Global Executive and CNN Contributor Ryan Patel Joins the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University

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Thought Leader will Serve as Senior Fellow at the Management School Founded on the Principles of Peter Drucker

Claremont Graduate School (CGU) announces the selection of global executive and thought leader Ryan Patel to serve as Senior Fellow with the Drucker School of Management at CGU.

“Ryan is a visionary leader who brings extensive business experience to his role as Senior Fellow,” said Jenny Darroch, who is the Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Drucker School. “Our students will deeply benefit from Ryan’s applied global experience and his broad understanding of our interconnected global economy.”

Known for growing and scaling companies into global leaders, Patel is widely regarded as an expert on economic trends who frequently shares his insights about the global business economy as a guest commentator for CNN, among other media outlets.

“We live in a world in which every business decision impacts the rest of the community, and the best managers are the ones who realize the potential impact of their decisions. I have always admired Peter Drucker’s philosophy for emphasizing the impact of management, and I’m thrilled to join the school that he called home for many years,” Patel said. “I look forward to playing a part in the school’s intellectual life and engaging in great discussions with the students and faculty.”

Patel has served in key roles with some of the world’s most innovative companies such as Wet Seal Retail, Inc. (Arden B and Wet Seal); Jamba Juice; BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.; and Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (Panda Express). During his tenure as Vice President of Global Development for frozen-yogurt brand Pinkberry, he helped turn the company into a global leader with stores in 23 countries.

“At the Drucker School, we are focused on connecting management theory and principles with actionable methodologies,” Darroch added. “Ryan’s career embodies the positive leadership principles of Peter Drucker and is a great addition to our school.”

Patel has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions. In 2017, Inc. named him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. Additionally, Patel contributes his time and expertise to numerous boards, including the American Red Cross (Los Angeles), and is a trainer at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.

“At CGU we encourage students to define their place in the world through both an academic and applied approach to complex problems,” said Len Jessup, President of Claremont Graduate University. “Ryan’s experience and perspective will be of great benefit to students in our school of management.”


Founded in 1925, CGU is one of a select few American universities devoted solely to graduate-level education. The university is a founding member of The Claremont Colleges, which include Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute. Students are encouraged to look beyond the traditional disciplinary divisions and define their own unique program of study—CGU’s transdisciplinary trademark. CGU’s other distinctions include serving as the home of the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

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Media inquiries: For more information, contact Nick Owchar, Executive Director of Advancement Communications at CGU, 909-621-8396 or

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