Indian-American to Head Top U.S. Education Council

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 May 2013, 07:02 Hrs
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Bangalore: Sangeet Chowfla has been appointed as the president and CEO of Graduate Management Admission Council, an international non-profit organization of business schools that owns GMAT exam.

Chowfla will take over the responsibility of the president in the month of September and on January 1, 2014, he will take charge as the CEO, as reported by Hemali Chhapia of TNN.

This is not the first time an Indian American has been selected to serve a prestigious post in the U.S. education sector. He joins the league of Indians in this area, namely Soumitra Dutta , Nitin Nohria , Dipak Jain, Sunil Kumar.

"I know for myself that taking the GMAT exam and the opportunities it opened up for me were life-changing," said Chowfla, stressing on the importance of the exam.

"My job will be to take the strong foundation — GMAC 2.0, if you will — build on it, shape it for the future and establish a new, even stronger GMAC: GMAC 3.0. I am excited by the challenge and gratified that the board has chosen to entrust me with this great company, its terrific management team and its world-class staff," Chowfla added, reports Hemali.

Chowfla started his career with IBM, Delhi and then became a part of Hewlett Packard, serving the firm for 18 years. Later on, he also worked for Timeline Partners and Comviva Technologies.

"Sangeet Chowfla is just the kind of chief executive the GMAC board had in mind when we began our CEO search earlier this year," said James Bradford, outgoing chairman of the board of GMAC.

"Chowfla is joining GMAC at a time of great opportunity as well as change in the graduate management education marketplace," said Dina Dommett, incoming Chair of the GMAC Board.

"The globalization of management education has been a constant, yet today that globalization is occurring at a faster pace and with technology playing an ever greater role. Chowfla's experience as a technology executive, his international experience as a manager and leader, coupled with his understanding of global markets, are perfectly suited to the challenges facing GMAC, and I look forward to working with him. The London Business School is committed to helping GMAC navigate the changing marketplace, and Chowfla is a terrific choice to lead that effort," Dommett said.

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