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.
Roy and Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing; Associate Dean of the MBA Program and the MBA@UNC Program
Sridhar Balasubramanian's teaching and research interests are in marketing strategy and technology strategy, customer-focus, innovation and growth strategy, services design and marketing, e-business, customer relationship management, game theory, and the management of competition. He also specializes in bringing the tools and concepts of market-focus and customer-focus into other functional areas, including the management of the human resource function.
He has been a keynote speaker at national conferences on the topics of developing a customer- and market-focus, and customer-focused innovation and growth.
Balasubramanian has been recognized for his pioneering research on how the Internet and mobile channels are reshaping the worlds of business and marketing. His research has won prestigious awards from organizations such as INFORMS and the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the John D.C. Little Award from INFORMS for the best marketing paper in Marketing Science and Management Science.
He pursues a broad and interdisciplinary research agenda, and has worked with researchers across functional areas including operations, IT and management/strategy. His research has been cited over 1,160 times on the Social Science Citation Index, and over 4,250 times on the Google Scholar Citation Index. It appears in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, Manufacturing & Services Operations Management, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Decision Support Systems, and Sloan Management Review. He has served as guest editor of the centennial issue of the Journal of Retailing, a reviewer for numerous journals, and on the editorial board of Marketing Science and the Journal of Interactive Marketing.
Poets & Quants named Balasubramanian "one of the Top 50 Business Professors in the World" and he is frequently honored for outstanding teaching. UNC designated him as a "MBA Master Teacher at UNC," and he won the Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in PhD Teaching, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Executive Development "Above and Beyond" Award, and is a six-time winner of the Best Teacher award in Executive MBA Programs.
Balasubramanian works actively with the corporate world. He has conducted executive development programs for and/or consulted with numerous organizations in the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, including AEROTEK, the Asahi Glass Company, Babcock & Wilcox, BASF, Boeing, Canara Bank, Caterpillar Inc., CISCO, Dentsply, Environmental Protection Agency, Glen Raven, Grant Thornton, Ingersoll-Rand, KPMG, LOWE'S, Performance Food Group, SHRM, State Bank of Hyderabad, Telkom, Union Bank of India, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Vincera and Xerox.
Before beginning his academic career, he was area sales manager for India's leading food manufacturing and marketing company. He has advised start-ups and existing firms on issues related to becoming customer focused, the design and implementation of marketing strategy, building creative thinking and innovation skills, and the pursuit of profitable innovation and growth.
He received his PhD and MA from Yale University, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM Bangalore-India) and his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kharagpur-India).
Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke University
At his retirement, Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State's most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama
Prior to his assignment to Venezuela, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere. In that capacity he was directly responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti. At the same time, following the establishment of the position of National Director for Foreign Assistance, he served as the first Western Hemisphere DAS for foreign assistance.
As U.S. Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ambassador Duddy was the ranking American official in the world's fourth largest city and directed the largest U.S. consulate general in the western hemisphere. In San Paulo, Duddy served as the senior USG liaison to one of the most dynamic and sophisticated business communities in the world and as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo, the largest American Chamber in the world outside the U.S. He also served as the Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia.
Prior to his service in Brazil, Duddy served in a variety of senior positions around the hemisphere and in Washington. As the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, he was chief operating officer of one of the largest U.S. embassies in South America. As Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Panama, he was the senior official.
Board of Directors, PredictifyMe
Jeff Frazier is a high performing tech executive, cultural leader, and respected Board of Director with 20+ years in international business, Fortune 50 companies, sales, marketing, innovation, distinguished public service, and global public policy. Currently, Frazier serves on the Board of Directors for PredictifyMe, a fast growing data science and modeling company. PredictifyMe is a leading Life Data extraction and modeling company based in RTP.
Frazier previously led innovation and public sector consulting strategy at CISCO and the worldwide government, national security, and international organizations for Microsoft.
Frazier is well known for creating top and bottom line impact, by working with Chief Executives and global government leaders. 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. Six-time speaker at the Public Services Summit at Nobel, facilitator, guest speaker, and author.
Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor and Area Chair of Finance
Finance professor Paolo Fulghieri's research interests are in corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and financial intermediation, with a special focus on venture capital and initial public offerings.
As part of his research activity, he has published extensively in leading finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies. He also is the winner of a best paper award in the Journal of Banking and Finance.
He is currently executive editor of The Review of Corporate Finance Studies, a new first-tier journal that disseminates significant new research in financial economics. He served as co-editor of The Review of Financial Studies from 2006-10.
Fulghieri has taught extensively corporate finance in the MBA and Executive Education programs at Columbia University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and INSEAD, where he was also dean of its PhD program.
He received his PhD and MA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Laurea in economics from Universita' Commerciale L. Bocconi in Milan.
Director, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; and Adjunct Professor, Operations
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, Greis 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.
Associate Professor of Marketing, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Marketing professor Tarun Kushwaha researches customer relationship management (CRM) and channel management. He focuses on understanding customers' channel choice behavior; marketing resource allocation across channels and segments; cross-channel effects for multichannel firms; and financial and non-financial impact of CRM outsourcing.
He is interested in teaching the use of quantitative and analytical tools for marketing decision making, especially in topics as marketing engineering, marketing research and CRM.
Prior to beginning his academic career, Kushwaha worked in advertising and media planning for one of India's largest consumer packaged goods companies. He also has worked closely with a high-end manufacturer and retailer of men's apparel and accessories in the United States for his research projects.
He received his PhD and MS in marketing from Texas A&M University. He received his MBA in marketing from Nirma University's Institute of Management and his bachelor's degree in physics from St. Xavier's College at Gujarat University in India.
Director, Global Strategic Accounts & Applications, Latin America Emerson Process Management
Guido Mangieri is the Director Global Strategic Accounts & Applications and Board Member of the Emerson Global Users Exchange, Latin America. In this role, Mangieri leads the Global Strategic Accounts teams and the Pervasive Sensing business in the region as well as Sales Excellence and Industry Sales Initiatives. He reports directly to Leo Rodriguez, President – Latin America and John Gardner, President – Global Strategic Accounts.
Mangieri joined Emerson in 2000 as a Marketing Assistant for the Southern Cone region. He later held various positions in Argentina including PlantWeb Business Manager, and Business Development and Marketing Manager for the Southern Cone. In 2012, he moved to the Emerson Latin America Headquarters in South Florida to become the Marketing Director for the World Area. He took on responsibility for the Innovation and Applied Technologies business in 2014 and he was recently promoted in April 2015.
Mangieri holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and an MBA from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Associate Professor, Corporate Strategy and Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Jose PD teaches core courses on strategy and electives on corporate environmental management, sustainable enterprises and understanding corporate failures.
He is a member of the ICAI Accounting Research Foundation's Committee to suggest a suitable framework for sustainability reporting in India. He is also on the advisory group for GRI Focal Point in India.
Prior to joining IIMB, Jose PD was a member of the faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. He has also been a visiting faculty at Cardiff Business School, IIM Kozhikode, and Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and Kenan- Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, during 1999-2000. Jose PD visited the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a research scholar on a UNDP/GoI fellowship. He was also an ESRC Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University during 2005-06, and again in 2008.
Jose PD received his BS in Physics and Computers from the Institute of Science, Mumbai, India, and a graduate degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, India.
Principal, ACON Investments
Prior to his role at ACON Investments, Daniel Prawda worked with the Latin America Corporate Finance Group at JP Morgan Chase, where he was responsible for various corporate debt offerings in Mexico and Brazil.
Prawda serves on the Boards of Directors of Grupo Sala (a waste management and environmental services company in Colombia), idX Corporation (a global provider of fixtures to retailers) and ProEnergy (a leading provider of parts and services to the global gas turbine industry). Former Board appointments include Fairway Media Group (the largest privately held outdoor advertising company in the U.S.) along with its predecessor company Magic Media Inc. He also was a board member of SAE Towers, the leading manufacturer of high voltage electricity towers in the Western Hemisphere with manufacturing facilities in Brazil and Mexico.
Prawda holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
Chief Operating Officer, IT'sSEG
Sardinha has more than 20 years of professional experience obtained in management positions in the areas of sales, business, strategic planning and management consulting in leading companies such as GVT (Global Village Telecom), SulAmérica Seguros, Booz&Company, and Unibanco AIG.
With an extensive expertise in the financial services industry, Sardinha acted in executive positions and led assignments in multiple segments, products and geographies in Brazil and in Latin America, such as: Insurance, Private Equity, Retail, Corporate and Investment Banking, Payments and Cards, Asset and Wealth Management, bringing significant results to the organizations and clients he worked with.
Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer in IT'sSEG, an insurance brokerage platform holding. The company is the result of an association of three existing companies, including Actis, a global pan-emerging market private equity investor, with an initial commitment of $100m. IT'sSEG is currently one of the 10th largest insurance brokers in Brazil, reaching more than 400,000 people, with a total of approx $ 400 million in annual premiums.
He holds an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina.
Dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Douglas A. Shackelford is the dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is a seasoned academic leader, business education innovator and internationally recognized scholar.
An award-winning researcher and teacher, his work focuses on taxes and business strategy. His current areas of interest include the effects of shareholder taxes on equity prices, taxation of multinationals and disclosure of corporate tax information.
Shackelford served as the first associate dean of MBA@UNC, the innovative online MBA program, from 2010 until he became dean on Feb. 1, 2014. He served as senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2003-2007, and associate dean of the Master of Accounting Program from 1998-2002.
He is the former director of the UNC Tax Center, which he founded in 2001.
Shackelford is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Mass. He has published widely in accounting, economics, finance and law journals.
He has held visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands and Oxford University.
A CPA, he was a senior tax consultant with Arthur Andersen in Boston and Greensboro from 1981-85.
He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and his BS from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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.