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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ven Ochaya

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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
MBA, Xavier University
M.S., University of Texas at El Paso
B.S., St. Edwards University 

Dr. Ven Ochaya is professor in the business administration division. 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 and innovation and then as vice president of research and 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 in Europe, China, and South America.


Ochaya holds an Executive Master in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, a doctorate in chemistry from University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Science in chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He has over one 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 and Service Support.