The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2014-2015 year. Led by John Peruzzi MBA '88, Chair, and Cari Coats MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
Wendy Perrow is the CEO of Alba Therapeutics and is responsible for managing the Company's business, clinical, financial, licensing, and corporate development efforts. Ms. Perrow previously served as President and COO and she has been a member of Alba's executive management team since 2008.
Under her leadership, Alba Therapeutics established a collaborative funding agreement on February 9, 2011 with Cephalon Pharmaceuticals (now Teva Pharmaceuticals) and has taken a leading role in advancing multiple clinical studies in Celiac Disease. The company has conducted seven clinical trials in subjects with Celiac Disease and has recently completed the largest Phase IIb clinical trial in patients with celiac disease with the lead compound Larazotide Acetate.
Prior to joining Alba, Ms. Perrow held senior executive marketing positions with private and public pharmaceutical companies. From 2004 to 2007, she was Vice President of Marketing for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on creating novel therapies for the unmet needs of patients with Rare and Orphan Diseases. From 1989 to 2003, Ms. Perrow was at Merck and Co., Inc. in Global markets including Europe, Asia, and Latin America and U.S. marketing for Anti-Hypertensives, Vaccines, Cholesterol, and GI. At Merck, she held positions in marketing, marketing promotion, international business research analysis, training, and sales. Ms. Perrow began her career in a division of Johnson & Johnson. A skilled marketer and business leader, she has led U.S. and Global initiatives for leading products Zocor®, Vasotec®, Varivax®, Cozaar® and Hyzaar® that have significantly increased brand awareness and has launched medicines for unmet medical needs.
Wendy received her MBA in International finance and marketing from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She is a member of Women In Bio, the Healthcare Women's Business Association, and was a board member for the KIPP School of Baltimore.
Chair, Alumni Council
John Peruzzi is head of Credit Opportunities, a $1 billion investment group within Citi. Mr. Peruzzi's 25-year career in finance includes extensive experience in leveraged finance, private equity and mezzanine investments. Mr. Peruzzi has been involved in several landmark transactions including the leverage buyouts of HCA, Inc. and Burger King. Prior to Citi, Mr. Peruzzi was a member of Chase Manhattan's Merchant Banking Group and a partner with Vaxa Capital. Mr. Peruzzi has served on eight corporate boards, including Iron Mountain Information Systems (NASDAQ). John is a Fuqua Scholar and recipient of Fuqua's Xerox scholarship and Fuqua Fellowship. John resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife, Hillary (Fuqua '89), and two children.
A Crossfit enthusiast, five-time Tough Mudder participant, and Shodan (black belt) in Shotokan Karate, Zeb has the privilege of working at Eli Lilly and Company in their marketing division. In addition to his "for profit" work, Zeb serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Club of Indiana and the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation which donates approximately $2 million annually to nonprofit organizations throughout Indiana. Prior to receiving his Cross Continent MBA in 2011, he was involved in multiple real estate ventures, including work at Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota, Florida, eventually serving two terms as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his MBA, Zeb holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida. Passionate about global culture, he has participated in the Semester at Sea program on three occasions (Fall 2000, Summer 2003, Fall 2009)…and is always looking for an opportunity to return! Zeb has an amazing wife, Barbara, two daughters, Scarlette and Juliette, and an English Bulldog named Rosco P. Coletrain.