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Ramin Abrishamian


Senior Advisor

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Ramin Abrishamian


Senior Advisor

Ramin Abrishamian's professional experience spans all aspects of the technology commercialization cycle, having held every key position in this cycle from the inventor to the investor. As a Founder and/or CEO he has been responsible for the commercialization of nine technologies. 

Currently Ramin is a Co-Founder and President of Artatech, Inc., a company with a number of innovative devices and systems for encouraging increased physical activity and healthier eating. Ramin is also a Co-Founder of Benevolent Technologies for Health (BeTH), an MIT start-up, with a technology for an innovative prosthesis system. He was the Founder and CEO of EnvaPower, an innovative company offering market intelligence to electricity market participants through analysis and modeling of large data sets. 

He has served on the Boards of four privately and publicly held companies as well as two non-profit organizations. He is a co-inventor on five pending or issued patents. He has a B.Sc. degree with honors from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and an MS from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, both in Chemical Engineering.

 

ramin@nuebridge.com

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Vafa Akhavan


Founder, Senior Advisor

Vafa Akhavan


Founder, Senior Advisor

Vafa is a global executive and consultant focused on customer ecosystems, operational excellence and profitable growth. He is currently a senior advisor to corporate and PE clients. 

He served as President and CEO of The Forum Corporation, a global consulting firm based in Boston specializing in leadership, sales and customer experience development. Previously Vafa was Vice President Global Customer Operations at McGraw Hill’s Information & Media, a $1.2bil segment. Prior, he led the global consulting business of J.D. Power and Associates in the non-automotive verticals.

He has worked with F500 clients around the world covering 7 sectors, 16 countries across 3 continents including Wells Fargo, T-Mobile, Mazda, SunTrust, VW, LAX, Alaska Airlines, Barclays, Comcast, Standard & Poor's, Chrysler, Telecom Italia, BMW, Ricoh, TD Ameritrade, Xerox, CapitalOne, Oracle and MetLife. 

Vafa is an award winning filmmaker and has served on the Board of Advisors for PedPad, Teacher's Pet and The Children's Theatre Company of New York. Vafa is currently an Executive Board Member of SwissVBS, a Swiss based L&D Management firm.

 

vafa@nuebridge.com

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Dan Aks


Senior Advisor

Dan Aks


Senior Advisor

Dan has served as Chief of Staff with McGraw Hill Education. He was previously COO of PRIMEDIA Consumer Magazines and President of PRIMEDIA Internet. He has held senior management positions with MTV Networks and GMG Publishing, and he was a Partner at Booz, Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Co), where he worked for over 10 years. 

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing/Industrial engineering from Rutgers University School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University’s Rutgers College. He also was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School. Dan is currently a Trustee with the Direct Marketing Education Foundation. 

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Chester Fong


Senior Advisor

Chester Fong


Senior Advisor

Chester is the former CFO Greater Asia of Colgate-Palmolive, a $17billion global consumer products company. He has over 30 years of experience in finance and general management at Colgate-Palmolive, with particular deep general management experience leading China. 

While at Colgate, he held a Senior Corporate Finance position at Global Headquarters in New York as well as working in a number of geographies including North America, Eurasia and Asia-Pacific with roles in subsidiary operations, regional strategy and corporate finance.

Chester's breadth of experience has provided him the following expertise: 

  • Finance, P&L management, product portfolio, supply chain and Go-to-Market management 
  • Acquisitions and mergers and restructuring to strengthen the strategic position 
  • Senior advisor to PE with a focus on emerging markets

Chester lectures at Polytechnic University of Hong Kong on subjects such as corporate finance and governance. In addition to his work at NueBridge, Chester is on the McKinsey Asia-Pacific Senior Advisory staff supporting Strategy and Corporate Finance with a focus on transactions and CFO Service lines.

 

chester@nuebridge.com

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Tom Bond


Senior Advisor

Tom Bond


Senior Advisor

Tom is an executive and senior management consultant specializing in organizational and process improvement driven by Voice of the Customer data and key stakeholder perspectives. In 20 plus years, across a wide range of industries, Tom has built a significant experience base and tool set to draw from, consistently leading clients to sustained top and bottom line results. 

Most recently, Tom led the solutions team of Global Customer Operations organization for The McGraw-Hill Companies. Projects there led to world class metrics for the global contact center that supports complex B2B products from multiple lines of businesses. He also served as the primary advisor to the President of McGraw-Hill Construction on all matters related to customer care, sales support, back office systems and organizational customer centricity. 

Previously, Tom worked with J. D. Power and Associates for 15 years in their Voice of the Customer consulting practice helping global companies translate their customer feedback and data into actions that improved revenue, loyalty, costs and overall customer experience. 

With General Physics Corporation, Tom led the establishment of multi-year, multi-million dollar strategic partnerships with two Fortune 500 companies including full P&L responsibility to $20M+ 150+ person operation, creating the company’s most significant long-term accounts. 

Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy and is a retired Commander. 

 

tom@nuebridge.com

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Rajesh Jolly


Senior Advisor

Rajesh Jolly


Senior Advisor

Rajesh Jolly is a global business executive with expertise in creatively solving complex problems in diverse industries. As a progressive leader with an exceptional blend of operational, marketing, finance and human resources skills, Rajesh has been a senior c-suite executive at some of America’s business icons.

An experienced leader in domestic and international markets, Rajesh has a proven track record of achieving sustainable results in emerging markets including China, India, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as in North America and Europe. He is an acknowledged leader with an excellent mix of strategic and operational skills and is adept at developing high performing teams and building strong global businesses. 

Rajesh was CEO and Executive Advisor with Friendly Franchisees Corporation, a $250 million multi-brand franchise organization with established brands Carl’s, Jr., Denny’s, and Papa John’s. Earlier, he was SVP of Operations with Regus Group, a $1.1 billion global provider of outsourced workplace solutions; President International at FedEx Kinko’s; Vice President of North American Operations at Budget Rent-a-Car; Vice President of Asia/Pacific at Wendy’s International; President and CEO at Pancho’s and Regional Vice President at Pepsi Co.

Rajesh has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Memphis and a degree in Accounting and Economics from the University at Bombay. He was a fellow of the National Institute of Bank Management in Bombay and completed a Pacific Rim Management Program at the University of Southern California.

 

rajesh@nuebridge.com

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Nancy May


Senior Advisor

Nancy May


Senior Advisor

Nancy May is President and CEO of The BoardBench Companies, a corporate governance advisory and director succession services firm. She has over 25 years experience as a strategic advisor to high-growth, mid-cap and Global 100 public and private companies and their boards worldwide on issues impacting financial health, rapid growth and corporate sustainability. Nancy has worked with some of the most recognized global institutions, public and private companies and investment firms in such industries as automotive, banking, insurance, chemical, energy, natural resources, technology, healthcare, consumer goods, education, financial services, industrial manufacturing, media, communications, bio-tech, communications and more.

Early in her career, Nancy was known for her work in emerging technologies where she developed and implemented advanced business, marketing and consumer applications for such clients as Burger King, CitiBank, CocaCola, Ford Motor, Kodak and others. 

In addition, Nancy is known for her work in support of diversity initiatives. She has been honored by the SBA for her support of women as Women's Business Advocate of the Year, and she was invited to meet President Clinton as one of the nation's top business leaders. In addition, she has served on the boards of a number of private and not-for-profit corporations and actively supports international organizations including the International Women’s Forum, Economic Club of New York, the Financial Women's Association, HR People & Strategy, the World Affairs Forum, Economic Ventures and others. 

Nancy has been a guest lecturer and presenter for numerous business and professional organizations, including the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance, George Washington University, Financial Executive Institute, The Conference Board, National Geographic Films and numerous well known college and university graduate programs. 

 

nancy@nuebridge.com

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Hilary Potts


Senior Advisor

Hilary Potts


Senior Advisor

Hilary Potts is a business executive and global management consultant with an expertise in transforming and growing businesses and leaders. She advises executives across many sectors including CPG, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and financial services. She is recognized by colleagues and clients for her ability to quickly size up the business, people and the environment and create strategies and plans to turn delicate, complex situations into non-events. She advises executives on how to best deploy changes, from identifying the best practices for successful merger integrations to deploying new strategies to crafting executive onboarding plans. 

Prior to joining NueBridge, Hilary served as President and CEO at CLG (Continuous Learning Group), a global leader of behavior-based performance management consulting. Additionally, she was on CLG’s board for eight years. During her fifteen year career at Union Carbide, she held various sales and marketing positions across the Fortune 500 Company, including leading the Polyethylene Film business. Hilary earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University. 

Author of : The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role

 

hilary@nuebridge.com

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Derrick Samuel


Senior Advisor

Derrick Samuel


Senior Advisor

Derrick served as President of Greater Asia for Colgate-Palmolive, a $17billion global consumer products company. His 29 years of operational excellence spreads across Africa, South Pacific, South Asia, Eurasia, ASEAN and China. Additionally, based in the US, Derrick led the Global Supply Chain and Global R&D for Colgate over 4 years, embarking on significant change. He has strong expertise in management, international strategy especially in emerging markets, corporate governance, M&A, brand marketing and crucial development and resourcing of top talent. 

Derrick has served on the boards of several industry associations straddling manufacturing, personal care and advertising in Australia and India. He was also Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive, India (a public company). He is an Electrical Engineer and has a Masters in Management Science from the University of Stirling Scotland. 

 

derrick@nuebridge.com

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David Vaillancourt


Senior Advisor

David Vaillancourt


Senior Advisor

David is a C-suite general management and finance executive in predominantly privately held or state controlled companies. He has extensive experience in North/Central America, Europe (all – including the Western Balkans), as well as the Middle East and South-East Asia. He was CFO International for a privately held diversified group in Minneapolis, VP and CFO for an Olympia and York group company in Toronto and Exec VP for a Monaco-owned diversified services company in Canada. 

More recently, he has been Exec VP and Deputy CEO, as well as Director of International Operations in East European companies. He returned an Indian manufacturing company to stable operations after years of losses, restructured a Malaysian manufacturing company, completed P/E financing in an East European company and directed divestiture of US assets for a Canadian company – divesting sole shareholder realized in excess $120mm. He has completed start-up venture financing in a J/V Portuguese manufacturing company and completed IPOs and LBOs in New York and Toronto. 

David participates regularly in Corporate Social Responsibility, Civil Voice in Society, PPP and Anti-Corruption panels, round-tables and conferences. He is an advocate for, and supporter of, responsible and ethical business practices. David attended McGill University, is a Management Accountant and a member of the Planning Executives Institute.

 

david@nuebridge.com