Recommended Reading From This Week’s Fords on Friday!

Recommended Reading From This Week’s Fords on Friday!

Today, the CCPA had a special finance-themed Fords on Friday talk with not one, but TWO awesome Haverford Alumni! Varun Bedi ’92 and Sasan Doroudian ’92 both dedicated their Friday lunches this week to sit down and chat with current students about their careers in Finance. Throughout the Q&A session, these alumni recommended several titles for students interested in finance, business, and other fields! Enjoy!

Recommended Reads:

These links lead to the books’ Amazon pages so students can access previews and reader reviews. The CCPA encourages students to check Tripod and reach out the the Haverford Library for these titles. 


Speaker Bios


Varun Bedi ’92

Managing Director, Co-Founder, Tenex Capital Management

Economics Major

Varun leads transaction origination, execution, and structuring activities for Tenex. Tenex is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. Varun’s focus at Tenex is on identifying and underwriting investments. Varun is one of the founding Managing Directors of Tenex. Previously, Varun served as Senior Vice President at Cerberus Capital Management, where he played a wide‐ranging across several portfolio companies from both an operational and financial perspective. Mr. Bedi played a key role in the successful build‐out of Cerberus Operations into one of the leading portfolio management entities in the industry. Through his active sourcing activities, Mr. Bedi helped build and expand the Cerberus presence in the Canadian and Indian markets. Varun joined Cerberus from Time Warner, where his roles included senior business development and financial positions in the publishing division. These included CFO of Time Canada, one of the company’s strongest performers during his tenure, and of Life Magazine, Time Warner’s highest circulation magazine at the time. Varun was previously founder and co‐CEO of Parlo Inc., a 70‐person language learning company backed by Rho, Sevin Rosen, and Goldman Sachs (acquired in 2002). Before founding Parlo, he was a top-ranked consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in media, technology, and healthcare. He started his career as an M&A banker and commodity derivatives analyst for JP Morgan. Varun also served on the board of ChrysCapital, a leading India‐focused private equity fund with $2 billion under management. Varun speaks five languages. Varun is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Haverford College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).


Sasan Doroudian ’92

Senior Vice President, AllianceBernstein

Philosophy Major

Sasan Doroudian heads the high yield & loan trading and capital markets efforts at AllianceBernstein in New York City, where he has worked since 2011.

After graduation from Haverford College, Sasan’s first job was as a proofreader for Random House. After a short stint there, he switched into finance. He spent the first 8 years on the sell-side working as a corporate bond trader at Kidder Peabody, Credit Suisse, and PaineWebber. In 2000, at the height of the internet bubble, he left finance to join a B2B internet startup, Firmseek, in Washington DC.

Late 2000, he returned to finance switching to the buy-side, working at UBS Principal Finance, SAC capital before joining AllianceBernstein.