Dr. Rajan Saxena is Vice Chancellor & Distinguished Professor at SVKM’s NMIMS University, Mumbai.
Dr. Rajan Saxena is Vice Chancellor NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University u/s 3 of UGC Act) and former Director of IIM, Indore, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, ICFAI Business School, Gurgaon and Dean of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
He has over 40 years of professional experience in management education, research, consulting and institution building. He is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. He did his Ph.D. work at Delhi School of Economics in marketing area and was awarded the degree by Delhi University. He has taught at XLRI- Jamshedpur, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore and NMIMS. He has also taught in University of Calgary, Canada and has been a British Council visitor at the University of Sterling, U.K. where he was involved in the entrepreneurship program. He is a Visiting Professor at Pace University, New York, USA.
Dr. Saxena provided leadership to IIM Indore at its early stage of evolution. It was his leadership that brought the institute to being one of the top management schools in the Country as reflected by various independent surveys of Business Schools. Dr. Saxena also played a significant role in creating a distinctive image for NMIMS, Mumbai between 1984 to 1999. In his earlier role as Senior Advisor to Chancellor at NMIMS University, he provided academic leadership and strategic direction to the University.
Dr. Saxena’s firms belief is that institutional excellence can be built only when the faculty is developed to respond to higher challenges. At the same time the learning environment need to be created which involves empowering both the students and faculty through organizational, HR and technology interventions.
Dr. Saxena’s teaching & research interests are Marketing Strategy, Services Marketing & Customer Relationship Management.
Dr. Saxena is widely respected in the country as a marketing educator and consultant. He has consulted over 50 Indian and multinational companies. Some of his well-known clients are BSES (Now Reliance Energy), HDFC, MTNL Mumbai, Agrevo (formerly the agro chemical division of Hoechst and now taken over by Bayer), L&T , Parle Exports, Jindal Steel, Ispat etc.
He has published 60 articles in Indian and Foreign journals. His book titled Marketing Management by McGraw- Hill is today in the 4th edition and is one of the widely used text in marketing in Indian business schools.
He has been conferred several awards by different organizations and media. Some of these are Bombay Management Association’s Best Teacher of Management in 1990; Best Marketing Teacher in 1998; Shri Ram College of Commerce’s `Distinguish Alumnus’ in 2002; Higher Education Forum, Dr. Suresh Ghai Memorial Award for the Outstanding contribution to Management Leadership in 2013; Hall of Fame Award by DNA; Star Group of Industry’s Inspirational Leadership Award by Dainik Baskar in 2010; ET NOW `Visionary Leadership’ Award in Education in 2013 and `Leadership Award by Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning (FEIL).
He is a Fellow of the Indian Society for Training & Development and Institute of Management Consultants of India. He is a life member of ISTD. Dr. Saxena is/has been on the advisory and corporate board of several institutions & companies, some of whom are Centre for Management Education, AIMA, Army Management Board, State Advisory Board of Education of Government of Madhya Pradesh, Indore Management Association, Atal Bihari Vajpayee – Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management (ABV- IIITM), Gwalior (Ministry of HRD, Government of India Institution). He was the member of All India Board of Management Studies of AICTE (2000-2003) and was on the Executive Board of Association of Indian Management Schools and Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia. He was also an Independent Director on the Board of Lodha Developers Ltd, MTNL and Future Generali India Insurance Company Ltd. and Future Generali Life Insurance Company Ltd. He has been the Co-Chair of FICCI Higher Education Committee since 2011.