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Home > News > July 2004 > 02-Jul-2004

New Chairman for the Association of MBAs

Executive coach, businessman and motivational speaker John Peters has been appointed Chairman of the International Management Board of the Association of MBAs.

Mr Peters, founding director of performance development and leadership consultancy UPH, replaces PKF Corporate Turnaround Director, Liz Walker, who has served as Chairman since January 2001 and continues as a member of the Board.

Building stronger relationships with business and academic leaders, and upholding the recognition of quality MBA programmes, are two of the challenges Mr Peters has identified as important for the Association.


John Peters

But he added, "My main interest is to ensure that all of us who have achieved an MBA benefit from a strong international association. Membership of the Association should be an imperative competitive advantage for MBA graduates and MBA students. My focus will be to provide members with real, tangible benefits of being part of the Association of MBAs."

Commenting on the appointment, Jeanette Purcell, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs said, "John’s passion, energy and outstanding communication skills make him a natural ambassador for the Association. He shares our commitment to safeguarding the quality of the MBA. The 18 months John has already spent on the Board mean that he has a real understanding of the unique role we can play in supporting business schools, to develop business leaders.

"John’s elevation to Chairman coincides with a number of exciting developments including the new impetus for our high-level International Advisory Council and the development of new services for our members, focusing on careers, personal development and networking."


Jeanette Purcell

Mr Peters completed his MBA at Leicester University in 1997, and won a ‘Flight International’ award for safety and training for a human factors learning culture programme he introduced across the Royal Air Force. In 1999 he founded UPH with former Rugby Union international Rory Underwood and survival expert and business coach Martyn Helliwell.

New Focus For International Advisory Council

Fifteen prominent business and academic leaders have been appointed to three-year terms as members of the International Advisory Council of the Association of MBAs.

Chaired by Association President, Sir Paul Judge, the International Advisory Council will provide guidance and leverage for the Association as it continues to expand its MBA quality accreditation system and global network for business leaders.

According to the Chief Executive of the Association, Jeanette Purcell, the International Advisory Council plays an important role in bringing together the three stakeholder groups: members, business schools and employers in both public and private sectors.

"Already more than half of the 90 business schools offering programmes accredited by the Association of MBAs are located in continental Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. This is testament to the fact that the London-based Association has become increasingly international in its reach and impact.

"The new Council members bring both individual and organisational perspectives on the challenges and value of operating and marketing internationally, and recruiting the right people to sustain global enterprise.

"The International Advisory Council provides an important forum for developing closer relations between business and academia. The Council will help strengthen the Association’s position by reinforcing the importance of the accredited MBA and the development of local business networks for students and graduates."

Current members of the Council, which met on June 23, 2004 are:

  • Richard Bowker - Chairman and Chief Executive, Strategic Rail Authority
  • Richard Christou - Executive Chairman, Fujitsu
  • David Gravells - Chairman, Paraclete Ltd
  • Prof Santiago Iniguez - Managing Director, External Affairs, Instituto de Empresa
  • Mary Jo Jacobi - Vice President Group External Affairs, Shell International Limited
  • Mike Jatania - Chief Executive, Lornamead Ltd
  • Prof Martyn Jones - Director, Canterbury Business School
  • Prof David Miles - Pro Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, Kingston University
  • Prof Michael Osbaldeston - Director, Cranfield School of Management
  • Richard Parry-Jones - Group Vice President, Global Product Development & Chief Technical Officer, Ford
  • Kai Peters - Chief Executive, Ashridge
  • Baroness Usha Prashar - First Civil Service Commissioner
  • Prof Howard Thomas - Dean, Warwick Business School
  • Dianne Thompson - President, CIM & Chief Executive, Camelot Group plc
  • John Wood - Managing Director, Alderton Financial Services Limited

The International Advisory Council is a committee of the International Management Board (IMB) and reports to the IMB. The seven members of the IMB are also members of the Council.

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