CIBER Directors

Mary Ann Von Glinow

Mary Ann Von Glinow, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar Chair
in International Management

Phone: 305-348-4218

Dr. Von Glinow is Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and is Knight Ridder Eminent Scholar Chair in International Management & Research Professor of Management and International Business at Florida International University. She also is the Vice President of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and an editor of JIBS. Previously on the Marshall School faculty of the University of Southern California, she has an MBA and Ph D in Management Science from The Ohio State University. Dr. Von Glinow was the 1994-95 President of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest association of academicians in management and is a Fellow of the Academy, and the Pan Pacific Business Association. She sits on eleven editorial review boards and numerous international panels. She teaches in executive programs in Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean region, Asia and the U.S. Dr. Von Glinow was elected President of Academy of International Business (AIB) for the 2010-2012 cycle.

Dr. Von Glinow has authored over 100 journal articles and eleven books. Her most recent include Managing Multinational Teams by Elsevier, 2005; Organizational Learning Capability by Oxford University Press, 1999 (in Chinese and Spanish translation) which won a Gold Book Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan in 2002. She also has a popular textbook: Organizational Behavior, 2004, Irwin/McGraw Hill. She heads an international consortium of researchers delving into “Best International Human Resource Management Practices,” and her research in this arena won an award from the American Society for Competitiveness’ Board of Trustees. She also received an NSF grant to study globally-distributed work. Dr. Von Glinow is the 2005 Academy of Management recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, one of the Academy's 3 highest honors bestowed.

Mary Ann consults to a number of domestic and multinational enterprises, and serves as a mayoral appointee to the Shanghai Institute of Human Resources in China. Since 1989, she has been a consultant in General Electric’s “Workout” and “Change Acceleration Program” including “Coaching to Management.” Her clients have included Asia Development Bank, American Express, Diageo, Knight-Ridder, Burger King, Pillsbury, Westinghouse, Southern California Edison, The Aetna, State of Florida, Kaiser Permanente, TRW, Rockwell Int’l, Motorola, N.Y. Life, Amoco, Lucent, and Joe’s Stone Crabs, to name a few. She is on the Board of Friends of WLRN, the Fielding Graduate Institute, Friends of Bay Oaks, Pan-Pacific Business Association and Animal Alliance in Los Angeles. She is actively involved in several animal welfare organizations and received the 1996 Humanitarian Award of the Year from Miami’s Adopt-a-Pet.


Sonia Verdu

Sonia Verdu
Associate Director

Sonia Verdu is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research at Florida International University. Sonia, a native of Barcelona, Spain received her law degree at the Universidad de Barcelona and a Masters in International Business Law at American University in Washington D.C.

After graduating, Sonia worked in Beveridge & Diamond, LLP as Counsel Assistant where she collaborated in U.S. Federal Court fraud cases analyzing the enforcement of international law. In 1998, while a consultant for the World Bank, she was appointed Director of Research of First Renaissance Ventures, an international consulting firm with offices in Europe and the US. As Director of Research, Sonia procured finance for U.S. companies through government agencies, developed business plans for construction and infrastructure development sectors in Mexico, Honduras, Bahamas, Turkey and the U.S., and directed “Promoting U.S. Wood Housing Products in Post Earthquake Turkey,” a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture project to advocate the use of U.S. wood products in earthquake sensitive areas. She was also the supervisor of the academic internship programs for graduate international business students.

In March 2003, after moving to Miami, Sonia became the Program Coordinator for FIU-CIBER, where she assisted the Center in developing and structuring outreach research and educational activities. In 2008 Sonia became the Associate Director of the CIBER from where she is creating and organizing programs to improve US economic competitiveness and promoting business language projects.