Mr. Novak's work involves the intersection of technology with international affairs and global leadership. He is currently involved in a number of projects that link US and Japanese technology efforts with those in other countries, particularly in China and the rest of Asia. He provides companies with access to his network of strategic international resources and expertise.
Additionally, in the non-profit sector he is a board member of Equal Access, a strategic partner with the United Nations regarding its initiative addressing the global digital divide. Equal Access broadcasts its digital signal across all of western Asia, particularly to Nepal and Afghanistan.
Some of his previous Tokyo-based consulting efforts have included:
Mr. Novak was also Asia Pacific Regional Vice President for Sterling Software, before it was acquired by Computer Associates. He managed its deployment of enterprise-level component-based development technology throughout Asia.
He also served as President of Clarke Consulting Group, the country's major intercultural consulting company. At Clarke he managed the company as it addressed the globalization challenges faced by companies such as AT&T and Motorola in China; Microsoft, Intel, and Proctor & Gamble in Japan; and NASA in its collaboration with Russia for the space station effort. Clarke's specialization is joint venture assistance, technology transfer facilitation, expatriate orientation, and headquarters/subsidiary alignment issues.
Previous to Clarke Mr. Novak headed the client technologies group at Walker Interactive Systems (now part of SSA Elevon) in San Francisco. While at Walker he spearheaded that company's efforts in multimedia-based learning systems. Those efforts produced WIT (Walker Interactive Training), which achieved finalist status in New Media's annual multimedia competition.
Mr. Novak started his career in software as co-founder and Executive Vice President of Ross Systems, a financial software products company. During his 10 years there, Mr. Novak helped to grow that company from its inception to a world-wide organization, currently with revenue close to $50 Million. Ross Systems has recently been acquired by Chinadotcom.
In broadcast television, Mr. Novak has served as line producer of the nationally syndicated program The Heart of the Nation, and directed and produced television spots on adult literacy featuring Patrick Stewart from Star Trek-The Next Generation. He also was an executive producer on a promotional video on the life of Buckminster Fuller.
In previous volunteer work he was a theme co-convener concerning Global Companies/Local Leaders at the 1997 State of the World Forum and served on its President's Council for the 1998 Forum. He has also served on the board of directors of several Bay Area non-profit organizations, and been an instructor at the Notre Dame de Namur University and Skyline College.
Mr. Novak has his BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan, is a California CPA, and a former Mensa member.