Three Darden Alumni Named to Black MBA Magazine's Top 50 List

May 21, 2007 -- Three alumni of the Darden School of Business have been named to Black MBA Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50 list. The list was released today by P&L Publishing. The names will appear in the Magazine’s summer issue.

The three Darden alumni are Eric P. Brown (Darden '84); Octavia Matthews (Darden '89); and Lewis M. Warren (JD/MBA '87). Brown is a divisional vice president for Charter Communications. Matthews is vice president for regional branch services at Grainger, Inc.; and Warren is deputy head of global investment banking at Banc of America Securities.

This year marks the second consecutive year that Darden alumni have made the list. In 2006, four Darden graduates were among those honored. Thomas Baltimore (MBA ’91), Bryan Simms (MBA ’94), Warren Thompson (MBA ’83), and William Wright (MBA ’87) were all named to the prestigious list.

“It makes us proud to know that corporations find value in diversity and are willing to recognize their top talent for the great contributions they make to the bottom line.” said P&L Publishing’s CEO Pamela McElvane. “This confirms that diversity in the workplace is fiscally beneficial.”

According to Black MBA Magazine, the Top 50 Under 50 executives were selected based on their positions within a publicly or privately traded company, the size of budget they manage, their community service work and the MBA degree they hold.

“It is very gratifying to see our alumni on this important list again,” said Bob Bruner, dean of the Darden School. “We are very proud of their accomplishments not only at work but in the community as well.”