The Dean

Welcome to London Business School

“London Business School is a world class global business school that combines academic excellence, London spirit and a global mindset. We bring together outstanding faculty and students, recognised around the world for their expertise and impact. Our faculty participate in policy discussions and engage with a wide diversity of business leaders, from the heads of global corporations to entrepreneurs in Africa. And our students bring unparalleled breadth of background and experience to our campus. Of course, no school can bring together outstanding faculty and students without outstanding staff. Their professionalism and dedication to the School community sets us apart.

We are a global school based in the world’s most global city. We draw strength from the diversity of our community and our shared ambition for the future.

I look forward to welcoming you to the School.”

François Ortalo-Magné



The Role of the Dean


The Dean is the Head of the School and its Chief Executive Officer and is responsible to the Governing Body.

The Dean guides the direction of the School and shapes its values and standards. He balances current priorities with future investment and helps the School’s major constituents to achieve their objectives. He fosters innovative partnerships that reach unprecedented outcomes and inspires individuals to exceed their expectations.


The Dean fulfils a number of representational and organisational roles, including contact with key stakeholders such as the Governing Body, faculty, staff, students, customers, alumni, and friends, as well as with partner institutions within the University of London, higher education and more broadly.


About the Dean


François Ortalo-Magné is the ninth dean of London Business School. Previously, he was the Albert O. Nicholas Dean and Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. His first academic appointment was at the London School of Economics where he gained tenure following his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His research on the economics of housing and land markets has been published in leading academic journals. He has advised governments and private organisations on agricultural and housing policy issues. Since becoming Dean, his engagements with policy, business and education leaders has shifted more toward issues and opportunities related to collaboration, creativity, and life-long learning.




Deans of London Business School


  • Dr Arthur Earle (1965-1972)
  • Professor Sir James Ball (1972-1984)
  • Professor Peter Moore (1984-1989)
  • Professor Sir George Bain (1989-1997)
  • Professor John Quelch (1998-2001)
  • Professor Laura Tyson (2002-2006)
  • Robin Buchanan (2007-2008)
  • Professor Sir Andrew Likierman (2009-2017)
  • François Ortalo-Magné (current)