Oakland University names Executive MBA program director

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration Dean Michael A. Mazzeo has announced that Janell D. Townsend, Ph.D., has been named director of the university’s Executive MBA program.

In this role, Townsend will be responsible for all aspects of Oakland’s Executive MBA education programming, consistent with an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited institution.

“Dr. Townsend is an outstanding professor and researcher, and we are pleased she is taking on the added responsibility of leading our executive MBA program,” said Dr. Mazzeo. “Her leadership will help ensure the program continues to deliver a high-quality, relevant education to our current and future students.”

In addition to her new role, Townsend will continue teaching at Oakland as an associate professor of marketing and international business. She is also a visiting associate professor at Michigan State University and a member of the faculty of the MSc in Engineering Management program at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). 

Townsend earned her Ph.D. in Marking and International Business from Michigan State University in 2005. Professionally, her research interests are broadly defined by strategic and international marketing issues, and fall within the nexus of branding, innovation, and globalization of the firm, helping to extend understanding of complex phenomena in an ever more global marketplace. Much of her work is conducted in the context of the global automotive industry.

Townsend’s research has appeared in top tier business journals such as the Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of Product Innovation ManagementJournal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review, and Thunderbird International Business Review.

In addition to her research and teaching, Townsend regularly consults on research projects for industry, lends her expertise through executive coaching, and has a number of collaborations with automotive OEM’s, suppliers, and global market research firms. 

About Oakland University’s Executive MBA program:
Oakland’s Executive MBA program is designed for professionals who are already engaged in successful careers and want to build a strong business foundation while enhancing their leadership and management skills. The program offers the schedule flexibility required for a full-time executive. The average age of an Executive MBA student is 37 years with 15 years of work experience. Learn more about the program here.