The MSBA Advisory Council is comprised of industry leaders with the purpose of advising the MSBA staff on the development of the program. Council members serve as liaisons and advocates of the MSBA Program, offer advice and guidance to the curriculum committee, and assist in student recruitment and student mentorship to strengthen the overall student experience. Members have the opportunity to participate in MSBA practicum projects, networking events, and student treks.
Data Analytics Manager, Corporate Finance Division, 3M
Managing Director, Analytics & Business Insight
Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy, Data Science Center, Southwest Airlines
Interim Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, CommUnityCare
Senior Director - Enterprise Data & Analytics
Senior Vice President
Mike Flannagan is a Senior Vice President at SAP, responsible for Analytics products, and leads global portfolio and go-to-market strategy for SAP Leonardo. In this role, he is responsible for products that accelerate innovation and enable digital transformation for the world’s largest companies. Mike’s team drives the strategy behind SAP Leonardo, which employs design thinking to find the toughest business problems across numerous industries and unites technologies from Big Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the SAP Cloud Platform to solve them.
Prior to joining SAP, Mike was Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Data & Analytics Software Group at Cisco Systems. Mike is engaged with the start-up community as an angel investor, mentor and board member. He has been granted multiple patents, is a published author, and frequent keynote speaker at industry events.
Mike is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. GPSDD was launched in 2015, alongside a new global framework for sustainable development, adopted by world leaders during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Mike attended The University of Texas at San Antonio before earning his MBA from Auburn University, where he is now a guest lecturer and serves on Advisory Boards for the College of Business and the Graduate School.
Director of University Research Collaboration, USAA
Manager of Analytics & Reporting, Head of Data Science, Phillips 66
Jim Griffin, Americas Director, Cartesian DataSciences
Jim Griffin is the Americas Director of Cartesian DataSciences, specializing in machine learning and advanced marketing analytics. He has twenty years of analytics, CRM, and loyalty experience in the USA, Latina America, Asia, and the Caribbean. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota, is Six Sigma Black Belt trained, and did post-graduate work in Statistics.
Jim is a 2018-2019 MSBA Advisory Council Member.
Director, Data and Analytics Center, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Granger Huntress works as Senior Product Manager, Solutions Engineering and Analytics with Dun & Bradstreet. He serves on the 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council.
Chief Data Officer, USAA
Data Scientist, HomeAway.com
Brian Lakey works as a Data Scientist with HomeAway.com. He is a 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council member.
J. Scott Meier
Director, Data Analytics Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
Principal, Merik Markets, LLC
Senior Director of Data Science, DOSH
Brent Schneeman is the Senior Director of Data Science with DOSH. He previously served as a Senior Director in Data Science for HomeAway.com. He is a 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council member.
Director of Customer Insight Analytics, FedEx Services
Doug Shaver is the Director of Customer Insight Analytics at FedEx Services, which is the largest global customer analytics team serving the family of FedEx operating companies. Analytics range across customer segmentation and profiling, program and campaign analytics, targeting analytics, triggering process analytics, decision systems, lifecycle, enterprise contact analytics, real estate decision analytics and much more. He has been with FedEx for over 18 years. Prior to his role at FedEx, he worked in the engineering guidance, navigation, and control analytics field for 11 years. Doug holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama.
Senior Strategist, Big Data Converged System Analytics, Dell
Michael Shepherd works as Senior Strategist of Big Data, Converged System Analytics with Dell. He serves on the 2017-2017 MSBA Advisory Council.
Partner, M&A Operations and Analytics, PwC
Finance Manager, 3M
President, Zebra Technologies
Ed Tonkon is the President of Zebra Technologies. He serves as a 2017-2017 MSBA Advisory Council member.
Head of Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics - Connected Vehicles, General Motors
Robert Welborn is the Head of Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics with Connected Vehicles, General Motors. He previously served as a Data Scientist with AVP Innovation, Enterprise Data and Analytics Office with USAA. He serves on the 2017-2018 MSBA Advisory Council.
Product Scientist, Indeed Inc