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Jack Derby

Cummings Family Chair in Entrepreneurship; Director, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program
john.derby@tufts.edu

Jack has been on the ELS faculty, teaching Marketing and The Science of Sales, for ten years prior to becoming the Director of the ELS Program and Cummings Family Professor of Entrepreneurship. Jack is passionate about working with his students and hundreds of his alums in their careers after Tufts.

Biography

Jack has been on the ELS faculty, teaching Marketing and The Science of Sales, for ten years prior to becoming the Director of the ELS Program and Cummings Family Professor of Entrepreneurship. Jack is passionate about working with his students and hundreds of his alums in their careers after Tufts. Jack is past president and founder of Derby Management, which provides strategic planning, and sales and marketing optimization services to emerging and middle market companies. Prior to forming Derby Management, Jack served as CEO of Mayer Electronics Corporation, President of CB Sports, President of Litton Industries Medical Systems, CEO of Datamedix Corporation and President of Becton Dickinson Medical Systems.

For his work in the entrepreneurial community, Jack was named to Mass High Tech’s All Star Team. He also received the distinguished Pro Bono Publico award from the Smaller Business Association of New England, the Meritorious Service Award for the Association for Corporate Growth, and the Vincent Fulmer Distinguished Service Award from the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Jack is an active board member in a number of companies, including the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Aviant Hospice, Brainshark Corporation, chase Corporation, Loci Controls, Rome Snowboards, and Reiser Inc. He is also the past Chairman of Common Angels Ventures, one of the most active seed and early stage investment groups in the U.S., which he and others transitioned and rebranded into Converge Ventures, an early stage venture fund, where he is Venture Partner.

In 2015, Jack received the 2015 Henry and Madeline Fisher Award given to the best engineering teacher of the year. He is the first faculty member from the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program (ELS) to be given this recognition.