Harvard names Indian-origin Srikant Datar as new dean of its enterprise faculty

Harvard University named Srikant Datar the dean of its enterprise faculty, selling an insider who has spent nearly 25 years there and who helped lead its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Datar turns into the 11th dean within the faculty’s 112-year historical past after serving as a professor and senior affiliate dean, Harvard mentioned in an announcement Friday. He begins in January, changing Nitin Nohria, who leaves in December after a decade within the job.

“Srikant will come to the deanship with a broad international perspective, decades of close engagement with business practice, and a strong commitment to building an increasingly diverse and inclusive HBS community,” Lawrence Bacow, Harvard’s president, mentioned within the assertion.

The enterprise faculty final month introduced a plan to advance racial equality on campus and within the enterprise world. Those initiatives embody recruiting extra Black college students and school, including a chief range officer, and supporting the event of analysis and course materials to advertise racial fairness in enterprise.

Over the previous a number of months, Datar, 66, has centered on implementing a plan that permits college students to attend courses on-line and on campus.

A local of India, Datar joined the Harvard Business School school in 1996 from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the place he was a professor. His areas of experience embody value administration and company governance. He has additionally centered on information science, synthetic intelligence, progressive drawback fixing and machine studying. He’s on the boards of firms together with Novartis AG and T-Mobile US Inc.

Datar acquired a B.A. with distinction from the University of Bombay and a postgraduate diploma in enterprise administration from the Indian Institute of Management. He has grasp’s levels in statistics and economics, and a Ph.D in enterprise from Stanford.

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