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Michael Fitzgerald
President
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Michael grew up in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Energy Management. After graduation, he spent seven years at ConocoPhillips in the oil and gas industry working as a Landman. If you want to know what a Landman is, watch There Will Be Blood or Promised Land. As a Landman, he bought, sold, and transacted on oil and gas assets. Michael is concentrating in Marketing, Operations, and BAMS while at Kenan-Flagler. He spent this past summer as a Brand Management Intern at Hershey but will be working full-time in Merchandising Operations for Walmart after graduating. He loves traveling, spending time with his wife and dogs, and meeting new people.

 


Kirsten Royster
Executive Vice President
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Kirsten grew up in Jamestown, NC, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, she worked in San Diego as an Enterprise Account Management working with retail and manufacturing clients. She decided to make an early career switch and moved to New York City, where she worked for Jet.com (now a part of Walmart) as an eCommerce Category Lead and also had a stint within the Office of the CEO for a FinTech in Brooklyn. At Kenan-Flagler, Kirsten is concentrating in Marketing and Technology + Entrepreneurship and interned at Amazon. In her free time, she enjoys live music and sports, cooking for friends, and spending time outside.

 


Madison Davenport
VP of First-Year Experience
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Madison grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA, and attended the University of South Carolina for undergrad where she studied marketing and management. After graduating from USC, Madison moved to Charlotte, NC where she started her career in general marketing before moving to Chicago IL, to work for US Foods and Kraft Heinz in B2B brand marketing roles. In her spare time, Madison loves being back in NC where half her family lives and spending as much time as possible at the beach. For her professional internship, Madison spent her time with Johnson & Johnson as a summer associate working on a global strategy for products within the LISTERINE brand.

 

Caroline Mangan
VP of First-Year Experience
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Originally from Charlotte, NC, Caroline attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree, studying mass media and journalism. After graduation, Caroline began her career at Morgan Stanley in Washington, DC working as a virtual engagement associate for financial advisors across the nation. Carolina is concentrating in marketing and pursuing an enrichment in entrepreneurship. Most recently, Caroline worked for Inspire Brands as a marketing analytics summer intern for the campaign programming team. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, pilates, going for long walks, playing pickleball, and going out with friends.

 


Jake Polansky
VP of Learning & Development
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Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Jake completed his undergraduate degree at Miami University (Ohio), where he studied marketing. After graduating, Jake spent five years working as an Account Executive for SCC, an independent advertising agency, focusing on supporting sports and entertainment clients such as the Chicago Cubs and Indiana Pacers. Jake is concentrating in marketing with plans to pursue a career in brand management after spending his summer internship at Molson Coors Beverage Company. Outside of school, Jake enjoys anything food and beverage related, keeping up with the latest movies and TV shows and all things outdoors.

 

Sofia Skliros
VP of Learning & Development
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Sofia graduated from American University with a bachelor’s in International Studies & Communications. Prior to business school, she spent six years working for DuPont in various Marketing roles supporting brands such as Kevlar® and Corian®. She is concentrating in marketing and interned at Nestlé as a Summer Marketing Associate for the S.Pellegrino brand. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her Greek Panamanian family (or Facetiming them), outside on walks, checking out new restaurants, or at a museum.

 


Nadine Igdal
VP of Shadow Days
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Nadine grew up in Hickory, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Public Health. Following graduation, she spent a year and a half at UNC Health working as an internal consultant for the health system’s strategy department. In her free time, Nadine enjoys spending time with friends and family in the area as well as cooking, hiking with her dog, and skiing wherever she can find some snow. At Kenan-Flagler, Nadine is concentrating in Marketing and Healthcare and is excited for her role on the marketing board and as a career mentor. Post-MBA, Nadine is most looking forward to moving up north to join Bristol Myers Squibb as a Product Manager.

 


Julia Keating
VP of Finance
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Julia Keating graduated from Emory University with a degree in history. She stayed in Atlanta and started her own videography business which she ran for four year. At Kenan-Flagler, Julia is concentrating in consulting and marketing. This summer she interned as a Senior Consultant at Cognizant in their Organizational Change Management practice. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and keeping her three plants alive (Estella, Sean Paul, and Drogon).

 


Javier Madriz
VP of Social Engagement
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Javi is originally from Guatemala City, Guatemala, and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Marketing and Consulting. Prior to attending business school, he worked at StrongKey, a cybersecurity startup, doing Product Marketing Strategy. At Kenan-Flagler, Javi is concentrating in Marketing with an emphasis in Data Analytics. This summer Javi interned with Dell Technologies as a Product Marketing Intern. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer and tennis, as well as traveling.

 

Brian Xu
VP of Social Engagement
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Brian grew up in Yorktown, VA, and attended Cornell where he earned a BS in Operations Research. He then moved to Charlottesville, VA, and spent several years working with GE Digital in a variety of roles. Most recently, Brian worked at Cisco in product management and looks forward to pursuing similar opportunities after business school. Brian enjoys real estate investing, triathlons, marathons, and randonneuring.

 


Blair Gattis
VP of Communications
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Originally from Hillsborough, NC, Bair earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to business school, she worked for Go Fish Digital, a marketing agency in Raleigh, NC, on their influencer marketing team. This summer, Blair interned with Dell Technologies in their Global Marketing division. In her free time, Blair enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, playing pickleball, and cheering on the Tar Heels.

 


Nimish Paripatyadar
VP of Case Competition
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Nimish is originally from Houston, TX, and he completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. Prior to business school, he worked for seven years as a consultant in the population health industry. This summer, he interned with Dell Technologies as a Product Marketing intern on the Alienware portfolio, working to improve the customer experience with gaming notebooks. Outside of school, Nimish enjoys staying active, cooking, and gaming.

 


Alexandra Alfonso
VP of Diversity and Inclusion
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Ally is originally from NJ/NYC and attended George Washington University in D.C. for her undergraduate degree in Sociology. Before attending UNC, she worked as a Lead Analyst for Steer EV, an electric vehicle company. Ally is currently concentrating in Marketing and Operations and hopes to work in Brand Management or Sales. This summer she interned with Arrival, an electric bus and van company based out of the UK. While not in class you can find Ally watching Frasier, going for walks, or trying new local restaurants. She is still in search of the best sushi and tacos in Chapel Hill!

 


Sierra Devalkenaere
VP of Corporate Relations
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Sierra is originally from Toronto, Canada where she graduated from Ryerson University in 2019 with a degree in marketing & finance. Prior to business school, Sierra worked at The Hershey Company as an Assistant Brand Manager on the seasons marketing team, leading the Valentine’s portfolio. During the summer of 2021, Sierra interned on Dell’s consumer merchandising team working with the XPS premium portfolio. Outside of the classroom, she loves dancing, cooking, exploring new restaurants, going to the beach, and being social with friends.