University of Pittsburgh

Executives-in-Residence Program

The Executives-in-Residence (EIRs) program gives students access to mentors with decades of experience in the corporate world. Having done it themselves, the executives know what it takes to earn a position atop the corporate ladder. The EIRs are happy to provide students with actionable feedback and advice.

Meet the Executives

Theresa Gallick

Theresa Gallick

Executive in Residence
tgallick@pitt.edu

Theresa Gallick is a well-versed marketing executive with broad experience in the consumer-healthcare-technology space. With an MBA from the University of Chicago, Ms. Gallick began her almost 20 year tenure with well-known CPG organizations. While at these multinational corporations, Ms Gallick honed her proficiency in all facets of consumer marketing. She applied those skills in launching new products, turning around declining businesses and jump-starting stagnant brands. Ms. Gallick then employed this expertise as she built the marketing function from scratch at BodyMedia, a technology start-up.

As VP of Marketing at BodyMedia, Theresa melded the worlds of brand marketing and product marketing to grow revenue, increase partnerships and accelerate product innovation. Ms. Gallick is particularly skilled at dissecting a business to uncover its unique benefits and hidden potential and then applying that knowledge to develop long-term strategic growth plans. What separates Ms. Gallick from most Marketing professionals is that she is equally proficient on the analytical and creative side of Marketing and – therefore – creates marketing programs that stand out from competition, build long-term equity and deliver high ROI.

 
Dawne S. Hickton

Dawne S. Hickton

Executive in Residence
dsh42@pitt.edu

Dawne S. Hickton is vice chair, president, and chief executive officer of RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE: RTI), a global supplier of advanced titanium mill products, fabricated components, and engineered systems for the aerospace, defense, energy, and medical markets. Ms. Hickton was named vice chairman and CEO on April 27, 2007, president on October 20, 2009, and has served as a member of RTI's board since 2007.

Ms. Hickton has over 25 years of diversified metals experience, including more than 14 years in the titanium industry spanning several business cycles.

Prior to joining RTI, Ms. Hickton was employed at USX Corporation, where she worked not only with the parent organization but also with its subsidiaries: US Steel, American Bridge Company, and US Steel Mining Company. From 1994 through 1997, she was assistant professor of Clinical Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Hickton was recently appointed as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Pittsburgh Branch. She is also a director of FNB Corporation (NYSE: FNB), where she serves on the Executive, Compensation, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees. Ms. Hickton is an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the International Titanium Association. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Aerospace Industries Association. Ms. Hickton also serves on the advisory council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and is a member of the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees serving on the Student Affairs and Audit Committees, as well as chairing the School of Law's Board of Visitors.

She is a 1979 graduate of the University of Rochester and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law in 1983.

Ms. Hickton resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, the Honorable David J. Hickton, and their children.

 
James B. Kelly

James B. Kelly

Executive in Residence
jbk43@pitt.edu

James Kelly is an experienced international executive and entrepreneur who directed the global growth of a variety of American firms in over fifteen countries. He lived in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia and speaks French and Italian. He was a founder, president and CEO of Flight Explorer, a software and IT solutions provider to the global aviation community acquired by Sabre Holdings. He also founded SynXis, a leading hotel reservation management software provider, also acquired by Sabre Holdings, where for eight years he served as president and CEO.

Jim is a former Vice President, International, of BDM, an 8,000-person Carlyle technical services firm now part of Northrop Grumman. He previously served as International Programs Vice President at SAIC and before that was Deputy Assistant Secretary, Economic Policy, Africa the Near East and South Asia under Secretary Malcolm Baldrige in the second Reagan Administration. Prior to joining the Administration he held various international engineering marketing positions, worked for several years on Capitol Hill and served six years in the Pennsylvania Legislature. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he served for ten years on the Pamplin Business School Advisory Board, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Ned Sherry

Edward "Ned" Sherry

Executive in Residence - EMBA
412-383-7168
nsherry@katz.pitt.edu

Edward C. "Ned" Sherry, Jr. most recently served as Vice President of The Callos Companies/OI Partners and Managing Principle of Right Management Consultants, both career transition and coaching firms. He previously worked as Vice President and Corporate Officer for Astrotech International Corporation, a publically traded manufacturer of large above ground storage tanks. His management responsibilities included plant operations, acquisitions and investor relations.

Prior to joining Astrotech, Mr. Sherry was President of four manufacturing companies. The businesses included the confectionary industry, china manufacturing, sign construction, and restoration. Total revenue of $64 million, responsibility for these four companies provided Mr. Sherry with valuable insight into small business operations.

Mr. Sherry moved to Pittsburgh to become Vice President/General Manager of Pennzoil Corporation's Retail Marketing Division - a $725 million operation.

Mr. Sherry began his career with Exxon Corporation and moved through several management assignments in numerous geographic locations throughout a 15 year period. He developed expertise in sales, marketing, distribution, finance, public affairs, and real estate acquisitions.

 
Bill Slivka

Bill Slivka

Executive in Residence
412-624-7087
waslivka@katz.pitt.edu

Bill is a seasoned business executive with 34 years in the consumer health industry. He has a deep level of experience across U.S. and international geographies, classic brand marketing, novel Rx-to-OTC switch products, and new business acquisition and commercialization.

From 1996 to 2010, Bill held several vice president positions with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, including head of the global smoking control and analgesics category units, and head of the U.S. smoking control business unit. In this latter role, Bill led a commercial team in driving the growth of a $500 million family of brands - Nicorette® Gum and NicoDerm® CQ® Patches - with over $100 million invested annually in programs that ranged from classic marketing to novel public health driven initiatives. In his earlier role as head of the global smoking cessation category unit, Bill led the roll out of GSK's smoking control products in a dozen European, Asian and Latin American countries.

Bill's final role at GSK, commercial head of GSK Consumer Healthcare's Venture Group, continued with several years of new business acquisition and licensing activity. He was charged with identifying and building the business cases for introducing and implementing new technologies needed to rapidly commercialize in the consumer health space. Bill also led the North America Strategy Team charged with long-term planning and allocation of investment.

Prior to GSK, Bill spent 18 years in several of Johnson & Johnson's consumer and OTC businesses in classic consumer marketing roles. His final two assignments included driving the commercial aspects of a partnership startup (J&J Merck), and leading J&J's global baby and wound products franchises.

Across most of his years at GSK and J&J, Bill has led or participated in company MBA recruiting programs targeting a full range of national business schools for both summer internship and fulltime hiring.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition to serving as Executive-in-Residence, Bill also consults to the pharmaceutical and selected technology industries.

Contact Bill for Katz initiatives in:

  • Senior Alumni
  • Select Part-Time/Evening Students
  • EMBA Requests
 
Jim Woll

Jim Woll

Executive in Residence
jcwoll@katz.pitt.edu

Jim Woll is a seasoned general manager and finance executive with extensive experience in the medical device industry. His career includes global experience in a high growth, high profit environment and experience in both corporate and business unit leadership roles.

Jim spent 25 years with Respironics, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based provider of innovative, market leading solutions for the treatment of sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders. During Jim's career at Respironics, annual revenues grew from $4 million to over $1 billion, headcount grew from 100 to almost 5,000, and 19 acquisitions were completed. In 2008, Respironics was acquired by Royal Philips Electronics for $5 billion, representing the largest acquisition in Philips' history.

From 2005 to 2010, Jim served as Vice President-Operations in the Respironics International Group where he managed the headquarters staff functions and a team of 20 employees in marketing, business development, finance, HR, IT, and supply chain support for this $500 million business with 1,100 employees in 25 countries. Jim served on the Board of Directors of Fuji RC, a Tokyo-based homecare company acquired in 2002 that was Respironics' largest business outside the United States. Working with a team of Philips executives in the Netherlands, Jim also led the successful integration of the International Group into Philips Healthcare's Global Sales and Service International and Emerging Markets business units in 2010.

Prior to assuming his general management role in the International business, Jim held executive positions in the Respironics finance organization for 20 years, serving most recently as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer from 1998 to 2005 where he directed a 50 person corporate finance team. Jim has extensive experience in acquisitions and related integrations, restructurings, ERP implementations, initial and secondary public offerings, credit/collection turnarounds, and investor relations. Jim also worked closely with the company's Board of Directors and its committees along with outside auditors, legal counsel and investment bankers.

Jim began his career with Ernst & Young, spending four years in the firm's Pittsburgh audit practice.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also earned a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Robert Morris University.

 
Greg Zovko

Greg Zovko

Executive in Residence - Macc
gazovko@katz.pitt.edu

Greg Zovko is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of financial and business experience. While he was the Vice President & Controller for the United States Steel Corporation, Greg had responsibility for all facets of accounting and business financial analysis, including financial reporting, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, forecasting, and managerial accounting. In this role he led and mentored a world-wide staff of professional accountants. He also has extensive experience dealing with credit rating agencies, investment banking firms, and investor relations. He was also the Chief Compliance Officer of the Corporation where he dealt with compliance and ethical requirements. During his career he worked very closely with several large accounting firms on audit and assurance, tax, internal audit, and consulting services.

Greg joined the United States Steel Corporation in 1983 as a Management Associate in the accounting department of its Mon Valley Steel Works near Pittsburgh. During the next 14 years he progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions in corporate audit and accounting before being named Controller of the Company's Clairton Works in 1997. He moved to corporate headquarters in 1998 to serve as Manager – Financial Analysis and, one year later, was named Controller for the Mon Valley Steel Works. In 2002, he returned to headquarters when he was advanced to Assistant Controller – Operations Accounting and Financial Analysis. He was named Controller – Flat-rolled Products & Assistant Corporate Controller in 2007. Greg was elected Vice President – Accounting in 2008 where he oversaw accounting functions for all of the Company’s business units, including North American flat-rolled and tubular products as well as European operations. He was appointed to the Vice President & Controller position in 2009. He retired from United States Steel in 2014.

Greg currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where he is a life trustee, vice chair, and chair of the finance committee. He also serves on the finance committee of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Greg earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1983, a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, and a Master's degree in Tax Administration from Duquesne University in 1998. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.