The School of Business has a new dean: John Quelch, who will assume the role on July 1. Anuj Mehrotra, who was vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education and a professor of management science, served as the interim dean while the global dean search was conducted last year.

Quelch, an internationally recognized scholar on the marketing implications of globalization, with a particular focus on patient centricity and consumer empowerment in the health care sector, comes to the School from Harvard Business School, where he has been the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. In addition to his role as dean of the UM School of Business, he will also become the University of Miami’s vice provost for executive education, overseeing customized training and development programs for executives and managers.

“I am honored and delighted to be joining the University of Miami community as a vice provost and dean,” Quelch said. “I especially look forward to serving alongside the dedicated faculty and staff of the School of Business Administration on behalf of our students, alumni and corporate partners.”

A former dean of two prestigious international business schools, Quelch was also a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – the first ever to hold dual primary appointments in the public health and business schools, and one of only a few faculty members across Harvard University with this distinction.

“Dr. Quelch is a renowned scholar on globalization and a proven academic leader internationally,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “He is a great addition to our senior team and is poised to take the School of Business Administration to its next level of excellence. I am thrilled to welcome him.”

Prior to his recent time at Harvard, Quelch served as dean, vice president and distinguished professor of international management of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) from 2011 to 2013. Under his leadership, annual revenues increased by more than 25% to over $100 million; the school’s MBA global ranking in The Financial Times improved from 24 to 15 and its Executive MBA ranking from 18 to 7; and the school launched programs to integrate faculty and staff activities at the three CEIBS campuses in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, as well as the CEIBS campus in Ghana.

From 1998 to 2001, Quelch served as dean of the London Business School, where, among other accomplishments, he helped transform the school into a globally competitive institution and launched seed capital funds to invest in student and alumni startups.

In 1979, Quelch initially joined Harvard Business School, holding a number of positions over the years, including Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing, co-chair of the marketing department and Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration. He served as senior associate dean of Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2010.

Quelch is the author, co-author or editor of 25 books, as well as numerous business case studies on leading international organizations. He also is known for his teaching materials and innovations in pedagogy; during the past 35 years, his case studies have sold more than 4 million copies. Quelch has also served on numerous corporate, nonprofit and public agency boards, including as chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority.

He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford University (BA and MA), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA), the Harvard School of Public Health (MS) and Harvard Business School (where he earned his PhD in business). Quelch was born in London and became a U.S. citizen in 1991. In addition to the United Kingdom and the U.S., he has lived in Australia, Canada and China. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011, and in 2017 was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Anuj Mehrotra for serving as interim dean during the past year,” Frenk said in announcing Quelch’s appointment. “His dedication to the University and outstanding service to the school are exceptional.”


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