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Last modified: Monday, February 25, 2008

Kelley School of Business to honor five IU alumni on March 4

Feb. 25, 2007

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. Some of them may be available for brief interviews while they are visiting Indianapolis.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five alumni of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University will be honored for professional achievement during an awards ceremony in Indianapolis on March 4, the night before the 62nd annual IU Business Conference.

David Anderson

David J. Anderson

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Being named to the Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows are David J. Anderson, of Morristown, N.J., and senior vice president and chief financial officer of Honeywell; Ronald A. Gettelfinger, of Detroit and president of the International Union, UAW; Cie Nicholson, of Norwalk, Conn., and senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Pepsi-Cola North America; and Derica W. Rice, of Indianapolis and senior vice president and CFO of Eli Lilly and Co.

The 2008 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award will be presented to Mark A. Roesler, of Indianapolis and chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide.

The honors presentation is connected to the school's annual conference, which is being presented in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on March 5 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and Chief Executive Officer Anton "Tony" George, Langham Logistics Inc. President Catherine A. Langham, Simon Property Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David E. Simon and FedEx Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Frederick W. Smith will focus on the conference's theme, "Building Indiana's Competitive Edge in the Global Economy: Strategies That Work."

Information and online registration are available at 812-855-6340 and

More about those being honored:

David J. Anderson

Anderson, who in 1971 earned a bachelor of science degree in business with a major in business economics and public policy at IU, joined Honeywell as senior vice president and CFO in June 2003. A member of Honeywell's senior leadership team, Anderson is responsible for all corporate finance activities including tax, accounting, treasury, audit, investments, financial planning and acquisitions. He also plays a key role in communicating Honeywell's key strategies and financial performance to Wall Street.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Anderson was senior vice president and CFO of ITT Industries, where he had responsibility for financial management, information technology and corporate development. Prior to joining ITT Industries, Anderson worked at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he was senior vice president and CFO. In that role, he successfully led the effort in 1996 to establish Newport News Shipbuilding as a stand-alone public company.

Ron Gettelfinger

Ronald A. Gettelfinger

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Previously, he also held senior financial positions with RJR Nabisco and The Quaker Oats Co. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1977.

Ronald A. Gettelfinger

While completing his business degree at IU Southeast, Gettelfinger worked full-time as a chassis line repairman at the Ford Motor Co.'s assembly plant in Louisville. He now heads the UAW -- the largest and most diverse labor union in North America with more than 710,000 members. The 1976 graduate, with a bachelor of science degree in business and a major in accounting, was elected to a second term as president of the UAW in June 2006.

Prior to being initially elected to the UAW presidency in 2002, he was the union's vice president and was director of the UAW National Ford Department. He also has directed the UAW's Aerospace Department and Chaplaincy Program. For six years he served as director of UAW Region 3, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky, before being elected a UAW vice president in 1998.

A member of UAW Local 862 since 1964, Gettelfinger served on the UAW-Ford National Negotiating Committee for the 1987 pattern-setting negotiations. He was president and chairperson of his local bargaining committee for the 1984 and 1987 local negotiations. Before then, he had served as chairperson of the bargaining committee, bargaining chairperson, committeeperson and delegate to the UAW National Ford Council, Sub-council No. 2 and delegate to three UAW constitutional conventions.

His commitment to his profession and active volunteerism earned him IU Southeast's 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Cie Nicholson

Nicholson, who earned an MBA from IU in 1988, is senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA), the refreshment beverage division of PepsiCo. She is responsible for the company's traditional marketing practices, overseeing brand and marketplace initiative development, advertising and media plus sports and grassroots marketing.

Earlier this year, she took on expanded accountability for innovation as well as strategy and insights.

Before being named CMO in November 2005, she had served since January 2004 as vice president-non-carbonated beverages for PCNA. In this capacity, Nicholson raised the value of PCNA's entire non-carbonated beverage portfolio, including Aquafina, SoBe, Dole and the Tropicana juice drink line, as well as its joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.

She served previously as vice president-carbonated soft drink flavors, driving the expanded availability of Sierra Mist in the United States and continuing to innovate under the Mountain Dew trademark. Among her greatest contributions to the company's growth, Nicholson directed the 2001 launch of Mountain Dew Code Red, which quickly became the soft drink industry's most successful new product in 20 years.

Nicholson joined PCNA in 1997 as director-fountain innovation. She then transitioned into director- and vice president-level Mountain Dew posts, setting marketing strategies for the entire Dew trademark. Prior to joining Pepsi, Nicholson spent nine years with R.J. Reynolds, where she last held the title of director-new brands. She also has a bachelor of science degree in bio-science from the University of Illinois.

Derica W. Rice, Indianapolis

Rice, who received an MBA in 1990 from IU's Kelley School, became senior vice president and chief financial officer of Eli Lilly and Co. in May 2006. He is a member of the company's policy and strategy committee and the operations committee and had been vice president and controller since July 2003.

Rice joined the company in 1990 as an international treasury associate. He held various assignments as a sales representative, manager of global financial planning and analysis for the medical devices division, and global planning manager for pharmaceuticals.

In 1995, he became finance director and chief financial officer for Lilly Canada. In 1997, Rice was promoted to executive director and CFO for European operations based in London. He was named general manager of Lilly United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in January 2000.

Rice serves as a member of the boards of directors for Target Corp., Clarian Health North and The Center for Leadership Development. He also serves as a member of the IU Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Born in Decatur, Ala., he received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University (formerly the GMI Engineering & Management Institute) in 1988.

Mark A. Roesler

Roesler, a 1982 IU graduate with both an MBA and law degree, founded international business and licensing agency CMG Worldwide in 1982 and serves as its chairman and chief executive officer. CMG is the exclusive business agent for more than 200 of the world's most sought-after and recognizable celebrities, including entertainment giants Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Sophia Loren; sports legends Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Vince Lombardi; musical entities Chuck Berry and Ella Fitzgerald; and historical figures Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.

An entrepreneur at heart, Roesler started his own roofing company to put himself through college, first as an undergraduate at DePauw University. Roesler then became a licensed real estate broker while pursuing graduate degrees at Indiana University.

In 1981, Roesler's talents were secured to protect Norman Rockwell's artwork when he signed on with Curtis Publishing, long-time supplier of The Saturday Evening Post and licensing manager of the painter's artwork after his death in 1978. Through his attentive efforts to protect the artwork, Roesler discovered that families of famous deceased personalities were in need of the same legal defense to safeguard their loved ones' names and likenesses. As Roesler diligently created the groundwork for a company that could take on such a momentous and unheard-of task, he was selected as the business agent for the Elvis Presley estate.

Today, Roesler is internationally recognized as the world's foremost authority on intellectual property rights involving celebrities, credited with helping to establish guidelines that delegate the control of a celebrity's image or likeness. He serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, the National Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and the Board of Directors of The National Lampoon.