alumni leading the Internet revolution will fill panels at e-summit
out this list of University of Virginia grads who are big-time
Internet players: Timothy Koogle, CEO of Yahoo! (or is that Wahoo?);
Š Halsey Minor, CEO of CNET; ... Bertram Ellis, CEO of iXL; Michael
McQuary, COO of MindSpring; and Allison Abraham, COO of iVillage.
Unbelievable, huh? And that's just a partial list. So what's in
the water down in Charlottesville?
-- Fortune magazine, April 1999
COO, iVillage, Inc., Darden Graduate
School of Business Administration, 1988
Allison H. Abraham has been chief operating officer of iVillage
since June 1998. She is responsible for developing and implementing
the strategic direction of the company, an innovative online network
providing solutions to problems and issues facing women. Prior
to joining iVillage, she was president and chief operating officer
of OnCart, an online grocery service.
joined OnCart in September 1996 on a consulting basis as acting
vice president of sales and marketing, and was promoted to president,
chief operating officer, and member of the board of directors
in February 1997. At OnCart she set the strategic direction for
the company and served as the primary spokesperson to the media,
investors and key customer groups.
spent the previous five years at Ameritech where she was vice
president of marketing for the security monitoring business. Over
18 months tenure in that division, the business grew from $40
million to $250 million in revenues through a combination of acquisitions
and internal programs.
Bertram Ellis Jr.
Chair and CEO, iXL Enterprises, Inc., College
of Arts & Sciences, 1975, and Darden Graduate School of Business
U. Bertram (Bert) Ellis Jr. is the chair and chief executive officer
of iXL Enterprises, the parent company of iXL, Inc., and Consumer
Financial Network. He founded iXL Enterprises, a global company
that helps businesses embrace and take advantage of new technology,
in April 1996.
1993 to 1996 he served as president and CEO of Ellis Communications,
an Atlanta-based company which owned and operated 13 television
stations, two radio stations, and Raycom, a sports production/marketing
firm which purchased Ellis Communications in 1996.
1986 to 1992, Ellis founded and served as president/CEO/COO of
Act III Broadcasting, a broadcast group comprising eight Fox-affiliate
television stations which was purchased in 1995 by Sullivan Broadcasting.
In 1997, Ellis was named Ernst & Young's Southeast Area Master
Entrepreneur of the Year.
is a trustee on the Darden Business School Foundation Board.
Lawton Wehle Fitt
Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Darden Graduate School
of Business Administration, 1979
first 10 years of Lawton W. Fitt's career were spent in the corporate
finance department of Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s New York and London
offices. She worked with a wide range of clients on financings,
mergers and other transactions. In 1989, she joined the Equity
Capital Markets group where she became responsible for the execution
of initial public offerings (IPOs) and other equity financings,
concentrating on high technology companies. In all, Fitt has been
responsible for an estimated 250 transactions in the past decade.
became involved in financing Internet companies in 1995 with the
IPO of UUnet. Since then, Fitt has quarterbacked the IPOs of such
star performers as Yahoo!, eBay, iVillage and eToys. In September
1999, she was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Electronic
Business by Business Week magazine, and in October 1999, was included
in Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.
A graduate of Brown University, Fitt received her M.B.A. from
Darden in 1979 and immediately joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. She
is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Darden School Foundation.
CEO, Yahoo! School of
Engineering and Applied Science, 1973
In 1995 a headhunter called Timothy A. Koogle to tell him about
a tiny company called Yahoo!, which had just four employees. He
transformed the handmade directory of web sites into one the Internet's
best known names, visited by some 80 million people each month.
he joined Yahoo! a year after it started, Koogle developed the
model that every major search engine has followed: make the site
free to users and support it with advertising. Yahoo! will sell
about $500 million in advertising this year. He also was the first
to figure out how to use the search engine as the nucleus of a
much broader, more inclusive service that has come to be known
as a portal.
graduated at the top of his engineering class at U.Va. in 1973.
Chair & CEO, CNET, Inc., College of Arts & Sciences, 1987
M. Minor founded CNET Inc. in 1992 after first working in investment
banking. His goal was large: CNET is an integrated media company
created to be the leading source of information and services relating
to computers and technology.
chair and CEO, he has built CNET into one of the world's leading
new-media companies. He also has pioneered a media marriage between
television and the Web, using television programming to make complex
subject matter about technology widely accessible.
CNET's network of Web sites on technology news and computer products
draws more than 8 million users a month, while its weekly television
series are broadcast by several cable networks to more than 70
a web-directory portal that CNET publishes with NBC, has further
expanded CNET's extensive offerings.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Citrix Systems, Inc., College
of Arts & Sciences, 1978
Mark B. Templeton became president and chief executive officer
of Citrix Systems, Inc., in January, after serving as the company's
president for one year and vice president of worldwide marketing
for the previous 2 1Ž2 years.
president, Templeton is responsible for Citrix's global strategy,
planning and operations. Under his direction, Citrix has achieved
strong international growth, extending operations across Europe,
Latin America, Japan and the Asia/Pacific region. Under Templeton's
leadership, the company established an iBusiness unit focused
on web-based application deployment, and is playing a key role
in the emerging Application Service Provider market.
which was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., is the nation's 18th-largest software company and a world
leader in system software for server-based computing with $248.6
million in revenues.
joining Citrix in 1995 as vice president of marketing, Templeton
gained more than a dozen years of experience in management positions
at UB Networks, Keyfile Corporation and LANSystems.
Managing Partner, Chase Capital Partners, McIntire
School of Commerce, 1977
Jeffrey C. Walker is currently the managing partner of Chase Capital
Partners, Chase's $7.5 billion global private equity fund, and
a senior managing director and member of the executive committee
and the policy council of The Chase Manhattan Bank. Before co-founding
Chase Capital Partners in 1984, Walker worked in the investment
banking and finance divisions of Chemical Bank and the audit and
consulting divisions of Arthur Young & Co. He is a certified public
accountant and a certified management accountant.
He currently serves on the advisory boards of Latin American Enterprise
Fund, Weston Presidio Capital and TSG Partners, and is on the
investment committee of the Chase Asia Investment Partners, Chase
Private Equity Partners Select and Chase Indocean Funds.
serves on the McIntire School of Commerce board of trustees.
Jeffrey D. Nuechterlein
Managing Director, National Gypsum Company, College of Arts &
Sciences, 1979, School
of Law, 1986
Jeffrey D. Nuechterlein manages public and private equity investments
at National Gypsum Company (NGC), a manufacturer and supplier
of products and services used worldwide in building and construction.
He also is an active venture capital investor in early stage Internet
companies. Before joining NGC, he was outside legal counsel to
several U.S. semiconductor companies, counsel to the U.S. Senate's
Technology & Law Subcommittee and senior counsel to the U.S. Trade
who lectures frequently at Oxford University and at U.S. business
schools, has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University,
teaching International Trade Relations & Legal Regulation of International
Transactions to graduate students.
addition to his two U.Va. degrees, Nuechterlein received an M.A.
and D.Phil. from Oxford.