2016-2017 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2016-2017 year. Led by Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Chair, and Joe Hines MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.

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Wendy Perrow MBA '04


AsclepiX Therapeutics, CEO
Wendy Perrow is the CEO of AsclepiX Therapeutics and is responsible for managing the Company's business, clinical, financial, licensing, and corporate development efforts.  AsclepiX is focusing on  ophthalmology, oncology, and other angiogenesis- and lymphangiogenesis-dependent diseases. Ms. Perrow previously served as CEO of Alba Therapeutics Corporation.
Under her leadership, Alba Therapeutics completed a licensing agreement with Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. on February 29, 2016.  The company conducted seven clinical trials in patients with Celiac Disease, completed the largest Phase IIb clinical trial in patients with celiac disease and validated the 1st Celiac Disease Patient Reported Outcome (CeD PRO) 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 the Duke Fuqua School of Business Alumni Board, Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, Maryland TEDCO Review Board, Women In Bio, the Healthcare Women's Business Association, and was a board member for the KIPP School of Baltimore. 

Zeb Portanova MBA '11


Swiss Krono, USA, President and CEO

A Crossfit enthusiast, five-time Tough Mudder participant, and Shodan (black belt) in Shotokan Karate, Zeb is the President and CEO of Swiss Krono, USA, one of the largest laminate flooring manufacturers in the world. In addition to his "for profit" work, Zeb serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Club of Indiana, the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation (which donates approximately $2 million annually to nonprofit organizations throughout Indiana), and Mavuno (focusing on economic development in the Democratic Republic of Congo). 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.