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Looking back, looking ahead

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It is our pleasure to provide you with this special commemorative issue of Connect — the magazine for and about EY alumni. In this issue, we are pleased to highlight some of our favorite articles, published over the years, based on feedback from you, our readers, as well as our editors. We also wanted to provide a way for our newer alumni to see some of the great alumni stories from the past.

As I was reacquainting myself with these articles, I was struck not only by the breadth of all that EY alumni are doing and have accomplished, but by the way so many of you, just like EY, are helping to build a better working world.

We hope you enjoy this special issue of Connect and that you will be inspired to stay connected to EY and your fellow alumni.

Please also note that, starting in 2014, we will be moving to a spring/fall editorial schedule to better align with our primary alumni relations events “seasons.” So, watch for your next full issue, coming in March.

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Steve Howe
Americas Managing Partner


Connecting through the years


EY - Patricia Woertz: Fresh perspectives

Patricia Woertz: Fresh perspectives

Not only is Woertz the leader of Archer Daniels Midland Company, but she is also one of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” (May 2009)


EY - Thomas W. Jones: Navigating new waters

Thomas W. Jones: Navigating new waters

This former Citibank CEO is now in the business of helping others grow their businesses.


EY - Arthur Blank: Field of dreams

Arthur Blank: Field of dreams

When it comes to building a better working world, few people have the unique combination of heart and resources as EY alum Arthur Blank. (May 2010)


EY - Kimberly Aiken Cockerham: Taking the plunge

Kimberly Aiken Cockerham: Taking the plunge

Whether she’s preparing financial statements or helping the less fortunate, alumna and former Miss America Kimberly Aiken Cockerham displays remarkable commitment and enthusiasm. (May 2010)


EY - Bill Rhodes: He is in the zone at AutoZone

Bill Rhodes: He’s in the zone at AutoZone

In March 2005, alum Bill Rhodes received an unexpected phone call that rocked his world: he’d just been appointed chairman of AutoZone, making him the youngest Fortune 500 CEO at the time. (December 2010)


EY - David Bergman: Protecting his house

David Bergman: Protecting his house

When David Bergman joined Under Amour in 2004, the maverick athletic apparel company was just starting to muscle out some turf in a field dominated by a handful of multibillion-dollar mega-brands. (December 2010)


EY - Gary Fayard: Tasting success at Coca-Cola

Gary Fayard: Tasting success at Coca-Cola

Gary Fayard takes great pride in The Coca-Cola Company image — something he describes as fun, wholesome and founded upon integrity. (May 2011)


EY - Leslie Seidman: Focused on global quality

Leslie Seidman: Focused on global quality

With her appointment as Chairman of the FASB, Leslie Seidman may be the most visible US advocate for a single set of quality global accounting standards. (May 2011)


EY - Emanuel (Manny) Chirico: Always in fashion

Emanuel (Manny) Chirico: Always in fashion

In the fashion industry, consumer loyalty is hard to come by. To learn the secret, there is no better teacher than Manny Chirico. (December 2011)


EY - Charles Holley: Shopping for innovation

Charles Holley: Shopping for innovation

Charles Holley set out to become a dentist. Instead, he became Chief Financial Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the largest company on the planet. (December 2011)


EY - Katherine Hammack: Saving energy, saving lives

Katherine Hammack: Saving energy, saving lives

An Assistant Secretary of the Army, this presidential appointee is on a mission to save soldiers’ lives. (December 2011)


EY - Gary Kelly: Reaching new heights

Gary Kelly: Reaching new heights

Gary Kelly is piloting Southwest Airlines into the future, while preserving the carrier’s rich and unique heritage. (May 2012)


EY - Christine Komola: Making it look easy

Christine Komola: Making it look easy

As CFO of Staples, many are surprised to learn that Christine Komola is also CFO of the largest internet retailer in the world. (May 2012)


EY - Ginger Lew: Transformative change

Ginger Lew: Transformative change

For the past 30 years, Ginger Lew has been committed to helping entrepreneurs and emerging businesses — both as a private advisor and at the White House. (May 2012)


EY - Across the board: EY alumni bring top talent

Across the board: EY alumni bring top talent

We convened a panel of five alumni who serve on leading boards to ask them about what it means to serve. (December 2012)


EY - 20 years in the making

EY: 20 years in the making

The story of the former Chairman responsible for the merger that created EY is a study in leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial zeal. (December 2009)


EY - A legacy of leadership: Celebrating EY leadership

A legacy of leadership: Celebrating EY leadership

Under the leadership of these former Chairmen, EY has evolved to become a global professional services powerhouse with 165,000 people in 150 countries. (July 2013)