2017 EMBA Faculty of the Year

Velle Kolde


As director of the Executive MBA, Velle Kolde oversees the growth and further development of the program with a focus on relevance, leadership, and global outlook He comes from a distinguished career in the tech industry in multiple disciplines, including marketing, public relations, product management, finance, channel policy, and operations. He was involved in many business planning and innovation building capacities during his 19 years at Microsoft, and also held leadership positions at Oracle Corporation, IBM, and American Microsystems.

Kolde earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (’80) and his master’s degree in accounting (’82) from WSU and completed Stanford University’s Advanced Management College (’88) and Program on Managing Innovation (’89).