Center Staff

Our professionals work closely with middle market businesses to identify their unique needs and challenges. Learn more about center staff by exploring the bios below.

 

Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market Center

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Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market Center

Doug Farren joined The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business after an 11-year career at Limited Brands, where he most recently served as Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning. His responsibilities included developing the supply chain network and planning/allocation functionality for inventory to support three distinct international store channels. Farren started with Limited Brands as a summer intern while completing his MBA in Operations and Logistics Management at Fisher College of Business. Farren’s previous experience includes work for Six Sigma Qualtec, a process improvement consulting firm based on Scottsdale, Arizona. His primary functions included marketing strategy, new client relationships, and on-site training and implementation. As part of his responsibilities, he was certified in 1998 as a Six Sigma Black Belt in Transactional Quality. Farren holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State University, where he was a member of the football team as an athlete and student assistant under Joe Paterno. He is an active member of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club.

Anil Makhija

Academic Director, National Center for the Middle Market Center

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Anil Makhija

Academic Director of Middle Market Center

Professor Anil K. Makhija holds the Dean’s Distinguished Professorship in Finance at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, where he has been on the faculty since 1999. Past positions include chairing Fisher’s Department of Finance, serving as an Associate Dean, and holding the David A. Rismiller Professorship in Finance. Professor Makhija received a PhD in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Tulane University (Dean’s List, Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society), and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (Dean’s List). Professor Makhija’s research and teaching interests in the field of corporate finance focus on issues relating to capital structure, corporate governance, and utilities. His current research topics include the relationship between the personal leverage of CEOs and corporate leverage, how CEO age affects corporate investment policy, why some CEOs work for a one-dollar salary, and the relation between non-debt tax shields and firm leverage. Professor Makhija has served on several editorial boards. His work has appeared in major academic journals, and he is currently co-editing Advances in Financial Economics with Professor Kose John (NYU).

Richard Kelly

GE Representative

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Richard Kelly

GE Representative

Richard Kelly is the global Marketing Research Leader in the Commercial Marketing function of GE Capital Headquarters. A GE veteran, he developed market research globally from a start-up function in the GE Finance business in 1999. More recently, Kelly played an instrumental role in the development and commercialization of a differentiated GE Capital value proposition (‘Builders, Not Just Bankers’). He led the engagement with The Ohio State University on the database research and large-scale survey research that helped shape the Leading from the Middle National Middle Market Summit held October 6, 2011. Additional achievements include partnering with The Wharton School to develop a standardized market segmentation framework and tools and presenting to GE executives at the Jack Welch Executive Leadership Campus. Kelly has 25 years experience in marketing and marketing research and has held positions with Synovate (Market Facts), McCann-Erickson Advertising, TBWA/Chiat Day Advertising, and CBS Network. Kelly is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire.

Christa A. Rubbelke

Program Manager, National Center for the Middle Market

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Christa A. Rubbelke

Program Manager, National Center for the Middle Market

Christa A. Rubbelke is the Program Manager for the National Center for the Middle Market. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting & Finance. Prior to working in the National Center for the Middle Market, she was a Fiscal Officer in the Fisher College of Business Shared Services Center. She has also worked as a staff accountant at Plante & Moran, PLLC in Cleveland.