Neil S. Braun, Dean
Neil S. Braun, Dean
Hello and Welcome!
I am very excited to be the Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and thank you for the opportunity to share why I think our school is so well suited to prepare students to succeed in the world.
During my career I have held many types of positions: entrepreneur, television network president, corporate attorney, CEO, and film producer. I have been managed and mentored by some of the world's best executives and, in turn, have had the opportunity to manage and mentor other talented people who have gone on to great success. Whenever I sought to add a member to my team I looked for a certain set of traits: a strong work ethic, the ability to communicate clearly, the acumen to apply previous experience to new situations, integrity and reliability, and persistence. These are the qualities we look to develop in every Lubin student.
Lubin is a unique place. No other business school can boast locations both in the heart of Wall Street and on a pastoral suburban campus with a wealth of other inter-related programs and in close proximity to one of the top-ranked Environmental Law Programs in the nation. Living in or near New York City is an education in itself. Here are just a few other features that make Lubin like no other business school:
- Dual accreditation by AACSB International, a status shared by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
- A faculty that brings together accomplished PhDs and experienced business professionals, providing our students with both cutting-edge classroom theory and pragmatic problem-solving techniques.
- A core curriculum that guarantees a broad liberal arts perspective and the opportunity to take classes or earn joint degrees in sister schools - because being effective in business means knowing about more than just business.
- One of the largest New York Metropolitan Area internship programs, ensuring that students from Lubin learn real-world skills before graduation so they can be immediately employable and valuable upon graduation. And a placement track record that is among the best in the nation.
- A global perspective that is integrated throughout the curriculum, from leading research in international accounting standards to offering study abroad experiences in some of the world's most exciting cultures and economies.
- A vibrant suite of undergraduate and graduate programs across all campuses, including BBA, BBA/MBA, BBA/MS, and MBA/JD degrees.
We are living in an era of fundamental transformation. Globalization has created worldwide markets for products, services, talent, and management. The internet, mobile devices, and cross-platform availability of information is changing how and where people learn, collaborate, and take action. Financial markets are regrouping and restructuring. The challenges that the business community faces extend well beyond excellence in traditional business disciplines - a strong foundation in the core business disciplines remains critical but it is no longer enough. Leadership effectiveness, entrepreneurial initiative, multicultural understanding, risk management, social responsibility, and sustainability are all critical elements for future success. Our ability to respond to this rapidly changing market and provide these critical skills makes the Lubin School of Business among the most exciting, relevant, and potentially impactful academic environments in today's world.
There are hundreds of business schools that offer the fundamental skills of a solid business education. Far fewer can offer a forward-looking, integrated, and experiential education. Hardly any can offer this plus the myriad advantages of a location in the heart of New York City. Lubin offers all this, plus a beautiful suburban campus as either home base or a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
I feel privileged to be Dean and I hope you will give serious consideration to joining our ongoing pursuit of excellence, relevance, and impact.
Neil S. Braun
Neil S. Braun's Biography
Braun began his career in 1977 as a corporate attorney for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and later joined a client of the firm, International Film Investors (an SBIC), where as Senior Vice President he structured and negotiated financing and distribution for feature films including Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Hopscotch, Escape from New York, and The Howling. In the early 80s, he initiated and headed HBO's film financing and home video activities creating HBO Video and Silver Screen Partners, the largest film financing limited partnership to date. He was responsible for structuring and negotiating output deals with major studios as well as acquiring product from independent producers.
In 1986 he was recruited to be President and COO of Ron Howard's and Brian Grazer's film production company, Imagine Films Entertainment, which he took public through Allen & Company while structuring financing and distribution for thirty feature films through Showtime Networks and Universal Pictures.
In 1988 rather than move to Los Angeles for Imagine, Braun joined Viacom Inc., shortly after its acquisition by Sumner Redstone, where he first served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Administration and eventually became Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. In that capacity Braun was responsible for the turnaround of the production/distribution division for prime-time network programming, first-run syndicated programming, licensing & merchandising, and worldwide exploitation of the television library. He built the Montel Williams franchise and created Viacom Pictures and Viacom New Media.
In 1994, Braun was named President of the NBC Television Network and a GE Corporate Officer where he was in charge of the non-programming functions of the number one rated television broadcast network including the affiliated stations, advertising sales, marketing, research and operations. In his first month, the "affiliate wars" were precipitated by the Fox Network's attempt to switch from UHF to VHF stations in major markets and Braun led the analysis and implementation of converting affiliate relationships from "at will" to staggered long term deals.
In 1999 he founded iCast Corp., an internet start-up company funded with $100M from CMGI, and then served as Chairman of the Board for VastVideo, Inc. which built one of the world's largest libraries of special-interest video clips for internet searches.
Starting in 2002 Braun served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Vanguard Animation LLC, which he founded with the producer of the Shrek animated feature franchise. His responsibilities included identifying and negotiating worldwide financing and distribution arrangements, as well as managing the administrative and financial operations of the Company. The Company has produced three CG feature films which Braun executive-produced and has distribution arrangements with The Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox and MGM.
In January 2005, Braun added responsibilities as President, Feature Films and Television for IDT Entertainment, a division of the NYSE company which was Vanguard's primary funding partner. In this capacity he served as the senior executive responsible for the financing, distribution, sales and marketing of the company's productions while he continued to oversee the business of Vanguard Animation.
In August 2006, IDT Entertainment was acquired by Liberty Media, LLC and merged into its wholly-owned pay television company Starz Entertainment Group where Braun served as President, Distribution and Marketing.
In September 2007, Braun left Starz to found The GreenLife Organization LLC as Chairman and CEO with the backing of RNK Capital, a preeminent investor in environmental attributes including carbon credits. In October 2008, Braun combined GreenLife with European category leader The CarbonNeutral Company and became CEO of the combined companies. The company has helped to finance hundreds of projects on six continents and works with over 300 major corporate clients and more than a thousand small businesses.
In July 2010, Braun began his appointment as Dean of Pace University's School of Business where he also serves on the Operating Committee of the University.
Braun is on the Board of Directors of IMAX Corporation, a NYSE listed company, and serves on its Audit and Governance Committees. He is President of the Board of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. He is a member of the Board, Executive Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee for national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Braun is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the KPMG Audit Committee Institute. He has previously served on the boards of HBO Video, Imagine Entertainment, iCast, VastVideo and the Lifetime and Comedy Central cable networks. He serves on the AACSB's Business Practices Council and the Committee on Accreditation Policy.
Braun holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School. He has taught and lectured frequently about the economic models of media and entertainment at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served on the Board of Overseers of the University's School of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2010. He has also served on Penn's Investment Advisory Committee on Social Responsibility and its External Affairs Committee.
Braun is married to Anne Flick, a clinical psychologist, and they reside in Manhattan.