Blair Sheppard joined PwC in June 2012 as Global Strategy and Leadership Development leader. Along with Chris Kelkar and Naresh Kumar, Blair is part of a team focusing on Strategy, Transformation and Global Alignment. Blair will focus on strategy and leadership development for the PwC network, working closely with leaders of the lines of service, clients and markets, and PwC member firms.
Prior to joining PwC, Blair was the Special Advisor to Duke Kushan University and was responsible for directing corporate development, non-degree program development and regional development for the newly formed campus in China due to open in 2013. He was the Dean of Fuqua School of Business during which Fuqua and Duke developed a China campus, a pre-experience Masters level program already considered to be one of the best in the world and which rose in the rankings significantly during Blair's tenure.
Blair was also the Chair of the Board of directors for Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), a company that he founded in 2000. Under his leadership, Duke CE grew from one office to multiple offices on three continents and has been rated number 1 in the world for corporate education services by the Financial Times and BusinessWeek for nine years in a row.
Blair has advised more than 100 companies and governments in the areas of leadership, corporate strategy, organisational relationships and design, and has published more than 50 books and articles.
Blair was the first recipient of faculty of the year at Fuqua, received the Business Person of the Year award for Education in 2011 (Triangle Business Journal); Eminent Scholar Award, Institute of Finance, Frankfurt University in 2007; and was a Canada Council Doctoral Fellow.
Blair received his Doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his Masters from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) in 1977.