Career Paths

Yale SOM alumni are leaders in many industries. They have built careers on their own terms, creating new roles, launching new ventures, and moving between sectors. Learn about the varied careers of a few of Yale SOM's 6,000 alumni.

Liang Meng '97

Co-founder, Ascendent Capital Partners
A former managing director at D. E. Shaw and J.P. Morgan Securities, Meng founded the Hong Kong-based private equity firm Ascendent Capital Partners with fellow Yale SOM alumnus Kevin Zhang '94 in 2011.
Watch an interview with Liang Meng on private equity in China

Indra Nooyi '80

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo
After graduating from Yale SOM, Nooyi worked at Boston Consulting Group, Motorola, and Asea Brown Boveri (now ABB). She joined PepsiCo in 1994, and was named chairman and CEO in 2007. 
Watch a conversation with Indra Nooyi at Yale SOM

Matt Rogers '89

Director, McKinsey & Company
A consultant at Booz & Company and McKinsey after graduating from Yale SOM, Rogers spent 2009-2010 in the Obama administration as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy.
Watch Matt Rogers speak to the Class of 2013 at Orientation

Linda Mason '80

Chairman & Founder, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
After serving as co-country director of Save the Children’s emergency program in Sudan, Mason founded Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a for-profit company that has developed into a leading provider of employer-supported childcare centers located at the workplace. 
Linda Mason '80 on Building a Mission-Driven Enterprise

Laszlo Bock '99

Senior Vice President, People Operations, Google
After working as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and in human resources at GE, Bock joined Google, where he is responsible for the company's hiring, retention, and benefits.
Watch Laszlo Bock speak to the Class of 2014 at Orientation

Phil Davis '85

Head of Visa Client Consulting
Davis held strategy roles at Citibank and BearingPoint before becoming a partner at Bain & Company. In 2013, he was named head of Visa's internal strategy consulting group.
Watch an interview with Phil Davis about what makes for successful organizational change

Laura Walker '87

President & CEO, New York Public Radio
A public radio journalist before coming to Yale SOM, Walker joined Sesame Workshop after graduating. She has led New York Public Radio since 1996. 
Read a profile of Laura Walker

John Shrewsberry '92

President, Wells Fargo Securities
A founder of American Commercial Capital, which made loans to restaurant franchises and packaged them for investors, Shrewsberry joined Wells Fargo in 2001 after the bank bought the company. He was named president of Wells Fargo's investment banking and sales and trading arm in 2008.
Watch an interview with John Shrewsberry on the forces that are changing the banking industry

Sarena Lin '98

Corporate Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Cargill
After working at Proctor & Gamble, Xerox, and McKinsey, Lin was named the head of Cargill's strategy unit in 2011.
Watch an interview with Sarena Lin on creating strategy for a worldwide company

Seth Goldman '95

Founder, President, and TeaEO, Honest Tea 
Goldman founded Honest Tea, which makes organic, less sweet beverages, with his Yale SOM professor Barry Nalebuff in 1998.
Honest Tea Cofounders Seth Goldman '95 and Prof. Barry Nalebuff Launch Seth and Barry Social Enterprise Fund

Fred Terrell '82

Vice Chairman, Investment Banking Department, Credit Suisse
After graduating from Yale SOM, Terrell began his banking career at First Boston and Credit Suisse. In 1998, he co-founded Provender Capital Group. He returned to Credit Suisse in 2010.
Watch an interview with Fred Terrell on the state of investment banking

Neal Keny-Guyer '82

CEO, Mercy Corps
The former director of Save the Children's operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, Keny-Guyer has led Mercy Corps, an international relief organization, since 1994.
Neal Keny-Guyer '82 Talks Social Innovation at Yale SOM