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Dominique Turpin, professor of marketing and strategy, has been appointed interim president at IMD, in Switzerland. He replaces John Wells, who was president for just two years and who stepped down last week.
It is expected that Prof Turpin will assume the role on a permanent basis following the interim period in which he will work with an oversight team from the IMD executive committee, chaired by Peter Wuffli, vice-chairman of the committee.
Prof Turpin, who is French, was the favoured son of Peter Lorange, the former president of IMD, who held the job for 15 years and virtually built the school from scratch. Prof Turpin was widely-tipped for the job when Prof Lorange stood down. However, the executive committee opted for an external candidate, bringing in Prof Wells from Harvard Business School.
Prof Wells was noted among faculty and staff at IMD for his anglo-american leadership style, which eclipsed the franco-german heritage of the Lausanne-based school.
Prof Turpin has worked at IMD for more than 20 years, and has been the director of many different programmes, including the MBA and Executive 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 executive students.