2015-2016 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 year. Led by Cari Coats MBA '03, Chair, and Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Co Chair, the council meets twice each year.

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Brian Lange MBA '05


VF Corporation, Director, Strategy & Innovation

Brian Lange is a Director of Strategy & Innovation at the VF Corporation, based in Greensboro, North Carolina.   He is a member of Demand Creation Strategy team, reporting to SVP of Strategy and Innovation, with responsibility for delivering superior marketing demand creation and brand equity building capabilities.      His focus areas include Focus areas include brand strategy, brand activation, and brand investment, with a specific focus on delivering step-change improvement in MROI practice across global enterprise.    Some of the marketed brands at VF include -- The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Nautica, Wrangler, Lee, and many others.   Prior to joining VF, Brian has worked in a series of roles of increased responsibility at Advance Auto Parts, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson.  Before enrolling at Fuqua, he spent several years working within the Health Care Consulting practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

He holds a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and received his MBA from the daytime program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is happily married to his college sweetheart, Stacey, and they have three children-Carter, Campbell, and Colby.  The family has recently added a new four-legged member to the family, a Goldendoodle named Hogan.  While it may raise the ire of some of his fellow alums, Brian and his family happily reside in Chapel Hill.

Garrett Laughlin MBA '13


FMC Techonolgies, Standards Manager

Garrett serves as the Standards Manager for the Surface Wellhead business line within FMC Technologies, a global oil and gas service and equipment company.  Within this role, Garrett leads a team responsible for developing, implementing and driving standardized business processes across US, Canadian and Latin American field and base operations.

Prior to moving into his new role in June 2015, Garrett served as the Sales & Marketing Business Analyst where he focused on product strategy and oil and gas market analysis.  In addition, he served as the program manager on a major effort to restructure the operating model and physical footprint across the US Surface Wellhead organization.  Garrett originally joined FMC Technologies in 2008 as an engineer within the Global Surface Product Line where he supported multiple valve and actuator design projects as well as the early development of Enabling Technologies which focused on smart-well instrumentation and monitoring.

Garrett is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  In addition, he earned his MBA from Duke University's Cross Continent Program where he graduated with the honorary distinction of Fuqua Scholar.  He and his wife, Leigh-Ann, reside in Houston, Texas.  Garrett enjoys spending time at his ranch in the Texas Hill Country as well as travelling across the US and abroad.

Phillip Lew MBA '09


Seagate, Vice President of Business Operations

Phillip Lew is a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience leading teams to build and launch products at technology start-ups as well as at Fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Vice President of Business Operations for the Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions Group at Seagate.  In this role, Phillip oversees a globally-distributed team with operational responsibilities for Seagate's growth initiatives in cloud.


Phillip resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his two young daughters (ages 5 & 7). He graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and from the Fuqua School of Business with a Master of Business Administration.