Alumni Council of Thunderbird

The Alumni Council of Thunderbird (ACT), composed of alumni leaders from multiple continents, generations and industries, serves as a representative body of T-birds worldwide. The Thunderbird alumni community is the school’s greatest asset, and together alumni and the school can maximize Thunderbirds’ influence in the world and impact future generations of business leaders.  We are One Thunderbird. The ACT promises to listen to, serve and benefit the entire alumni community of Thunderbird.

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The ACT exists to:

  • Serve alumni across time zones, industries and backgrounds.
  • Engage alumni through open communication, active listening and honest feedback.
  • Create community and enhanced connections in person and online.
  • Represent the voice and guidance of the community.
  • Develop new programs, services and opportunities.
  • Enhance Thunderbird’s reputation through relationships and partnerships.
  • Support the school and each other.

ACT members:

Joy Lubeck ’86, President

Phoenix, Arizona

Talent management consultant and executive coach; former Associate Vice President, Thunderbird Executive Education (2004-2012); former Associate Vice President Thunderbird Alumni Relations (1996-2002); Thunderbird for Good mentor; speaks German, Italian, Spanish and English. Read more…

Nona Niner ’81, Vice President, Alumni Communications Committee Chair

New York, New York

Vice President, JPMorgan Chase; past president, Thunderbird Alumni Network Board; past president, New York City Alumni Chapter; speaks English, French and Spanish. Read more…

Baron Bruno ’08, Alumni Programs and Services Committee Chair

Los Angeles, California

Business development and networking professional; former Thunderbird Alumni Network Board member; Thunderbird Global Council member; Executive MBA graduate; speaks Spanish and English. Read more…

Gabriel Frank ’10, Alumni Programs and Services

São Paulo, Brazil

Groupon Director of Human Resources-Latin America; former recruiter for Thunderbird Executive MBA in São Paulo; Barton Kyle Yount Award recipient, spring 2010; speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. Read more…

Jonathan Lutz ’96, Goverance Committee Chair

London, United Kingdom

Head of Key Account Management, Deutsche Telekom; marketing and sales career in Asia, Africa, United States and United Kingdom; recipient, Presidential Scholarship at Thunderbird; London Alumni Chapter leader; speaks French, Chinese and English. Read more…

Yohei Matsumura ’13, Alumni Programs and Services

Tokyo, Japan

Assistant manager of strategic business planning for NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s biggest mobile service provider; Tokyo Alumni Chapter leader; speaks Japanese and English. Read more…

Tony van der Hoek ’89, Alumni-Faculty Engagement

Atlanta, Georgia

Marketing and strategy executive; former executive for Coca-Cola; incubator mentor and C-Suite executive for two start-up companies; Thunderbird Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003 recipient; Thunderbird’s Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship Board of Advisers member; former Thunderbird Global Council Member; former Atlanta Chapter president. Read more…

David Wittenberg ’93, Strategic Planning Committee Chair

New Delhi, India

CEO of The Innovation Workgroup; Thunderbird Global Ambassador; New Delhi Alumni Chapter leader; graduated from Thunderbird with honors and served as research assistant to Professor Ed Barrett; speaks Spanish, French, English and basic German, Portuguese and Hindi. Read more…

Ana Iglesias ’11, New ACT Member

Boston, MA

Ana Iglesias ’11 was born and raised primarily in Monterrey, Mexico. She is a legacy T-bird, the daughter of a fellow Thunderbird alumnus, Tomas Iglesias ’83, who had multiple expat jobs. Ana grew up in Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico, thanks to her dad. She attended Universidad de Monterrey as an undergraduate where she received a degree in International Commerce. Ana then studied International Finance at Macquarie University in Australia. After graduation, she worked in Mexico in global supply chain roles as an Import-Export and Logistics Manager, and as an International Purchasing Coordinator. To expand her international education, she completed her MBA as a full time student at Thunderbird with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management. Currently, she works for Cisco Systems in a dual role as a Product Lifecycle Program Manager and New Product Program Manager, in the Supply Chain Organization for Product Operations for the Mobile Internet Technology Group.  Read more…

Kevin Glynn ’90, New ACT Member

Evanston, IL

Kevin Glynn ’90 is the CIO of A.M. Castle & Co., where he is responsible for all information technology worldwide, including IT operations, new system developments, and telecommunications. He is the principal author of Castle’s 2013 restructuring plan, which yielded $33 million in savings. From mid-2012 until early 2013, Kevin was acting VP of Operations for Castle and oversaw continued improvements in safety, reductions in overall energy costs, and the disposal of unnecessary real estate. Prior to this, he was COO of IRON Solutions, CIO of Case New Holland and a Vice President with Oracle Corporation, holding P&L positions based in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. Kevin’s early career includes positions at Qualcomm, as an Industrial Engineer, and at Carlisle Memory Products where he led supply chain and industrial engineering functions. Kevin has an MIM from Thunderbird and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He is Chairman of the Board of Advisors to Northwestern University’s Master of Science of Information Technology; and co-Chair of the City of Evanston’s Environment Board. Read more…

Lawrence Masle ’94, New ACT Member

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lawrence Masle ’94 is a multi-lingual, international marketing and business development advisor based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His entrepreneurial expertise has helped companies expand their businesses on a global basis. He has worked on the agency side for Young & Rubicam and in senior global management roles for Ericsson and Philips. Lawrence has a passion for innovation and enabling technologies, and works from mobile offices anywhere in the world. He has served as Director of International Business Development for Waleli, an innovation accelerator based in Amsterdam. He also served on the Marketing faculty of the Management Centre Europe in Brussels, Belgium. He received his B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology and his MBA/MIM from Thunderbird. Lawrence has lived and worked for 20 years in Stockholm, London, and now Amsterdam. He is one of the founding members of *UP There, Everywhere, the world’s first global cloud-based agency. He is married, has two boys, serves on the school board, and is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce. He is also an avid runner, and welcomes any opportunity to go skiing. Read more…

Paul Bradley ’87, New ACT Member

Singapore

Paul Bradley ’87 has been involved in international business throughout his career establishing new businesses in China, Southeast Asia, India and the United States. Paul is the Chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Vice Chairman and Board Member of Supply Chain Asia, and a strategic advisor to the CEOs of several Asian companies. He is a Certified Professional Logistician and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, London. Paul is among the 40 World Economic Forum “New Asian Leaders.” He was Managing Director of IDS International, IDS Logistics Singapore, and Director of Corporate Marketing for the IDS Group, a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He serves on many corporate boards including the Asia Pacific Council of Thunderbird’s Alumni Association. Paul has lectured at conferences and universities on international relations, global business strategies, national security issues, entrepreneurship, value networks and supply chain management and has written chapters in books and magazines. He has been widely interviewed in the media. He has an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Read more…

Robert Omer ’96, New ACT Member

Frankfurt, Germany

Robert Omer ’96 is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Omer Legal Group, with offices in Germany and the U.S., which offers legal services to individual and corporate clients worldwide. Prior to the Omer Legal Group, Robert was a Principal of and General Counsel for Summit Investment Management LLC in Denver, Colorado. While at Summit, he worked with international banks, insurance companies, private equity investors and hedge funds. Prior to Summit, he worked at Republic Financial Corporation, a private investment group, also in Denver. As Republic’s corporate counsel, Robert managed their business units’ legal activities and worked on corporate acquisitions and financing transactions, including cross-border and international transactions. When in private practice, he represented a diverse client base and was instrumental in developing his firm’s aviation practice. Robert was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in St. Louis. He earned his J.D. and B.A. degrees from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He also holds an MBA from Thunderbird. He is a member of the Kansas and Colorado Bar Associations and is also a member of the Rechsanwaltskammer Frankfurt Am Main (RAK Frankfurt) as a U.S. Attorney at Law. Read more…

Barry Kofi King ‘14, New ACT Member

Accra, Ghana

Barry Kofi King ’14 is a Thunderbird MBA and recipient of Thunderbird’s SHARE Fellowship for leadership in developing economies with a focus area in Global Business Marketing. Barry has five years of experience in commercial banking with Ecobank, the largest banking group in Africa where he was a Learning and Development Manager in West Africa and an E-banking Sales and Support Manager. Barry is a passionate youth mentor, serving with the Center for Talented Youth Program at Johns Hopkins University, Camp Hilltop in New York, and the Sahara Springs Sports Outreach Program run by Athletes-In-Action, USA in Mali. He has supported volunteer causes like the Thunder Cares-Habitat for Humanity Program, and the Ecobank Charity Foundation. Barry was a Campus Ambassador for Thunderbird, a Student-in-Resident for EducationUSA in Accra and an active member of a wide variety of Thunderbird clubs. A former team captain of the Commonwealth Hall Soccer team at the University of Ghana and coach of the Psychology Student’s Soccer team, he is an accomplished and active sportsman in soccer, volleyball and table tennis. He enjoys traveling, antique art, tourism and, as a jazz enthusiast, he is also a professional bass guitarist. Read more…

Walter Baker ’83, New ACT Member

Tampa, Florida

Walter Baker ’83 is Managing Partner, USA, of Alexander Hughes International, a globally integrated executive search firm. He has 25 years of executive search experience and has recruited many senior level executives in the private and the public sector. He has partnered with multiple global organizations to build and execute recruitment strategies to fill client leadership positions. He maintains offices in Miami and New York. Walter focuses primarily on multinational clients dedicated to growing cross-border business. He conducts searches across multiple functions and industries and partners with clients to identify and recruit leaders for executives to lead global or regional enterprises. Walter receives more than three-quarters of his business from repeat clients, and much of his work is for executive positions at the VP level and above. Prior to joining Alexander Hughes, he co-founded and was Managing Partner of Meridian Partners, the U.S. member firm of Signium International, a global provider of leadership services. Walter is active in many civic and professional organizations. He has an MIM from Thunderbird and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the Chapter Leader of Thunderbird’s Miami Alumni chapter. Read more…

Ron Okenfuss ’96, New ACT Member

St. Paul, MN

Ron Okenfuss ’96 is a global organizational and management expert with more than 17 years’ experience in global sales and operational capabilities. After graduating from Thunderbird, Ron joined GSK’s German office supporting the GM and the Finance Director and was later promoted to a line role in Marketing. He was then recruited by GSK’s International Division President to improve forecasting, build a global supply chain organization, deliver cost reductions, and create products for emerging consumers which helped grow the division from $1.2 billion to over $3 billion by 2010. An expert in leading global teams and projects, Ron built organizations encompassing Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Australia, India, China, Japan, Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. Functionally, Ron is a generalist with roles in Finance, P&L responsibility in Marketing, Product Design & Development, Supply Chain, Operations, Project Leadership, and SAP Deployments. An avid cyclist, hiker, cross country skier, and amateur photographer, Ron lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Jenneke, a Professor of Dutch and German at the University of Minnesota. Read more…

Juarez Lowe ’03, New ACT Member

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Juarez Lowe ’03 received his law degree from the University of Bristol. He then worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a corporate litigator. His clients included the KL Stock Exchange, Securities Commission, Nestlé, Petronas, Boustead, Fima and RHB. He then moved to Cycle & Carriage Ltd in Singapore in the Corporate Affairs department, later transfering to Mitsubishi’s sales division where his team reached sales targets within six months. In 2002, he received a Fulbright grant to study for an MBA at Thunderbird. While at Thunderbird, he became a certified mediator and helped teach Cross Cultural Communication and various Finance classes. Subsequently, Johnson & Johnson hired him under their International Recruitment Development Program. During his time in brand management, he grew the business by 34% and also managed events for J&J Malaysia. His work with Sapura Auto, a recently appointed BMW dealer, resulted in it tripling sales to become the second largest branch in Malaysia. Juarez’ experience in sales, marketing and law across a wide variety of industries helps him to identify and develop business solutions. He currently leads the team at juarezlowe corporate consultants. Read more…

Colleen Foster ’84, New ACT Member

Kabul, Afghanistan

Colleen Foster ‘84 is the founding partner and principal of Colleen M. Foster & Associates, an international marketing services company focused on the food, agricultural and sustainability markets. She is on the business faculty at the American University of Afghanistan and also working on industry development projects in the agricultural and energy sectors. Colleen has a broad range of competencies in operations, marketing, sales, channel management, communications and public relations. She began her career at 3M where she held a variety of international and domestic positions in business management, strategic planning, corporate marketing and communications, sales, as well as managing the operational sides of several businesses. She is an active member of several professional organizations and specializes in international marketing management and brand strategy development. Recent project work includes B2B marketing projects on sustainability and consumer insights projects on food initiatives. She recently completed a large development project on solar energy for an international airport. Colleen has lived, worked and studied in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Indonesia in addition to Afghanistan. Colleen has an MIM from Thunderbird and a BA from the University of Minnesota. Read more…

Xavier Paillon, ’93, New ACT Member

Montreal, Canada

Xavier Paillon ’93 is a Managing Partner of France Interview, a market research firm he co-founded in 2014. At France Interview, Xavier is in charge of sales for North America. Xavier has built a solid experience in business development across a wide range of industries in Europe. Most recently he was Business Development Director for Export Vision based in Scottsdale, AZ, which he joined in 2007. In this role, he was instrumental in opening up the French market for the business, formulating and adapting the business proposition and establishing an excellent network of business contacts in the French marketplace. Prior to this, Xavier spent 13 years with AT&T in Europe where he held several managerial positions in marketing and sales; selling across EMEA and the U.S. He is also a senior lecturer at HEC Montréal; teaching international relations, globalization and international finance. Xavier holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of Paris, Sorbonne and an MBA from Thunderbird. Read more…

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