The Business Journal's sixth annual LA500 celebrates the most influential leaders and impactful executives in Los Angeles. Many of the members on this year’s list demonstrated innovation and agility in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past year. And their vision and creativity can be counted on to help the city move forward. The Business Journal is pleased to highlight these leaders who will figure prominently as the pandemic begins to ease and the economy starts to recover.
Chandra Subramaniam — Cal State Northridge
Dean, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics
THE LATEST: In August, CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics ranked No. 31 on Money’s list of the Top 50 "Best Colleges for Business Majors." In October, the Wurwand Foundation, which was established by Dermalogica co-founders Jane and Raymond Wurwand, committed to donating an additional $125,000 to the college’s Small Business Consulting Program. The foundation had previously donated $300,000 to the program. Beginning this fall, the Nazarian College will offer a major and a minor in business analytics.
BACKGROUND: CSUN’s Nazarian College has about 7,000 students, making it one of the 10 largest AACSB-accredited business schools in the country. Subramaniam joined as dean in 2018. Previously, he was accounting department chair and interim dean at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before joining academia, Subramaniam worked as an engineer for National Semiconductor in Malaysia and was director of the Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center and Small Business Institute.
YEARS ON THE LA500: 4