Advisory Board Member Biographies M-Z

John P. McTigue, BBA '70
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Retired Tax Partner
Ernst & Young LLP
John is a retired tax partner of Ernst & Young. John worked in the Ernst & Young Global Group, and had over thirty years of experience servicing multinational clients. John advised a broad range of Global clients, including both U.S. and foreign based multinational companies. John was the leader of Ernst & Young New York Office Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing Tax Group from 1991 to 1998. John graduated from Pace University in 1970 and is a member of the New York State and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Maria Fiorini Ramirez, BBA '72
President and Chief Executive Officer
Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc. (MFR)



Maria Fiorini Ramirez is president and chief executive officer of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc. (MFR), the global economic consulting firm formed by Mrs. Ramirez in 1992 as the successor firm to Maria Ramirez Capital Consultants, Inc. (MRCC). The firm offers global economic consulting and investment advisory services to domestic and international clients, and through its securities subsidiary, manages three global open-end mutual funds in addition to investment portfolios for corporate clients.

MFR's views and commentary on the world's financial markets, based on a unique blend of economic expertise and market intelligence, are closely followed in the U.S. and abroad. Mrs. Ramirez's assessment of the interaction between economic policy and political trends, and their effect on investments has led to worldwide recognition of the firm in financial, banking and economic circles. She is a sought after speaker at U.S. and international forums, a frequent guest on business-related television and radio programs, and a regular contributor to U.S. and foreign business publications.

Mrs. Ramirez began her career in 1968 with American Express International Banking Corporation. She subsequently served as vice president and senior money market economist for Merrill Lynch, senior vice president and money market economist at Becker Paribas, and managing director and money market economist for Drexel Burnham Lambert before founding her own consulting firm in 1990.

A member of many professional organizations including the Economic Club of New York, Mrs. Ramirez is a past president of the Money Marketers Club of New York. She is and has been on the Board of Directors of various institutions including Arlington Capital, London since 1991 and Statewide Financial Corporation in New Jersey since 1989. She serves on the Board of Regents at Saint Peter's College and is a member of the New York Futures Exchange and the Investment Policy Committee of Edward Jones in St. Louis.

Mrs. Ramirez holds a BA in Business Administration and Economics from Pace University, where she also pursued post-graduate studies.

Paula Summa, BBA '78, MBA '84
General Manager,
IBM Corporation


As the General Manager of, Paula leads a 5,000 person worldwide team responsible for driving approximately 11 % of IBM's total revenue. The organization consists of 33 global inside sales centers throughout the world and has a global web presence in 83 countries, in 35 languages.

Ms. Summa has held various financial roles in her career with IBM, working with the various geographies and business units, primarily in the Sales and Distribution organization. Paula's first executive role was as Director of Accounting for U.S. Operations in Sales and Distribution, then she became Director of Financial Planning in Corporate Headquarters for IBM's Worldwide Marketing and Services Units.

Paula's talents were soon leveraged as Controller for Latin America from 1994-1996. In May 1996, Paula became the first Chief Financial Officer of IBM's Global Small and Medium Business Organization, which was followed by her heading the Global Business Partner Organization and as Vice President of Finance and Operations. From January 1999 - October 2002, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Operations for IBM Global Financing. Paula then assumed the role of Vice President of Finance and Operations for Global Sales and Distribution, where she lead a staff of 7000 financial professionals until January 2006 when she was promoted to General Manager of

Ms. Summa is a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team, a recipient of the IBM YWCA award (Women's Achiever Award), and is a member of the advisory board at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

Paula graduated from Pace University, summa cum laude, with a BS degree in Accounting, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. While working at IBM, she received an MBA in Finance from Pace University, where she graduated with honors.

Marie J. Toulantis, BBA '81
former CEO

  [Marie J. Toulantis]
Marie J. Toulantis was chief executive officer of Barnes & (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. One of the largest e-commerce sites in the world, Barnes & attracts millions of visitors each month and generates annual sales in excess of $425 million. An important strategic component of Barnes & Noble, Barnes & serves as a "broadcast channel" for the brand, providing customers with an alternative way to interact with the company, as well as providing systems support for a variety of corporate-wide initiatives.

Ms. Toulantis joined Barnes & as chief financial officer in 1999 and oversaw its successful initial public offering, which raised nearly $500 million in the largest Internet initial public offering to be completed at that time. She was appointed president and chief operating officer of the online company in 2001, and under her leadership, Barnes & has become one of the top e-commerce sites in terms of traffic. The University of Michigan's 2005 American Consumer Satisfaction Index rated Barnes & number one in customer satisfaction in e-commerce. Harris Interactive's 2005 EquiTrend Brand Study ranked Barnes & as number one in quality among all online booksellers. Several other respected researchers have consistently rated Barnes & among the top Web sites for quality and search.

In addition to her role as the chief executive of Barnes &, Ms. Toulantis has responsibility for a number of other corporate-wide activities including distribution operations, and marketing, which includes the Barnes & Noble Membership program, a multi-million-member loyalty program. She also works closely with Chairman Leonard Riggio on the company's strategic corporate finance activities.

Ms. Toulantis first joined Barnes & Noble in 1997 as an executive vice president with responsibility for finance and was later appointed the company's chief financial officer. Previously, she was with The Chase Manhattan Bank for many years in a variety of positions, the last one as senior vice president with responsibility for the bank's commercial and investment banking business with a portfolio of mid-sized companies.

Ms. Toulantis earned a bachelor's degree in business administration (BBA) in marketing from Pace University's Lubin School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company and serves on the advisory board of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Ms. Toulantis is also a member of the JPMorgan Chase Regional Advisory Board.

Peter E. Tryhane, BBA/MBA '80
Ernst & Young LLP

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Peter E. Tryhane is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, one of the Big Four and a global organization with member firms throughout the world. He has served Global Accounts in media & entertainment, manufacturing, oil and gas, and hospitality industries and currently serves as a member of our Northeast Sub-Area Advisory Board. Mr. Tryhane transferred back to the Ernst & Young's Metro New York Area practice in 2006 after three years in its National Office's Professional Practice Department where he regularly consulted with audit engagement teams on technical accounting and auditing matters. He joined Ernst & Young LLP as a Partner in May 2002 with 22 years of experience, the last eleven of which were as a partner, at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Tryhane joined Arthur Andersen in 1980 following his graduation from Pace University.

Mr. Tryhane received his BBA and MBA from Pace University's Lubin School of Business in Westchester NY. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and holds licenses to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previously, Mr. Tryhane served as a member of the AICPA Task Force for Judicial Conferences which provided training to Federal and state justices on the use of financial statements in the courtroom.

Mr. Tryhane resides in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife and their two children. He is presently on the Board of Directors of the Stamford Center for the Arts and serves as its treasurer. Mr. Tryhane is a member of Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT, having previously served as a member of its Board of Governors for six years, and is also a member of the Stamford Yacht Club.