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Hellmut Schütte Named Next Dean of CEIBS, to Succeed John A Quelch

November 16, 2012

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Shanghai, China. November 16, 2012 – Professor Hellmut Schütte has been appointed as the next Vice President and Dean of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He succeeds Professor John A. Quelch, who has successfully completed his tenure and will return to Harvard Business School at the end of January, 2013.


Left: Hellmut Schütte, right: John Quelch


Said CEIBS Executive President Professor Zhu Xiaoming, “President Pedro Nueno, Vice President and Co-Dean Zhang Weijiong and I all recognise the contributions Professor Quelch has made to CEIBS in many critical areas. We are saddened by his decision to return to Harvard Business School after the successful completion of his tenure. We have urged John to stay in touch and support CEIBS’ further development, and he has graciously agreed. Incoming Dean Hellmut Schütte, who has a wealth of experience including his previous role as Dean of Insead’s Singapore Campus, will have the full support of CEIBS’ faculty, students and staff as well as strong support from John. This is the CEIBS culture.”


Professor Zhu added, “Two years ago when I welcomed John to CEIBS as Dean, he spoke of the attractiveness of working in China – and the attractiveness of working at CEIBS – which provided him with an opportunity to add an emerging economy to the list of countries where he has been employed by a leading business school. John has lived up to the expectations of us all. He will have the respect of the CEIBS community forever.” 


CEIBS President Pedro Nueno added, “CEIBS has grown substantially and made significant progress during John’s deanship.  I am confident, however, that the strong team we have in place will work together with Hellmut to ensure the school’s continued success.”


Dean Quelch explained that his decision to leave had not been easy. “It's been a privilege to help CEIBS which is truly a unique institution. I've learnt much about China, especially from my Chinese colleagues. While family considerations require me to return home, no one is indispensable and I'm sure the school is on the path to continued greatness.”


During the two years of Prof. Quelch’s deanship, a new CEIBS position statement, “China Depth, Global Breadth” was developed to strengthen the school’s differentiation and competitiveness; a new Part-time Finance MBA Programme was launched in-line with the Shanghai Municipal Government’s ambitions to build Shanghai as an international financial centre; an International Advisory Board was established to further support the school in its quest for global impact and recognition; a CEIBS Visiting Leader Programme was launched to bring senior executives to the School to share their expertise with students and faculty; several new research centres have been funded and a new IESE-CEIBS coordinated Ph.D. Programme has been launched to underpin CEIBS’ greater emphasis on research; new coordinated  Masters degree programmes have been set up with the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; and a global partnership agreement has been signed with the World Economic Forum.


During Prof. Quelch’s tenure, CEIBS also accelerated its recruitment of outstanding full-time faculty. In addition, several new academic positions have been created to strengthen the academic leadership and to support the faculty and their research.


“I have worked closely with John and appreciate his initiatives and his energy. His achievements are important steps along CEIBS’ path of becoming a leading international business school,” said Prof. Helmut Schütte, who is currently Distinguished Professor of Management and the European Chair for Global Governance and Sino-European Business Relations at CEIBS. Professor Schütte will be Dean of CEIBS effective February 1, 2013.


He is also Emeritus Professor of International Management at INSEAD. He teaches and does research in the area of international business with a special focus on Asia and Emerging Markets. Professor Schütte obtained his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He worked as an executive in the area of marketing and investment banking for 11 years. During his academic career at INSEAD, he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, visiting professor at Boston University, and visiting scholar at Harvard University. Until the fall of 2006, Professor Schütte was the Dean of INSEAD’s fast growing Asia Campus located in Singapore.

China is the tenth country in which Professor Schütte has lived and worked. He has taught in seminars in another 40 countries all over the world. He is a well-known speaker at conferences and business meetings, a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum (in Davos and other locations), and is actively involved in various executive programmes, board and advisory roles and consulting assignments.

Professor Schütte is the author of many articles and nine books, among them the best-seller ‘Strategies for Asia Pacific’ (co-authored with P. Lasserre).