2007 AWIB Corporate Initiative
Born To Lead
June 19, 2007
Alina Cho is a general assignment correspondent for CNN/U.S. Based in CNN's New York bureau, Cho joined the network in February 2004 and recently covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.
Before joining CNN, Cho was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News. During her tenure with ABC News, Cho was a regular substitute anchor for World News Now and World News This Morning. She also served as the network’s online correspondent for ABC News Live and as a correspondent for NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service. Cho reported at the United Nations during the months prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom and covered the sniper attacks near Washington, D.C., in 2002.
Before joining ABC News, Cho was an anchor with CNBC where she covered a variety of national and international stories including the network's coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Prior to joining CNBC, she held several posts with the ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Fla., including morning and weekend anchor and reporter. During her tenure with the affiliate, she earned a regional Emmy award for her reporting on the 1996 St. Petersburg riots. Before joining WFTS, she was with Chicagoland Television where she worked as a reporter for the news network. Additionally, Cho has held posts in Oregon, Texas and Massachusetts.
Cho earned a masters degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in communications from Boston College.
Yvonne Y.F. Chan
Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
A partner in the Corporate Department and a member of the Investment Funds Group, Yvonne Y. F. Chan concentrates on the organization of pooled investment funds that raise private equity, including buyout funds, venture funds and funds of funds, as well as offshore and onshore hedge funds. Her practice includes the preparation and negotiation of definitive documents detailing the arrangements among fund principals and sponsors. Ms. Chan has also worked extensively on foreign direct investments in China and mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., with a focus on cross-border joint ventures. She is currently serving as counsel to several private equity funds with regard to their fund raising and investment activities in Asia.
Ms. Chan is a New Zealand-trained lawyer and received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1989. After graduating with an LL.B. (Hons.) from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand in 1982, Ms. Chan worked as a law clerk with the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand. Ms. Chan has worked in the firm’s Beijing, Hong Kong and New York offices. She previously served as General Counsel-North Asia of Glaxo China Limited in Hong Kong.
Ms. Chan is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. She is also qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.
VP, Chief Counsel - Programming
Time Warner Cable
Michelle Kim is Vice President and Chief Counsel of Programming for Time Warner Cable, the country's second largest cable operator. Michelle is responsible for all legal matters related to programming and content across the Company's cable, broadband and wireless platforms and plays a key role in the negotiation and drafting of carriage and distribution arrangements with cable networks, broadcast stations and other content providers.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Michelle was a lawyer in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. After graduating from law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the Southern District of New York.
Michelle earned a BA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Performance Space 122, a not-for-profit arts organization -- and one of New York City's oldest off-off Broadway theaters -- that is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theater, music and performance.
Senior Managing Director
The Blackstone Group
Punita Kumar-Sinha is the Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer for both the India Fund and The Asia Tigers Fund, and a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group.
The India Fund has been under Ms. Kumar-Sinha's supervision since July 31, 1997 and she started managing The Asia Tigers Fund on June 30, 1999. She has over seventeen years' experience in fund management in international and emerging markets.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Kumar-Sinha was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc., and CIBC World Markets, where she was also the Fund Manager for the India Fund and The Asia Tigers Fund. Prior to that she was the Portfolio Manager on the emerging markets team at Batterymarch, which she joined after spending approximately four years at Standish Ayer and Wood. At Standish Ayer she developed country allocation models and strategies as part of the international equity management team as well as researched investments in Southeast Asia and other international markets.
While at graduate school, Ms. Kumar-Sinha interned at J.P. Morgan Investment Management and at the IFC's emerging markets index group. She also spent a year with the Latin American Department of the World Bank.
Ms. Kumar-Sinha has a PhD and a Masters in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. She has an MBA and is also a CFA Charterholder. Ms. Kumar-Sinha is a member of the CFA Institute, the Boston Security Analysts Society and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senior Vice President
SAM's CLUB/Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
As Sr. Vice President/General Merchandise Manager for SAM'S CLUB, Mrs. Ohm is responsible for item development, procurement, merchandising, sales and profit for all electronics and office products at SAM'S CLUB's 578 U.S. locations. Ms. Ohm also is the co-captain for the Electronics Sustainability Network. Joining SAM'S CLUB in May 2003, Mrs. Ohm manages close to $5 billion annual budget and a staff of 40. Mrs. Ohm has over 19 years experience from electronics and semi-conductor industry.
Prior to her promotion to Sr. VP, she was the Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Electronics and Technology products at Sam's Club.
Mrs. Ohm joined SAM'S CLUB from Agere Systems, a spin-off division of Lucent Technologies, where she was Director of Sales Operations. Her responsibilities included managing 10 global sales operations offices with over 100 associates. Mrs. Ohm was also involved in planning and implementation of Oracle systems and new sales processes.
Prior to her position with Agere Systems, Mrs. Ohm spent 5 years with AT&T as Director of Product Management and Director of Market Intelligence. Mrs. Ohm was responsible for product development and marketing of AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Philips branded cordless telephones globally. Mrs. Ohm also spent 8 years with General Electric consumer division in various functions in Marketing.
Mrs. Ohm has a BS in Neuroscience and a MBA in Finance and Marketing from University of Rochester. Mrs. Ohm was born in South Korea and is married to Mr. Michael Ohm. They have two children, Jessica and Nicholas.