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Read recent news here about Broad graduates who are making their mark in a wide range of industries. Have a career or personal milestone that you'd like to share? Send it to alumni@broad.msu.edu.

Brian Kesseler (BA Financial Administration ’88)

Brian Kesseler (BA Financial Administration ’88) has been promoted as Tenneco’s new chief executive officer. Kesseler joined Tenneco in January 2015 as chief operating officer. He also serves as a member of the Tenneco board of directors. Prior to joining Tenneco, he was president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, a role he assumed in 2013. Kesseler joined Johnson Controls in 1994 and served in leadership roles in the company’s Automotive Experience and Building Efficiency businesses. He began his manufacturing career with Ford Motor Company.


Joel Clum (BA Finance ’08)

Joel Clum (BA Finance ’08) has been named the chief operating officer of Unishippers Global Express. He had been chief operating officer of Worldwide Express (WWE) which was sold and combined with Unishippers Global Express. The move creates one of the largest third-party logistics providers in the United States with more than $1 billion in annual sales.

Clum is the 2014 recipient of the Broad College of Business Young Alumni Achievement Award.


Kory Klein (BA Accounting ’14, MS Accounting ’15)

Kory Klein (BA Accounting ’14, MS Accounting ’15) was promoted from staff accountant to senior staff accountant at UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm. The firm provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY has locations in 14 US locations, three in southeast Michigan.


Kristyn Reed-Salow (BA Accounting ’92)

Kristyn Reed-Salow (BA Accounting ’92) is now chief financial officer at Framebridge, an online retailer of custom framing solutions. Based in Washington, DC, the company was launched in 2014, offering a custom framing service with pricing 50 to 70 percent lower than traditional framing retailers. Framebridge customers can complete the entire process using their computer or iPhone.


Michael Kaczmarek (BA Finance ’07)

Michael Kaczmarek (BA Finance ’07) joined Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL) as vice president. He had been a member of the Investment Team at Rockbridge Growth Equity. Kaczmarek was a Financial Markets Institute (FMI) Scholar while a student at the Broad College of Business.


Pilar Tarry (BA Business Prelaw ’90, MBA Finance ’92)

Pilar Tarry (BA Business Prelaw ’90, MBA Finance ’92) has been named a director in AlixPartners’ Turnaround and Restructuring Services group. She helps large and middle-market companies devise and implement complex restructuring solutions, primarily within a court-supervised framework. She has expertise in contingency planning and case management, negotiation of the recapitalization of debt obligations, and the design of crisis communication programs by leading vendor management programs and implementing restructuring transactions, primarily section 363 sales and recapitalization transactions. Pilar is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor.


Robert “Bob” Driessnack (BA Accounting ’89)

Robert “Bob” Driessnack (BA Accounting ’89), has been named chief financial officer at PrimeLineUS. PrimeLine Utility Services is a leading provider of construction, maintenance and design solutions for the electric, gas and telecommunication industries. Clients range from municipalities and cooperatives to large investor-owned utilities, telecommunication companies, and commercial and industrial firms.

Bob is the 2016-2017 president of the Broad College Alumni Board. Before joining PrimeLine US he was chief financial officer at Esri, Inc.



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