Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. Olian serves as chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier business accrediting and management leadership organization in the world. For his reputation of buying distressed assets at a discount, Chicago real-estate billionaire Sam Zell has nicknamed himself the “Grave Dancer.” His latest acquisition is the Tribune Company, the troubled media conglomerate and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Zell’s daring entrepreneurial spirit, which took shape in the 1960s real estate market, now extends to transportation, high finance, energy, communications, and real estate. He is the chairman of the private investment firm Equity Group Investments.
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