Linda Oubre Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2003
In her two decades of business experience, Linda Oubre has been involved in more than 30 new ventures. Most recently, as co-founder, director, and president-COO of BriteSmile, Inc. From 1998-2002, Oubre was responsible for the planning, launch and management of the company’s one-hour teeth whitening spas and affiliated dental offices. During her four-year tenure, BriteSmile’s annual sales grew to more than $50 million.
Before the founding of BriteSmile, Oubre served as president of Tri Com Ventures where she specialized in new venture planning and start-ups. Her clients included BusinessWeek Online, Prodigy Online and the United Nations Business Development Project.
Before Tri Com Ventures, Oubre was general manager of new business development for the Los Angeles Times, director of operations for Walt Disney Publishing, and manager of planning for both the Times Mirror Company and Walt Disney’s Consumer Products and Retail Division. In these roles, she was responsible for the start-up planning and managing the implementation of several new ventures including TimesLink, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Disney Press, Hyperion Books and Disney Computer Software. She also worked as an analyst for Syncom Capital, a venture capital firm with investments in cable and broadcast television.
Additionally, Oubre has been a visiting instructor in the entrepreneurship program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a guest instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and she taught financial planning and business development at the University of Minsk in the Republic of Belarus.
Oubre received her BA in Economics, cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980, and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1984. Oubre lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband, Nate, and their two sons.