Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Four alumni honored for supply chain and information systems careers

Four alumni honored for supply chain and information systems careers

Professor Nenad Jukić (starting from left), rising star in information systems Ashley Pradhan, alumnus of the year in supply chain Keith Cienkus, and department chair Maciek Nowak

The Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (ISSCM) department welcomed some 80 alumni and friends to its annual department celebration in March.

The highlight of the event was the annual alumni awards. The awards recognize two alumni who have made an impact early in their career, as well as two alumni who have established a great reputation over the course of their careers.

2019 award winners

Rising Star
in Information Systems
Ashley Pradhan (BBA ’16)
Senior Consultant, Aptitive
Rising Star
in Supply Chain Management
Alex Stoll (BBA ’14, MSSCM ’15)
Assistant Product Manager, Maersk
Watch his acceptance remarks →
Alumnus of the Year
in Information Systems
Vikrant Viniak (MBA ’01)
Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
Watch his acceptance remarks →
Alumnus of the Year
in Supply Chain Management
Keith Cienkus (BS ’89, MBA ’95)  
Divisional Vice President, Global Operations, Abbot Diagnostics Division

Event photos

View photos from the awards reception in the gallery below or on Quinlan’s Flickr page.

ISSCM Celebration 2019

About the award winners

Ashley Pradhan studied information systems and marketing and graduated with honors. Since joining the technology consulting firm Aptitive in May 2016, she has been promoted five times and is now a level II senior consultant focusing on helping lead the data science practice. She piloted the company's annual (data) Science Fair, which is a showcase of the latest technologies in the data space. The event has hundreds of attendees and is sponsored by companies including Snowflake and Microsoft.  With the support of Aptitive's training fund, she is currently completing an online Financial Technology certification program at Harvard University.

Alex Stoll received a bachelor's degree in finance and master's in supply chain management at Quinlan. He now works for Maersk, an international shipping and logistics company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He began his career at Maersk as a trade analyst in New Jersey, looking after exports from North America to the Far East. He subsequently took a role as an assistant product manager based in Copenhagen. Now he works as a pricing manager in Dubai handling exports leaving the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Subcontinent to the Far East, Oceania, and Europe.

Vikrant Viniak is a managing director at Accenture Strategy and leads strategy consulting for the high-tech practice globally. He has more than 18 years of experience in driving transformation and coaching C-suite clients through these transformation initiatives. His expertise includes leading use of digital, analytics, and AI (artificial intelligence) to drive value for clients. Over the course of his career, he has led several transformations leading to savings of billions of dollars for his clients. Vikrant is passionate about people development, mentoring, and coaching. He has several publications on the topic of blockchain, analytics, and competitive agility

Keith Cienkus assumed his current role as divisional vice president of Abbott Diagnostics Division Global Operations in 2013. Keith joined Abbott Diagnostics Division in December 1989 as a quality technician. During his 30-year tenure, he has held several leadership roles across manufacturing, technical operations, product development, and R&D. In 2004, Keith joined Abbott International as head of scientific services in Sligo, Ireland. In 2007, he accepted the role of site director, Lake County Operations. Beginning in 2008, Keith assumed several divisional vice president roles for Abbott Diagnostics Division U.S. Reagents, Diagnostic Instrument Operations, and Global Operations. Keith earned his bachelor’s degree in science and his MBA from Loyola University Chicago. Keith has sponsored the Quinlan MBA’s supply chain capstone projects for the past six years. 

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