A unique combination of executive, board, strategic, and international expertise, including knowledge of American, European and Asian business environments. Based in London, Shanghai, and Maine, USA. Part time professorship at the top Chinese business school allows time for consulting and board positions.
China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, 2011- . Professor of Strategy and Co-Director, Centre on China Innovation. (50% time). Conducting research on innovation in China by Chinese and foreign companies.
Imperial College Business School, London, 2011- . Visiting Professor of International Business.
Past Consulting Clients
Airwick, American Express, Andersen Consulting, AT&T, Avon Products, Bank of America, Becton Dickinson, BG Group, Capgemini, Cellular Communications, Citicorp, Digital Equipment, Eastern Educational Network (U.S. public television consortium), Energizer, Ernst & Young, First National Bank of Maryland, General Electric, General Foods, Glitsch (division of Foster-Wheeler), IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust, KPMG, McNeil Laboratories, Mead, Motorola, NEC, New York Stock Exchange, Olympia Brewing, Ore-Ida Foods, Paine Webber, PeopleSoft, Price Waterhouse, Reynolds Metals, Rohm & Haas, Sonae, Sonoco Products, Statoil Hydro, Tultex, Unilever, Union Carbide, Unionmutual, Vopak, Wilhelmsen Group and Wilkinson Sword.
Executive and Management Experience
Managed in both business and academic organizations in USA, UK, and Netherlands. Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Jan. 2008 to Jun. 2011). RSM is a top ranked international business school, consistently in the top 10 in Europe. At RSM, I managed 450 faculty and staff and a budget of €50 million. Raised over €2 million in corporate donations including for a chair in Sustainability and Climate Change. Vice President and Director of Research & Innovation at Capgemini Consulting (Jan. 06 – Dec. 07), product management and advertising management with Unilever (Aug. 70 – May 74), and strategic management consulting in the United States, including Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse (Aug. 83 – Aug 87).
Board and Corporate Governance Experience
Institute for Developing Markets (IDM), Board Director, 2012 – . IDM is building a world class African business school, based in Botswana, designed to support the next generation of African leaders who will be responsible for the continent’s future. IDM conducts education for middle level executives from multinational and local companies and government bodies.
American University of Cairo Business School (Egypt), Advisory Board Member, 2010 – .
Glunz AG, Germany, Member of Supervisory Board, 1997-2003. Participated in the turnaround of this 1 billion euro public company after its acquisition from family owners by an international public company. Issues of corporate restructuring, transfer of French division, sale of peripheral units, building of new plant in eastern Germany and integration into larger global group.
Arlington Capital Management, Guernsey, Member of Board of Directors, 1993-97. Investor in this new company that raised funds from U.S. pension funds to make strategic investments in European mid-cap companies. Board issues included strategic direction, financial restructuring and turnaround, rights of minority shareholders, and succession planning.
Data Instruments, Inc., Lexington, MA, USA, Member of Board of Directors, 1982-86. Contributed to growth and professionalization of this entrepreneur-owned private company in high technology. Subsequently sold to Honeywell, Inc.
Advisory board roles included global advisory board of Sonae, the leading diversified Portuguese company; the faculty advisory board of Gemini Consulting; European Advisory Board of Monitor Group (a strategy consulting company); and the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Regional Advisory Boards of London Business School; Capgemini C4 (telecom, media and entertainment); SKEMA (a top French business school), Porto Business School and Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia Graduate School of Business.
Conducted research on comparative corporate governance (Anglo-American, Continental European and Japanese systems).
Strategy, Marketing and Industry Expertise
I was Michael Porter’s second doctoral student in strategy at Harvard Business School; dissertation on barriers to entry. Consulted in financial services, telecommunications, consumer packaged goods, consumer services, and pharmaceutical industries. Taught strategy, marketing and international business for 23 years at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, London and other top business schools. Recognized academic expert on global strategy and global account management. Books include Total Global Strategy (in ten languages), Managing Global Customers and Strategic Transformation. Current research on innovation in China.
Doing business in Asia, innovation and internationalization by Chinese companies. Editor of a managerial journal about Chinese management. Taught, spoken or consulted in every major country in the world, including emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as most EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea. Managed regional teams of co-authors for books on Asia-Pacific and Central & Eastern Europe. Extensive global network as Fellow of Academy of International Business. Comfortable in American, British, European and Chinese cultures. Dual citizen of the United Kingdom and of the United States.
B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Cambridge University; and MBAs from Cranfield School of Management and Harvard Business School and a doctorate from Harvard Business School.