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.
Olivier J. Van Dierdonck currently serves as the Director of Recruitment for Southwind, a Division of The Advisory Board Company where he leads a team responsible for ensuring proper talent acquisition to staff hospital and physician practice consulting engagements. Previously, he was an Associate Principal in the Hospital, Systems and Services sector of Heidrick & Struggles’ global Healthcare Practice and Senior Vice President of a Nashville boutique healthcare search firm. He concentrates his executive search work on board, senior management, physician leadership & functional leadership positions.
Olivier has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare service sector where he has held operational positions with both rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations (PhyCor and MedPartners).
Formerly, Olivier was the Director of Recruitment for a large, national investor-owned hospital system. Olivier holds a BS degree from Davidson College (1986) and a MHA from Duke University (1989). He is happily married to Carrie Wingate, a Xerox employee, and has a daughter, Sarah, a high school senior, and a stepson, Wilson Wingate (13). Olivier and his family reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Edith Varhelyi is co-founder of the Coberon Chronos Group, a global provider of professional recruitment, staffing and IT outsourcing services. The company delivers projects in over 40 countries in EMEA and the Americas for multinational corporations. Edith served as Group CEO from Apr 2006 until the end of 2013. Prior to her appointment as Group CEO, Edith ran the IT outsourcing division of the Group as well as the recruitment operations in Turkey, CIS and Middle East. Currently she is on the board of several companies of the Coberon Chronos Group and is running the day-to-day operations of a new division focusing on global talent search for international expansion of Israeli tech startups. Edith continues to do research about international market entry strategies of SMEs, a project which started during her undergraduate studies in Sweden and the UK.
Prior to earning an MBA at Fuqua in 2002, Edith worked as VP for the first online health and beauty shopping portal of Europe based in Germany as well as spent a few yrs as Managing Partner of an international recruitment company in the UK. She speaks fluent Swedish and Hungarian and has lived and worked in eight countries on three continents.
Gianna is Vice President, Human Resources, for Coach, Inc. and is responsible for the full global support for the COO, all Global Corporate Functions (CFO, CHRO and CIO), Global Operations and Supply Chain.
Prior to Coach, Gianna worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, occupying various senior leadership roles in their Human Resources and Strategy function. Gianna has broad-based HR leadership experience, including succession, leadership development, compensation & benefits, and labor relations. She has worked at a country, regional and global level, across expansive geographies and cultures including the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and North America. Gianna began her career in South Africa, where she was born, and has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America, where she currently resides.
Gianna completed her Global Executive MBA with Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2012.