7 Questions with Board Members of Large Enterprises
Read insights and thoughts on leadership from Board Members of Large Enterprises around the world.
Thank you to the Board Members of Large Enterprises who have answered our 7 questions so far, we hope you find their answers helpful
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7 Questions with Sophal Ear
Name: Sophal Ear
Current title: Chair
Current organisation: Collective Education, Inc.
Currently the Chair of Collective Education, Inc., and re-elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council in November 2018 to a second 3-year term, encompassing more than 22,000 residents in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, Sophal Ear, PhD, National Association of Corporate Directors "Director Certified", is a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he lectures on political economy, security, development, and Asia. Previously, he taught how to rebuild countries after wars at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and international development at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Advisor to Cambodia's first private equity fund Leopard Capital, Audit Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Treasurer of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. A TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he sits on the Boards of Refugees International (Washington, DC), Partners for Development (Silver Spring, MD), International Public Management Network (Washington, DC), the Southeast Asia Development Program (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), and the Center for Khmer Studies (Siem Reap, Cambodia). He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013, co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013, and co-editor of the virtual issue of the journal Politics and the Life Sciences on Coronavirus: Politics, Economics, and Pandemics (Cambridge University Press, 2020, He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia" (47 minutes, 2011, news blurb based on his 2009 TED Talk ( and has appeared in four other documentaries. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the US from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.
7 Questions with Anand Srinivasan
Name: Anand Srinivasan
Current title: Sr. Vice President, North America
Current organisation: Intelegencia
A strategic leader, with a career delivering business solutions for some of the world's leading organizations. Bringing the best of the world's strengths to realize innovations, and actively contributing to a stronger and more responsible global community.
7 Questions with Reenita Malhotra Hora
Name: Reenita Malhotra Hora
Current title: Head of Marketing & Operations
Current organisation: SRI International
Reenita is a founder, executive-level content, operations, and marketing leader. With multiple years of experience in the USA and Asia, she grows organizations, ranging from early stage startups through mid-size businesses, through storytelling, creative marketing and strategy. She currently heads marketing and communications for SRI International, Silicon Valley's pioneer science and deep tech research institute generating annual revenues exceeding $450 million. At SRI International, Reenita manages brand and institute-wide marketing strategy and operations to impact talent recruitment and retention, federal business development and commercial sales. She has developed, led, and executed integrated strategies to reinvent SRI’s digital roadmap as it enters into its all-important 75th year. By driving strategic storytelling around core next generation technologies including AI, Robotics, Quantum, Biosciences and more, she has raised the significance of marketing qualified federal and commercial business development leads. She has also helped transform SRI’s business model by facilitating a deal with Nomura Holdings to establish the Nomura - SRI Innovation Center (NSIC) to focus on bringing Silicon Valley technology to corporate Japan. She mentors SRI Ventures’ early stage portfolio companies, helping them to develop their business strategy and preparing them to go to market.
Before joining SRI International, Reenita was VP of Content for hibooks (previously known as Otto Radio) a San Francisco based media tech startup. Here she developed a strategy and operations program resulting in the successful acquisition of the company by Ximalaya FM, China’s biggest player in the audio space. She has worked for large public and private media companies. At Radio Television Hong Kong, she developed, produced, anchored and syndicated Money For Nothing, Hong Kong public media’s first financial news morning show and received several accolades for her award-winning cultural storytelling show, Asian Threads. She then went on to work for Bloomberg Media as a key member of the core startup team taking Bloomberg’s first Asian broadcast operations to air. She has also contributed to media including the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, BBC and more.
Prior to the above, Reenita founded, built and sold Ayoma Inc., a healthcare company. Over a series of eight years, she built the valuation of Ayoma to US $10 million and developed the company’s product, B2B and B2C sales, marketing and retail strategy. Since then, she has served as an executive level strategist and coach for tech, retail and media/entertainment startups. She has provided advisory services for several entrepreneurs, helping their companies raise funding, go to market and build brands. She has also served on two non-profit boards: Integrated Brilliant Education Trust and Operation Santa Claus, and two private company boards - Ayoma Inc. (early stage) and Vidyut Metallics Pvt. Ltd. (late stage).
Educated at Williams College and the University of Hong Kong, Reenita speaks fluent Hindi and conversational Japanese. She has authored seven books (on health, personal finance and fiction) by leading publishers including Chronicle Books, Pan Macmillan India, Harper Collins India, and Hachette. She has won several storytelling awards including the Crossword Readers Choice Awards, the New York Festivals International Radio Programming Awards, and RTHK Radio 3 Awards.
Tech professional by day and fiction writer by night, Reenita does not miss an opportunity to dive into the heart of a good story. She is currently working on her next novel and developing Chapter by Episode, a digital publishing platform focused on stories with diverse themes.
7 Questions with Krishna Kumar Nair
Name: Dr. Krishna Kumar Nair
Current title: Director - Curriculum & Courses
Current organisation: International School of Counselling and Holistic Studies
Krishna is a mental health and wellness care entrepreneur, psychologist, mindfulness master coach, researcher, counsellor, personal coach, professional trainer, startup specialist and consultant serving people across 25+ countries.
He is an expert trainer in psychology, mindfulness-based interventions, entrepreneurship, career counselling, emotional intelligence, behavioural wellness, NLP, career coaching, counselling skills, alternative therapies and digital marketing. Also, he is a chartered advisory member for various organisations and serves as a personal consultant for more than a dozen top businesses professionals hailing from different geographical pins.
7 Questions with James Rosebush
Name: James Rosebush
Current title: Chairman
Current organisation: Epic Trust
35 years of leading strategic plans for growth in global corporations and family offices as well as serving as a senior official in the Reagan White House.
7 Questions with Julie Garland McLellan
Name: Julie Garland McLellan
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: The Director's Dilemma
My joy in work is to help boards and directors to maximise their impact, focus on the things that matter, and build great organisations.
Over the past 23 years I have worked directly with individuals and boards, as well as through leading institutions such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia, to empower great governance that radically improves organisation performance.
I don’t just preach the latest governance theory (although I know it well): I have served on 18 Boards, with experience of organisations in the resources, engineering, utilities, infrastructure and not-for-profit sectors. In that time, I have led two turnarounds, two IPOs and one relisting, many refinancings and restructures, and developed strong boards that face and conquer challenges.
I am a qualified professional speaker on boardroom issues and in demand for courses, seminars and conferences, combining personal anecdotes, humour, world-class expertise and my extensive experience as a director to engage, stimulate and educate.
As the author of six books and many training materials for company directors, I am an acknowledged expert on resolving a wide range of complex governance issues. My newsletter 'The Director's Dilemma' reaches readers in 33 countries. You can subscribe for a free copy at .
I am best known for The High Impact Board Program. This five step program focuses on individual directors and the board to apply the four principles that underpin real board success to drive real organisation performance. The program has helped boards to build and sustain high performance and lasting impact.
I can also help individual directors and chairs with personalised mentoring based on real board experience. If you need help with your board’s performance review, strategy engagement, or a delicate boardroom problem that is hampering your progress please give me a call on +61 411 262 470.
7 Questions with Terrie Anderson
Name: Terrie Anderson
Current title: Non Executive Director
Current organisation: Stewart Manning
Terrie Anderson is considered a Thought Leader in Enterprise Digital Leadership and Cyber Security Strategy, a futurist who is passionate about the benefits of IT/OT convergence and effective Workplace of the Future as business differentiators. She believes passionately in the need for disruptive strategies, especially digital, for companies wishing to thrive beyond 2021.
She has extensive senior leadership experience, and outstanding track record in building businesses in Enterprise Solutions and Software.Terrie is considered a trusted adviser to many Board Members and Digital Leaders globally.
She is the author of One Minute More - The Human Connection; 999 Legendary Selling for the 21st Century - and many more books and articles.
People are Terrie's passion, and she believes great human talent is undervalued by many organisations. She loves adventure travel and philosophy, and is partial to a great wine and a large motorbike, but not at the same time!
7 Questions with Brett O Riley
Name: Brett O’Riley
Current title: Chief Executive Officer
Current organisation: EMA
Experienced Board member and CEO working in the spaces between the private and public sector, leveraging a long career in both and 20 years in the tech sector in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.
7 Questions with Susan Harnett
Name: Susan Harnett
Current title: Board Member
Current organisation: OFG Bancorp and Life Storage
Global Leader, Board Member and Start-up Enthusiast. Financial Services Career. Founder of Two Start-ups. Currently serves on two publicly traded boards....
7 Questions with Teo Zanella
Name: Teo Zanella
Current title: Director of Product
Current organisation: Rally Health
Teo is a no-nonsense, Italian born, San Francisco based father of 1. He spent 20+ years in digital product leadership, strategy, and cross-cultural facilitation across early stage, Fortune 50 companies, and international non-profits, as well as coaching and advising.
He spends most of his days as Director of Product for Virtual Care solutions at Rally Health thinking how to make healthcare more accessible leveraging the power of technologies. Between 2014 and 2020 Teo led the development of Collective Health's health benefit offering for US employees, from their customer centric member experience to their scalable technology platform. Prior to that, he was a CXO advisor at the Boston Consulting Group in New York, a Software Engineer at Hewlett-Packard and worked in Product Operations at Facebook. He also holds a BS and MS in Computer Engineering as well as an MBA from NYU School of Business.
Teo tries to stay sane by cooking, hosting friends, playing volleyball on the beach, and practicing mindfulness.
7 Questions with Burgess Harrison
Name: Burgess Harrison
Current title: Executive Director
Current organisation: National Minority Health Association
Burgess Harrison., MBA Burgess brings a wide breadth of expertise to the National Minority Health Association. He comes with more than 25 years of home health, homecare, electronic visit verification, and telehealth technology experience. He is a pioneer in electronic visit verification and possesses a unique understanding of the market and issues patients and providers face. Burgess is an educator, former adjunct professor, marketing executive, and software business founder who happens to be a unique perspective to minority health. As an Albino with low vision from two black parents, Burgess leads the association with a unique personal healthcare journey and understands the impact of the lack of access as a child, as well as being an experiment or “lab project” for healthcare professionals.
He is the co-founder of Statchek, Inc.a pioneer in electronic visit verification in-home care (acquired by Wipro NYSE: WIT) and Ankota LLC, a SaaS home care technology company.
Having a family that has received home care and assisted living as well as elderly relatives afflicted with PICKs and dementia, Burgess is acutely aware of the issues that face minority and disadvantaged Americans when they need simple and complex medical services.
Burgess has developed innovative and forward-thinking programs to non-profits as he served on the boards of the American Red Cross of South Central Connecticut and Shoreline Foundation (S.A.R.A.H.). This is Burgess’s passion. He developed the concept for Operation Healthy You and after a year of development, Dr. Dalton saw the potential and joined forces to bring it to life in the NMHA. To borrow a phrase from his good friend and mentor John Hope Bryant, let’s go!