Rustom Desai

Rustom Desai

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Emerging Markets
  • Family Business
  • Global Business
  • Leadership
  • Management and Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Strategy


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Rustom Desai joined the Johnson faculty in 2020, after spending 25 years as a global technology executive with Corning Incorporated. During this time, he has built and led businesses to scale in developed and emerging markets, and across multiple tech markets including semiconductors, consumer electronics, and optical communications. While living and working in the US, China, Taiwan and India, Rustom has had the opportunity to create, and in some cases dismantle, strategic alliances of all flavors. He brings this first-hand experience of the opportunities and challenges that strategic alliances offer to his class.

Rustom is also a skilled board director, having spent 20 years on public, private and advisory boards. Through these and other career experiences, he has developed unique, up-close and personal experience in the area of tech and family owned company governance.

A 1995 Johnson alum, Rustom has stayed active with the school over the years, as a founding and advisory board member of the Emerging Markets Institute and an occasional guest speaker. He looks forward to this next challenge of fully immersing himself in the success of his students.

Recent Courses

  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading & Research
  • NBA 6530 - Strategic Alliances

Academic Degrees

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