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.
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.
Raj R. Mahale
Partner, KPPB Law
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
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.