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John Alexander

President, The CBORD Group


John E. Alexander is chief executive officer and founder of The CBORD Group Inc., a systems integration firm. Mr. Alexander has built The CBORD Group from a handful of part-time employees to a corporation employing more than 240 people and serving over 4,000 clients worldwide. CBORD is the market leader in systems for foodservice and institutional management. Previous to this position he was vice president in the Money Market Division of Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank).

Randy Allen

Senior Lecturer, Johnson Graduate School of Management

Randy L. Allen is a senior lecturer of management, and consultant in residence. She is a frequent contributor to the press on retail issues. She currently teaches a management practicum course, in which students work with Fortune 500 companies on projects during the fall semester. Allen spent more than 22 years with Deloitte Consulting, focusing on consumer business and serving clients in the retail, distribution, consumer goods, and apparel manufacturing industries. Her consulting ranged from strategy, to technology, to operations. She is the author of Bottom Line Issues in Retailing, POS Current Trends and Beyond, OCR Cost Benefit Guide, and numerous articles and speeches in the industry.

John Neuman

Visiting Lecturer of Management, Johnson Graduate School of Management


John Neuman has been a management consultant for over 41 years. Currently he heads the 1492 Consulting Group, a 14-year old international management consulting firm with headquarters in Ithaca, NY and is teaching at Johnson as a visiting lecturer. Included in his consulting career is 14 years with McKinsey & Co. where he was a Partner. In addition, Neuman has held senior consulting positions in such firms as: Coopers & Lybrand, IBM, and ATKearney. Among his consulting areas of expertise are: strategy formulation, revenue acceleration, complex alliances and mergers, e-business strategies, marketing strategies, market research, manufacturing/supply chain optimizations, re-organizations, procurement profit improvement, change management, new product development, and post-merger integrations.

Richard Shafer

Associate Dean of Corporate Relations, Johnson Graduate School of Management


Dr. Shafer is Associate Dean for Corporate Relations at the Johnson School at Cornell University. He is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership in Dynamic Organizations at Cornell. He is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Organizational Fitness, specializing in working with senior teams on strategy execution, organizational design and change management. Prior to joining Cornell in 1997, he was a partner in Deloitte Consulting with responsibility for a regional change leadership consulting practice. He served as National Director of Human Resources for Deloitte & Touche LLP for 12 years, after holding a variety of senior executive positions at Corning, Inc.

Zachary Shulman

Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Cornell University


Zach Shulman teaches courses on venture capital and law for high-growth businesses. Shulman is also currently a managing partner at Cayuga Venture Fund, a venture capital firm located in Ithaca, New York.
Before coming to the Johnson School in 2002, Shulman served as general counsel and chief investor relations officer of Spike Broadband Systems, where he was responsible for general oversight of Spike's legal function, including negotiating and closing strategic and business relationships; strategizing, negotiating and closing fund-raising efforts; investor relations; and various human resource matters. While at Spike, Shulman negotiated and closed more than $80 million in venture capital financing.

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