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Two Smeal grads in 2017 class of Penn State Alumni Fellows

October 3, 2017

Two Penn State Smeal College of Business alumni will be honored Wednesday night with Penn State Alumni Fellows awards for their outstanding professional accomplishments: Abdul Farid ’90 and Louis J. Grabowsky ’73. 

In addition to recognizing alumni for contributions to their professions and the world, the Alumni Fellow program provides an opportunity to bring these alumni back to campus to connect with students, faculty, and administrators. 

Administered by the Penn State Alumni Association, Alumni Fellow is a lifelong title and the highest award given by the association. Each Alumni Fellow receives a commemorative award, designed and hand cast by 1972 Penn State graduate Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, a 2007 Alumni Fellow. 

Abdul Farid, Maybank Group

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Abdul Farid
Farid, who graduated in 1990 with a degree in accounting, is the group president and chief executive officer for Maybank Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, and capital markets. 

Farid has worked for a number of financial institutions, including Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad, Schroder, Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad, JP Morgan, and Khazanah Nasional Berhad. 

At Maybank, which he joined in 2009, Farid has held the position of head of international business, deputy president, and head, global banking. He was appointed to his current positions in successive years, 2013 and 2014, respectively. He spearheads the company’s business and growth strategy across all lines of businesses and countries that Maybank operates in, ensuring a balance between driving operational excellence, strong governance, and business growth. 

Louis J. Grabowsky, Juniper Capital Management

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Lou Grabowsky
Grabowsky, who graduated in 1973 with a degree in accounting, is the founder and managing partner of Juniper Capital Management, a firm that makes control equity investments in high growth potential but under-resourced entrepreneurial companies in the United States. 

Grabowsky began his career with Andersen, LLP, where he spent 27 years in various roles, including leading the firm’s consumer products/retail industry practice, the Dallas office audit and business advisory division, the North American business process outsourcing practice and, ultimately, the Great Lakes market circle. During his time at Andersen, he left the firm for a short time to serve as executive vice president and CFO of Zale Corporation. 

After Andersen, Grabowsky joined Grant Thornton in 2002, becoming managing partner of the Dallas/Fort Worth office and then managing partner of the central region. He ascended to the role of chief operating officer in 2009, leading the company forward after the global financial crisis. Before retiring in 2014, he established the global platform for the firm’s shared service operation in Bangalore, India.

Grabowsky is currently the chair of the Smeal Board of Visitors.

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