Robert (Bob) Kennedy has been named dean-elect of Western’s Ivey Business School. He assumes the role Oct. 1. Kennedy replaces Carol Stephenson, who has been Ivey’s dean since 2003.
“While Bob’s academic pedigree, leadership experience and professional background speak for themselves, I can add that his candidacy for dean enjoyed an extremely strong endorsement from our campus community,” said Janice Deakin, Western provost and vice-president (academic). “We are very confident in his abilities to provide creative and effective leadership for Ivey as it continues to build upon the strength of its reputation as a globally recognized business school.”
Kennedy joins Western from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he has served in roles including executive director of the William Davidson Institute, director of the Ross School Global Initiative and the Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration.
A graduate of Stanford (BA, Economics and Political Science), MIT (MBA) and Harvard (PhD, Business Economics), Kennedy is an expert on the globalization of service activities and using business frameworks to address social issues. His teaching materials are used in business schools around the world.
“I want to congratulate Provost Deakin and the selection committee for their work in recruiting such an exceptional new dean to our business school,” said Amit Chakma, Western president.
“Building on the strong leadership Ivey has enjoyed over the past decade under Carol Stephenson, we are well positioned to continue expanding the reach and impact of our teaching and research on the global stage.”
Beyond his academic career, Kennedy has consulted privately for dozens of clients on five continents on a wide range of strategy and executive development issues. He has held management positions at firms including Enterprise Investors (Warsaw, Poland), Quantum Associates, Inc. (Lynnfield, Mass.) and The Chase Manhattan Bank (New York).
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