Anil Menon, Ph.D., Dean
Anil’s career has been forged at the intersection of business innovation and market disruption. Anil Menon’s career reflects the evolving narrative of capitalism, where values, technology, and societal impact converge. As a transformative business leader, Anil’s track record isn’t just defined by revenue generation, but also by his ability to forge sustainable business models anchored in customer loyalty and societal enrichment.
Anil is currently the Dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Before joining Rollins, Anil’s journey at Sharecare, a digital health and wellbeing company, and notably at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, dovetailed strategic innovation with the overarching theme of public impact. His role as Senior Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales (now King Charles III) on the Sustainable Markets Initiative emphasizes this balance, underscoring the importance of sustainable business practices that benefit both nature and society.
During his tenure at Cisco Systems, Anil not only pioneered the company’s Internet of Things (IOT) trajectory but also focused on Smart+Connected Communities. This initiative, aimed at building more resilient and sustainable urban habitats, exemplifies his belief in using technology as a tool for societal good. His previous roles at IBM Corporation resonated with the same ethos. As the company transitioned its brand identity, Anil was at the forefront, ensuring that IBM’s transformation was not just about technology, but also about its impact on communities and its role in shaping future markets.
Before joining IBM, Anil was a successful tenured professor on the graduate faculty at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia, and a senior advisor and consultant to a number of global blue-chip consumer and industrial companies on market innovation and transformation.
Anil holds a Ph.D. in marketing strategy and in multivariate statistics. Anil’s doctoral dissertation was funded by, and conducted at, the Strategic Planning Council in Cambridge, MA—an international research and consulting think tank established by GE and the Harvard Business School—on whose executive council Anil later served. Anil was also a Sony Business Fellow with Sony Corporation from 1993-1996.
Anil is a recipient of the American Marketing Association’s AMA/Marketing Science Institute/H. Paul Root Award for academic research with the biggest impact on the practice of marketing. He was also awarded the Academy of Marketing Science’s Distinguished Practitioner award for his brand strategy work at IBM. He has served on the board of Coca-Cola Company’s Technology Incubator, Fizzion, on Citibank India’s board of advisors, and as a trustee of The New Cities Foundation.
Anil is on the board of directors for the Center for Global Health Innovation (CGHI) in Atlanta and the Chairman of the Center for Health Equity within CGHI. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management,and on the board of directors for the Antique Phonograph Society. He is a faculty affiliate and industry advisor at MIT’s Senseable City Lab. He is an active investor and an advisor to several B2B-focused digital platform startups.
Anil is married, the proud father of two daughters. He collects 19th century Baluchi carpets and Edison cylinder phonographs and records from 1890s-1910s.