George J. Donnelly is the Managing Partner of Lilo Ventures, a privately held venture firm operating in select countries in Latin America. He previously held the position of President of the San Jacinto Museum of History. These positions have allowed his extensive interests in Texas and Latin America to be used to enhance the image and visibility of Houston, and to fulfill the mission of promoting friendship and understanding among the peoples of Texas, Mexico, and the other Latin American republics. Previously Mr. Donnelly served as Vice Chairman, Americas, for SpencerStuart, an international executive search firm based in Houston. He has 18 years of search experience focused on international and domestic general management and boards of directors. Mr. Donnelly has also served as Chairman and CEO of Ward Howell International Group. His corporate career includes eleven years with Gulf Oil Corporation, where he held managerial and executive positions in both the United States and Latin America; he also worked for Texaco in Latin America. Past and present Boards on which he has served include the University of Miami, the University of Houston School of Business, the Greater Houston Partnership, Council of the Americas, and the Awty International School. He served as Chairman of Amigos de las Americas and the Houston International Festival. Mr. Donnelly is the recipient of Presidential Awards from the republics of Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela. In 1996, he was named Hispanic Executive of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in 2000, he was named Houston International Executive of the Year.
A native of Latin America, Mr. Donnelly graduated from the business school at Georgetown University and completed the International Management Program at Columbia University. Elected to the IIE Southern Regional Advisory Board in 1995, he became Chairman of the IIE Southern Regional Advisory Board in November 2000 and was elected to the national Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education in January 2001.
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