IES Global Leadership

Motivated by our mission to educate students to become global leaders, our staff leads by example. From a highly-experienced executive team to our Center Directors on-site in our global destinations, we set the standard for what it means to be a global leader. Meet some of our key leadership team from our U.S. headquarters and Centers abroad.

Executive Team

Gregory D. Hess

Gregory D. Hess

President & CEO

Gregory D. Hess, Ph.D., is President and CEO of IES Global. Having joined IES Abroad in 2020, Greg is an extremely well-rounded leader, and brings a wealth of expertise and experience across higher education, liberal arts, and business.

Michael Adewumi

Michael Adewumi

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

Dr. Michael Adewumi is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost at IES Abroad. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight for all academic affairs at IES Abroad. Before joining IES Abroad, Michael served as the Vice Provost for Global Programs and the Senior International Officer at Penn State University.

Richard Bartecki

Richard Bartecki

Executive Vice President for Marketing & College Relations

Rich Bartecki is the Executive Vice President for Marketing and College Relations, where he directs global enrollment management, college relations, advising, and marketing efforts.

William Hoye

William Hoye

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Bill Hoye is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel at IES Abroad. He is responsible for overseeing global operations and is the organization’s chief legal officer.

Jody Madler

Jody Madler

Executive Director of Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Jody Madler, Executive Director of Advancement, has been with IES Abroad since 2017. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic vision for the charitable fundraising and alumni engagement work of IES Abroad.

William Martens

William Martens

Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Bill Martens, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has been with IES Abroad since 1999. Bill has work in the accounting and finance field for more than twenty-five years, previously working as a Finance Consultant with Ernst & Young in the health care and not-for-profit sectors.

Amber Mercier

Amber Mercier

Vice President of Strategy, New Business Initiatives & Analytics

Amber joined the President’s Office as the organization’s first Chief of Staff, and now oversees the development and implementation business lines, such as IES Internships (2013) and SAF (2015).

Brittani Smit

Brittani Smit

Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

Dr. Brittani Smit has extensive experience in developing and delivering high impact international education experiences in South Africa, having served as the Resident Director for South Africa programs for Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies.

Elsa Wehage

Elsa Wehage

Chief of Staff & Events Manager

Elsa has extensive experience in fostering relationships and facilitating collaboration across teams. She supports the President in managing strategic issues and acts as liaison for the Board of Directors and the organization.


Board of Directors

Ms. Pamela Brooks Gann (Board Chair)
  • President Emerita and Trustee Professor of Legal Studies Emerita, Claremont McKenna College
Mr. James E. Crawford, III (Vice Chair)
  • Managing Director, TRIAD Capital Management
Ms. Rhonda Jordan (Vice Chair)
  • Retired Operating Division President, Kraft Foods
Dr. Mun Y. Choi
  • President, University of Missouri System
  • Chancellor, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad
  • CEO, Lever for Change
  • Senior Advisor, Collaborative Philanthropy and Fellows, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Dr. Ronald Crutcher
  • President Emeritus and University Professor, University of Richmond
Mr. Ed Eger
  • CEO, Rewards Network
Ms. Marie Fioramonti
  • Managing Director & Head of Pricoa Capital Group
  • Managing Director & Partner, Prudential Capital Partners
Phyllis Haberman
  • IES Abroad Vienna 1968-69
  • Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Former Partner, Charterhouse Equity Partners
Dr. Gregory D. Hess
  • President and CEO, IES Global
Ms. Debora de Hoyos
  • Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Dr. Prabha Kant Sinha
  • Co-Founder & Former CEO, ZS Associates
  • Adjunct Faculty, London School of Business
Mr. Brian Kelly
  • Managing Partner, Asian Century Quest
Ms. Monique Lee Bahadur
  • Trustee Emerita, Wheaton College MA
Ms. Erika Maschmeyer
  • Senior Portfolio Manager and Domestic Director of Research at Columbia Wanger Asset Management, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Ms. Mary O'Brien Pearlman
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management
Dr. Mark Rush
  • Director of International Education and Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, Washington and Lee University
Dr. Marla E. Salmon
  • Professor of Nursing and Global Health & Adjunct Professor of Policy and Governance, University of Washington
Dr. Nayef Samhat
  • President, Wofford College
Ms. Deborah Schuler
  • IES Abroad Durham 1973
  • Retired Director & Senior Credit Consultant, Moody's Analytics
Mr. Peter E. Sundman
  • IES Abroad Vienna 1979
  • Trustee, College of Wooster, Diamond Hill Funds, and Frost Valley YMCA
Ms. Monica Vachher
  • Founder, Higher Education Advisors LLC
Signore Ezio Vergani
  • Chairman and CEO, Asco Pompe S.r.l.

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