Yale School of Management yesterday (June 14) poached two highly prominent B-school veterans from Wharton and IE Business School in Spain.
Wharton’s Anjani Jain will join Yale SOM as senior associate dean for the full-time MBA program on July 1, while IE’s David Bach will join the school as senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs on Sept. 1.
The appointments are something of a coup for Edward A. Snyder, who took over the deanship at Yale in the fall of last year after successful stints as dean of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Rarely if ever does a business school recruit and hire leadership talent of this caliber, particularly at the sub-dean level. Together with Snyder, the three will form a formidable leadership team to bring Yale’s SOM greater recognition and credibility in graduate business education.
Both Jain and Bach have played high profile roles at their schools for years and either of them could just as easily landed a full deanship at another business school.
Jain has served in multiple leadership roles at the Wharton School, including 10 years as vice dean of its full-time MBA program. Bach is currently dean of programs at IE Business School in Madrid.
Yale noted that the appointments come at a time of important expansion and opportunity for the school. Yale SOM recently introduced a Master of Advanced Management program and helped to organize the launch of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a collective effort by 21 international business schools to understand the challenges posed by complex global markets. With a planned move to Edward P. Evans Hall, which is slated for late 2013, the school intends to significantly increase the number of students in its master’s degree programs.
In a statement, Dean Snyder said, “Both Anjani and David are highly motivated by Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society, and I am confident they will make important contributions as the school continues to grow in scope and influence. We have an extraordinary opportunity to achieve greater integration with Yale, strengthen relationships with enterprises in all sectors, and solidify an innovative and distinctive role globally. In other words, Yale SOM has the potential to become a truly global business school, resulting in more academic and professional opportunities for students and alumni. Having Anjani and David join Yale SOM at this promising juncture is an exciting development.”
IE moved quickly to fill the gap that will be left by Bach’s departure. The school named a marketing professor, Martin Boehm, as his successor. Boehm was responsible for the 2009 launch of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at IE University. He then went on to lead the redesign and internationalization of the Masters in Management programs, one of the fastest growing categories in IE’s portfolio of programs today, of which he has been as Associate Dean since 2010.
As senior associate dean for the full-time MBA program, Anjani Jain will focus on Yale’s flagship program, assuming lead responsibility for admissions, career development, and student and academic services. Jain has had a distinguished and impactful career at Wharton over the last 26 years. For the past two years, he has been the vice dean of the MBA program for executives, and before that, he spent ten years as vice dean of the MBA program.
Jain also has taught a range of courses and conducted important research in production and operations management, and he will contribute to the Yale SOM curriculum as a senior lecturer. Among the many teaching and education awards he has received, Jain was recognized for his contributions to African-American students with the Howard E. Mitchell Award. Jain received a BS from the University of Indore in India, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Management.
As senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs, David Bach will assume lead responsibility for Yale SOM’s executive MBA program, the new Master of Advanced Management degree program, and global opportunities, including spearheading Yale SOM’s involvement with the Global Network for Advanced Management. Bach also will be a member of the Yale SOM faculty Politics group and teach courses in global business.
Bach is currently dean of programs and professor of strategy and economic environment at IE Business School. As dean of programs, Bach has driven innovation and ensured the academic rigor and operational excellence of IE’s numerous master’s programs. In this capacity, he also served as academic director of the IE Brown Executive MBA, a program that fuses Brown University’s strength in liberal arts with IE’s expertise in management education. Among his many awards and honors, Bach twice was named “one to watch” in the Thinkers 50 ranking of leading management thinkers. Bach is a graduate of Yale College, and has an MA and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Science.