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Excellence in Management Award

The Excellence in Management Award recognizes alumni who demonstrate: outstanding leadership and managerial accomplishments in business, academic, or community settings; a proven track record of drive and insight which has led to significant accomplishments in the field of management; a record of community involvement; high moral character; and commitment to continued involvement with Fisher.

2017 Recipient

John (Jack) Mollen ’73

Jack received his Bachelor of Science in economics from Fisher, and went on to earn a master's degree in labor relations from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

He retired from EMC Corporation in 2014 after serving as executive vice president of human resources and special advisor to the president since 1999. With revenues of $25 billion in 2014 to more than 70,000 employees worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Jack led EMC's global human resource practice to ensure the availability of world-class talent to drive business success. His responsibilities included executive, leadership, and employee development, compensation and benefits, staffing, and all of the people-related aspects of acquisition integration.

In 2006, Jack was recognized as "HR Executive of the Year" by Human Resource Executive magazine, which cited his role in building "a modern, responsive, strategy-focused HR team that plays an integral role in executing business goals." In 2010, he was inducted as a Fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources in New York City. Among his many achievements, he has been an innovator in putting EMC at the forefront of influencing the health care marketplace to help manage employees and company costs. Through his leadership and inspiration, EMC has pioneered employee health initiatives in partnership with Boston University, and introduced online health management tools using leading health education technology.

Prior to joining EMC, Jack served as vice president of human resources for Citigroup's 80,000-person Global Operations and Technology organization. He played a key employee integration role following the 1998 merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group, Inc. Before joining Citigroup, he held a number of positions with Harris Corporation.

Throughout his career, Jack has had significant experience in executive compensation policy and administration. He has been active in advocating for strengthening corporate governance, and the alignment of executive compensation with organizational and shareholder interests. He is director emeritus of the Washington, D.C.-based HR Policy Association, a leading public policy group of senior HR executives of the largest U.S. employers, and is a founding member of the Center on Executive Compensation.

Jack is currently on the board of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Connecticut, and is chairman of their Leadership and Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the Audit and Finance, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. In May of 2016, he was elected as the 22nd chairman of the Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). In this role, he ensures that the board is effective in its tasks of setting and implementing the University's direction and strategy, and acts as the primary board advisor to the president. He recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee at the University, and successfully brought in Dr. Laurie Leshin as the new president.

Past Recipients

Excellence in Management Award Recipients 1998 - 2014


Jack DePeters ’73


Russ Brandon ’89


Daniel Gallagher ’80


James R. Reis ’79


William J. Pellicano ’80


William J. Colombo ’77


Ronald E. Hermance ’69


Michael Goonan ’75


Stanley D. Konopko ’76


Martin Mucci ’81


John Chiazza ’70