Alumni Spotlight: Randall Beard
The College of Business Administration is fortunate to have a lengthy list of successful alumni and friends who stand out in their industries. However, those that stand out among our alumni are the men and women who have not only been successful in their careers, but also have chosen to share their experiences with future business leaders—our students. Randall Beard is an alumnus who has given of his time, talent, and treasure in order to help the college mold its students into well-prepared executives.
After graduating from the UT College of Business Administration in 1981 with a bachelor’s in marketing, Beard went on to pursue an MBA at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Upon completion of the program, he joined Procter & Gamble as an assistant brand manager, eventually working his way through the company’s ranks as a brand manager; marketing director; managing director; and lastly, general manager. His original responsibilities were in the U.S.; however, his promotions eventually took him to Canada, China, and other global markets. After almost 20 years with Procter & Gamble, Beard joined American Express, first as vice president and head of worldwide marketing for travelers cheques and prepaid cards, and then as senior vice president and head of global marketing and product management for prepaid cards. Most recently, he transitioned to UBS Global Wealth Management/Business Banking as its global head of marketing.
Beard and his wife, Robin, have three children, Connor, Alexandra, and Grace, and live in Warren, New Jersey. Although he has stayed busy with his family and a successful career, he has not forgotten those who helped mold his career in business. In 1999, the Beards established the Bobby Beard Scholarship Endowment in Marketing, named for Beard’s father. He has visited campus regularly over the past several years as part of the Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program.
“For years, Randall has been a regular speaker in the EIR program,” said the program’s director, Dick Reizenstein. “His combination of international experience, high-quality personal and business ethic, and business acumen has been an invaluable asset to our students. I count us very fortunate to have Randall as a UT alum and supporter of our students and programs.”
Beard’s example of staying connected as an alumnus is one the college’s administration hopes others will follow.
“Randall is truly a prime example of the sharing of one’s time, talent, and treasure,” said Chip Bryant, senior director of development for the College of Business Administration. “Our students have benefitted from the Bobby Beard Scholarship, and Randall’s time on campus as part of the EIR program has impacted countless students’ lives.