NTU appoints new dean for business school

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has appointed a new dean for its business school.

Professor Ravi Kumar, 61, former vice-dean for international programmes and graduate programmes at the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School, will take over as dean of Nanyang Business School.

His appointment came after a comprehensive review of international candidates by a six-member search committee, led by Insead professor Gabriel Hawawini.

Previously, Prof Kumar also served as the dean of the College of Business at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. In a statement to the media, NTU provost Freddy Boey said: "Prof Kumar has a strong record of global and cross-cultural business leadership spanning many continents."

"As an information and operations management professor, he is known widely for his expertise on global operations, particularly in improving operational performance through cellular design and in integrating decision-making with marketing and information technology," he added.

Nanyang Business School was previously helmed by Professor Gillian Yeo, who served as interim dean for the last two years. Prof Yeo will now assist Prof Kumar in administrative and external relations matters in her new role as associate dean.