CB Bhattacharya was the Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability at ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. He was previously the E.ON Chair Professor in Corporate Responsibility . On September 1, 2010 the president appointed him the Associate Dean of International Relations and on April 1, 2011, Dean of International Relations. He received his PhD in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in 1984. Before joining ESMT in 2009, he was the Everett W. Lord Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing at the School of Management at Boston University. Before joining Boston University, he was on the faculty at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University. Prior to his PhD, CB worked for three years as a Product Manager in Reckitt Benckiser plc.
Prof. Bhattacharya is the founder of the Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) at ESMT. He has also established the Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBRT), a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming sustainability practices within organizations, which has grown to include 24 multinational companies.
His expertise is in the area of business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value, specifically how companies can use underleveraged "intangible assets" such as corporate identity and reputation, membership and brand communities, and corporate social responsibility to strengthen stakeholder relationships. Prof. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles in leading journals and has over 22,000 citations per Google Scholar. He is co-author of the book Leveraging corporate responsibility: The stakeholder route to maximizing business and social value and co-editor of the book Global challenges in responsible business, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has served on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Marketing, Corporate Reputation Review, International Journal of Research in Marketing and Business Ethics Quarterly and serves as Editor of special issues of many leading international publications such as California Management Review, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Prof. Bhattacharya places 10th in the category Top 100 current researchers and 14th in the category Top 250 researchers - lifetime work in the Handelsblatt Business Administration Ranking (based on publications in A+ journals). He won the William Novelli best paper award at the Social Marketing Conference in 1997 and the 2001 Broderick Prize for Research Excellence at Boston University. He was also a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award in 2007. He has been named a 2016 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.
On the teaching front, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, the highest teaching award at Emory University. He is also part of a select group of faculty that has been named twice to Business Week’s Outstanding Faculty list. He has conducted research and consulted for many organizations such as AT&T, Eli Lilly, E.ON, General Mills, Green Mountain Coffee, High Museum of Art, Hitachi Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, Prudential Bank, and Timberland. As an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability, he is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Forbes India, Business Week, Forbes, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist and on TV stations such as Times of India, CBS, FOX and PBS. He frequently delivers keynote speeches or brings in his insights as a panelist at company, industry, and academic conferences and conventions.