Dipak Jain is to stand down as dean of Insead from March 1, after two years in the job. He will retain a role as marketing professor at the school, which has campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.
At an Insead board meeting on January 21, it was agreed that two of the three deputy deans, Ilian Mihov and Peter Zemsky, would act as interim deans until a permanent appointment is made. This could take up to a year.
Prof Jain was appointed dean of Insead in March 2011, replacing Frank Brown, who had joined Insead from a professional services background. This was Prof Jain’s second deanship. Following a long career in the marketing department at the Kellogg school at Northwestern University in the US, he was appointed dean there in 2001, a position he held until 2009.
Though a native of Assam in India, Prof Jain is a US citizen, making him an obvious boss for Insead, the self-styled “business school for the world”. In an interview with the Financial Times in May 2011, Prof Jain said that he hoped to build a presence in America during his tenure and to ensure all the campuses worked closely together. “One of my visions is of One Insead,” he said.
Prof Jain’s resignation follows a period of ill health.