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Weatherhead School’s Chris Laszlo selected as executive director of Fowler Center

Chris-LaszloChris Laszlo, professor of organizational behavior, was appointed the new faculty executive director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management earlier this year.

“We are excited about Chris’s elevated leadership in a center that represents the heart of Weatherhead and look forward to all of the good things to come from his direction in the Fowler Center,” said Rob Widing, dean and the Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management.

Previously, Roger Saillant served as the executive director of the Fowler Center from 2009 until April.

“Roger led the Fowler Center through a season of tremendous growth and excitement, directing the Third Global Forum, helping to launch AIM2Flourish and the Strategic Innovation Lab, and sustaining a thriving team of advisory board members, faculty, staff and volunteers toward the powerful goal of using business as an agent of world benefit,” Widing said. “We are grateful for Saillant’s service to Weatherhead and the Fowler Center.”

Katherine Gullett, operations manager working with Roger Saillant, assumes the responsibilities of senior director.

As one of the originators of the concept of sustainable value and as co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners LLC, Laszlo brings a wealth of experience and passion to his role in the Fowler Center.

Prior to his initial appointment at the Weatherhead School in 2007, Laszlo served for nearly 10 years as an executive at Lafarge and as a consultant on strategy to global industry leaders for five years before that at Deloitte Touche.

Laszlo is the author of five books, including Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business, Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage, and Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good.

His current research project explores the emotional and relational basis for leadership and the necessity for a “new consciousness of connectedness in leaders and organizations.” The forthcoming management book, Quantum Leadership, co-authored by Laszlo and Fowler Center Advisory Board Member Fredrick Chavalit Tsao, has an advance contract with Stanford University Press and is scheduled for 2019 release.

The Fowler Center’s work has grown in recent years due to the efforts of a team of faculty and staff members, including Laszlo, who has served as the faculty director for research and outreach since 2012.