Olin Business School Leadership
Dean Mark P. Taylor
Mark Taylor, the Donald Danforth Jr. Distinguished Professor of Finance, became dean of Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis in December 2016. He is one of the most highly cited financial economists in the world and has served as an advisor at the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.
A leading global authority on international finance, Dean Taylor began his career as a foreign exchange trader in the City of London. As a managing director at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, he led the European arm of the Global Market Strategies Group, a large global macro investment fund.
He is also the author or co-author of a number of books, including two of the leading European textbooks in economics and macroeconomics, and has held faculty positions at London’s Cass Business School, Oxford University and New York University’s Stern School of Business. Taylor joined WashU Olin after six years as dean at Warwick Business School.
Taylor holds masters and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, London University and University College, London. In 2012, the University of Warwick recognized him with a higher doctorate for his lifetime contributions to the field of finance.
Dean Taylor serves on the board of directors for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, as a research fellow at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, as a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and as a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Taylor has also served on the AACSB board. A skilled horologist, he owns a collection of fine antique English clocks, all of which he has restored himself.
Vice Dean for Education and Globalization and H. Frederick Hagemann Jr. Professor of Finance
For nearly 20 years, Ohad Kadan has been a valued and active faculty member in the area of finance. In his role as vice dean for education and globalization, Kadan oversees the academic aspects of Olin’s undergraduate and graduate programs. He is at the helm of new program development, existing program enhancements, and developing and maintaining global partnerships. An award-winning teacher and prolific researcher, he earned his Bachelor of Science, MBA and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Vice Dean of Faculty and Research and Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance
As vice dean of faculty and research, Todd Milbourn oversees research, hiring and review efforts at the school. Milbourn joined Olin’s faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor of finance after holding teaching positions at the London Business School and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has taught finance courses at every degree level, and served as senior associate dean of faculty and research as well as senior associate dean of programs. He holds his undergraduate degree in economics, finance and mathematics from Augustana College and his PhD from Indiana University.
Jessica Roberts Martin
Chief of Staff and Senior Associate Dean
Jessica Roberts Martin brings a long affiliation with Washington University and its many constituencies to her role as Dean Mark Taylor’s chief of staff and senior associate dean. An alumna of WashU, Martin joined the university’s Public Affairs Department in 2000 and has served as a news editor, writer, and director of news and information for the School of Law and the Brown School of Social Work. In addition, she served as executive director, strategic communications, handling major projects for the university.
Senior Associate Dean and Director of Strategy and Marketing
Paula Crews, a BSBA ’90 alum, joined Olin in 2011 as the associate dean and director of marketing and communications. As head of the school’s marketing efforts, she has provided outstanding leadership in many areas, including the development of a strong brand position, expanded use of digital/social media strategies, the implementation of a school-wide, unified CRM system and support for a portfolio of online programs. In her current role, Crews’s responsibilities encompass strategy, online products, innovation, marketing and communications, digital and web initiatives and IT operations.
Senior Associate Dean of Finance
Brent Jenson is the school’s chief financial officer responsible for fiscal oversight of Olin, including financial planning, reporting and accounting. A key component of his role is aligning budgets with the strategic direction of the school. He has been with the University for more than 20 years and holds a WashU Olin MBA.