MBA - Entrepreneurship


Ven O. Ochaya, Ph.D, MBA

Dr. Ven Ochaya is an Associate Professor in the Business Administration Division as well as the Director of the MBA in Entrepreneurship, MBA in Sustainability, Innovation and the major in Entrepreneurship Program.  He also holds the George Herzog Chair in Free Enterprises, with specific accountability for integrating the fundamental tenets of the free enterprise system into the model of entrepreneurialism. In addition, he is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation and Growth, collaborating closely with other Faculty Fellows, Undergraduate Student Fellows, and MBA Student Fellows in its dual mission of infusing entrepreneurship across campus and helping Northeast Ohio grow economically. His teaching responsibilities include business management, b2b marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, business and strategic planning, and various capstone and field experience courses. 

Ochaya has over 17 years of successful visionary leadership and significant results achievements through innovation within Fortune 500 companies with revenue ranging from $5 billion to $30 billion. Before coming to Baldwin Wallace University, he spent five years as a member of the senior leadership team at Avery Dennison's Fasson Roll Materials Division dealing with tough business issues, developing innovative and sound strategies, and successfully implementing them. First as a Director of Product Technology & Innovation and then as Vice President, Research & Development, Ochaya effectively provided broad leadership and management accountability that included business process improvement, human asset management, R&D or next-generation product development strategy, innovation process, and certain third-party partner development.

Prior to Avery, Ochaya spent 12 years at International Paper Company in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities, primarily in the R&D, new product, technology, and process innovation within the Corporate and Consumer Packaging Divisions. He was especially effective in driving broad-based cross-functional alignment and inter-department relationships, with an excellent track record of success in hiring, developing, grooming, coaching, and mentoring talent to meet organizational, personal, and professional development needed for sustained business improvement and results. Ochaya is a culturally-aware, experienced, and motivational leader who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad (including Europe, China, and South America).


Ochaya holds an Executive MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, an MS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a BS in Chemistry from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has over a dozen publications in various technical journals and has been presented with several awards for his business and professional accomplishments, - including the 2005 Avery Dennison Leadership Excellence Award for Product Innovation & Service Support.


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