The Walsh College Board of Trustees, the governing body of one of Michigan’s leading business colleges, has approved the appointment of Tom Walsh, former business columnist, editor, and writer at the Detroit Free Press, to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees.
In addition, the board also confirmed the appointment of Daniel A. Cornwell, chief executive officer, Cambridge Consulting Group, and Laura Soave, senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., as members of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors.
All three new board members are Walsh College alumni.
“Tom Walsh brings tremendous enthusiasm and experience to the College from a career of covering and analyzing important business issues and people in our community. His insights into contemporary global business are highly valued,” said Ed Gwilt, chair, Walsh College Board of Trustees.
“Daniel and Laura are both highly respected in the business community,” Gwilt added. “We are honored by their willingness to support their alma mater through active participation on the Foundation Board. They will provide vision and critical thinking necessary for building and growing the Foundation’s service to the College.”
Established in 2004, the Walsh College Foundation serves as the official fundraising arm of the College and encourages private giving and ensures the integrity of the College’s philanthropy program. It is staffed by employees of the College and led by volunteers who are business, industry, and community leaders. Walsh alumni comprise 72 percent of the 25-member Foundation Board of Directors.
Tom Walsh worked at the Detroit Free Press from 1982 to 2015 as a reporter, bureau chief, suburban editor, business editor, projects editor, and columnist. Previously he was city editor at the Oakland Press and a reporter and editor at Fairchild Publications in Chicago, New York, and London, England.
A native of Chicago, Tom Walsh received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University in 1972. He earned a master’s degree in Information Management and Communications from Walsh College in 1997. In 1990, he was a Jefferson Fellow in Pacific Rim Studies at the East-West Center in Hawaii. Walsh also served as master of ceremonies for the College’s recent “State of the College” report.
Cornwell leads one of the largest privately-held insurance and financial service consulting firms in Michigan, identifying and executing growth strategies, business development, and corporate governance. He also oversees the Wealth Strategies Practice Group, focusing on innovative strategies for estate planning, as well as creation of custom plans for wealth preservation and management, and executive benefits programs.
Cornwell earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Walsh in 1994 and has served on the Walsh College Alumni Association Planned Giving Board. He is a member of the board of directors, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and co-chairs Partners, a volunteer group that has raised $9 million to support research at Karmanos.
Soave has been with Federal-Mogul since 2014 with responsibilities for global brand management and marketing and communications. She previously served as vice president and CEO, FIAT Brand – North America, at Chrysler Group LLC; general manager, Marketing, Volkswagen of America; brand manager, Ford Motor Company, and Mercury marketing manager, Lincoln Mercury.
Soave earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Walsh College in 1995. She later received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Soave has served as a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan and as a mentor with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 19 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.
Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management and leadership, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 27,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.
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