Message from Franz Humer, Chairman of the INSEAD Board
On behalf of the INSEAD Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Ilian Mihov has been appointed as the next Dean of INSEAD. He will take office as of October 1, 2013, moving from his successful role as co-Interim Dean since March 1, 2013.
Ilian has been chosen during an intense search process led by an eight-person Search Committee – four board members and four faculty – representing the school’s Faculty and Board. Many other Faculty and Board members helped the Search Committee through interviews and counsel, and the search culminated in a Faculty election last week that gave Ilian an overwhelming mandate to lead the school, supported by equally strong endorsement by the Board. I extend my appreciation to the Search Committee and everyone who participated in the search process.
Currently The Novartis Chaired Professor of Management and Environment, Ilian has served as Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research responsible for the recruitment of new faculty, as well as for the development of over 140 professors at INSEAD. He oversees the PhD programme and the Research and Development committee.
Ilian embodies the qualities of an outstanding leader, who is authentic and credible, decisive and cares passionately about the school, its future and its constituents. It was important to the INSEAD Board of Directors, the faculty and the community, to have a leader of Ilian’s background and academic stature but who also has a deep understanding of INSEAD. With his impressive academic credentials, strong connections with business and governments, and the support of the alumni network and its leaders, donors, faculty and staff, Ilian will draw the community together to develop a bold strategy for INSEAD’s future.
Ilian joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and many executive education programmes as well as in the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programmes and won the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
I also wish to recognise and thank Peter Zemsky for his many contributions in these last six months when he and Ilian shared the Interim Dean’s role, including but not limiting to INSEAD’s programme innovations, external outreach and digitalisation strategy. Peter’s passion for education, leadership and the INSEAD community has served our institution well and we look forward to his continued contributions.
Please join me in welcoming Ilian Mihov as INSEAD’s new Dean and, with the Board of Directors, support him as he leads INSEAD to a bold and exciting future.
Franz Humer, MBA ‘71
Chairman of the INSEAD Board