Sanjay Sharma appointed dean of UVM’s School of Business Administration

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Sanjay Sharma, dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, has been appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at The University of Vermont, effective July 1, 2011.Dr Sharma comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education. During his four-year tenure at Concordia, the sixth largest university in Canada with more than 45,000 students, JMSB established itself as one of the top business schools globally with its MBA program ranked among the top 100 in the world by The Economist and its EMBA program ranked amongst the top 100 by the Financial Times. He facilitated a strategic focus at JMSB on educating managers with excellence in traditional knowledge and an ability to manage for the future in a global, complex, multi-stakeholder and sustainable business environments. This focus was recognized by JMSB’s ranking as 34th in the world in the Beyond Gray Pinstripes Survey by the Aspen Institute in 2010 and the school’s inclusion amongst the top 300 business schools out of 13,100 globally by the Princeton Review. Sanjay enhanced the research profile of JMSB via external fundraising for research centers (including the David O’Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise), several research chairs and professorships, and increased external research grants.‘We are extremely fortunate to have one of the most respected business school leaders in North America bring his expertise to the University of Vermont,’ said Jane E. Knodell, Provost and Senior Vice President.  ‘Dr. Sharma’s rare combination of practical experience, extensive research and leadership skills within higher education was extremely compelling and should serve UVM’s School of Business well as it continues to establish itself as one of the top small business school programs in the northeast.’UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel also noted that, ‘Dr. Sharma’s scholarly record and leadership achievements will help us further strengthen our quality and reputation, not only in the School of Business Administration, but across the University as a whole.  I could not be more pleased that he has agreed to help us fulfill our vision as one of the nation’s premier small research universities.’Prior to his arrival at JMSB, the largest English language business school in Canada with more than 8,500 students and 350 full time and part time faculty, Sharma held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability and was professor of policy in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also conceived and served as the first director of the Certified Management Accountant’s Centre for Responsible Organizations, an interdisciplinary center focusing on research and practice in the areas of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethics, environmental management, social issues, and corporate governance.A 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar, Sharma has won several research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others. He has co-edited six books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.Sharma began his academic career as an associate professor and director of the Executive MBA Programs at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax where he improved the national ranking of the EMBA program in Canadian Business from a ranking of tenth to third-place. Sharma earned his Ph.D in management in 1996 from the University of Calgary and his MBA in 1976 from Panjab University, India, where he received the University Gold Medal. He completed his undergraduate work in 1974 at the University of Delhi.‘I welcome the opportunity to work with the leadership team at UVM and the BSAD faculty and staff to build on the strengths of the school and realize its potential as a globally recognized unique destination for excellence in management education and research,’ Sharma said. ‘I also look forward to actively engaging the BSAD alumni and the Vermont business community in achieving this mission, attracting new resources, and helping to strengthen the economic vitality of the state.  I could not be more excited at the prospect of joining such a vibrant academic community, and I deeply appreciate the confidence that has been placed in me by the University.  Be assured that I will do my utmost to ensure that this confidence is well placed.’Prior to his academic career, Sharma was a senior level manager at multiple international corporations. He served as managing director of Chanrai International Plc. UK (1986-1992); chief executive officer of Sanraj Group Ltd. in India (1981-1986); financial controller of Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd. in India (1979-1981); and assistant manager (finance) of J.K. Synthetics Ltd. in India (1976-1979).                                                                              ###last_img read more

CFO Focus: Steering with business intelligence

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For credit union CFOs, wearing multiple hats is an essential part of the job. Regardless of the task at hand—be it evaluating the institution’s overall profitability or managing compliance activities—the need for strong data persists. Today’s sophisticated business intelligence tools are changing the game for CFOs, providing accessibility to insights and empowering them to truly harness data to create sustainability and profitability using fact-informed strategies. With the right solutions, CFOs can base decisions on actual metrics rather than trends or industry benchmarks.When it comes to vetting and deploying a business intelligence solution, CFOs are typically the ones in the driver’s seat. In choosing business intelligence tools, CFOs should look for systems that enable them to evaluate the past, understand the current status and drive changes with confidence, accounting for four unique types of analytics:Descriptive analytics—historic information depicting “what happened?”Diagnostic analytics—demonstration of cause and effect to assess “why did it happen?”Predictive analytics—monitoring and tracking trends and behavior to predict “what will happen?”Prescriptive analytics—allowing an organization to turn insights into strategy and tactical planning to supply answers to the question “how can we make it happen?”Business intelligence is about leveraging data first to see the bigger picture and then to develop a comprehensive roadmap for staying ahead of the game in today’s fast-changing, technology-driven world. Business intelligence solutions must deliver insights to improve competitive posture, with an impact on virtually every department. In their assessment of data analytics solutions, today’s tech-savvy CFOs are prioritizing such key features as: continue reading »last_img read more

Ramos Saves Real in El Clasico Draw

first_imgCaptain Sergio Ramos scored a stoppage-time equaliser to extend Real Madrid’s unbeaten start to the season and deny Barcelona victory in a bad-tempered El Clasico.Luis Suarez’s glancing header from Neymar’s left-wing free-kick put Barcelona ahead at the Nou Camp. But in a frantic ending, Cristiano Ronaldo went close before Ramos headed home Luka Modric’s free-kick to earn a point for Zinedine Zidane’s La Liga leaders. Leaders Real remain six points clear of defending champions Barca after 14 matches.Barca were moments away from reducing the gap to three points when Real captain Ramos pounced to make it 33 games without defeat for his side. Real are approaching the winter break in the driving seat, Barca having gone three matches without a league win.The hosts started slowly and managed only one attempt on goal – a Lionel Messi free-kick was comfortably gathered by Keylor Navas – in a scrappy first half.In contrast, Ronaldo had three attempts in the opening 45 minutes as Luka Modric dominated for Real in midfield.While far from their fluid best, Barca were better after the break and went in front when Raphael Varane conceded a free-kick just outside his area and Suarez nodded home from close range.Messi, who has now gone six games without scoring against Real in all competitions, missed a great chance to double the lead after a lovely pass from substitute Andres Iniesta, on his return from injury, before Ramos had the final say.The 30-year-old defender is establishing a reputation for scoring crucial late goals in big games.Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equaliser against Atletico Madrid to send the 2014 Champions League final into extra time before Real won.He also forced extra time with a stoppage-time equaliser in the 2016 Super Cup final, which Real also went on to win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Man City’s Kyle Walker might ‘never play for England again’ after hosting ‘sex party’ despite COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgManchester City defender, Kyle Walker, is facing a massive fine from the club after breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules to host a sex party.He’s also at risk of losing his place in the England national team permanently,The player invited two sex workers to his house who, according to reports were paid £2,200 each for their services.The player’s actions are in stark contrast to a campaign by his club, which Walker has been part of, to get people to stay at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.He has since apologised although he is still expected to face a hefty punishment from the club.“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week. I understand my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. “As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” he said.A Man City spokesperson said the club was deeply disappointed with Walker’s actions given the club’s role in the efforts against coronavirus but notes his apology and will be sanctioning him internally.“Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of Covid-19, in any way we can.“Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.”Walker is the latest player to break isolation regulations in the wake of the freeze on football.Earlier Aston Villa star Jack Grealish was reportedly fined £150,000 for ignoring the restrictions only to end up crashing his car into two others.Jack Grealish, following his accidentReal Madrid forward, Luka Jovic is also under investigation in Serbia after leaving isolation to attend his girlfriend’s birthday party.Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was also fined by his club after he left his home to visit his son in hospital, despite a lockdown being in place.last_img read more