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Executive MBA Leadership

EMBA students and alumni rated the UNC EMBA staff No. 1 in the world in Student Support.

The UNC Executive MBA Programs are led by faculty and professional staff whose primary job is to ensure your success. The EMBA staff works to take care of the details behind the scenes, from pulling together your textbooks to booking your rooms for overnight stays. The faculty and professional leadership are responsive to your needs and easily accessible during and outside class time.

Perhaps that’s why, based on a recent graduate survey, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked UNC No. 1 among EMBA programs worldwide in student support – and gave UNC “A+” grades in Teaching and Support.

The UNC Executive MBA Leadership Team

Atul Nerkar

Atul Nerkar – Associate Dean, Executive MBA Evening and Weekend Programs


Atul Nerkar is associate dean of the Executive MBA Evening and Weekend Programs; the Allred Distinguished Scholar; and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

His research focuses on how technology, innovation and entrepreneurship affect business and corporate strategy. He studies research productivity in organizations and the evolution of technological capabilities in the context of the pharmaceutical, chemical and optical disc industries. His current research examines the drivers of R&D success in the pharmaceutical, chemical and optical disc industries. In particular, he focuses on firms' patent portfolios and the evolutionary process underlying their development.

Dr. Nerkar previously served on the faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

He worked with the Unilever Group of Companies in India before he studied at Wharton.

He received his PhD in strategic management from Wharton, where he also received an MA in managerial science and applied economics. He has a bachelor of production engineering from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Jayashankar M Swaminathan

Jayashankar M. Swaminathan – Associate Dean, Global OneMBA® Program


Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan is the associate dean of the Global OneMBA, the global executive MBA program offered in partnership with four other top schools, and the UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Program, the dual-degree Global Supply Chain Leaders Program offered with Tsinghua University's Department of Industrial Engineering. He also is GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and director of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Global Business Center.

Dr. Swaminathan is an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management.has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals and won numerous awards, including NSF Career Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished research and teaching awards.

He teaches courses in global operations, global supply chain strategy and management, and doing business in India. His book Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future? highlights the emergence of India and its implications for businesses.

He has consulted with a number of firms over the last two decades, including AGCO, Agilent, CEMEX, Cisco, IBM, Kaiser, McKinsey, Nokia, Public Health Institute, Railinc, Samsung, Sara Lee, Schaeffler Group, TVS Motors, UNICEF and the U.S. Navy.

His work with UNICEF has led to major changes in the global supply chain planning and execution for Plumpy’Nut (RUTF) into Africa. His work on configure-to-order assembly using vanilla boxes impacted the electronics industry in the 1990s.
A sought after expert speaker, his insights have appeared in media outlets including the Financial Times and Businessweek.

He has held several leadership positions at UNC Kenan-Flagler in the past, including senior associate dean of academic affairs and chair of the operations, technology and innovation management area. He is a fellow of the Academic Leadership Program in the Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC, and serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Council at Deloitte LLP. Previously, he was vice president of INFORMS and president of POMS College of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Swaminathan joined UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2000 from the faculty of the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

He obtained his PhD and master's in industrial administration from GSIA (now Tepper) at Carnegie Mellon University, and his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering is from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez – Executive Director, Executive MBA Programs

Sarah joined UNC Kenan-Flagler as Executive Director, Executive MBA Programs in 2011, bringing with her not only an extensive background managing executive MBA programs, but also a global perspective with over a decade of management experience living and working in the United States, Europe and Latin America. She enjoys building relationships with students and welcomes your feedback. You’re likely to find her at recruiting, student and alumni events.

Sarah earned her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Anne Marie

Anne-Marie Summers – Director, Weekend MBA Program

Anne-Marie has more than 20 years’ experience with UNC Kenan-Flagler, first as director of Full-time MBA Admissions and now with the Weekend MBA Program. She worked on the team that launched the Weekend MBA Program, so she is your best resource to contact with any questions regarding the Weekend MBA Program. She makes herself easily available,including weekends when students are in class.

Anne-Marie earned her MBA from George Washington University and her BA from Marymount University.

Meena DorrMeena Dorr, Director of Career and Professional Development

Meena is dedicated to the EMBA Programs and is responsible for helping you succeed in reaching your career goals. She employs a consultative approach is regularly schedules one-on-one meetings with students. She manages a variety of additional career-related activating, including hosting webinars on key topics related to career and professional development. Meena also integrates career management with the Executive MBA leadership curriculum, and she actively develops and manages global corporate partnerships for the program. Meena began her corporate career as a strategy consultant for Accenture before moving into high-tech marketing at Dell. She also founded a boutique consulting firm focusing on financial services and product marketing. She earned a BS in accounting from North Central College and her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Holly Rice

Holly Rice – Director, Evening MBA Program

Holly has been the Evening MBA program director for more than eight years and works with students from the admissions process to graduation. She is a graduate of UNC’s Weekend MBA Program, which she completed while working full-time as the Evening MBA program director, so she knows firsthand the challenges students face balancing the MBA program with the rest of your life.

In addition to her MBA, Holly earned her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill.


Brigitta Theleman – Director, Global OneMBA Program

Brigitta joined UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2008 as Global OneMBA program director, bringing broad program management experience gained at Duke Corporate Education and Sara Lee Corporation. Brigitta serves as the primary point of contact for OneMBA students, working with the associate dean and faculty to ensure an extraordinary learning experience. In addition to regular business hours, she is available during OneMBA weekend and global residencies.

Brigitta earned her MA in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and her BA in Communication from North Carolina State University.