Jeff Rosenthal Named CEO for Executive Education

Jeff Rosenthal has been named chief executive officer of the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education (CEE) starting August 4, Dean Rich Lyons announced today. Rosenthal currently serves as senior partner for Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting in San Francisco. He is a former lecturer at Berkeley-Haas.

Rosenthal’s career spans more than 20 years in leadership consulting and in executive search. He has written and presented on the topics of executive development, effective leadership, communication, and talent management.

"Jeff brings a powerful combination of management talent, industry experience, and knowledge of our school to our executive education programs. His extensive and deep relationships across many industries will serve him well in this role," said Haas School Dean Rich Lyons. "He is a great fit for our culture and mission and an exemplar of our four Defining Principles. We look forward to seeing him lead our already successful executive education team to new heights."

Lyons chairs the board of CEE, which became a self-supporting 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2013 to gain greater operational flexibility. Under the new structure, CEE retains the same financial model with respect to Haas and the Berkeley campus, and it continues its strong affiliation with Berkeley-Haas.

"I'm thrilled to join the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education and I look forward to expanding on the center’s leading-edge, innovative programs into new markets," said Rosenthal. "I’m excited to work with the team at CEE and across the university to create world-class educational experiences that drive growth for our client organizations."

Since 2010 Rosenthal held the roles of both senior partner and global technology sector leader at Korn Ferry. Prior to that, he served as executive director at Russell Reynolds Associates, leading the human resources search practice for the West Coast. He previously was the senior vice president for Western U.S. and Asia Pacific at BlessingWhite, and he served as the director of account management at Watson Wyatt and as the senior account executive at Forum Corporation before that.

Rosenthal is active in community affairs and serves on two boards of local community organizations. He earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Whitman College.

From 1997 to 2002, he co-taught the Leading Out Loud leadership communications course with Terry Pearce in the full-time Berkeley MBA program.

"Teaching at Haas was a fantastic experience that has resulted in lasting relationships and friendships for me," Rosenthal remembers. "I see many opportunities to engage the broader Haas community and to build more connections for CEE."

The UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education serves thousands of business clients around the world by designing and delivering executive education in the areas of leadership, management, and innovation. Its custom and open-enrollment programs offer a portfolio of courses developed by some of the most forward-thinking minds in academia and industry to accelerate the careers of professionals around the globe.

It offers Berkeley-Haas alumni discounts and preferred pricing on CEE custom and open-enrollment programs. Read more about CEE.