March 24, 2013

Rosenfield to step down in 2014

Don Rosenfield

Don Rosenfield

Long-time LGO program director Don Rosenfield has announced he will step down from his leadership position in June 2014.

Rosenfield, a senior lecturer in operations management at MIT Sloan, has been LGO's program director since the program's inception as Leaders for Manufacturing in 1988. He came to MIT to teach part-time in 1980 after stints at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Arthur D. Little, and Harvard Business School. Rosenfield, who earned an SB in mathematics and an SM in operations research and electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University, is co-author of "Operations Strategy: Competing in the 21st Century" (McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2007).

"I've been thinking about this for quite a long time, and while LGO has been such an important time of my life, the time has come for the program to move on with someone else as director and for me to spend more time with my family and other activities outside of work," Rosenfield said. "This year is the 25th anniversary of LGO, a vibrant program with a distinguished past and a bright future, and I have no doubt it will continue to be strong after I leave."

After June 2014, Rosenfield will still be at the Institute part-time with LGO and MIT Sloan's operations management group, engaging in a combination of teaching, advising internships, helping with the transition, and partner relations. He said he expects this transition period to last "at least a couple of years."

LGO has begun planning for a search committee to identify Rosenfield's successor.