K.J. Martijn Cremers to Serve as 2019 Commencement Speaker

K.J. Martijn Cremers to Serve as 2019 Commencement Speaker

Notre Dame, IN (February 20, 2019) — K.J. Martijn Cremers, Interim Dean and the Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business will deliver Holy Cross College’s 52nd commencement address on May 18.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Cremers as our commencement speaker,” said College President Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C. “The breadth and integrity of his work set him apart in both the academy and the business field. Even more so, his commitment to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and his dedication to truth, the dignity of the human person, and the common good will speak to every one of our graduates, professors, and guests.”

Before joining the Mendoza College of Business in 2012, Cremers served for ten years on the faculty at the Yale School of Management. Originally from the Netherlands, he earned his master’s degree from the Vrije Univeriteit Amsterdam. He has a Ph.D. in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Teaching both MBA students and undergraduates, professor Cremers’ work focuses on investment management and corporate governance. He co-authored the award winning paper, “How active is your fund manager? A new measure that predicts performance,” which was published by the Review of Financial Studies in 2009. The paper introduced a measure of management called “Active Share,” now widely used in the financial industry.

The dean’s work has appeared in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, Stanford Law Review and Northwestern Law Review. Cremers’ research has been covered in The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He serves as the independent director at Ariel Investments in Chicago, and as an external consultant with Sate Street Associates, the firm’s academic think tank and a division of State Street Global Exchange located in Boston.

Holy Cross College’s commencement ceremony will be held in the Pfiel Center’s McKenna Arena at 2pm on May 18.