The Global Media and Entertainment Landscape: Working on the Business and Creative Sides Corporately and then Venturing into the Entrepreneurial World to Start His Own media Companies, with Jon Niermann (’95), CEO and Co-Founder, Loop Media, Inc.
January 24, 2023
The Center for Global Management welcomed Jon Niermann (’95), an alumnus of the FEMBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board, back to his alma mater for a lunchtime discussion with students. During his career of over 30 years, Niermann has achieved success on both the corporate and entrepreneurial business worlds in the U.S. and Asia. He built his entertainment career with The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts, serving as president of both company's Asian operations, prior to starting his own media companies. Niermann left the corporate world after 22 years to start his own company, FarWest Entertainment (2010), a multi-platform (television, music, animation, digital) media and entertainment company that focused on bridging Asia with the West. In 2016, he co-founded Loop Media, Inc., which went public on the NYSE in 2022. Loop Media is a Digital Out of Home video streaming company, that serves as a content platform for public venues and businesses – large and small. Loop is the largest provider of music videos and other short-form content to top businesses.
Students from all four MBA programs, interested in global management and business, including members of the Entertainment Management Association joined the interactive session to hear about Niermann’s successful career trajectory post-Anderson. He discussed his experiences working on the business and creative sides of large companies and then venturing into the entrepreneurial world full-time with his own media companies, and his 15 years of living in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. He also shared his thoughts and insights on the global media and entertainment landscape, as well as the implications for the industry, in the short and longer terms, as a result of the trends that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic ,and addressed the pivot that Loop Media had to quickly made. He addressed lessons learned over the years, why he made certain decisions throughout his career, and provided students with some tangible advice as they think about their own career paths and industry pivots. The discussion was organized by the Center for Global Management and supported by the UCLA Anderson Entertainment Management Association.
The Business of Sustainability in the U.S. and Asia, Working with Public Policy and Advising the Private Sector, with Christine Loh, Former Undersecretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Government
January 12, 2023
The Center for Global Management (CGM) hosted an in-person lunchtime discussion with Christine Loh, former undersecretary for the environment in the Hong Kong SAR Government, a position she held from 2012 to 2017. Loh was the advisor to the head of the HKSAR Government from 2019 to 2020 on specific aspects of environmental cooperation between mainland China and Hong Kong. From 2018 to 2022, she taught an MBA course at UCLA Anderson titled Non-Market Risks and Understanding Politics: The Global Context for Doing Business. Loh serves on the boards of several listed and nonprofit organizations and is best known as a leading voice in public policy particularly in the environment and climate change, sustainable finance, and geopolitics. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, interested in global management and sustainability issues joined the interactive session to hear from Loh about her career trajectory in law, business, politics, media and the non-profit sector. She shared her thoughts and insights on the ESG movement in Asia and the U.S., and why she believes attention in sustainability will not fizzle out in the wake of climate change and shifting geopolitics. Loh addressed multilateral treaties that are driving the global discussion and action, explained why the decarbonization (New Zero) effort has to be very large, and provided insights and perspectives on the financing and geopolitical sides around the business of sustainability. The discussion was organized by the Center for Global Management.
Lunch Series on Tech Innovation in Health: Working in Africa and Engaging with Local Communities to Improve Health Outcomes and Promote Equity in Health Care Services with Evelyn Udedi, project manager and research nurse, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and UC Global Health Institute, and Alastair van Heerden, research director, Centre for Community-Based Research, Human Sciences Research Council
October 11, 2022
The Center for Global Management hosted a lunchtime conversation with Malawi-based Evelyn Udedi a project manager and research nurse with the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and UC Global Health Institute, and South Africa-based Alastair van Heerden, research director, Centre for Community-Based Research, Human Sciences Research Council who has worked with a number of UCLA Anderson applied management program (AMP) field study teams to help strengthen health and development services in South Africa using business theory and approaches. They addressed technology innovation in health, using business approaches to strengthen government and non-governmental programs, effectively integrating services, and engaging with communities and service providers. They also shared their backgrounds and experiences working in Africa to improve health outcomes and promote equity in health care service, as well as collaboration with, and key learnings from UCLA Anderson’s AMP teams. The luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity for interested MBA and undergraduate students to meet with Udedi and van Heerden in an informal and interactive setting and hear about their important and inspiring programs and work in Africa to achieve these objectives. They were joined by Dr. Tom Coates, director of UC’s Global Health Institute and distinguished research professor of Medicine UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Laurie Bruns, Senior Africa regional director, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Students learned more about UCLA’s and UC’s Southern Africa programs, the importance of community engagement in underserved communities around the globe, and the ecosystems necessary to achieve lasting impact and meaningful change. They also discussed the changing world of public health and how innovation can come from inspiration taken from what people do in other countries and then applied here in the United States to achieve impact in our own local communities. The lunchtime discussion, organized by the Center for Global Management, was in collaboration with the Center for Impact@Anderson, and UCLA Anderson’s Healthcare Business Association and Net Impact.
Arvind Singhal (’82), Chairman, Technopak Advisors and President, UCLA Anderson India Alumni Network
January 21, 2021
The Center for Global Management (CGM) and the South Asian Business Association (SABA), hosted a virtual evening discussion with UCLA Anderson alumnus Arvind Singhal (’82), president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Chapter in India and chairman of Technopak Advisors, a successful Delhi-based management consulting company that is a leader in India in the consumer products and retail sectors. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, including members of SABA joined the intimate and interactive session to hear from Singhal who, beyond Technopak, is actively involved in the causes of education and healthcare in India as well as mentoring students and professionals. He shared personal stories with students, including what brought him to UCLA, his time on campus and his career trajectory since returning to India in 1982. He also shared some key learnings from his time at the Graduate School of Management (now, UCLA Anderson) and his thoughts on the key strengths and attributes to a successful career and happier personal life. Singhal addressed student questions about India today and in the future. He highlighted some exciting areas of innovation including, for example, Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric ID system, that assigns a 12-digit unique identity number that is tied to a range of citizen beneficiary services. The program was designed to be a technological solution to both existing and emerging socio-economic challenges and help ensure inclusion in India. It is linked organically to new bank accounts and mobile connections, making them accessible to large sections of India’s ~ 1.4 billion population. In turn, much of the increase in financial access in the country has been spurred by the Aadhaar-based reforms to social programs that enable benefits to be routed through bank accounts. Singhal offered some good advice as students think about their own careers, professional and personal lives. Contextualized within the world today, he discussed the need to be nimble and the concept of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) - offering a useful way to think about how we can be prepared and respond to unanticipated situations. Singhal sits on several Boards, including some not-for-profit, as an independent director. He also has served on several committees in the leading chambers of commerce and industry in India, across different sectors including retail, textiles, healthcare, and education, and is considered as one of India’s leading experts in India’s private consumption, consumers, and retail domains. Singhal is an accomplished columnist that focuses on the pulse of the market in India and has been a regular columnist for leading Indian business papers, including Business Standard and Economic Times, and a frequent contributor to major Indian and international business publications that include the Wall Street Journal.
Running a Global Business with Kevin Berryman (’87), President and CFO, Jacobs Engineering Group
November 5, 2020
The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Kevin Berryman (’87), an alumnus of the FEMBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. As president and CFO of Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional services with operations around the globe, Berryman oversees Jacobs digital and information technology and all aspects of corporate finance and treasury, investor relations and communications, strategy, M&A and internal audit. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, interested in global management and business, including members of the Strategy and Operations Management Association and Investment Finance Association joined the informal and interactive lunchtime session to meet and hear from Berryman, a native of California who has enjoyed an extremely successful global career. Berryman provided insights on what is it like to run a global business with distributed operations in the midst of complex and changing economic, political and cultural environments in the U.S. and globally and in the midst of a global pandemic. He discussed his career trajectory post the UCLA Anderson FEMBA program, the different functional roles he has served in and his experience transitioning and transferring industries from Nestlé in Switzerland to Jacobs Engineering in Dallas today. He also addressed the importance of inclusion, diversity of thought and authenticity and being proactive, thoughtful and purposeful in developing a global perspective. He shared that despite the many challenges of COVID-19, the pandemic has highlighted how great people are and how increasingly important it is to understand and leverage talent. As students think about their own careers, he touched on the importance of understanding people and value creation and thinking not just vertically, but also horizontally to better understand different facets of a business and its operations. Prior to Jacobs, Berryman served as executive vice president and CFO at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., an S&P 500 company and global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products after spending 25 years at Nestlé where he held various financial and operational positions both in the U.S. and at its global headquarters in Switzerland.
Maximizing Your MBA As A Launchpad for your Career and with Brittany Blackamore (’16), Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group and Founder and CEO, Suitcase of Joy
October 28, 2020
The Center for Global Management (CGM) hosted the inaugural discussion in its new Meet the Graduates Series with Brittany Blackamore (’16), an alumna of the FEMBA program and a global management specialization graduate. At Anderson, Blackamore’s global experiences expanded her world to new countries, inspired her love of macroeconomics and global finance, deepened her global acumen, and gave her the confidence she needed in her career. During an early evening, interactive conversation, Blackamore discussed her time at Anderson and shared thoughts on how to maximize the academic, career, and networking opportunities available. She addressed her career trajectory and some of the choices she made, and provided guidance on how students can maximize the MBA and use it as a launching pad for their career and passions. She also discussed Suitcase of Joy, the value of giving back, and making a sustainable impact. Students from across the full-time and fully employed MBA programs were inspired by Blackamore’s energy, passion and poise and left the discussion with some terrific tangible advice and tips. Prior to joining the FEMBA program, Blackamore worked for Fluor, a global engineering company, as a senior buyer. Through on-campus recruiting, she accepted an offer to join Experian’s MBA leadership development program where she advanced rapidly to become director of strategy. After three successful years at Experian, Blackamore joined the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant focused on strategy and M&A in the private equity, technology, public sector, and healthcare industries. Her global immersion travels to developing countries inspired her to found her own nonprofit organization, Suitcase of Joy, whose mission is to bring joy and education to underserved children around the world. The discussion, organized by the Center for Global Management, was supported by the Management Consulting Association and Net Impact.
Global Media and Entertainment and Its Changing Landscape with Jon Niermann (’95), President and CEO, Loop Media, Inc.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Jon Niermann (’95), an alumnus of the FEMBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. During his career of over 30 years, Niermann has achieved success on both the corporate and entrepreneurial business worlds. He built his entertainment career with The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts, serving as president of both company's Asian operations, prior to starting his own media companies. Niermann started FarWest Entertainment (2010), a multi-platform (television, music, animation, digital) media and entertainment company that focused on bridging Asia with the West; and Loop Media, Inc. (founded in 2016 and went public in 2020), the first media company focused on fully integrated 360-degree engagement of music videos and other premium short-form content by consumers and businesses. The luncheon provided an opportunity for interested MBA students to meet with Niemann in an informal and interactive setting and hear about his successful career trajectory post-Anderson. He shared his thoughts and insights on the global media and entertainment landscape in light of the digital revolution, as well as his experiences working on the business and creative sides of large companies and then venturing into the entrepreneurial world full-time with his own media companies. He also addressed the implications and some lasting impacts for the industry, in the short and longer terms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pivot that Loop Media had to quickly made. The discussion, organized by the Center for Global Management was supported by the Entertainment Management Association.
Brazil’s Role and Advances in Fintech and Digital Payment Systems with Roberto Campos Neto (B.S. ’93, M.A. ’95), President, Central Bank of Brazil
January 19, 2023
Brazil receives over half of all investments made in fintech in Latin America and is home to the highest number of unicorns in the region. The rise of fintech in Brazil represents many of the main challenges and opportunities in the country. Despite facing many policy challenges, Brazil is highly digitized. While mobile banking has been commonplace for years, the recent pandemic accelerated trends in the banking sector where the adoption of digital payments and digital wallets had been rising fast, especially among citizens who previously had no access to banking services – propelling Brazilian fintech forward.
The Center for Global Management (CGM) was honored to welcome Roberto Campos Neto (B.S. ’93, M.A. ’95), governor of the Central Bank of Brazil, back to his alma mater for a fascinating discussion on the Central Bank of Brazil’s innovation agenda and Brazil’s role and advances in fintech. During his 20+ year tenure at Santander, he initiated a global project on technology innovation as part of the "Digital Bank" initiative. He also launched initiatives on blockchain, digital assets, and other innovations shaping the financial markets of the future. During the discussion, the in-person audience, made up of students and alumni from UCLA Anderson’s MBA, PhD and MFE programs and students studying economics at UCLA, had the opportunity to hear from Governor Neto, a strong believer in technology and financial innovation, as he reviewed these technological developments and the Central Bank’s technology agenda, including Pix, an instant payment platform created and managed by the Central Bank of Brazil, which enables the quick execution of payments and transfers. He explored the impact and implications for Brazil, the U.S. and the world; discussed the risks and challenges faced by financial institutions and examined opportunities for startups, venture investors and the global investment community. The conversation, that was also broadcast live to a remote audience of alumni and interested members of the general community, was moderated by Sebastian Edwards, distinguished professor and Henry Ford II Chair in International Management. Dean Tony Bernardo delivered opening remarks. The discussion was a featured event in the CGM’s Latin American Business Series. The UCLA Latin American Institute and Anderson’s Latin American Business Association were supporting organizations. Video will be available shortly.
The Latin American Business Series engages the audience in interactive conversations with prominent and influential private and public sector leaders, that address the region’s important and influential role in the global economy, and the world. Through balanced discourse, leaders share experiences, insights and forecasts on the economic, political and social prospects for the region, and discuss business and investment opportunities. The series serves as a platform to build networks, exchange ideas and understand the trends, opportunities and challenges of doing business in, and with Latin America.
Global Consulting and Business Challenges in Latin America Amid COVID-19 with Marcial Rapela, Partner, Bain and Co.
December 3, 2020
Global Investment Banking and Doing Business in Latin America with Jim Allen ('93), Head of M and A LatAm, Morgan Stanley
December 1, 2020
The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Jim Allen (’93), an alumnus of the full-time MBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. Allen is a senior investment banker and strategic advisor, with over 27 years of experience in investment banking in the U.S. and across Latin America. Since earning his MBA from Anderson in 1993, Allen has been in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley, having held positions in U.S. M&A, the Global Media & Communications banking group, and since 2008, as head of M&A for the Latin America region. During his career at Morgan Stanley, Allen has been involved in equity and debt capital markets transactions, and has advised corporations, family-controlled businesses, and governments in M&A transactions, privatizations and debt restructurings. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, interested in global management and business, including members of the Investment Finance Association and Latin American Business Association joined the intimate and interactive session to hear from Allen. He discussed his experience as a global investment banker and strategic advisor and his career transition from U.S. Navy enabled by UCLA Anderson and talked about his career trajectory since graduating. Allen also shared his experience doing business internationally within a highly global, U.S.-based multinational and addressed the cultural challenges for a non-native speaker and U.S. citizen of doing business in Latin America. He shared some leadership lessons with students and addressed the importance of cultural awareness and being able to adapt as the environment evolves. Students received tangible advice as they think about their own careers. Allen also shared his thoughts on the future of global finance in what some would describe as a current anti-globalization environment. Prior to Anderson, Allen served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including six months as an exchange officer in the Chilean Navy.
A Global Consulting Career and COVID-19: Implications for Businesses Across Latin America with Lino Abram (’99), Senior Partner, McKinsey and Co.
October 14, 2020