Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Indian woman dean of top US B-school

Srilata A. Zaheer, a former Chennai (Madras) resident, has been named Dean of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to be appointed the head of a top US business school.

Zaheer, who graduated from Madras University and obtained her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) in 1975, joins a growing list of Indian-origin academics taking leadership roles in top global business schools. The list includes Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Dean Sunil Kumar and Soumitra Dutta, who was named the dean of the Ivy League Cornell University's business school in early January.

Called Sri by peers and colleagues, Zaheer joined Carlson, among top 30 business schools in the US, in 1991. She was appointed interim dean last July when her predecessor Alison Davis-Blake quit to become dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She did a Ph.D. in international management from the Sloan School of Management at the MIT.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), March 10, 2012

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