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Citi CIO Debby Hopkins Named Haas’ Newest Executive Fellow

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Haas' newest executive fellowThe Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley recently named Citi Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Debby Hopkins as Haas’ newest executive fellow. Hopkins, who is also CEO of Citi Ventures, is returning to Haas in this new role after speaking as part of the Haas Dean’s Speaker Series in 2012.

“Debby is a trailblazer, continuing to question the status quo in her industry,” Haas Dean Rich Lyons said in a statement. “Her views on innovative leadership and social enterprise deeply resonate with our school’s identity—we’re thrilled to welcome her back.”

Haas created its executive fellows program in 2007 to bring respected business leaders to campus as part-time faculty members to advise the dean, faculty and staff while sharing their expertise with Haas students.

Before joining Citi in 2003 as head of strategies, Hopkins worked in senior positions at Boeing, Lucent and General Motors. As Chief Innovation Officer, Hopkins and her team are responsible for finding the best entrepreneurial approach to promote growth at Citi and shape the future of financial services. Twice named one of the most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine, Hopkins has also appeared on Institutional Investor’s Tech 50 list every year since 2011.

Hopkins currently counts two Haas alumni among her team: Senior Vice President Ian Lee (MBA ’05) and Director of Marketing and Communications Tanya Shadoan (MBA ’95). As Haas’ newest executive fellow, she is excited to share her experience with more of the school’s staff and students. “I look forward to building strong ties with the Haas community and thinking together about the evolving nature of innovation and entrepreneurship in this time of incredible disruption and speed, when business as we know it is being reimagined in dramatically new ways,” she said in a statement.

Other executive fellows at Haas have included Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; John Hanke, co-founder of the product now known as Google Earth and vice president of product at Niantic Labs at Google; Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist at Canva and formerly of Apple; Tom Kelley, general manager at IDEO in Palo Alto; and Paul Rice, founder, president and CEO at Fair Trade USA.

Learn more about Haas’ newest executive fellow.