UNC Global Advisory Board

From 1999 through 2015, the UNC Global Advisory Board helped shape UNC-Chapel Hill’s global activity. The board was comprised of alumni and friends who were engaged in international affairs, either in government service, the private sector or nonprofit endeavors. Members met twice a year and worked closely with the UNC Global team to support Carolina’s top global priorities as identified in the Strategic Roadmap for Globalizing UNC.

Reports from the Chief International Officer to the Board:

Board Leadership:

Donald P. Kanak ’75
Since April 2008, Don has served as chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia based in Hong Kong. He is also a senior fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems. In 2011-2012, he chaired the Insurance and Asset Management Council of the World Economic Forum and is currently vice-chair of the Forum’s Council on Social Security Systems. Don has lived in Asia for 26 years. He began his career in management consulting, joined American International Group (AIG) in Japan in 1992 and ultimately served as AIG’s executive vice chairman and chief operating officer until January 2006. He is a member of the National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a trustee of WWF in Hong Kong.

M. Christine Vick ’71, vice-chair
Chris is senior advisor at The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting firm headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. From 1996 to 2003, she was a partner at the international government relations firm of Andreae, Vice & Associates, LLC. She previously worked for Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, commencing when he was secretary of state and later as vice president of Kissinger Associates

Board Members:

Thomas Arnold ’99
From leading global recruiting for Facebook to holding various positions in Google’s California headquarters and offices in India, Thomas has enjoyed a decade-long career with some of the world’s leading technology companies.

Leslie C. Benning ’79
Leslie is the founder and chief executive officer of Benning International in New York and Switzerland. She has more than 30 years consulting and line management experience in developing customer market insights as the foundation for growth strategy, acquisitions and new products. Her work spans multiple industries and countries.

Brad Briner ’99
Brad joined Willett Advisors in early 2012 as the director of real assets. Previously, he was the managing director of the private investments team at Morgan Creek Capital Management where he had worked since helping launch the business in 2004.

Derick Close 90 MBA
Derick has served as president and chief executive officer of Springs Creative Products since 2007. Previously, he was president of the Creative Products Group of Springs Industries from 2000-2007.

Clint Corrie ’78
Clint is a shareholder in the national law firm of Akerman Senterfitt in their Dallas office and is a member of the litigation, securities and the international litigation and arbitration practice groups. Clint’s practice is primarily in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities and banking litigation. He has significant trial experience in both federal and state courts, as well as before international arbitrial tribunals where his clients have included banks, regulatory oversight agencies, credit unions, brokers, broker-dealers and investment advisers, hedge funds, manufacturers and insurance companies.

Melissa Coyle ’73
Melissa, a director of C&M International, specializes in analysis of free trade areas, U.S. trade policy affecting developing countries, trade and climate change issues and the World Trade Organization. Prior, she spent 13 years with the U.S. government, largely at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Alexander Deblond, ’90 MBA
The former vice president, business development and strategy at W.C. Bradley Co. and regional CFO Asia Pacific at Agfa-Gevaert, Alex has long-term experience in Europe and Latin America. His area of focus has been the start-up of regional organizational structures and managing crisis situations in difficult foreign environments.

Eric C. Fast ’71
Eric is chief executive officer of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. He joined Crane Co. in 1999 as president and chief operating officer and is a member of the board of directors. He previously served as managing director, co-head of global investment banking and as a member of the management committee at Salomon Smith Barney.

J. Henry Froelich III ’81 & ’84 MBA
In 2004, Henry formed Froelich Capital to provide real estate investment and advisory services with a focus on trade and logistics-related real estate. His previous experience includes 10 years in the real estate investment banking departments at Chemical Bank and Salomon Brothers in New York and London. He also worked in the real estate banking department of Banc of America Securities in Charlotte, NC for 10 years.

Peter T. Grauer ’68
Peter is chair of Bloomberg LP, the global financial media company. He has been a member of the Bloomberg board since October 1996 and was named chair of the board in March 2001, succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he was a managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) from 1992 to 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston.

Robin Hager ’89
Robin is director of global logistics and transportation at Hanesbrands and is responsible for the movement of all materials into and between global manufacturing facilities, distribution and international commercial entities. Her 20-year career with the company has included work in manufacturing and logistics in operations in Central America, the Caribbean, Asia and the U.S.

Michael Bryant “Hicks” Hicks ’96
Hicks heads domestic mergers and acquisitions legal support for HealthCare Partners, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. DaVita is a leading provider of integrated health care and kidney dialysis care in the United States. The company owns and manages more than 1,800 kidney dialysis centers. Hicks joined DaVita from Beckman Coulter, a medical diagnostics company, where he headed legal support for the company’s operations in Asia and Latin America. He has also worked at the law firms Vinson & Elkins, and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

Rolf K. Hoffmann ’87 MBA
Rolf is senior vice president for international commercial operations for Amgen and has run the company’s U.S. commercial organization since May 2012. Previously, he served as senior vice president for Amgen Europe and was responsible for setting the company’s commercial strategy on that continent. Prior to joining Amgen, he was general manager of Lilly Deutschland Pharma Holding in Germany.

Derek Jacobson ’03
Derek serves as vice president of Madison International Realty and has primary responsibility for the oversight of Madison’s European investment activities including origination, underwriting and execution of transactions for Madison’s managed funds. Prior, he was a financial analyst for Taurus Investment Holdings.

Neal Johnson ’76
Neal is president of Neal Johnson, Ltd., an import company that sells antique furniture and accessories to the design trade as well as to interior designers themselves. Before that, she worked for British Airways for 14 years, traveling all over the world in a sales development position. Neal also serves on the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and is past vice-chair of the UNC Global Advisory Board. Her particular area of interest is study abroad programs and opportunities for UNC students.

Marissa Jones ’97
As senior analyst in international affairs at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Marissa has managed staff teams and conducted research projects resulting in reports and recommendations for Congress on immigration and international affairs. She previously served as legislative director and legislative assistant for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jeffrey Kaufman ’87
Jeff co-founded and serves as the executive director of the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that coordinates and conducts scientific research projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and China. Previously, he served as a managing director and senior portfolio manager responsible for emerging markets at Putnam Investments.

Eugene Lao ’91
Eugene is vice president and deputy general counsel at Auction.com, where he leads the team responsible for legal support for Auction.com’s global operations, including all business transactions. Previously, he was vice president and deputy general counsel for Zynga Inc., where he was responsible for international operations, strategic and commercial partnerships, and global product matters. Prior to that, he was vice president and regional general counsel, Asia-Pacific for Yahoo! Inc. He has lived and worked in Asia for more than 17 years.

William E. Lucas ’73
Bill is a retired career foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department. Postings included diplomat in residence for Southern Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S., director for European Union and regional economic affairs, coordinator for OSCE affairs, director in African Affairs (National Security Council) and director of U.S. policy on human rights, humanitarian and social issues arising in the UN system. He has taught undergraduate courses in U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, as well as European foreign and security policy.

Peter McMillan 81
Peter is a partner with the Texas Pacific Group, a leading private investment firm. He also co-founded Brown, McMillan & Co. LLC, a private investment firm that sponsors buy-outs of and equity investments in highly promising entrepreneurial enterprises.

Mark Mealy
Mark is managing partner of Colville Capital, which he formed in 2005 to acquire smaller privately-held companies. Prior to that, he was managing director and head of mergers and acquisitions at Wachovia and a senior partner of Bowles Hollowel Conner & Co., a boutique investment bank.

Jennifer Mulveny 96
Jennifer is the director of government relations and global trade policy for Intel Corporation. She is primarily responsible for senate Republican outreach, international trade policy and cloud policy. Previously, Jennifer was director of global trade policy for Hewlett-Packard Company, and she also served at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

José Naranjo ’02 MBA
José has worked for GlaxoSmithKline for nine years. Since August 2010, he has been a global commercial lead at Stiefel, a GSK Company, responsible for the global strategy and development/commercialization of a product portfolio. Prior, he was the European marketing manager responsible for the Avandia franchise in Europe.

Tamara Norman 94
Tamara is a partner with Ketchum Public Relations and director of its New York Corporate Practice, where she oversees global multi-discipline communications work for clients including FedEx, MasterCard and Applied Materials.

Elizabeth Queally 84
After working in the textile and fashion industries in New York City, Elizabeth has devoted the last 20 years to raising her children. She is involved in many boards and charities and serves as an elder at Noroton Presbyterian Church. At UNC, she has served on the Board of Visitors and the Women’s Leadership Council.

R. Buford Sears 77
Buford manages First Niagara Bank’s specialty commercial lines of business, including commercial real estate, health care, government, asset based lending and equipment leasing. Previously, he was with M&T Bank for 18 years, as senior vice president, where at various times he managed lines of business such as health care and not-for-profit, and geographic regions stretching from Philadelphia to Connecticut.

Michael Stephens 75
Michael is managing director of Advantage Consulting Group, Inc., and is responsible for the overall management of client relationships and the development of the group’s business activities. He joined Advantage Consulting Group from Wachovia Corporation, where he enjoyed a successful 25-year career.

Nathan Tibbits ’92
Nate is the founder of Blackwood Advisory, a strategy consulting firm. Prior to that, he was the U.S. public affairs practice chair for Burson-Marsteller. Nate served in government as executive secretary of the National Security Council and as special assistant to President Obama for presidential personnel. He also served as chief operating officer at the Center for a New American Security.

J. Robinson West ’68
Robin is a senior adviser with CSIS Energy and National Security Program and chairman emeritus, U.S. Institute of Peace. He is the current co-chairman of the German Marshall Fund of the United States as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Petroleum Council. Robin founded PFC Energy, and he served as an Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the Reagan Administration and at the White House and Pentagon in the Ford Administration.

Regional Representatives

Lucía V. Halpern, ’85
David F. McSpadden ’83
Frank Proctor, ’85

Ex-Officio Members

Elizabeth Barnum
Peter Coclanis
Raymond Farrow
J. Alston Gardner, ’77
Shontel Jung
Charlé LaMonica
Shannon McKeen
Julie Ruterbories
Brenda R. Schoonover
Niklaus Steiner
Katie Bowler Young

Former Members

George  Abercrombie ’78
Elbert L. Avery ’82
Hunter H. Bost ’88 & ’91 MAC
Michael L. Boyatt ’56
Brent Callinicos ’87 & ’89 MBA
Swadesh Chatterjee
Arthur S. DeBerry ’57 JD
W. William Dunn, Jr. ’69
H. Spencer Everett, Jr. ’60
Ambassador Anthony S. Harrington ’63
Ambassador William Itoh
A. Everette James III ’85
Robert Kaufman ’51
D. G. Martin Jr.
Kevin G. McAnaney ’71
Charles McLendon, Jr. ’81
William O. McCoy ’55
Donald W. J. Munro ’82
Laura Naughton ’94
Tamara Norman ’94
J. Marshall Peck ’74
Ambassador Earl N. Phillips Jr. ’62
Anne E. Platt ’66
George I. Platt III ’66
Ellen L. W. Proctor
John S. Russell ’77
Frances J. Seymour ’81
Ralph N. Strayhorn III ’77
Jay M. Tannon ’78
Marcus W. Trathen ’87
James C. Waters ’76
Dennis Whittle ’83