Zeb Portanova
President and CEO
Swiss Krono

Cross Continent MBA*

Class of 2011






Aiken, South Carolina

*Now the Global Executive MBA program.


Zeb Portanova is President and CEO of Swiss Krono, USA, one of the largest laminate flooring manufacturers in the world. He is also a Crossfit enthusiast, five-time Tough Mudder participant, and Shodan (black belt) in Shotokan Karate.

In addition to his "for-profit" work, Zeb serves on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Club of Indiana, the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation (which donates approximately 2M USD annually to nonprofit organizations throughout Indiana), and Mavuno (focusing on economic development in the Democratic Republic of Congo).

Prior to receiving his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business in 2011, he was involved in multiple real estate ventures, including work at Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota, Florida, eventually serving two terms as the Chairman of the Board. In addition to his MBA, Zeb holds a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

Passionate about global culture, he has participated in the Semester at Sea program on three occasions (Fall 2000, Summer 2003, and Fall 2009) and is always looking for an opportunity to return! Zeb has an amazing wife, Barbara, two daughters, Scarlette and Juliette, and an English bulldog, Rosco P. Coletrain.