Tom Van Laan (MS/CS ’87), President/CEO, COADE, Inc., believes in giving back to Pace, the educational institution that has been a major part of his professional success:
“I believe that quality education is the foundation of American society, and a driver of a thriving democracy. Education endows our youth with the skills, productivity, and most importantly, the creative thinking needed to compete now, and in the future. I continue to give to Pace University in order to make available, to as many others as possible, the same opportunities that I had to reach my fullest potential. In my case, Pace’s School of Computer and Information Sciences prepared me to build a successful, and respected, international software company. I firmly believe that the more educated, skilled, and productive a society’s citizens are, the greater the benefit to all members of that society. Contributing to the educational institution that has been part of one’s success is the best way that I know to give back!”
Kim Perdikou, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Products Group
Kim Perdikou joined Juniper Networks in August 2000 and serves as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Products Group (IPG). She is responsible for driving IPG's strategy, innovation and product development. Prior to this role, Ms. Perdikou served as Juniper's Chief Information Officer for five years, driving the company's global information systems strategy. Before joining Juniper Networks, she was Chief Information Officer at Women.com, where she built the IT infrastructure and sales operations function. Ms. Perdikou was also Vice President of Global Networks at Reader's Digest for six years and held leadership positions at both Knight Ridder and Dun and Bradstreet. She holds a bachelor's degree in computing science and operational research from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and two master's degrees; one in education from Jordanhill College in Glasgow, Scotland, and a second in information systems from Pace University in New York.
Reflecting on her Pace education, Kim said: "Pace University offered me three key advantages that I have used throughout my career. First, as a native of Scotland, Pace provided me with a unique perspective of American business history, case studies and strategy. In addition to providing a classic business education, Pace also emphasized the importance of developing leadership skills as a key component for success in managing today's complex and dynamic business organizations. And finally, I greatly benefited from the superb support I received from the faculty at Pace University during my studies, especially in the development and completion of my thesis. I have carried the Pace experience with me throughout my career and draw on the lessons of the program everyday."
Matthew Knell is a Web technologist and marketer with a long history of designing, developing, and marketing a wide array of successful products and brands including About.com, JetBlue Airways and MTV Networks. An active member of the New York Technology scene, he is also co-founder of SM4SC, an online marketing organization that has used social media tools to raise more than $40,000 for non-profits with no fixed budget. In 2009, he was the lead organizer of SocialChangeCamp, an unconference focused on the sharing of knowledge of the intersection of Non-Profits and Technology. He was the director of emerging and social media strategy at CafeMom, and is currently social media director for AOL. He also teaches Social Media and Information Architecture at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, A Seidenberg Alumnus (’00), Matt is excited to be back as part of the Pace community as the Seidenberg School’s first Tech Mentor-in-Residence.