Rustom Desai

Rustom Desai

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer

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Faculty Expertise

  • Global Business & Emerging Markets
  • Family Business
  • M&A and Alliances
  • Board Leadership and Governance


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Cornell Directory Entry



Rustom Desai is a visiting faculty member at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He teaches Strategic Alliances and Family Enterprise Management & Governance. Desai brings to his role 25 years of demonstrated success as a technology executive. He spent most of his professional career with Corning Incorporated, where he held leadership positions of increasing impact across tech-heavy industries including semiconductors, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. He has repeatedly delivered dramatic growth through building strong and diverse global teams and has deep experience in general management, product management, mergers and acquisitions, global/emerging markets. As a global citizen, he has lived and worked in the United States, China, Taiwan, and India.

Desai is also a trusted director with extensive expertise serving on public, private, joint venture, and family enterprise boards He also served as an independent director of a publicly traded, woman-run, family-controlled company. He also is on several advisory boards, including the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell Johnson and the Praxis Center for Venture Development at Cornell.

Recent Courses

  • NBA 4720/NBA 6720 - Family Enterprise Management and Governance
  • NBA 6530 - Strategic Alliances

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Cornell University, 1995
  • BE Delhi College of Engineering, 1993