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Pepperdine Graziadio Dean Deryck van Rensburg Named One of LA’s Most-Influential Business Leaders

May 20, 2019


Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Dean Deryck van Rensburg was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 500 most influential business leaders in Los Angeles County on the LA 500 list published annually by the journal. Dean van Rensburg joins the ranks of esteemed Pepperdine University leaders in receiving this prestigious honor including Pepperdine University President-elect Jim Gash, who is being honored this year, and current university president and CEO Andrew K. Benton who was previously named to the LA 500 list in 2017 and 2018.

“There are more than 10 million people who live in Los Angeles, and it is a tremendous honor that Dean van Rensburg is one of 500 leaders recognized for his contributions to the local business community,” said Rick Marrs, provost of Pepperdine University. “Dean van Rensburg is working to ensure we have a bright, talented, and dedicated workforce comprised of Best for the World Leaders. I am thrilled that he is being recognized for his outsized impact on developing and inspiring leaders who serve their communities through responsible business practices.”

Deryck J. van Rensburg is the ninth dean of the Graziadio Business School, having joined Pepperdine University in 2016. He brings 32 years of global business experience with The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever PLC. Recently at Coca-Cola, he was president of global ventures reporting to their chairman and CEO. He was also president of venturing and emerging brands responsible for identifying and developing businesses with $1 billion potential via entrepreneurial partnering, corporate venture capital investment, intrapreneurial incubation, and acquisition. Dean van Rensburg holds a DBA from the University of Manchester, an MBA with distinction from the University of Bath, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University.

Under Dean van Rensburg’s leadership, Pepperdine Graziadio students are encouraged to become Best for the World Leaders —professionals who apply educational, spiritual, and ethical approaches to positively impact their colleagues, customers, and communities.

According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, the compilation of the LA 500 list reflects a comprehensive process of research, reporting, and discernment that examined a community of millions and found 500 people whose contributions to Los Angeles County merit inclusion on this exclusive annual list.

About Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

For the last 50 years, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has challenged individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change within their industries and communities. Dedicated to developing Best for the World Leaders, the Graziadio School offers a comprehensive range of MBA, MS, executive, and doctoral degree programs grounded in integrity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Graziadio School advances experiential learning through small classes with distinguished faculty that stimulate critical thinking and meaningful connection, inspiring students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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