Harvard Business School (HBS) has appointed Rob Zeaske as director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). Mr. Zeaske replaces Matt Segneri, who is to be the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs.
"Now more than ever, the Social Enterprise Initiative needs the kind of leadership that Rob can provide, as the world faces more and more complex problems that cry out for solutions from HBS students looking to make a difference," said SEI co-chair Professor V. Kasturi Rangan. "We're excited to welcome him back to HBS, and have him use the experience he gained as a senior executive at some of the leading socially-focused organizations to help guide SEI through its next phase of growth."
Mr. Zeaske has a long history of working for, and with SEI. He was among the inaugural intake at the HBS Leadership Fellows program, as manager of program strategy at Mercy Corps. He most recently served as chief operating officer at GroundTruth Project, helping to support the next generation of journalists.
"I believe there is an extraordinary opportunity for SEI and HBS to extend our learning platform to those who need it most," said Mr. Zeaske. "This is a time when institutions need to step up and create leaders prepared for the moment. Every piece of my career has built upon what I learned at HBS, and I'm looking forward to bringing that same opportunity to the current and future students of SEI."