Kellogg-WHU Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2018 marks a special year for the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network: 20 years ago Kellogg's Dean Donald J. Jacobs and Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach lay the foundation to the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network with a vision to promote a cultural interchange of ideas and provide a greater understanding of cross-cultural trade and business practices. Alumni and guests from around the world will join Kellogg-WHU in celebrating two decades of world-class executive education.

Donald J. Jacobs and Horst Albach, founders of the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program

Over the last 20 years technology and innovation have advanced at a pace that has changed the whole world. These two decades have shaped a new landscape in which to navigate business. At the very core of this progress, however, remains the people and it’s this living, breathing, growing network of business experts and leaders that makes the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network an unstoppable force.

The Kellogg EMBA Global Network was the brainchild of Dean Donald J. Jacobs. He steered Kellogg School of Management for 26 years, reinventing the modern business school at a time when MBA graduates were regarded as having excellent business skills but weaker soft skills. Jacobs recognized that a student-led approach with international collaboration and co-curricular activities generated crucial learning opportunities.

Since 1996 Kellogg partners with four other leading business schools around the world to establish the international joint Kellogg Executive MBA Programs. Honorary Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach makes up the second half of the two great founders of the Kellogg-WHU connection. An Honorary Professor at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management since 1990, Professor Albach was considerably involved in the establishment of WHU. As well as teaching around the world, the professor has been awarded honorary doctorates by nine universities, and in 2001 was honoured with the “Highest Order of Merit” as a result of his outstanding commitment towards the Federal Republic of Germany.

The union of Kellogg and WHU represents an outstanding example of effective synergy between the US and Europe, and over the last 20 years this network has gone from strength to strength. The Financial Times 2017 ranking reflects the program’s success, naming it the number one EMBA program in Germany. The partnerships with Kellogg School of Management doesn’t stop in Europe, with six schools at seven locations in total making up the global Executive MBA campus:

Kellogg Executive MBA in Evanston-Chicago, Kellogg Executive MBA in Miami, Kellogg-HKUST in Hong Kong, Kellogg-Recanati in Tel Aviv, Kellogg-Schulich in Toronto, and Guanghua-Kellogg in Beijing all join WHU in forming the most prestigious network of its kind. This unique global partnership has generated an executive program with a world-class reputation in just two decades. The program is now viewed as a leader in providing cross-cultural, intercontinental, and cutting-edge global education for executives. Since its creation, the program has equipped more than 1,000 accomplished executives with the skills to become successful 21st century leaders. In a few weeks Kellogg-WHU will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over 250 alumni and guests from around the world will be joining Kellogg-WHU on this landmark event. The occasion will feature a special Anniversary Conference, with speeches from Professor Dr. Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, Bruce Dickinson, Businessman, Entrepreneur, Pilot and Lead Singer of Iron Maiden, Professor Karl Schmedders, Kellogg School of Management, and Professor Dr. Peter Witt, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.