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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

New Director of Professional Development Shyam Jha brings broad international perspective to MBA students at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

TUCSON, Ariz. – June 21, 2005 – The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management announces that Shyam Jha has joined the Eller MBA program as Director of Professional Development.

In this senior leadership position, Jha will develop partnerships with companies and external stakeholders to maximize Eller MBA student exposure to business through field projects and other action-based learning initiatives. He will also develop curricular programs for students to gain more professional experience across all Eller MBA programs—full time, evening, and the new Eller Executive MBA. Specifically, Jha is overseeing the project component of the 14-month accelerated Eller Executive MBA program, in which students develop and produce outcomes for a real company initiative (for example, launching a new sales channel, taking product development offshore, or the like).

Jha brings a broad worldwide perspective to the Eller MBA program, having lived and worked in multiple countries for leading technology-based corporations. His 22 years in telecommunications and information technology includes experience in marketing, product management, venture capital development, and business development. Jha was part of the original executive team at the optical networking pioneer Corvis and acted as a significant contributor to the company’s $1.1 billion IPO in 2000. He also served as Vice President of Business Development at the Carrier Packet Solutions division of communications company Nortel and was Director of Product Management at Digital Equipment Corporation before it was acquired by Hewlett-Packard, where Jha continued in the personal computing business unit.

Before moving to the United States in 1989, Jha lived and worked in Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, with a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering before earning an MBA from Oregon State University.

Brent Chrite, associate dean and director of MBA programs, commented, “To compete and succeed in today’s environment, our students must be able to operate at the nexus of technology, management, and innovation. As a result of Shyam’s experiences, he will bring a unique perspective of the complexities and dynamism of today’s marketplace for the benefit of our students. Ultimately, his contributions will result in a programmatic experience that is both highly academically rigorous and market-centered. We are pleased to have Shyam as member of the Eller MBA senior leadership team.”

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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