Carnegie Mellon University

alumni awards

April 08, 2019

Tepper School to Honor Prominent Alumni at Reunion Weekend

Each year during Reunion Weekend, the Tepper School of Business recognizes exceptional alumni for their outstanding service and professional achievements. This year’s ceremony will take place during the All-Class Reunion Celebration at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 13.

“This year’s honorees are exemplary alumni whose dedication to the Tepper School is unparalleled,” Dean Robert Dammon said. “I am pleased to recognize them for their career successes and their unwavering and generous support.”

Executive Director of Alumni Relations John Sengenberger said, “We are incredibly grateful to these alumni for remaining actively engaged with the school, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the Alumni Award ceremony at Reunion.”

Justin Krauss (MBA 2009)
Tepper Recent Alumni Service Award

The Tepper School recognized Justin Krauss with the 2019 Tepper Recent Alumni Service Award for his impressive service to the Tepper Community.

Krauss is a highly engaged alumni volunteer, serving as an Alumni Chapter leader in Pittsburgh and helping with recruiting. Together with his wife Valentina, he established the Krauss Family Andrew Carnegie Society Legacy Scholarship in support of undergraduate students at the Tepper School based on their financial need.

He was an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse before coming to the Tepper School for his MBA. After Tepper, he spent seven years at PNC Financial Services Group in both sales and strategy roles. He joined JPMorgan Chase in 2016 to help build out the Pittsburgh office, and is currently an Executive Director in the Commercial Banking business covering the Middle Market, including early stage Technology and Disruptive Commerce companies.

“Going to Tepper was one of the best decisions of my life, and I’m delighted to be honored for giving back,” Krauss said. “What I learned, both in and out of the classroom, has opened countless doors for me professionally, and more importantly, enabled me to build a tremendous group of friends and mentors. I hope to continue my relationship with Tepper for decades to come.”

Ryan Baum (MSIA 1992)
Tepper Alumni Service Award

Ryan Baum received the 2019 Tepper Alumni Award Service Award for his dedication to students and alumni of the Tepper School.

He has demonstrated a high level of dedication and loyalty to the school, and inspires his classmates and other alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area to support their alma mater. He coordinated his Reunion organizing committee and champions the Bay Area alumni chapter’s annual fund contributions.

“I attribute so much of my professional successes to the knowledge and network I developed at the Tepper School,” Baum said. “I feel it is my duty to give back in any way I can.”

Baum is a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and earned a special Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo & Company involved in business control and risk management.

Brian Olsavsky (MSIA 1989)
Tepper Alumni Achievement Award

In honor of his career accomplishments and service to the Tepper School community, the school presented Brian Olsavsky with the Tepper Alumni Achievement Award.

“The time I spent at Carnegie Mellon has translated into an exciting and rewarding career,” Olsavsky said. “I feel privileged to be able to give those opportunities to future graduates of the school and support them as they develop their own careers.”

Now its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Olsavsky joined Amazon.com in 2002 after spending his early career in finance and operations roles with Fisher Scientific, BFGoodrich, and Union Carbide Corporation. At Amazon he has led the finance department for Amazon’s worldwide operations and North America and International retail operations before being named CFO for its global consumer business. He was appointed as Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer in June 2015. 

Mr. Olsavsky was a founding member of the Tepper School Alumni Board and is a current member of the Business Board of Advisors. He is a leading recruiter of Tepper MBA students and alumni at Amazon. He speaks at many events for students and alumni and was the first president of the alumni chapter in Seattle, Washington.

Ann Marie Petach (MSIA 1984)
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Ann Marie Petach received the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her career accomplishments and leadership in the field of corporate finance.

Among her current roles, she works at Google as as a senior finance adviser, she is a board member and audit committee chair for JLL, and a board member for BlackRock Institutional Trust Company. She was named the Most Powerful Woman in Finance in 2012 by American Banker.

She began her career with the Ford Motor Company, rising to Vice President and Treasurer in 2004. She joined BlackRock in 2007 where, as Chief Financial Officer, she played a significant role in the acquisition and integration of BGI and transformation of the stock ownership structure. 

“I am immensely proud to be so honored by Tepper,” Petach said. “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to take what I learned at Carnegie Mellon and put it into practice throughout my career.”

Petach is a highly active alumna for the Tepper School, hosting alumni leadership events on Wall Street and speaking to the Tepper School community during Welcome Weekend for prospective MBA students and as part of the W.L. Mellon Speaker Series inviting global leaders, CEOs, and management experts to talk about their career path and perspectives on leadership.