Association of MBAs welcomes Professor Bodo Schlegelmilch as Chairman of its International Management Board

Publication date: 06 February 2018
Article type: Press release




London: 6 February 2018

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 Association of MBAs welcomes Professor Bodo Schlegelmilch as Chairman of its International Management Board

Professor Bodo Schlegelmilch has been elected Chairman of the International Management Board of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), following the retirement of Len Jones, who had been Chairman of the organisation since 2012.

Professor Schlegelmilch, who became Chairman at AMBA’s International Management Board Meeting on Friday 2 February 2018, was the Founding Dean of WU Executive Academy, at Vienna University of Economics and Business from 2004 until 2015 and remains Professor of International Management and Marketing at the School.

He has taught executive education programmes for Business Schools (including Kellogg, Keio, ESADE, St Gallen, Indian School of Business and Sun Yat-sen) in approximately 30 countries on six continents; and he has conducted Board Level workshops for numerous corporations, including Baxter, Cable & Wireless Communication, Unicredit, Degussa, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Schlumberger, Stinnes and Sunkyong.

He has also held roles at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing.

Professor Schlegelmilch said: My predecessor, Len Jones, skillfully maneuvered AMBA through a series of challenges and instigated fundamental reforms. With that, he prepared the ground for an organisation which is now more capable than ever to shape the direction of management education.

‘As the new Chair of AMBA, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and with our CEO, Andrew Main Wilson, to continue this momentum and strengthen AMBA further in times of paradigmatic technological developments and the rapidly changing competitive landscape of Business Schools.’

AMBA’s constitution stipulates that a Chairman must step from the Board after six continuous years.

Jones leaves AMBA in the strongest position in its 51-year history, with the number of AMBA-accredited Business Schools, reaching 255 in more than 75 countries; and student and graduate membership having increased by 500%, to 32,000 in the past three years.

Addressing Business School Deans and directors during his farewell speech at AMBA’s Gala Dinner on 2 February, Jones said: ‘It has been a real honour to represent AMBA and it is an experience I shall always cherish. I believe in Business Schools; they all have individual identities and are practicing their own particular brand of learning through their unique philosophies of education.’ 

But he added: ‘Business Schools are going to have to work harder to differentiate themselves from competitors and provide relevant content. Supporting this is the work we will we continue to do at AMBA, and this is exciting and pertinent.’


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