George Kester, the Martel Professor of Finance in Washington and Lee's Williams School, spent time in Singapore this past November, leading two executive seminars for the Singapore Institute of Management. He's been conducting seminars there since 1996. This edition included a session on the Financial Fundamentals of Corporate Mergers: Company Valuation and Financing and one on Business Financial Management.
It's a far piece from Lexington to Singapore, and George reports, "I had a lot of time to kill during my long flights home." So while he was hanging out in airports, he jotted down his thoughts about his experience with the seminars. "These teaching experiences and interactions with practitioners of finance help keep me current with practice as well as inform and enliven my teaching," he noted. "They also add valuable international perspectives that are increasingly important as business and finance become globalized."
George says that the seminars have been attended by managers and executives from such companies with operations in southeast Asia as AkzoNobel, Canon, Caterpillar, Hitachi, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Michelin, Nike, Panasonic, Pfizer, Rothmans International, Seagate Technology, Seimens, Sun Microsystems and Union Carbide. He also has led executive seminars and management development programs in the U.S., Africa, Australia and Europe.