Executive Cabinet & Business Advisory Council

“Next Lives Here” is more than a maxim for the University of Cincinnati, but also informs our college's approach for developing future business problem solvers and engaging with the region's business community.

When Dean Marianne Lewis took the helm as the first female dean in Lindner's 115-year history, she recruited new and recognizable players in the business community to play key roles in helping advance strategic initiatives.

Learn more about Lindner's Executive Cabinet and Business Advisory Council below.

Executive Cabinet


Dean Marianne Lewis (first row, center) with members of the Executive Cabinet in fall 2023. Top, from left: Laurence Jones, Kirk Perry, Delores Hargrove-Young, Leigh Fox, Howard Elliott and Julia Poston. Bottom, from left: Clarissa Niese, Kerry Byrne, Senior Director of Development Lauren Jacquot and Richard Thornburgh. Not pictured: John Berding, David Eslick, Bob Fealy, Shashank Saxena and Stephanie Smith.

The Lindner Executive Cabinet is a small group of senior executives who exemplify the transformational and inclusive leaders our college strives to educate. The Cabinet advises the Dean in advancing a bold vision and transformative strategic initiatives for the future of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Cabinet membership includes approximately a dozen senior executives and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Business Advisory Council (BAC). Responsibilities include serving as the dean's closest advisors in advancing transformative strategic opportunities for the college.

Laurence F. Jones III ('00)
BAC Chair
President, RiskVersity

Clarissa (Crissy) Niese ('03)
BAC Vice Chair & Ex Officio on Executive Cabinet
Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President, Tire Discounters

John B. Berding ('85)
President, American Financial Group, Inc.

Kerry Byrne ('87)
President, TQL    

Howard D. Elliott
Founder and President, Elliott Management Group

David L. Eslick ('83)
Chairman and CEO, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Robert L. (Bob) Fealy ('73, '13)
Managing Member, Limerick Investments

Leigh R. Fox ('01)
President and CEO, altafiber

Delores Hargrove-Young
Vice Chairwoman, d.e. Foxx & Associates

Kirk L. Perry ('90, '15)
President and CEO, Circana

Molly North ('97)
CEO, Al. Neyer

Julia W. Poston
Former Managing Partner (retired), Ernst & Young

Shashank Saxena ('08)
Managing Director, Sierra Ventures

Stephanie A. Smith ('87)
Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Fifth Third Bank North America

Richard E. (Dick) Thornburgh ('74, '09)
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, S&P Global

Business Advisory Council

The Business Advisory Council (BAC) provides advice, counsel and assistance to the leadership of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The BAC includes a cross-section of business leaders from the Greater Cincinnati region and national business community, representing small, medium and large companies from the public, private and family-owned sectors. Council members are appointed to three-year terms.

BAC meetings focus attention on the college’s progress and notable achievements, new initiatives and how they relate to business, challenges facing the academic and business community, and other areas of mutual concern. Members take an active role in Council deliberations, ultimately recommending actions that contribute to the quality of our programs and strengthen the school’s overall reputation. Members can also contribute by:

  • Educating others about the mission, objectives and accomplishments of the college.
  • Financially supporting the college.
  • Volunteering for specific committees.
  • Serving as guest speakers or lecturers.
  • Offering individual consultation on specific problems within their areas of expertise.
  • Hiring our students and graduates.
  • Identifying new Business Advisory Council members.

Laurence F. Jones III 
BAC Chair & Executive Cabinet Ex Officio 
President, RiskVersity

Clarissa (Crissy) Niese 
BAC Vice Chair & Executive Cabinet Ex Officio 
Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President, Tire Discounters

Scott E. Anderson 
President, HBH Holdings, Inc.

Adam Ante 
Chief Financial Officer, Paycor

John Bultema 
President & CEO, Columbus Life Insurance & Lafayette Life Insurance, Western & Southern Financial Group

William J. Davis 
President & Chief Executive Officer, ABC Fitness Solutions

Jerry L. Fritz  
Co-Chairman (Retired), Kent Precision Foods Group

Scott A. Garula 
Senior Vice President, Rental Division, Cintas Corporation

Maria Cristina Gomez
Senior Vice President (retired), Procter & Gamble

Paul D. Green 
Americas Consumer Products & Retail Tax Market Segment Leader, Ernst & Young

Arnold C. Hanish 
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer (retired), Eli Lilly and Company

Jessica Iacobucci 
Executive, Services Operations, GE Aerospace

Harlan D. Jackson 
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, KOST USA, Inc

LaVandez T. Jones 
Deal Lead, Diverse Founders Investing, Wellington Management

Robert W. Jones 
President & Chief Executive Officer, ASJ Enterprises

Liz Keating 
Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy, Cincinnati Regional Chamber

Robert J. King Jr. 
President & CEO, Park View Federal Savings Bank

Patty Klingbiel
President & Principal, The Connell Group

Lynne Laube 
Operating Partner, Valor Ventures

Craig S. Lewis 
President (Retired), Ironshore Pharmaceuticals America

Roddell McCullough 
Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, First Financial Bank

Matthew Miner 
Global Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer & Special Counsel, Walmart

Steven D. Mullinger 
Regional President, Huntington National Bank

Troy Neat 
Executive Director – Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Roger K. Newport 
CEO (Retired), AK Steel Corporation 

William C. Ogle 
Senior Managing Partner, Blue Harbor Capital Advisors

Scott Oyler 
Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer, Olyer Hines Group

Charles Rinehart 
Chief Investment Officer, Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc.

Jude Schramm  
Chief Information Officer, Fifth Third Bank

Tony L. Shipley 
Chairman, Queen City Angels

Craig P. Todd 
Chief Executive Officer, AMEND Consulting

Woodrow H. Uible 
Senior Portfolio Manager, Bartlett Wealth Management

Warren F. Weber 
Regional President, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, PNC Bank

Diane P. Weidner 
Vice President, Investor & Media Relations, American Financial Group Inc.

Janelle Wichmann 
Vice President, Marketing, Native, Procter & Gamble