June 11, 2012
A new dean for Carey Business School
Bernie Ferrari, corporate strategist and consultant, to assume post July 1
Bernard T. “Bernie” Ferrari, an accomplished corporate strategist and management consultant to Fortune 50 companies, has been named the next dean of The Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.
Ferrari, whose appointment is effective July 1, is the second dean to lead the Carey Business School since it was established in 2007. He succeeds Yash P. Gupta, who stepped down in June 2011.
Ferrari, 63, is a former director at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he spent nearly two decades as a partner and senior health care consultant. He led McKinsey’s health care and North American corporate strategy practices. After retiring from McKinsey in 2008, Ferrari founded the Ferrari Consultancy, where he currently serves as chairman. The consultancy supports clients in the financial services, transportation, energy, medical products, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturing sectors, and consults with clients on their business strategies.
Ferrari began his career as a surgeon. Before joining McKinsey, he was chief operating officer and assistant medical director of the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans; he previously served as vice chairman of the clinic’s Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
“Dr. Ferrari is a proven leader, visionary strategist and expert communicator who values deeply the importance of building partnerships,” said university President Ronald J. Daniels, who recommended the appointment to the executive committee of the board of trustees. “He has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities in business education. He appreciates the critical importance of investing in the best and brightest faculty devoted to discovery, to excellence in teaching and to being engaged university citizens.
“Throughout my conversations with Dr. Ferrari, I have been impressed by his intellect, energy and passion,” Daniels added. “I know he will be a wonderful colleague.”
Lloyd B. Minor, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, chaired the search committee that identified Ferrari. “We found Dr. Ferrari to be uniquely qualified for this important leadership position. He is poised to build on the Carey School’s many successes and to enhance its partnerships with other Johns Hopkins schools, particularly in the areas of health care and the life sciences,” Minor said. “Dr. Ferrari shares Johns Hopkins’ commitment to excellence, and he appreciates the integral role the Carey Business School plays in that pursuit.”
Ferrari is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Rochester, where he has been actively engaged with the Simon Graduate School of Business. He is also a trustee of the Juilliard School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His papers have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, McKinsey Quarterly and The New England Journal of Medicine. His book, Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All, was published earlier this year.
The Carey Business School was established with a gift from trustee emeritus Wm. Polk Carey. Its business offerings include several joint degree programs with other Johns Hopkins schools, partnerships that Ferrari said attracted him to the institution.
“Johns Hopkins is an amazing constellation of 10 very bright stars,” Ferrari said, referring to the schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health; SAIS; the Peabody Institute; and the Applied Physics Laboratory. “This university is a collaborator’s dream,” he said.
“The disciplines embedded in a business school relate to many of the disciplines in these other world-renowned schools,” he said. “The opportunities for creative knowledge building among faculty, students and staff abound. I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Carey Business School, and I look forward to being a part of this great university.”
Ferrari is a cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester, from which he also received his medical degree. He earned a JD magna cum laude from Loyola University and an MBA from Tulane University. He is married to Linda Ferrari, a former commercial banker and an active docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.