Each year the UC Davis Graduate School of Management invites a prominent executive to teach a quarter-long MBA course that reflects their management expertise. The Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence Program gives students and faculty a unique opportunity to work closely with a top business leader.
In addition to class lectures, the Executive-in-Residence invites other high-level executives to guest lecture in his or her class, meets with students and the GSM community informally.
Robert Fox, who led Foster Farms, Revlon International and Del Monte and other major public and private corporations over four decades, endowed the program with a $350,000 gift in April 2007. Fox, who is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, himself served as Executive-in-Residence at the School in 2001. Fox’s generous gift will help the Graduate School of Management continue to bring the know-how of other leading executives to the classroom.
Read more about Robert Fox’s gift
Executive-in-Residence 2017 - Joanne Bethlahmy
A UC Davis alumna with 30 years of management consulting and marketing management experience, Bethlahmy has worked with large and small companies in consumer products goods, retail and technology on growth strategies, digital innovation and new product development.
Most recently, Bethlahmy served as the global vice president of customer experience for Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchanges, a global platform designed to enable companies to discover relevant innovations and experiment with them.
She was formerly the head of the consumer packaged goods practice for Cisco Consulting and an associate partner for Accenture’s Strategic Services. At Cisco, she partnered with clients such as PepsiCo, Costco, Walmart and Walgreens in areas including global e-commerce, marketing organizational effectiveness, product portfolio optimization, future stores and digital self-service retailing.
She was the founder and president of Illuminate Consulting and served as a marketing executive for PepsiCo, Maybelline, Chef Solutions, Gymboree and icPlanet.com. She was also a member of the board of directors for Galaxy Nutritional Foods.
She has been the lead author on several industry publications and a featured speaker for the National Retail Federation, Shop.org, National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Association of National Advertisers.