Catalina is the dean of faculty, professor of management science, and the first holder of the Deutsche Post DHL Chair. She joined ESMT European School of Management and Technology in November 2009 as an associate professor and served as the director of research between September 2010 and October 2012. Previously she was an assistant professor of Decision Sciences at London Business School. Catalina received her PhD and MS in Operations Research from Cornell University, in 2002 and 2000 respectively. She also holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Bucharest.
Catalina's research focuses on the design, analysis, and application of statistical models and methods for managerial decision making. She has worked on three different areas: demand modeling and forecasting for revenue management, statistical models for credit risk, and methodologies for correlated binary and survival data with biostatistical applications.