30 Dec 2020 18:53 IST

Madan Pillutla takes charge as ISB Dean

Associated with the institution since its inception; he says he is excited to set new benchmarks

The Indian School of Business (ISB) announced the appointment of Professor Madan Pillutla as its sixth Dean. Prof Pillutla is a globally renowned management academic and leader in the field of organisational behaviour, currently at London Business School (LBS). He will succeed Dean Rajendra Srivastava and will formally take over on July 1, 2021.

Prof Pillutla says, “It is a privilege to be selected as the Dean of ISB. It is particularly special to lead an institution that I have been associated with since its inception. ISB has gained a position of pre-eminence on the strength of its excellent faculty and students. As business education transforms globally and in India, I am excited about the opportunities for ISB to set new benchmarks for others to follow.”

Transformative phase

A visiting faculty member at ISB since its founding, Prof Pillutla currently serves as a Professor of organisational behaviour, a department he chaired in the past, at LBS. Having served as the Deputy Dean of Faculty, Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Committee, and the faculty representative on the Governing Body of LBS, he brings extensive administrative experience.

Harish Manwani, Chairperson, ISB Executive Board, said, “Madan’s appointment comes at a transformative phase for ISB. In Madan, we are fortunate to find the combination of academic excellence, deep administrative expertise and, importantly, someone who is familiar with the unique culture of ISB. At LBS, he has a proven track record of delivering important outcomes which include improved research productivity and increased gender diversity. He holds a distinctive vision for the institution, and we are certain that he will take ISB to new heights.”

Passing the baton

Dean Rajendra Srivastava, said, “I am excited to hand over the baton to Madan and believe that the school will see tremendous progress with him as Dean. We have worked closely together over the last 20 years and I look forward to continue working with him as I transition into a faculty role as the Novartis Professor of marketing strategy and innovation over the next few months.”

Prior to LBS, Prof Pillutla taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a highly-acclaimed institution of higher education in Asia. He holds a doctorate in organisational behaviour from the University of British Columbia, a master’s in Business Analytics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and a post-graduate diploma in management from the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, which conferred upon him a distinguished alumnus award in 2019.