Pioneering Slovenian Danica Purg, president of IEDC-Bled School of Management, has been nominated the 2010 Dean of the Year by the Academy of International Business, which meets in Brazil this week. Prof Purg is one of only three Europeans to receive the award in its 16 year history - the other two were Claude Rameau of Insead and Lauge Stetting of the Copenhagen Business School.

Prof Purg, who has arguably been the most influential business professor in Eastern Europe over the past decade, was cited by AIB on five counts: founding management development in Slovenia; setting up the Ceeman industry and accreditation body in Eastern Europe; supporting for other schools; her innovation in management development; and her contribution to the relationship between business and society.

Prof Purg, who received the “Honorary Order of Freedom” from the President of the Republic of Slovenia in 2001, said: “I’m grateful to all of my colleagues and employees who inspired, motivated and helped me during the last almost 25 years. I am seeing this award as recognition to IEDC-Bled School of Management, to Slovenia and whole Central and Eastern Europe.”

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