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 & CEO, Lynxs Group LLC; Emeritus Chair, 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.
Cato Felán III
CEO, La Hoja Capital Management
Cato Felán III is the CEO of La Hoja Capital Management. Cato has spent his career on the forefront of new access and methods of investing for global investors. From 1998 to 2008, with Fidelity Investments and then Putnam Investments, he led efforts in Latin America to provide broader access and education to global equity and bond markets through offshore mutual funds. He provided LatAm investors with more sophisticated tools to access pools of wealth generation, as well as guidance and insight into investing in global markets.
In 2008, with iShares/BlackRock, he was one of the first to bring wide scale ETF index investing to the wealth management industry for offshore investors from Latin America. Introduction of ETFs democratized investing, allowing investors access to sophisticated institutional investment management. He worked with the major wirehouses, as well as global and regional private banks in the US and Latin America, to create and market professional money management services to offshore and in-country investors, creating the first Offshore ETF managed portfolio strategies in the industry.
In 2013, he led the Offshore and Latin America division for Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he stayed until his formal entry in Cannabis in 2018 with the founding of La Hoja Capital Management, a global alternative asset investment firm.
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.
Matt recently served on the Boards of Panmure Gordon; Praxia Bank in Greece; Illimity Bank in Italy and the Board of Kepler Cheuvreux.
CEO, Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
Randall Kempner is CEO of the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, a Texas-based grantmaking foundation that seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems. The foundation works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects and practices at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.
For the previous eleven years, Randall served as a VP of the Aspen Institute and the founding executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of nearly 300 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. As executive director, Randall oversaw the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program, training and advocacy agenda. He is a frequent author and public speaker on the topics of emerging market entrepreneurship, the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and impact investing.
Randall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MBA and a Master of Public Affairs. He earned his bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.
Executive Director, Lenovo
Aldor Lanctot is the Executive Director of Global Accounts North America for Lenovo where he has executive leadership responsibility for the North America and ROW Global Accounts business across the Lenovo commercial Infrastructure Solutions, Solutions & Services and Intelligent Devices Groups portfolios. He leads Retention and Development and Acquisition Sales organizations to deliver worldwide revenue growth and portfolio expansion and a positive customer experience. He is a member of both Global Accounts and North America Senior Leadership Teams. In his previous role with Dell, Aldor spent 5 years working in various roles in the emerging markets of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has also held leadership positions at the Dialog Group, Regus, Dell and Lockheed Martin; teaching positions at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business, St Edward's University (Austin) and Grenoble École de Management, France.
Aldor attended The University of Texas at Austin and received his BBA in International Business and Finance in 1985 and his Ph.D. in International Business/Marketing in 1995.
Raj R. Mahale
Partner, KPPB Law; Chair, Board of Advisors for the Center for Global Business
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.
President & CEO of BEI Precision
Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte
Jonathan is a Managing Director in the Human Capital practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP and Deloitte Digital. He has over 23 years of experience in selling and delivering large, complex advisory engagements to a variety of clients and leads the Oil, Gas & Chemicals Sector, Renewable Energy Sector and Mining Sector for Organization Transformation. Jonathan was formerly the Mid-America Regional Service Line Leader for the Organizational Transformation and Talent Service Line under Human Capital.
Jonathan strives to continuously add value to his clients though creating a foundational business case for change, directly advising leadership on change management and organizational strategy, and working side-by-side with the client on many global Supply Chain, Finance, IT, and HR Transformations. He is recognized for his extensive program management skills and his deep knowledge in numerous ERP and SaaS technology packages as well as his User Experience, Branding, and Innovation.
Principal Product Manager, Microsoft
Chris Pardo brings over 20 years of experience in product, alliances, technology and innovation. Chris is currently the VP of Innovation for Sales & Marketing Solutions at Dun & Bradstreet where he helped bring new integrated products to market and created strategic alliances with major cloud companies. Prior to D&B, Chris worked at IBM as a software engineer on IBM’s hardware and software products.
Vice President, E & A Renfroe & Co.
Austin Renfroe is an accomplished entrepreneur, computer engineer, IP attorney, and investor. He serves as Vice President of E. A. Renfroe & Company, Inc., a people logistics company with tens of thousands of employees focused on providing turnkey staffing and technology solutions to the insurance industry. He also holds patents on AI-driven inventory management systems and is an advisor to/or board member of multiple startup companies.
Austin received degrees in computer engineering and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a law degree from Emory Law School.
Michael D. Soileau
Vice President, Planning and Strategy, Comcast Cable (retired)
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 most recent 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.