The Hon Apurv Bagri, President and CEO of the Metdist Group of Companies and Deputy Chairman of London Business School’s Governing Body since 2006, will be appointed as the new Chairman of the Governing Body.
Mr Bagri, who has a longstanding relationship with the School, will succeed Sir John Ritblat who stands down on 1 May 2014 after 23 years of service to the Governing Body, which has included three years as Deputy Chairman (2003-2006) and eight years as Chairman (2006-2014).
Mr Bagri said: “It is a privilege to be asked to Chair the Governing Body of the School at this exciting time in its history. I am looking forward to working with our Dean, Sir Andrew Likierman and the School’s Governing Body. It has been an honour to work alongside Sir John Ritblat. The School has benefitted enormously from his outstanding leadership.”
Mr Bagri has been a member of the Governing Body since 2003, and Deputy Chairman since 2006. He has championed the School’s £100 million fundraising campaign, supporting its vision of having a profound impact on the way the world does business.
The School is at an important and exciting stage in its development and Mr Bagri will seek to build on the School’s growth to date.
Sir John Ritblat said: “Having worked closely with Apurv over the past seven years, and having seen first-hand the depth of his experience and commitment to the School, I am confident that he is a very good choice to lead the School into the next chapter of its progress.
“I’m going to be leaving the School in a very solid position, having launched its £100m Campaign at the end of last year, and with the contract for The Sammy Ofer Centre now successfully exchanged.”
Amongst his non-business responsibilities, Apurv is a Member of the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, the Non-Executive Chairman of The Royal Parks, and a board member of Tie Inc., the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and wealth creation. He is also a board member of the International Wrought Copper Council and a Trustee of Asia House and was formerly the Chairman of the Council of City University.