William Billeaud is President of Lombard Global, Incorporated. A lifetime of diverse global business experience, education and research has provided him with a mental playbook on global expansion. He is an accomplished and global senior executive, global management consultant, investment banker and investor who possesses over 26 years of experience helping U.S. and international firms grow and/or turnaround their firms globally, regionally and locally. Often, this would require a company like Lilt to step in to help when it comes to translation per region, but this is not always the case. Bill’s experience is both deep and broad; he focused his career in the consulting (business and technology) and finance (private equity ops, investment banking, real estate) verticals and has further broadened his business knowledge through consulting and entrepreneurial engagements in technology, retail, agribusiness, consumer goods, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing and many others. He can offer advice on all kinds of challenges that could be faced, for example communications and Freight Transport solutions. This combination of diversity and discipline has provided him with a reputation as a creative, client-centric, strategic leader, entrepreneur and deal maker who creates immediate impact and sustainable results.
While Bill’s client list includes multinationals such as Wal-Mart, Maytag, Ericsson and Anderson Merchandisers, he also has a wealth of experience helping middle market and sub middle market market firms, including his own, grow rapidly while building efficiencies. As a brief snapshot, Bill has grown and managed the Joint Venture established between Pepsi de Mexico SA de CV and Industrias Bachoco and has lived in Mexico. He has managed and grown the operations of Private Equity portfolio manufacturing and service companies, the global expansion of management consulting firm, The Highland Group and the global expansion and management of Italian retailer Dondi Salotti, srl. He recently helped hyper-growth international businesses firm, Nair & Co, acquire tangible business more rapidly than any previous group or individual in their history, so clearly he is an expert when it comes to international businesses and how things like global PEO solutions can help to grow businesses internationally whilst sharing responsibility for details like payroll, benefits, tax, contracts, and compliance. His technology experience includes mobility/wireless startup and global systems integration with Unix partners Oracle, IBM and HP. Bill currently travels and executes business all over the world, including North America and CALA, EMEA and APAC. Of value to his inbound (non-USA) clients, he has southern USA roots, was raised and educated in the north and has traveled to nearly all of the 50 states in the USA. He speaks Spanish fluently and can function in several others, including Italian, French and Portuguese. Bill speaks and is published consistently on topics related to international business, most recently for Saint Louis U. and U. of Texas at Dallas full-time MBA programs. He was Chairman of the DFW Third Annual International Business Summit, holds the TRC or Transnational Referral Certification in real estate, holds an Import Certification from the Institute for Supply Management, is a member of the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA), served as an original member of the International Commercial Real Estate Virtual E-Group for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and serves on the China Task Force for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Bill has a Global MBA from The Boeing Institute of International Business at the John Cook School of Business-SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, a Bachelors from THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, posseses the GMI (Global Mindset Inventory) Certification (www.globalmindset.com) and Certificates each in Global Strategy Implementation and in Global Market Entry from THUNDERBIRD-GARVIN SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT. Bill is a licensed real estate broker, held Series 7, 63, 79 (1/2015) and state health and life insurance licenses. Bill resides in Plano, Texas USA (near Dallas) with his wife, two daughters and their assorted pets. He can be reached at email@example.com or via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/wbilleaud .
Shareholder Magazine (SLU’s Cook School of Business) Interviews Lombard Global’s Billeaud
Saint Louis University EMIB Alumni newsletter June 2007
Ms. Ying Ying Tan Golinska leads our research teams and advises clients on M&A strategies, restructuring, growth funding and financial training.
Ying Ying has accumulated a wide range of experience in corporate finance, debt financing, M&A, hedge funds and small businesses in the United States and Asia. She started her career on Wall Street at JPMorgan, working with multinationals and distressed firms on debt financing, acquisition financing and restructuring projects. She joined a team of JPMorgan Partners at Antarctica Asset Management and focused on distressed funds, loan funds, bond funds, commodities and global macro funds. In San Francisco, she worked for the technology M&A investment bank, ArchPoint Partners, which is now part of Houlihan Lokey. Due to her top performance, Ying Ying was selected to be a part of the recruiting and training team at both investment banks where she worked. She also has a long track record working with small and medium size businesses. In addition to her technology investment banking work, she worked for her family financial advisory business in Malaysia (Diamond Life Planning) co-founded a recording company in the US, and launched The Hub in San Francisco and Berkeley, a sustainable co-working space for social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
Ying Ying holds a double degree in Finance and Electrical Engineering from Boston University and completed her A-Levels at Raffles Junior College in Singapore. She passed the CFA examination Level III, Series 79 and Series 63. She is fluent in English and Mandarin, and conversant in several other languages. Ying Ying divides her time between California and Malaysia with her daughter and husband.
Nick Li is a Chinese National who resides in the Dallas, Texas area. Nick is a global financial research specialist and financial analyst for Lombard Global. He most recently worked as an operation analyst with Pillar Hotels and Resorts, where he was responsible for conducting market, property, and financial analyses related to the valuation and strategic positioning of hospitality assets. He is experienced with financial modeling, performance benchmarking, and diligence analysis.
Nick holds a BA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Megha Singh is Director of Global Strategy and Finance at Lombard Global. As such, she is responsible for both internal and external strategic direction of the firm’s business consulting offerings and its technology direction. Megha possesses years of strategy consulting experience with Deloitte and Ernst and Young and financial experience with UBS. She has worked both with multinationals and SMEs in various settings. As a management consultant she has been instrumental in the establishment of global infrastructure and has formulated business strategies and strategic plans for large investment banks. Megha has authored papers published in technical magazines across the globe and has been a speaker at international professional conferences. She holds an MBA (Global Finance & Strategy) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Certificate in Finance from the University of California – San Diego and a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning- Real Estate and Project Finance and The School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India. Apart from academic and consulting work she has been strongly associated with various non-governmental organizations and conducted successful fundraisers for the support of education.
Eric Radtke is a well-recognized and leading American international business executive. He has worked in Australia, West Africa, India, Sri Lanka and throughout Western Europe. Additionally, he has worked throughout ASEAN in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. His experience includes sales and marketing, manufacturing and production (TQM, project management and facilitation). He has also managed financial accounts for various country projects throughout the world.
Mr. Radtke has worked both with large multinationals and SMEs. As examples, Eric worked as a business analyst for a Dutch media/research company in Western Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Switzerland), Australia, Nigeria and Thailand. In Thailand, he worked on government projects in Bangkok, for international projects managing clients and advertising accounts across the globe and eventually as a consultant for Siemens Limited Thailand. With Siemens, Eric restructured business processes and strategies for their regional companies in Bangkok, Beijing, Madrid, Mumbai, The Hague and Atlanta in the US. With this experience, he grew his own international sales and business development operations where he opened new markets both locally and abroad. Eric is a Certified Mandarin Chinese speaker (Peking University), is a Certified ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, and is ITIL Foundation Certified from itsm.zone. He has a BS in Business Administration and a BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from The University of Kansas.
Joseph Low is a strategic management and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience leading cross-cultural teams focused on Latin American business development. He is probably best known as being the Executive who opened up Brazil for the multinational, Nokia. Because he lived in Brazil for over four years, and worked and traveled in many other countries located in Latin America and Europe, Mr. Low maintains extensive knowledge of various global markets. He has years of experience with the development of geographically dispersed cross-cultural teams and their associated leadership and competency development. Currently, Joseph supports clients such as GSK, Gillette, Abbott, Pfizer and BP in Brazil. Mr. Low previously served as VP, Carrier Relations, at Research in Motion (RIM), and also as a VP with Nokia’s Latin American focused business unit. While at RIM, he was responsible for sales efforts to Telefonica in Latin America and the management of 14 separate markets with a total P&L of $900 million USD; he achieved a year over year net sales increase to Telefonica of 53%. During his tenure with Nokia, Mr. Low led the company’s Latin America focused mobile phones division where he was responsible for $4 billion USD in net sales with P&L accountability for 40+ devices. Mr. Low also successfully built Nokia’s CDMA terminal business in Latin America into an entity producing well over $1 billion USD in net sales. Commonly referred to as one of the “pioneers” of Brazil’s early wireless growth in the late 90’s, he co-founded Nokia’s operations in Brazil (Sao Paulo) where he was also responsible for the development of Nokia’s B-band licensee relationships, the promotion of the company to key channel sales partners, and the selection and hiring of the company’s first Brazilian team leaders. At Nokia, he also served as the VP of the North American market focused “Go to Market” organization where he was responsible for all solutions based offerings presented to key North American wireless carriers customers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Rodgers-Canada. Mr. Low has a Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Kansas in both Latin American Studies and History, completed graduate studies course work in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and has an MBA with a focus in International Marketing from the University of South Florida. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.
Ruonan (Raina) Wu coordinates our global business development efforts, particularly as they relate to China and APAC. She is also entrepreneur in residence with firms E-gno, LLC and Q-Carta several medical device startups. Raina’s experience is broad yet focused in technology (biotechnology and internet) and finance. Her work experience includes Penn Biotech Group, New Time Trust Co., Ltd. in Baotou, China, and Norinco International of Beijing. Raina has a Masters in Bioengineering from The University of Pennsylvania (Penn), a B.S. in Bioengineering from Jiaotong University, Shanghai and a Minor in Finance from Antai College of Economics and Management. She is a CFA Level 2 candidate.
Renan Vicentini is our Director of Business Development in Brazil. Renan brings over 25 years of international business experience to the table. Renan started in the leather business in 1983. He worked at Courolan, which was founded by his grandfather. There, he learned the technical aspects of selling leather, and how to deal with different cultures when developing markets for products. In 1994, Renan formed his own company, RR Vicentini Leathers. Renan has conducted business in the US, Canada, Germany, England, Portugal, Spain, France, South Africa, Holland, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and others. He holds a BS in Business Administration from UFRGS.
Fernando Mello is our lead partner in Brazil. Fernando has more than 28 years of high-level professional experience with multinational and smal to medium-sized firms worldwide. Since 2006, he’s focused on startups and business development projects. Previously, Fernando had a successful multinational corporate career with positions such as CEO of Iqara Telecom (BG/British Gas Group), Vice-President at MetroRed (Fidelity Investments) and Proudfoot Consulting, Executive Director at Compugraf, Professional Services Director at AT&T/Lucent Technologies and Senior Consultant at Bull Technologies. He has a BS in Computer Sciences and an MBA from FGV.
Naylo Oliveira has more than 27 years of professional experience in Brazil, Europe and North America. With a strong financial background, he has served several world-class organizations as finance manager and CFO in a wide range of industries from services to manufacturing, construction and finance/investment. He developed his career in companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Fidelity Investments, Nidera, OAS, and DelRio. Since 2006, Naylo has represented foreign companies in discovering and developing business opportunities in South America, including innovative technologies for environmental and energy applications.
Omar Claro brings more than 25 years of operational and executive experience in manufaturing, logistics and supply-chain to world-class multinational companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Avon, Revlon, Oriflame and Management Engineers. He has a long international career, having worked in several countries in Latin and North America, as well as in Europe. Omar is a Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA from FIA/SP.
Steven Huang is a senior partner in Jade & Fountain’s Shanghai office and is admitted both in China and New York. Steven’s practice covers foreign direct investments, general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, IT and telecommunication, venture capital, and international trade. Steven directs Lombard Global’s execution and clients’ growth in China. Steven has extensive experience in representing international and local clients in investment projects in China in a wide range of industries including various manufacturing industries, banking and finance, professional service, high-tech and IT industry. He has helped a number of major international clients in their incorporation of foreign-invested enterprises, acquisition of assets and equities from Chinese companies, and restructuring of investment in China. Steven also advises foreign and local businesses on general corporate and commercial matters such as industry policy, administrative approval, trade, real estate, intellectual property, employment, foreign exchange and tax.
Dr. Rajesh Kumar is an Associate Professor of International Business Strategy at the University of Nottingham Business School in the UK where he is currently teaches Management Strategy and Indian Business and Society. His role with Lombard Global involves the strategic direction and growth of its global delivery system. He is also involved in the execution of current business in India and the UK. Prior to moving to the UK, Dr. Kumar was an Associate Professor at the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, and Director of the Indian Research Center there. Along with Anand Sethi, he is author the book, Doing Business in India (MacMillan 2005). Dr Kumar’s expertise lies in International Business and within this domain his work has focused on the management of alliances, international negotiations, and managing in emerging markets with a particular focus on India. Dr Kumar has a PhD degree in International Business from New York University, an MBA from Rutgers University, and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India. He is an active researcher and leads seminars on doing business in India for global firms and consults for multinational firms around the world.
SP Joshi, an engineer and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, Joshi has specialized in market entry and marketing strategies for Indian markets. Based out of New Delhi, India, he has been advising companies from across the world about entry strategies for growing Indian markets for over ten years. Having worked for over 23 years in Indian industry at senior management levels in diverse areas such as automotive, chemicals, building products, industrial products and consumer durables, Joshi is well versed with ground realities of the Indian market and with the regulatory environment. His deep understanding of Indian business environment and business methods is the reason for his success in strategic business partner search in India. He has assisted several companies from Australia, Germany and Singapore etc. not only in marketing research & formulating their entry strategies but also has helped facilitation of process of setting up businesses. He has been a key note speaker at some international seminars on ‘How to do business in India’ including Riding the Indian Elephant’ held in Melbourne in 2007. He is also a senior adviser to an Australian Business Chamber in Sydney. For a large part of his working career, Joshi worked for Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. a large Indian automotive company with annual sales of 7 billion USD at senior positions in marketing & sales. Mahindra is also poised to become largest tractor company in the world. He also worked for Degussa AG of Germany (now Evonic Industries AG, a fortune 500 company) as their Vice President in India. Mr. Joshi is a visiting professor in areas of strategic marketing and distribution management at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and other prominent business schools of New Delhi in India. Joshi knows most of generally spoken languages in India. He is a widely traveled person within and outside India.
Anand Kumar Sethi, an alumnus of the world famous Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT), has almost four decades of active involvement in the global electronics sector with expertise covering the gamut of EMS, SMT, semiconductor, photovoltaic, and hybrid circuits sectors. Dr. Sethi lived and worked in the US where he was involved in converting semiconductors into the world’s first usable devices (e.g. transistors and integrated circuits) and other leading edge technologies. He has been associated with many leading Indian corporate entities and also with several Central and State Government organizations, and is considered a pioneer in bringing many high technology activities and ventures to India, including such pioneering activities as India’s first International Expositions on Electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology and aviation/ aerospace (India’s famed Air Show in Bangalore owes its start to him). Dr. Sethi has four decades of active involvement in international joint ventures and business, particularly inbound ventures, technology transfers, projects and investments into India, and he has worked closely with many international companies from the USA, UK, Switzerland, and the Nordic countries on projects in India and other Asian countries. He is a frequent contributor to business and technical publications, journals and magazines in India, Europe and in the USA and is a co-author of the recent, highly acclaimed book entitled “Doing Business in India” (2005, Palgrave Macmillan)