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Prof. Markus Menz appointed Dean of the Geneva School of Economics and Management


The University of Geneva has appointed Professor Markus Menz as Dean of the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) effective July 15, 2021. He succeeds Professor Marcelo Olarreaga who will step down after having completed a first term as Dean from 2017 to 2021.

Prof. Menz will lead the GSEM, which educates more than 1'850 diverse students enrolled in its Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs to become responsible leaders, and employs a dedicated staff of about 200, including 60 internationally recognized faculty members. As Dean, he plans to strengthen the GSEM’s strategic positioning in the areas of analytics/digital, governance, and responsibility/sustainability by building on a “Geneva Advantage”. In particular, he will focus on obtaining the GSEM’s initial AACSB Business Accreditation, improving the international recognition of its study programs, and leading initiatives to enhance its impact.

His Dean’s team will include Eva Cantoni, Full Professor of Statistics, as Vice Dean for Studies; Salvatore Di Falco, Full Professor of Environmental Economics, as Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs; Judith Schrempf-Stirling, Associate Professor of Responsible Management, as Vice Dean for Executive Education; and Beatriz Iglesias, the School’s Administrator.

Markus Menz joined the University of Geneva as Associate Professor in 2015 and was promoted to Full Professor of Strategic Management in 2017. From 2017 to 2021, he served as the GSEM’s Vice Dean for Development, responsible for strategy and governance, quality development, and communications. Prior to joining the University of Geneva, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen from 2010 to 2015, where he received the overall University’s Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He received a Ph.D. in Management from the University of St. Gallen in 2009.

Throughout his career, he has gained extensive experience in teaching management to both students and executives. He also developed and led several study programs. His research in the areas of strategic leadership, corporate governance, corporate strategy, and organization design has been published in leading management journals. In 2020, he founded the Geneva Center for Corporate Governance, which aims to promote evidence-based and responsible corporate governance.

July 7, 2021
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