Richard Saouma is the new Associate Dean of Professional Master Programs at Broad. Prior to stepping into administration, Richard was a tenured member of the Accounting faculty at Broad after serving on the faculty at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. At Utah, Richard launched a successful partnership between the Engineering School and the Business School, using Entrepreneurship as a medium to provide freshly-minted engineers with a modicum of business acumen.
During a prolonged sabbatical, Richard served as Director of Corporate Strategy in the CEO’s office at Microsoft throughout the firm’s most recent executive transition. At Microsoft, Richard worked hand-in-glove with the board and the entire executive leadership team to align the different business units and completely rewrite the firm’s strategic narrative. Prior to Microsoft, Richard was on the faculty at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he taught in the Executive Education and MBA programs in addition to leading countless external consulting projects with MBA students. Richard received his PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, after graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in both applied math and economics. He, his wife, and their 5-year-old daughter Sachi, reside in Ann Arbor.