Notable Alumni

Since the program started in 1989, hundreds of LGO alumni have attained senior leadership positions in global companies, founded their own firms, or directed complex strategic initiatives. Below is a small selection of some of the operations careers possible after completing MIT LGO. You’ll find alumni who are at the top of their industries and who have made a difference in their organizations.

Dannielle Appelhans (LGO ’11)

Rubius Therapeutics

Position Chief Operating Officer

While at LGO MBA and SM in Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies University of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

Dannielle came to LGO from Eli Lilly and Co. and afterwards joined McKinsey & Co.,in its operations practice. Since 2014, she held various leadership positions at Novartis and its subsidiaries where her responsibilities included developing the strategic direction and driving product transformation. In 2021, Dannielle was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Rubius Therapeutics where she oversees corporate strategy and technical operations.

I value what the program taught me. I received broad exposure and built relationships for a lifetime. Through McKinsey, I was able to further leverage the skills and experiences from MIT and codify classroom concepts. I think my mentality is characteristic of many LGOs. At the core we are passionate about improving operations and driving organizations to be the best in their field.

MIT Sloan’s The Bias Cut Feature ->

Michael Blatz (LGO ’93)

Virtus

Position CEO

While at LGO MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies US Military Academy, Mechanical Engineering

Michael has had a career spanning the semiconductor, auto, agriculture and HVAC industries. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army and graduating from MIT LGO, Michael held roles at Intel and Dell Computer before joining Carrier, where he rose to VP and General Manager of a business unit. Michael then joined the HVAC business at Lennox, where he became President and COO of the company’s service and maintenance business. He then helped turn around the Bull Moose company into a diversified industrial manufacturer. After a stint as CEO of  VIP Cinema Seating, in 2021 Michael was named CEO of Virtus, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of specialized metal parts.

Laura Bogusch (LGO ’03)

Boeing

Position Vice President, Materials & Manufacturing Technology

While at LGO MBA and SM Aeronautics/Astronautics

Previous Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering

Since rejoining Boeing, Laura has held key manufacturing roles in the 737 and 787 programs. She served as Fleet Chief for the 747 program worldwide and as the General Manager of Boeing Salt Lake, a composite manufacturing hub for the company. Currently she is Vice President, Materials & Manufacturing Technology, based in Charleston, SC.

LGO has opened up doors I never thought I would have the chance to walk through. Now I have a dream job leading a manufacturing site.

VIDEO: Boeing Flight Path Oral History ->

Boeing’s LGO Partnership Page ->

Jim Chow (LGO ‘04)

Google

Position Head, Global System Integrator Partnerships, Americas

While at LGO MBA and SM Civil and Environmental Engineering

Previous Studies MIT, Civil Engineering and Management

Jim Chow has 20 years of technical expertise that he brings to Google, where he works to “make cloud computing a reality for all.” Before his current position, Jim led the global resellers network for Google Apps. In 2012 he was listed as one of NAAMBA’s Top 40 Global Emerging Leaders Under 40. While at LGO, Jim won the Charles Harrison Smith III Memorial Award, an honor given to the classmate who contributes the most to the LGO community over the two years.

Jim’s Podcast on his work with Google Apps ->

Mick Farrell (LGO ’98)

ResMed

Position CEO

While at LGO MBA and SM in Chemical Engineering

Previous Studies University of New South Wales, Engineering

Mick Farrell is CEO of ResMed, a global digital health and connected medical device company. Before leading the company, Mick spent 13 years in various roles at ResMed leading commercial operations for the Americas, sleep apnea business units, and market development. Previously, Mick worked in management consulting and in chemicals and steel manufacturing.

Big data innovation: CNBC interview ->

Doug Field (LGO ’92)

Apple

Position Vice President of Special Projects

While at LGO MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies Purdue University, Mechanical Engineering

If you’ve ever driven a Ford, used a Mac computer, or taken a Segway tour in a new city, then you’ve been impacted by Doug Field’s work. He was the #1 employee at Segway and built the team and technology for the company. After Segway he worked for Apple, first as VP of product design and then as VP of Mac hardware. During this time he oversaw nearly 2,000 employees. He led many technology developments at Apple, including new versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. At Tesla he developed and delivered a lower-cost Tesla model to market. Recently Doug returned to lead special projects at Apple.

Annabel Flores (LGO ’03)

Raytheon Technologies

Position Vice President, Electronic Warfare Systems, Raytheon Intelligence and Space

While at LGO MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies MIT, Mechanical Engineering

As a sponsored LGO student, Annabel returned to Raytheon after graduation and built her career in the defense industry.  She held multiple roles in engineering, business development and program management, leading various efforts to provide critical capabilities to our warfighters and allies.  Annabel currently oversees the strategic direction and operation of a diverse portfolio of electronic warfare products such as the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer and high energy laser systems, as well as Raytheon Australia.

LGO struck a great balance between technology innovation and business leadership.  When leading teams, I’ve often leveraged the foundation provided during LGO.  The greatest benefit for me has been the tight-knit community of the women in my class.  They are a great inspiration as strong female leaders and a source of constant support.

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota (LGO ’16)

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Position Director of Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing

While at LGO MBA and SM Engineering Systems

Previous Studies MIT, Chemistry

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota is an award-winning healthcare leader transforming organizations across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Guadalupe is currently the Director of Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, where he leads the manufacturing and distribution (department) of the company’s medicines to 35 countries. Previously, he directed the manufacturing and distribution of 13 medications to 93 countries at several biotechs (Biogen, Amgen & GSK), supplying millions of patients with medicine. Before entering biotech, Guadalupe ran the largest free healthcare system in the nation (UCLA Health) that provided over 30,000 underserved patients with care every year. While at RAND Corporation, he worked with the US government to help develop and implement the Affordable Care Act during the Obama Administration that gave access to 20M with health insurance.

In 2021, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Guadalupe to the newly formed Massachusetts Rare Disease Advisory Council to advise the Governor, Senate, House of Representative, & Department of Public Health on rare disease policy in Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Fenway Health, Save One Life, and the MIT LBGTQ+ Alumni Association, which he refounded and led as President.

Guadalupe has been recognized by Business Insider as one of six powerful LGBTQ+ executives to have on corporate boards; by PharmaVoice, who named him as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Science Industry; and was named to the Boston Business Journal 40 under 40.

Heath Holtz (LGO ’05)

Target

Position SVP of Field Operations

While at LGO MBA & SM Engineering Systems

Previous Studies U.S. Air Force Academy & Georgia Institute of Technology, Operations Research

After serving in the U.S. armed forces, Heath transitioned to a management role in operations after completing the LGO program. Heath joined Nissan directly after graduating from MIT, and has grown in leadership level continuously since then. After leading Nissan Europe’s supply chain, he became the VP for Manufacturing in charge of Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant, the largest automotive factory in North America. He rose to lead the entire corporation’s manufacturing and supply chain operations as Senior Vice President. In 2020 Heath was appointed to lead field operations at Target.

My first real global exposure was at LGO: the faculty, the students, the companies we got to meet, and the people we got to talk to. The balance of engineering and business is extremely valued in global manufacturing companies.

Heath Holtz’s executive biography ->

Webinar: LGO Global Careers ->

Leigh Hunnicutt (LGO ’08)

AMGEN

Position Executive Director, Global Operations — Therapeutic Area Head

While at LGO MBA and SM in Biological Engineering

Previous Studies University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Leigh joined Amgen directly from LGO as a strategic planning and operations manager. She has risen quickly through the company, holding positions like manufacturing manager and senior manager of plant quality before becoming the youngest director Amgen has ever had. She now oversees Amgen’s entire operations and global manufacturing network.

My diverse experiences and close relationships with incredible classmates have given me great cross-industry knowledge, leadership skills, and a global perspective.

 

Leigh recognized as a “rising star” in her industry ->

Amgen’s LGO partnership page ->

Denise Johnson (LGO ’97)

Caterpillar

Position Group President, Resource Industries

While at LGO MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering

Denise launched a successful operations career after her mechanical engineering and MBA degrees with LGO. She led multiple high-stakes projects at General Motors and then moved to Caterpillar. She developed a variety of skills at LGO that helps her strategically manage global operations and manufacturing organization.

Most of the challenges that I face in my career involve figuring out the optimal way—the optimal how—to get a job done successfully. LGO provided me with not only the analytical and problem-solving skill set that I needed to be truly effective but also the leadership and organization savvy that is so important for success in today’s business world.

Denise becomes the first woman in Cat’s top ranks ->

Caterpillar’s LGO partnership page ->

David Linders (LGO ’13)

Podimetrics

Position CTO/Co-founder

While at LGO MBA and SM in Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies University of Washington, Bioengineering

David worked in medical devices before MIT LGO. His team won the MIT 100K Business Plan Competition’s health science award. He and LGO classmate Brian Petersen subsequently launched Podimetrics. The company develops sensor devices to keep diabetic feet healthy.

In product development and operations, especially within a startup, every aspect of the business is interconnected and decisions in one area affect many others. The LGO program taught me to be a principled decision-maker in environments with uncertainty and many stakeholders.

Study shows Podimetrics’ Smart Mat improves foot ulcer detection ->

Podimetrics website ->

Wendy-Kay Logan (LGO ‘11)

Google

Position Director and Head of Business Strategy, Search Ads and Ads on Google Experiences

While at LGO MBA and SM Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Previous Studies Rice University, Computer Science

Wendy-Kay Logan currently leads Google’s long-term search advertisement growth strategy team across its $100B+ revenue portfolio. She previously led various Google initiatives specializing in user growth, product strategy, and monetization. She’s also led industry-wide initiatives like US strategy and rollout for Apple / Google Exposure Notifications to stop the spread of Covid-19. Before joining Google, Wendy-Kay was a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company and held product management and engineering roles at National Instruments and Motorola. In 2020, she was recognized among Silicon Valley’s Top 40 under 40.

LGO provided me with an expanded leadership and technical toolkit to apply to real-world problems. The program encourages leaders to focus on creating innovative yet pragmatic solutions, while incorporating a range of perspectives. Moreover, I treasure the relationships I formed during the program, which was made possible by the unique LGO  “family within a family.”

Viju Menon (LGO ’94)

Stryker

Position Group President, Global Quality and Operations

While at LGO MBA & SM Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Previous Studies University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Computer Science and Engineering

Viju had a 19-year Intel career, distinguished by key leadership roles such as Factory Manager and Head of Worldwide Supply Planning Operations. After leaving Intel, Viju joined Verizon Wireless as Vice President, Supply Chain, eventually rising to become Chief Supply Chain Officer for all of Verizon. In 2018 Viju was named Group President for Global Quality and Operations at Stryker.

LGO proved to be an amazing inflection point in shaping my world view, developing my leadership skills, and influencing my subsequent career trajectory. Even after 20 years, I still draw from my LGO toolkit when it comes to thinking big and leading transformational change. I am a big LGO believer.

Grace Overlander (LGO ’08)

Pinnacle Engines

Position CEO

While at LGO MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies University of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

Grace has managed leading companies in automotive energy technology. General Motors hired her after her MIT LGO graduation. Grace started as an assembly line manager for the Chevy Malibu, then transitioned to help launch the Chevy Volt battery manufacturing plant. Inspired by fast-paced product development in the automotive battery space, Grace joined Tesla as senior program manager for new product introduction. At Tesla she was responsible for the first builds of Tesla Energy and all battery and high-voltage products, and led engineering support of production for the company’s Models S and X vehicles. Grace was recognized as a leading woman in the renewable energy industry by the MIT Energy Initiative and U.S. Department of Energy in 2015. In 2019 Grace joined ultra-efficient engine startup Pinnacle Engines as CEO.

The LGO leadership curriculum and industry speaker series reinforced the importance of giving back to society, leading with my own leadership style, and leaving a legacy. These priorities have stayed with me through each role I’ve had.

Women in Clean Energy Symposium award as Business Leader ->

Grace’s profile by the MIT Alumni Association ->

Meghan Scanlon (LGO ‘00)

Boston Scientific

Position Senior Vice President and President, Urology and Pelvic Health

While at LGO MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering

Previous Studies Tufts University, Mechanical Engineering

Meghan has held leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson and now Boston Scientific since graduating from LGO. When she decided to become a mother, Johnson & Johnson created a position specifically for her. She was able to rotate through finance and operations before settling into a role in marketing. She now uses her technical fortitude with sound product rationalization to make decisions and get buy-in from others.

LGO is one of the most unique experiences for a woman from a technical background because it prepares you to make a very successful transition into a business leadership role. Plus, LGOs are the most well-rounded individuals in the professional world.

Boston Scientific’s LGO partnership page ->

Jason Trujillo (LGO ’07)

Stanley Black & Decker

Position Vice President of Performance Resiliency and HR Transformation

While at LGO MBA and SM Engineering Systems

Previous Studies University of New Mexico and University of Washington, Electrical Engineering

Jason Trujillo is currently Vice President of Performance Resiliency and HR Transformation at Stanley Black and Decker.  Performance Resiliency is one of four pillars of the SB&D Operating Model and ensures the company is prepared for volatility with technology-enabled value creation, advance data analytics, transformation of culture and ways of working, and lifelong learning resulting in margin expansion, growth and innovation.  Before joining SB&D Jason was the VP of Leadership and Learning Solutions at IBM for three years and prior held numerous leadership positions at Intel spanning technical, operational, business and people operations domains.

The intersection of technology, business, and people is ubiquitous across all industries.  LGO has been at the forefront of this transformation since its inception and embodies MIT’s hand and mind ethos.  The knowledge, network, and experience I gained in the program enables me to lead through any challenge with a solid foundation and the tools I need to continue to learn and grow. I wouldn’t trade my LGO experience for anything.

Tanja Vainio (LGO ’04)

ABB

Position Managing Director, Business Line Automotive Tier 1, Robotics and Automation Business, ABB

While at LGO MBA and SM in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Previous Studies Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen and Tampere University of Technology

After LGO, Tanja continued to build her 15-year career at ABB, holding global leadership roles in her operations career such as Vice President of Supply Chain Management for the Power Electronics business and Vice President/General Manager for Service and After-Sales in Power Electronics. After serving for nine years as ABB Country Manager for various areas of eastern Europe, Tanja moved in 2020 to take on a Managing Director role leading one of ABB’s enterprise-level businesses.

LGO’s integrated curriculum emphasizes leadership, business, and technical acumen. It was an incredible learning experience in the classroom, during the various company visits, and from the other students in the class. The LGO alumni community has also been a great asset for me—one that I’m using regularly even today.

Aimee Wiedmeyer (LGO ‘06)

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Position Director of Operations

While at LGO MBA and SM Civil and Environmental Engineering

Previous Studies Northwestern University, Environmental Engineering

Aimee Wiedmeyer isn’t just a director at Harley-Davidson: she’s also a customer. During her career, she has held positions like construction project manager, area manager, and manager of international projects. She leads continuous improvement projects for the company and does strategic business planning across several functions. Since joining the company she says she’s owned four motorcycles and enjoys supporting the company as a consumer just as much as an employee.

Jeff Wilke (LGO ’93)

Re:Build Manufacturing

Position Chairman and co-founder

While at LGO MBA and SM Chemical Engineering

Previous Studies Princeton University, Chemical Engineering

Jeff Wilke retired as Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer in February 2021. During his more than 21 years as a corporate officer, he led Amazon’s retail and third-party stores, Whole Foods Market, operations, marketing, Prime, and technology teams. Jeff led the deployment of techniques from lean manufacturing to create the infrastructure and technology that became Amazon Prime. His teams launched Prime Video, Prime Now, Prime Day, Amazon Fashion, and many other customer-facing innovations. Jeff helped create Amazon’s corporate culture and mechanisms, including Amazon’s Leadership Principles.

Jeff is Chairman and co-founder of Re:Build Manufacturing, which aims to integrate new technologies with conventional manufacturing businesses to accelerate growth and performance. Over the coming decades, the company expects to create new U.S. factories employing thousands of Americans. Prior to Amazon, he was VP of pharmaceutical fine chemicals at AlliedSignal. He began his working career in software development at Andersen Consulting. Jeff earned an MBA and S.M in chemical engineering in 1993 from MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. He also holds a BSE in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from Princeton. He served as chairman of the governing board for LGO from 2010 through 2020. He currently serves on the board of Code.org.

When I assumed leadership of Amazon.com’s operations in 1999, we needed a playbook—and fast. Fortunately, I had the LGO playbook, and it worked.