Dean Jordi Canals to Step Down at End of Academic Year
He will return to teaching and research activities as a professor in September 2016
Professor Jordi Canals will step down as Dean on August 31, 2016 / Photo: Edu Ferrer
After 15 years as Dean of IESE, Prof. Jordi Canals will step down and return to his former IESE position as a professor.
Jordi Canals will continue as Dean with the current Executive Committee until August 2016. At the same time, the President of the University of Navarra, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, will set up an Advisory Search Committee that will help him gather ideas and reflections regarding the future of the school and the profile of the new Dean. The President plans to announce a decision in June, so that the new Dean will start at the beginning of the next academic year.
During Jordi Canals’ period as Dean, IESE has achieved several milestones, such as:
the launch of the fourth section of the MBA Program (2010);
the growth of the Executive MBA in Madrid (2005), in Barcelona (2008) and in Sao Paulo (2012);
the launch of the Global Executive MBA in New York (2014);
the growth of international executive programs – open and custom- and new executive programs in China, Poland and Kenya.
According to Prof. Canals, these initiatives are “the result of true teamwork between IESE faculty and staff, students and alumni. Moreover, they have a special meaning considering that many of them were undertaken in the middle of a deep economic crisis in Europe.”
Jordi Canals sent a farewell letter to the 44.000 IESE alumni and sponsoring companies around the world, thanking them for their commitment and support.
“It is a great honor to work at the University of Navarra and IESE, an institution with high ideals and the willingness to serve and have a deep and positive impact on other people, organizations and society.”