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Kellogg appoints international business expert Sanjay Khosla as senior fellow


Kellogg is pleased to announce the appointment of Sanjay Khosla, a former executive at Mondelez (Kraft) and Unilever, to the position of senior fellow with the Kellogg Markets and Customers Initiative (KMCI). The announcement is a result of Kellogg’s strategic vision and ongoing efforts to prepare students and current executives to excel in the 21st-century business environment.

“To excel in today's global 21st century business environment requires deep customer insight—not only in developed nations, but also in emerging markets,” said Kellogg School Dean Sally Blount. “Sanjay Khosla has decades of experience in adapting business strategies to new markets, and his accomplishments and perspective will be invaluable to both Kellogg faculty and students.”

In this position, Khosla will collaborate with faculty on research and executive education. The past several years have laid a solid foundation for the partnership: he has shared his insights at a range of Kellogg forums and events, where he became acquainted with KMCI faculty lead Gregory Carpenter. Khosla is also currently working on a book with Kellogg professor Mohan Sahwney.

“I’m looking forward to enhancing Kellogg’s reputation as a thought leader on global business,” said Khosla. “In addition, the combination of my business experience and faculty research will give students and executives the perspective and tools they need to thrive.”

In his decision to partner with Kellogg, Khosla highlighted several factors that make Kellogg distinctive among top-tier business schools: Kellogg’s sustained commitment to combining business practitioner perspective with faculty research, its focus on the impact of globalization and technology on business, and the global focus of the school’s programs.

Khosla brings a wealth of leadership experience in international settings, including China, India, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In the past six years, he increased Kraft’s Developing Markets division to $16 billion in revenues, from $5 billion, while significantly improving profitability. Khosla helped successfully integrate the Cadbury and Danone biscuit acquisitions in more than 60 countries. He also spearheaded the introduction of iconic brands to new generations of consumers, managing the expansion of brands such as Oreos into emerging markets.

In addition to his responsibilities as senior fellow, Khosla serves on the boards of Best Buy, USA and Niit Ltd, India. He was previously on the board of Hindustan Unilever, India; co-chair of the Nestle/Fonterra joint venture for the Americas; and on the board of the Lipton /Pepsi joint venture.

Khosla graduated with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, with a degree in electrical engineering. He also completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.