Board of Visitors

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors serves as a corporate board of advisors to the College.

Smeal's 2024 Board of Visitors group photo.

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors serves as a corporate board of advisors, focusing especially on providing counsel and stimulating advances in areas of strategic importance to Smeal and to Penn State.

The Smeal College Board of Visitors was formed in 1989 with 10 founding members. Now the board features nearly 40 members, covering an array of businesses and industries. The board meets once every semester to provide recommendations on new initiatives and offer feedback on matters related to the college. In addition to acting as ambassadors of Smeal, members engage with the college community through mentorship, philanthropy, and recruitment.

Members of the Board

Lara Warner, Chair
Risk & Controls Executive

Salomon "Salo" Sredni, Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Board Member, Ocean Azul Partners

Abdul Farid Alias
Former Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Maybank

John M. Arnold
Chief Executive Officer, PPC Lubricants

Carl T. Berquist
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Retired), Marriott International, Inc. 

Jason Borrelli
Managing Director, Property Management & Due Diligence, EQT Exeter

James P. Brandau
Managing Director, Wealth Advisor, William Blair & Company

Thomas A. Buday
Global Head of Marketing &Consumer Communication, Nestlé S.A. (Retired), Co-CEO Emission Free Generators, Inc.

Craig Chobor
Director of Research, Solus Alternative Asset, Executive Chairman, Midwave Wireless

Troy H. Cromwell
Chief Executive Officer, Cromtec Cyber Solutions

Jeffrey E. Ellis
Partner, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP

John E. Geller, Jr.
President & CEO, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

Jeremi Gorman
Former President, Worldwide Advertising at Netflix

Jerome Griffith
Executive Vice Chairman (Retired), Board Member, Lands' End, Inc.

Alan R. Guttman
Chief Executive Officer, Guttman Energy, Inc.

Wanda Bryant Hope
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide

Henry L. Ines
CEO and Founder, Chainparency

Ganesh Iyer
President and CEO, Etnyre International

A. Richard Janiak
Managing Director (Retired), Citigroup, Inc.

Lori Koch
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, DuPont

JT Marino
Co-founder, Tuft & Needle and Chief Disruption Officer, Serta Simmons Bedding

KC McClure
Chief Financial Officer, Accenture LLP

Julie McHugh
Biopharmaceutical Industry Executive (Retired), Active Professional Board Director

Jean Oelwang
CEO and President, Virgin Unite

Charles (Chuck) Raup
President, U.S. Confection, Hershey

Greg Reed
Group Chief Executive Officer, Places for People

J. David Rogers
Chief Executive Officer, RPO, LLC

Stuart Rothstein
Partner and COO, Apollo Global Management

John Strackhouse
Vice Chairman, Caldwell 

George Strickler
President and CEO, Hickory Ridge Solutions, Inc.

Scott Tarriff
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director, Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Chris Thomas
Senior Principal Team Leader, Chick-fil-A Inc.

Farnoosh Torabi
Financial Expert, Bestselling Author, Speaker and Host, Farnoosh, Inc.

Darrell K. Williams
President, Hampton University
Lieutenant General, United States Army (Retired)

Candace Woods
Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary, Prudential