TSI Announces Board Changes

Houston, TX, January 17, 2014 — The Sierra Institute today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Advisors. The new members include Wendy Boswell, Mahesh Puducheri and Louis Raspino.

Lonnie Bane, Chairman of The Sierra Institute, welcomed Boswell, Puducheri and Raspino as new Board members, stating, "The goal of TSI is to change the world by advancing the knowledge and leadership development of senior human resources executives. We are honored that Wendy Boswell, Mahesh Puducheri and Louis Raspino are joining us to help achieve that goal by helping create the human capital and organization development agendas for the next generation of leaders."

Wendy R. Boswell is a Professor of Management in the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University and holder of the Jerry and Kay Cox Endowed Chair in Business. She is also the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Management at Texas A&M. Professor Boswell received her BS in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and her Masters and Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Her research, which has appeared in many scholarly journals, focuses on employee attraction and retention, job search behavior, workplace conflict, and the work/non-work interface. She serves on several editorial boards and is currently an associate editor for Personnel Psychology. She served as the 2012-13 Chair of the HR Division, Academy of Management and was the Director of the Center for Human Resource Management at Texas A&M from 2005-2011. Professor Boswell teaches courses on human resource management at the undergraduate, graduate (masters and doctoral) and executive levels, and was the recipient of the 2004 Center for Teaching Excellence Montague Scholar Award.

Mahesh Puducheri is Global Vice President of Human Resources for Halliburton, responsible for providing strategic leadership through best-in-class human resources practices, processes and solutions to help Halliburton achieve worldwide objectives. He previously led Halliburton’s worldwide Talent Management, responsible for global staffing, technical training, competency, international HR, and leadership & management development strategy. Mr. Puducheri has experience in manufacturing, engineering, retail, project & process management, technology, and oil & gas services. He has extensive knowledge of international employment processes, practices and regulations. In addition to assignments in the U.S., Mr. Puducheri has worked in Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and India. He earned a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a master’s degree in HR management from the University of Madras in India. Mahesh also holds an MBA degree from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Louis Raspino is the former President & CEO of Pride International, which was one of the world’s largest offshore oil & gas drilling companies doing business in 30 countries with 14,000 employees representing over 50 nationalities. He retired from Pride International when Pride merged with Ensco PLC in June of 2011. Mr. Raspino currently serves on the board of directors for three public companies—Dresser Rand Corporation where he chairs the Compensation Committee, Chesapeake Energy where he chairs the Audit Committee, and Forum Energy Technologies. Mr. Raspino’s career has spanned almost 40 years in international business, in both operational and financial senior executive positions with significant experience in oil & gas exploration and production, oil & gas drilling, equipment manufacturing, oil & gas services, engineering/procurement/installation/construction (EPIC), and professional services. He has held positions with Ernst & Young, The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company, Halliburton, Grant Prideco and Pride International. Mr. Raspino has always been a supporter and champion of human resources as a strategic function within a company. Mr. Raspino earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Louisiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Other members of The Sierra Institute Board of Advisors include Lt. General David Fridovich, U.S Army (retired) and former Deputy Commander, United States Special Operations Command; Theo Killion, CEO of Zale Corporation; Ed Dunn, President of The Dunn Group; and Tom Helton, Retired Human Resources Executive. Mr. Killion is a Distinguished Alumni of The Sierra Institute. Mr. Dunn and Mr. Helton are co-founders and retired co-chairman of The Sierra Institute.

Tom Lenz, Professor of Business Administration and Chairperson of the Undergraduate Program, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (retired) has served on The Sierra Institute Board of Advisors the past few years and has elected to retire from the Board of Advisors. Mr. Lenz is a Distinguished Alumni of The Sierra Institute.

The Sierra Institute was founded in 2003. Senior Fellows of the Institute represent corporations and organizations in numerous industries and lines of endeavor worldwide; and are nominated for membership by current and former Fellows. TSI's base camp is located at Incline Village, NV, USA and its head office is located in New Braunfels,TX, USA.