MIT Sloan appoints Jacob Cohen to oversee growing portfolio of Masters programs

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Cambridge, Mass., July 2, 2012—The MIT Sloan School of Management today announced that Jacob Cohen has joined its administration and faculty in the newly created position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs and Senior Lecturer. Cohen most recently served as INSEAD’s MBA Dean, overseeing the school’s program on its campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi.

In his new role, Cohen will set strategic and operational direction of Sloan’s undergraduate management program and a growing stable of Masters programs, including its MBA and Masters of Finance (MFin.) program. This month Sloan welcomes 124 MFin. students to campus, making it the largest entry-level finance program in the world.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jake to MIT Sloan,” says Dean David Schmittlein. “His experience in managing a large and successful MBA program will serve MIT Sloan well as we continue our movement towards shared services and portfolio level strategic leadership across programs.”

Cohen has a deep knowledge of global business school programs. During his tenure at INSEAD, Cohen executed a bold international strategy and successfully expanded its degree programs in scope and scale. Under his leadership, major business media-including the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes-ranked INSEAD at its highest-ever ranking. Before becoming Dean in 2008, he was Director of the INSEAD-PricewaterhouseCoopers Research Initiative, the school’s largest research center. Prior to INSEAD, he served as a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School.

Cohen spent his sabbatical in 2011-12 as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford and Cambridge. At Oxford, he conducted research on corporate sustainability at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. At Cambridge, he taught classes in financial management at the Judge Business School.

“MIT Sloan is a vibrant mission-driven institution and I’m excited to join such an excellent team,” says Cohen. “Our students are exceptionally bright, motivated, driven individuals who come from all over the world. They have the initiative and commitment to see their ideas come to life and become pivotal future business leaders on a global stage. It is an honor to be a part of the MIT Sloan community and to join its senior leadership team.”

Cohen holds a JD in Corporate Law from Syracuse Law School, a MS in Accounting from Syracuse School of Management, and a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University. Prior to his academic career he worked as a tax accountant at KPMG LLP and as a legal advisor to the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

In a separate announcement, MIT Sloan said that Ron Peracchio has recently been appointed as Senior Director of the Career Development Office, succeeding Jackie Wilbur who has been promoted to Executive Director of Undergraduate and Master’s Programs.

Peracchio has spent more than 20 years in higher education. He most recently held several positions at Harvard Business School, including acting director of career services, director of student and academic services, and founding director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Prior to HBS, he was a design engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft, a consultant with Accenture, and the director of career services and alumni relations at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

“This is a dynamic and exciting time at MIT Sloan, and the Career Development team is dedicated to delivering outstanding services for an increasingly diverse student population, with equally diverse career interests and goals,” he says. “I’ve long been passionate about working closely with students and having a meaningful impact on their careers and lives.”

Peracchio says that MIT Sloan’s breadth of programs makes it a veritable “one-stop-shop” for recruiters. “We have well-trained analysts from the MFin. program, skillful high-potential managers from the MBA program, and executives with substantial work experience from the Sloan Fellows and EMBA programs, in addition to a deep alumni pool. The message to the employment community is: we have a broad portfolio of candidates to fit all your employment needs.”

Peracchio holds an MBA from Boston College and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst.