Management Committee Appointments
Thomas and Kadiyali Named Associate Deans for Academic Affairs
Dean Emeritus L. Joseph Thomas and
Professor Vrinda Kadiyali were named
associate deans for Academic Affairs,
effective July 1.
Thomas, professor of operations management, has served multiple roles at Johnson since he joined the faculty in 1967, including dean of the school (2007-12), associate dean for Academic Affairs (1996-97 and 2002-07), director of the doctoral program, and director of executive education. Thomas is one the nation's foremost experts in operations management and manufacturing.
Vrinda Kadiyali is Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management and professor of marketing and economics.
Her research focuses primarily on consumer choices and firms' competitive strategies. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science and Quantitative Marketing and Economics.
Thomas and Kadiyali succeed Sachin Gupta, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and professor of marketing, who “served admirably for three years,” said Dean Soumitra Dutta.
Mannix Named Associate Dean for Executive Education
Elizabeth "Beta" Mannix, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management, was named associate dean for Executive Education, effective Dec. 15, 2012. In this role, Mannix who has taught extensively in both programs, is responsible for the design, strategy, and academic excellence of Johnson’s Executive MBA and Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA programs, as well as strategy and development of non-degree Executive Education. Her research and teaching interests include effective performance in managerial teams, diversity, power and alliances, negotiation and conflict, organizational change and renewal, and the effects of power in diverse teams. Mannix has served as director of Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences, published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and is co-editor of the book series Research on Managing Groups and Teams, now in its 15th volume.
Carolyn O'Keefe Named Chief Marketing Officer
Carolyn O’Keefe was named Charles and Janet Jarvie Executive Director of Marketing in January. As chief marketing officer, she is responsible for all marketing and communication activity for Johnson. As a member of Johnson’s Management Committee, she works with the dean and the school's leadership team to develop and communicate the future vision for Johnson in Ithaca, at Cornell NYC Tech, and globally. O’Keefe comes to Johnson with more than 20 years of strategic brand and marketing experience from companies such as Pepsi, Disney, Taco Bell, Baskin-Robbins, and IHOP. As a seasoned professional in the business world of franchising and licensing, she is particularly skilled in working with numerous constituents to create and execute winning strategies.