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A clutch of international business schools have this week announced the appointment of new deans, with some travelling far afield to select their next bosses, others staying closer to home.

Ceibs, the Shanghai-based business school, has made an internal appointment — accounting professor Ding Yuan will take over as dean from Hellmut Schütte on June 1. A French citizen, Prof Ding was a professor at HEC Paris before joining Ceibs in 2004. Prof Schütte will remain as dean emeritus.

Meanwhile in the UK, both Lancaster University Management School and Cass Business School at City University have appointed external candidates to the top job.

Angus Laing, dean of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, will travel 150 miles when he takes over from Sue Cox at Lancaster on October 1. Prof Laing was previously head of school at the University of Glasgow Business School, and before that director of research at the Open University Business School.

The journey for management professor Marianne Lewis will be considerably longer. She is leaving the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business, where she is associate dean, to replace Steve Haberman at Cass in London. Prof Lewis will join Cass as dean-elect at the end of the summer and will initially work alongside Prof Haberman, who has been dean for three years.

Meanwhile Chris Earley, former dean of the Krannert School at Purdue University, the University of Connecticut School of Business and the National University of Singapore, is to take up his fourth deanship - at the business school of the University of Tasmania in Australia.

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