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It is all change at IMD, the Swiss business school, following the appointment of Dominique Turpin as president last week - he had been interim president since John Wells resigned from the job in June after little more than two years in the role.
With the new president has come sweeping changes in the senior management team at the school. None of the six members of Prof Turpin’s “inner cabinet” held senior management positions in Prof Wells’ initial line-up.
Prof Turpin’s appointments are Iain Baird (finance, IT and human resources); Robert Hooijberg, professor of organisational behaviour (Faculty); Anand Narasimhan, professor of organisational behaviour (thought leadership and R&D); strategy professor Phil Rosenzweig (programmes and innovation): Guy Schröcker (open programmes); Mike Stanford (partnerships).
Prof Turpin says that he will take charge of the external relations role himself, as IMD president - marketing professor Sean Meehan, one of the school’s most influential professors, was in charge of external relations under John Wells.
Faculty and staff alike will hope that Prof Turpin’s appointments will bring to an end the uncertainty over the school’s leadership, following nearly three years of change. Prof Turpin, a marketing and strategy specialist, was widely tipped for the job when the former IMD president Peter Lorange, who held the position for 15 years and was the architect of the school, stepped down. However, IMD’s executive committee opted for an external candidate instead, bringing in Prof Wells, a Brit, from Harvard Business School.
Prof Turpin has worked at IMD for more than 20 years, and has been the director of many different programmes, including the MBA .
As for Prof Lorange, following his departure from IMD he set up his own business school in nearby Zurich. Like IMD, the Lorange Institute, which opened in July 2009, focuses on more mature executive students. The Lorange Institute (formerly GSBA Zurich) recently received accreditation from the Association of MBAs in London for its EMBA programme.