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The Association of MBAs, the London-based business school accreditation and membership organisation, has appointed the former chief operating officer of the UK’s Institute of Directors as its next chief executive. Andrew Main Wilson left the IoD in March and will join Amba in August.

During his 16 years at the IoD, Mr Main Wilson oversaw the expansion of the organisation both geographically, to centres around the UK and overseas, and into a range of new products, including executive programmes and certification. Before joining the IoD Mr Main Wilson worked in sales and marketing, mainly in the travel business.

Operating as both an accreditation and membership organisation, Amba “brings together the business leaders of tomorrow with the thought leaders of today,” says Mr Main Wilson. “I look forward to working closely with the world’s leading business schools and Amba’s MBA members.”

Mr Main Wilson will replace Sharon Bamford, who resigned from the organisation in August 2012. Amba is currently undertaking a review of its governance system, under which a majority of the board are elected from the membership half of the organisation.

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