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In a surprise move Julia Tyler is to quit her role as associate dean of the London Business School MBA programme to become managing director of the newly-formed UK subsidiary of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). GMAC is the publisher of the GMAT, the entry test for business school.

Ms Tyler had planned to take a year’s leave of absence from LBS to help GMAT set up its office in London. However, today GMAC announced that the move would be permanent. She will begin her new job in November and will have responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Ms Tyler is the latest in a number of high-level staff defections from LBS. Most significant has been in non-degree executive education where three of the top team have left in the past year, most notably Ian Hardie, who was associate dean for executive education

Ms Tyler joined LBS in 1994 and became associate dean of the MBA programme in 2002, with responsibilities for marketing, student admissions, programme design and student affairs. Prior to joining LBS she was a senior consultant with Coopers and Lybrand and also helped establish the UK’s Open University Business School.

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