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The 20 Most Notable Dartmouth College Alumni in Business

Dartmouth College is one of the most prestigious Ivy League colleges in the United States. It is not only one of the oldest research universities in the country, it is also the ninth oldest of all institutions of higher ed in America. It has a rich history, founded by Eleazar Wheelock in the year 1769, which predates the American Revolution. It's not easy to get into Dartmouth, with an acceptance rate of just 11 percent of all applicants and and a high graduation rate of 95 percent. Some of the most brilliant minds in the business world are Dartmouth Alum and here are twenty of the most notable.

1. Steve Russell

Steve Russell attended Dartmouth College and graduated with his degree in 1958. He would go on to have a very successful career in computer programming. He was a pioneer in the gaming industry and is credited with the creation of one of the first video games called "Spacewar."

2. Jeffrey Gundlach

Jeffrey earned his degree from Dartmouth College in 1981. He pursued a business career in finance and investment. Gundlach founded DoubleLIne Capital LP which is an investment firm and during his career he also lead the TWC Total Return bond Fund which is estimated at a value of $9.3 billion.

3. Robert Uhlmann

Robert Uhlmann earned his degree from Dartmouth in 1971. He was a talented and savvy businessman who made a successful career for himself. He was the founder of Broadcast Data Systems, This was a pioneering technology in voice recognition. Mr. Uhlmann continued with Harvard University where he earned his MBA. In 1995, he was recognized as Radio Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 1993, he received the Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was also involved in a variety of community organizations to improve his corner of the world.

4. Thomas N. Schroth

Thomas N. Schroth is another notable Dartmouth Alumni. He received his degree from Dartmouth College in 1942. He went on to have a long and successful career in journalism and publishing. He founded the National Journal. He was also the edition of the Congressional Quarterly. He spent many years of his career documenting the activities of Congress and was an advocate of clean and impartial reporting practices within the field of journalism.

5. Jason E. Klein

Jason graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982. He went on to become an executive in the journalistic field. HE became the CEO of Newspaper National Network LP, and he also served as the CEO of Times Mirror Magazines. He also founded Grid Ventures LLC in 2012 and currently serves as the CEO of the company.

6. Elyse Allan

Ms. Allan received her degree from Dartmouth College in 1979. She earned her bachelor's of arts in biology and environmental studies, then went on to earn her MBA from the Amos Tuck school. She was also granted an honorary doctorate degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. Elyse went on to become the President and Chief Executive Officer for General Electric Canada, Company, Inc and she has been with GE since 2010.

7. John Donahoe

John Donahoe earned his bachelor's of arts degree in economics from Dartmouth with high distinction, then went to to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA. He became the CEO and president of Bain and Company, then accepted a position with eBay, Inc as their CEO. He's had a long and successful career in business, serving in many executive leadership positions.

8. Peter R. Dolan

Peter R. Dolan earned his master of business administration from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business in the class of 1980. He went on to become the CEO of Bristol-Meyers Squibb in 1988. He also served as President of Mead Johnson Nutritionals as well as the Group President of Medical Devices and Nutritionals. In 2000, he was appointed President and Chairman of the Board and then CEO in 2001. After Bristol-Meyer Squibb, he became the Gemin X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He serves on multiple boards, one of which is the Vice Chair of the Board for the Partnership for a Healthier America.

9. Roger Lynch

Roger Lynch earned his master of business administration from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He went on to become the CEO and Chairman of the board at Video Networks, Ltd, then the President and CEO for Chello Broadband, NV. He also served as VP at Advanced Technologies at Dish Network, Corp, and CEO of its subsidiary company Sling TV Holding LLC. He also served as executive VP of Advanced Technologies at the EchoStar Corp, and a Technology Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley. He is presently the president and CEO as well as the director at Pandora Media, Inc. and he remains active as a member of the board of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County and for the Mattel, Inc. company.

10. Sarah Irving

Sarah Irving earned her bachelor's of arts degree from Dartmouth college, graduating cum laude in 2010. She remained with Dartmouth attending the Tuck School of Business where she earned her MBA is 2014. She went on to secure a position at Deloitte in strategic consulting, in New York, and became the Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President at her family's business, Irving Oil, where she is currently employed under the mentorship of her father, Arthur Irving.

11. William E. Conway Jr.

William E. Conway Jr. graduated from Dartmouth University in 1971, and went on to earn his graduate degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School off Business. He co-founded the Carlyle Group, which is a global alternative asset management company, and her serves as the co-executive chairman of the group. Previously, he started his career at the First National Bank of Chicago, serving in different positions for 10 years. He also worked at MCI Communications as the CFO. He also supports several local charities

12. Leon Black

Leon Black graduated from Dartmouth in 1973. He went on to co-found the Apollo Global Management firm, a private equity company which is is also the CEO and chairman. After graduating from Dartmouth, he worked for the Drexel Burnham Lambert investment bank, heading the mergers and acquisitions division. Mr. Black is one of Forbes 400 richest people in the world and is currently a billionaire

13. James Coulter

James George Coulter earned his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College then went forward to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA. He co-founded TPG in 1982 and became a partner and co-CEO of the company. He has served in multiple executive positions within TPG and its subsidiaries. Prior to that hey was the VP of Keystone, Inc, as well as a Principal at SPO Partners and Co, a financial analyst of Lehman Brothers, Inc and occupied the same position for Loeb, Inc. In total, he founded or co-founded 5 very large and successful companies

14. Lew Cirne

Lew Cirne is a 1993 graduate of Dartmouth College who went on to pioneer the discipline of application performance management. In all he has secured a total of 19 patents in this field. He is a brilliant software systems developer. He became the benefactor with two other partners of a $1 million gift to Dartmouth College for endowment scholarship funds. He is the founder and CEO of the New Relic company.

15. Gail Koziara Boudreaux

Gail Koziara Boudreaux graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982 with her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. She went on to attend the Columbia Business School, earning her MBA in finance in 1989. She was an athlete who became the Chairman and CEO of Anthem, Inc., moving from athletics to the executive leadership arena of business where she has achieved great success.

16. Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt received his bachelor's of arts degree in 1978 from Dartmouth College in applied mathematics. He went on to attend Harvard University where he earned his MBA in 1982. Jeff joined the General Electric Company and occupied a variety of positions, becoming the CEO and Chairman of the company for a total of 16 years. During the time of his leadership, the industrial earnings of the company doubled, earning Mr. Immelt a place of immense respect within the industry .

17. Bill Stromberg

Bill Stromberg earned his master of business administration in 1986 from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He went on to join the T. Rowe Price company in 1987 where he became the Chief Financial Administrator, then eventually the President and Chief Executive Officer as well as the Director for the group. In all, he has served the company for more than 29 years in a variety of executive leadership positions. Prior to his time iwth T. Rowe Price, he worked for Westinghouse Defense as a systems engineer, and he also served on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charites and also served as their Board President.

18. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. attended Dartmouth College on a scholarship which he earned and he graduated with his undergraduate degree in engineering, magna cum laude in 1963. He went on to pursue graduate studies at the Harvard Business School, earning his MBA degree in 1965. After college, he worked for McKinsey and Company as a consultant until 1978. After leaving this position, he joined the American Express company where he was the Executive Vice President over the charge card division. He became the vice chairman of the board as well as the president of travel related services, then was promoted to the chairman and chief executive officer. He also served as chairman and chief executive officer for the International business Machines Corporation, next joining the Carlyle Group in 2003, becoming the CEO of the group. He also served as CEO of the IBM corporation and was made an honorary knight of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.

19. Brian Goldner

Brian D. Goldner attended the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth University, graduating with his degree in Executive Education in 1985. He joined the Molson Coors Brewing Company in 2010 as an Independent Director until 2016. He also serves on the Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island's Board of Directors as well as a trustee at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, and a director for the Miriam Hospital. He went on to become the Sr. VP and general manager for US Toys as well as a COO at Bandai America Inc. He's also a director for Hasbro Inc and The Gap. He's also an Independent Director for the CBS Corporation and since May of 2008, he has been the chief executive officer of Habsro, Inc.

20. Dick Levy

Dick Levy graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960. He went on to work for the Varian Medical Systems company. He's enjoyed a career of over forty years with the company, serving as their president, chief executive officer and chairman. He is well known and respected in the business world and is also known for his involvement in civic and community organizations.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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