The Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program gives Global Commerce students direct and sustained connections with experienced, successful global business and nonprofit executives. Two-to-three senior executives from major business enterprises or nonprofit organizations spend meaningful time interacting with students and faculty in Global Commerce. Each EIR will share their own perspective on leadership, drawn from their experience in the business or non-profit sector. In turn, students and faculty will have opportunities to gain their own insights through their interaction with the EIRs. This reciprocal relationship is a hallmark of the program. The “residence” arrangement is flexible. It can range from several visits during the semester to more regular visits over the course of a semester, or possibly even a longer stay. The program’s flexibility allows each Executive in Residence to make a commitment based on their time requirements.
CEO and co-founder of Atrium Corporation
Granville resident David Hirsh is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Business and a major in Marketing. After starting his retail career in St. Louis at May Department Stores, David came to Ohio to join Limited Brands in 1990 as a merchant for Victoria’s Secret Stores and their new Beauty division. He was responsible for merchandising and product development and he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia for trend and sourcing.
In 1995, David co-founded Atrium Corporation where he serves as CEO working with national and international specialty retail brands to design, develop and source fashion-right, brand-right and high-quality products for their customers which include Thirty-One Gifts, Victoria’s Secret, Mac Tools, Pelotonia and more. Over the past 20 years, Atrium has started, grown, bought & sold many businesses as it evolves with the changing retail customer needs and market conditions. David is also a Partner at real estate investment firm Main & High Investments.
David resides in Granville, OH with his wife of 30 years and has three children - all of whom have a true passion for the fashion retail industry – and one grandchild who has given him his favorite role yet!
Director of Stokes & Jolly Ltd
Richard Jolly is Director of the consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Ltd, with offices in the UK and the US. Their clients (primarily professional services firms, creative industries, banks and private equity firms) are located in a broad range of geographies and industries, and he has consulted with leading companies in 41 countries.
In addition, Jolly has been a core faculty member at the London Business School (LBS) for the past 20 years during which time he has consistently been one of its highest rated, most innovative and award-winning teachers. He also has taught at Columbia Business School for 13 years and at over 20 other business schools around the world.
Jolly has taught organizational behavior and leadership courses, electives on organizational change, power and politics, and interpersonal dynamics and additional offerings focused on leadership, organizational change, culture, power and politics, team dynamics and building resilience.