By the time John Heller (MBA '90) was recruited to become CEO of the federal contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc. (PAE), he had already been a president, chief executive officer, managing director, senior vice president, founder, and chief operating officer (twice).
To ascend the executive ranks, Heller leapt at new opportunities, particularly those accompanied by unfamiliar responsibilities. In November 2013, he shared his personal story of risk taking and executive leadership as the featured alumnus speaker of the 2013 Thought Leader in Business forum, sponsored by the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. The annual forum is designed to put students in front of executives with globally relevant business insights.
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