Johnson - Cornell University

Soumitra Dutta Brings a Global Perspective to
Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management as the
First Major U.S. Business School Dean Appointed from an
International Academic Institution

New Dean is a Pacesetter in Technology Innovation at
Prestigious International Business School


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Meet the New Dean

Samuel Curtis Johnson
Graduate School
of Management

Johnson at Cornell University is pleased to announce the appointment of Soumitra Dutta as the eleventh dean in the school’s history, effective July 1, 2012. Dutta joins Johnson from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and will succeed Joseph Thomas, who is stepping down after a five-year term as dean. We’d like to connect with you during this exciting time and have prepared a video and accompanying materials below that will introduce you to Soumitra as he transitions into his new role during the next few months.

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“Professor Dutta’s appointment is a natural fit with Johnson’s increasingly global outlook. He has expertise in new and emerging media, he has studied the conditions that promote innovation and he has extensive experience on the international stage. Among other qualities, these prepare him well to oversee the education of our next-generation business leaders and entrepreneurs. Johnson students, Cornellians who take courses at Johnson and, in the very near future, aspiring entrepreneurs at our new tech campus in New York City will benefit from this appointment.”

- David J. Skorton, president, Cornell University

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Dutta to the position of dean. His global focus and his outstanding research in the areas of innovation and technology position him well to lead the school today and in the future.”

H. Fisk Johnson, ’79, MEng ’80, MS ‘82, MBA ’84, PhD ‘86, CEO and chairman of S. C. Johnson

“This appointment is an exciting opportunity for me, in part because of Johnson’s commitment to global perspectives, entrepreneurship and innovation, but also because in being an early adopter of approaches such as performance learning, the school itself exemplifies innovative thinking in business. I am excited about the close connections the school has to the broader university and especially the opportunities available through collaboration on the tech campus. I am eager to take up the leadership position building on the strong foundations laid by Dean Thomas.”

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“Having excelled in a premier management school in academia and in administration after being a top-quality computer science student, Professor Soumitra Dutta brings a rare combination of vision, aspiration, networking, management, engineering rigor and excellence to Johnson.”

N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Limited, and an Emeritus Member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees

“Professor Dutta is highly respected in the academic and business communities globally, and will transfer a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Johnson. Booz & Company is proud to have built a working relationship spanning two decades with Professor Dutta through a number of joint initiatives pertaining to strategy, innovation, and dissemination of technology centric models.”

Joe Saddi, MBA ’83 and chairman of Booz & Company

“I am delighted that Professor Dutta will be joining us. His extensive research on global business and the conditions that encourage innovation make him the right leader to carry forward our strategic plan, and I look forward to working with him as he assumes his new role as dean of Johnson.”

Dean Joseph Thomas, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

“I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to Dean Joe Thomas for his leadership and dedication to the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition to his many accomplishments as an academic professional, he’s been a friend to my family and we’re incredibly grateful for all that he’s done.”

H. Fisk Johnson, ’79, MEng ’80, MS ‘82, MBA ’84, PhD ‘86, CEO and chairman of S. C. Johnson

“I am thrilled that Soumitra Dutta will be the next dean of Johnson. I served as a member of the search committee, which included Cornell alumni, faculty, staff, students, and administration. After a comprehensive search process that evaluated many excellent candidates, the committee enthusiastically supported Soumitra’s candidacy. In addition to his sustained excellence as a scholar, teacher, and thought leader, Soumitra’s focus on global business and technology makes him an ideal fit for the School.  He appreciates what makes Johnson distinctive, while also having high aspirations for the future.”

- Mark W. Nelson, PhD, Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

"I am delighted that Soumitra Dutta will be the next dean of Johnson. To remain a top business school, we need to enhance and enlarge our global focus. Dean Dutta brings a wealth of experience in this area, as well as his own renowned reputation in technology and its implications for corporate strategy. All of us on the search committee are pleased that the Johnson School will continue to have a talented dean at the helm."

Maureen O’Hara, PhD, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

"As a graduate of Johnson and chairman of the advisory council, I wholeheartedly joined the committee in recommending Professor Dutta for the deanship. He brings a set of attributes to the position that fit perfectly with Johnson’s increasing focus on global education, research, and thought leadership. He is a proven leader, able to initiate and launch programs to meet the needs of international markets; he is a capable fundraiser, who communicates well his organization’s vision; and he is a gifted educator and leading researcher in his field, helping citizens of the world expand their capacity for innovation. Johnson alumni can look with confidence to the coming years, under Soumitra’s leadership."

Richard Marin, AB ’75, MBA ‘76

“Dean Dutta has done a phenomenal job throughout his career working with MBA students of all stripes – accelerated and traditional residential MBAs, and executive MBAs. His warmth, collegiality, and enthusiasm for innovation and positive change are a perfect fit for all constituencies within the Johnson community. As the sole student member on the dean search committee, I can’t wait for all my fellow students and members of the Cornell and Johnson families to meet and work with him.”

Abraham Spence, MBA ’12