New head for business school

Professor Haina Zhang, head of University of Aberdeen business school

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THE next head of the University of Aberdeen Business School has been announced.

Professor Haina Zhang will assume the role in August – taking over from Professor Martin Meyer who is moving to Finland to become Vice-Rector of the University of Vaasa.

Currently a chair in management in the Business School, Professor Zhang is also director of Internationalisation for the School.

She has led a wide range of international research projects involving collaborations with overseas institutions and businesses and has also published research findings in world-recognised journals as well as serving in editorial roles across high-impact international journals.

Professor Zhang, who has a PhD in Management from the University of Otago, worked in Lancaster University Management School and the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School before moving to Aberdeen in 2019.

She takes up her appointment at a ambitious time for the School which has a new vision, mission and strategy and is progressing plans for a new bespoke Business School with the redevelopment and regeneration of the former Crombie Johnston Halls.

Welcoming her appointment, Professor Zhang said: “I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Head of University of Aberdeen Business School.

“I am looking forward to working with a fantastic group of colleagues, students, and external partners in taking the School forward towards its ambition of becoming a leading Business School.”

Professor Karl Leydecker, University senior vice-principal. added: “I am very much looking forward to working closely with Haina. She set out a compelling vision for the School that combines paced growth with staff wellbeing, and I look forward to the School continuing the very strong progress it has made under Martin Meyer’s leadership.”

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