New Dean for INSEAD?

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 12, 2010

It appears that Dipak Jain, the former dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, may soon be the next dean of INSEAD, the highly-ranked global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Financial Times is reporting that Jain, who stepped down at Kellogg in September 2009 after eight years as dean, has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Frank Brown at INSEAD. The process of finalizing Jain’s appointment is expected to take several weeks, the newspaper reported. Calls to an INSEAD spokesperson for comment were not returned. Jain also could not be reached.

If Jain is the new INSEAD dean, it will mark an abrupt shift for the school, which selected its last dean from the ranks of business, not academia. Brown had a 26-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining INSEAD (INSEAD Full-Time MBA Profile) in 2006. Jain is a lifelong academic, having spent more than two decades at Kellogg (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile) in various capacities.

It’s unclear what’s next for Brown, or what this might mean for Jain’s teaching career at Kellogg, where he continues to teach marketing an entrepreneurship.

If Jain is named dean at INSEAD, it will be the second time that a dean at a big-name b-school has jumped ship in recent months. Ted Snyder was named dean of the Yale School of Management (Yale Full-Time MBA Profile) hortly after stepping down from the deanship at Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile).

Reader Comments


July 26, 2010 4:15 AM

Jeez first Yale, now Insead... wow, I think second tier schools are too enamoured with the success of Chicago Booth that they are trying to copy the strategy of paying for a former Dean instead of promoting someone from within or from outside.

so... Insead wants to be Kellogg lite and Yale is Booth Jr.

Kinda like musical chairs. Amusing...

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