Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

David A. Thomas is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he is committed to creating transformational educational experiences that prepare students to become principled and globally minded leaders poised to serve both business and society.

Thomas, who joined Georgetown McDonough in August 2011 following a two-decade career at Harvard Business School, has enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school’s undergraduate and graduate students. Such efforts include a major redesign of the MBA curriculum, expansion of the MBA career management activities, and enhancement of academic and professional opportunities for undergraduate students, such as the addition of the Global Business Experience for juniors and the growth of the popular First Year Seminar for our freshmen as a permanent set of courses. In addition, Thomas formed a task force associated with the Aspen Institute to infuse and integrate liberal learning into the undergraduate curriculum and established a Professional Development Center through the Office of Undergraduate Programs.

During his administration, Thomas also has increased the diversity of the school’s faculty to the extent that 55 percent of its faculty now are women, under-represented minorities, or international. He has launched new research initiatives, grown the Executive Education program revenues by 400 percent, and increased giving to the school. In the last three years, Thomas has revised the school’s $100 million capital campaign goal up to $125 million, of which the school currently has raised over $90 million.

Partnering with the Washington, D.C., community, Thomas is a member of the Federal City Council and has served as co-chair of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy Initiative. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized him as one of the top Minority Business Leaders.

Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Sciences and Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of DTE Energy and the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board.

Director of the Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research and Professor of Marketing, McDonough School of Business

Professor Carlson teaches courses on Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Management. He is also the director of the MSB Behavioral Research Lab. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in Marketing from Cornell University. Prior to joining Georgetown, Dr. Carlson was on the faculty of the Fuqua School of business at Duke University from 2001-2009.

Professor Carlson has published extensively on the topic of the development of consumer preferences and the influence of the product formation process on decision making. Though much of his research explores consumer decision making, he also studies how voters, jurors, and managers make decisions. His research has been published in top marketing, psychology, and management journals. He is currently writing a book on “Contemporary Brand Management,” which will be published by Sage in 2013.

Deputy Dean

As the McDonough School of Business’ deputy dean, Luc Wathieu leads faculty and academic initiatives and advances the school’s efforts to create distinctive excellence in teaching and research. He joined the business school faculty in 2010 as associate professor of marketing and in 2012 was the recipient of the school’s Faculty Research Award.

In his research, Wathieu combines economics and psychology to understand consumer engagement — the motivation of consumers to interact with firms and actively explore the relevance of products and benefits. Much of his research focuses on understanding how consumers develop and break habits and brand loyalties. He also examines the engagement effects of specific pricing and communications formats. His work has appeared in leading academic journals and was also featured multiple times in the Harvard Business Review. He serves on the editorial boards of the five academic journals and was an associate editor for Management Science.

Prior to his arrival at Georgetown University, he was associate dean of faculty and the Ferrero Chair in International Marketing at ESMT European School of Management in Technology in Berlin. He previously was an associate and assistant professor at the Harvard Business School for 10 years and taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s School of Business and Management. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and executive education courses in marketing management, pricing, branding, and communications.

Wathieu holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in management from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He also has an M.Sc. in economics from the University of Namur in Belgium, where he is originally from. In 1997 he completed the Management Development Program at Harvard Business School.