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The London-based Association of MBAs is looking for a new chief executive following the departure of Sharon Bamford to pursue her own ventures after less than two years in the job. Ms Bamford joined Amba in November 2010, following the sudden departure of Jeanette Purcell from the position in the previous April.

During her short tenure, Ms Bamford, who previously worked as chief executive of the UK India Business Council with responsibility for bilateral trade between the UK and India, introduced a number of awards and international students schemes. But her most significant contribution was an internal shake-up of the association’s membership and accreditation services.

The Association is best know for its accreditation services, and today has accredited MBA programmes at nearly 200 business schools in more than 70 countries.

Following Ms Bamford’s departure, her duties will be directed from September by the chief operating officer, Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, who joined the Association in January 2012.

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