Alumni Spotlight: New Advisory Board Members Bring Fresh Insights and Expertise to ISyE

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Reed Baker, IE 1985, Michele Etheredge, IE 1986, JohnMarshall, IE 1996, JimMcClelland, IE 1966, and Major General (Ret.) Kelly McKeague, IE 1981, MSIE 1987, joined the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board in the spring of 2015. These five alumni are joining 15 other distinguished professionals and community leaders, serving as a sounding board for the School Chair in an advisory capacity as well as assisting with the School’s development goals.  Each member brings extensive industry knowledge and unique expertise to this role and will serve a four-year term (2015-2019).

Reed Baker is currently senior vice president and principal of Advantage Industrial Automation based in Atlanta, Georgia. Advantage Industrial Automation provides OEMs, industrial end-users, and system integrators with intelligent manufacturing solutions by adding value to the leading products in factory automation and controls. After graduating from ISyE, Baker’s first position was with Square D Company (now Schneider Electric) as a field engineer. He is married to Angie Baker, IMGT 1985, and has two children currently attending Georgia Tech.

Michele Etheredge retired in 1998 after a successful career with CAPS Logistics and Frito-Lay as a project manager implementing supply chain solutions. Etheredge has also raised funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is currently assisting the Boy Scouts of America locally. She received her Georgia Tech degree with honors. She and her husband, Jimmy, IE 1985, have three children. Their oldest son is now a student in ISyE. They presently reside in Atlanta, Georgia, but enjoyed living in Surrey, England for six years.

John Marshall is the co-founder of AirWatch. Under his leadership, AirWatch became the largest enterprise mobility management provider in the world, with more than $200 million in 2014 bookings. AirWatch has more than 18,000 customers, including four of the top five global Fortune companies. VMware acquired AirWatch for $1.54 billion in 2014, the largest acquisition to-date for VMware. Marshall was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast and the Atlanta Business Chronicle selected him as one of “Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs in 2014.” Marshall is also a board member of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center Industry Advisory Board.

Jim McClelland recently retired as president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries in Central Indiana.  McClelland has been active in the international development efforts of Goodwill Industries International and was heavily involvedin starting new Goodwills in South Korea. He serves on the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, the Georgia Tech Grand Challenges Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of the Economic Club of Indiana, the Executive Committee of the Central Indiana Education Alliance, and the Urban Areas Commission of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. McClelland earned his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Major General (Ret.) Kelly McKeague is transitioning from the military to the civilian sector. He most recently served as deputy director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which has worldwide responsibility for the analysis and investigation, search and recovery, and forensic laboratory operations to account for Americans missing from World War II to the first Persian Gulf War. After receiving his commission from Georgia Tech’s Air Force ROTC program, he began his 34- year career as an industrial engineer and served in a variety of engineering and legislative assignments. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Alexandria, VA.


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  • Created By:Shelley Wunder-Smith
  • Created:11/10/2015
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016