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Rajendra Srivastava named Dean of The Indian School of Business

To lead the School through its next phase of growth | Strengthen its position as a world-class business School
July 31, 2015: Rajendra Srivastava has been named as the new Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB), effective January 1, 2016. Currently, the Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Professor of Marketing at the Singapore Management University, he will succeed Ajit Rangnekar, the outgoing Dean, who has held this position since January 2009. The announcement was made today by Adi Godrej, Chairman of the ISB Board.
Professor Srivastava comes with an experience of over 30 years as an academic and administrator. He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. Prior to SMU he held distinguished research chairs and senior management positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Srivastava is an MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
Professor Srivastava’s research interests are in the area of Marketing and Brand Strategy. He is well-known globally for his work examining the impact of marketing investments on business performance, business model innovation and marketing metrics. He is a highly cited scholar with work published in leading marketing journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honours. He has been actively involved in setting up several new postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as research centres and initiatives in close collaboration with industry. He has also been involved in consulting and senior management training with global MNCs and brings a unique blend of experiences integrating academic and business perspectives from the west and the east.
This appointment comes after an extensive global search across three continents for a dean with leadership and personal commitment to research and thought leadership and to excellence in education. According to Pramath Sinha, Chair of the Search Committee, the mandate was to identify and recruit an innovative academician capable of integrating research, education and practice with proven ability to manage high profile academic and industry relationships.
“Professor Rajendra Srivastava’s appointment as the new Dean of ISB marks a significant step towards ISB’s mission of consolidating and strengthening its position as a world-class business school.  I wish him success with the confidence that ISB will achieve new heights of success in the years to come,” Adi Godrej said making the announcement.
“I also take this opportunity to thank Ajit Rangnekar for his contributions to ISB over the last decade, first as the Deputy Dean and then as the Dean. Under his guidance the School made great progress to become one of the most sought after global business schools,” Adi Godrej added.  
In response Ajit Rangnekar said, “It has been a great personal and professional privilege to have been associated with this wonderful institution. We have been ranked consistently among the top global B Schools, we are the first in India to be globally top ranked for research, first to get the AACSB accreditation in South Asia, and the first to innovate with industry specific institutes to address issues of national importance. I am delighted that ISB will be led by a renowned academician and an able administrator like Raj Srivastava.  I am sure he will take ISB to even greater heights.”
Commenting on his appointment Professor Srivastava said his goal was to work with corporate and academic partners in developing ISB into a premier institution known globally for insights related to emerging markets, especially India and rest of Asia. In order to enhance ISB’s impact he would focus on “balanced excellence” or the integration or Research, Education and Practice as well as a balance between thought leadership from the East and West. This will require close collaboration with industry – indeed presence of practitioners in the classroom through mechanisms such as “live cases” and project-oriented learning in multi-disciplinary processes such as management of innovations and supply-chains in key domains such as healthcare, financial and digital markets.
Professor Srivastava is passionate about management of innovations and strategies enhancing business performance, as well as globalisation of product-markets. As such, he intends to work with corporate and academic partners to develop and support programmes focused on areas such as business model innovations, business acceleration and financing innovation. ISB will also explore opportunities to work with corporates on internationalisation strategies and talent development as they expand into the Asia-Pacific and globally in collaboration with academic partners.