In academia, Kothari was Deputy Dean of MIT Sloan School of Management (2010-15), and previously headed the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting at MIT Sloan. In addition, he Co-Chaired the Board of Governors of Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, served as faculty director of the MIT-India Program, and edited the world-renowned academic publicationJournal of Accounting & Economics.
In 2008-09, Kothari was global head of equity research for Barclays Global Investors (acquired by BlackRock). The actively managed equity portfolio had in excess of $100 billion in assets, and the research team was comprised of approximately 50 PhDs based in San Francisco, London, and Sydney. Kothari served as a director of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) (2015-19); currently he serves on the boards of Velan Studios and EbixCash; and he has consulted extensively on valuation and reporting, corporate governance, risk management, auditing, and management compensation.
Kothari is a recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, including India’s Padma Shri award in 2020, Honorary Doctorates from London Business School, University of Cyprus, and University of Technology, Sydney, and the American Accounting Association’s Distinguished Contributions to the Accounting Literature award.
Kothari received his BS in egineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and his MBA (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.He earned his PhD from the University of Iowa.
Kothari given Padma Shri Award
S.P. Kothari is the recipient of a 2020 Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian honors offered by the Government of India for distinguished service in any field. Kothari’s Padma Shri Award (the fourth-highest civilian award in the country) is in the field of “Literature and Education,” and the citation notes “his valuable contribution in the fields of finance and academia.” Kothari is currently on leave from MIT Sloan, serving since March of last year as Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Kothari joins SEC
S.P. Kothari, the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance and MIT Sloan former Deputy Dean, has been appointed Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more about his appointment here.
American Accounting Association honors S.P. Kothari
S.P. Kothari was designated as a 2017 Presidential Scholar by the president of the American Accounting Association (AAA). Kothari delivered a commissioned Presidential Research Lecture as a plenary speaker at the AAA’s 2017 annual meeting in San Diego. The Board of Directors of the AAA has requested that The Accounting Review publish his talk, which was entitled "The Governance Role of Accounting Information: Challenges Facing Users, Producers, and Standard Setters,” as part of the Presidential Research Lecture series.
S.P. Kothari receives honorary doctorate
S.P. Kothari has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of Cyprus, which notes his “rich scientific and intellectual work” and his collaboration with their Faculty of Economics and Management.