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Chief Executive, The Association of Business Schools

Anne Kiem has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools.  Anne joins the Association from her position as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Financial Services, where she has led on strategic development, implementation, and the establishment of the Institute's relationships with government and business.

Anne also brings to the ABS her experience of working in a large multi-national, financial services company, and a background in developing education programmes and teaching.  She starts in post in the week commencing 3 November.

Commenting on her appointment, Anne Kiem said: "I am delighted to be joining the Association of Business Schools at what is an exciting time, especially with the prospect of the Royal Charter ahead. Business schools are pivotal in producing the business managers of the future, not just in large organisations but also in the hugely important small and medium-sized businesses.

I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues, the Executive Committe, and members to build on the firm foundations, develop new and innovative ways to deliver the aims of the ABS, and deliver value for the membership."

Professor Angus Laing, Chairman of the Association of Business Schools, said: "Anne brings extensive experience of business, educational and non-profit sectors.  Under her leadership we aim to maintain our excellent recent track record of advocacy and lobbying government, and build additional value to our members through engagement with business and the provision of services and insights, which are responsive to the needs of UK business schools.  We are delighted to welcome her to the ABS."


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation), Newcastle University

Professor Richard Davies has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation) at Newcastle University.  Richard is currently Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Durham University.  An internationally-recognised geoscientist, he spent the first half of his career working in the oil and gas sector around the world.  This involved him working extensively with a wide range of stakeholders including industry, national governments, and NGOs. 

He began his academic career at Cardif University in 2003 and joined Durham in 2006.  For the past eight years he has held a number of pan-university leadership roles, including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute - establishing it as one of Durham's most successful Institutes.

Richard joins the University on 11 August, 2014.