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Release: Feb. 4, 2000
Kamakura is named Cedar Rapids Area Business Chair
IOWA CITY, Iowa Marketing Professor Wagner
Kamakura has been selected as the new Cedar Rapids Area Business Chair in
the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
The chair was established to encourage interaction
with the Cedar Rapids business community through teaching and relevant research.
Since its inception in 1992, the chair has been filled by Robert Forsythe,
professor of economics and senior associate dean in the Tippie College of
Business and one of the founders of the Iowa Electronic Markets.
Tippie College of Business Dean Gary Fethke announced
the appointment of Forsythe's successor today. "Wagner Kamakura is an outstanding
teacher and scholar. I know that the members of the Cedar Rapids business
community will enjoy getting to know him, and I believe that many of the community's
businesses can benefit from his marketing expertise. Professor Kamakura's
work has been widely recognized, and he will fill the chair admirably," Fethke
The Cedar Rapids Area Business Chair was created through
a fund-raising effort conducted by the college and the UI Foundation from
1988 to 1992 as part of the Iowa Endowment 2000 Campaign, which raised more
than $240 million for endowed faculty chairs, professorships and scholarships
throughout the UI. More than 30 local individuals, corporations and foundations
contributed to the Cedar Rapids Area Business Chair campaign, including leadership
gifts of $100,000 each from Alliant Energy and Firstar Bank Iowa.
Kamakura joined the UI faculty in 1998 as the Wendell
R. Smith Professor of Marketing. He came to the UI after teaching at the University
of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, and the State University of New York
He was recently named editor of the prestigious Journal
of Marketing Research. His research on category management with UI marketing
department chair Gary Russell earned him the 1999 William R. Davidson Award
for the best article published in the Journal of Retailing.
Kamakura holds a Ph.D. in business administration
from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in industrial engineering
(with honors) from Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, a graduate diploma
in business administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil, and a B.S.
in mechanical engineering from Aeronautical Institute of Technology in Brazil.