Sir Howard Stringer to Chair Saїd Business School Board

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Sir Howard Stringer has been appointed Chair of the School Board at Saїd Business School at the University of Oxford for a term of three years, replacing Sir Hector Sants, the first Chair of the School Board, who is stepping down after his term of four years.

Sir Howard, most recently CEO and Chairman of Sony Corporation and previously President of US broadcaster CBS, has had a distinguished career in the media sector. ‘We are delighted to welcome Sir Howard, an Oxford graduate, to the role of Chair of the Board and look forward to his input to our strategic discussions’ said Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Saїd Business School. ‘Sir Howard’s unique experience of leading in a global and challenging industry will be invaluable in helping us achieve our aim to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems.’

‘I am greatly looking forward to my role with the School and to helping it achieve its strategic goals’ said Sir Howard. ‘The School is a leading institution firmly located in one of the world’s greatest universities and has a unique opportunity to transform not only our understanding of business through its teaching and research, but also to influence the practice of business through the work of the young leaders who graduate from its programmes. At a time of continued globalisation it is fitting that the School has such an international community, with more than 50 nationalities represented among the student body. These students are the future of business and I look forward to getting to know many of them and to learning from their insights. A new world is opening up for me and I am excited about the new opportunities this presents.’

The School Board has broad oversight of the School’s activities and is responsible for steering its strategy. Its membership includes external members drawn from the business community as well as from the wider University. The board helps ensure that the School connects with business leaders and keeps in mind its core objective to inform business practice. The Chair of the Board has a critical role to play in ensuring that the School sets and maintains the highest standards in its internal organisation.

‘Our external advisors bring a wealth of practical experience and understanding to the School. Their engagement with the School and University is invaluable in ensuring our work is relevant to the practitioners and policy makers we serve’ said Professor Tufano. ‘We are grateful for the work of Sir Hector Sants who saw the School through a period of reorganisation and change. His vast experience of regulation and compliance has been of great value to the School and he leaves us in a secure position, organisationally and financially’ said Professor Tufano.

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About Saїd Business School

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.
In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked 13th worldwide in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programs (May 2013) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programs (Jan 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programs (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times. For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/

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