The Dean

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 and inspires individuals to exceed their expectations.

The Dean fulfils a number of representational and organisational roles, including engagement with School stakeholders such as the Governing Body, faculty, staff, students, clients, 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, a position he has held since August 2017. He is leading a strategy focused on (1) academic research and its impact, (2) learning innovations and alumni engagement and (3) inclusion, striving for gender parity and greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity. Since taking up the role, Ortalo-Magné has led the relaunch of the LBS brand, the growth of degree programmes and a significant increase in philanthropic support for scholarships.

Dean Ortalo-Magné serves on the International Advisory Board of BritishAmerican Business and on the Board of Directors and Innovation Committee of AACSB. His research on the economics of land and housing markets has been published in leading academic journals. He has built on his research and leadership experiences to advise a broad range of private, governmental and multi-lateral organisations and share his insights in leading media outlets and at conferences around the world.

Prior to his appointment, Ortalo-Magné 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. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.


Deans of London Business School


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