Connecting with alumni
Dear Alumni and Friends:
April has been a busy month of travelling to Asia, where I was welcomed so warmly by many Johnson alumni, some of whom I now know well, and others whom I met for the first time. It was time well spent as we seek to strengthen Johnson’s global reach and reputation and forge stronger ties with the Cornell community, companies, and business schools throughout Asia.
One highlight of this trip was my meeting with Rohan Murthy ’05, executive assistant at Infosys Technologies Limited. Rohan’s father, Infosys co-founder and former CEO Narayana Murthy, spoke here at Johnson in 2012 about the evolution of globalization. While in India I also visited and exchanged ideas with Tejpreet Chopra, MBA ’96, president and CEO of Bharat Light & Power, Samir Somaiya ’90, MS ’92, MBA ’93, chairman and managing director of Godovari Biorefineries, and Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Education and Development Trust, and many other distinguished and highly accomplished alumni. In New Delhi, I was honored by the IILM Institute, one of India’s leading business schools, with the 8th IILM Global Thinker Award 2014. There, I spoke on “Innovation at the speed of life — India in a flat world.”
At the Cornell Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference in Singapore, I joined Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs in addressing more than 100 Cornell alumni leaders about Cornell NYC Tech, and told them about the new One-year MBA at Cornell Tech we just launched in March. I was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of Cornell Club alumni volunteer leaders who hailed from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, as well as Singapore. It was truly a global meeting of minds and a Cornell University community gathering at the same time.
Johnson alumnus Joseph Cherian, MS ’92, PhD ’93, professor of finance and director of the Center for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), invited me to join several eminent NUS financial economists in a panel discussion following Professor Eswar Prasad’s delivery of CAMRI’s Tolani Lecture. Read more about Cherian and the ties he has forged between NUS and Cornell here.
April also saw the biannual meeting of Johnson’s Advisory Council in New York City, and I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for long-time Advisory Council member Roy H. Park Jr., MBA ’63, and his generous and unwavering support of Johnson’s Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows. This year, we are also proud of our Park Fellows alumni, who rose to the challenge to finance yet another Park Scholarship for the Class of 2015.
Our alumni continue to express their support and enthusiasm for the new directions Johnson is taking, including the emphasis on global connections and the launch of our new MBA at Cornell Tech. Many have ideas for how to further enrich and enhance our relationship with companies and business schools throughout the world, and I appreciate all your support, thoughts, and ideas as we continue along this road in making Johnson a leader in innovative business education for the connected world.
With warm regards,
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean