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Kumar, V.

V. Kumar Regents’ Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

V. Kumar is a Regents’ Professor, Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair and Professor in Marketing, and the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Brand and Customer Management, and the Director of the PhD Program in Marketing at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. He is also the first person outside of China to be named Chang Jiang Scholar, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, and Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Singapore Management University, Singapore.

Dr Kumar has been recognized with twelve lifetime achievement awards in Marketing Strategy, Inter-organizational Issues, Retailing, Business to-Business Marketing, and Marketing Research from the American Marketing Association and other professional organizations, including the Paul D. Converse Award. Other awards that he has received include the Donald R. Lehmann Award, MSI/Paul H. Root Award, Harold H. Maynard Award, Davidson Award, the Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing for the Best Paper Award for contributing a Longterm Impact in marketing, the Robert Buzzell Award from the Marketing Science Institute, and the Gary L. Lilien ISMS-MSI Practice Prize Award. He has published over 200 articles in many scholarly journals in marketing including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Management Science, and Operations Research. His books include Managing Customers for Profit, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Customer Lifetime Value, Marketing Research, Statistical Methods in CRM, and International Marketing Research. He has won several awards for his research publications in scholarly journals. He has also had the privilege and the honor of being named as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marketing, the number-one-ranked academic journal in the field of marketing.

Dr Kumar teaches a variety of courses including Database Marketing, e-Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, New Product Management, Marketing Models, International Marketing Strategy, International Marketing Research, and Multivariate Methods in Business. He has spent a significant amount of time living and traveling around the world and has taught in MBA programs in Australia, France, India, Spain, Holland, and Hong Kong. He has lectured extensively on marketing-related topics at various universities in the United States, France, Spain, Germany, China, Israel, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, India, and South Africa. He has also conducted numerous executive development seminars in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Dr Kumar spends his free time visiting business leaders to identify challenging problems to solve. He plays tennis and basketball to relieve his stress arising out of being in academics. Finally, Dr Kumar has been chosen as a Legend in Marketing where his work is being published in a 10- volume encyclopedia with commentaries from scholars worldwide.

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