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Title Executive Director, MBA Program Executive Director, Doctoral Program

Jana Pompadur Kierstead is the Executive Director of the MBA Program at Harvard Business School. She brings over 25 years of experience to this role, with more than 15 years dedicated to leadership in business education. In her role as the Executive Director, Jana leads a team of 117 full-time professionals who manage the student experience from admissions and financial aid, to student life and career services.

In 2013, Jana was selected to lead the School’s online learning initiative, HBX. At HBX she collaborated across the school to shape the initiative and lead Harvard Business School’s online learning program as the landscape of e-learning continued to evolve. HBX aims to establish a standard of excellence in online business education by creating sustained and differentiated value for individuals and organizations that make a difference in the world. HBX advances Harvard Business School’s reputation for excellence in business education and the broader business community, as well as the vast intellectual property, academic pedagogy and faculty talent of the School as a premier provider of high quality online business education. Since its inception in January 2013, HBX has grown to over 60 full-time employees, has launched three distinct products and has reached over 6,000 learners.

Just prior to assuming the role of Executive Director of the MBA Program in February 2012, Jana oversaw the MBA Career and Professional Development team at HBS. Under her leadership, the group created a broad portfolio of career development, recruitment programs, and global engagement opportunities for HBS students and maintained strong recruiting relationships with hundreds of global companies.

Before HBS, Jana worked in the private sector as a director at A. T. Kearney's media and entertainment executive search practice and held management positions with CBS Corporation and RP Companies. Jana earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.