The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University has named Soumitra Dutta its 11th dean, effective July 1, 2012. Dutta comes to Johnson after a 22-year tenure at INSEAD, during which he held the roles of dean of external relations, dean of technology and e-learning, and most recently, founder and academic director of the eLab. Dutta has also served as a visiting professor at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. This appointment makes Dutta the first dean from a non-U.S. business school to be hired by a major U.S. business school.
Dutta is considered an expert on the impact of new technology, like social media and networking, on the business world. “Professor Dutta’s appointment is a natural fit with Johnson’s increasingly global outlook,” said Cornell President David J. Skorton, in a press release this morning. CEO and chairman of S.C. Johnson, H. Fisk Johnson, believes Dutta’s “global focus and outstanding research in the areas of innovation and technology position him well to lead the school today and in the future.”