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:: Dr. Dennis J. Bava, Ed.D., MBA

Via Alla Chiesa 6808 Torricella, (Lugano) Switzerland
Phone: 41.91.930.9602

Dennis J. Bava

Personal Attributes

Strong interpersonal skills have allowed me to communicate key goals and objectives in a successful way, in order to achieve initiatives. A results-oriented leader with proficiency in change management, I have been instrumental in transforming teams and processes into progressive, systematic entities within institutions of higher education, private firms, and the public sector. My bottom line goal is to create thought-stimulating strategy processes that everyone believes in, is committed to and understands. Meet the challenge, empower your business and lead it to unexpected, as well as planned opportunities for successful growth.

Summary of Qualifications

Proven success in MBA career development and teaching as a Professor of Finance and Global Strategic Management; Director of university institutional advancement and donor cultivation; President of private secondary school; CEO for domestic and international business profit-centers; General Manager for new business development and project team implementation; and Director of e-commerce business entry in global markets.

Possess innovative leadership skills in bringing resources, recognition, and participation to academic and private institutions served; together with a personal reputation as a collegial, collaborative, and consensus-oriented manager. Someone who translates a vision into programmatic reality.

Possess practical knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, and the intellectual depth and pragmatic "know-how" to work with a variety of different personalities and constituencies. A strong conceptual thinker and generator of ideas who is committed to institutional excellence.

Highly ethical and motivated by personal values which champion life-long learning. These core principles enhance individual self-worth and effectiveness both as a reflective practitioner, and a pragmatist who can lead an organization from dialogue to decision making.

Professional Experience

President and CEO of the Center for Transnational Leadership and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Transnational Leadership and Entrepreneurship focuses on helping academic institutions, businesses, and organizations tap their internal creative powers to inspire corporate governance, management change solutions, and innovation within existing business models. Through the Center and the synergy resultant from International Management Consulting Services, our spectrum of innovation- our integrated expertise in strategy formation, process improvement, change management, and technology and product development- we help organizations establish a sustainable innovation premium, creating strong financial performance and accelerated growth. Concurrently, I am an Adjunct Professor in the Masters Division of International Economics and Management Program at SDA Bocconi University in Milano.

Associate Professor of International Management at Franklin College Switzerland
Responsible for eight course preparations; Financial Accounting, Managerial Finance, International Financial Management, International Human Resources, International Business, Country Risk Assessment, Global Strategic Management and Global Research Strategies. Presented scholarly research at EURAM; lectured in the "Honors" program; and directed student internships. I also led Academic Travel trips to Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tunisia. Institutional Service included Chair of the Faculty Senate, Area Coordinator for International Management, and Member of the College-wide Curriculum Committee (2001-2003).

Reason for Leaving: To serve as President and CEO of the Center for Transnational Leadership and Entrepreneurship and partake in academic and private sector projects, through participation with International Management Consulting Services and lecturer at SDA Bocconi University.

Director of MBA Career Management at Fisher Graduate School of International Business
Responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive MBA career placement program for the Fisher Graduate School at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Direct and facilitate business plans, scholarly research, and develop employment strategies leading to MBA placement for both student internships and full-time employment (1999-2001).

Reason for Leaving: To pursue full time teaching and scholarly research in a U.S. accredited, undergraduate liberal arts college with an internationally focused educational mission, and comprised of a cross-cultural, multi-dimensional student body.

Director of Development for Major Gifts – California State University Stanislaus
Accountable for strengthening university institutional advancement, cultivating private donor support, enlisting alumni involvement and financial commitment, communicating effectively with various constituencies, and articulating academic excellence to the community (1997-1999). Reason for Leaving: To conduct field research in the Fisher Graduate School at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and at CSU Monterey Bay for writing the doctoral dissertation.

President and CEO of San Joaquin Memorial High School
Accountable as administrative manager, a proven fundraiser, and a strongly inspirational but sensitive leader. Responsible for managing and interpreting financial, personnel, and educational policies and procedures for all aspects of a private high school operation according to the principles and directives as established by the Board of Trustees at SJM (1996-1997).

Reason for Leaving: The termination of the School lease and restructuring of governance model.

President and CEO, CFO, and Director of Alpine Packing Co.
Responsible for general management of the operations, marketing and sales, finance and TQC activities of a $60 million privately held meat-processing business. Accountable for all phases of the company according to the corporate policies as established by the shareholders (1994-1996).

Reason for Leaving: The successful market repositioning of product lines and facility expansion.

Business Management Consultant, University Lecturer, and Director of Advancement
Engaged as an international business consultant to formulate research projects, conduct strategic visioning for both domestic and multinational corporations, and develop business opportunities for firms newly active or expanding operations in East Asia/Pacific Rim, Latin America, and the European Community. Concurrently, contracted to teach courses as an Adjunct Professor at California universities and colleges in International Business, Business Policy, Management Science, Operations Management, Financial Management, International Organizational Behavior, Personnel Management and Business Communications.

Also, responsible for the development of a comprehensive institutional advancement program for a local religious community encompassing: stewardship programs, alumni affairs, marketing collaterals, student recruitment and retention, and fund raising initiatives through community outreach, private and corporate foundations, and institutional grant writing (1993-1994).

Worked literally around the world, successfully progressing with extensive experience in designing operating management systems; strategic plan implementation; developing financial models; evaluating TQC programs; and skilled in building efficient, effective and productive staff teams to manage increasingly complex organizations. Facilitated management issues requiring integrated contributions from cross-cultural sources and generated timely, accurate knowledge to support governance at all functional levels for over 20 years at International Paper headquarters, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and joint venture partners as delineated below:

International Paper President and Country Manager - Taiwan and East Asia, 1989-1993
Increased sales revenue by 25% and operating earnings by 35% in four years, as CEO for three manufacturing subsidiaries with aggregate equity investment of US$15 million. Developed incremental sales from US$10 million to US$30 million in two years by building a regional organization composed of four business groups in six international markets. Launched new “niche” product offerings and brand packaging innovations with significant consumer market appeal and share growth that provided successful access to a global US$10 billion market.

International Paper Chief Financial Officer and Asia Region Controller, 1987-1989
Designed and implemented a regional financial structure that reduced corporate taxes on local country earnings, saving US$5 million annually. Directed multi-currency computerization of financial reporting that reduced processing time by two thirds and staff by 20%. Concluded successful high-level government negotiations to secure favorable investments terms, significantly expand joint venture equity ownership and tax incentives, and reduce tariffs.

International Paper Managing Director and Vice President - IPI Corporation, 1985-1987
Directed manufacturing operations of major Japanese food packaging firm and achieved a 25% increase in plant productivity and efficiencies from factory-wide implementation of TQM principles. Trained and managed local direct sales and business development staff which increased revenue by 30% in two years. Negotiated with suppliers to adopt JIT inventory management and realize savings of US$2million.

International Paper Operations Director and Project Manager, 1978-1985
Supervised factory construction and start-up of East Asian and Latin American subsidiaries on schedule and 15% under budget. Initiated major facility upgrading to achieve a 10% capacity increase and 25% reduction in waste. Introduced new converting technology resulting in 30% improvement in operating efficiencies and inaugurated the development in new packaging systems using 20% less packaging material while preserving structural integrity.

International Paper Controller and International Accounting Manager, 1973-1978
Designed, implemented and managed job and standard cost systems for multi-plant domestic and international operations that significantly improved corporate profit contribution.


Ed.D. University of the Pacific 2001 (Ed. Admin. -Summa Cum Laude)
MBA University of Connecticut 1978 (Finance –Magna Cum Laude)
BA California State University, Stanislaus 1972 (Liberal Arts –Cum Laude)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 1999 to present

University Teaching Experience, Adjunct and Full Time Faculty

Bocconi University, Masters in International Economics, Milan, Italy 2002-present
SDA Bocconi University, Masters Division in International Economics 2002-present
Franklin College Switzerland, International Management 2001-2003
Fisher Graduate School of International Business 1999-2001
California State University, Stanislaus, School of Business 1995-2001
Hartnell Community College 2000-2001
California State University, Fresno, Sid Craig School of Business 1997-1998
University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies 1995-1996
University of the Pacific, Eberhardt School of Business 1995-1996
National University Undergraduate and Graduate Programs 1994-1996
Humphreys College, Business and Management Administration 1994-1995

Professional Publications and Proceedings

Conference presentation of a Paper on research topic "Managing Through Variety: The European Style?". The conference was sponsored by the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and held at SDA Bocconi University in Milano on April 3, 2003.

Conference presentation of a Paper on research topic "Managing an Emerging Growth Enterprise while Maintaining the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Family Owned Businesses: An International Perspective of Practice and Research". The conference was held on May 8, 2002.

Responsibility Center Management: A Financial Paradigm and Alternative to Centralized Budgeting. Paper presented at the American Educational Finance Association 26th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 24, 2001.

Professional Organizations

» Member of the National Commission for the Next Level of Excellence in Higher Education
» Regent Emeritus, Board of Regents of Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Archdiocese of San
» Member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Church of the Presentation,
» President of the Pastoral Advisory Board for the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Stockton
» Director of Stewardship Programs for the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Stockton
» Vice President of the Serra Club responsible for Diocesan Vocations, Stockton
» Member of the Bishop’s Educational Foundation for the Diocese of Stockton

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Finance Association (AEFA) 2001-present
Global Business Council, Monterey Institute of International Studies 1999-present
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 1999-present
College of Business Advisory Board, California State University Stanislaus 1995-present
Alexis de Tocqueville Society, U.S.A. 1999-present
Consultant for Tetra Pak Europe, Middle East & Africa Operations, Switzerland 1994-1995
Governor and Chairman of EPA- American Chamber of Commerce, Taiwan 1991-1993
Governor and Chairman of Finance- American Chamber of Commerce, Korea 1987-1989
Governor and Chairman of Planning- American Chamber of Commerce, Japan 1984-1986
Commissioner of Tokyo International Softball League, Tokyo, Japan 1983-1987

Foreign Languages and Cultures

Language proficiency in Italian and Spanish and business conversational in Japanese.

Conversant (working knowledge) in Korean, and Mandarin Chinese.

Acculturated in East Asian, Latin American, and European cultures based on living fifteen years as an expatriate and working more than twenty-five years as an international executive, and I am actively engaged in selective projects as an educational and management consultant.


I have excellent health with high energy, good humor and the right mix of sensibility and sensitivity.


I provided both professional and personal references in the past and I am pleased to comply again upon request.

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