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Press release: For immediate release 13.07.2015

First female dean appointed at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management

Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Canada has appointed Professor Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou as the new dean. On September 1, she becomes the first female dean in the school’s history.

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou has spent 21 years at George Washington University in the US in a number of roles, including associate dean for undergraduate programmes and professor in finance. Prior to this, she taught at ESSEC business school in France from 1989 to 1993, and also lectured at Université de Montréal. At George Washington, Bajeux-Besnainou implemented a series of new programmes and curriculums to provide a more holistic, well-rounded education.

Bajeux-Besnainou says: “The integrated approach to management at Desautels fascinated me. An amazing school in a great multi-cultural city, their approach to business education is unique. It’s interdisciplinary and encourages cooperation, promoting intellectual curiosity and inspiring students to become lifelong learners. I’m excited to build on this.”

She succeeds Peter Todd, recently appointed as the new dean at HEC Paris, who saw operating revenues double in his nine-year tenure at Desautels. Under his leadership, donations increased, the number of professors almost doubled, and student services were overhauled.

“Students should receive a transformative experience through their education,” Bajeux-Besnainou says, “and develop as well-rounded, problem-solvers to become tomorrow’s leaders, but I’m not going to arrive with a list of changes without knowing the school. My first priority is to listen and learn. I want to lead by consensus and work together with faculty to develop a vision for the future.”

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About Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou is an alumna of L'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris in mathematics. She earned her doctorate in 1989 from l'Université Paris-Dauphine in Mathematics Applied to Finance and has since published numerous articles in academic journals such as Management Science, Mathematical Finance, Journal of Economics Dynamics and Control, American Economic Review, and Journal of Business, among others.

About McGill & the Desautels Faculty of Management

McGill University is Canada's best-known institution of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, the student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill was founded in 1821 and today has two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 39,500 students. The University also partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

Founded in 1906, McGill’s Faculty of Management was renamed the Desautels Faculty of Management in 2006 in honor of its benefactor Dr. Marcel Desautels. Desautels is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools. It is home to several research centres and academic programs at the undergraduate, masters, executive, and PhD levels. The curriculum is built on an integrated, interdisciplinary model that combines research, practice, and teaching. This holistic approach prepares students to successfully manage and lead across managerial and geographic boundaries in today’s increasingly interconnected world. Coming from over 75 countries around the world, the Desautels student body is composed of diverse and accomplished individuals including Olympic athletes, artists, health care professionals, engineers and those with strong backgrounds in business. It has one of the highest percentages (>65%) of international professors of any business school. Desautels is located in the heart of downtown Montreal one of the most vibrant, multicultural and livable cities in North America (ranked top 10 in the world for University students by QS-World University Rankings).

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