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Anthony Rucci

Tony Rucci is Professor of Management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.  He joined the faculty of the college in 2006 following a 28 year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies.  He has held a broad range of senior officer responsibilities, including extensive board of directors and governance experience, merger and acquisition responsibilities, large scale organizational transformation efforts, as well as international responsibilities. He also currently maintains an active advising practice with companies and organizations, as well as a significant pro bono practice with educational and not-for-profit organizations. His professional roles have included:  Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Cardinal Health (1999-2005);  Chairman of the Board, Sears Mexico (1995-1997);  Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Sears Roebuck and Co. (1993-1998);  Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Baxter International (1979-1993); and CEO, Ohio State University Physicians, Inc. (2006).  Rucci has also been on the board of directors of a number of companies including: Sears Canada, Western Auto, and Grupo Carso, a conglomerate of privately held companies in Mexico.

Academically, Rucci has been Dean of the College of Business and tenured professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1998 and 1999.  He has published over twenty-five articles and book chapters, including the Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine, and has been cited and interviewed in major media including USA Today, Fast Company, Smart Money, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught at a number of universities, including Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Texas, Dallas. He has delivered over 150 invited speeches and keynote addresses at major conferences and events during his career.  Rucci holds bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University. His teaching, publications and consulting with boards and executive management teams focus on strategy development and execution, leadership effectiveness, team effectiveness and the role of intangibles in the value creation chain.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including: the 2013 Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award; the 2013 Bowling Green State University Accomplished Graduate Award; the 2012 Alpha Kappa Psi Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Award and the 2010 Pacesetter’s Outstanding Graduate Professor Award, from the Fisher College at Ohio State University. In addition, he received the 2008 Distinguished Career Executive Award from the Academy of Management; and he is an inducted  Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. Tony is also the proud father of five children:  Kelly, Heather, Joshua, Jordan and Sage. (2/13)