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Christoph Loch, a specialist in the management of product innovation, is to be the next director (dean) of the University of Cambridge’s Judge business school. He will begin his new job on September 1.

One of the big differences for Prof Loch between the Judge and Insead, his current institution, is that the former is part of a larger university while the latter is a stand alone business school. He describes his move as “a gigantic opportunity” to work with other departments within Cambridge, a university noted for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Prof Loch was also dean of the PhD programme at Insead, and a strong believer in the value of academic research.

Prof Loch would succeed Arnoud De Meyer, who announced his decision to quit the Judge more than a year ago. He became president of Singapore Management University last summer, after just four years at Cambridge. Like Prof Loch, he was previously a leading academic at Insead.

German by nationality, Prof Loch lists his academic interests as technology strategy, project selection, concurrent engineering, project management under high uncertainty and performance measurement. One a personal level he is a keen footballer.

He holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree from the Darmstadt Institute of Technology in Germany. Before joining Insead, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co in San Francisco and Munich.

In December the Saïd business school at the University of Oxford announced that Harvard professor Peter Tufano would take up the job of the dean there in July.


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