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2021 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Fifteen accomplished alumni were honored in the following categories: Distinguished Alumnus, Visionary and Rising Star. These distinctions recognize alumni who display leadership and innovation in their career fields as well as a personal dedication to philanthropic endeavors. Congratulations!

 

  Distinguished Alumnus
Peter A. Foyo

Peter FoyoPETER A. FOYO, B.A.’88, International Business and Economics

Peter is the founding CEO of Principal Standard Group, has held numerous board leadership positions over the course of his career. He is a current board member with the Marquette Companies (Naperville), a prominent real estate company with over 11,000 apartment units and $1.9 billion in property investments in the U.S.  Along with serving on the advisory board of the freight rail company Kansas City Southern, Foyo helped lead the Business Global Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In addition, he is recognized as an accomplished telecommunications executive with a proven ability to translate strategy into profitable results. In his current role with Principal Standard Group, he oversees a broad range of global initiatives in communications, real estate, energy and health care. His projects at Principal Standard Group include the first solar facility in Mexico, a $700 million medical plaza in Cancun and a €1.5 billion communications contract with Serbia Telecom.

Foyo spent much of his career as chief executive officer and chairman of Nextel de Mexico, growing the company’s revenues to $3 billion in 15 years with the company. He also increased the company’s customer base from 35,000 analog subscribers to 4 million digital subscribers, securing 30% of the Mexican postpaid market in the process. At the end of his tenure in 2013, Nextel de Mexico led all mobile network operators in terms of average revenue per subscriber and EBITDA margins. He helped the company garner several major industry awards and recognitions, including “Socially Responsible Company” for eight consecutive years and “One of the Best Places to Work” since 2007.

He gives his time to support worthy organizations. He is on the Board of the Georgetown University School of Business, is a member of the World Fund (Educational Charity organization whose main vision is that every child in Latin America learns the skills necessary for dignified work and life), and serves on the Queen Sofía Spanish American Institute board. (The Institute is a not-for-profit organization that was founded as The Spanish Institute in 1954 to promote greater awareness and understanding of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world in the U.S.).

LIST OF OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION OR ACHIEVEMENTS:

200 Most Influential Mexican Leaders No. 99, 40 Mexican Technology Leaders
Stevie Award for the best CEO in Latin-American
Superior CEO by Mundo Executive
Universal Excellence Award, Young Leader Argentina
One of the 30 promises in their 30’s by Expansion
Featured On the book Hero by Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret

 

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2020 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Thirteen accomplished alumni were honored in the following categories: Distinguished Alumnus, Visionary and Rising Star. These distinctions recognize alumni who display leadership and innovation in their career fields as well as a personal dedication to philanthropic endeavors. Congratulations!

  Distinguished Alumna
Nazneen Razi, Ph.D.

Nazneen RaziNazneen Razi, Ph.D. ’99 - Organizational Development, MBA '84 - Human Resources and Operations Management

Nazneen Razi is a two-time graduate of Benedictine University. She received her MBA in Human Resources and Operations Management in 1984 from Illinois Benedictine College. She later returned in 1999 to receive her Ph.D. in Organization Development.

Nazneen worked as a Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a federation of 36 separate United States health insurance companies that provide health insurance in the United States to more than 106 million people.

After years of amazing contributions to the executive leadership team at Blue Cross Blue Shield, she became President and Principle for NRHR Talent Consulting. NRHR Talent Consulting is a leadership, culture, and human resource consulting service. Through her leadership, NRHR Talent Consulting is positioned to help their clientele, consisting of companies the likes of Blue Cross Blue Shield, JLL, CNA and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, just to name a few, deliver value through innovative and high impact HR strategies and talent solutions that drive exceptional business performance and create positive employee experience and engagement.

Through Nazneen’s Leadership, NRHR Talent Consulting has worked with start-ups, not-for-profits, and small to mid-size companies, as well as fortune 500 organizations. With her more than twenty years as a CHRO at large, Nazneen has utilized her experience in various industries such as healthcare, technology, real-estate, and insurance in both public and private sectors to provide unmatched leadership in the field of Human Resources and talent acquisition. She has also pursued her passion of sharing her wealth of experience teaching both graduate and undergraduate Human Resources courses.

2020 Visionaries

2020 Rising Stars

2021 Alumni Achievement Awards

 

 

2020 Alumni Achievement Awards

Office of Alumni Relations

Jon-Pierre (J.P.) Bradley
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (630) 829-6077
Email: jbradley@ben.edu