Dr. Deryck J. van Rensburg


Dr. Deryck J. van Rensburg is Dean of the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University in California. 

He has 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. In this capacity, he operated as member of the North American Executive team. His work has been featured as a part of the 2009 CNBC Original documentary titled “Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing”.

 Prior to this, Dr. van Rensburg was President of the Germany & Nordic division based in Berlin, member of the European executive leadership, and President of the Southeast Europe & Gulf division in Athens, Greece spanning 20 countries. He has general management experience in a wide range of markets, including modern established markets, as well as developing and emerging economies. He started his career working for Unilever in South Africa and England holding increasingly senior brand and marketing management roles within their foods and personal care businesses at the operating unit and corporate headquarter levels.

Dr. van Rynsberg 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 in South Africa. He has completed Executive Management Programs at Ashridge, Berkeley, Harvard, HEC Paris, Emory, and Wharton Business Schools.