The following are biographies of the founders of the Shankar-Spiegel Best Dissertation Proposal Award:

Venkatesh Shankar

Venkatesh (Venky) Shankar is Professor of Marketing and Coleman Chair in Marketing at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. His areas of specialization include Interactive Marketing, Digital Business, Competitive Strategy, Innovation, International Marketing, Pricing, and Retailing. Dr. Shankar has a Ph.D. in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. His corporate experience includes marketing and international business development.

Dr. Shankar has won awards from the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Marketing Science Institute. He has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and Journal of Retailing, as well as in business periodicals, such as Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Dr. Shankar is the winner of such prestigious awards as The 2006 Clarke Award for Outstanding Educator, the 2001 IBM Faculty Partnership Award, the 1999 Paul Green Award for the Best Article in Journal of Marketing Research, and the 2000 Don Lehman Award for the Best Dissertation-based Article in an AMA Journal. He is an Academic Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute and was a Faculty Fellow of the 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 Doctoral Consortia, and the 2001 e-Commerce Consortium of the AMA. He also serves as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Interactive Marketing and served as an Associate Editor of Management Science. He is also on the editorial boards of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Retailing and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Dr. Shankar has delivered over 100 presentations in countries around the world. He is a three-time winner of the Krowe Award for Teaching and has taught courses such as Marketing Management, Customer Value Management, Digital Business Strategy, Competitive Marketing Strategy, and International Marketing. He has served as visiting faculty at M.I.T, INSEAD, SDA Bocconi at Milan, Chinese European International Business School at Shanghai, Singapore Management University, and Indian School of Business. Business 2.0 listed Dr. Shankar as one of two key professors at the University of Maryland. His consulting and executive training experience includes organizations such as Allstate, Colgate Palmolive, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, Marriott International, Northrop Grumman, PepsiCo, Philips, and Volvo. Dr. Shankar has also made several appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, and Voice of America. He has been on numerous advisory boards including IBM’s e-Business Conference Advisory Committee, Technology Entrepreneur Community Center, European e-Business Center, ESSEC, France, and Ingenium Corporation. He is a Fellow of the e-Business Research Center at Penn State University. In addition, Dr. Shankar has also served as an expert witness in legal cases.

Edward J. Spiegel

The late Ted Spiegel was Professor Emeritus of Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He began his career in direct marketing in 1957 working in the “family business” that mailed its first (now famous) Spiegel catalog in 1905. Through his leadership roles within the company, he helped to cement Spiegel Catalog’s reputation as one of America’s leading catalog marketers, changing what was originally a budget-minded, chain store-type catalog into an upscale “department store in print.” In 1987 Spiegel was instrumental in developing curriculum and establishing Medill’s graduate Direct Marketing Program – the first of its kind in the nation – where he expanded direct marketing as a discipline of study. He helped develop the Fourth Quarter Professional Residency for Academic Credit, which today is a key part of Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program.

Prof. Spiegel worked as a consultant to businesses, government entities and nonprofits, was Founder and President of Spiegel Marketing Associates and a partner with the Callahan Group. His expertise in catalog marketing and business strategy helped a wide range of clients from Walt Disney to Reader’s Digest to the Library of Congress.

As a Professor Emeritus in Service, Ted Spiegel remained active in the Residency program at Medill. In 1989 he received a Doctor of Laws, Honorary Degree from National College of Education. His awards included the 1991 Charles Down Award as Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year and Marketing EDGE’s 1992 Edward Mayer Award for Education Leadership. In 2005 he was inducted into DMA’s Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Directors of Spiegel, Inc., Integrated Marketing Solutions, a subsidiary of Swiss Colony, Digital Impact, American Blind, CM Partners, and many more.

He authored along with Susan Jones, his partner at the Callahan Group, MARKETING CONVERGENCE-How the Leading Companies are Profiting from Integrated Online and Offline Marketing Strategies.