EDUCATION: New Director For GSB
Recent Western Cape Business News
The UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has announced that Professor Walter Baets, currently based at leading French business school Euromed Management Marseille, has been appointed as the new director.
Professor Baets is Professor of Complexity, Knowledge and Innovation, Associate Dean for Innovation and Social Responsibility at Euromed Management and will take over the top job at the UCT GSB on 1 July 2009. He is taking over as director from Professor Frank Horwitz, who is moving to the UK to become director of the Cranfield School of Management.
Professor Baets has held academic positions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain, and has held visiting teaching positions and consulted academically across Europe, the Middle East, and in India. Prior to academia, he had an extensive career in the areas of strategic planning, decision support and Information Systems.
He graduated in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), did postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK), and was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick in Industrial and Business Studies.
Professor Daya Reddy, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, said that the selection committee which interviewed Professor Baets was impressed by his unique mix of credentials and record of achievement, most particularly with the role he has played in raising significantly the stature of his current institution, Euromed Management.
“Professor Baets’ experience includes periods in the corporate world and in academia. He has an impressive record of both leadership and personal achievement in research, and is well placed to develop the research standing of the UCT Graduate School of Business,” he said.
Reddy added that it is significant that, despite not being South African, “Professor Baets possesses clear insights into complex issues which are intimately related to our location and history. Most significant among these is the set of strategic objectives related to transformation. Professor Baets has shown, through his deep understanding of the issues, his ability to lead the GSB successfully in its efforts to address its objectives in this area.”
Professor Baets said that he is very grateful to be appointed director of the UCT GSB and to inherit a School that is very unique and in such great shape.
“It is a precious gift which many others at this business school have worked hard for and I feel proud to be a part of what has been created here. It will be challenging but extremely exciting to lead this prestigious School but I am looking forward to it tremendously,” he said.
Professor Baets said that one of the most attractive aspects of the UCT GSB for him is that it is a business school in tune with his way of thinking and his values.
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