Kouvelis named head of executive education at Olin

Mahendra Gupta, Ph.D., dean and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management at Olin Business School, has named Panos Kouvelis, Ph.D., the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management, to the newly created position of senior associate dean and director of executive programs at Olin.

Panos Kouvelis

The new position is part of a strategic restructuring of Olin’s executive education to drive a synergistic and integrated approach to this portfolio.

In his new role, Kouvelis will be responsible for the strategic development and programmatic effectiveness of Olin’s executive MBA programs in St. Louis and Shanghai; the Olin Partners’ Program open-enrollment seminars; custom executive programs; and the administration of the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center.

Kouvelis has been an active and respected member of the Olin faculty for 12 years. He also is the director of Olin’s Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Management.

“Panos is ideally suited to lead Olin’s executive programs given his years of exceptional teaching, renowned research and trusted consulting relationships with business,” Gupta said. “His leadership, coupled with our outstanding faculty and staff, position Olin for an exciting new trajectory in providing the very best in executive education to business professionals and their companies today and in the future.”

Kouvelis, 48, was born in Lamia, Greece and majored in mechanical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He earned a dual MBA and industrial engineering degree from the University of Southern California and earned a doctorate at Stanford University. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University before joining the Olin faculty in 1997.

The recipient of numerous awards for teaching, research and service, Kouvelis has published three books and more than 80 papers in academic journals. He also serves in editorial positions at several leading management and operations publications. Kouvelis was instrumental in designing a new master’s degree in supply chain management that will launch at Olin this fall.