Acclaimed Academic and Business Authority to Support Key Strategic Initiatives
(Chicago) April 8, 2010 – DLA Piper announced today that Dipak C. Jain, former dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will become a consultant to the firm. He is currently the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, where he served as dean from 2001-2009.
Recognized around the globe for his research, Jain will provide strategic counsel to DLA Piper in a number of key areas, including firm strategy and client relationship management. His extensive network of contacts, particularly those in India, will also serve as a resource to the firm and its clients.
“Dipak has a thorough understanding of the intricacies and opportunities of today’s global marketplace,” said Lee I. Miller, joint chief executive of DLA Piper. “We look forward to leveraging his experience as we continue to expand and refine our global platform to best fit the needs of our clients.”
With more than 50 articles published in leading academic journals, Jain’s areas of research include the marketing of high-tech products, market segmentation and competitive market structure analysis, cross-cultural issues in global product diffusion, new product diffusion, and forecasting models.
“As one of the top business and academic minds in his field, Dipak is just the type of advisor and counselor that can benefit DLA Piper, and his connections and insights around the globe provide a unique resource to our clients,” said William Rudnick, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Chicago office.
This announcement continues a series of strategic partnerships that the firm has established in recent years to support its growth. In 2009, DLA Piper formed a strategic alliance with Dale Anne Reiss, former Global & Americas Director of Real Estate at Ernst & Young, who is supporting the continued growth of DLA Piper’s global Real Estate practice. In 2008, DLA Piper announced a strategic partnership with former LaSalle Bank Chairman Norman R. Bobins, who is helping expand the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice.
About Dipak C. Jain
Jain joined the Kellogg School of Management faculty in 1987 with more than 20 years of experience in management and education before becoming dean in 2001. In 2003, he was also appointed as a foreign affairs adviser for the Prime Minister of Thailand where he oversaw a branding study designed to bolster that country’s economic profile through tourism. In 2007, Jain was asked by Henry Paulson, then secretary of the Department of the Treasury, to develop a strategy on the global expansion of US universities.
Jain has also served as a consultant to Microsoft, Novartis, American Express, Sony, Nissan, Motorola, Eli Lilly, Phillips and Hyatt International, and he serves on the boards of directors of Hartmarx Corporation, Deere & Company, Northern Trust Corporation and Reliance Industries (India). He is a former director at United Airlines and Peoples Energy.
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