Jonathan Visbal, chairman of the board of trustees for World Affairs, specializes at Spencer Stuart in senior-level assignments in the technology and communications arena, with a concentration on the globalization of businesses via new technologies. His assignments span the functions of board director, CEO, and senior executive management. He focuses on helping companies develop new computing, networking and wireless communications capabilities. He pioneered the firm’s entry into clean/green technology, cloud computing and mobile applications. He has served as a member of Spencer Stuart’s board of directors and as the leader of the firm’s global Technology, Communications, & Media Practice as well as the Silicon Valley office.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart,he held the role of vice president of international business development at Lucent Technologies. He also worked at Octel Communications for 10 years in a variety of sales and marketing positions, including as vice president of marketing, director of European telecom sales, and group product manager. He was one of the founders of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations in London. He began his career in telecommunications with AT&T and Pacific Telesis International.
Visbal holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of Colorado in international affairs and economics. He has taught managerial ethics at Stanford University and served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. He has lived in Europe and Latin America for 16 years, is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese.