Rollins Announces New Dean of Crummer Graduate School of Business
June 09, 2023
By Office of Marketing
Prominent business leader Anil Menon ushers in a new era of growth as the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Dean of Global Leadership.
Rollins welcomes Anil Menon as its new dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business. This is a strategic move on the part of the College to meet the demands of a shifting business landscape that requires technically sound, culturally sensitive, value-driven leaders. In this vein, Menon brings a broad range of experience and a proven track record of academic excellence to Rollins that aligns perfectly with Crummer’s efforts to reimagine traditional MBA education for the future.
“Business leadership has never been more challenging in a world of rapid change, marked by unpredictable market dynamics, technological advancements, environmental concerns, and evolving social paradigms,” says President Grant Cornwell. “Now, more than ever, we need resilient business leaders who can navigate these changes, spearhead innovation, and drive sustainable growth. With his unique blend of academic and business leadership expertise, a strong belief in a student-centric approach to teaching, and commitment to innovation, I believe Dr. Menon is the ideal choice to lead the Crummer Graduate School of Business.”
Menon’s academic career began as a member of the faculty at the Texas Tech University Graduate School of Business, where he achieved tenure and promotion to associate professor before joining the graduate faculty at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Research for his doctoral degree dissertation was supported and conducted at the Strategic Planning Institute (SPI), an international research and consulting think tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established by GE and the Harvard Business School. An expert on marketing and statistical analysis, Menon has published his research in numerous academic and practitioner-oriented journals and has served on the Journal of Marketing review board. He received the American Marketing Association’s AMA/Marketing Science Institute/H. Paul Root Award for academic research with the most significant impact on marketing practice.
“Overall, my action plan as the new dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins is to leverage the existing strengths of the school and the College, create new programs that meet the needs of students and industry partners, expand the school’s reach globally, and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff,” says Menon.
In addition to his roles in academia, Menon also brings to the Crummer Graduate School of Business an impressive track record of international success as a business leader. Since 2021, he has served as executive vice president of community and urban services at Sharecare, Inc., a digital health and well-being company based in Atlanta, where he and his team develop new tools and solutions that integrate health outcomes into infrastructure investments and smart city solutions. Before joining Sharecare, he served in global leadership roles at Cisco Systems and at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2002 to 2009, Menon held several global roles at IBM—from leading global brand strategy and heading worldwide market intelligence to serving as the chief marketing officer for the company’s $34 billion global hardware business. Most recently, Menon served as senior advisor to Prince Charles on sustainable markets before the prince was crowned king of England in May.
“Dr. Menon will bring Crummer a new set of growth and transformation skills acquired through a series of successful business and academic experiences,” says Trustee Rodney Adkins ’81, chairman of Avnet, Inc. and former senior vice president of IBM. “I’ve had the opportunity to observe his impact over the years in the information technology industry, specifically with IBM, as the market started shifting to more online commerce and digital applications. I’m looking forward to his leadership in extending the continued success of the Crummer Graduate School of Business.”
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