The Center’s Board of Advisors consists of business leaders with extensive experience in international business and related fields. Board members share the belief that international business provides tangible economic and community benefits, locally, state-wide, and nationally, and are dedicated to furthering international business education.
Board members contribute to the Center in a number of ways, including committing their time, energy, expertise and their financial resources to helping the Center achieve its potential. Our Board members help us determine our direction, develop our priorities, participate in the Center’s programs and other educational initiatives, and serve as our advocates in business, government, and educational circles.
CGB Board of Advisors members serve two year renewable terms. As you will see as you review the Board Members' biographies, each brings important and distinctive talents to the Center. The Center for Global Business is enormously thankful to these talented and generous individuals for the many ways they have shaped our purpose and our impact.
Founder, Lynxs; Chairman, Board of Advisors for the Center for Global Business
Ray Brimble is an Austin, Texas-based businessman with a portfolio combining entrepreneurial and managerial accomplishments spanning a 40-year career. He has founded more than 50 companies on four continents with activities ranging from oilfield, technology, logistics, and aviation related real estate. His current commercial activities and investments center around the Lynxs Group of Companies, founded in 1994. Lynxs’ holdings include AirLogistix USA, the perishables logistics and handling center at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston.
In 2006 Karen and Ray Brimble formed the One Skye Foundation, which provided catalyst funding for a wide variety of the community’s most innovative social and civic efforts. Ray’s current efforts focus on “social entrepreneurial” ventures which include support and investment in both non-profit and for-profit venturing which has proven social impact.
Associate Dean for Research, McCombs School of Business
Susan Broniarczyk is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Marketing Administration. She is the holder of the Susie and John L. Adams Endowed Chair in Business. Her research examines consumer behavior and decision-making with a focus on brand and product management, product recommendations and advice, and gift-giving. The American Marketing Association awarded her dissertation on branding the 1992 John A. Howard award and her research on product assortment the 2003 O’Dell Award for its long-term significance to marketing theory and practice in the Journal of Marketing Research. Her research has also been featured in the media including Time Magazine, Business Week, and U.S. News and World Report. She received a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Florida.
President, Growth and Development, International, Omnicom Public Relations Group
David is responsible for developing Omnicom Public Relations Group’s offering internationally, enabling people and organizations to connect with world-class public relations services throughout the world. He joined Omnicom from one of its global networks, Ketchum, where he was chief executive for its European region and senior advisor to many of its global clients.
David is known as a modernizer in the industry and an advocate for collaboration, serving as chairman for several national and international trade bodies, and his contributions to the field have been recognized with achievement awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Public Relations and Communications Association of the UK and various magazines and publications. He has served as jury president for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Eurobest, and other creative services awards competitions, and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on the future of behavioural sciences. David is based in London.
Linda Gerber (ex officio)
Senior Lecturer, McCombs School of Business
Linda Gerber joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, where, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Global Business from 1990 through 1999.
From 1999-2006, Linda was the Assistant Director of the Center for Customer Insight while she also served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Marketing and International Business in the McCombs School of Business. For many years, she has been the Faculty Director of the International Business major and served as Director of the Center for Global Business from 2014 to 2018.
Linda holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the McCombs School of Business.
CEO, Financial Services Capital LLP
Matthew D. Hansen founded Financial Services Capital Partners LLP in 2019, after leaving Atlas Merchant Capital as the Head of UK & Europe. With over 20 years’ experience of private equity investing, Mr. Hansen has invested $3 billion of equity capital, with a dedicated focus on financial services throughout his career.
Matt was the Founder and Head of Atlas Merchant Capital’s UK & European business. Previously, he was a Partner & Head of European Private Equity for Cerberus in London. Prior to Cerberus, he worked at LBO firm Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago & London and began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns in New York.
Mr. Hansen recently served on the Boards of Panmure Gordon; Praxia Bank in Greece; Illimity Bank in Italy and the Board of France’s largest independent investment bank, Kepler Cheuvreux. He is involved with several charities including the Royal Chelsea Hospital Pensioners.
Mr. Hansen holds MBAs from Columbia University & London Business School. He is an alumnus of the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Matthew is part of the senior leadership team of The University of Texas Alumni Association and is President of the UK organization.
Paul Kinscherff (ex officio)
Executive in Residence, McCombs School of Business and LBJ School of Public Affairs
Prior to his UT appointment as Executive in Residence, Paul Kinscherff held a variety of senior financial management positions at The Boeing Company. Serving over 15 years on Boeing’s Finance Leadership and International Leadership teams, his most recent position includes Vice President of Corporate Development.
Before the Boeing Company, Paul worked at Lockheed Martin in progressively responsible corporate, operating segment, and customer finance roles. He earned master’s degrees in the dual degrees program in business and public policy from The University of Texas at Austin. Paul also serves on the advisory leadership boards of the McCombs and Marshall Schools of Business. He is civically active, and previous memberships include the American Business Council of the United Arab Emirates, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the President’s Committee on Business Productivity at The University of Texas.
Raj R. Mahale
Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Raj R. Mahale is a Partner at KPPB Law. Prior to joining KPPB, he was a Partner in the Corporate, Capital Formation and Securities Law and Financial Services, Private Funds and Capital Markets practices of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. A corporate attorney with in-depth knowledge on emerging market matters, particularly in South Asia and the Middle East, Raj has extensive experience structuring merger and acquisition (M&A), private equity and venture capital transactions. His clients include an array of Fortune 1000 companies, technology companies, tier 1 business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology enabled service (ITES) companies, and much more. Prior to joining Tannenbaum Helpern, Raj was Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s India Practice Group and was a Partner in its corporate practice.
Raj is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law and holds a degree in International Business from the McCombs School of Business. He is fluent in Marathi and Hindi and was ranked one of the top corporate M&A attorneys in the U.S. and India in Chambers Global, 2013.
Deirdre B. Mendez (ex officio)
Director, Center for Global Business
Deirdre Mendez, Ph.D., is an intercultural consultant, speaker, and corporate trainer who helps U.S. companies and their international partners identify and resolve culture-based problems.
Following two decades as a consultant in international business relations, Deirdre came to the Center for Global Business in 2005. After holding several leadership positions at the Center, she became Director in 2019. Deirdre has also served as visiting faculty to the Commercial Diplomacy Institute of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Deirdre is a faculty member of McCombs’ departments of Management and Marketing. She teaches international business as well as intercultural management, team building and leadership to students and executives in the US and abroad. Her book, The Culture Solution, facilitates self-guided problem solving for international executives.
Michael D. Soileau
Vice President, Planning and Strategy, Comcast Cable
Michael Soileau has more than 20 years of cable and telecommunications experience and is recognized industry-wide for his success in change management, strategic planning, human and employee capital, government relations, public relations, and multi-platform operations. In his current role at Comcast as Vice President of Planning and Strategy for Communications, Data, and WiFi, Michael is responsible for the design and rollout of new consumer-facing innovations and the implementation of industry-shaping technologies across Comcast markets. With broad experience in emerging technology, integration, forecasting, as well as strategic response and planning, Michael is helping to shape how millions of people will experience Comcast in their homes every day. Previously, Michael served as the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience at Innovative Communications, a multi-service provider (MSP) of phone, data, video and wireless for the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from The University of Texas at Austin.
René Van De Zande
Former CEO of Emergo by UL, Entrepreneur
Originally from the Netherlands, René Van De Zande has notable achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman. He has extensive experience in guiding companies engaged in international trade, particularly in the medical device industry. Currently, René is Director and GM of Emergo by UL, a company he founded in 1997 and served as CEO and President until the firm was acquired by UL. In addition to creating and directing the Emergo Group, René is Director and co-owner of Micren Healthcare which provides Designated Marketing Authorization Holder (DMAH) and In-Country Caretaker (ICC) services for non-Japanese medical device companies commercializing their medical devices in the Japanese market. He is also Partner and co-owner of Luctor Medical, which offers outsourcing solution for medical device distributors in the major international markets.
Prior to founding the Emergo Group, René worked in Brussels, Belgium, on European internal market issues and Transatlantic business relations and served as Senior Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. As an active participant in Austin’s international business community, René currently serves as Chair of the Texas Camino Real District Export Council (TCRDEC) and is a member of Austin Chamber’s Global Gateway Advisory Board. He is also a minority owner of the Austin Bold FC, an American professional soccer team which competes in the United Soccer League. René earned his M.A. in Contemporary History at Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands and his post-graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.