Soumitra Dutta to Head Cornell's Business School
Bangalore: Soumitra Dutta, a 48 year old Indian American will take the position of Dean of Cornell University’s Management School, on July 1, 2012. He is the first Indian origin to be in charge of a top American Business school.
Soumitra Dutta is a Professor of business and technology, who is also the founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology innovation lab at INSEAD’S French Campus. The search for a new dean for the business school began from the month of August, last year and Soumitra Dutta turned out to be one among the two finalists in the end.
"Professor Dutta's appointment is a natural fit with Johnson's increasingly global outlook," said David Skorton, President of Cornell University.
Soumitra was born to an Indian Air Force doctor in Chandigarh. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi campus where he completed his BTech in electrical engineering & computer science securing second rank.
Even though Sumitra has been outside his native for more than 22 years he does not have a Western accent nor does he have the famous European indifference."I strongly hold on to two things that I brought with me from India: respecting diversity and the importance of family values," he says.
Professor Dutta is also involved in policy development activities, both at national and European levels. Apart from being an academician and businessman, he is also the author of many books.
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