Former Princeton economist, MIT accounting
professor among 14 new professors

Fisher welcomed 14 new faculty members to its ranks for the 2006-07 academic year, including economist Robert Kimmel, a former professor at Princeton University’s Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance and three visiting professors.

David L. Cahill
Jennifer L.M. Altamuro
Award-winning scholar, Jennifer L. M. Altamuro, named assistant professor, holds a PhD in business administration from the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree in accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Her primary research interests relate to the role of accounting information in corporate finance decisions, earnings management and voluntary disclosures by management. Formerly a CPA at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, Altamuro also taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Penn State.

Isil Erel
Mikelle Calhoun
Two visiting assistant professors and one instructor will join the accounting department: Shail Pandit earned his PhD in accounting at the University of Rochester. Before coming to Fisher, Pandit was an assistant professor at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. M. Dale Stoel received his Bachelor of Science in computer and electrical engineering and his Master of Science in management from Purdue University. Haiwen (Helen) Zhang, an instructor, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tsinghua University in China. She will receive her PhD in accounting from the University of Minnesota.

Robert Kimmel
John Gray
, assistant professor, holds a PhD in finance and an MBA with concentrations in analytic finance and econometrics from the University of Chicago. His master’s degree in computer science is from Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering is from the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly an assistant professor at Princeton University’s Department of Economics and Bendheim Center for Finance, he has been widely published in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Shail Pandit
Shashi Matta
Isil Erel, assistant professor of finance, holds a PhD in finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she worked as a postdoctoral associate with Professor Stewart Myers. She received her bachelor of arts in economics and business administration from Koc University, Turkey. Her research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, banking, capital requirements and the effect of market structure on the operations of firms.

Marketing and Logistics
John P. Saldanha
Anthony J. Rucci
An award-winning researcher, John Gray, assistant professor of operations management, received his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He holds an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of
Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. Gray has eight years of industrial experience at Procter & Gamble, managing large capital projects and systems.

John P. Saldanha, assistant professor, holds a PhD in business administration from Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in maritime business and transport from the
Travis Tokar
M. Dale Stoel
University of Plymouth. He has accumulated 10 years of practical supply chain experience as a navigational officer in the Merchant Marine.
An award-winning teacher and scholar, his current research interests include utilizing information for managing supply chain processes and the study of international transportation in supply chain management.

Shashi Matta, assistant professor of marketing, holds a PhD from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, India, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Osmania University, India. An award-winning teacher and scholar, he
Haiwen (Helen) Zhang
Sharon James
previously worked as senior account planner with Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising and as head of marketing operations for IMS Learning Resources, India. Matta’s research includes services marketing, consumer behavior in services, consumer stereotypes in product and services evaluations and consumer evaluations of brand extensions. His research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Two visiting assistant visiting professors of logistics join the department: David L. Cahill received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He also attended Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile and Helsinki School of Economics, Finland.

Travis Tokar holds a bachelor’s degree, Master of Transportation and Logistics Management, and PhD from the University of Arkansas. Tokar has conducted numerous executive development exercises focusing on replenishment for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Management and Human Resources
Professor Mikelle Calhoun comes to the Fisher after completing her PhD at New York University's Stern School of Business in Management and International Business. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Professor Calhoun was an attorney in Dallas, Texas for more than 10 years. She worked with small businesses to Fortune 500 firms on a number of commercial litigation matters. Professor Calhoun's undergraduate degree was from Pennsylvania State University. She later received a masters in communications from the University of Minnesota and a J.D./MBA degree from the University of North Carolina. Professor Calhoun is joining the International Business group in the Management and Human Resources Department.

Anthony J. Rucci, a senior lecturer in management, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Bowling Green State University. As a former executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies— Baxter International, Sears Roebuck and Co. and Cardinal Health—he has managed corporate strategy, investor relations, government affairs, corporate branding, procurement, human resources, ethics, security, real estate and aviation at a global level. In addition, Rucci has been chairman of the board of Sears de Mexico and dean of the business college at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Published in many journals including the Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine, he has frequently been interviewed and cited by major media, including Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. An editorial board member for several professional journals and a frequently sought speaker, he has received numerous professional recognitions and awards.

Sharon James, instructor, defended her PhD in business administration/strategic management from the University of Minnesota. Her MBA in finance comes from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and her BSBA from Florida A&M University. James comes to Fisher with over 11 years of industry experience in investment banking, equity research and investment management. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of strategic and financing concerns and their relative influences on firm performance.