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Ullal, Jayshree

Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was ranked 30th in Forbes’ first list of "America’s Top 50 Most Successful, Self-made Women,” as measured by her net worth: $470 million. According to the magazine, “to be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth.”

London-born Jayshree Ullal, 54, who was raised in New Delhi, took over computer networking company Arista Networks in Santa Clara, Calif., as president and chief executive officer in 2008, when it had less than 50 employees, transforming it into one of Silicon Valley’s most valuable networking firms by 2014. Ulla is a mother of two.
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:51P
Ullal, Jayshree
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was honored by Ernst and Young as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ullal has been awarded with prestigious honors previously. In 2005, she was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People” by Network World. And VMWorld and Forbes both dubbed her as one the “Top Executives” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
She has led Arista Networks to a successful initial public offering in June 2014 at the New York Stock Exchange and is responsible for building the company's business in cloud networking. As Arista has grown, Ullal has been a catalyst in forging alliances with Microsoft, HP and VMware, among others, according to Arista.
While at Cisco, Ullal helped build the company to billions in annual revenue while there as the senior vice president. She helped with the introduction of Cisco’s flagship Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 5000, 4500 and 6500 product lines.
Before Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications in 1993, Ullal served as that company’s vice president of marketing. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In 2013, she was honored with the SCU School of Engineering distinguished engineering alumni award.


submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:29P
GRD Law '86
Storum, William
William A. Storum ’79, J.D. ’86 has published Going for the Gold: Preserving Wealth, Lowering Taxes (Book Publishers Network, 2014), which advises how to use gold to preserve net worth and achieve financial goals, slash exposure to increased inflation and higher taxes, and buy gold bullion and coins smartly without getting scammed...and much more.
submitted Feb. 27, 2015 1:35P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '86
Smolich, Thomas

Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., M.Div. ’86 will become the international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Rome on November 1, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he had been president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States from 2006-2014.

To prepare for his new role, Fr. Smolich spent four months with JRS in Eastern Congo, working with internally displaced refugees from that country’s war as well as with refugees from Rwanda and other parts of Central Africa. In May, he was in Lebanon and Jordan visiting JRS Middle East and its work with Syrian refugees. After a summer of studying Italian, he will spend the fall of 2015 working side-by-side with outgoing JRS international director Fr. Peter Balleis, S.J. 
Founded in 1980 by former Jesuit Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., JRS accompanies, serves, and advocates for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Headquartered in Rome with 10 regional offices around the world, the organization has more than 1,800 staff and volunteers, including 70 Jesuits, and serves upward of 950,000 refugees per year. In addition to health and social services, JRS offers formal and informal instruction — from pre-school to vocational training to computer and language classes — to approximately 280,000 children, young people, and adults each year.
“JRS goes where the need is greatest, to places where others are unable or unwilling to go. JRS witnesses to who we are as evangelizing people. Whether someone is a Catholic or not is not the question — we are there to preach the good news,” says Fr. Smolich.
Read more about his education and experience at the Society of Jesus website.
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 9:51A
Kourey, Mike

Mike Kourey MBA '86 is now CFO of Medallia, a customer experience management company. With more than 20 years of financial operating and audit committee experience with both startups and large technology enterprises, Kourey brings extensive hands-on expertise in leading financial strategy and execution for high-growth companies.
Prior, Kourey was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he worked closely with RingCentral to guide the company through its successful initial public offering. Kourey has also held a number of operational finance leadership roles – including serving as CFO of Polycom, where he started as the seventh employee and helped grow the business to over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
Kourey also serves on the board of directors at RingCentral and various private companies and previously served on the boards and audit committees of Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:49P
UGRD Engineering '86
Jensen, Rob

Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.

Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.

Diana Jensen, also born in Northern California but raised in San Diego, met Rob while earning her BS in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University. She worked in high-tech marketing at Silicon Valley's National Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor. She, along with Rob, founded Testarossa Winery in 1993 as a small, weekend project. But as new grape sources were secured and the wines gained reputation, a daily presence was needed to develop the winery into a business. In 1994, Diana left the high tech world and started running Testarossa full time.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:02A
GRD Law '86
Hogan, Kathryn (Kane)

Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 11:39A
DeStories, Jack

Jack DeStories '86 and Rosie DeStories '87 are principals at Fairfield Auction, Connecticut’s leading auctioneer of antiques and fine art. Jack has been a collector since childhood. Before graduating from high school, he was a nationally known collector of baseball cards. He has been estimating, cataloging, and marketing antique auctions full-time since 1990. Jack has been certified as an expert witness in his field by the Bridgeport Superior Court and has donated his expertise to dozens of antique appraisal events across New England benefiting various schools, churches, museums, and historical societies.

Rosie is a second-generation auctioneer. Her parents operated an antique store from her earliest days and created one of the first large retail antique collectives in 1970. Rosie graduated from The World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa at the age of 19. Over the years since, she has managed over 400 auctions, selling everything from Stieff bears to multi-million dollar real estate. In her spare time, she has coordinated fundraising auctions that have generated over $5,000,000 for local causes.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 8:17P

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