Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daily Princetonian Profiles Brig. General Mark Milley

In an article aptly titled, "The Guy You Want in the Foxhole," The Daily Princetonian profiled classmate Mark Milley today. Describing Milley's career, the article notes,

Milley is the University’s highest ranked alumnus in the armed forces, an honor previously held by Gen. David Petraeus GS ’87. Petraeus succeeded Gen. Stanley McChrystal as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in 2010 before retiring from the army this past August to take up his new role as director of the CIA.

A two-star general, Milley is also the new commander of the famed 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum in Northern New York — and despite having thought about leaving the armed forces over the past three decades, he only keeps advancing.

Steve Sashihara Discusses His New Book with Consulting Magazine

Steve Sashihara talked about his new book, The Optimization Edge: Reinventing Decision Making to Maximize All Your Company’s Assets, in the new issue of Consulting Magazine. Steve, the president and CEO of Princeton Consultants (nice name, Steve!) argues that downsizing is no way to grow a company. Instead, the smart firms have figured out a better way to make business decisions. In the book and his practice, he shows clients how to squeeze every ounce of value from their company, even under the perfect storm conditions of the last few years. The two-page spread starts like this:

Consulting: I know Princeton Consultants has always had a heavy focus on optimization, but why did you decide to write the book?

Steve SashiharaSashihara:
We’ve been focused on optimization as a small boutique firm for 30 years now. Optimization was traditionally always a nice-to-do, a nice-to-have for very high-end companies, but we now believe it is becoming a categorical imperative. People know a lot about analytics, but don’t realize that optimization is at the very high end of the analytics spectrum. I was trying to explain it to clients, and I realized that no real definition of optimization existed out there. So, I figured I’d write the book.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Robert Klitzman Reflects on "The Uses and Misuses of 9/11"

Robert Klitzman, whose sister was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, reflects on the 10th anniversary of the attacks in The Nation. He writes,

Ten years ago today, my sister died at the World Trade Center. That day, the world changed – as did my life, and that of my family.

Every year since, on the anniversary of that day, my family and I debate whether to go to ground zero, whether to read the names of the deceased before the world’s news cameras.

For the first two anniversaries of her death, we went to the site of the attack. Then we stopped. It was too painful, opening up too many wounds. We have commemorated her in other ways -- going to her the grave where we buried, in a baby coffin, the two bones that of hers that had been found. We revisited the house on Long Island where we all grew up.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Anne-Marie Slaughter Reflects on 9/11 in PAW Essay

Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, contributed an essay titled "It's About the People in the September 14 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. She writes in part,

A month after I arrived in Princeton, Shirley Tilghman inaugurated the 9/11 Memorial Garden between East Pyne and Chancellor Green. One of the names on the circle of flagstones commemorating the 13 Princetonians who lost their lives that day was my classmate Bob Deraney ’80; another was Josh Rosenthal *81, a Woodrow Wilson School graduate alum whom I had met in New York through close Princeton friends. Those memorial stones were taken from different paths across the Princeton campus, a powerful image of the many ways in which all our lives intersected at Princeton and beyond. That was so much of the horror of 9/11: Behind the headlines of an event that launched two wars and elevated global terrorist networks to a threat previously posed only by other states were the heart-wrenching details of the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, siblings, and friends lost. Al-Qaida attacked symbols of American financial, military, and political might, but ended about 3,000 individual lives and darkened tens of thousands more.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Robert Kasdin Serving on Board of 9/11 Memorial Group

Bob Kasdin is serving as a member of the board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The museum's website describes the project in detail, and lists the name and memorial location of classmate Bob Deraney, who was killed on 9-11 at the World Trade Center. The museum says,

Robert Kasdin was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of Columbia University in March 2002 and assumed his responsibilities as of September 1, 2002. Prior to joining Columbia University, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Michigan, he was the Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and from 1988-1992 he was the Vice President and General Counsel for Princeton University Investment Company.