Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Recruits New Faculty Scholars

July 10, 2006

Cynthia S. Shaw
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Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Recruits New Faculty Scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University appointed new faculty members in finance, marketing, strategy, operations and accounting to join McDonough for its upcoming school year. The seven new members include visiting Assistant Professor Anjali Bakhru; visiting Associate Professors Fatma Lajeri-Chaherli, Brett W. Pelham, and Lawrence Weiss; tenure-track Assistant Professors Debora V. Thompson and Almula A. Camdereli; and Professor Martin Evans.

Visiting Professor of strategy Anjali Bakhru comes to the McDonough School of Business from the Open University Business School in the United Kingdom where Bakhru worked as a lecturer in strategic management for three years. Bakhru received a Ph.D. in Competitive Advantage in New Markets from the Cass Business School in London. Bakhru also boasts an Introductory Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from City University in London, an MBA from Henley Management College, and a BSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fatma Lajeri-Chaherli comes to McDonough as a visiting Associate Professor in finance. Lajeri-Chaherli received a Ph.D. and MSc. in finance from the European Institute of Business Administration, an MBA from George Washington University, and a B.A. in business administration from Institut des Hautes Etudes Commericales. From August 2005 Lajeri-Chaherli has been working as a visiting Associate Professor of finance at American University.

Brett W. Pelham joins the faculty as a visiting Associate Professor in marketing. At SUNY, Buffalo, Pelham has been teaching courses in psychology since 2004. He completed his Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. at Berry College.

The accounting department will receive visiting Associate Professor Lawrence Weiss. Previously he served as the Professor of accounting and control at the University of Lausanne since 2002. Weiss received a Ph.D. in business administration from Harvard University, and an MBA, Diploma of Public Accounting, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Debora V. Thompson is a new tenure track Assistant Professor of marketing. Thompson recently received her Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business where she also worked as a lecturer in consumer analysis. Thompson attended Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil where she received an MS in marketing. She also received a BS in communications from the Federal University of Santa Maria.

Almula A. Camdereli joins the faculty as a new tenure track Assistant Professor of operations and information management (OPIM). Camdereli recently received a Ph.D. in Operations, Technology and Innovation Management from Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where Camdereli also worked as an instructor. Camdereli received a M.S. and B.S. in industrial engineering at the Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Professor Martin Evans will serve double duty in the fall; Evans will continue serving as an economics professor at Georgetown while taking on the new challenge of working at the McDonough School of Business. He also works as a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Evans received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a Bsc. in economics from the University of Bristol in England.

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