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French business school EM Lyon has appointed an outside candidate as its next president (dean). Philippe Courtier, currently director of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), the engineering school in Paris, will take up the position in July.

Prof Courtier, 53, will replace Patrick Molle, who announced in May 2011 that he would step down from the position after 16 years, to set up an entrepreneurial venture. His decision was influenced by unrest among the faculty surrounding the for-profit executive education company set up on Prof Molle’s watch.

A meteorologist by training, Prof Courtier has been director of ENPC since 2004 and is in charge of the company responsible for ENPC’s MBA and executive education subsidiary, which reports the highest financial turnover of any executive education division in a French engineering school. He is also second vice-president of ParisTech, the Paris Institute of Technology that groups 12 of Paris’s Grandes Ecoles.

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