The Carlson School’s Executive Leadership Fellows Program invites highly accomplished leaders from the public, private, or nonprofit sectors to enhance the school’s academic environment. They share their expertise with students, Carlson and University of Minnesota faculty, and the business community while also generating ideas to help further the mission of the school. Because of the Carlson School’s close proximity to and relations with the extraordinary local business community, it is privileged to be able to attract proven leaders like the following:
Davis-Blake is former dean of the Carlson School, serving from 2006 to 2011, and was the first woman in the position. Among her accomplishments during her time leading the school was the expansion of global learning opportunities—making the Carlson School the first business school to require that all undergraduates have an international experience before they graduate. She left the Carlson School in 2011 to serve as dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where, like her time at the University of Minnesota, she was the first woman in the role. She also served as the president of Bentley University.
Janzen served as general counsel and chief administrative officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc., with experience in trademark law, mergers and acquisitions, cooperative law, antitrust law and corporate governance. Janzen provides oversight for all legal affairs, community relations, government affairs, member relations, Land O’Lakes International Development, real estate and facilities. Janzen serves on the boards of the Land O’Lakes Foundation, the National Milk Producers Federation, the Public Affairs Council, Newtrient, LLC, the International Food Information Council and the STEM Food and Ag Council.
Janzen holds a bachelor’s in political science and a J.D. from Hamline University.
Muradian (a Kellogg grad) is a retired Honeywell senior executive who has had both supply chain and finance responsibilities. He has taught the MBA/MS elective on Supply Chain Finance. Muradian has been very active and engaged members of the Supply Chain and Operations Board of Advisors for a number of years, and a thought leader in their own right.
Page recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Cargill following a 42-year career with the company.
He joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. Over the years, he held a number of positions in the United States, Singapore and Thailand. He served as the Corporate Vice President and Sector President of Financial Markets and Red Meat Group at Cargill from May 1998 to June 2000, President of the Red Meat Group from August 1995 to May 1998 and Corporate Executive Vice President of Financial Markets and Red Meat Group beginning in 1999. Page also served as the Global Chief Executive Officer of Cargill Investments (China) Co., Ltd.
Today, Page serves on a variety of boards including 3M, John Deere, Eaton, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, American Refugee Committee, and Boy Scouts—Northern Star Council. At the Carlson School of Management, he is teaching in the classroom with Professor Myles Shaver on the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility.