Visiting Professor of the Practice of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Former Treasurer of Exxon Chemical and Exxon Mobil Chemical Company
Stephen Arbogast served from 1997-2004 as the Treasurer of Exxon Chemical and ExxonMobil Chemical Company. His Exxon career spanned 32 years and included assignments as Finance Manager of Esso Brasileira, Treasurer of Exxon Capital Corporation and Finance Director of Esso Standard Thailand. While Treasurer of Chemicals, Arbogast was responsible for the financing of Exxon's $40 billion worldwide chemical business. In that capacity he also served on joint venture boards with Exxon partners in Saudi Arabia, Australia and the United States. Over the course of his career, Arbogast led or participated in more than $4 billion in capital market and project financing.
Currently serving as an Executive Professor of Finance at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, Arbogast's teaching career has focused on International Finance, Project Finance and Business Ethics. In that capacity he has authored over 70 case studies which are core teaching materials for his courses. These cases include many transactions he led or participated in during his Exxon career.
Arbogast has taught in graduate MBA programs since 1987. His initial teaching was at Fordham University's Graduate School of Business in New York. Later he also taught in Rice University Executive MBA program. He has been teaching at University of Houston since 1995. In 2008 he was awarded the Bauer College Payne Teaching Excellence Award.
Arbogast is the author of Resisting Corporate Corruption. This book offers case studies and essays examining the causes of unethical corporate behavior and the options available to employees for resisting such activities. A first edition, published in 2008, contained seventeen cases covering Enron from early days until bankruptcy in 2001. A 2nd edition, published in February 2013, adds thirteen case studies on the financial crisis. These new cases examine the ethical dilemmas at Countrywide, Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rating agencies. Professor Arbogast has also authored numerous articles on the energy industry. His most recent publications are Project Financing & Political Risk Mitigation: The Singular Case of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline, and Benefit Sharing in Papua New Guinea, New Model to Tame the Resource Curse? Both articles appeared in the University of Texas Law School's Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law.
Since 2008, Arbogast has been a member of the National Renewable Fuels Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Technical Review Panel. From 2008-2010 he was Principal Investigator on a study for NREL entitled Preferred Paths for Commercializing Pyrolysis Oil at Conventional Refineries.
Senior Vice President, The Wynyard Group
Jeff Frazier is a high performing tech executive and cultural leader at the Wynyard Group, a Fortune 50 company that is a leading provider for advanced crime analytics, fraud, and risk insight technology. As the Senior Vice President at Wynyard, Frazier leads the Wynyard Group's go-to-market, partnerships, market positioning, and integrated global strategy for the Americas. The Wynyard Group has a market focus on global government and public safety, international retail fraud, and financial services risk.
As an executive, Frazier has over twenty years of experience in the innovation and international business community with a background in international business, distinguished public service, global public policy and innovation focus on public markets. He is well known for creating top and bottom line impact by working with Chief Executives and government leaders, globally. Other strengths include developing and facilitating market execution strategy, team and culture optimization, go-to-market execution, partner alliances, M&A advisory, business strategy, and market shaping initiatives. Frazier is a six-time speaker at the Public Services Summit at Nobel, facilitator, guest speaker, and author.
Partner and Chair, International Practice, Akerman LLP
As chair of Akerman's International Practice, Pedro Freyre's practice focuses extensively on inbound foreign investment in the U.S. and outbound U.S. investment in Latin America. His work includes project construction and financing involving governmental and private entities in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, acquisitions and dispositions, environmental regulation, international transactions, cross-border due diligence, insurance regulation, and corporate representation. He regularly provides compliance counseling and training in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Additionally, Freyre has established himself as a regular advisor on Cuba and Spain, and has been extensively quoted on matters related to Cuba in local and national media and is recognized as an expert at a national level on the U.S. Embargo on Cuba. He is a past chair of the Cuba Committee of the Miami Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors. He is a Lecturer at Law at Columbia University School of Law where he teaches a seminar on Cuba.
Director, OneMBA, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Maria Gill has been in the field of global business education for over a decade. As Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler OneMBA program, she is responsible for the overall program delivery of the UNC cohort of OneMBA students. She works closely with a team of 4 other top-ranked business schools around the world to ensure academic excellence and cutting-edge global content in this unique program.
Gill moved to Chapel Hill from Dallas, where she was the director of student recruitment at the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management. Prior to UT Dallas Gill was Senior Program Manager for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Global Executive and Cross Continent MBA Programs.
Gill has lived in France and Japan, and has managed educational programs on-site in multiple countries, such as Belgium, Hungary, China, Thailand, India, Turkey, Qatar, Argentina, Brazil and Ghana. She has experience designing and delivering cross-cultural training programs in both Japan and the United States. She loves to travel internationally, and enjoys the cuisine, art, music and dance of different cultures.
Gill earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in International Studies with minors in French and African Studies. She speaks French fluently, and Japanese at an elementary level.
Director, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy
Noel Greis is an expert in global logistics and supply-chain management. She and advises companies on the application of new Internet-based supply and distribution strategies within their organizations. Her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management and technology commercialization has won several awards.
She is co-director of the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development (CLED).
As the director of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, she helps industry leverage digital technology, especially intelligent agents, to redesign business processes. The Center also works with state, federal and foreign governments to develop transportation infrastructures that will address future business needs.
She is a co-founder of the Global Logistics Research Initiative (GLORI), a consortium of 13 universities conducting applied logistics research. GLORI projects, such as those on the air express industry and virtual teaming, focus on the development and implementation of Internet-based tools for managing the complexity of the logistics environment.
Greis is leader of the research faculty of LOGTECH, a UNC project benchmarking logistics technologies and practices in the public and private sectors. LOGTECH also includes an executive education program that brings together military and commercial executives to share knowledge and experience.
She received her PhD, MSE and MA in engineering from Princeton University and her BA in mathematics from Brown University.
Townsend Family Distinguished Professor of Marketing, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Rajdeep Grewal is the Townsend Family Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
His research interests are in studying social interactions among organizations and strategic marketing decisions. For these research problems he seeks to develop theoretically grounded empirical specifications and estimates classical econometric or Bayesian models.
An award-winning researcher, his work has appeared in top academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and the Strategic Management Journal. He currently serves as co-editor for the Journal of Marketing Research and is area editor for the Journal of Marketing.
Grewal comes to UNC Kenan-Flagler from the faculty of Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business Administration, where he also served as associate director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets. He also has taught at the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad and Mohali), Washington State University, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and University of Cincinnati.
He worked as a sales executive for Pertech Computers Limited in Delhi before he attended graduate school.
He received his PhD in marketing with a minor in econometrics from the University of Cincinnati, where he also earned a master's of science in business administration in quantitative analysis. He received a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and a B.Tech in textile technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Director of Global Logistics and Customs at Hanesbrands Inc.
Robin Hager is Director of Global Logistics and Customs at Hanesbrands Inc. In this position, she is responsible for the logistics, transportation, and trade compliance for shipments between Hanesbrands global network of vendors, manufacturing, and distribution. Currently, Working to leverage Hanesbrands global logistics network to support acquisition growth, as well as, the expanding global markets. Prior to this, Hager worked to establish the logistics services to support Hanesbrands manufacturing start up in Asia with factories in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Before working in Global Logistics, Hager's 20 year career with Sara Lee apparel companies, now Hanesbrands Inc., included work in manufacturing supporting growth in operations in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as, US distribution. Hager's work on supply chain strategists was featured in Apparel Industry Magazine, and she is a licensed US Customs Broker.
Hager received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a core in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Wake Forest University in 1992.
Hager hails from Denver, North Carolina, and has been a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for over 15 years. As part of Hager's undergraduate studies, she participated in language programs in Quebec, Canada, and Bordeaux, France. Robin worked at Kokusai Securities in Tokyo, Japan as part of her graduate studies. Through studies, work, personal travel, and mission work, Hager has travelled to over 35 countries and territories, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC Global at Chapel Hill, Forsyth Technical College, and Board of Directors for Stop Hunger Now.
Hager's personal interest include: being a private pilot, scuba diving, mountain and road cycling. Hager is an active member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church.
Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales, Quintiles
Jeanne Hecht leads Quintiles' global sales efforts within its Clinical Development organization and is responsible for planning and implementing business development and sales strategies to increase revenues, market share and drive profitable growth.
Prior to assuming this role, Hecht lived in Singapore and oversaw Quintiles' sales and strategic planning team in Asia. Before moving to Asia, she served as vice president of strategic accounts for Quintiles where she was responsible for the general management of five key accounts at Quintiles. In this role, she was responsible for governing the assets, resources, technology and processes required to support all trials, service lines, corporate strategy and initiatives globally.
Hecht has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working in various functions across academia and industry. In addition, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and during her tenure in this capacity she successfully ran several large multiservice complex programs spanning the globe. Hecht earned her Master of Business Administration degree and bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Michigan.
Senior Vice-President, U.S. Commercial Operations, Amgen
Rolf K. Hoffmann joined Amgen Europe GmbH in 2004 as senior vice president of Amgen Europe. In 2005, he assumed responsibility for all commercial operations outside the United States and Canada and was named senior vice president of Amgen International Commercial Operations. In 2009, he assumed additional responsibility for commercializing Amgen products in Japan. In May 2012 he became senior vice president, U.S. Commercial Operations.
Hoffmann has a wealth of international management experience gained over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Amgen, he was chief executive of Lilly Deutschland GmbH global marketing. He has also held positions at Lilly as president, Latin America Area, general manager in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, and numerous global and regional marketing assignments.
Hoffmann received an MA in English from the University of Koeln in Koeln, Germany, and an MS degree in kinesiology from the Deutsche Sporthochschule, also in Koeln. He also received an MBA from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School in the United States.
Hoffmann is fluent in German and English and conversant in French and Spanish.
Edward M. O'Herron Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The research of Christian Lundblad spans asset pricing and international finance, with a specialization in emerging market development.
His research has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Finance.
Lundblad served as a financial economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., where he advised the Board of Governors on international financial market developments.
He is the recipient of the MBA for Executives Teaching Excellence award.
He received a PhD in financial economics and a master's degree in economics from Duke University. He earned his BA in economics and English literature with highest honors from Washington University in St. Louis.
General Manager, Business Management Additives & Functional Products, Eastman Chemical Company
Thomas Morton is the former Director of the Asia Pacific Customer Supply Chain and Central Services for Eastman Chemical, Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He was responsible to lead and manage all supply chain personnel and processes to fulfill demand and support demand generation in 24 countries in the Asia Pacific region. His central services responsibilities included managing information technology, Six Sigma and quality assurance, project management services through the program office, administrative responsibilities for the business offices in the region, including communications and corporate governance.
Morton joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1992 after receiving an MBA from the University of Tennessee. His initial assignment was in International distribution services, managing logistics procurement and operations for U.S. exports to Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. He progressed to positions of increasing responsibilities managing Eastman's global logistics regulatory compliance activities and Eastman's North American rail operations and fleet management before moving to Singapore as the Asia Pacific Logistics Manager in May 1999.
Morton is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and has received certification in transportation and logistics from the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
Edward M. O'Herron Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp specializes in global marketing, branding, emerging markets and strategy.
He is the author of Private Label Strategy: How to Meet the Store Brand Challenge (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Both books have been translated in other languages, including Chinese. Brand Breakout was selected as a best business book in globalization for 2013 by Booz & Co.'s magazine Strategy + Business.
Steenkamp was ranked No. 1 in the world on scholarly influence in marketing in the last decade. He has written nine cases on companies and brands from emerging markets (available from The Case Centre). An award-winning researcher, he has also written over 150 scholarly publications, and his work has received over 20,000 citations.
He is executive director of AiMark, a global center studying key marketing strategy issues, which brings together academics around the world, two of the top-four market research agencies, and brand manufacturers.
Steenkamp has consulted with numerous multinational companies, including Procter & Gamble, Kraft, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanford Bernstein, Bunge, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Zurich Financial, KPMG, Sara Lee. He has worked with the Brattle Group and the international law firms King & Spalding LLP, Sidley & Austin LLP, and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP on international lawsuits and trade disputes involving branding and private labels.
He serves as associate editor or editorial board member of all top marketing journals and is past editor of the International Journal of Research in Marketing. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences awarded him the Muller lifetime prize for "exceptional achievements in the area of the behavioral and social sciences." It was the first time the prize was awarded to a researcher in any area of business administration.
Steenkamp has taught at universities in Austria, Belgium, China, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
He received his PhD, master's and bachelor's degrees, all summa cum laude, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and a Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from Aarhus University, Denmark.
Faculty Director, Global Business Center; Associate Dean OneMBA and UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Dual Degree Program; GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Jayashankar Swaminathan's areas of expertise include global health operations, supply chain management, global execution models, emerging markets, retailing, sustainable enterprise, operations management and e-commerce. He teaches courses in global operations, global supply chain strategy and management, and doing business in India.
Swaminathan is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management. He has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals and is author of Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future?
He has received numerous awards, including the NSF Career Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished research and teaching awards. He served as a principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative and the CIBER Award from U.S. Department of Education.
Swaminathan has consulted with a number of firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy. His work with UNICEF led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy'Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.
He received his PhD and master's in industrial administration from GSIA (now Tepper) at Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.