C. Peter Theut
President & CEO
C. Peter Theut is the Founder of GBN, a key member of GBN’s Management Team and Chairman of the Board. Theut founded Global Bridges Network after a distinguished career with a major law firm where he chaired the firm’s Global Trade and Transaction Practice, the firm’s China Initiative and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the China Alliance. Theut has earned a reputation for negotiating and documenting complex international-related transactions, providing counsel with respect to capital structure, operating control, governance and related issues. Theut works regularly with companies currently doing business in China and elsewhere worldwide or having a strategic interest in expanding into China or other global markets. Theut also has extensive experience with European, Chinese, Japanese and other Asia countries investing in or otherwise entering worldwide markets and particularly markets in the United States.
Theut is the Co-Founder and current CEO of China Bridge (one of the Affiliates of GBN), an international strategic planning entity headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. China Bridge is focused on assisting clients to bridge the cultural, business development and operational challenges that confront U.S. companies seeking to do business in China and Chinese companies seeking to do business in the U.S.
Theut also is the Co-Founder of Global Community Outreach (“Outreach”), a nonprofit organization, also headquartered in Ann Arbor. Outreach functions in collaboration with various Non-Governmental Organizations worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to remote parts of the world, with particular focus on remote parts of Africa, China and Mexico.
Mr. Theut frequently conducts seminars in the areas of his expertise and regularly lectures at colleges, universities and business organizations on global trade issues. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan’s Confucius Institute, the Detroit China Business Association, the Wayne State Law School International Law Program and the Board of Visitors of the Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Science. Theut authored the chapter “Practical Considerations for Doing Business in China” in the Aspatore publication, “Best Practices for International Transactions in China”.
Executive V.P. Industry Affiliates
Mr. Pagliaroni is President & COO of Ultra Parts Inc. an automotive services company headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices in Detroit, Michigan and Beijing and Shenyang, China. Previously, Mr. Pagliaroni was an Independent Consultant to Beijing Benz-Daimler Chrysler Automotive Company, where he advised the joint venture on trailing liabilities following the divestiture of the Chrysler arm from the joint venture in Beijing. From 2007-2009 Mr. Pagliaroni was General Manager, Procurement & Supplier Management at Beijing Benz-Daimler Chrysler Automotive Company in Beijing, China. Prior to that, Mr. Pagliaroni was the Senior Manager for Chrysler Procurement and Supplier Management where he was responsible for Powertrain Components in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mr. Pagliaroni has over 35 years of experience in senior procurement, supplier management, sales & marketing, administration, strategic planning, and post merger companies’ integration efforts.
Executive V.P. Country Specific Affiliates
Randolph Wright, has been active in Russia since 1990, when he began supporting Track II diplomatic initiatives in the former Soviet Union. Randolph M. Wright is general counsel to numerous corporations both in the United States and abroad, advising senior management regarding general corporate affairs, finance, business planning and the resolution of business disputes. As a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, Randolph Wright is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court (1988). Moreover, as a member of the Business Law, International Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of both the ABA and Michigan bars, and a past Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Mr. Wright has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States and abroad.
Currently, Mr. Wright serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground (formerly Chairman), a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization committed to Track II diplomatic initiatives world wide. Mr. Wright spearheaded the work with Search for Common Ground in the 1980s, which led to RBI ’s work in Russia and the NIS. Mr. Wright personally led negotiations with President Yeltsin’s administration, the Russian government, and the Russian Tax Inspection Service on behalf of the Russian companies and their Western joint venture partners.
Executive Management Committee
Sven Andén is a Cyber Security Business Strategist based in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Previously a Management and Marketing Consultants Specializing in Advanced Technologies – Automotive, Medical, Water Management, Biotechnology, Consumer Electronics, Mr. Anden serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Silent Cyber, a state of the art IT security processes and procedures corporation.
Christopher J. McLaurin
Executive Director – Worldwide Community Relations
Chris McLaurin is the Founder and President of Gridiron Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a distinguished group of Americans unique insight into professional, linguistic, and cultural immersion opportunities in China.
Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, Chris spent his collegiate years playing football for the Michigan Wolverines. Utilizing his position on the team, he founded a program in Detroit that partnered youth in residential group homes with positive student athlete role models from the university. The program’s participants received first-hand exposure to college life by attending workshops, lectures from professors, and sporting events at Michigan. For his success, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Central Campus Spirit Award in 2008 before graduating with his BA in History with High Honors in 2009.
Following graduation, Chris continued to work with marginalized communities on a Fulbright Scholarship in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, Chris developed a mentorship program with Tomorrow Trust, a South African NGO supporting the self-sustainability of orphaned and vulnerable children while also contributing with Harvard law students to develop a case study on the Mazibuko vs. City of Johannesburg. Following his Fulbright year, he went on to pursue an MSc in Social Policy and Planning at the London School of Economics (LSE). In London, he worked as a Parliamentary Intern in the House of Commons and as a Public Affairs Intern and Researcher for the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race and ethnicity think tank. After graduating from the LSE, Chris received an internship at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he worked on issues of workforce development, poverty alleviation, child nutrition, and civil rights with the office of Mobility and Opportunity. Chris’s international social policy and non-profit experience complements his ongoing work at Gridiron Leaders Foundation and Global Bridges Network, helping to expand educational and cultural exchange opportunities that mitigate social exclusion and promote social innovation.
Angela Wang Beasinger
Angela Wang Beasinger is an active leader in the Asia Pacific community and a highly skilled professional who demonstrates excellent leadership and interpersonal skills in both the business arena and IT industry. Angela also has devoted considerable time to the Asia Pacific community and matters related to non-profit organizations, including the Association of Chinese Americans, the Michigan Counsel of Women in Technology, the Detroit China Business Association, Council of Asian Pacific Americans and New Detroit. Angela is multilingual and possesses a deep understanding of Eastern and Western cultures. She has a Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and an MBA.
Currently Angela Wang Beasinger serves as president of WeAct Inc., a creative service provider, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with partners throughout the United States and China. WeAct is specialized in serving U.S. and China business development initiatives, and in promoting US-China business, culture and education exchanges and collaborations.
Angela utilizes these personal and academic accomplishments to assist GBN and its Affiliates to foster innovative collaboration between worldwide business entities and in doing facilitates the vision of GBN to establish a harmonious global community.
Founder & CEO – C. Peter Theut/China Mark Pagliaroni – Board Member/Ultra Parts
Sven Anden – Board Member/Scandinavia Francisco Gil – Board Member/Mexico
Clare Withrow – Board Member/Africa Randolph Wright – Board Member/Russia
Elizabeth Harrington – Program Manager Angela Wang Beasinger – Board Member