Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), one of Europe's top-ranked business schools, has appointed Professor Nicola Kleyn from South Africa as its new Dean of Executive Education. Professor Kleyn will take up her post in unusual circumstances in September 2020 with the ongoing coronavirus measures that have closed the campus, but with a unique opportunity to deliver business executive education that can shape a changed world during and after COVID-19. She is currently Dean of the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria, based in Johannesburg.

Professor Ansgar Richter, Dean of RSM, commented:

“I am very pleased that Professor Nicola Kleyn will join RSM as Dean of Executive Education. Nicola comes with a huge amount of leadership experience in working with adult learners, consulting and in organizational development. The Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria which she has led as Dean since 2015 is the only African school whose EMBA programme is featured in the Financial Times ranking, and they have just won a Gold award in an EFMD competition – all credit to the work of Nicola and the team that she’s built at GIBS. Above all, Nicola is an inspirational leader who has a vision for a future, and knows how to implement it. I am looking forward to working with her.”

Before joining GIBS as a faculty member from the School’s inception in 2000, Professor Kleyn headed leadership and development for Investec Bank. Prior to this she was a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of Business Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Professor Kleyn commented:

“I am passionate about working in higher education and particularly about being at the interface between academia and the business community. I thoroughly enjoy the role of academic leadership, particularly where it involves linking faculty research and teaching expertise with what business needs to move forward. We face an extraordinary opportunity. Beyond the human and economic tragedy of Covid-19, we will see fundamental shifts in the world. As a business school, we will have an active role to play because business is on a significant change journey. We will need to adapt accordingly.”