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The Graziadio School of Business and Management will host its annual summer commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Alumni Park, Malibu. Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, will receive an honorary doctorate of law and David Neu (PKE MBA '09), president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Gary D. Burnison is the chief executive officer of Korn/Ferry International, a premier global provider of talent management solutions employing more than 3,200 people in 37 countries. Burnison sits on Korn/Ferry's board of directors. As CEO he has spearheaded the firm's transformation into a diversified human capital organization.
Burnison joined Korn/Ferry in 2002 as its chief financial officer. He also served as the chief operating officer until 2007 before becoming chief executive officer. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, he had been a principal and chief financial officer of Guidance Solutions, Inc., a privately held consulting firm developing and supporting technology solutions. Before those appointments, he served as a senior executive officer for Jefferies & Company, the principal operating subsidiary of Jefferies Group, Inc. Earlier he served as a partner at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Burnison is a New York Times bestselling author. In 2011 he wrote No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change—a book offering insightful conversations with some of the world's top leaders in business, politics, education, and philanthropy. In 2012 he authored The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, which provides the inspiration and skills leaders need to create positive change, improve the lives and careers of others, and transform organizations.
His forthcoming book, Lead, boils down leadership into very practical, easy- to-digest analogies, colorful stories, takeaways, and ideas for action that will benefit anyone who seeks to lead or influence a group of people. He is also a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, FOX Business, and other international news outlets.
Burnison received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the university of Southern California.
Distinguished alumnus David W. Neu is the president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, a business unit of Amerisource Bergen, which is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the united States, Canada, and selected global markets. AmerisourceBergen boasts more than $80 billion in annual revenue, employs approximately 13,000 people, and is ranked in the top 30 on the Fortune 500 list.
Named president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation in April 2011, Neu has daily responsibility over the operation that serves institutional health care providers and retail pharmacies, providing branded and generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, and other health care-related items. He also holds the title of senior vice president within the parent company.
Neu has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility with the company since the merger of Amerisource Health Corporation and Bergen Brunswig in 2001. He began his 30-plus-year career in institutional sales with General Foods, transitioning into the field of wholesale drug distribution in 1982 when he joined L.A. Drug Company, which was acquired by Bergen Brunswig in 1986.
Neu is the current chair of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association. He sits on the board of The People's Portfolio, a nonprofit organization that publishes and documents human rights issues through photography and other media channels. He is also a member of the union League in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The David and Esperanza Neu Charitable Foundation was founded by Neu and his wife, Esperanza, to support causes in support of health and education. They also founded the Neu Scholarship Foundation at West Chester University and the David and Esperanza Neu Scholarship Fund at Wingate university.
Neu received his MBA from Pepperdine University in 2009.