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  • Administrative Leadership

  • David A. Thomas, Dean

    Read more at: Meet the Dean

    David A. Thomas is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. A recognized thought leader in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management, Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and organizational change.

    Prior to his appointment at Georgetown University, Dr. Thomas was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he directed the school’s Organizational Behavior Unit. He also served as senior associate dean and director of faculty recruitment at Harvard; led its business school’s required first-year MBA course, Leadership and Organizational Behavior; and held the position of faculty chair for several executive education programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard in 1990, Dr. Thomas was an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Thomas has co-authored two books—Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America (Harvard Business Press, 1999) and Leading For Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County (Harvard Education Press, 2009)—and more than 60 case studies and articles for leading academic journals and practitioner publications.

    In addition to being widely published, Dr. Thomas has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including the Executive Development Roundtable’s Marion Gislason Award for Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Executive Development. He recently received the Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the article that had the most impact on the field in the last five years. He also earned the George R. Terry Award from the Academy of Management for the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge for his book, Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America.

    Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Sciences and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of DTE Energy and the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board.

  • Luc Wathieu, Deputy Dean

    As the McDonough School of Business’ deputy dean, Luc Wathieu leads faculty and academic initiatives and advances the school’s efforts to create distinctive excellence in teaching and research. He joined the business school faculty in 2010 as associate professor of marketing and in 2012 was the recipient of the school’s Faculty Research Award.

    In his research, Wathieu combines economics and psychology to understand consumer engagement — the motivation of consumers to interact with firms and actively explore the relevance of products and benefits. Much of his research focuses on understanding how consumers develop and break habits and brand loyalties. He also examines the engagement effects of specific pricing and communications formats. His work has appeared in leading academic journals and was also featured multiple times in the Harvard Business Review. He serves on the editorial boards of the five academic journals and was an associate editor for Management Science.

    Prior to his arrival at Georgetown University, he was associate dean of faculty and the Ferrero Chair in International Marketing at ESMT European School of Management in Technology in Berlin. He previously was an associate and assistant professor at the Harvard Business School for 10 years and taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's School of Business and Management. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and executive education courses in marketing management, pricing, branding, and communications.

    Wathieu holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in management from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He also has an M.Sc. in economics from the University of Namur in Belgium, where he is originally from. In 1997 he completed the Management Development Program at Harvard Business School.

    Other leadership in the Deputy Dean's Office includes:

    Valeria Bellagamba, Associate Dean for Academic and Global Operations

  • Paul Almeida, Senior Associate Dean, Executive Education

    Paul Almeida oversees the McDonough School of Business’ Office of Executive Education. The offerings include three master’s degree programs – the Executive MBA, the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, and the Executive Master’s in Leadership – as well as several custom and open enrollment non-degree programs. He focuses on strategy, academics, public relations, and business development for the department.

    As an associate professor of strategy and international business at the school, Almeida’s academic research focuses on innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and informal collaborations across firms and countries. He has published in many leading journals including Strategic Management Journal,Organization Science, Management Science, Research Policy, and the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). He is currently the Editor for Strategy and Innovation for JIBS.

    His involvement with the Executive Education programs at Georgetown started in 1997 when he began teaching in the Executive MBA program. He has since served as academic director for Executive Education for several years and played a major role in launching several custom programs. He also is the co-founder and co-director of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA.

    Almeida holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Other leadership in the Office of Executive Education includes:

    Ashley Baker, Assistant Dean for Custom and Open Enrollment Programs
    Nancy Beer Tobin, Assistant Dean for Custom and Open Enrollment Programs
    Elie Farhat, Assistant Dean for Executive Relations and Marketing
    Jamey Stowell, Assistant Dean for Custom and Open Enrollment Programs

  • Doreen Amorosa, Associate Dean and Managing Director, MBA Career Center

    Doreen Amorosa has responsibility for the MBA Career Center, which assists students with everything from identifying career options to being hired after graduation. She previously was the vice president for global recruitment and workforce planning at American Express, where she was accountable for recruitment strategy for hiring activity globally up to the director level, as well as service delivery of recruitment in the United States.

    From 2006 to late 2007, Amorosa was the vice president of resourcing at ICI, where she was the global recruitment leader for more than 5,000 hires annually. Previously, she led talent acquisition at Avaya. In that position, she was accountable for 3,000 management and university hires annually. Amorosa joined Avaya after spending more than 20 years at Merrill Lynch. In her last position there, she was responsible for development and delivery of recruitment infrastructure, temporary staffing, retention and work/life programs, diversity initiatives, and HR policy.

    Amorosa received an MBA from Seton Hall University with a concentration in management and industrial relations and a B.S. in management with a minor in psychology from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Additionally, she is a former member of the Advisory Board for the McDonough School of Business and is a senior advisor to the recruiting roundtable of the Corporate Executive Board.

    Other leadership in the MBA Career Center includes:

    Patty Buchek, Assistant Dean of the MBA Career Curricula

  • Linn Deavers, Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer

    Linn Deavers has been an administrator at the McDonough School of Business since 1984. As associate dean and chief operating officer, she has oversight for financial management, business operations, human resources, technology, faculty services, and building management. The school has an annual operating budget of more than $50 million and employs approximately 200 full-time faculty and staff. Deavers previously served as the school's chief financial officer and executive director of administrative and financial services. She also has served as treasurer of the Georgetown University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa since 1993.

    Prior to joining the university, Deavers was employed as a public information specialist for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

    Other leadership in the Chief Operating Officer's area includes:

    John Carpenter, Chief Technology Officer


  • Chris M. Kormis, Associate Dean and Chief Marketing Officer

    Chris M. Kormis leads, develops, and implements strategies for the school’s marketing and communications efforts, as well as alumni, corporate, and community relations initiatives. She is the brand manager and primary spokesperson, after the dean, to all external audiences. Kormis also oversees the administration for the McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors and Parents Advisory Council and coordinates stewardship activities with the university’s advancement office.

    Kormis previously served for 18 years at The George Washington University, departing as assistant vice president for University Relations, winning numerous awards. Since joining Georgetown McDonough in 2009, she and her team have increased media mentions from 290 in 2008 to more than 6,500 in 2011, launched a new graphic identity for the school, and consolidated advertising and brand management. The school has earned awards for its media relations efforts and its Georgetown Business magazine.

    She earned a B.A. from Duquesne University and an M.A. in English, professional writing, and rhetoric from George Mason University.

    Other leadership in the offices of Marketing and Communications and Alumni and External Relations include:

    Teresa Mannix, Assistant Dean for Communications
    Justine Schaffner, Assistant Dean for Alumni and External Relations

  • Elaine Romanelli, Senior Associate Dean, MBA Programs

    As senior associate dean, Elaine Romanelli provides leadership, vision, and strategy to the MBA Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Romanelli oversees the offices of MBA Admissions, Program Management, and Career Management, and she works closely with faculty on issues related to the curriculum.

    Romanelli also is an associate professor at the school, specializing in strategic management and entrepreneurship. Her current research focuses on the characteristics of firms and regional industry environments that are likely to promote new business foundings. In particular, she investigates the rise of U.S. biotechnology clusters.

    She has published articles in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Annual Review of Sociology, and Research in Organization Behavior. She also is an associate editor for Administrative Science Quarterly. She has consulted with both large and small companies, focusing on innovation and entrepreneurial start-ups.

    Romanelli holds both a Ph.D. in Management of Organizations and an MBA in Marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, as well as an A.B. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Other leadership in the MBA Program includes:

    Shari Hubert, Associate Dean and Director of MBA Admissions
    Kerry Pace, Associate Dean and Director of the MBA Program Office

  • Norean Radke Sharpe, Senior Associate Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program

    As the senior associate dean for the Undergraduate Program at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, Norean R. Sharpe is responsible for academic advising; creation of new global programs; implementation of academic policies; development of partnerships with non-profit and for-profit organizations; continuous improvement of the undergraduate curriculum; and donor development to support new initiatives.

    Her career spans more than 20 years, including several years at Bowdoin College and at Babson College, where she most recently held the position of professor of statistics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Science. As chair, she facilitated the revision of the undergraduate business curriculum and improvement of the co-curricular experience of both undergraduate and MBA students. She also developed a strategic plan for quantitative undergraduate education, advised students, mentored faculty, and chaired multiple task forces that examined the academic, social, and cultural issues facing undergraduate business students.

    She has authored more than 30 articles in the areas of analytics, statistics education, and women in science, and recently published the textbook Business Statistics. In 2006, Sharpe co-founded a Boston- based non-profit to further Diversity and Outreach in Mathematics and Engineering education, known as The DOME Foundation and currently sits on the boards of three nonprofit organizations in the Boston and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas.

    Sharpe earned a B.A. in mathematics and German from Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in biomathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

    Other leadership in the Undergraduate Program Office includes:

    Monija Amani, Assistant Dean and Director of Global Initiatives
    Patricia Grant, Senior Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

  • Academic Leadership

  • William R. Baber, Accounting Area Coordinator, Robert E. McDonough Professor and Professor of Accounting

    William Baber has more than 30 years of experience teaching both financial and managerial accounting at Columbia, George Washington, the University of Rochester (Simon), Dartmouth (Tuck), Carnegie Mellon, Duke (Fuqua), and Georgetown. Prior to entering academics, he worked as an auditor and a consultant with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst and Young) in Washington, D.C.

    Baber received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Bucknell University. His research, which addresses accounting and public policy issues, is published in a number of academic journals including The Accounting Review,Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Baber has served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and the International Journal of Accounting Literature.

  • J. Bradford Jensen, Strategy Area Coordinator, Professor

    J. Bradford Jensen is a professor of international business and economics at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Jensen’s work focuses on the relationship between international trade and investment and firm performance. His recent work examines the relationship between increasing import competition on U.S. manufacturers and the impact of trade in services on the U.S. economy, which resulted in his book, Global Trade in Services: Fear, Facts, and Offshoring. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His work has been published in scholarly journals including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Harvard Business Review. Jensen’s research has been cited in popular press publications including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times,Fortune, and Businessweek.

    Prior to joining Georgetown in 2007, Jensen served as deputy director at the Peterson Institute. Jensen also has served as director of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

    Jensen received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.

  • Bardia Kamrad, Operations and Information Management Area Coordinator, Professor of Operations

    Bardia Kamrad’s primary research interest focuses on risk management and decision making problems in the face of uncertainty. Within this broad area, he has principally concentrated on operational risk management issues and related capital investment problems in production and manufacturing operations. The nature of Kamrad's research is interdisciplinary and effectively can be described as the interface between economics, finance, and operations. In this sense, one of his key research objectives has been to reconcile operations management with market and process related problems. "Essentially, through bridging such gaps, a more in-depth understanding and a greater economic perception regarding production processes can be achieved that is also strategically valuable to decision makers in this arena."

    Kamrad has numerous related articles that address the joint problems of pricing, warranty and supply contracts, risk and profit sharing, and quality decisions within an options/economic framework. For instance, the risk associated with producing items when price uncertainty and system failures can be managed through innovative “warranty” contracts that include the moral hazard implications arising from shared expenditures. In other situations, his research uncovers how purchasing agreements with profit sharing provisions between a manufacturer and its suppliers can help mitigate operating risks arising from purchase quantity variations due to exchange rate uncertainties. In other settings, Kamrad's research demonstrates how production policies can be optimally changed over time to maximize profits when production yields are subject to random variation and demand for the product is uncertain.

    Kamrad's broader research interests involve Applied Stochastic Processes; Applied Control Theory and Dynamic Programming; Contingent Claims Analysis; Warranty and Supply Contract valuation; Risk Management problems in Supply Chains; and Inventory modeling. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals, including Management Science; Operations Research; IIE Transactions; Naval Research Logistics; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; and the European Journal of Operational Research. Kamrad is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). He also is a member of the American Finance Association (AFA), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kamrad's consulting experience is equally noteworthy and includes projects in risk management modeling, purchasing and inventory problems, and pricing and forecasting issues. Kamrad teaches at the executive, graduate, and undergraduate levels. His current course offerings include: Real Options Valuation; Operations Research; Productions and Operations Management, Regression Analysis; and Quantitative Modeling.

    Kamrad earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in industrial management/technology management from the University of Wisconsin, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in operations research with a minor in operations management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

  • Prashant Malaviya, Marketing Area Coordinator, Associate Professor

    Prashant Malaviya is Associate Professor of Marketing and came to Georgetown in 2008 after nine years at INSEAD, France. Prior to INSEAD, he held an appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and visiting professorships at the Wharton School, as the Titan Industries Professor at ALBA Graduate Business School in Athens, Greece, and at the Kellogg School of Management. Professor Malaviya is a Consumer Psychologist by training and received his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

    His research focuses on understanding how consumers use information to make product judgments and consumption decisions and has been published in leading marketing journals including, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Psychology & Marketing. He has taught courses to Executives, MBA, and Undergraduate students on marketing management, marketing strategy, brand management, customer focus, consumer behavior, and related topics.

    He was awarded the Emerald Citation of Excellence for publishing “one of the top 50 management articles in 2007,” was a finalist for the Best MBA Core Teacher award at INSEAD and was named Outstanding Reviewer by the Journal of Consumer Research. He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Prior to entering the world of academia (and consumers), Malaviya worked in India as an engineer at Tata Motors and as a marketing analyst at Nestlé.

    Malaviya holds a Ph.D. in Marketing with a minor in Social Psychology from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of New Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Institute of Technology, Varansai.

  • Marcia Miceli, Management Area Coordinator, Professor

    Marcia Miceli is the co-author of the books Whistle-blowing in Organizations (2008, Taylor/Francis, with J. P. Near and T. M. Dworkin) and Blowing the Whistle (1992, Lexington Books, with J.P.Near). Her research interests also include compensation systems, and her work has appeared in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology.

    Miceli serves as a member of the editorial board of Organization Science and has served as a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Management and Academy of Management Review. She was a member of the faculty at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University from 1981 to 1998. While there, she served as academic director of graduate programs in Labor and Human Resources, chair of the department of Management and Human Resources, interim academic director of the MBA program, and senior associate dean, and was appointed Hoyt Professor of Management in 1998.

    Miceli holds a DBA in Personnel and Organizational Behavior, an MBA in Personnel and Industrial Relations, and a B.A. in Psychology, all from Indiana University.

  • Rohan Williamson, Finance Area Coordinator, Professor of Finance and Stallkamp Faculty Research Fellow

    Rohan Williamson is a professor of finance and the Stallkamp Faculty Research Fellow at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.  Professor Williamson specializes in international finance, corporate governance, corporate investment decisions, and risk management. He is currently conducting research in the areas of corporate investment decisions, risk management, bank risk-taking, corporate liquidity and corporate governance.

    Williamson’s research has appeared in many academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He also has written several book chapters and presented his work at many conferences and seminars, and his works have appeared in other non-academic publications such as the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series.

    Williamson was the recipient of the 1999 Michael Jensen Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations and the 2003 William Sharpe Best Paper Award in theJournal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He received the Georgetown University Junior Faculty Research Fellowship in 1999, the McDonough School of Business Research Award in 2003, and has been a Dean’s Research Fellow since 2003. He also is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of International Business Studies. He has received the Ohio State University Pace Setters Award and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

    He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Finance from The Ohio State University, as well as an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University and a B.M.E. from the University of Dayton in Mechanical Engineering.