William Dopp '00

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

USD alumnus and CFO of Technical Rubber Company, William Dopp '00, poses in front of a backdrop of international company logos at a conference
begin quoteBill Dopp has given new meaning to the term ‘international business leader.’ Not only has he led the expansion of multimillion-dollar corporations into new markets, but in doing so, he has continually left his own mark—a legacy of global growth.

Technical Rubber Company

USD School of Business alum Bill Dopp has given new meaning to the term ‘international business leader.’ Not only has he led the expansion of several multimillion-dollar corporations into new markets, but in doing so, he has continually left his own mark—a legacy of global growth. “I always want to be able to say an organization is better by virtue of me having been there,” he said.

Dopp’s industrious career path began in Mali, West Africa, where he was stationed with the Peace Corps upon completing his undergraduate studies. There, he worked for the Chamber of Commerce, organizing accounting classes and helping students apply the course material within their own businesses.

He returned home to San Diego, working in finance roles for companies across a range of industries. As Cost Accounting Manager for Intuit ChipSoft, the maker of TurboTax and QuickBooks, Dopp saw the company quadruple in revenue in just two years.

“In the early 90s, it was a hyper-growth environment and a lot of fun,” he said.

Invigorated by the exponential growth of Intuit—and after nearly doubling revenues in his subsequent role as Manager of Business Operations for the security technology company Sensormatic—Dopp made the decision to return to school and pursue his master’s degree.

“I felt like I had gained some good experience, but I really needed to refine my critical thinking skills,” he said. “After researching the MBA program at USD and seeing the way the professors engaged with students, I knew it was the right fit for me.”

While at USD, Dopp participated in a study abroad program in Paris, which, he says, was one of the things that truly kickstarted his international business career. The experience provided an in-depth understanding of how multinational businesses operate.

“I credit the graduate study abroad program with my transition from an effective finance manager to a global business leader,” he said.

While that immersive international experience may have helped propel Dopp into an equally immersive international career, a promotion at Sensormatic had him leaving San Diego before he could finish his degree. But about three years later, when he was working in Boston, a funny thing happened. He got a call from USD.

“They said, ‘Bill, we miss you. Why don’t you come back and finish your MBA?’”

It was just the nudge he needed. Prepared to resign from his role at Sensormatic and return to San Diego to complete his remaining credit hours at USD, his boss had a better idea.

“I had a long talk with the CFO of the company and said, ‘Listen, this is really important to me,’” Dopp recalled. “He suggested I work from San Diego and fly back and forth to Boston as needed to complete my five remaining classes. So I did that for a semester and finished my degree.”

With his MBA degree, Dopp returned to Boston and received yet another promotion—one that had him drawing on both his professional skillset and the global business acumen he gained through his international studies at USD. Sensormatic was undergoing a rapid phase of growth through acquisition, and the CEO needed a capable financial leader who could help spearhead the effort. Dopp raised his hand.

“Turned out, all of our targets were in Europe,” he said.

Dopp moved to London where he would help facilitate a series of acquisitions across Europe and into Asia. With 20 targets in various stages of the M&A process, he then received word that Sensormatic itself was being acquired. He returned home to Boston and, after a short time, began a new position as Group Controller and VP of Finance for Novacel, a $50 million manufacturer of surface protection products.

When it came time to pursue his next opportunity, Dopp got a call from the global packaging materials solutions provider Avery Dennison with an offer he couldn’t pass up—running the company’s business development effort for a major business unit. He was in the role for about six months when his boss—now the CEO of Avery Dennison—approached him about leading the turnaround of a business unit in Australia.

“I went down there, took a look at it and came back with a game plan for what I would do,” he said. “I was told the job was mine if I wanted it, so I moved to Australia for two years.”

Dopp was highly successful in turning around the business—so much so that he was promoted to VP of Finance, Asia Pacific and relocated to Hong Kong for the next 5 years. During this time, the label and packaging materials business grew from $450 million to more than $800 million in revenue while expanding margins and cash flow. When he left the company, the business had a footprint in 14 countries, including 9 plants and 28 distribution centers.

With his kids nearing college-age, Dopp made the decision to return to the U.S., where he took a position as CFO of Stanley Black & Decker's Industrial & Automotive Repair businesses. There, he was again asked to move—this time to Singapore—to oversee the company’s emerging markets business.

“Had I been five years younger, I would have been on the first plane,” he said. “But I had just come back after being away for seven years and the timing just wasn’t right.”

Instead, he took a risk, which after a brief stint as CFO of Dimex landed him in his current role as CFO of Technical Rubber Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of tire repair products. And while the company is based in Ohio, its products are distributed worldwide, requiring Dopp to exercise his global leadership skills on a daily basis.

“Nearly 20 years after graduating from USD, I still reference principles I learned in the program,” he said. “Like understanding different cultures and value systems, and how to manage the finances of a global business.”

It is the USD School of Business’ mission to develop socially responsible leaders with a global mindset through academically rigorous, relevant, and values-based education and research. For Dopp, the proof is in his track record.

“USD does a great job of building global leaders who can think outside of the box,” he said. “Learning how to be flexible in that way without compromising my own values was a valuable set of skills I’ve carried with me throughout my career—and it all came from my experience at USD.”

See Video:

Bill Dopp recently presented at our 7x7 Goes Global event in Hong Kong, an evening of inspiration where 7 USD alumni shared their stories of innovation, creativity and leadership in 7 minutes.

Contact:

Renata Ramirez
renataramirez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4658