With great pleasure the Global Business School Network announces the
election of two new members to the GBSN Board of Directors: Dr. James W. Dean
, Dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carol Realini
, a successful technology entrepreneur based in California.
James W. Dean, Dean of Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"As the leader of one of the top business schools in the world
with partnerships across the globe, Jim Dean is a strong advocate for
management education for the developing world. He has been a long-time
supporter of GBSN and I look forward to having his energy and wisdom on
our board,” said GBSN CEO and founder, Guy Pfeffermann.
James W. Dean Jr., became the Dean of The University of North
Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School on Aug. 1, 2008. Before being
appointed Dean, Dean was a professor of organizational behavior and
strategy and senior associate dean of academic affairs at UNC
Dean’s research, teaching and work with companies focus on
leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making,
international management and organizational performance improvement. He
has participated in research, teaching and/or consulting projects with
many companies, including Alcoa Inc., Boeing Co., Corning Inc., DuPont,
Exxon Mobil, General Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc. and the
Dean, who speaks French and some Spanish, has traveled to 15
countries on behalf of the school. As part of the school’s work with the
U.S. Navy, Dean visited the Pentagon and an aircraft carrier in the
Atlantic. He is married with two daughters and was one of the first
deans of a business school to Tweet. Follow him @deanjimdean.
His research has been published in top academic and business
journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of
Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science and
Strategic Management Journal.
Dean earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in organizational behavior
from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
psychology from the Catholic University.
Carol Realini, Entrepreneur, Founder and former CEO of Obopay, Inc.
"Carol brings to GBSN invaluable experience as an entrepreneur
who has been successful at not just building a business in the
developing world, but bringing services and opportunity to people
through her entrepreneurship. She understands the challenges that
entrepreneurs face in the developing world and she is committed to
making sure they have the skills and knowledge they need to prosper,” said Guy Pfeffermann.
Carol Realini is a successful CEO, entrepreneur and board member with
technology and financial services industry experience. She is a
globally recognized technology innovator and has successfully led
companies through initial public offerings, as well as into
acquisitions. She is driven by a passion to improve people’s lives
Carol has extensive experience in financial services (mobile,
payments) and technology (mobile, smart phone applications, payments and
banking, enterprise software, distributed computing) and has worked
extensively in India and Africa on mobile money. Her latest venture,
Obopay, which she founded and served as CEO for 5 years and Executive
Chair for one year, is a leading global mobile banking and payment
provider. Learn more about Carol’s efforts in mobile financial
services for the developing world in this video from the World Economic Forum.
Carol’s long history of entrepreneurship includes Obopay, Chrordiant
(IPO), J. Frank Consulting (Acquired), and Legato (IPO). In addition,
she has served on several boards of directors, including the NGOs Search
for Common Ground and GlobalGiving, and corporate boards Obopay,
Chordiant and Invio. Carol also mentors young entrepreneurs in Silicon
Valley, providing wisdom and lessons learned from her four successful
A recognized international expert in mobile money, Carol has
presented to world business and political leaders at events including
those hosted by the U.S. State Department, the World Economic Forum, and
the Gates Foundation. In 2008, Carol was named one of the 50 Top Women
in Technology by Corporate Board Member magazine, and in 2010, was
recognized as one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley by the
Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Follow Carol on Twitter @carolrealini and find out more about her work and her passion on her blog http://carolrealini.wordpress.com/.