Board of Advisors 2021

Carlson School Adds New Members to Board of Advisors

Monday, January 11, 2021

Four accomplished business leaders will bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise as new members of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Managements Board of Advisors (BOA)

Angela Busch of Ecolab, Nicole Graves of The Boeing Company, Laura Newinski of KPMG LLP, and Mark Schindele of Target will join the board this academic year (2020-21). All four are University of Minnesota alumni, with three being graduates of the Carlson School: Graves and Newinski earned graduate degrees in their respective fields and Schindele has a bachelors in business administration.

The Carlson School Board of Advisors includes more than 40 senior executives representing a variety of companies and organizations across the globe. Together, they work closely with the Carlson Schools dean and leadership team to ensure a highly-engaged relationship with local and national businesses while providing valued assistance in seeking both monetary and non-monetary support from individuals and the corporate community.

Angela Busch

Angela Busch, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Ecolab
Busch is responsible for Ecolab's business development activities as well as the company's mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and investments initiatives in support of Ecolab's strategic objectives related to its global portfolio of business and activities. Prior to joining Ecolab, Busch held several positions at RBC Capital Markets, along with Honeywell, Land O’Lakes, and McKinsey&Company. She received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering. She also received a master’s degree in Management from the Kellogg School of Management and juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law. 

Nicole Graves

Nicole Graves, Human Resources Senior Director for Global Sales and Marketing, Finance and Business Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, The Boeing Company
Nicole has held increasing roles and responsibilities in her 23 year career in Human Resources. In her role at The Boeing Company, Graves provides strategic human resources leadership in support of a cross-divisional, globally dispersed sales team for airplanes and services. Throughout her time at Boeing, and in various roles, she has been a key player in advancing workforce initiatives. Prior to Boeing, Graves worked in HR roles at Chevron, PepsiCo and General Mills. She holds a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree from the Carlson School and Bachelors of Business Management degree in Marketing from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Laura Newinski

Laura Newinski, Deputy Chair and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG LLP
During her more than 30-year career at KPMG, Newinski has gained extensive experience serving multinational Fortune 500 companies and is recognized for her strategic insights, commitment to quality and integrity, and focus on building strong, diverse and inclusive teams. As chair of the U.S. Management Committee, she is responsible for the development of the U.S. firms strategy and execution of its priorities. Newinski has several additional leadership roles at KPMG, supporting its work around the world. She holds a Masters in Business Taxation degree from the Carlson School and a B.B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Iowa. 

Mark Schindele

Mark Schindele, Executive Vice President and Chief Stores Officer, Target
In this role, he leads more than 300,000 team members and oversees the operations of the companys nearly 1,900 stores. Schindele joined Target in 1999 and has served in a variety of operational leadership roles since that time. Most recently he was senior vice president of properties, during which he was responsible for the companys ambitious remodel and small-format strategies, enhancing the guest experience and introducing Target to new guests in densely populated and urban areas. Prior to joining Target, he held various merchandising roles at Macys. Schindele received his bachelors degree in business administration from the Carlson School.

Busch, Graves, Newinski and Schindele are expected to participate in the boards next meeting in April 2021. 

About the Board of Advisors

The overarching purpose of the Board of Advisors is to advance the mission of the Carlson School of Management by: 1) advising the dean on strategic issues and operational matters, as appropriate; 2) providing input and support to the students and faculty as agreed with the dean; and 3) assisting in promoting the school to its numerous constituents. The Board does not have fiduciary responsibilities. Formerly known as the Board of Overseers, it was renamed effective December 9, 2020.