January 22, 2019

Global exec, CNN Contributor Ryan Patel joins Drucker School as Senior Fellow

Drucker School Senior Fellow Ryan Patel
Global exec Ryan Patel has been named Senior Fellow, Drucker School of Management.

Claremont Graduate University has announced the selection of global executive and thought leader Ryan Patel to serve as Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management, according to a university news release.

“Ryan is a visionary leader who brings extensive business experience to his role as Senior Fellow,” said Drucker Dean Jenny Darroch in the released statement. “Our students will deeply benefit from Ryan’s applied global experience and his broad understanding of our interconnected global economy.”

Known for growing and scaling companies into global leaders, Patel is widely regarded as an expert on economic trends who frequently shares his insights about the global business economy as a guest commentator for CNN, among other media outlets.


Patel said his own views of the global economy are in sync with the Drucker philosophy, and he looks forward to interacting with the campus community on some of today’s breaking, timely issues.

“We live in a world in which every business decision impacts the rest of the community, and the best managers are the ones who realize the potential impact of their decisions. I have always admired Peter Drucker’s philosophy for emphasizing the impact of management, and I’m thrilled to join the school that he called home for many years,” he said. “I look forward to playing a part in the school’s intellectual life and engaging in great discussions with the students and faculty.”

Patel has served in key roles with some of the world’s most innovative companies such as Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and Wet Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., and Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (Panda Express). During his tenure as vice president of global development for frozen-yogurt brand Pinkberry, he helped turn the company into a global leader with stores in 23 countries.

For CGU President Len Jessup, Patel is the ideal fit for the Senior Fellow position.

“At CGU we encourage students to define their place in the world through both an academic and applied approach to complex problems,” said Jessup. “Ryan’s experience and perspective will be of great benefit to our business school students.”

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