Leadership

DAVID A. THOMAS

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. In 2014, he received a Minority Business Leader award from the Washington Business Journal.
 
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 motovation 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 ScienceManagement ScienceResearch 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:
Elizabeth Griffith, Senior Associate Dean for MBA Marketing and New Program Development
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 creation of global programs; implementation of academic policies; development of partnerships with non-profit and for-profit organizations; continuous improvement of the undergraduate curriculum; management of academic advising and scheduling; design of the strategic plan for the UG PRogram; and collaboration with the Office of Advancement to fund new initiatives.

Her career spans more than 20 years as a faculty member, including several years at Bowdoin College and at Babson College. She has authored more than 30 articles in the areas of analytics, statistics education, and women in science and currently serves on the board of three non-profit organizations. Her recent textbook, coauthored with R. De Veaux and P. Velleman and titled Business Statistics, is now used worldwide in both undergraduate and MBA programs.  

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
Nicole Houle, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs