Dominique Turpin has been confirmed as president (dean) of IMD, the executive education specialists, following five months as interim president of the Swiss business school. He succeeds John Wells, who quit the job in June after little more than two years in the job.

Prof Turpin, a marketing and strategy specialist, was the chosen heir of former IMD president Peter Lorange, who held the position for 15 years and was the architect of the school. Prof Turpin was therefore widely-tipped for the job when Prof Lorange stood down, but IMD’s executive committee opted for an external candidate instead, bringing in Prof Wells, a Brit, from Harvard Business School.

Prof Turpin has worked at IMD for more than 20 years, and has been the director of many different programmes, including the MBA and Executive MBA. Faculty and staff alike will hope that his permanent appointment terminates the uncertainty over the school’s leadership, though Prof Turpin has yet to name his “inner cabinet”.

As for Prof Lorange, following his departure from IMD he set up his own business school in nearby Zurich. Like IMD, the Lorange Institute, which opened in July 2009, focuses on the more mature executive students. The Lorange Institute (formerly GSBA Zurich) recently received accreditation from the Association of MBAs in London for its EMBA programme.

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