Kellogg's Jain Named INSEAD Dean

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 14, 2010

It’s official: Dipak Jain, the long-time former dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (Kellogg Full-Time MBA Profile), will succeed Frank Brown as the next dean at INSEAD (INSEAD Full-Time MBA Profile) in March.

Jain’s appointment, which was leaked back in July, marks a shift for the global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Unlike Brown, who had a long career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining INSEAD in 2006, Jain is an academic lifer.

Franz Humer, chairman of the INSEAD board, said in a statement that Jain is the right man for the job.

“The board chose Dipak Jain to lead INSEAD into what is fast becoming a new global economic climate - one in which emerging markets are growing at a faster rate than the industrialized mature economies of Europe and North America. In this environment we need to teach solid business and management skills while being innovative, entrepreneurial, and instilling a culture of true sustainability. “

Jain, in a statement, cited INSEAD’s “enduring passion and inspired vision” as reasons for taking the job.

“The values that drive INSEAD - including a deep respect for the value of diversity; a desire to link theory and practice to address important managerial issues; and an entrepreneurial approach to teaching and research - are ideal to meet the opportunities and challenges facing organizations in the coming years. I am deeply honored to be joining INSEAD as part of this global community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to bringing people and ideas together in ways that enhance global peace and prosperity.”

First, Ted Snyder leaves Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile) for Yale (Yale Full-Time MBA Profile). Then Sally Blount, vice-dean at NYU’s Stern School of Business (Stern Full-Time MBA Profile), takes over as dean of Kellogg. Now Jain steps down at Kellogg to step up at INSEAD. It’s like musical chairs, except with deans.

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