Alexander J. Triantis

Ritu Agarwal to Serve As Interim Dean

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis will step down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Aug. 14, 2019. He will be joining the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean. Ritu Agarwal, the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and senior associate dean for faculty and research, will serve as interim dean beginning Aug. 15, while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

Tools for Success from the Stanley Black & Decker CEO

Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James Loree’s tools for success can be stripped down to a few simple rules: Be innovative, never stop learning, do the right thing and be forward-thinking.

Loree told his story of growing Stanley Black & Decker, detailed his goals for the future, and talked about being a good corporate citizen to an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests on Nov. 6 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Loree was on campus for the fall 2018 installment of the CEO @ Smith speaker series, a conversation moderated by Maryland Smith Dean Alexander Triantis.

Senbet Fund Fellows Present Year-End Reports

On the morning of May 4, 2018, Lemma Senbet Fund fellows presented their final reports to Alex Triantis, dean of the Smith School, and the Smith Foundation Board. Seniors David Niezelski and Jacob Biedronoski led the presentation, highlighting overall gains and successful decisions made over the past year. While the equity market for the past 12 months gave the team reasonable hurdles in finding value-driven theses, the cohort persevered and ultimately achieved higher returns and betas than previous years. Humbly, the team attributed their success in part to legacy portfolios and the luck of inheriting a good hand that allowed them to play their cards right. However, the team also made critical changes to their benchmarking and performance evaluation strategy.

At Emerging Markets Forum, Africa Is Rising

For much of the past two decades, the overarching economic theme in sub-Saharan Africa has been “Africa Rising.”

That’s still the case, though in 2016, growth in the region was “alarmingly poor,” dragged lower by a sharp slump in commodity prices, former Liberian finance minister Antoinette Monsio Sayeh said April 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The region’s economies are rebounding, said Sayeh, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. “But momentum has slowed.”

Speaker Ted Leonsis Discusses Sports Business Impact

Washington has monuments, museums and power centers for three branches of government. But the region’s most important real estate for residents might be Capital One Arena, sports business leader Ted Leonsis said Sept. 19, 2017, at the University of Maryland. “Sports plays now this outsized role in your community and in media,” said Leonsis, the inaugural featured guest in the Robert G. Hisaoka Speaker Series, made possible through a gift from Robert G. Hisaoka to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at UMD’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

How the Fed Benefited from Its Own Failures

David Sicilia and Henry KaufmanMarkets will respond when President Trump nominates a new Federal Reserve chairperson in January 2018. But Wall Street legend and financial historian Henry Kaufman said the reason the decision matters so much has more to do with the Fed’s recent failures than its successes. “The Federal Reserve has vaulted itself into a position of high prominence not because of its achievements, but because of its shortcomings,” Kaufman writes in his latest book, which he discussed on Sept. 13, 2017, at the Smith School. Read more...

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