BOSTON—Harvard Business School announced today that it has chosen Chad Losee (MBA 2013) to be its next Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. Losee will succeed Dee Leopold (MBA 1980), who has headed the School’s MBA selection process since 2006. Leopold will remain at HBS as Program Director for 2+2, a deferred admission process for students in college or full-time master’s programs.
After graduating from HBS as a Baker Scholar (an academic honor awarded to the top 5% of the graduating class of some 900 students), Losee worked for a year as an HBS Fellow in the Dean’s Office. In that role, he collaborated with the School’s senior leadership on a range of strategic projects.
One such effort was at HBX, where Losee helped to launch and set strategy for this unique digital learning platform. In particular, he co-led the exam and credential strategy for CORe (Credential of Readiness), which teaches students the fundamentals of accounting, business analytics, and economics for managers. In addition, he worked with HBS professor Clayton Christensen to develop an HBX course on Disruptive Strategy, an offering designed for executives around the world.
Losee also served as an observer with the HBS Admissions Board, evaluating prospective students during their interviews – an interest that had been piqued during his student days when he was an Admissions Ambassador for his HBS section, helping candidates during their visits to the campus. Losee has remained active as an HBS alumnus, serving a term on the HBS Alumni Board, one of about 70 graduates appointed to provide expertise and input to the School’s leaders.
In 2014, Losee returned to Bain & Company’s Dallas office, where he had worked from 2008 to 2011, including a stint in Stockholm. As a manager at Bain, Losee has led consulting teams in client engagements across multiple industries. He graduated in 2008 from the Honors Program at Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations summa cum laude.
In 2012, Losee was a summer associate in the office of Kim Clark, then the president of BYU-Idaho and before that a longtime HBS faculty member and Dean of the School from 1995 to 2005. Losee led a wide range of campus-wide initiatives involving BYU-I students, faculty members, and administrative leaders.
“I am a real believer in Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world,” said Losee. “I’ve seen firsthand how my classmates, the amazing body of HBS alumni, and the outstanding faculty and staff all strive to shape the world around them for the better. The experience of a two-year, full-time MBA at HBS continues to have a great impact on me personally and as a leader. My goal as Dee’s successor is to make sure that each diverse MBA class continues to have a transformative experience at HBS and go on to make a real difference in the world.”
“We are delighted to welcome Chad back to the School and his family back to Boston,” said Jana Pompadur Kierstead, Executive Director of the MBA Program. “He has a deep understanding of HBS and its pedagogy and mission; superb interpersonal, analytical, and strategic skills; and a passion for admissions. That combination of talent and experience positions him well to lead our Admissions and Financial Aid teams.”
The decision to hire Losee followed a five-month search. “The process was open and exhaustive,” said HBS Senior Associate Dean Felix Oberholzer-Gee. “We reviewed more than 100 excellent candidates with diverse backgrounds and experience. Chad’s credentials as a strategic problem-solver and his grasp of the challenges and opportunities in management education today helped him to stand out among the finalists.”
Losee will begin his new role in June.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.