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New Chairholders Appointed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

July 18, 2018

Toronto – Four professors in the areas of accounting, finance, strategic management and operations management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been appointed the new holders of academic chairs at the school.

Dmitry Krass, a professor of operations management and statistics, will hold the Sydney C. Cooper Chair in Business and Technology.

Partha Mohanram, professor of accounting, will hold the John H. Watson Chair in Value Investing.

Anita McGahan, a professor of strategic management, will hold the George E. Connell Chair in Organizations and Society

Liyan Yang, a professor of finance, will hold the Peter L. Mitchelson / SIT Chair in Investment Foundation Strategy.

The appointments are effective on July 1, 2018 for a five-year term.

Dmitry Krass is a professor of operations management and statistics and academic director of the Rotman Master of Management Analytics program.  Obtaining his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins University, he joined the School in 1989.  He consults extensively in the areas of Predictive Analytics, Optimization of Marketing Communications and Operational Effectiveness.  His research and teaching interests include facility location models, transportation, reliability and inventory location modeling and humanitarian logistics. He is also interested in environmental modeling, including regulation of pollution fines, marketing mix management and optimization, and predictive/ prescriptive analytics using “big data” and other tools in business decision making.

Partha Mohanram is a professor of accounting at the Rotman School and director of the India Innovation Institute. Prof. Mohanram has published extensively in the top accounting and management journals, with publications in The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research and Management Science. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the area of valuation, with many papers on fundamental analysis and the measurement of implied cost of capital. His papers are highly cited by academic colleagues and are featured in the business press. He obtained his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard. Prior to that, he obtained his PGDM (MBA) from IIM-Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT-Madras.

Anita McGahan is a professor of strategic management at the Rotman School and previously held the Rotman Chair in Management and served as the director of the Rotman PhD Program and as the Associate Dean of Research. She is cross-appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Physiology Department of the Medical School; is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; and is Chief Economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. In 2013, she was elected by the Academy of Management’s membership to the Board of Governors and into the Presidency rotation. In 2014, she joined the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance.   Her credits include two books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. Her current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. She is also pursuing a long-standing interest in the inception of new industries, particularly in global health. She has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development. In 2010, she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s “Irwin Distinguished Educator Award” and, in 2012, the Academy conferred on McGahan its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of Business Schools. In 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society.

Liyan Yang is a professor of finance at the Rotman School. His research interests are in asset pricing, behavioral finance and information economics. His current research focuses on information transmission and production in financial markets and related regulation issues. He has received many awards for his research including, the 2011 Inaugural TCFA (The Chinese Finance Association) Award for the Best Paper on Global Financial Markets, the Northern Finance Association Award for the Best Paper on Capital Markets in 2011 and 2012, the Connaught New Researcher Award from the University of Toronto in 2013 and received the Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Research from the Rotman School in 2015. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Governor's Award from the Bank of Canada which recognizes outstanding academics at a relatively early stage in their careers, who are working at Canadian universities in areas of research critical to the Bank's mandate.

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