February 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES - William Cockrum, adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, has been elected to a newly established advisory board at the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.  With this selection, Cockrum has received the distinct privilege of being the only member named to the board from the U.S.  The advisory board, comprised of renowned international thought leaders, will meet twice a year to assess the school's strategic direction and offer guidance with regards to international positioning, brand building, and network enhancement.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Frank Horwitz, current Director of Cranfield School of Management, and his predecessor, Michael Osbaldeston, as well as Professor Andrew Burke on the development of Cranfield's Bettany Center for Entrepreneurial Performance and Economics," said Cockrum. "I was surprised and honored by the selection for the Advisory Board."

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Cockrum spent 25 years working in financial services, the last 10 years of which as a Vice Chairman, CFO/CAO, and one of the top six officers of a 3,000 person organization, Becker Paribas, Inc.  Cockrum currently teaches investment management, business ethics, and entrepreneurial finance and serves as a consultant in several industries on issues including administration, finance, strategy, marketing, and organization structure.  In addition to being named the top entrepreneurial professor in the U.S., Cockrum is a member of UCLA Anderson's Board of Visitors, the UCLA Anderson Alumni Board, and sits on the advisory board of the Price Center and the UCLA Foundation Investment Committee.  Cockrum is also a visiting professor at Warwick University in the UK.    

Cranfield School of Management, where Cockrum is also a visiting professor, is one of the UK's leading business schools.  In 2009, The Wall Street Journal ranked Cranfield's accelerated MBA program 1st in the UK and 3rd worldwide.
About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.


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