Panel Discussion: Scaling a Business and Leading Profitable Growth


The Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago, in partnership with Kellogg Executive Education, invites you to join fellow alumni, friends and distinguished speakers for a panel discussion and networking opportunity.

Businesses strive to add more customers, grow sales, create larger deals, increase volume, add more billable hours and so on. Many companies today are challenged in growing profitable top line revenue. Regardless of the size of your business, there are common challenges and solutions to driving growth. Reinvention is key to winning, whether you’re leading a start-up venture or a larger business that has hit a plateau. Our experienced panel will outline and lead a discussion on a real-world view of the challenges leaders face and provide answers to create a culture of growth.

Monday, June 16 2014

5.30 PM - 6.15 PM - Networking
6.15 PM - 7.30 PM – “SCALING FOR GROWTH” Panel Discussion and Q&A
7.30 PM - 8.30PM – Networking Reception with Open Bar and Hors d’oeuvres

Wieboldt Hall, Rm 540, and 339 E. Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Register: Kellogg Alumni Network | Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University - Events: Event Details

$30 for Alumni & Guests
$37 includes prepaid parking in D Lot on Fairbanks between Erie & Ontario
Price includes a copy of Harry Kraemer’s Book, “From Values to Action: The Four Principals of Values-Based Leadership”

Please note that tickets are non-refundable

For questions, please contact:
Muthusamy Selvaraj '10,
Denny Chandler '86
Jason Apple '00


Harry Kraemer '79, Moderator & Introductory Speaker
Mr. Kraemer is a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, author and an Executive Partner at Madison Dearborn Partners. Prior to partnering with MDP in 2005, Mr. Kraemer was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baxter. Harry will provide opening comments on Leadership and moderate the panel discussion. Copies of his latest Book “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership are included with your registration fee.

Panel Members

Mark A. Thierer, Chairman and CEO Catamaranrx
Mark leads one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers serving more than 32 million members. Mr. Thierer has been instrumental in redefining the way pharmacy benefits are managed by successfully merging two industry-leading PBMs — SXC Health Solutions and Catalyst Health Solutions — to create Catamaran, a $14.8 billion company scaled to drive significant client savings. When Mr. Thierer joined SXC, revenues were $50 million, EBITDA was $12 million annually, and the company market capitalization was $160 million. Since that time the company has posted a compound annual growth rate of 50% and an amazing fifty-fold increase in shareholder value.

Sudhakar Ramakrishna '99, SVP & GM, Citrix
Sudhakar leads the Enterprise and Service Provider Division as SVP and GM, overseeing the company’s strategy and execution for its virtualization, networking and cloud solutions. Ramakrishna joined Citrix from Polycom, where he was president of products and services. Before Polycom, he was corporate VP and GM of Motorola’s wireless broadband business, responsible for building and scaling their 4G and LTE mobile product initiatives. He has significant experience in strategic planning and execution, incubating and scaling new businesses.

Nick Fera '99, CEO Firm58
Nick has served as President and CEO of 3 software companies (Firm58, Parlano and The Alcar Group), and 6 years on the Board of Directors of Sitrion (formerly known as Newsgator). Nick’s business philosophy boils down to two words: wealth creation. Rather than focusing on an exit strategy, he believes in seizing a technical advantage, investing in it, and garnering strategic value by reaping the rewards.

Jeff Hyman '95, CEO Retrofit
Jeff is an entrepreneur at heart with a lifelong passion for creating innovative and human-powered companies. He was Founder and CEO of three internet-based services companies. He served as SVP of Sales & Marketing for Ameritox, a private equity-owned healthcare services company, and before that he was the first VP of Marketing at Dyson – makers of awesome consumer products. Jeff is an active member in Young Presidents' Organization.