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McGregor takes senior role

Edinburgh Business School names new Dean

Heather McGregorEdinburgh Business School has appointed an international businesswoman and human resource specialist as Executive Dean.

Professor Heather McGregor (pictured) will bring a wealth of global business and career development experience which has included working with and developing the careers of some of the world’s leading political, business and financial figures.

The Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University, with campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia, runs MBA programmes for students and alumni in 166 countries.

As a visiting professor and lecturer, Professor McGregor has taught at a number of business schools world-wide on subjects including employability and the development of social and human capital.

She was awarded a CBE in June 2015 for services to business, especially employment skills and diversity. She was a co-founder of the 30% Club which campaigns to increase the number of women on company boards, and founded the award-winning Taylor Bennett Foundation programme helping to promote the employment of ethnic minority graduates in the workplace.

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Professor Richard Williams, said: “We are extremely pleased to have attracted such a high calibre figure as Professor McGregor.

“Her impressive breadth of experience in the workplace, development of business leaders and her global perspective will provide a unique insight to Edinburgh Business School, one that is highly relevant to its mission and its global portfolio.”

Professor McGregor said: “Edinburgh Business School is part of a thriving, world-class university and I am incredibly excited at being given the opportunity to build on the success the School has already achieved.

“We want to ensure that management education remains accessible to people across the globe, regardless of their working hours or family situation.”

Professor McGregor will initially work on a part-time basis before taking up the role on a full-time basis in January.

Dr Shonaig Macpherson, chairman of Edinburgh Business School, welcomed the appointment of Professor McGregor and at the same time paid tribute to the School’s founder, Professor Keith Lumsden.

“This is a significant appointment and reflects the ambitious vision and spirit of the Business School founded by Professor Lumsden more than 20 years ago. He had the foresight to recognise the need to create a flexible Master of Business Administration programme that didn’t require students to interrupt their careers.

“As a result, working with a team of dedicated colleagues, Professor Lumsden has gone on to lead the exceptional global expansion of the School. He leaves a lasting legacy and we wish him all the very best wishes for the future while we look forward to Professor McGregor building on his achievements to-date and taking the School into a new era of even greater success.”



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