Bank of America Research Professor of Business Administration Rajkumar Venkatesan teaches “Marketing Strategy” and “Big Data in Marketing” in the MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Executive MBA programs at Darden. Venkatesan’s research focuses on developing customer-centric marketing strategies that provide measurable financial results. Venkatesan’s research has appeared in several journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Decision Support Systems, Marketing Letters, and Journal of Service Research. He serves as an Area Editor of the Journal of Marketing. Many of his research publications have been recognized with prestigious awards, such as the Don Lehmann Award and the MSI Alden G. Clayton Award. He has been selected as one of the top 20 rising young scholars in marketing by the Marketing Science Institute and as one of the top 40 professors of business administration under 40 by Poets and Quants magazine.
Professor Venkatesan has consulted and taught in executive education programs on marketing analytics for global firms in the technology, retailing, media, consumer packaged goods, and pharmaceutical industries. For his work with IBM, he was recognized as one of the three finalists worldwide for the Informs Practice Prize Competition.
Before coming to Darden, Venkatesan taught database marketing, marketing research, and quantitative marketing models to graduate students at the University of Connecticut. There, he was the recipient of the MBA Teacher of the Year Award. He received his PhD in marketing from the University of Houston and his BE in computer engineering from the University of Madras.