. Rich believes that his experiences in the Executive MBA program will continue to add value in his role as CEO and states that “participating in the program has helped me broaden my perspective on business and leadership.”