CHAIR: Serguei Netessine

Vice Dean of Global Initiatives @ The Wharton School

Serguei Netessine is the Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a professor of Operations, Information and Decisions and departmental PhD program coordinator at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Wharton’s Vice Dean for Global Initiatives. He was previously the Timken Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD.  He has lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France, and Singapore.

Professor Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester.  His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB and US Air Force.  He is an active angel-investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world.  Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos).  He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of Singapore government.

Professor Netessine has been the recipient of many teaching awards for delivering classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School and INSEAD, and he frequently teaches in Executive Education Programs.  Prolific academic writer, professor Netessine holds senior editorial positions at several leading academic journals and he co-authored dozens of publications in prominent management journals, including Harvard Business Review. His work has received extensive media coverage inCIO Magazinethe EconomistForbesMultichannel MerchantNew York TimesUS News and Strategy & Business and other media outlets.  He is co-author of “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company” (Harvard Business Press, 2014).  His full list of publications, media mentions and industry activities can be found at http://www.netessine.com