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GBSN Welcomes Two New Board Members

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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 DeanJames 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 Kenan-Flagler.

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 U.S. Navy.

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 RealiniCarol 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 through technology.

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 startup experiences.

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

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