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Speaker Series 2004-2005 Academic Year

Ryan Teksten, F'02 and Kevin Newman, F'02

Friday, March 11, 2005


Ryan Teksten, F'02
Associate, Trade & Development Business, Booz Allen Hamilton


Kevin Newman, F'02
Managing Associate, Economic Policy Practice, Nathan Associates Inc.

Topic: Economic Development Practioner Professional Skills Training: A Day in the Life of a Development Consultant

** Co-sponsored by The Office of Career Services **

Ryan Teksten, F'02 is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where is works in the Trade and Development Business (TDB) on the Global Resilience Natural Team (GRNT) on international issues related to trade, financial resilience, economic growth, strategic simulations, and national security. Mr. Teksten has over 10 years relevant work experience with over 5 years in a developing country context in leadership and consultative roles during which he worked with senior executives of public and private sector entities while living and working in the United States, Asia and Europe working for both government and private business. Recent roles have included project manager for USAID contracts and Deputy Program Manager for the Millennium Challenge Corporation .

Before joining TDB, he worked at Booz Allen as a strategic and business planner for the National Security Team where he built consulting teams and advised senior executives in national security organizations on strategy creation, core systems development, and the integration and implementation of people, processes, and technology solutions. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Teksten was a strategic intelligence officer in the United States Army. His experience in Nations Building and Institutional Capacity Building is grounded in professional experience and training as a Military/Political/Economic analyst. Representative work includes collection management support on the Korean Peninsula, country reports and economic assessments of the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East, and support of democratization and governance activities in the Balkans.

Mr. Teksten has a B.S. in Mathematical Economics with a concentration in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D) from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Fields of study while at The Fletcher School included international aspects of Business Relations, European Technology Policy, and Business & Economic Law.

Kevin Newman, F'02 is currently a Managing Associate in the Economic Policy Practice unit of Nathan Associates Inc. With over 15 years experience in the public and private sectors, Mr. Newman has worked with donors in over 30 countries, designing public-private partnerships and enterprise development programs. Mr. Newman recently was a Senior Competitiveness Advisor, OTF Group to Agribusiness and Digital Media Clusters in the Balkans where he worked with top private and public sectors leaders to design national competitiveness campaigns, strengthen industry clusters, and implement firm level strategies. Mr. Newman worked directly with individual companies to establish their strategic objectives and conduct market analysis to guide their decision-making processes. Mr. Newman lived eight years in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. He holds a MALD in Development Economics and Telecommunications from the Fletcher School, and a BA in Japanese Politics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Domini: Steven D. Lydenberg

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Steven D. Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer,
Domini Social Investments LLC

Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility: Is it a Field or a Fad?

** Co-sponsored by The NetImpact Socially Responsible Business Club **

Steven Lydenberg is Chief Investment Officer for Domini Social Investments LLC. He has spent 30 years in the social investment and corporate social accountability worlds. For 12 years, from 1975 through 1987, he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, where he researched and wrote numerous studies on corporate social accountability, including reports on the role of corporate financing in ballot question campaigns, the filing of shareholder resolutions, and corporate initiatives in the areas of child care and minority banking. In his capacity as Director of Corporate Accountability Research with CEP, he was coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley,1986), the first systematic rating of the overall corporate social accountability records of major U.S. corporations. In 1987, he joined Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now Trillium Asset Management) where he worked as an investment analyst, contributing to the company’s Insight newsletter. FRDC was the first U.S. money management firm to specialize exclusively in serving socially responsible investors.

In 1990, he became a co-founder of Kinder, Lydenberg, Domini & Co., where he served for 11 years as Research Director. During that time he was instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the Domini Social Index, the first socially screened equity index in the U.S. He also played a key role in the development of the company’s Socrates Database, currently a major resource tool for the socially responsible investment community. With his partners, Amy Domini and Peter Kinder, he was co-editor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992) and co-author of Investing for Good (HarperBusiness,1993). His articles, “Envisioning Socially Responsible Investing: A Model for 2006” and “Trust Building and Trust Busting: Corporations, Government, and Responsibilities,” appeared in The Journal of Corporate Citizenship in 2002 and 2003. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest: Guiding the Invisible Hand (Berrett-Koehler, 2005)

He has served as a judge for the Business Ethics Magazine Corporate Awards from 1999 through 2004, for the CERES-ACCA sustainability reporting awards from 2003 through 2005, and for Social Accountability International’s Corporate Conscience Awards in 2002 and 2003. He holds degrees from Columbia College and Cornell University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

eBay: Bo Shao

Monday, President's Day, February 21, 2005

Topic: Chairman of Ebay China -- Conversation with one of China's most Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Yi Bo Shao (Bo Shao)

Chairman, eBay EachNet

Bo Shao is the founder of EachNet and Chairman of eBay EachNet, China’s leading e-commerce company. eBay EachNet currently has over 10 million registered users who trade a wide variety of items ranging from clothing and antique calligraphy to computers and real estate, in both auction and fixed price formats. After founding EachNet in 1999, Bo was able to attract nearly $60 million in private equity investments to support the company’s development. EachNet was then acquired by eBay in 2003 in one of the most groundbreaking transactions in the history of venture investing in China. Bo has served as Chairman and CEO of EachNet from 1999 to 2003, and as a Vice President of eBay Inc. from 2003 to 2004. He is a recognized leader of China’s Internet industry and the recipient of numerous industry awards in China and abroad. He has frequently been featured by leading Chinese and international media such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC.

Prior to founding EachNet, Bo worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, summa cum laude, in physics and electrical engineering, from Harvard College. Bo was born in China and was a two-time national mathematics champion during high school.

OTF Group: Mike Brennan

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Topic: Building the Competitiveness of Afghanistan
Mike Brennan, Chief, Afghanistan Competitiveness Project, OTF Group and Diego Etcheto

 

Associate Mike Brennan is currently Chief of Party of the Afghanistan Competitiveness Project, and has almost twenty years of management experience and ten years of international and U.S.-based consulting experience. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Mike has led cluster level competitiveness projects in Serbia, Macedonia, Bolivia, Ireland and Bermuda. He was the primary author of the Council on Competitiveness’ Clusters of Innovation for the city of Pittsburgh, as part of a five-city study, led by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard University, which examined regional economies, in order to establish regional improvement strategies. He has also co-authored, with Michael Fairbanks, Economic Development in Post Conflict Society, published by the University of Minnesota, as part of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs State and Local Policy Conference.

Prior to his work at OTF, Mike was a Vice President at The Lab, a New York based consulting firm, and managed projects at Fortune 100 companies, such as The Prudential and JPMorganChase. Mike worked two years in Bulgaria, running a business center, as part of the U.S. Peace Corps, where he was also a guest lecturer for ACDI/VOCA and a keynote speaker for The Bulgarian American Trust Fund. Mike has also been a featured lecturer for MASIT Open Days, a Balkan Region IT Conference, The Annual Small and Medium Enterprise Conference in Belgrade; and The European Students’ Conference on Industrial Engineering, chaired by the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje.

Mike spent six years in the marketing group at the New York Regional Bell Operating Company, NYNEX, and began his career in Young and Rubicam’s market research group. He has taught marketing research at the university level, and has an MBA from The University of Rochester’s William Simon School. He spent two years teaching high school in rural Kenya, and has run the Boston Marathon twice.
IBM: David Harkleroad

Thursday, February 3, 2005

David Harkleroad
VP, Marketing, Brand & Competitive Strategy, IBM

Topic: Linking Intelligence to Decisions

As part of Professor Simonin's Market Research and Global Intelligence Class

David Harkleroad uses his extensive line experience to develop brand and competitive strategies for IBM. He has restructured functional units and designed reward systems to achieve operational objectives in the aerospace and defense, chemicals, electronics, financial services, food, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and utilities industries. He has had profit and loss responsibility, and units he has managed have sold in excess of $100M. His experience includes brand strategy, strategic and market planning, new product introductions, media strategies, industry and competitor analysis, direction of market research activities, and contract negotiations.

Mr. Currently, he is developing the brand strategy and delivering strategic market intelligence for a $90B operation. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Harkleroad was COO of The Futures Group (management consulting), where in addition to corporate responsibilities (brand, communications and IT), he profitably grew a consulting practice by 20% a year. Previously, he opened Textron Lycoming's Beijing, China office, managing all in-country activities (planning, marketing, communications, local production, customer service, administration). There, he increased annual sales by 20%, oversaw a $75M in-country inventory, reduced past-due receivables by 94% and identified and evaluated potential JV partners. Previously, as a Marketing Manager at BFGoodrich, he enhanced the product line brand to include customer experience, increasing sales by 16% and margins by 7%, introduced two new products and helped turn around a loss-prone product line from a $5M loss to a $1.5M profit in two years. He also developed and implemented strategic plans for three product lines and produced the division's first realistic industry forecast.

Mr. Harkleroad received an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and a BS and a BA from the University of Colorado. He was recently elected a Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, is a Fellow of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, where he served as Secretary / Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee, was a member of the IBM Global Services Diversity Council and has taught courses in Sales Management and Competitive Intelligence in the MBA programs at the University of Connecticut and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an accomplished public speaker (SCIP, The Conference Board, IIR, both AMAs), has appeared in national media (CNN World News and Business Week) and has published extensively. He speaks French, rusty German and survival Chinese.
Corn Products International: Samuel Scott and Jeffrey Hebble

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Samuel Scott, Chairman, President and CEO 
Jeffrey Hebble, Vice President, President Asia/Africa Division
Corn Products International

As part of Prof. James Tillotson's Global Food Business Course

Samuel C. Scott is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Corn Products International, Inc. Prior to this, he served as the Company’s president and chief operating officer since the spin-off of Corn Products International as a separate and independent company from CPC International completed on December 31, 1997. Scott had been vice president of CPC and president of CPC’s worldwide corn-refining business. He joined CPC in 1973 and held several positions with increasing responsibility.

Scott serves on the board of Motorola, Inc., where he is chairman of the compensation committee. He also serves on the board of directors of The Bank of New York. In addition, he sits on the boards of ACCION USA, INROADS Chicago and The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a trustee of The Conference Board and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Scott received both a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1966 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1973 from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. He is a native of Jersey City, N.J., and presently resides in Chicago, Ill.

Jeffrey Hebble is President of Asia/Africa Division and an officer of Corn Products International.

Mr. Hebble joined CPC International Inc., the predecessor of Corn Products International, Inc., in 1986 as grain merchandiser in its Chicago Board of Trade office. He held various positions with increasing responsibilities in CPC’s US co-products group from 1987 to 1993, when he became the business manager, starch and co-product, for that unit. In 1994, he accepted the post of managing director of the company’s subsidiary, Stamford Foods – Malaysia, and relocated there.

In 1998, Mr. Hebble was named vice president, Asia/Africa for Corn Products International, Inc. on his return to the United States. In February 2000, he rose to the position of executive vice president, Asia/Africa; and in February 2001 was promoted to President of the Asia/Africa Division. In this capacity Mr. Hebble is also Chairman of Rafhan Maize Products Company, Ltd. in Pakistan and serves on the Board of Directors of Nihon Skokuhin Kako Company, Ltd. (NSK), the largest corn wet miller in Japan. Additionally, Mr. Hebble served on the International Policy Committee for the National Grain and Feed Association and currently serves on the Roundtable on China and US-China Relations for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Hebble has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University, a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the Ohio State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago.

ABN-AMRO: Arturo C. Porzecanski

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Arturo Porzecanski

Head of Emerging Markets Sovereign Research & Managing Director ABN-AMRO

Topic: From Rogue Creditors to Rogue Debtors: Implications of Argentina's Default

 

ARTURO C. PORZECANSKI is Head of Emerging Markets Sovereign Research, with the corporate title of Managing Director, at the New York offices of ABN AMRO, a leading international banking group headquartered in The Netherlands. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at New York University, where he teaches graduate-level courses in international finance.

One of the pioneers of emerging-markets research on Wall Street, Arturo is cited frequently by The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Economist; the main Latin American newspapers, such as Clarín (Buenos Aires), Estado de São Paulo (Brazil) and El Economista (Mexico); and is interviewed regularly by CNN, the BBC, Reuters and Bloomberg and radio stations in the Americas and Europe.

Prior to joining ABN AMRO in July of 2000, he served for six years as chief economist for the Americas at ING Barings; previously, he was chief emerging-markets economist at Kidder, Peabody & Co. (1992-93); chief economist at Republic National Bank of New York (1989-92); senior economist at J.P. Morgan (1977-89); research economist at the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies in Mexico City (1975-76); and visiting economist at the International Monetary Fund (1973).

Arturo majored in economics at Whittier College, California, and then earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations and also of the American Economic Association and the National Association for Business Economics. Born and raised in Uruguay, South America, he has been living in Manhattan during the past 27 years.

Archer Daniels Midland: Margaret (Margo) Loebl

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Margaret (Margo) Loebl
Group Vice President - Finance
Archer Daniels Midland

As part of Prof. James Tillotson's Global Food Business Course

Margaret (Margo) Loebl is Group Vice President-Finance for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), which is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois. Ms. Loebl joined ADM in 2002 and has had several years of experience in international finance. Loebl is responsible for the development of a global finance service group to satisfy the growing needs of ADM's global operations. She currently has direct responsibility for global treasury, credit, private equity, foreign exchange, marketable securities and payroll. Loebl will take on responsibility for ADM’s corporate planning and business development by year-end. She also sits on the boards of ADM’s various financial service companies. Just prior to joining ADM, Ms. Loebl served as Vice President, Corporate Finance of NIKE , where her responsibilities included treasury, tax and risk management of its global corporate finance functions. Prior to joining NIKE in 2000, she spent 13 years with General Motors Corporation in various finance and control positions around the world. Loebl has worked or lived in Germany, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. She speaks German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Ms. Loebl received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Economics from Wellesley College in 1982 and she received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1986.    

OTF Group: Michael Fairbanks

Monday, November 1, 2004

Michael Fairbanks
Chairman of the Board, Head of Country Competitiveness, OTF Group

Topic: How Innovators Get Out of Their Own Way:  A Framework for Political, Technology and Business Leaders

Michael Fairbanks is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of The OTF Group, a software and strategy consulting firm based in Boston. It is the first Venture-backed US firm to focus on developing nations. Mr. Fairbanks was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, a Wall Street Banker and has, over a twenty year career, advised scores of Presidents, cabinet members and CEO's in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia on business strategy and export competitiveness. One of his current projects is working for the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame to improve the prosperity of all Rwandan citizens by increasing the competitiveness of that nation's tourism, coffee and agro-industry sectors. He co-authored with Stace Lindsay, Harvard Business School's landmark book on business strategy in emerging markets, entitled Plowing the Sea, Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations, forward by Michael Porter. He conceived and contributed to, with Sam Huntington and Larry Harrison at Harvard, the global best selling book Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress. His work has been translated into a dozen languages including Korean and Serbian. He was a visiting fellow at the Hoover institute at Stanford, and is an adjunct professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. He serves on the Commission on Globalization with, among others, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, and Joe Stiglitz. He advises the Private Sector Commission at the United Nations. In 2002 and 2003, FORTUNE Magazine named him one of the 150 Smartest People in the World.

Standard Bank: James Bonfils

Thursday, October 28, 2004

James Bonfils
SVP, Emerging Markets
Standard Bank of New York

Topic: International Capital Markets:
Debt Origination, Sales and Trading for Emerging Market

James Bonfils is a senior vice president for Standard Bank, London, the offshore investment bank operation of Standard Bank, South Africa. SBL, with its emerging market focus, has offices in 15 countries worldwide focusing on delivering investment and liability management solutions to its institutional client base. Mr. Bonfils manages a New York based sales and trading operation with capabilities in fixed income sales and proprietary trading as well as the structuring and distribution of credit derivative products to Latin American and US investors.He has over 15 years experience in the trading of sovereign and corporate fixed income securities originating from emerging market countries like Brazil, Mexico and Russia. With his focus now primarily on the distribution or client side of the business, he seeks to bridge his investor demand for new and structured debt securities with the financing needs of major corporations throughout Latin America and eastern Europe.

Mr. Bonfils received a BS in Economics from Colorado College and a Master's in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird campus). He is a registered securities representative and he holds a Series 3 options trading license from the NASD.

REO Consulting Group: Jill Thoerle

Monday, October 18, 2004

Jill Thoerle
Managing Partner REO Consulting Group, L.L.C.

Topic:  Back to Business:  Distressed Investing and Turnarounds


Jill Thoerle is a founding partner of REO Group, L.L.C., a New Jersey based advisory group that focuses on technology and communications providing turnaround and bankruptcy expertise as well as staffing and operational advisory services for large hedge funds and institutional investors. Currently the Group works exclusively for its largest client, managing over $15B in funds, and advises and sits on boards of a number of client portfolio companies. Most recently, Ms. Thoerle served as President and CEO of OnTera Broadband, a consumer focused CLEC headquartered in New York. From 1994 to 1999, Ms. Thoerle held a series of positions at AT&T and Teleport Communications Group (TCG), one of the first and largest of the U.S. competitive local exchange companies, including Vice President strategy and business development, Vice President corporate development. Her background includes business development, marketing and sales positions at MCI.
Author: Ford Harding

Friday, October 15, 2004

Ford Harding
Author - "Creating Rainmakers The Manager's Guide to Training
Professional to Attract New Clients", "Rain Making : The Professional's Guide to Attracting New Clients" and "Cross-Selling Success".

Workshop: How to Build Relationships and Generate Job Leads

Sponsored by: The Office of Career Services, Hitachi Center for Technology & International Affairs, and the International Business Program.

Ford Harding is founder and president of Harding & Company, a firm which helps management consultants, accountants, architects, attorneys, and engineers win new clients. Among the firm’s clients are TMP Worldwide, Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Kurt Salmon Associates, Diamond Technology Partners, Towers Perrin, IBM Consulting, CSC Strategy Consulting and Mercer Management Consulting. Mr. Harding has trained professionals in twelve countries how to sell and market.

Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Harding spent fifteen years with a consulting firm where he served on the executive committee and ran the Eastern Regional Office. While at the firm he sold consulting engagements to a virtual Who's Who of corporations, including Aetna, Citicorp, Ford, General Electric, GTE, Texas Instruments, United Technologies, Unocal, Xerox, Mitsubishi and over 100 others. He also served as the Director of Marketing at a large architectural firm.

Mr. Harding is the author of two books, Rain Making: The Professional's Guide to Attracting New Clients (Adams Media Corporation, 1994) and Creating Rainmakers: The Manager’s Guide to Training Professionals to Attract New Clients (Adams Media Corporation, 1998). His third book, BEST Selling: The Rainmakers Guide to Cross-Selling, is scheduled for publication in 2002. He has also written over sixty articles in such publications as Consulting Magazine, Journal of Management Consulting, The American Lawyer, Journal of Accountancy, Mechanical Engineering, CE News, Barron's, and Inc. He speaks frequently on marketing and selling professional services to such organizations as Association of Management Consulting Firms, American Consulting Engineers Council and Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Mr. Harding is an alumnus of Harvard and Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Bechtel: Daniel K. H. Chao, F'75

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Daniel K. H. Chao, F'75
Chairman and President,
Bechtel China, Inc.

Topic: The Yin and Yang of Doing Business in China

**Co-sponsored by The Hitachi Center**

Dr. Chao is a Senior Vice President of Bechtel Group, Inc. (BGI) and the Chairman and President of Bechtel China. He is responsible for all of Bechtel’s activities in Greater China, including its joint ventures, Bechtel-CITIC Engineering, Inc. and Pacific Engineers & Constructors, Ltd (Taiwan). Previous to his current assignment, Dr. Chao was an Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Bechtel Enterprises (BEn), responsible for managing equity investments and project financings for civil infrastructure worldwide. He has been with Bechtel since 1986 and has over 26 years of experience in corporate management; project development; project and corporate finance; investment and corporate banking and risk management.

Dr. Chao’s international and domestic investments and financings have enabled him to work closely with financing institutions, government agencies and corporations worldwide. During his career, Dr. Chao has worked on many projects including the multi-billion dollar projects at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong, the Seoul-Pusan high speed rail project in Korea, the Gerede-Ankara motorway in Turkey, and the water privatization in Manila, Philippines. He has also established and managed several of BEn’s specialized infrastructure companies such as International Water Ltd., Alterra Partners (aviation), and United Infrastructure Co. (surface transportation).

Prior to joining Bechtel, Dr. Chao was a Vice President at Citicorp Global Investment Bank and at Chemical Bank, specializing in project finance, corporate finance, private placements, and interest rate and foreign exchange hedging.

Dr. Chao is a licensed broker/dealer with the National Association of Securities Dealers, and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of The Committee of 100, and the Chairman of the California-Asia Business Council. Dr. Chao has also been a member of the U.S. Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee (2002-3) and is currently also on the Board of The 1990 Institute.

Dr. Chao received his B.A. at Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.A; M.A.L.D and Ph.D at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also holds an Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) from the New York University Graduate School of Business.

IBM: David Harkleroad

Thursday, October 7, 2004

David Harkleroad
VP, Marketing, Brand & Competitive Strategy, IBM

Topic: Global Branding: The IBM Story

As part of Prof. Simonin's International Marketing Course

David Harkleroad uses his extensive line experience to develop brand and competitive strategies for IBM. He has restructured functional units and designed reward systems to achieve operational objectives in the aerospace and defense, chemicals, electronics, financial services, food, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and utilities industries. He has had profit and loss responsibility, and units he has managed have sold in excess of $100M. His experience includes brand strategy, strategic and market planning, new product introductions, media strategies, industry and competitor analysis, direction of market research activities, and contract negotiations.

Currently, he is developing the brand strategy and delivering strategic market intelligence for a $90B operation. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Harkleroad was COO of The Futures Group (management consulting), where in addition to corporate responsibilities (brand, communications and IT), he profitably grew a consulting practice by 20% a year. Previously, he opened Textron Lycoming's Beijing, China office, managing all in-country activities (planning, marketing, communications, local production, customer service, administration). There, he increased annual sales by 20%, oversaw a $75M in-country inventory, reduced past-due receivables by 94% and identified and evaluated potential JV partners. Previously, as a Marketing Manager at BFGoodrich, he enhanced the product line brand to include customer experience, increasing sales by 16% and margins by 7%, introduced two new products and helped turn around a loss-prone product line from a $5M loss to a $1.5M profit in two years. He also developed and implemented strategic plans for three product lines and produced the division's first realistic industry forecast.

Mr. Harkleroad spent two years as a Research Associate at INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration, Fontainebleau, France), researching and publishing case studies in corporate strategy and organization in the air transport, brewing, consumer goods packaging, motorcycle, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and tire industries. He also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta.

Mr. Harkleroad received an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and a BS and a BA from the University of Colorado. He was recently elected a Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, is a Fellow of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, where he served as Secretary / Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee, was a member of the IBM Global Services Diversity Council and has taught courses in Sales Management and Competitive Intelligence in the MBA programs at the University of Connecticut and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an accomplished public speaker (SCIP, The Conference Board, IIR, both AMAs), has appeared in national media (CNN World News and Business Week) and has published extensively. He speaks French, rusty German and survival Chinese.

Mercer Oliver Wyman: Charles Bralver, F'75

Monday, September 27, 2004

Charles Bralver, F'75
Vice Chairman Mercer Oliver Wyman
Topic: Risk and Value in Financial Services

Co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services

Charles Bralver, Head of North America, Mercer Oliver Wyman, leads the firm’s North American business. He was a founding partner of the former Oliver, Wyman & Co. and from 1999-2002 was Vice Chairman of the firm’s Corporate Strategy and Global Client Management unit. From 1991-1999 he led the firm’s Capital Markets practice and from 1988-1991, he was based in the London office, serving as the Managing Director for Europe.

During his 21 years of servicing investment, universal and commercial banks, Bralver has directed complex projects on a broad range of issues across all the major corporate banking, finance and securities sectors in North America, Europe and Asia. His responsibilities also include managing the strategic implications of converging fixed income and credit businesses, in the context of heightened shareholder pressures and new Basel II capital guidelines. Bralver also initiated Mercer Oliver Wyman’s thought-leadership development on the Future of Financial Services and its implications for the corporate development of global and regional financial institutions.

Prior to joining Mercer Oliver Wyman, Bralver spent five years working at Chemical Bank in New York and London, and two years with Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

Bralver holds an AB in History and International Relations from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree in Law and Diplomacy, with a specialization in Energy Economics, International Business and International Security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.
HSBC: Marc C. Chandler

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Marc C. Chandler
Senior Vice President & Chief Currency Strategist
HSBC Bank USA

Topic: A Day in the Life of a Currency Strategist

Marc C. Chandler joined HSBC Bank USA in New York as the chief currency strategist in May 2001 from Mellon Bank, where he had similar responsibilities. Previously, Mr. Chandler was the senior currency analyst at Deutsche Bankand was head of research at EZA Associates, a hedge fund in the early 1990’s.

Mr. Chandler has a high profile in the media and is often a guest on CNBC and CNN-fn. The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times frequently call upon him for his insights and commentary on current events. He has written many articles, with essays published in Euromoney, Corporate Finance, Foreign Affairs, Barron's, International Treasurer, and FX Week.

Mr. Chandler earned a BA from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he majored in political science and humanities. He then went on to earn an MA in American history from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in international political economic studies. Mr. Chandler is an adjunct associate professor at New York University’s School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches courses on international politics and economics.