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University of Surrey appoints Professor Ansgar Richter as Dean of Surrey Business School

The University of Surrey has appointed Professor Ansgar Richter as the new Dean of Surrey Business School, ranked second in the UK for Business and Management and twelfth for Accounting and Finance by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Professor Ansgar Richter will join Surrey on 3 October 2016.

  • Award-winning academic and business consultant, Professor Ansgar Richter has been appointed to the newly created role of Dean of Surrey Business School
  • He will be responsible for six departments and will lead on formulating and implementing strategies relating to teaching, research and external engagement
  • Ansgar’s combination of academic excellence, first class leadership and significant international experience named key reasons for his appointment

Born in Germany, Ansgar is Chair of Management and Head of the Organisation & Management Group at University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS). Prior to joining ULMS in 2013, he worked at EBS Business School near Wiesbaden (Germany), where he held the Chair of Strategy and Organisation, and served as the Head of the Strategy, Organisation & Leadership Department and as Vice Dean of Research. 

I am delighted to be joining the University of Surrey as Dean of Surrey Business School. I have been inspired by University of Surrey’s ambition and look forward to playing my part in making Surrey the business school of choice for students, staff and businesses.

Professor Ansgar Richter

Following studies of Philosophy and Economics in Frankfurt and Bochum (Germany), Ansgar read Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at LSE. He successfully completed his PhD in Management at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management at LSE in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising clients in various European countries and the US on matters of strategy and organisation.

Ansgar was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (1997), Stanford University (2005, 2011, 2012), and INSEAD (2009). He also taught at Cranfield School of Management, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Leipzig Graduate School of Business, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, XJTLU (China), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and University of Montana Graduate School of Business, USA.

Michael Kearney, Provost and Executive Vice-President at the University of Surrey, said: “Against a very impressive field of applicants, I am delighted to announce that Professor Ansgar Richter will be joining us at the University of Surrey in October to lead our highly acclaimed Surrey Business School.

“Ansgar will take up his role as Dean at a time when we have ambitious plans to further enhance our activities – creating a positive and lasting impact in business and beyond. Recognising his impressive blend of academic excellence, first class leadership and significant international experience, I look forward to working with him and his colleagues to take Surrey Business School from strength to strength.”

Professor Ansgar Richter said: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Surrey as Dean of Surrey Business School. Guildford is a wonderful city which is home to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 University of the Year.  I have been inspired by University of Surrey’s ambition and look forward to playing my part in making Surrey the business school of choice for students, staff and businesses.” 

Ansgar will take up the new role from 3 October 2016.

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