Dean Robert Joss

Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

Dean Robert Joss

    Robert L. Joss is co-Chair of the US Studies Centre's Council of Advisors. A leader in global banking, a former US Treasury Department official, and a Stanford Graduate School of Business PhD, Joss became the eighth Dean of the Stanford Business School in 1999. He is the School's first Dean from industry in 17 years.

    Joss has observed that ideas, capital, and technology move freely across borders around the world, but that there is a significant lack of management skill. As Dean, he draws on both his academic and business experience to address this issue through education. He has a strong belief in experiential learning, leadership development, and academic research that constantly tests the boundaries of what we know about human and organisational learning and performance.

    Prior to joining the Business School as Dean, Joss was CEO and Managing Director of Westpac Banking Corporation, one of Australia's largest banks, a post he held for six years. At Westpac, he was credited with refocusing the bank strategically, modernising and streamlining operations, and restructuring the bank's culture to emphasise teamwork, customer focus, open communication, and community support. Bank shareholders also benefited substantially during and after his tenure.

    Previously, Joss held a variety of posts at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank between 1971 and 1993, serving his last seven years as Vice-Chairman. Prior to Wells Fargo, Joss worked in Washington, DC, first as a White House Fellow and then for the Treasury Department as Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy.

    He is a Director of Wells Fargo & Co., Agilent Technologies Inc., an Australian listed property trust, Makena Capital, and CMC Investment Advisory Board.

    Joss was a Sloan Fellow (in what is now called the Stanford Sloan Master's Program) at Stanford Business School in 1965-66; he earned an MBA at the School in 1967 and a PhD in 1970. Besides his graduate degrees from Stanford, Joss holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington.