|Board and Advisers|
CFO – IBM Africa
Sep 2011 - Present
• Operationalize and execute IBM’s Africa Strategy to achieve significant market share gains and position IBM for long-term success and sustained growth. Specifically lead on overcoming matrix and organizational challenges and ensure strategic intent is appropriately translated into financial objectives
• Emphasize the role of Finance as a partner by assisting Business management with analysis, alternatives and recommendations. Create an environment that encourages taking initiative and delivering innovation, particularly in the area of developing Business Analytics within Finance
• Maintain strong business controls and audit results as evidenced by corporate audits and continuous self-assessments. Specifically focus on achievement of a sustainable satisfactory posture and enable African expansion in a controlled manner.
• Provide leadership and facilitate the process of setting up IBM operations in new countries within Africa and help capture the available growth opportunities. This would include building solid business cases and seamless infra-structure set-up. Establish appropriate Finance
organizations and build an effective management system in these countries • Identify, analyze and document the risks associated with a business operations in the new countries , as well as monitor the effectiveness of risk management processes and implement needed change
• Ensure correct statutory / local / tax reporting and filing, defend company position with tax authorities, and support corporate initiatives to achieve tax savings
CFO – IBM Sub Sahara Africa
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
• Drive and support a competitive financial model focused on key market share growth and more than balanced PTI growth within the investment model
• Maintain satisfactory business controls posture and audit results, and drive corrective actions. Special focus on new Africa countries
• Report financial results with integrity and provide accurate assessment headlights
• Defend company position with tax authorities and execute tax-saving initiatives. Support all regular tax processes
• Build succession plan for each leadership position and bench for future leaders. Increase vitality of Finance teams through hiring of top talent from the market
Internal Audit Manager – AP (ASEAN,Australia, NZ India/SA)
Dec 2007 – July 2009
• Develop and execute the region audit plan ensuring adequate coverage for the high risk areas
• Perform risk based audit, reflecting changes in the business and address enterprise wide view of risk
• Analyze business transactions, internal reports and financial information for potential fraud risks
• Maintain reports of significant risks and recommendations including working with the business on implementing corrective actions
• Work across organizational boundaries to improve communication, share information and best practices
Financial Services Manager - Disney Account, IBM GTS US
Dec 2005 – Nov 2007
• Developed accurate monthly financial forecasts and roadmaps that bridge to the targeted financial objectives
• Developed solutions and drove cost take out actions to improve profit performance
• Performed timely contract performance analysis that provide business insights into the trends and headlights
• Provided senior management contract scorecard highlighting areas of major deviation from delivery solution
• Facilitated weekly financial reviews with the Disney Finance team that focuses on resolving billing issues thereby driving timely AR collection
• Evaluated controls posture and highlighted exposures.
Financial Services Manager – ITS Worldwide, IBM GTS WW
Nov 2004 – Dec 2005
• Led and drove the financial transition of PCD Warranty following the PC company Sale to Lenovo
• Rolled out the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley Key ITS Financial Controls in 14 countries. Ensured consistent WW controls testing process
• Drove and managed ITS WW quarterly executive financial certifications
• Acted as the WW ITS Finance liaison for the automation of Signings and backlog. Worked closely with accounting to ensure the Gross vs Net Revenue recognition rules were accurately reflected
• Managed the ITS WW Parts Inventory that resulted in 3% YTY improvement
Financial Services Manager – AT&T Account, IBM GTS US
Aug 2003 – Nov 2004
• Tightly managed the AT&T contract financials which delivered Revenue at 9% above target and Gross Profit at 36% above target
• Performed contract analysis that ensured a balanced geographic resource thereby exceeding the contractual obligations
• Maintained an excellent controls posture that resulted in a satisfactory audit rating with no findings
• Provided financial guidance and counsel on the multi-million re-negotiations for increased scope
Financial Analyst – Measurement Coordinator, IBM GTS LA
May 2002 – Jul 2003
• Provided accurate and timely high level reporting and analysis of financial performance of 11 Latin American countries
• Highlighted solutions to mitigate Revenue decline driven by stressed economic conditions
• Aggressively drove the team to execute on cost initiates that led to remarkable 68% YTY profit improvement
• Developed a forecast template that captured key indicators and metrics critical to achievement of financial objectives
Financial Analyst – Measurement Coordinator, IBM ITS US
Jan 2001 – May 2002
• Responsible for providing financial leadership and coordination of ITS Services and Maintenance business unit.
• Ensured a completed and through end to end Spring and Fall Plan process linkage with the senior financial and operations management teams • Played a key role on the design and enhancement of the ITS
Measurements Database to include all modules of the ITS business • Performed the ITS Balance Sheet forecast and reconciliation
Financial Analyst –Managed Service Solutions, IBM ITS US
Apr 2000 – Jan 2001
• Responsible for Revenue and Gross profit planning for IBM Multi-vendor Maintenance Business
• Analyzed contract performance and provided financial advice to marketing and sales executives
Financial Analyst –Parts Sales IBM GTS ITS US
Nov 1998 – Mar 2000
• Team lead for the global parts pricing team. Ensured consistent WW parts pricing methodologies
• Initiated and drove re-write of the Global Parts Pricing system which led to improved turnaround of pricing requests
• Analyzed customer behavior of Parts purchasing pattern, and as a result implemented a change of the US pricing uplifts thereby yielding 2 pts improvement of the unit’s gross profit margin
Financial Analyst –Parts Distribution Planning, IBM GTS ITS US
Jul 1996 – Nov 1998
• Team lead and coordinator for ITS US Service Parts solutions planning including measurements and plan
• Provided analysis and recommendations regarding process modifications/implementation to ensure cost effectiveness
• Analyzed performance trends to predict full year performance that lead to improved forecast accuracy by 5%
• Held key role in gathering and analyzing financial data for the Worldwide Distribution Logistics project
Business Analyst –Food Distributors International, Ltd
Jan 1994 – Jun 1996
• Analyzed company performance and delivered reports highlighting key focus area
• Developed business plans and advised senior management on related strategic planning issues and their long term implications
Special Assistant to Director of Special Programs Howard University
Aug 1995 – May 1996
• Researched the impact of formation of teams on student performance
• Implemented activities designed to prepare students for the business environment
Howard University, Washington, DC: Master of Business Administration, Finance, 1996
St. Thomas University, Miami Florida : Bachelor of Arts: Computer Science, 1993
Former Chairman & CEO
Over a business career spanning thirty years, Joe Baczko held a number of senior executive positions in leading international companies and advised private equity firms on international acquisitions in areas of consumer services and specialty retailing.
From 1997 to 2001, he was Chairman and CEO of Frank's Nursery & Crafts, the largest domestic specialty retailer of lawn and garden products, acquired in a leveraged buy-out which he led. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Baczko was a private investor associated with the Cypress Group, LLC, a major private equity firm, and subsequently the lead investor in Frank's Nursery & Crafts.
As President and COO of Blockbuster Entertainment from 1991-1993, Baczko helped lead that company to significant growth in the US and internationally. He helped establish market leadership worldwide through the expansion of company-owned operations, acquisitions and franchising.
Joe was the founding President of Toys R Us - International and led that company's successful global expansion from 1983 to 1990. He established major retail operations in Canada, France, Germany, UK, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. The growth of Toys R Us - International became a textbook case for successful global expansion in specialty retailing.
From 1979 to 1983, as CEO of Max Factor-Europe, Baczko directed the company's UK-based manufacturing and marketing operations throughout Europe and developed a network of joint ventures in the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and South Asia. Prior to 1979, Joe held various management positions with W.R. Grace and in merchant banking.
In addition to his business career, Baczko has had significant involvement in academia. He was recently Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and led a school of more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of innovative educational programs. For ten years, he was Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is currently Chairman Emeritus. He was also member of the University's Board of Regents for eight years, the last two of which he served as Vice-Chairman. Mr. Baczko has served on numerous corporate and non-profits boards and continues his active interests in international development activities.
Joe Baczko is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and holds an MBA from Harvard. He was a Captain in the US Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He and his wife reside in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three adult children.
James W. Dean
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
James W. Dean Jr. is executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the former dean at UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he is a professor of organizational behavior.
Leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making, international management, and organizational performance improvement are the focus of his research, teaching and consulting.
Dr. Dean served as dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler from 2008-2013; senior associate dean from 2007-2008; associate dean of Executive Development from 2002-2007; and associate dean of the MBA Program from 1998-2002.
As associate dean for Executive Development, he increased the number and global reach of UNC’s non-degree programs, which are ranked among the world’s best. During his tenure, revenues for the programs increased by nearly 60 percent. UNC Kenan-Flagler is especially well known for its custom-designed programs for such organizations as ExxonMobil, the United States Navy, Duke Energy, Cisco and Nucor.
As associate dean of the MBA Program, Dr. Dean led an innovative re-design of the curriculum, created corporate advisory boards and developed a strong team of professionals to guide admissions, student services and career services. As a result, the quality of the MBA class, the curriculum and the quality and number of companies recruiting rose significantly.
Dr. Dean has published his research in many of the top academic and business journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal.
Dr. Dean serves on the board of directors of the Global Business School Network; the board of the Alternative Strategies Group, a registered investment advisor and non-bank subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company; and the advisory board of the Carolina Clinic of UNC Heath Care.
He earned his PhD and master’s degrees in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his BA from The Catholic University.
Since 2011 Amadou Diallo is Chief Executive Officer of DHL Freight, one of the leading providers of road freight services in Europe and beyond. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Africa and South Asia Pacific DHL Global Forwarding and prior to this Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Logistics Divisions and Managing Director for the integration of Exel and DHL. Mr. Diallo has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, banking, express and logistics industries. He was born in Senegal and is fluent in several languages including English, German, French, Fulani, Wolof and Spanish. Mr. Diallo is Chairman of the supervisory board of Amref Health Africa in Germany, member of the board of ARC Insurance and member of the Universal Business School of Mumbai.
Prof. Dr. Peter Gomez was the former Chairman of the Board of SIX Swiss Exchange Group and the Dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St. Gallen. He has been a full professor of business economics since 1990 and headed the university as its rector from 1999 through 2005. Apart from his academic credentials, he also has experience in the entrepreneurial world. He was a member of the Executive Committees of Ringier and the Distral Group, as well as a founding partner of Valcor AG, Küsnacht, a consulting firm specialising in strategic management and M&A.
Dennis M. Hanno was appointed the eighth president of Wheaton College on February 22, 2014 and will be inaugurated this fall. He came to Wheaton from Babson College, where he has held senior leadership positions since 2006. He most recently served as Babson’s provost, senior vice president and President’s Endowed Professor of Accounting, in addition to leading the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) as executive director.
Previously, he served as the associate dean for Undergraduate Matters in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and on the faculty of Boston College.
A vocal advocate for responsible management education, Hanno serves on the board of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a worldwide network dedicated to developing a next generation of responsible leaders. He also plays an active role in the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) movement, including contributing to several of its annual forums and publications. He most recently was named one of BostInno’s 50 on Fire for revolutionizing undergraduate education and for the active role he plays in the Boston and Babson communities.
At Babson, Hanno led many of the college's initiatives in Africa, focusing on creating a more entrepreneurial environment across the continent. As the executive director of the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week, he oversees the work of the center’s in-country staff. Additionally, he has empowered thousands of youths in four African countries through a unique curriculum he has developed called "From Ideas to Action" as founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies.
Hanno earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, his Master of Science degree in accounting from Western New England College, and his Ph.D. in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
On October 1, 2013, Dean Robert (Bob) Kennedy began his role as the ninth dean of the Ivey Business School. Bob comes to Ivey from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where for the past 10 years he has led the William Davidson Institute (WDI), a non-profit research and educational institute that focuses on business and policy issues in emerging market economies. During the same time, Bob served as the Director of the Ross School Global Initiative and as the Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration at Ross, teaching corporate strategy and international business courses in the MBA, EMBA, and Executive Education programs.
A well-known scholar, speaker, and educator, Bob Kennedy’s research focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing businesses in developing countries. He has been widely published in leading economics and strategy journals. His teaching materials, including more than 120 articles, chapters and cases are used at every one of Business Week’s top 25 U.S. business schools.
With two Baccalaureate degrees in political science and economics from Stanford University, a Master of Science in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a PhD in business economics from Harvard University, where he also taught for several years, Bob brings to Ivey a wealth of global management education experience.
He has also held various international management positions with firms that include Enterprise Investors in Warsaw, Poland and The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Bob sits on the advisory boards of numerous organizations active in the education and/or economic development sectors, including Ivey Management Services, Laurus Edutech Ltd. (India), the Global Business School Network (GBSN), the India-based private equity firm ChrysCapital, the Malaysia-based private equity firm Creador and the NextBillion family of websites.
Advisor, Independent Director; Former EMEIA Tax Leader
► Stephan Kuhn has been a financial auditor since 1983 and a tax advisor since 1985
► He led the Swiss tax and legal practice from 2000-2005 (first for Arthur Andersen, then for Ernst & Young - EY)
► 2005 – 2008: Leader of the tax and legal practice in Central Europe
► 2008 - 2014: Tax and Legal Area Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa [16’000 people in 93 countries] (EMEIA)
►2010 – 2013: in parallel leader of Swiss FSO practice (overall responsibility for the business [all services; i.e. Assurance, Advisory, Transactions, Tax and Legal with Financial Services Institutions [i.e. all clients in Banking and Capital Markets, Insurance and Asset Management]
►January - August 2015: senior partner on selected projects of the global Firm and Client Projects; Global Client Service Partner for a Global 360 Priority Account ►Since September 2015 Advisor and Independent Director of various public and private institutions
► Stephan served as the Global Client Service Partner for a globally active Universal Bank
► As an advisor, Stephan has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, post-transaction integration and supply chain management projects. His clients are predominantly in Banking and Capital Markets and in Private Equity
►In his roles as Area Tax and Legal as well as Swiss FSO Leader Stephan has had extensive contacts with Ministries of Finance, supranational organisations and national tax administrations as well as Regulators / Supervisory authorities
►Stephan had two years of audit experience before he became a Tax Advisor
►Most of his time he spent serving the firm’s key accounts as the client service partner
►Prior to getting his international leadership roles he had the responsibility for the Swiss Tax Practice and for the Swiss Transaction Advisory Team
►Stephan was a member of the EMEIA Area Executive and of the Global Tax Executive of EY
►He was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Ernst & Young GmbH, Germany and Ernst & Young AG, Switzerland
► Certified Tax Expert, Switzerland
► Master Degree in Finance and Accounting, University of St. Gallen
►Permanent lecturer for Tax Law at University of St. Gallen
►Stephan was Chairman of a local community’s supervisory and audit committee for 8 years
►Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
►Member of the Board of the Association of Swiss Companies doing business in Germany (will step down in April 2015)
►Army: up to Battalion Commander from 1993 – 1997 (Infantry Battalion in Swiss Army)
►Board member for the education company of the Swiss institute for certified public accountants and tax experts (2004-2009)
Founder & Executive Director
Rebecca Stromeyer is the Executive Director and founder of ICWE GmbH and Chairman of the Board of the award-winning web portal Internet Course Finders, which is dedicated to education and offers information on all types of educational institutions worldwide. She is also a co-founder of ICEF GmbH, the recognized global leader in international student recruitment and travel for education workshops.
Rebecca grew up in an international environment and was raised multilingually. She was born in Kuwait and spent most of her formative years in different countries in the Middle East, the longest time spent in Lebanon. She studied Slavonic Studies, Comparative Literature, Business Administration and Media Studies in Berlin, Moscow and the UK. This background provided the basis for her first successful exhibition series on languages and multiculturalism, which have been organised in a number of European cities such as Berlin, Budapest, London, Warsaw, Moscow and Prague since 1988.
Over the last decade and a half, Rebecca Stromeyer has been organising events and campaigns related to education and training, as well as languages and media in all parts of the world. Her most prestigious enterprise to date is the ONLINE EDUCA conference series whose flagship, ONLINE EDUCA Berlin, she helped launch in 1995. The annual conference is regarded as the key networking event of the international e-learning industry. ONLINE EDUCA MADRID, first held in 2000, expanded the palette to the Spanish-speaking e-learning community.
She founded eLearning Africa in 2006. The first edition of this annual international conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2006. It was followed by subsequent editions in Nairobi, Accra, Dakar, Lusaka, Dar es Salaam and Cotonou. The 2013 edition will held in Windhoek, Namibia from May 29 - 31. The conference is attended by over 1700 delegates from all sectors and ministers from many African nations.
Rebecca is a founding director of E-Cubed Communications, an agency for international communications, marketing and public affairs. She is an advisory member to ELIG and a board member of GDLN Global, a global board overseeing the 120 GDLN affiliates in 80 countries. She is Chairperson of the East Trust, a non profit organization that aims to make a lasting positive impact on education in Africa and she is also a board member of the Drucker Society, a practitioner-led, multi-stakeholder group that builds on Peter Drucker’s fundamental ideas and ideals with the aim of contributing to the evolution of management as a vital piece of a functioning modern society.
Connecting people to enhance the educational process is Rebecca Stromeyer's main focus.
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