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Leadership Transition at the Asia School of Business

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA (1 July 2022): Professor Charles H. Fine, Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean at Asia School of Business (ASB) has completed his tenure on 30 June 2022. He will be returning to serve at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he has been Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management since 1983.

In recognition of his contributions, Professor Fine was conferred the title Professor Emeritus at the Asia School of Business. The Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the Asia School of Business wish to record their appreciation and thanks to Professor Fine for his leadership, dedication and commitment. As founding Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean, Professor Fine is amongst the pioneers since the launch of ASB seven years ago.

Under his leadership ASB has grown steadily with its range of degree and executive education programs, research centers as well as the development of its own distinct brand. ASB has been recognized as the Most Innovative MBA Program in the World by Poets&Quants, regarded as the most influential business school platform, as well as the winner of the 2019 MBA Roundtable Innovator Award.

As the search for and appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean takes place, the School has appointed Professor Jacob Cohen as its Interim Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean with effect from 1 July 2022. Professor Cohen is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs, and a Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Ethics, and Law at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012.

He brings with him a wealth of experience, including that of Asian markets, having served as Dean of INSEAD’s MBA Program across its France, Singapore, and the UAE campuses from 2008 to 2011. For the past 24 years, Professor Cohen has successfully taught at some of the world’s leading business schools including Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Oxford Said, Cambridge Judge, Tsinghua SEM, and the Schwarzman Scholars program.

He has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding teaching. ASB will benefit immensely from Professor Cohen’s diverse academic experience and leadership steer he has gained within the Dean’s Office at MIT Sloan, and previously at INSEAD.