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John Zhang: Ades Professor
September 30, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 6



Dr. Z. John Zhang, professor of marketing, has been named the inaugural Murrel J. Ades Professor in the Wharton School. 

Dr. Zhang has been teaching at Wharton since 2002 and is an expert on pricing, retail management and competitive strategies. Dr. Zhang holds a PhD and an MA in economics from the University of Michigan, as well as a PhD and an MA in history and sociology of science and technology from Penn. 

Before coming to Penn, Dr. Zhang held positions at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He has received many awards for his work, including the John Little Award and the Frank Bass Award. 

The Ades Chair was endowed through a $2 million gift from Robert A. Ades (Almanac November 22, 2005), founder of the DC law firm Robert A. Ades and Associates, in honor of his father, a Wharton alumnus from the undergraduate class of 1925. 

Dean Thomas Robertson said, “The Murrel J. Ades Professorship is a wonderful way for Mr. Ades to pay tribute to his father’s memory while making an impact on Wharton faculty and students for generations to come. It is an honor for the School to be a part of the Ades family tradition.”
The Ades Professorship, like other endowed professorships, exists in perpetuity to recognize an exceptional scholar and teacher, providing him or her with continued support and additional research funding. It also responds to one of Wharton’s most critical priorities—the recruitment and retention of top-quality faculty.

Almanac - September 30, 2008, Volume 55, No. 6