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Journal of Applied Corporate Finance to Publish Thunderbird Professors’ Research on Oil & Gas

Journal of Applied Corporate Finance to Publish Thunderbird Professors’ Research on Oil & Gas

November 14, 2019

Drs. Inkpen, Moffett, Ramaswamy explore recent history of capital allocation and corporate strategy Three Thunderbird professors have received news that their article on corporate strategy and capitalization in the oil industry over the past 20 years has been accepted in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Professors Andrew Inkpen, Michael Moffett, and Kannan Ramaswamy, regular collaborators on the topic of the global oil and gas industry, will have their article, “Capital Allocation and Corporate Strategy: An Examination of the Oil & Gas Majors, 1998-2018” published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.read more


Elizabeth K. Usher named Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of AAD/A

November 12, 2019

Elizabeth K. Usher (Thunderbird MBA, 1994) has been named executive director/chief executive officer of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD/A). Usher comes to the Academy from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), most recently holding the position of chief market and customer officer. Usher is an executive with more than 20 years of global experience and is a proven leader in the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries. Former positions held by Usher include chief marketing, sales and communications officer for CAP; chief marketing officer, surgery and vice president and general manager for molecular imaging for GE Healthcare for their Europe, Middle East, Africa region; and vice president and general manager, International for Amersham Health’s Oncura, Ltd. business.read more


Thunderbird, ASU Law Students  Draw Life Lessons from Humanitarian Internship

Thunderbird, ASU Law Students Draw Life Lessons from Humanitarian Internship

November 8, 2019

Non-traditional opportunity opens doors for students interested in making a real and tangible impact on the world Thunderbird student Mijamin Strong, who is on track to graduate with a Masters in Global Management in December, had high hopes for his summer internship this year. But he didn’t expect that it would do so much to focus the direction he wants to take after graduation. As he headed to New York City where he would spend two months at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Mija still didn’t know a lot about the small organization, but he was certain that working there would get him closer to his global goals.read more


Preparing for the Future of Work

Preparing for the Future of Work

October 28, 2019

When you think of the future of work, what comes to mind? Is it robots taking over our jobs? Employers slashing jobs in a cost-cutting frenzy? STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals becoming the end-all-be-all to enterprise, rendering the rest useless? Lucky for us, these common ideas have largely been debunked. However, there still exists significant uncertainty regarding the future workplace and what we should expect. In this article, we share three of the most significant changes the future of work will bring to the market and what professionals can do to make sure they’re ready for these changes.read more


Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Conclusions and Methodology

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Conclusions and Methodology

October 16, 2019

Why Causes Us To Admire Business Leaders? It may seem indulgent to speak with journalists for the sake of awareness (we wish politicians felt the same). These chores are usually handed off to the PR department with predictable results. The most admired CEOs like Warren Buffett are unique in the access they grant to the media, and his admiration numbers prove it.read more


Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Nine Most Admired CEO Qualities

Thunderbird’s 2019 CEO Survey — Nine Most Admired CEO Qualities

October 16, 2019

The most admired leadership qualities are “magic wands” or “halos.” Magic wands bring to mind leaders like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. The two iconic change-makers seem to be able to point at goals like shared music and electric vehicles and “presto” they became realities. That expresses the essence of what we admire in a leader. The “halo” attributes refer to things like corporate social responsibility that may give people a greater sense of purpose.read more


Thunderbird 2019 CEO Survey — America’s “Most Admired CEOs”

October 16, 2019

According to the new Thunderbird survey, tech is cool, but trust is better — and Warren Buffett understands how to do both.read more


New Thunderbird degree will take students around the world

New Thunderbird Degree Will Take Students Around the World

August 5, 2019

Executives and entrepreneurs who want to make that giant leap into the global marketplace will now have an opportunity to earn a degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management that will take them around the world for a year. The new Executive Master of Global Leadership and Strategy degree, which is now accepting applicants, will begin in January and engage students at Thunderbird hubs in six locations throughout the yearlong program: Phoenix/Los Angeles; Geneva; Mumbai, India; Shanghai; Nairobi, Kenya; and Sao Paulo.read more


FX risk expert Wolfgang Koester gives multinationals reason to feel more than lucky

FX risk expert Wolfgang Koester gives multinationals reason to feel more than lucky

July 2, 2019

True statement: Wolfgang Koester is a lucky, serial entrepreneur. He says so himself. But applying the words “lucky” and “serial entrepreneur” to Koester’s success story and business philosophy requires an expansion of terms, maybe even a redefinition of them. Koester built and sold two businesses, and he is helping to move a third company to another liquidity event.read more


TBird Kim Williams

Exploring the Unknown Paves Surprising, Remarkable Path

June 10, 2019

The incredible professional career of Kim Williams, Warner Bros. Entertainment executive vice president and chief financial officer, is a series of bold, confident steps into the unknown. Life, she says, really is about the journey — not the destination — that should be enjoyed, savored, and shared. That personal philosophy has worked well for Williams, who currently is part of a tripartite interim executive leadership team at Warner Bros. Since graduating from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1992, she has been on a professional journey with career stops that would be the final destinations of many executives’ dreams.read more