On behalf of GBSN, I am proud to announce the election of
three new members to our Board of Directors: Dennis Hanno, Provost and
Senior Vice President at Babson College, Joe Baczko, CEO of Major Global
Retailing/ Service Companies, and Kamel Lazaar, Founder and Chairman of
SwiCorp, an investment-banking firm active in the MENA region.
Joe Baczko brings to GBSN invaluable management experience, as well as deep knowledge of international business and retail marketing. Before his last post as Dean, Joe held various leadership roles for leading fortune 500 companies, Blockbuster and Toys R Us. He has a proven track record in developing innovative strategies for global expansion and building world class organizations.
As the leader of one of the top business schools in the world, Dennis Hanno is a strong advocate for management education for the developing world. Dennis brings experience with entrepreneurship education, as well as deep knowledge of Africa, where he has been running programs in a number of countries. He has been a long-time supporter of GBSN and I look forward to having his energy and wisdom on our board.
Kamel Lazaar brings over 30 years of experience in international banking and finance. Kamel has developed Swicorp into a unique investment banking firm active in the MENA region that focuses on financial engineering, privatizations, mergers & acquisitions, project financing and related investment banking activities. He is the founder of the Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF), a think tank whose objective is the economic integration of the Maghreb countries.
Joe Baczko, CEO of Major Global Retailing/ Service Companies
Over a business career spanning thirty years, Joe Baczko held a number of senior executive positions in leading international companies. He has 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, 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, both in the US and internationally, and in its market leadership worldwide, through the expansion of company-owned operations, acquisitions and franchising.
Baczko was the founding President of Toys R Us –International, leading 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, Mr. Baczko directed that 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, Mr. Baczko held various management positions with W.R. Grace and in merchant banking.
In addition to his business career, Baczko was recently Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. 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.
Baczko is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and holds an MBA from Harvard. Baczko was a Captain in the US Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He and his wife have three adult children and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dennis Hanno, Provost
and Senior Vice President, Babson College
Dennis Hanno has held senior leadership positions at Babson
College since arriving in 2006. Currently, he serves as Babson’s Provost,
Senior Vice President, and Professor of Accounting. He also serves as the
Executive Director of the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC). 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 PRME movement.
As an accomplished accounting educator, he was namedEducator
of the Yearby the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public
Accountants, and is actively involved in the accounting profession. He most
recently was named one of Boston’s 50 on Fire for revolutionizing undergraduate
education and for the active role he plays in the Boston and Babson
Hanno leads Babson’s many 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
He has empowered thousands of youths in four African
countries through a unique curriculum he has developed called From Ideas to
Actionas founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurial
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 accounting
from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Kamel Lazaar, Founder
& Chairman, Swicorp
Kamel Lazaar is the founder and Chairman of Swicorp, an
investment-baking firm active in the MENA region. With more than 30 years of
experience in international banking and finance, he has firmly established
Swicorp’s reputation as an innovative provider of business solutions and
developed Swicorp into a unique investment banking firm active in the MENA
region with focus on financial endeavors (financial engineering,
privatizations, mergers & acquisitions, project financing and related
investment banking activities) and one of the largest private equity firms in
Before founding Swicorp in 1987, Lazaar was Vice‐President
at Citibank in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, and was part of the Citibank team
that founded the Saudi-American Bank (Samba) in Saudi Arabia.
Lazaar holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance
from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Tunis and a Bachelor of Arts in
Economics from the University of Tunis.
Kamel Lazaar is a philanthropist, collector of contemporary
Arab art and a very active advocate of the promotion of Arab art and culture
through the Kamel Lazaar Foundation. He is the initiator of the largest visual
art magazine in the region, Ibraaz, as well as the founder of the Maghreb
Economic Forum (MEF), a think tank whose objective is the economic integration
of the Maghreb countries.
Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder & CEO of the Global Business School Network.