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American Maury Peiperl is to be the next director (dean) of Cranfield University School of Management, taking over from interim director Joe Nellis in early 2015. The move follows the decision by Frank Horwitz to resign from the director’s role in December 2013.

Prof Peiperl, an executive education specialist, has had a career spanning both academia and industry. After studying engineering at Princeton he worked at IBM and Merrill Lynch before enrolling on the Harvard Business School MBA. He then spent two years in strategy consulting in London before returning to Harvard to begin his PhD in organisational behaviour.

From 1992 to 2005 Prof Peiperl worked at London Business School, where he helped establish the EMBA Global programme that LBS runs with Columbia. At IMD he designed and taught numerous executive education programmes.

Prof Peiperl described his move to Cranfield as an opportunity to “make a tangible difference in the world of practice, across a variety of sectors”.

Prof Peiperl has also been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University.

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