Ajay K. Kohli

Prof. Ajay K. Kohli is an alumnus of the 12th batch of I.I.M. Calcutta. Dr. Kohli is the Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Chair, and Professor of Marketing at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and two honorary doctorates from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and from Corvinus University of Budapest. He is an AMA Fellow, EMAC Fellow, and ISBM Fellow. Professor Kohli had served as the founding Associate Dean and Director of the doctoral program in Business at Emory University. He has taught at universities throughout the globe, and led executive education seminars in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Before commencing his academic career, Dr. Kohli had worked for Forbes, Campbell & Co, and HMM Ltd. (now GSK, Inc.). He has consulted with several companies including 3M, Accenture, Andersen, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, IBM, Texas Instruments, and the World Bank.

Professor Kohli is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marketing. Presently, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing Research, Senior Editor of the International Journal of Research in Marketing, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Marketing. Dr. Kohli is among the 100 most cited authors in the fields of Business and Economics in a decade, and two of his articles are among the 10 most cited Journal of Marketing articles in a quarter century.

He received the 2017 AMA/McGraw-Hill/Irwin award, widely considered to be the highest academic career award in Marketing. In 2016, he received the Paul D. Converse award, termed “Marketing Hall of Fame” by Fortune. He is the first, and to date the only, two-time recipient of the Sheth Foundation Journal of Marketing award for articles with demonstrable long-term impact on Marketing. He has also received the Alpha Kappa Psi best-paper award from Journal of Marketing, and the Sheth best-paper award from the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Dr. Kohli is fond of music and had represented IIM Calcutta’s western band at cultural festivals, including the one at Loreto, Kolkata in 1976, that brought sweet music to his productive life that followed.

Ajay K Kohli receiving his award