May 9, 2015. Shanghai – China Europe International Business School, the leading business school in China, has announced that Professor Ding Yuan will be its new Dean as of June 1. Before joining CEIBS in 2004 Professor Ding, a French citizen, was a tenured faculty member of HEC School of Management in Paris, France. He is currently Co-Director of CEIBS’ Centre for the Globalisation of Chinese Companies which recently presented – at events across Europe – its findings on the unique “light touch” integration model that Chinese companies have developed for their strategic investments and acquisitions abroad. He is also Cathay Capital Chair Professor in Accounting and Associate Dean with responsibility for Faculty and has played an instrumental role in promoting faculty recruitment and retention as well as in fostering faculty culture. Prof. Ding is also quite popular inside the classroom, receiving the CEIBS Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, 2007 and 2013, and the CEIBS Research Excellence Award in 2011. “I’m honoured to serve CEIBS in this new role,” said Prof. Ding. “I have great respect for all who have been a part of what has been accomplished so far and I look forward to building on the legacies of those who have come before me. I recognise that these are extremely competitive times; I am also convinced that we are up to the challenge.” Prof. Ding replaces Hellmut Schutte who has been appointed Dean Emeritus of CEIBS. With Prof. Schutte at the helm, CEIBS had seen steady growth with strong performance in global rankings and the addition of new programmes. “During his tenure, Prof. Hellmut Schütte has been committed to internationalisation and online education. It is our sincere hope that he will maintain close ties with CEIBS as Dean Emeritus and a member of the CEIBS community,” said CEIBS President Li Mingjun.

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.

LCOB Staff/Faculty portraits, Marianne Lewis, Associate Dean. New Dean appointed at Cass Business School, City University London Professor Marianne W Lewis joins from University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Professor Marianne W Lewis is announced today as the new Dean of Cass Business School, City University London. Professor Lewis, currently Professor of Management and Associate Dean at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, has over 20 years’ experience in international business research and education and has been Associate Dean at the Lindner College of Business since 2006. She will lead Cass Business School and become a member of the University’s Executive Committee. Cass is among the global elite of business schools with over 4,000 students and more than 35,000 alumni. 84% of Cass’s research was rated as being of world-leading or internationally excellent quality in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, placing it among the top six in the UK. Professor Lewis will assume the role of Dean early in the autumn term. Welcoming the appointment, Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London said: “I am delighted to welcome Marianne to our University. She is an innovative academic leader and talented communicator and stood out from a field of exceptional candidates from around the world. Her strong commitment to educational quality, combined with international levels of research excellence and close partnerships with the business world are an excellent fit for us as Cass consolidates its position among the world’s leading business schools.”

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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