Meet our Board Members

Explore the bios below to learn more about the leading professionals who make up our Academic Advisory Board, Corporate Advisory Board, Student Activities Advisory Board, and Oversight Committee.

 

Oversight Committee

Christine A. Poon

Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Christine A. Poon

Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Christine A. Poon was appointed Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at The Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in April 2009. Poon comes to Fisher after a 30-year career in the health-care industry, most recently as vice chairman and worldwide chairman of Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson. She served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and was responsible for managing the pharmaceutical businesses of the company. Her areas of expertise include domestic and international business operations and sales and marketing.

Poon began her career at Johnson & Johnson in 2000 as company group chairman of Pharmaceuticals and was appointed worldwide chairman of Pharmaceuticals in 2001. She was appointed worldwide chairman of Medicines & Nutritionals in 2003 and was named a vice chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005. In 2007, Poon assumed responsibility for the Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the Corporate Office of Science and Technology, the Corporate Office of Information Management, Worldwide Procurement and Worldwide Operations. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Poon spent 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where her most recent position was president of International Medicines. Her career at Bristol-Myers Squibb included marketing and strategic-planning positions, including stints as president of Medical Devices and senior vice president for Canada and Latin America Pharmaceutical Operations. Poon is on the Board of Directors of Prudential Financial, Inc., in Newark, N.J., and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2004, she was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and named Business Leader of the Future by CNBC/Wall Street Journal in 2005. Poon received a BA in Biology from Northwestern University, an MA in Biology/Biochemistry from St. Louis University, and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.

William H. Cary

Senior Vice President, General Electric Company; Chief Operating Officer, GE Capital

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William H. Cary

Senior Vice President, General Electric Company; Chief Operating Officer, GE Capital

William H. (Bill) Cary is the Chief Operating Officer of GE Capital, the financial services unit of the General Electric Company. Cary joined GE in 1986 as a member of the Financial Management Program and served in a variety of financial positions. In 1988 he joined GE Capital-Corporate Finance Group, and following increasingly responsible assignments in Corporate Finance, moved to Singapore in 1994 and became Senior Vice President – Capital Markets and Finance for GE Capital Corporation – Asia. In 1995, he was named Chief Financial Officer for GE Global Consumer Finance. Cary then became Vice President and Manager – Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at GE Capital’s headquarters in Stamford, CT. Cary was appointed a GE Officer during this assignment in December 1999. Following this role from January 2001 until October 2002, he served as President and CEO of GE Capital Vendor Financial Services. Cary then became the Corporate Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis for GE Company until February 2004 when he was named the Vice President of Corporate Investor Communications. In March 2006 Cary was posted to London and appointed President and CEO of GE Money EMEA region. He was elected a Senior Vice President of GE in November 2006. Cary was promoted to President of GE Money (Global) in February 2008, and Chief Operating Officer for all of GE Capital in November 2008. Cary is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council.

John B. “Jay” Gerlach, Jr.

CEO, Lancaster Colony

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John B. “Jay” Gerlach, Jr.

CEO, Lancaster Colony

John B. “Jay” Gerlach, Jr. was elected chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Lancaster Colony in February 1997. He had been president and chief operating officer since May 1994. Jay joined the Lancaster Colony companies in April of 1976 and has served in various capacities, including executive vice president, for nine years. Founded in January 1961 by his grandfather, John J. Gerlach, and his father, John B. Gerlach, Lancaster Colony has grown into a diverse manufacturer and marketer of specialty foods and glassware and candles. Annual sales are currently running over $1 billion. The company takes pride in having increased cash dividends every year for the past 47 years. Mr. Gerlach has served on the Lancaster Colony board of directors since November 1985. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., The Columbus Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Recreation Unlimited Foundation, The Ohio State University Foundation, and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital Board. Mr. Gerlach grew up in the central Ohio area and is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Tanny Crane

President and CEO, Crane Group

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Tanny Crane

President and CEO, Crane Group

Tanny Crane is President and CEO of Crane Group, Columbus, Ohio. Crane Group, a privately-held family business, is a diversified portfolio company, comprising ten manufacturing businesses, primarily serving the home building and commercial markets; real estate investments, and equities. Total asset base is approximately $370 million. Tanny Crane joined Crane Plastics Company (manufacturing business) in 1987 as Director of Human Resources, and became Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1993. She became the President of Crane Plastics in 1996. In January, 2003, she succeeded Jameson Crane to her current position. Prior to joining Crane Plastics, she was Product Manager for Quaker Oats Company of Chicago, Illinois and National Account Manager at AT&T (Chicago).

Ms. Crane is also active through a variety of board trustee positions. She serves on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, is a Director of Wendy’s International, Inc., a member of the Columbus Partnership and a trustee of the Columbus Foundation. Ms. Crane is immediate past Board Chair of United Way of Central Ohio, and continues on the Executive Committee and Board. She also served as 1999 United Way Campaign Chair. She is past President of the board of Action for Children, and is a member of the Project Grad Board and Columbus School for Girls Board of Trustees. She is an advisory board member of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, and is also on the Board of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. She received her MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management-Northwestern University and her B.S. in administrative science, with a major in marketing, from The Ohio State University.

Academic Advisory Board

Thomas J. Goldsby

Professor of Logistics, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Thomas J. Goldsby

Professor of Logistics, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Dr. Thomas J. Goldsby is Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky and Iowa State University. Dr. Goldsby holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Evansville (1992), MBA from the University of Kentucky (1993), and PhD in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University (1998). Prior to entering academia, Dr. Goldsby served as a logistics analyst for the Valvoline Company. He previously worked for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and as a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Transportation Research Center. He has served as a consultant to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, logistics service providers, non-governmental organizations, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Goldsby serves on the selection committee for industry awards including AMR Research Top 25 Supply Chains, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Innovation Award, Logistics Quarterly magazine’s Third-Party Sustainability Award, and University of Kentucky’s Corporate Sustainability Awards. Dr. Goldsby’s research interests include logistics customer service, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies.

Johnny Rungtusanatham

Professor of Management Sciences, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Johnny Rungtusanatham

Professor of Management Sciences, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

M. Johnny Rungtusanatham is Professor of Management Sciences at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He has held prior faculty appointments at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Professor Rungtusanatham’s research articles have appeared or are appearing in a number of prestigious academic and practitioner journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Decision Sciences (DS), Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (DSJIE), Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management (JOM), and Journal of Supply Chain Management, among others. Professionally, Rungtusanatham serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the APICS Educational & Research Foundation, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Decision Sciences Institute as an At-Large Vice President and as Treasurer of the Business Process Management Section of INFORMS. He has conducted research with, consulted with, and provided executive training for Arizona Public Services, CHS, Chevron Corporation, Deere & Company, e-Bags.com, E-Source, Honeywell, Intel, LG Electronics, Medtronics, ON Semiconductor, Phelps Dodge, Seaquist Closures, United Technologies, and Zytec.

Oded Shenkar

Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Oded Shenkar

Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Oded Shenkar is the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He heads Fisher’s international business area and is a member of the Centers for Chinese Studies and Near East Studies. Professor Shenkar holds degrees in East-Asian (Chinese) Studies and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from Columbia University. He has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Peking University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), and the International University of Japan, among many others. Professor Shenkar has published a hundred scientific articles in leading journals. His work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Daily Mail (UK), Time, Business Week, The Economist, the Associated Press, and Reuters, as well as on radio and TV. Professor Shenkar has advised firms in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, China and Israel, as well as governments, international institutions, and universities.

Michael S. Weisbach

Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Michael S. Weisbach

Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Dr. Michael S. Weisbach is the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance as well as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has taught previously at the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester, and the University of Arizona. He holds a BS degree from University of Michigan and a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Weisbach is an editor of The Review of Financial Studies, one of the leading academic journals in finance, and has been an associate editor of five other academic journals. He is a senior advisor of The Brattle Group, a Cambridge, MA, business-economics and litigation-support consulting firm. Dr. Weisbach has broad-ranging research and teaching interests in finance and economics with specialties in corporate finance, corporate governance, and private equity. He is responsible for 31 publications on these and related topics, and his works have been collectively cited more than 1,500 times.

Tzachi Zach

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Information Systems, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Tzachi Zach

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Information Systems, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Tzachi Zach joined the department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in 2008 as an assistant professor of accounting. In addition to teaching the introductory financial accounting course in the Honors Program, Zach teaches the Accounting Policy & Research in the Master of Accounting (MACC) program. Zach developed this unique course while at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught for six years prior to coming to Fisher. The course blends accounting research and practice in the classroom. Zach has a PhD in Business Administration (Accounting) from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. His research interests include financial reporting and its relation to capital markets, earnings management, managerial incentives, and empirical accrual models. His research has been published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Accounting & Economics. Zach won the 2011 Undergraduate Teaching Award at Fisher. At Washington University, he won two Reid Teaching Awards and was granted the Reid Chair by senior faculty for excellence in teaching.

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.

Anil Makhija

Academic Director of 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).

Corporate Advisory Board

Tim McCarthy

Founder and Partner, Raising Cane’s of Ohio

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Tim McCarthy

Founder and Partner, Raising Cane’s of Ohio

Over the past 20 years, Tim McCarthy has started and grown three businesses and one foundation. Today he remains a minority investor and director in his original business, WorkPlace Media, a national media company. He and his wife developed a 24-home condominium development, Erin Bluff, on Lake Erie in Ashtabula, OH, where they currently reside. The couple also started The Business of Good foundation, which is dedicated to serving those who serve the very poor. McCarthy brings 35 years of business expertise along with many unique life experiences to his speaking and writing engagements. He and his company are the winners of numerous awards, including Inc 500, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Fisher Business School Alumnae Community Citizen of the Year, Northeast Ohio Top 99 Places to Work, and Corporate Citizen Award. McCarthy received his BA in Political Science in 1975 from The Ohio State University and his MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2007.

Paul Sipp

President and CEO, Turkey Run, Inc.

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Paul Sipp

President and CEO, Turkey Run, Inc.

Since 1996, Paul Sipp has served as President and CEO of Turkey Run, Inc., a family business founded in 1947 by Sipp’s grandfather. The company originally engaged in the operation farms and investing in common stocks. Under Sipp’s leadership, the corporate focus has expanded to include the operation of commercial office buildings and apartments. Sipp’s previous experience includes selling and leasing commercial real estate for Ohio Equities Realtors and HER Realtors. Sipp holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University and an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Nancy Kramer

Nancy Kramer

Founder & CEO, Resource Interactive

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Nancy Kramer

Founder & CEO, Resource Interactive

As Founder and Chairman, Nancy Kramer has built Resource Interactive into an award-winning, nationally recognized agency—both for its creative work and its unique culture. Kramer’s marketing experience and impact coincide with great moments in technology marketing history, from Apple as the agency’s first client to the first live streaming of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to the launch of Off The Wall—the first-ever fully integrated social commerce experience. She has guided Resource through 30 years of trends, shifts and splits in the interactive arena—all while remaining driven by the core values that are the cornerstone of the agency and influence every decision.

Michael S. Brello

Governmental Affairs Manager, American Electric Power

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Michael S. Brello

Governmental Affairs Manager, American Electric Power

Mike Brello is the governmental affairs manager for American Electric Power (AEP). He is responsible for state and local governmental affairs and public policy matters as well as building and maintaining external relationships with elected officials, consumer groups, and other interested stakeholders. Brello most recently served as Legislative Liaison at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for five years, where he represented the agency to the Taft and Strickland administrations, the Ohio General Assembly, and organizations such as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo and his MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He has completed executive management programs at Fisher College of Business, the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, and the Regulatory Studies Program at Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities. He is a member of the boards of the Ohio Literacy Network, The Ohio Public Expenditure Council, and the Ohio Electric Utility Institute.

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.

Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market

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Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market

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 responsibilities 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 degree 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.

Student Activities Advisory Board

Jeff Rice

Executive Director of the Office of Career Management, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Jeff Rice

Executive Director of the Office of Career Management, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

As Executive Director of the Office of Career Management, Jeff Rice oversees the Office’s operations, staffing, and corporate account management. His responsibilities include providing employer and MBA student consultation. Rice is the Past President of the MBA Career Services Council.

Rao Unnava

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Rao Unnava

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

As Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Professor Rao Unnava’s research focuses on issues related to brand loyalty, consumer response to advertising and sales promotions, and consumer memory. His work has appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Letters, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of International Consumer Marketing and Advances in Consumer Research. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Consumer Research. Professor Unnava’s teaching experience entails both undergraduate and graduate level courses, including marketing management and strategy, marketing research, consumer behavior, promotional strategy, human memory processes, and international marketing. He was named Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher by the American Marketing Association in 1997.

Karen Wruck

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

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Karen Wruck

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Karen Wruck is Associate Dean for MBA Programs, Dean’s Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Finance at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Dean Wruck conducts research and teaches in the fields of financial and organizational economics, specializing in corporate finance, restructuring, financial distress, corporate governance, and management compensation. She has published numerous articles in leading academic journals and developed highly successful courses for delivery to MBAs and executives. Her work and opinions have been highlighted in various business periodicals. Wruck is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and European Financial Management and she serves as an ad hoc referee for many other academic journals. She has been selected as the outstanding faculty member by students in the core of the full time MBA program and the executive MBA program at Ohio State. Wruck serves as an academic director of the Financial Management Association and the Turnaround Management Association. She has served as a consultant to major corporations and has worked on a number of high profile corporate litigation projects as an expert witness.

Mike Pilot

Chief Commercial Officer, GE Capital

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Mike Pilot

Chief Commercial Officer, GE Capital

As chief commercial officer, Pilot is working to reposition the GE Capital brand, expand GE Capital’s global sales force coverage and accelerate growth. Prior to this role, Pilot was president of NBC Universal’s ad sales with overall executive responsibility for all areas of the company’s television and digital networks advertising sales efforts.

Pilot began his career in sales at GE Capital in 1984 as a marketing support specialist. Over the following 22 years, he assumed a variety of sales management and senior leadership positions at GE. These include president and CEO of GE Commercial Finance’s Equipment Finance Group, where he grew assets more than 50% to $25 billion and doubled net income to nearly $500 million; vice president of global sales for GE Information Services, where he oversaw a $500 million sales and services organization; president of GE Capital Small Business Finance Corporation, one of the nation’s largest SBA lenders; regional manager for GE Capital’s Commercial Equipment Financing business, where he was responsible for managing a $400 million portfolio of commercial equipment leases; and vice president of sales for GE Industrial Systems, where he was responsible for directing the commercial activities of GE’s $4 billion electrical products and services business.

Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market

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Doug Farren

Associate Director, National Center for the Middle Market

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 responsibilities 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 degree 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.