PASCALE NICOLET SMITH
Pascale Nicolet Smith - Biography
Pascale is an international business leader and President of Agora Management LP, a privately held holding company with operations in Management Consulting, Real Estate, and Technology.
Her management consulting firm Agora Partners, LP spans over 20 years of advisory work in strategic growth and operational improvement around the globe with companies ranging from $50 Billion in revenue to start-ups and individuals. She is currently building a real estate brokerage firm, and a fluids processing company, Flow Technology Systems, LLC.
Prior to her independent career, Pascale was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Switzerland, France, and the U.S.; then headed the Strategy group for the largest division of Compaq Computers with global responsibilities focusing on growth in Asia. Before her MBA, Pascale was an executive producer for documentaries at Ekis Reportages an independent production firm in Switzerland, for which she presented at the Cannes Festival.
Pascale holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and B.A.’s in Economics and Art from Drew University. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Switzerland with a South African heritage, and is fluent in French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese. She loves the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family.
RENJU JOSE KURUVILA (MBA 2016)
Renju Jose Kuruvila, CFA - - Biography
Renju Jose Kuruvila is President of M/D Totco, a division of NOV (NYSE: NOV), a leading independent provider of technology to the energy industry with operations in more than 60 countries. Prior to his current role, Renju spent a decade undertaking mergers and acquisitions for NOV and was involved in 100+ transactions around the world. He was most recently Vice President, NOV Ventures where he held global responsibility over joint ventures, alliances and investments in early stage technologies. Renju joined NOV in 2002 in Houston, Texas as a Strategic Analyst and has been in various roles in the Middle East, Europe, and South America during his career.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Prior to moving to the United States for his education, Renju managed his family’s natural rubber plantation business in India.
Renju currently sits on the Boards of NOV’s joint venture with Schlumberger called IntelliServ and with Saudi Aramco, called ARM. Since 2017 he has been a member of the Board of the Houston Area Parkinson Society.
PAUL PRYZANT (BS, THE WHARTON SCHOOL)
Paul Pryzant - - Biography
Paul Pryzant is a partner in the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which has more than 900 lawyers across 16 offices, and provides transactional, litigation and advisory legal services to clients worldwide.
For over 35 years, Paul has represented clients in a variety of mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and other corporate transactions. Paul works with entrepreneurs who want to sell or merge their companies. He also regularly works with strategic buyers, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, which are acquiring software and other high-tech companies that help his clients obtain new cutting-edge technologies, and add new products and services.
Paul helps sellers successfully and efficiently sell their company, and minimize their potential liabilities to the buyer. He translates the complexities of the M&A process into plain English that sellers can understand, so they can make the right decisions for their company.
Buyers face challenges working with entrepreneurs selling their company, especially when the seller is new to the M&A process and may not be adequately represented by experienced M&A counsel. Paul’s objective is to help the buyers he represents quickly build trust with the target company and their counsel, and help guide the transaction to closing quickly and efficiently.
CLAUDIA JARAMILLO (MBA 2004)
Claudia Jaramillo - - Biography
Ms. Claudia Jaramillo serves as Corporate Officer and Vice President Treasurer of Schlumberger, a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest oilfield services company with revenue in over 120 countries.
During her more than 20 years with Schlumberger, Claudia has held a variety of leadership and senior finance positions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. In her current position, she is responsible for the company’s global liquidity, investments portfolio and debt capital transactions in the U.S. and European markets. She also manages the relations with the credit rating agencies, global bank group and insurers.
Prior to her current position, Claudia served as the Company’s North America Controller, a division of 16 product lines and $16 billion in annual revenues, where she oversaw an organization of over 300 employees responsible for the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting, and led successful large-scale cost optimization and transformation initiatives. She was also the Global Controller of Drilling & Measurements in Houston and the Northern Asia Region Controller, in Beijing, where she led the finance organizations of all segments operating in China and Japan.
Before working in the oil and gas services industry, Claudia held various technical and commercial positions, managing telecom and photovoltaic energy projects and introducing smart-card technologies in different markets.
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Generation U.S.A. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.