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Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013

IU Kelley School of Business honoring five alumni at 44th annual awards gala

April 15, 2013

Editors: Contact George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or if you are interested in scheduling an advance interview with any of the people featured in this release.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five alumni of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business will be honored for professional achievement during the 44th Annual Alumni Awards Gala and Leadership Forum on Saturday, April 20, in Indianapolis.

Ken Calwell

Ken C. Calwell

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Being named to the Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows are Ken C. Calwell, CEO of Papa Murphy's International LLC, Vancouver, Wash.; James R. Hodge, president of Permal Asset Management Inc., New York, N.Y.; Susan Lintonsmith, global chief marketing officer of Quiznos, Denver; and Bryan G. Stockton, CEO and chairman of Mattel Inc., Los Angeles.

The 2013 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award will be presented to William J. Godfrey, president and CEO of Acorn & Associates, Hilton Head, S.C.

Marshall Goldsmith, an authority on working with successful leaders and author of the award-winning best-selling books, "Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It" and "What Got You Here Won't Get You There," will speak at the leadership forum. Goldsmith received an MBA from the Kelley School in 1972. Vocalist Sylvia McNair, an IU alumna, a Grammy Award winner and a senior lecturer at the IU Jacobs School of Music, will perform at the gala.

More information about attending the event is available at 812-855-6340 or

Here is more about those being honored:

Ken C. Calwell

Calwell has been president of Papa Murphy's International Inc. since June 2011 and has been its CEO since Dec. 31, 2012.

He was executive vice president of Build the Brand of Domino's Pizza Inc. from July 2001 to May 2008 and its chief marketing officer until May 2008. He also was executive vice president of research and development at Domino's Pizza.

He joined Papa Murphy's with more than 20 years of leadership experience at large quick-service restaurant chains. He also was chief marketing officer for Wendy's International, where he was accountable for all brand and field marketing, advertising, new product development, pricing and research. He also was vice president of new product marketing, research and testing at Wendy's.

From 1996 to 1998, Calwell was senior director of marketing-food service for the Frito Lay division of PepsiCo Inc., and from 1988 to 1996, he served in various senior marketing positions for PepsiCo.'s Pizza Hut division and The Pillsbury Co.

Calwell serves on the board of directors of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and was a member of the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association board of directors. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University and an MBA from the Kelley School.

William J. Godfrey

William Godfrey

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Godfrey, a native of Fish Lake, Ind., is president of Acorn & Associates in Hilton Head, S.C. Growing up in the small LaPorte County community, Godfrey raised and sold tomatoes as a young boy. After the death of his father, he worked full time in a factory while still in high school. In 1960, he entered IU as a "resident scholar" and earned a bachelor's degree in business four years later.

While at IU, he entered into several successful business ventures that enabled him to put his brother through IU and pay off the mortgage on his mother's home.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, Godfrey returned to IU and received a Master of Business Administration in 1968. After leaving IU, Godfrey joined Richardson-Merrell in Cincinnati and marketed the firm's pharmaceutical products in Latin America and the Far East. When the firm was bought out by Dow Chemical, he joined Bausch & Lomb in New York and became president of its international division.

After turning 40 in 1982, Godfrey went into business for himself and bought an interior design company headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Later, he operated a portable toilet business to serve the area's burgeoning construction industry. From 1985 to 1988, he was president of Sterling Drug and its Glenbrook Laboratories and Winthrop Consumer Products.

He also bought land in the area and created a large mixed-use real estate development near Bluffton, S.C. He retained ownership of the original land, which comprises the majority of the estate Godfrey has bequeathed to the Kelley School. Valued at $25 million, the estate is expected to escalate as land prices climb.

James R. Hodge

James Hodge

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A graduate of Marion High School, Hodge earned a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in business from IU in 1974 and went on to become president of Permal Asset Management Inc., one of the oldest and largest alternative asset management firms in the world. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a CPA in the state of New Jersey.

As president of Permal Asset Management and chairman of its investment committee, Hodge is responsible for asset allocation as well as performance monitoring and research and analysis of fund managers. Before joining the Permal Group in 1987, Hodge spent four years with the New York Stock Exchange, holding a number of positions including director of cost accounting.

Hodge also has been controller of Biolectron Inc., a privately held medical products company, and is a director or alternate director of a number of independent offshore investment funds.

He serves on the board of directors of the IU Foundation and on the Kelley School of Business Dean's Council. A lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, he also is a member of the IU Foundation President's Circle and 1820 Society. He was the lead donor for Hodge Hall, Kelley's new undergraduate facility, with an expected completion date of fall 2014.

Susan Lintonsmith

Susan Lintonsmith

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Lintonsmith is an accomplished business leader with nearly a quarter century of marketing expertise and proven leadership in setting strategic direction and generating profitable growth. She is the global chief marketing officer for Quiznos.

She formerly was a business consultant with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group and the chief marketing officer at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, where for more than four years she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing, research, new product and menu development, communications and guest relations.

Lintonsmith also was vice president and general manager of Horizon Organic Dairy for WhiteWave Foods and was vice president of global marketing at Western Union. She worked for five years at the Coca-Cola Co. and more than seven years at Pizza Hut Inc.

She has an MBA from the Kelley School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Bryan G. Stockton

Stockton is CEO of Mattel Inc., the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys. He also serves as chairman of the company's board of directors, a role he assumed in January. Mattel has annual revenues in excess of $7 billion and operations in more than 40 countries, and it sells products in more than 150 countries.

Bryan Stockton

Bryan G. Stockton

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Stockton is building upon Mattel's success over the past decade to align the global organization and execute the strategic initiatives required to be the largest, most profitable and innovative toy company in the world, driving sustainable growth and innovation across the business to leverage the company's scale and global structure.

Before being named Mattel's sixth CEO in early 2012, Stockton was Mattel's chief operating officer. He had responsibility for all of the company's sales and operations, which included Mattel Brands, Fisher-Price, American Girl and Mattel International, as well as the Worldwide Operations and Corporate Responsibility divisions. He was president of Mattel International before 2011, having led and grown Mattel's international operations over the previous seven years.

Stockton joined Mattel in November 2000 as executive vice president of business planning and development. In that role he was responsible for identifying and developing strategic opportunities for the company, as well as managing all merger and acquisition activity.

Stockton assumed responsibility for the company's international operations in 2003 as executive vice president of international, driving record financial and operational performance across Mattel's businesses outside the U.S., including sales and marketing for Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price. He was promoted to president of international in 2007. Under his leadership, international generated consistent growth in gross sales and profitability annually, and increased international's total contribution to Mattel's annual total sales from 36 percent to current levels of almost 50 percent.

Before joining Mattel, Stockton served as president and CEO of Basic Vegetable Products, LP, a privately held company and then the largest manufacturer of vegetable ingredients in the world. In that role, he repositioned Basic Vegetable Products into a global business by accelerating volume growth and lowering manufacturing and distribution costs, and led the successful sale to ConAgra Foods.

Before joining Basic Vegetable Products, Stockton held a variety of positions during his 22-year tenure with Kraft Foods Inc., the largest U.S.-based packaged food company in the world. He last served as president of North American foodservice.

Stockton earned a bachelor's degree with honors in business and an MBA, both from IU. He served on the boards of Bob Evans Farms Inc. and the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association; held a variety of senior leadership roles in the Toy Industry Association, including two years as chairman; was a member of the board of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA from 2001 to April 2010; served as chairman of World Trade Week Southern California; and currently serves as a member of the President's Advisory Council at Otis College of Art & Design; UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors; and the Board of Directors of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles.

Platinum sponsors of the Alumni Awards Gala and Leadership Forum are Mattel Inc. and Permal Group Inc. Gold sponsors are Deloitte, FedEx Corp. Johnson Ventures Inc. and The Pampered Chef Ltd. The silver sponsor is Ernst & Young. Bronze sponsors are Bloomington Brands LLC, Gibbs LLC and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.