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Governance, Structure & Membership

Governance and Organizational Structure

The Center for Business of Fashion, led by Founding Director Tavy Ronen, operates under the counsel of an advisory board comprised of industry professionals and academic scholars. The latter will represent each of the departments of the business school, as well as international academic advisors. 

Responsibilities and duties of the center and its leadership will include strategic planning and development of the goals listed in its mission. The founding members of the advisory board will have the added benefit and responsibility of advising on the recruitment of future board members. The advisory board may also be instrumental in working on conference organization and participation, in assisting with white papers and industry position papers, guest lecturing, and job placement. In addition to the advisory board, an affiliate board of industry professionals will be formed.

Advisory Board and Affiliated Faculty

Founding Members

  • Eduardo Perez, Chief Financial Officer, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)
  • Rich Naranjo, Chief Financial Officer, Gucci America Inc., RBS alum

Affiliated faculty

Affiliate faculty members form an integral part of the center and its board. Faculty contributions will come in the form of any of the following: advisory activity, teaching, curriculum development, research contributions, or outreach. Faculty represent each of the academic departments at RBS with at least one faculty member from each. In the near future, an international academic advisory group will be formed to develop working affiliations.

Arash Azadegan
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Ted Baker
Professor and George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship, Department of Management and Global Business

Kevin Kolben
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Farrokh Langdana
Professor of Finance and Economics

Ben Sopranzetti
Professor of Finance and Economics


Oleg Sokolinskiy
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics

Dan Palmon
Professor and Department Chair, Accounting and Information Systems

Arnold Pollack
Instructor of Professional Practice, Department of Marketing

Joe Shaffer
Associate Dean, Executive Education and Associate Professor of Professional Practice Department of Supply Chain Management

Miklos Vasarhelyi
KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Information Systems

Membership and Donation Policies

The advisory board will be comprised of external members, invited by the director and/or the chairpersons of the board and/or founding members of the advisory board, and will be rounded out by affiliate board members, also external members invited by the director or advisory board chairs.

Membership to the advisory board or affiliate (non-faculty) board involves a minimum donation of $5,000 annually. 

Additionally, an affiliate faculty board will be drawn from within the Rutgers Business School faculty and will be invited by the program director. Affiliate faculty board members and international academic advisory members are not required to donate funds.