24 Jul 2019 16:44 IST

Dr Suresh Ramanathan is new Dean at Great Lakes

IIM Calcutta alumnus and US-based academician succeeds Founder-Dean Bala V Balachandran

Great Lakes Institute of Management has appointed renowned US-based management academician Dr Suresh Ramanathan as its new Dean. Dr Ramanathan succeeds Founder and Dean Dr Bala V Balachandran, a Padma Shri awardee, who will continue to guide the institution as its Chairman and Dean Emeritus.

Dr Ramanathan is an eminent scholar and professor of marketing with an academic experience of nine years at the top-ranked Booth School of Business at University of Chicago, and eight years at Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business as an Endowed Chair Professor. He has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi, an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Ph.D holder from the NYU’s Stern School of Business. Dr Ramanathan is a leading academic expert on consumer emotions and motivation. His work is cited in the academic literature and he has received coverage in popular press, such as New York Times, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, and Science Daily.

Global experience

Dr Balachandran, said:“As we set out on our next stage of growth and transformation from good to great, Dr Suresh Ramanathan is the right person to lead us, with his impeccable academic credentials and global experience truly embodying our motto “global mindset, Indian roots”.

Mohan Lakhamraju, CEO and Vice-Chairman, Great Lakes, said: “Great Lakes has been built with a culture of innovation and enduring values. We are confident that Dr Ramanathan will take us closer to realising our vision of becoming a globally reputed centre of excellence in business while constantly innovating to stay ahead of the needs of the future business world.”

Dr Ramanathan said: “I am truly honoured and excited to be taking on the baton from Dr Bala, a true management guru and institution builder. Great Lakes has seen incredible growth to become one of India’s top business schools in just over a decade and I am confident that, with the support of the students, staff, faculty and alumni, we will realise our vision of becoming a globally reputed business school.”