Gupta Leaves Johns Hopkins for CEO Post

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on May 16, 2011

Less than four years after he arrived to create a new b-school from scratch, Yash Gupta is stepping down as dean of the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Gupta is leaving at the end of the academic year on June 30 to become the chief executive officer of SDP Telecom Inc., a privately held Montreal-based telecommunications company.

Executive Vice Dean Phillip Phan will take over as interim dean on July 1, while the university undertakes a national search for a replacement.

Gupta’s decision was announced today by Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels in an email message to university faculty and staff. Daniels described Gupta as a “tireless evangelist” for the Carey School, citing accomplishments that included recruiting the faculty and administrative staff, launching a new global MBA program, and establishing a new home for the b-school in Baltimore’s Harbor East business district.

“With these impressive achievements to boast of, the Carey School is now poised to enter the next phase of its history, one of focused growth and development,” Daniels wrote.

In a brief statement on the company’s web site, SDP cited his “extensive experience managing large complex and startup organizations” as one reason he was chosen for the CEO’s position.

Despite all the accolades, it’s hard to say if Gupta was an unqualified success in his position at Carey—he simply hasn’t stuck around long enough. (This is something of a habit with Gupta. He left his last position as dean, at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, after about two years.) The hard part about being a dean isn’t the beginning, it’s the middle—the struggle for accreditation, the climb up the rankings, the nonstop fund-raising, and the building of a world-class faculty. For all we know, Gupta would have excelled at all those things. But the fact is, we’ll never know.

Reader Comments

Bob Edwards

May 16, 2011 8:56 PM

I met this guy once. Very impressed with himself and a big friend of the great swindler Kerry somebody or other head of WAMAU who sold all those poor slobs those crappy loans. See how long he lasts in a real job; running a company! He doesn't have the chops. He'll be gone in a year.


May 17, 2011 12:29 PM

As a student entering the second Global MBA class at Hopkins this fall, I'm not exactly thrilled about this. However, the classes of '12 and '13 are full of bold characters who are eager to shape the program and show what Baltimore and the world can gain from a post-crash, full-time MBA program built on the country's premier university research base. Dr. Gupta did a good job developing the JHU Carey gospel, but I dare say we apostles and our experiences will matter most.

Current GMBA Student

May 18, 2011 4:04 PM


That's good you are brining in this energy. We are going to need it to overcome the horrible administration of this school. Yash leaving is the best thing to happen to Carey. And yes experiences wil matter the most.

Former MBA Student

May 19, 2011 12:05 PM

I am sorry for the employees he'll be managing... It seems like he worked more for himself these years than he did for the school...

BW's Louis Lavelle

May 24, 2011 12:11 PM

For anyone who's interested, John Byrne posted a really interesting story on Gupta on Poets & Quants:

Current Student

July 16, 2011 6:44 PM

Yash Gupta leaving is certainly a positive for the business school. He cared only about himself and didn't share the vision of the school. He is a good salesman and nothing more. His level of responsiveness was poor at best.

The school itself has transformed tremendously and is most certainly on par to becoming a top institution in the next 10 years. The curriculum is harder than before, the professors are increasingly getting better, and the students are much more active and involved in shaping the business school. The prospects for the school within the next 3 years look as follows:

- AACSB accreditation
- More full-time faculty
- Full-time students finding positions at top firms (the current full-time MBA students have been able to land internships with top firms)
- Possibly top 25 position on the rankings (this may be a challenge within the next 3 years, but highly probably within the next 10.....use Yale as an example of when it started back in the late 1970s)


August 31, 2011 10:32 PM

I am an alumnus from Carey. Remember the dean you see with the bare eye he did not care for the school. The students were angry when he increased tuition by 50%. Shouted at employees quite often, gave lots of bs in his speeches.

Did a good job popularizing the name and hiring new faculty in some departments, though. Can't complain about the level of classes.

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