- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research


NBR’s operations are governed by the Board of Directors, a nationally prominent group of leaders with long-term interests in the Asia-Pacific region. The Counselor is NBR's most senior advisory position, counseling the Board of Directors and President and providing guidance to NBR programs. NBR’s research agenda is developed in consultation with the Board of Advisors, which consists of experts from research centers, universities, and corporations.

Board of Directors Counselors Board of Advisors

John V. Rindlaub

President, Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo

John V. Rindlaub has served on NBR's Board of Directors since 1995. Mr. Rindlaub is an executive vice president and Regional President for the Wells Fargo business in the Asia Pacific Region. Based in Hong Kong, his responsibilities include ensuring enterprise-wide consistency and effectiveness in the governance framework and Asian platform for Wells Fargo’s non-United States and cross-border activities in regard to customer activities, product capabilities, and overall market leadership. The Asia Pacific Region includes 14 countries, served by seven branches, and eight representative offices with over 1,500 team members in the APAC Region under his leadership. Previously, he served as CEO for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Canada. Mr. Rindlaub joined Wells Fargo in the Pacific Northwest Commercial Banking role in 2002.

Mr. Rindlaub retired from Bank of America at year-end 2001 after serving in senior positions with the company’s Commercial Bank division. As president of Bank of America Northwest, he oversaw all activities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In 1997, he was given responsibility for Worldwide Technology Strategy for Bank of America’s retail and commercial activities. As group head of Bank of America’s Asia Division, headquartered in Hong Kong, he managed the bank’s retail and wholesale business in Asia from 1989–1993.

He moved to Seattle in 1993 to assume the position of chair and chief executive officer of Seafirst Bank, a Bank of America subsidiary. Mr. Rindlaub began his banking career with Bankers Trust in 1969, and had division-level responsibilities in New York and Tokyo, as well as serving as managing director of the bank’s Mergers and Acquisitions Financial Institutions team through 1989.

He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1966–1969), retiring as a lieutenant after assignments on the East Coast and Vietnam. Mr. Rindlaub is a director of The National Bureau of Asian Research where he serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer. He is a past chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Roundtable, Childrens Hospital Foundation and served on the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University Business School Advisory Boards. He is also a past director of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Alaska Air Group and Atigeo LLC.

Charles W. Brady Board Room

Board of Directors


Charles W. Brady
Chairman Emeritus
Invesco, Ltd

Chairman Emeritus

George F. Russell, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
Russell Investments

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

John V. Rindlaub
President, Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo & Company

Vice Chairman

George Davidson
Vice Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions,

Board of Directors

Thomas W. Albrecht
Sidley Austin LLP

Admiral Dennis C. Blair
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Lawrence W. Clarkson
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company (Ret.)

Norman D. Dicks
Senior Policy Advisor
Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Thomas E. Fisher
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Unocal Corporation (Ret.)

Mark Jones
Managing Director, Head of Wells Fargo Securities Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo Securities Asia Limited
Wells Fargo & Company

Joachim Kempin
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corporation (Ret.)

Clark S. Kinlin
Honorary Member of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Cable Systems
Corning Incorporated

Ryo Kubota
Chairman, President, and CEO
Acucela Inc.

Quentin W. Kuhrau
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Maria Livanos Cattaui
Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Regina Mayor
Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources

Melody Meyer
Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Joseph M. (Joe) Naylor
Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation

C. Michael Petters
President and Chief Executive Officer
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Kenneth B. Pyle
Professor; Founding President
University of Washington; The National Bureau of Asian Research

Jonathan Roberts
Founder & Partner
Ignition Partners

Tom Robertson
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Matt Salmon
Vice President of Government Affairs
Arizona State University

Gordon M. Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Exact Staff, Inc.

Scott Stoll
Ernst & Young LLP

David K.Y. Tang
Managing Partner, Asia
K&L Gates LLP


Please visit the page Remembering Herbert J. Ellison (October 3, 1929–October 9, 2012) to learn about longtime former board member Herbert J. Ellison, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, who played an instrumental role in the founding of NBR in 1989.

Please visit the page In Honor of General John M. Shalikashvili (June 27, 1936–July 23, 2011) to learn about longtime former board member John M. Shalikashvili, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Retired).