Biographies of Spring 2008 Participants

  [Stephanie Capparell]
Stephanie Capparell
Author of The Real Pepsi Challenge
Senior special writer, The Wall Street Journal


Stephanie Capparell is a journalist, author, and filmmaker based in New York City. She is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, where she edits the paper's Marketplace page columns. She has worked for the Journal for the past 17 years, having first joined the newspaper's Brussels office in August 1990 to edit the European edition.

Her most recent book, The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business, was published in January by Wall Street Journal Books / Free Press. A case study of Pepsi-Cola Co.'s groundbreaking all-black sales division (1940-1951), it tells the story of some of the first African-Americans to work in the corporate world. An important chapter in the history of marketing in America, the book also explores the social history of the country before Jackie Robinson, before Rosa Parks, before Brown vs. Board of Education.

Capparell's first book Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer was published in 2001 by Viking, with co-author Margot Morrell. It made top-ten business bestseller lists in the U.S., U.K., and Canada and was translated into six languages. It is the story of Ernest Shackleton, stranded in the Antarctic with his ship's crew 1,200 miles from civilization, who fought hunger, desperation and mind-boggling cold for nearly two years to get all of his men to safety. The book is a thrilling survival story as well as a guide for effective leadership during crisis.

Capparell also works in film, and will soon release a feature-length documentary on the late Turkish dissident poet, Nazim Hikmet. She produced and co-directed and co-wrote Nazim Hikmet: Living Is No Laughing Matter with Turkish journalist Niyazi Dalyanci. The movie was filmed in the U.S., Turkey, France, and Russia, and features interviews with family and friends of the poet.

Capparell is a native of Ohio. She attended St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and received a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University. She graduated with a Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 1986, and earned a certificate from its Middle East Institute.

  [Maurice Cox]
Maurice Cox
Vice President of Corporate Development & Diversity, Pepsi-Cola Company
Maurice Cox is Vice President, Corporate Development & Diversity at Pepsi-Cola Company, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., and is responsible for providing strategic guidance on a range of workplace and marketplace diversity issues that impact the company's employees and its market performance.

PepsiCo, a world leader in convenient foods and beverages, considers its performance in the area of diversity as a strategic imperative. The company is committed to having a workforce that reflects the markets it serves and to having an environment that is inclusive of all. Cox has developed and led many innovative initiatives that integrate diversity performance across business functions and helped to establish PepsiCo as a leader in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Prior to assuming this position, Cox was Director of Government Affairs for Pepsi-Cola, serving as the company's chief lobbyist and public policy strategist for all federal, state and local government affairs. He joined the company in 1981 as Manager of Communications.

Before joining Pepsi-Cola, he was Assistant Director of Communications for Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based business trade lobbying group. He began his career as a journalist for the Greensboro (NC) Daily News & Recors. He is also a former editor of Builder & Contractor Magazine.

He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Executive Leadership Foundation, the Associated Black Charities and Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers. In addition, he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Howard University School of Business and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a former trustee of The Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts. He is also a former mentor with the White Plains (NY) Youth Bureau.

He has been listed in Ebony Magazine as among the top African-American corporate executives in the United States.

A native of Dover, NC, he earned an economics degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He resides in Armonk, NY with his wife, Earlene Hardie Cox, an attorney. He has two children, Michelle and Michael.

  [Kevin J. Wynne]
Kevin J. Wynne
Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, Pace University
Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Scholar to Sogang University
Kevin J. Wynne teaches courses in financial management, international finance, investments, and derivatives in the BBA and MBA programs at Pace University. He was voted teacher of the year by a student honor society. He has participated in conferences and student presentations using videoconferencing. Significant portions of his class lectures incorporate computer/internet applications. Dr. Wynne has published articles on such topics as Japanese direct investment, counter-trade using swaps, financial decisions facing electrical utilities, and non-linear equity modeling. His current research interests include risk management, executive compensation, and innovative teaching methods. He has been involved in developing finance training programs for investment banks and money center banks.

Dr. Wynne is an Associate Professor of Finance and Economics. Previously he was Program Chair for the Undergraduate Economics and Finance Department. He earned his BA in economics/political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MA and PhD in economics from Fordham University

  [Richard F. Zannino]
Richard F. Zannino, MBA '84
Former Chief Executive Officer
Dow Jones & Company
Richard Zannino was most recently chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Company and a member of the Company's board of directors since Feb. 1, 2006. Reporting to the board, Mr. Zannino directly or indirectly managed all the Company's business units and staff departments.

From July 2002 until his current appointment, Mr. Zannino was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones and a member of the Company's executive committee. All operating units of the Company reported to him, as did technology, and corporate marketing. The finance, strategy and human resources operations reported jointly to Mr. Zannino and Peter R. Kann, chairman of Dow Jones. During this period, Mr. Zannino sat on the boards of the Company's Smart Money and Factiva joint ventures.

Mr. Zannino joined Dow Jones as chief financial officer in February 2001. He led the Company's finance, strategic planning, investor relations and technology activities, and had oversight of Barron's.

Before joining Dow Jones, Mr. Zannino held senior executive positions at Liz Claiborne, Inc., from 1998 to 2001, ultimately becoming executive vice president in charge of finance, administration and its retail, fragrance and licensing divisions. He worked briefly as chief financial officer of General Signal Corporation in 1998 prior to its sale. Before that, he'd been at Saks Holdings Inc. from 1993 until early 1998, most recently as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In 1981, Mr. Zannino began his career at Continental Group, Inc., in Stamford, CT, From 1984 through 1986, he held financial positions at Emery Worldwide, and then at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., from 1986 to 1991 and JWP during 1992. He serves as a Vice Chairman of the Advertising Education Foundation, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Villanova University's College of Commerce and Finance, a member of the Columbia Business School Media Forum, and is actively involved with The Institute for Collaborative Education, a New York City public school.

Mr. Zannino earned a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and an MBA from Pace University.