The University of Oxford
has appointed Soumitra Dutta
as the new dean
of Saïd Business School
, according to a release by the university on Wednesday.
Dutta is currently professor of management at the Cornell
SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in New York, where he was also the founding dean. He will take up his new post as Dean of Oxford Saïd on June 1 this year.
Dutta’s highly distinguished three-decade academic career includes being current chair of the Global Business School Network and 13 years in leadership roles at INSEAD in France, according to the Oxford university release. He also serves on the boards of listed international corporations, has founded several successful start-ups, co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s global future council on innovation ecosystems and created major global technology and innovation indices. He has also acted as a senior advisor to governments on technology and innovation policies.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Louise Richardson, who led on the appointment of Dutta, said: “I am delighted that Professor Dutta has accepted our offer to become the next dean of Saïd Business School. He brings a global perspective, wide-ranging experience and deep knowledge of technology and of business education. I look forward to working with him.”
Commenting on his appointment, Dutta said: “I am delighted to be joining Saïd Business School at Oxford University. My daughter Sara graduated from Oxford and both my wife Lourdes and I spent a fruitful half-year sabbatical at Oxford. We are both looking forward to being part of this diverse, exciting and innovative community.
“It is an honour to be appointed as dean of the school, it is a unique institution placed within one of the world’s greatest universities. I very much look forward to collaborating with colleagues, students and alumni within Oxford Saïd and across Oxford, to move the school forward to higher levels of excellence and impact.”
Professor Sue Dopson, Interim Dean at Oxford Saïd, said: “We are excited to be welcoming Professor Dutta to lead our school community. He brings with him an incredible breadth of global leadership experience, from world leading business schools, through to major corporations and down to small start-ups. With Professor Dutta at the helm, we will continue to flourish as we focus on tackling complex, world-scale challenges through education.”
Dutta’s appointment marks the end of a global search to find the right person to lead Oxford Saïd, a world leading business school within one of the world’s greatest universities. This follows the departure of Professor Peter Tufano, who stepped down after ten years as Dean in June 2021. Since then, Professor Sue Dopson has been leading the school as interim dean, working closely with joint deputy deans Richard Barker, Jonathan Reynolds and chief operating officer Sara Beck.