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Robert Mittelstaedt


Mr. Mittelstaedt is Dean Emeritus of the W. P. Carey School of Business.

 He served as Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University for nine years during 2004 to 2013 during which time the school significantly improved its global reputation and rankings while also increasing the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to over 3,000 annually.

Between 1973 and 2004 Mittelstaedt served in numerous leadership positions with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania including 14 years as vice dean during which he led Wharton Executive Education to become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world.

In 1993 he co-founded The Directors’ Institute, a senior executive corporate governance course that ran more than 35 times over 12 years in the US and UK. In 1996 he co-founded the Wharton e-Commerce Forum and in 1997 knowledge@wharton, an electronic business resource now read in four languages by more than 1.2 million readers around the globe every two weeks.

During 1985-1990 he co-founded, developed and sold Intellego, Inc., a company engaged in practice management, systems development and service bureau billing operations in the medical industry.

He has been actively involved in strategy, marketing, management, systems, and corporate governance consulting for some of the world’s largest corporations and many smaller startup companies. His teaching during his career focused on undergraduates in entrepreneurship and complex decision making and executives in the areas of strategy, IT and corporate governance.

He is the author of “Will Your Next Mistake Be Fatal? Avoiding the Chain of Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Organization,” (Pearson 2005) and co-author of “knowledge@wharton on Building Corporate Value,” (Wiley 2002).

He serves on the board of directors of Innovative Solutions & Support (NASDAQ: ISSC), and previously on the boards of Laboratory Corporation of America (NYSE: LH) for 23 years; W. P. Carey, Inc. (NYSE: WPC) for nine years and a number of private and pre-public companies.

Mittelstaedt received his B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) from Tulane University, served five years as a U.S. naval officer in nuclear submarines, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a licensed commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.