Albers School of Business and Economics

Auditing Sustainability Conference Bios

  • Presenter Biographies

    Bob Laux

    Treasury Controller

    Bob Laux leads the Treasury Controller Group at Microsoft Corporation.  The Treasury Controller Group is responsible for the accounting and disclosure for Microsoft’s $90 billion Treasury Portfolio.  The Treasury Controller Group is also responsible for the accounting and disclosure of Microsoft’s stock-based compensation and acquisitions and divestitures.

    Prior to joining Microsoft in 2000, Bob was an Industry Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where he was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Emerging Issues Task Force.  Prior to joining the FASB, Bob spent eight years at General Motors.

    External Accounting Related Activities
     Member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) Global Preparers Forum
     Member of the FASB’s Disclosure Framework Resource Group
     Member of the International Integrated Reporting Council
     Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) IPR&D Task Force
     Member of the American Accounting Association Future of Accounting Education and Practice Advisory Group
     Member of the IASB’s XBRL Advisory Council, 2009-2013
     Member of the AICPA’s Board of Directors, 2008-2010
     Member of the Center for Audit Quality SEC Regulations Committee, 2006-2009
     Member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Board of Directors, 2006-2008
     Member of IMA’s Financial Reporting Committee, 2004-2008
     Member of the AICPA’s Accounting Standards Executive Committee, 2001-2004

     BA – Accounting, Michigan State University
     MBA – Finance, University of Houston
     Certified Management Accountant, Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant


    Doug Hileman

    Douglas Hileman Consulting LLC

    Douglas Hileman helps clients achieve value from sustainability as it applies to their business.  He helps clients with strategies, compliance (and compliance readiness), program improvements, performance metrics, business processes, transactional support, training, and several types of auditing. 

    Doug has been involved with Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals since submitting comments on the proposed SEC rule.  He has helped clients in several aspects of DFCM compliance preparedness, and has published numerous articles for the business community.  He launched as a resource for filers and their suppliers.  He has worked on dozens of financial audit teams, an audit to terms of an SEC consent decree, internal audit engagements, management systems audits, and other specialty audits – unique qualifications as a Conflict Minerals Report audit team lead.   

    Doug draws from 35 years of experience in many aspects of operations, compliance, business strategy, and financial and non-financial reporting.  He has been president of his own firm for over five years, working with global and regional clients, and at all levels of the organization.  He pioneered an innovative approach to audit readiness to help companies prepare for these important reviews, and to identify and achieve business value in the process. 

    He frequently co-sources engagements with clients - an innovative, cost-effective way to deliver services and provide coaching and training at the same time.  He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for six years, supporting financial audit, internal audit, governance and compliance, and investigation projects.  He helped develop, review, and audit compliance with systems and controls for Sarbanes-Oxley, and for accounting rules that affected traditionally non-financial areas.  Doug’s career began with nine years in industry, including in research & development, and in operations at a chemical plant, and developing and implementing compliance programs for then-new environmental and safety regulations.  Doug’s unique combination of experience in operations, R&D, corporate, consultancy, accounting, and entrepreneurship are invaluable in understanding the enterprise-wide context and impact of key issues affecting clients. 

    Doug is a Certified Risk Management Assurance professional, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, Qualified Environmental Professional, and Professional Engineer.  He is active in the Institute of Internal Auditors, and is now serving on the global Professional Issues Committee, and the VP of Advocacy of the Los Angeles Chapter.  He has taught at UCLA Extension and UC Irvine Extension.


    • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Mathematics: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    • MBA (emphasis Marketing): Cleveland State University
    • Registered Professional Engineer (Chemical; Ohio and California)
    • Qualified Environmental Professional: Institute of Professional Environmental Practice
    • Nevada Certified Environmental Manager
    • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor


    Douglas Park, JD, PhD

    Director of Education
    SASB - Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

    Douglas Park has spent his career in academia, business, and law addressing complex problems that cut across functional and disciplinary lines.

    Most recently, Douglas was a Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer at Rimon, PC, where he worked with executives, investors, and board members on corporate governance, corporate and securities law, and strategy issues. Douglas has litigated securities and financial fraud cases and consulted to companies on competitive strategy and organizational behavior. The media regularly seeks Douglas’s thoughts on corporate governance topics. He is frequently invited to speak on governance and social entrepreneurship.

    Before becoming an attorney, Douglas was a tenure track professor of management at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, where he taught Strategy, Organization Theory, and Entrepreneurship and received several citations for teaching excellence. At the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program, he has taught Starting Startups and Mergers and Acquisitions.

    He has served on the Board of Advisers of the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition, as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Governance Research and Education Subcommittee, and as President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley.

    Douglas holds a JD from University of Michigan Law School, a PhD in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an AB magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College.

    Greg Magnan

    Professor of Operations Management
    Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University

    Dr. Greg Magnan, Professor of Operations Management, teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive-levels, including strategy and sustainability, operations management, supply chain management, strategy implementation, project management, creativity & innovation, and leading responsible organizations. Greg has received several teaching and research awards, including the 2014 Seattle University Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year in Albers in 2005, 2009 and 2012. In 2011, one of his publications received the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and another the E. Grosvenor Plowman Award at the CSCMP Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference in 2010. His research is focused on supply chain relationships and he has published in numerous journals, including Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Industrial Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Supply Chain Management Review, Business Horizons, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Greg was named a Genevieve Albers Professor for 2008 - 2011 and spent 2007-2008 as a Visiting Academic Fellow at Henley Management College (UK). He earned his PhD in Production/Operations Management at Michigan State University.