Drexel Disruptors Series: John O'Donnell, Founder, johnnie-O

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Join the LeBow College of Business and Dean Vibhas Madan, PhD, for a conversation with the Founder of johnnie-O, John O’Donnell. This discussion features insights from O’Donnell on his entrepreneurship journey, cultivating the johnnie-O brand and retail industry trends.

johnnie-O, started by John O’Donnell in 2005, is a branded lifestyle apparel company, founded in Santa Monica, CA, that embodies living your best life. The johnnie-O brand fuses a Southern California vibe with east coast style through a full line of clothing and accessories for men and boys. The brand has come to define west coast prep and can be found in most of your favorite golf pro shops as well as upscale retailers, like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

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John O’Donnell
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Vibhas Madan, PhD
R. John Chapel, Jr. Dean’s Chair

Vibhas Madan, PhD, professor of economics, was appointed dean of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in December 2020 after serving as interim dean since November 2019. He joined the Dean’s Office in July 2018 as senior associate dean for academic programs. Prior to that, he served as the head of the Economics Department and then as the founding director of the School of Economics, which was launched as a new school within the College in 2013.

His research focuses on international trade theory with an emphasis on trade policy and multinational firms. His work has been published in many academic journals, including Canadian Journal of Economics, International Trade Journal, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Integration and Review of International Economics. He has also published articles on price discounts and consumer behavior in Journal of Business Research and Journal of Product and Brand Management.

Dr. Madan has received several teaching awards, including the College of Business Teaching Award and the Executive MBA teaching Award. He serves on the board of the Global Interdependence Center. Dr. Madan received his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1989.

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