Advisory Board




Dr. Thilini Ariyachandra

Thilini Ariyachandra is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia. Her research is focused on business intelligence, Big Data, and business analytics implementation and success. She has published in journals such as the Business Intelligence Journal, International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, Communications of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, and Decision Support Systems. She collaborates extensively with industry to improve business intelligence curriculum and pedagogy including serving on advisory boards of academic alliances such as the Teradata University Network and Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance and organizing events such as the BI Congresses. She also serves as the Program Chair for the Special Interest Group for Decision Support Systems for the Association for Information Systems.







Harry Brandicourt 

Mr. Brandicourt serves as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Strategic Planning Group. In addition Mr. Brandicourt leads the Fifth Third Enterprise Innovation Programs. He joined Fifth Third Bank in 2006 and has overseen third party sourcing and strategic partnership relationships with multiple business and service functions within the bank. In addition Mr. Brandicourt led the strategic sourcing offshore development group establishing overseas operational centers for multiple IT and back office functions.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Brandicourt was the Global eBusiness Leader for Kennametal, a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials that are consumed in production processes. He also previously led IT, engineering, manufacturing, sourcing, strategic planning and procurement teams at Emerson Electric and General Motors. Harry has degrees from U.S. Naval Academy and Cornell University.








Elaine Crable, Ph.D.
     Director, Center for International Business
     Professor of Management Information Systems
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Crable has been a member of Xavier’s College of Business since 1981. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Xavier University. Her research interests include behavioral and pedagogical issues in online course delivery, social networking, entrepreneurial efforts of women in developing countries, business analytics, and most recently accessibility issues for online users.  

She has taught international business and over the past twenty years has taken graduate and undergraduate students abroad to countries in South America, Asia and Europe. She supervised Executive MBA students on numerous travel-abroad experience and has also taught two terms of international business on-site at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and supervised two semesters of international service learning courses while living in Delhi, India. 








Alfonso Cornejo
     AC & Consulting Associates

Alfonso Cornejo is president of AC & Consulting Associates, a Business Consulting firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Cornejo has a well- rounded background in all facets of business with particular expertise in Manufacturing and Human Resources. Before entering the consulting field Mr. Cornejo worked for a total of 30 years with several Fortune 500 Companies i.e., Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Chiquita Brands. His main areas of expertise are business development initiatives in Latin America including the Integration and Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as providing Human Resources support for companies interested in their Hispanic workforce development. Mr. Cornejo is an active speaker and trainer on the topics of Doing Business in Latin America, Hispanic Workforce Development, Hispanic Culture, and Diversity initiatives with Hispanic perspective. He writes Hispanic related articles for the Cincinnati Business Courier.  Mr. Cornejo was born, raised and educated in Mexico. Holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Mexico. 





Michael Hicks

Michael was raised in New Orleans, LA and graduated with an engineering degree from Louisiana State University. He has been employed by Cintas Corporation since graduation and over the past 23 years has held numerous positions in engineering, process improvement, supply chain and operational leadership. He recently spent 4 years in Asia leading Cintas' efforts there and is currently an Operations Vice President for the Western Group residing in Southern California with his wife Paige and their daughter Caroline. When not working Michael enjoys running and traveling.






Steve Joern

During his career at IBM, Steve Joern has worked in front of and behind the scenes to develop and implement many of IBM’s strategies. He held positions in general management, strategy management, product and program management, project management, skills development, and training/facilitating/coaching. 

Mr. Joern has over 20 years of international experience and responsibilities. Mr. Joern has worked / conducted business development / delivered executive seminars / managed consulting engagements / provided consultant training in countries such as: India, China, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Japan, and Canada. Since leaving IBM, Mr. Joern has been involved as a leadership consultant for a leading international pharmaceutical market research firm.






   Hema Krishnan, Ph.D.

     Associate Dean, Professor of Management & Entrepeneurship 
     Williams College of Business

Hema Krishnan has extensive leadership and administrative experience. She has served as chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship department and as Associate Dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier. She has several years of business experience at the managerial level and was the first woman in India to be appointed to a Sales position in the petroleum industry. Hema conducts research in the areas of mergers/acquisitions, top management teams and corporate restructuring. Hema teaches International Management, Emerging Markets, Strategic Management, Strategic Leadership, and Global Strategic Thinking and her research is in the areas of strategic management and entrepreneurship.






Mina Lee, Ph.D.
     Assistant Professor - Management & Entrepreneurship
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Lee came aboard Williams College of Business as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Dr. Lee had studied in Korea, United Kingdom, and United States. She received her LL.M. in International Economic Law at the University of Warwick and M.B.A. at Purdue University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Strategic Management at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Prior to joining academe, she had worked as a newspaper reporter in Korea. Currently, Dr. Lee teaches Strategic Management and International Management. Her research investigates determinants of innovation after divestiture, determinants of diversification modes, and global supplier management. 






Clint Schertzer, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor - Marketing
     Williams College of Business

Dr. Schertzer has been on the graduate business faculty at Xavier University since 1974, teaching courses in the areas of marketing research and strategic business planning. In addition to teaching training and education he maintains an active consulting practice as president of Strategic Insights, a professional business consultancy in business since 1985. Clint has a unique background encompassing both finance and marketing. His BSBA and MBA are both in Finance. His Ph.D. is in Marketing with minors in Finance and Social Psychology. This unique combination brings a very "bottom line" orientation to marketing and strategic planning, which is often not presented. 



  Amit Sen, Ph.D.

     Chair and Associate Professor - Department of Economics
     Williams College of Business

Amit Sen is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Economics in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. Amit holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a co-major in Statistics from North Carolina State University. Amit's teaching has focused on International Business, Statistics, Managerial Economics, Econometrics, and Time Series, and his primary research focus is in time series analysis and applied.