Jeffrey Gray, director of the European Case Clearing House, has died aged 65. Prior to his death on June 24 he had worked for 28 years at ECCH, the world’s largest independent supplier of case studies which is based at Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
Mr Gray began his career as an engineer with Rolls-Royce and then went to Cranfield in1972 to study for his MBA. There he developed an interest in the case method of learning. At ECCH he built working relationships with all the world’s major case producing schools, including Harvard Business School, the Darden school at the University of Virginia, the Ivey school at the University of Western Ontario, Insead, IMD and Iese Business School.
Following his death tributes came in from many of the partner schools. “Jeff was one of the nicest people you could ever collaborate with,” says Landis Gabel, former dean of faculty at Insead. “As he steered ECCH through a, sometimes, difficult period of remarkable expansion, he developed an exceptional working relationship with schools such as Insead and helped us to reach a growing global audience.”
In the year ending March 2007, ECCH had sold in excess of 820,000 case copies worldwide.