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London Business School has appointed Rory Simpson as associate dean, executive education. He replaces Ian Hardie.

An experienced player in the field of executive education, Mr Simpson will join the school in September, at the same time as Robin Buchanan, the new dean.

For almost the past four years Mr Simpson has been at the Thunderbird School of Global Management where he was vice-president: Europe, Middle East and Africa, based at the school’s Geneva location.

Before joining Thunderbird, Mr Simpson was at Iese Business School, Spain, where he was director of international executive education.

Mr Simpson says he intends to build on the work of his predecessor and will increase the number of both open and custom programmes, as well as widening their diversity. LBS has an “extremely prestigious faculty”, he adds. He intends to take advantage of this and leverage its expertise “a little bit more” within his remit of executive education.

“I think the key is maintaining a hand-made approach, rather than being a factory,” he says.

LBS has strong links with the China Europe International Business School, Columbia University in New York, Hong Kong University and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. The school also launched an initiative in Dubai in December. Mr Simpson plans to make good use of these links as he grows the executive education arm of the school.

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