Edward L. Turner: 1966-67
Project Title: Management of Foreign Based Executives
Project Topic: Management challenges faced by US companies' US managers based abroad and foreign local managers working for US companies
In Edward's own words, his experience:
"I was a Corning Traveling Fellow during 1966—67. The Fellowship experience has be crucial in my career and life. Following my Fellowship travels to 40 countries, I entered Vanderbilt Law School and soon married my undergraduate girlfriend who had taken a job at IBM in Nashville. After graduating, I joined the NYC law firm of Shearman and Sterling to work in their international corporate practice. My wife joined me working still for IBM. Over a career of 40 years, I mainly represented foreign corporations investing in the US and other countries in M&A, JV, PE, PDF transactions.
On my Fellowship, I studied management problems in recruiting and training Americans to work abroad and foreigners to work for a foreign company in their country. This learning was useful constantly in my corporate transactions. In addition to extensive international travel, which I enjoyed, my firm sent me to open branches in San Francisco and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, I was the Asia managing partner with responsibility for opening and managing offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. I truly enjoyed my experiences working in Asia and living in Hong Kong. After 15 years there, we retired and moved to Paris where we still live and split time with NYC. Our lifestyle is greatly influenced by our international experiences.
Currently, I have become an international pro bono lawyer with assignments from Lawyers Without Borders, International Senior Lawyers, Soros Open Society, and Vance Center—doing political trial observation in Ethiopia, France, Nambia and South Africa; law reform and development In Myanmar. My Fellowship travels had taken me to Ethiopia and Myanmar and this had meaningful influence on my working in those countries. At present, I am involved in a mini-grid power project in Myanmar substituting clean solar production for the expensive and polluting diesel generators found in almost every village. I would not have anticipated this career turn in 1967 when I visited the country."