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Advisory Council Corporate Representatives

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We are grateful for our Corporate Advisory Council members who share our vision to become one of the most prominent business schools in the world and who provide counsel, collaboration and advocacy in our pursuit to reach this goal. The McCombs School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council consists of business leaders and serves to advise faculty and staff on the direction of the school to maintain its prestige and excellence. Corporate Advisory Council Representatives represent their respective companies and strengthen crucial partnerships between the school and industry.

  • Brett Biggs - Walmart
    Brett BiggsBrett Biggs is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart. He is responsible for Walmart Enterprise Solutions, which includes all finance functions as well as Global Procurement. Brett and his team work to deliver on Walmart’s commitment to everyday low cost in an effort to pass savings on to customers.

    Prior to his current role, Brett has held the roles of chief financial officer for Walmart International, Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club. He has also served as senior vice president of international strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and as senior vice president of corporate finance. Brett was also the senior vice president of operations for Sam’s Club.

    Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co. and Price Waterhouse.

    An Austin native and University of Texas graduate, Tamara serves on the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory and is Accenture’s former executive recruiting sponsor for UT. She is a board member of the Texas Conference for Women and Paul Quinn College, a historically black college in Dallas. Tamara serves on Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee as Vice Chair of State and Local Advocacy Tamara and is a recipient of the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Austin Business Award for Executive Leadership. She was named the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network’s 2019 Legacy Alumnus of the Year and is a winner of Austin Business Journal’s 2019 Profiles in Power and the Central Texas chapter of the Texas Diversity Council’s 2018 DiversityFIRST awards. She also serves as a coach and mentor in and outside of Accenture, helping people find their voice and preparing them for career advancement.

    Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the American Red Cross Board of Governors. He serves on the Walton Arts Center Board and the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League. Brett also serves on the Board of Regents at Pepperdine University and is Walmart’s corporate representative on the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas. Within Walmart, he serves on the Walmart Foundation Board as well as being an executive sponsor for the Hispanic/Latino Resource Group.

    Brett graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received a Master of Business Administration with Honors from Oklahoma State University.

    Brett and his wife, Kara, have two daughters and live in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • Michael J. Blue - EY
    Michael BlueMichael Blue is the Managing Partner for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Prior to assuming his roles in Austin, Michael was Partner in the firm's Capital Markets Group in Paris, France and was responsible for European multinational companies going public in the U.S. and other European multinationals registered on U. S. stock exchanges. He has also worked in San Jose, Frankfurt, Germany and Houston offices.

    Michael has over 30 years of experience serving high growth, technology companies, from venture backed start-ups to multinational public and privately held companies with a focus on the semiconductor, software and biotechnology industries. He has extensive expertise in SEC reporting, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as international accounting and auditing, and strategic transactions.

    His clients have included National Instruments, Cree, Inc., Silicon Laboratories Corporation, Cirrus Logic, Luminex, GenSet, Whole Foods, Business Objects, Epicor, Websense, SAS, and Xilinx.

    Michael has a BBA in Accounting in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Bill Braun - Chevron
    Bill BraunBill Braun is Chevron’s chief information officer and the president of its Information Technology Company. Bill assumed this role in 2015 and is based in Houston, TX.

    Bill joined Chevron in 1991 as a programmer, and has held technical and management positions across the organization, including Chevron North America Exploration & Production, Supply & Trading and ITC. These positions included responsibilities in telecommunications, fraud management, project management and operations. He has served with the corporation in Texas, California and Singapore.

    Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2014. He serves on the Board of Directors for SEARCH Homeless Services of Houston and as a co-chair for the Governing Body of the Houston CIO Executive Summit.
  • Steve Chase - KPMG
    Steve ChaseStephen Chase is the U.S. Consulting leader of the firm’s Advisory practice and a member of the firm’s national Advisory Leadership Team. He has more than 20 years of consulting and technology experience.

    KPMG's U.S. Consulting practice is a multi-disciplinary team that delivers transformation services to leading global businesses. Steve was one of the founding leaders of this business when it was formed in 2009.

    Steve has served in a variety of practice leadership roles since re-joining KPMG in 2004. Most recently, he was the U.S. leader of the Management Consulting Technology Service Line and a member of the Global Management Consulting Leadership Team.

    As a client delivery partner, Steve has primarily served telecommunications clients and served as the Lead Partner on the AT&T account. His work is focused on large-scale technology and business transformation projects in various functional areas including billing and customer care, network, Information Technology, Finance, Supply Chain and Distribution, and Human Resources.

    Before re-joining KPMG, Steve was a Vice President and Practice Leader overseeing the Wireless and Cable business at BearingPoint. He began his career in the Dallas office of KPMG LLP in 1994 and was promoted to Partner in 1999.

    Steve has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, and BA degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary.

    Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for Crossroads Community Services and he is a former Board Member Chair and Life Council member at the North Texas Food Bank. Steve and his wife Lydia live in Dallas with their two children.

  • Kathleen W. Farlow - Deloitte
    Kathleen FarlowKathleen Farlow joined Deloitte in 1983 and became partner in 1994.  For most of her career her role has been and continues to be a client service tax partner on large multinational Fortune 500 clients. In addition to her client service roles, she has been Deputy National Managing Partner – People, Regional Tax Managing Partner – Mid America, and the Gulf Coast Tax Managing Partner. In October of 2012, Kathleen relocated to Austin to be the Central Texas Managing Partner leading our client service professionals in Austin and San Antonio. 

    She has a Master in Professional Accounting – Tax degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor in Business Administration – Accounting degree from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Kathleen is currently Deloitte’s lead relationship partner for The University of Texas and has long been a member of The UT Accounting Department Advisory Council and is a member and former chair of the McComb’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.  She is active in the United Way as a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and serves as Chairman of the Board for United Way of Greater Austin. 

  • Tamara Fields - Accenture
    Tamara FieldsTamara Fields is the Office Managing Director for Accenture in Austin, is responsible for bringing innovation to clients, recruiting and retaining top talent and strengthening Accenture’s impact in the Austin community. As a business veteran with more than two decades of cross-industry, multilateral project management experience, Tamara helps better serve clients with creative, strategic, and transformative solutions.

    In addition, she is also the Director of Operations for Accenture’s U.S. South Market Unit, responsible for executing the business strategy to drive growth and efficiency, and engaging and developing high performing leaders across the 13-state region.

    Passionate about promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace, Tamara serves as the U.S. co-lead for Accenture’s women’s employee resource group and the inclusion and diversity lead Accenture’s Austin office. In support of the company’s goal to achieve 50/50 gender balance by 2025, she advocates that Accenture’s rich diversity makes teams stronger—more creative, innovative and competitive—helping Accenture to better serve clients and communities.

    An Austin native and University of Texas graduate, Tamara serves on the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory and is Accenture’s former executive recruiting sponsor for UT. She is a board member of the Texas Conference for Women and Paul Quinn College, a historically black college in Dallas. Tamara serves on Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee as Vice Chair of State and Local Advocacy Tamara and is a recipient of the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Austin Business Award for Executive Leadership. She was named the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network’s 2019 Legacy Alumnus of the Year and is a winner of Austin Business Journal’s 2019 Profiles in Power and the Central Texas chapter of the Texas Diversity Council’s 2018 DiversityFIRST awards. She also serves as a coach and mentor in and outside of Accenture, helping people find their voice and preparing them for career advancement.

  • Kyle Hranicky - Wells Fargo
    Kyle HranickyKyle Hranicky is the CEO of Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo. He is also a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee.

    Middle Market Banking provides local service and decision-making, a comprehensive suite of products, and industry expertise to serve the diverse financial needs of business banking, middle market, and government and institutional banking customers. The Commercial Banking team is comprised of experienced and accomplished relationship managers and industry specialists working together to bring the full range of Wells Fargo’s services to customers from offices across the United States and Canada.

    Before his current role, Kyle served as the executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Banking group where he led the transformation to industry-specialized relationship businesses and managed Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, a specialized capital provider. He also partnered with other Wells Fargo executives to align Wells Fargo’s corporate banking and securities businesses to form Corporate and Investment Banking to serve the needs of corporate and institutional clients in a more integrated and simplified way.

    Previously, Kyle served as the executive vice president and head of the Wells Fargo Energy Group. Under his leadership, the team established a top-tier position in the Energy industry. In addition, he served as senior vice president and regional manager of the Loan Syndication group, part of Wells Fargo Capital Markets.

    Since 1995, he has served in leadership roles with Wells Fargo including Commercial Banking relationship manager and loan team manager. Before Wells Fargo, he worked for the Southland Corporation.

    Kyle earned his B.A. in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and his M.B.A. with honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.

    He lives in Houston with his wife and their three children.
  • Stephen A. McGaw - AT&T
    Steve McGawSteve McGaw is responsible for the development of AT&T’s corporate strategy as well as the evaluation and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.

    Prior to his current role, Steve served as chief marketing officer for AT&T’s business organization, where he oversaw marketing of both traditional telecom services as well as mobility and strategic services to millions of customers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies.

    Steve has a history of leadership in corporate strategy and corporate development. He previously served as senior vice president of Corporate Strategy with responsibilities for driving AT&T’s long-term planning activities and strategic initiatives. Before that assignment, Steve drove AT&T’s consumer strategy, which focused on identifying and analyzing strategic alternatives for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

    As senior vice president of Corporate Development, Steve was instrumental in the acquisition of the former AT&T Wireless. Other projects he directed include the purchase of numerous wireless properties, property swaps, network sharing joint ventures and purchases of wireless spectrum.

    Steve also served as senior vice president of Supply Chain for AT&T's Wireless business. He was responsible for all supply chain operations, including the procurement of products and services, as well as receipt, warehousing and distribution.

    During his 30-year career, Steve has also held key leadership positions in sales, international and technology planning roles at SBC and AT&T Bell Labs.

    Steve currently serves on the advisory committee to the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, the board of trustees for LaunchAbility, a non-profit company serving Dallas-area families, and the World Economic Forum Steering Committee in support of ‘delivering the digital infrastructure.’

    Steve earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in computer science at Northwestern University; and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
  • Sharon Miller - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Sharon MillerSharon Miller is the head of Small Business at Bank of America and is a member of the company’s Management Operating Committee. Her team is responsible for providing 11 million business owner clients a full range of financial products and services through Bank of America’s network of approximately 4,400 financial centers and 16,400 ATMs, and its award-winning digital banking platform. Miller’s team of approximately 2,500 associates deliver advice and guidance on cash management, business financing, personal lending, investments and retirement to business owners in local markets throughout the United States.

    Miller is a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within the company. She appears regularly on national and local TV and radio, discussing small business issues and advocating for the nation’s entrepreneurs as the engine that drives the U.S. economy.

    Miller began her Bank of America career in 1996 as a financial advisor in Houston, Texas, and has since held various leadership positions at Bank of America. Most recently, she was Central Division executive for Financial Center Sales and Merrill Edge® at Bank of America, where she led financial center teams working in nearly 900 locations across 11 states. Other roles include national sales executive for Preferred Banking and Merrill Edge®, complex director for Merrill Lynch in Texas, regional executive for Premier Banking and Investments, and market executive for Nevada.

    Miller currently serves as a board member for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Her other volunteer commitments have included leadership positions in United Way, March of Dimes, and Communities in Schools. She resides in San Antonio, Texas with her two children.
  • Niloufar Molavi - PwC
    Niloufar Molavi

    Niloufar Molavi is a Vice Chair, U.S. Energy Leader and Market Managing Partner (MMP) for Greater Houston for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Niloufar leads a practice comprised of 920 professionals serving U.S. energy clients in the oil and gas industry and is responsible for all client services – assurance, advisory and tax – for the geographic markets of Houston, Tulsa and New Orleans.

    She previously served as energy leader within PwC’s Tax practice and as the firm’s U.S. Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing the firm's diversity strategy and all of its related programs and initiatives. With over 20 years experience with PwC, Niloufar has served a wide range of energy companies both in the U.S. and abroad, advising clients on international and U.S. tax structuring, mergers, acquisitions and potential public offerings.

    Niloufar served on the firm's national tax Sarbanes-Oxley task force and co-developed the PwC Sarbanes-Oxley 404 tax training program. She serves on the national Tax Accounting Services Task Force and served as the local Houston office FIN 48 & FAS 109 technical leader. Niloufar also led the Tax IFRS efforts for the Energy sector.

    Niloufar began her career with PwC in 1991 and was promoted to partner in 2001. She joined the firm’s U.S. Leadership team in 2009. She earned her degree in Accounting as well as a Masters in Professional Accounting with a concentration in Taxation from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and also serves on the non-profit board of Dress for Success Houston. She is a licensed CPA in Texas and resides in Houston with her husband and two children.

  • Gary Murtha - PepsiCo
    Gary MurthaGary Murtha serves as senior vice president of Supply Chain Finance for PepsiCo.

    A respected leader within the PepsiCo organization, Gary brings 28 years of experience specializing in Corporate Finance to his role as a leader within the Executive Finance Team at Frito-Lay. In his current role, he leads the Frito-Lay U.S. Supply Chain Finance team where his key responsibilities are focused on Operations and Cost inputs to the Frito-Lay P&L, including Cost of Sales, Transportation, and Frontline Plant and Sales Labor.

    In addition to managing traditional Cost P&L, Gary and team of 60 finance associates are also responsible for developing and executing the Company’s capital spending strategy, Total Company Productivity, as well as supporting its Growth and Capacity agenda to deliver America’s most loved snacks to consumers across the country.

    Gary joined PepsiCo in 1990 as a Credit Analyst for Cash Flow Forecasting. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Gary worked at Big Eight Accounting Firm Arthur Young for three years. Gary has a master’s degree in Finance/Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Accounting from Penn State.

    In addition to his executive career, Gary serves on the advisory council at McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas.

    Gary currently resides in Plano, Texas with his wife Robin, daughter Macy and son Greyson.
  • Lawrence Pope - Halliburton
    Lawrence Pope is Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer for Halliburton, where he has global leadership responsibilities for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate Services, Corporate Aviation, Corporate Affairs and Security. He is a member of the Company's Executive Committee.

    Previously, Mr. Pope was Vice President of Human Resources and Operational Excellence. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Administration for Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR).

    Mr. Pope holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and has a master's degree in business administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. He is a graduate of Halliburton's President's Leadership Seminar (now called the President's Leadership Excellence Program), Halliburton's yearlong leadership development event in which a select group of high-potential senior managers, directors and first-time executives participates each year. He is also a Certified Compensation Professional.
  • Amin Sewani - BP Upstream

    Amin Sewani is the Performance Management & Commercial Senior Leader for Upstream Planning.

  • Tom Sweet - Dell
    Tom SweetTom Sweet serves as senior vice president, chief financial officer (CFO) for Dell. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company's finance function including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury and investor relations. Additionally, he is responsible for corporate strategy and development.

    He was previously vice president of corporate finance, controller and chief accounting officer with responsibility for global accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations, as well as global financial services. Tom was responsible for external financial reporting for more than five years when Dell was public. Prior to this, he has served in a variety of finance leadership roles at Dell including as Finance vice president responsible for overall finance activities within the corporate business, education, government and healthcare business units of Dell, and has also served as the head of internal audit. He has served in a number of sales leadership roles in education and corporate business units since joining Dell in 1997.

    Prior to Dell, Tom was vice president, accounting and finance, for Telos Corporation. Prior to that, he spent 13 years with Price Waterhouse in a variety of roles primarily focused on providing audit and accounting services to the technology industry.

    Tom received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and is a CPA.

View a full list of Advisory Council Members here.