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New role for ex-SE chief

Wilson takes up visiting role at Strathclyde

Lena Wilson 2Strathclyde University has appointed former Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson as a visiting professor.

The three-year appointment will see Dr Wilson, drawing on her experience in trade and investment gained over a 30-year career, delivering lectures to students in Strathclyde Business School, with her inaugural speech scheduled for 16 April. 

A non-executive director on the boards of the Royal Bank of Scotland, ScottishPower Renewables and Intertek, she holds an MBA from Strathclyde and a degree in public administration.

Dr Wilson worked for the World Bank in Washington DC as a senior investment adviser to international governments. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2015 for services to the Scottish Economy and was awarded an honorary degree from Strathclyde in 2016.

She said: “I see this role as a way of contributing to the University and specifically the Business school in a meaningful way.  

“I am a proud graduate of the Business School and served on the advisory board for several years. I hope to contribute as broadly as possible using all my international business experience and networks to help the future leaders emerging from Strathclyde and pass on to them what I have been so privileged to learn and experience.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Lena is a hugely-experienced business professional who has a comprehensive overview of the business sector in Scotland, economic development policy and public sector agencies. She will bring significant knowledge, expertise and added-value to Strathclyde Business School.” 

Professor David Hillier, Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School, said: “I am sure our students will greatly benefit from her knowledge of and insights into industry, enterprise and innovation in Scotland. 


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