The Business Program is overseen by Edward Bayone, Hagit Weihs, Grace Zimmerman and Detlev Suderow, industry leaders who bring their varied business backgrounds and extensive real-world knowledge to the classroom.
Karen Muise serves as the Assistant Director and Program Administrator of the Business Program, bringing years of experience working in higher education to this position.
Earle W. Kazis Professor of the Practice of Finance and International Real Estate; Director of IBS Curriculum; Chair of the Business Program (undergraduate)
Professor Bayone worked for 23 years at BankBoston and its successor firm, FleetBoston Financial, in various senior capacities including Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, responsible for overseeing U.S. and international lending.
Ed currently serves on the board of Brightwood Capital Advisors which manages several funds that provide credit, particularly senior debt, to small and medium sized businesses.
From 2010-13, Ed served on the Board of Directors of SuperMedia Inc., one of the largest yellow pages directory publishers in the US, until its merger with Dex One to form Dex Media. He chaired the board's Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and served on the Audit Committee.
From 2006-09, he served on the Board, chaired the Risk Committee, and sat on the Audit Committee of Churchill Financial, a commercial middle market finance and asset management company. He then served as Advisor to the CEO and Board until the company was sold in May 2010 to Olympus Partners.
For 11 years beginning in 2002, Ed served on the Budget & Administration Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, and on its Board of Directors from 2009-12. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe.
Ed received his BA in history from Queens College and masters degrees from the University of Rochester and Columbia University.
At IBS, the graduate students have voted him "Teacher of the Year" four times.
Ed serves as chair of the undergraduate Business Program and chair of the IBS Curriculum Committee.
Assistant Director and Program Administrator
Business Program and MSF Program
Karen Muise is the Senior Program Administrator for the Business Program as well as the MSF program at the International Business School. She has worked at IBS since August 2003. Prior to working at Brandeis, Karen was an Administrator at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, a community legal services office funded by Boston College Law School.
She has lived in Waltham all her life and is the former President and current treasurer of the Waltham Woman's Club, an organization that responds to the emerging needs of the community as well as improves it through volunteer service.
In 2008, Karen was awarded the IBS Prize for Distinguished Service, a special accolade given each year to an exceptional staff member.
Undergraduate Advising Head for Study Abroad
Detlev Suderow is the retired senior vice president of human resources and organization effectiveness for FLIR Systems, Inc. FLIR is an infrared technology company with global operations listed twice as one of Business Week's 100 fastest growing companies. Prior to joining FLIR Systems, he served as vice president of human resources for Inframetrics, a fast growth, start up technology company.
Suderow is also the managing partner in ROA Partners, a global executive coaching and consulting practice, and continues to consult with corporate executives.
His career in high technology includes his role as the human resource manager for CLARiiON, a highly successful entrepreneurial business division of Data General Corporation, and a 13-year career at Digital Equipment Corporation as H.R. manager, organizational development manager, and training and development manager.
In addition, he has provided consulting services and executive coaching to small entrepreneurial companies and Fortune 100 companies with global operations. Prior to his career in the private sector, Suderow was a teacher, college coach and practicing psychologist.
Suderow is also the career adviser for the undergraduate business program, counsels graduate students at the International Business School and serves on numerous Brandeis committees and boards.
He holds a B.A. from Brandeis, an M.A. from Tufts University, and did advanced graduate work in psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Undergraduate Advising Head
Hagit Weihs has been teaching Accounting and Finance courses for undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA students in the last fifteen years. She has taught courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, security analysis and finance. Prior to her position at the International Business School, she had taught at Bentley University, Boston University and Tel-Aviv University.
In addition to her role as the undergraduate advising head for the business program and to her teaching, she is engaged in research in the area of financial accounting. In particular she is interested in studying alternative accounting standards and regimes, and their impact on financial reporting and investors. Between 2001-2003 she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University and conducted research with faculty from Harvard Business School.
Weihs has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and finance discipline. Prior to focusing on teaching, Hagit has filled a number of controller and CFO positions mainly in the insurance industry. Prior to that, she worked as a senior auditor for KPMG Israel, where she is a certified public accountant.
In addition to her professional experience, she has been serving as co-president of the Boston chapter of the alumni association of Recanati Business School of Tel-Aviv University since 2001. She has also been serving as the Co-chair of the Boston committee of the American Friends of Tel-Aviv University since 2010.
Weihs holds a Ph.D. in Financial Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Tel-Aviv University, and a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Bar-Ilan University.
She was voted Teacher of the Year by IBS students in 2009.
Undergraduate Head of Programming
Grace Zimmerman is an experienced entrepreneur, in both the high tech and health care industries, with a long, successful track record of launching new companies and products in nascent, undeveloped markets requiring innovative marketing and sales approaches. Companies Ms. Zimmerman has helped to launch, have gone public, or been acquired and are still employing thousands of skilled professionals. The innovative approach to marketing long-term care insurance that Zimmerman pioneered in 1995 at CalPERS is still in use there and has been implemented in a national program for federal employees.
Ms. Zimmerman is currently a Senior Lecturer at the International Business School at Brandeis University, is an affiliated lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, is the Head of Programming and serves on the undergraduate Business Program Advisory committee. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in marketing. She is the 2007 and 2012 recipient of Brandeis’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Ms. Zimmerman’s community involvement includes her current responsibilities as the co-chair of the board of trustees of the David Project, a non-profit dedicated to educating and inspiring strong voices for Israel.
Ms. Zimmerman lives in Weston with her husband and two teen-aged daughters. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Ohio State University.