Giving to the Dean’s Fund: Advancing a Tradition of Innovation

Jerker Johansson, MBA ’86, and his wife, Stephanie, made a generous commitment to The Dean’s Fund to help the school build on its collective achievements.

March 19, 2012

As a longtime volunteer and supporter of Stanford GSB, Jerker Johansson, MBA ’86, knows how vital annual giving is to the school’s financial model. Based in London as a partner in Blue Water Energy, LLC, and a native of Sweden, Johansson brings a long-term global perspective to his varied leadership roles at the school and Stanford. As former chairman and CEO of the UBS Global Investment Bank and, prior to that, as head of Morgan Stanley’s institutional equity division and a member of the firm’s management committee, Johansson has spent much of his career in the equity capital markets and equity sales and trading area.

Jerker Johansson, MBA ’86

Jerker Johansson, MBA ’86

His energy in volunteering for the business school most recently focused on co-chairing his 25th reunion, serving on the school’s steering committee for The Stanford Challenge, co-chairing Leading Matters London, and serving on the university’s International Development Council. He is also an active member of Stanford GSB Advisory Council and has enjoyed hosting events for MBA applicants for the admissions office.

In honor of his reunion, he and his wife, Stephanie, made a generous commitment to The Dean’s Fund. Johansson notes, “Our gift helps leverage the strategic assets already in place at Stanford GSB, and supports Garth as the dean to move forward boldly in trying out new ideas. The Advisory Council has urged the school to be ever-ambitious in defining the future of management education worldwide, and I’m enthusiastic about helping the school build on its collective achievements.”

Unrestricted annual support through The Dean’s Fund is a key driver of the momentum to build new opportunities that will even further extend the school’s global reach. As a powerful catalyst in generating critical discretionary resources for Stanford GSB, The Dean’s Fund exemplifies the spirit of innovation for which the school is renowned. With gifts from alumni and friends who share the Johanssons’ view, the fund typically provides $4.0 million to $5.5 million per year in flexible support and represents a vital and reliable revenue source for the school — on average, providing the equivalent of the annual payout from $85 million in endowed funds.

“As dean, Garth has put a strong leadership team in place and has created a differentiating platform for the school that is helping our students, faculty, and alumni interact with each other and the broader community throughout the world,” Johansson says.

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