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Yan “Anthea” Zhang

Board Member
Joined Board: 2015; Term ends: 2018

Dr. Yan “Anthea” Zhang is the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Strategic Management and the Area Coordinator of the Strategy and Environment Group at the Jessie H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. She was a Professor of Management at China Europe International Business School in 2012-2013 (on leave from Rice University). Her areas of specialization include CEO succession and corporate governance, as well as foreign direct investment and technology entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Her research has been published in top-tier management journals including Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal, among others. She was the recipient of the 2010 Strategic Management Society Emerging Scholar Award. She was as an associate editor of Academy of Management Journal (2010-2013) and is on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

As evidence of the significance of her work in the management profession, her research has been written about in the business press on numerous occasions – including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, The Economist, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, CNBC, CNN Money, and USA Today. She was profiled in Financial Times‘ “Women at Business School” in 2012. She currently serves on the board of directors of Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the board of directors of International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS).

She has developed and taught some unique courses for MBA and Executive MBA programs at Rice University and China Europe International Business School. These courses are: “Strategic Issues in Global Business,” “Cross-Border Strategic Alliances,” and “Executive Turnover and Succession Planning.” She received a B.A. and a M.A. in Economics from Nanjing University, China; a Master of Philosophy degree in International Business from City University of Hong Kong; and a Ph.D. in Business Policy and Strategy from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

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