Jan H. Suwinski is Clinical Professor of Management and Operations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he teaches in the Strategic Operations Immersion course, as well as courses in Strategy and Strategic Alliances. Suwinski was presented the Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in June, 2006.
Suwinski joined the Johnson School Faculty in 1996 after 31 years with Corning Incorporated where he held a variety of management positions in several technology-based businesses. From 1990 – 1996, he was Executive Vice President of the Opto-Electronics Group, with responsibility for all of Corning’s fiber optic based businesses. The Group had 13 plants in eight countries, and his Telecommunications Products Division won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1995.
During his career, Suwinski was responsible for 10 Corning joint ventures. From 1992-1996, he was Chairman of Siecor Corporation, a $1B joint venture with Siemens. Prior roles at Corning included Senior Vice President- Telecommunications Products Division, Vice President and Area Manager for Asia, and Vice President of Corning Latin America/Asia Pacific.
Suwinski currently serves on the Boards of Thor Industries, Inc. and ACI Worldwide. He previously served on the Boards of Cray Research, Armco Steel, Ohio Casualty Group, IVANS, Inc., Tellabs, Inc. and The Sentry Group. He also served on the Board of the Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA), and was Chairman of its Fiber Optics Division from 1987-1996.
Suwinski has a BME (’64) and MBA (’65) from Cornell University. He completed the Executive Development Program at Columbia University in 1983. He is an emeritus member of the Advisory Councils of the Johnson School and the College of Engineering at Cornell.
Jan plays polo as a hobby, and in April, 2006 he was elected to the Cornell Polo Wall of Honor. He is the Secretary/Treasurer and Club Delegate to the US Polo Association for the Central New York Polo Club. Jan also currently serves on the Board and is Treasurer of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.