MS. LARRAINE SEGIL is a Partner and Director of the Board at Vantage Partners, a consulting firm with expertise in building competency in both internal and external relationship management. Born in South Africa, Ms. Segil immigrated to the USA in 1974. She was formerly CEO of an advanced materials company providing products and services to aerospace and electronics manufacturers worldwide. She has co-founded and run companies in mortgage banking and medical services, and previously practiced international corporate law. Prior to joining Vantage Partners, Ms. Segil co-founded The Lared Group, an international consulting firm helping companies develop and maintain successful domestic and global business alliances. Ms. Segil is a member of the Board of Citizens Communications (Stamford CT), a Fortune 1000 company where she sits on the Nominating Committee and on the Audit Committee. She is a senior research fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin; serves on the Entrepreneurs Board for the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has been recognized by The Financial Times and The Corporate Strategy Board as a thought leader in alliances. Ms. Segil teaches executive education at The California Institute of Technology, (Caltech), Pasadena CA, where she has presented a two day program on 'Global Alliances' for the past 23 years. She is the author of numerous books, including: Intelligent Business Alliances, Fast Alliances.com: Power Your E-Business, Dynamic Leader, Adaptive Organization: Ten Essential Traits for Managers, and Partnering - The New Face of Leadership. Her latest book, Measuring the Value of Partnering, is the first on Alliance Metrics. She has also authored a novel, published by Penguin Books.