L.J. Skaggs Distinguished Professor
Executive Director, Retail Management Institute
Professor Kalyanam is the L.J. Skaggs Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the Retail Management Institute, at Santa Clara University. With research and expertise in retailing, internet & multi-channel marketing, Dr. Kalyanam develops a distinctive cutting-edge curriculum and delivers innovative learning experiences. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and insights into the future of retail, having previously lead executive seminars on Internet Disruption, the Future of Retail and the Amazon and Wal-Mart Effect in Retailing.
He has served as Faculty Director of the Executive MBA program, a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a guest faculty in the Stanford Executive MMP program, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SpinCircuit Inc, a provider of supply chain integration services to the electronics industry and served on the Board of Directors for Overstock.com.
Dr. Kalyanam advises early stage startups and designed and delivered the first Retail University program at Google and today is developing the 3rd generation of this program. It is through his strong connections, he is able to engage industry collaboration for RMI and the retail studies program.
Kirthi finds inspiration in Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit, expanding the boundaries to connect ideas, and organizations through RMI’s retail study students and transformative programming. He is committed to discovery through the blending of the retail and technology industries.
He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University.