Richard Coyle, MBA’86, has joined the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management as the founding executive director of the Emerging Markets Institute (EMI). Coyle will lead EMI as it grows to become a hub for research, knowledge and cross-cultural collaboration for emerging economies around the globe.
“We are thrilled to have Richard on board at EMI,” said Randy Allen, associate dean for International and Corporate Relations at Johnson “The area of emerging markets is as diverse as it is exciting and Richard brings to the table a wealth and range of experience that will enable the institute to grow into a world-renowned, go-to resource for its stakeholders.”
EMI was established to be premier research center that can handle the most challenging emerging market issues. Current and future business leaders will find EMI a center for knowledge dissemination and network for lively exchange among leading thinkers, government resources and influential business decision-makers.
“I am truly enthused to join the team at Johnson, said Coyle. “The timing for the launch of the Institute is ideal, as the emerging markets are rapidly assuming a greater role in the world economy. With outstanding faculty and top tier students, we envision a vibrant center which will shape global business in these critical markets.
Coyle comes to Johnson from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. where he served as sr. director of International Corporate Affairs, providing public and government relations for the world’s largest supply chain. Previously, he was appointed by the governor as the Maine state director of International Trade, where he led international business development and foreign government relations. He is the recipient of the Order of Merit, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Federal Republic of Germany. Coyle has also taught international business courses at Southern New Hampshire University, and served as chair of the Industry Advisory Board at the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. In addition to his MBA from Johnson at Cornell University, he holds a BS in Economics, with concentrations in Regional Science and Organization Management from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania.