News Release

Yahoo! VP Mark Ellis ’90 Returns to UDM for Business Administration's Alumni Week

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration will sponsor its 14th Annual Alumni Week on March 21-25, 2011.  Many prominent UDM business alumni are scheduled to visit classes and discuss their experiences in the business world with current UDM students.

This year's featured keynote speaker is Mark Ellis ’90, Vice President of Marketing, North American Field Sales for Yahoo! on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at noon in the Commerce and Finance Building on the McNichols Campus.  He's returning to his alma mater to discuss how Yahoo! has become one of the largest websites in America, attracting more than half a billion consumers every month in more than 30 languages.

Ellis leads the company’s display and search sales efforts, with a particular focus on growing revenue and share with Fortune 500 customers. He also oversees product sales, content sales and training.

Previously, he was the executive vice president, North American sales at AOL, where he oversaw national sales, mid-market sales, account management, strategy and sales operations. Prior to AOL, he led corporate and digital sales at IMG, a sports marketing firm, and served as vice president of sales at Quokka Sports. Earlier, Ellis held a variety of executive-level positions at Time Inc., including publisher for New Media and publishing director for Sports Illustrated.

He began his career in Detroit working on automotive business for ad agency Kenyon & Eckhardt and was co-founder and treasurer of 313 Digital, and a member of the Advisory Board for IAB Media Measurement. Ellis is a former board member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Adcraft Club of Detroit, and a former member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Achievement judging panel.

Ellis received a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration.

Other alumni participants include:

Anthony Albers ’84
IT Support Manager
Ford Motor Company

John Bowker ’59
Retired Counselor

David Bozynski ’76
VP & Treasurer
Federal Mogul Corp.

Wafa Bunney MBA ’95
Ford Motor Company

Edward Cherney ’63
Technology Investment Partners

Robert Check ’69
Check Corp.

John Donnelly MBA ’78
Managing Dir.
Donnelly, Penman & Partners

Robert Egan MBA ’73
VP North America
Federal Mogul Corp.

Ronald Elder ’78
Controller, Global Ser. & Parts
Chrysler Foundation

Mark Ellis
MBA ’90
VP North American Sales

Sharif Farhat MBA ’00
Urban Science

Kenneth Gonzalez ’02
Tyco Electrical & Metal Parts

Daniel Hamann ’85
HR Manager
Doeren Mayhew

Lenora Hardy-Foster ’88
Executive Director/CFO
Southwest Solutions

Gerald Hepp ’58
Gnosis Praxis, Ltd.

Judy A. Kelly ’86
Client Dir. Public Sector
IBM Corp.

Thomas Kenny ’89
Seizert Capital Partners

Alger LaHood MBA ’73
LaHood Reality

Ronald Loch ’83
Federal Bureau of Investigation

William Lubaway ’64
Lubaway, Masten & Co., Ltd.

Wes Meier MBA ’10
Technology Risk Advisory
Deloitte & Touche

Jean Paul Meutcheho MBA ’98
Purchasing Strategist
Ford Motor Co.

Jeffrey Moore MBA ’82
Commercial Loan Officer
TCF Bank

Bruno Olvera ’11
Purchasing & Supplier Quality
Chrysler Corp.

Bryan Powrozek MBA’10

Gary Priestap MBA ’98
Priestap Financial LLC

David Strachan ’80
Chrysler Corporation

James Rembacki ’71
Assistant VP, Treasury Management
TCF Bank

Feras Shammami ’97
Vice President
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

Bradley Simmons ’79
Dir., Office of the Chairman
Ford Motor Co.

John Sofia MBA ’93
American Axel & Mfg. Inc.

Mark Stasa ’80
Kerr, Russell & Weber PLC

Joseph Walsh ’69
Ford Motor Co.

Release date: March 14, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.