Ivey Professor Chris WH Chan has been named Associate Dean, Asia of Western University’s Ivey Business School. He replaces Janet De Silva, who served in the position since March 2011. Previously working as Ivey Asia’s Regional Director, Executive Education, Chan brings 17 years of experience in graduate business education and corporate executive development having held leadership roles at renowned universities worldwide.
“I am delighted to appoint Chris Chan as Ivey’s Associate Dean in Asia,” said Robert Kennedy, Dean, Ivey Business School. “Chris brings a wealth of experience to the role and looks forward to building on Ivey’s track record of driving innovative degree and executive education programming in Hong Kong and mainland China.”
Prior to joining Ivey Business School at Western University, Chan was Professor of Accounting at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and Dean of the Cornell-Nanyang Institute in Singapore. He was responsible for the growth and development of Cornell’s Master of Management program and spearheaded the school’s alumni development activity and corporate relations in Asia.
In addition, Chan has designed and delivered talent and development programs for a diverse group of multinational and regional companies operating in Asia, including such leadership topics as strategic mindset and commercial acumen, lifestyle industry marketing and channel strategy, sustainable growth in China, joint venture governance and management, etc.
“In a region where local learning and long-term friendships matter, Ivey’s strong international heritage and extensive track record in Asia beget confidence from our partners and alumni,” said Chan. “I am excited and privileged to lead Ivey’s continued growth to become Asia’s premier developer of world-class and locally-relevant business leaders.”
Before Cornell, Chan was Assistant Dean and Director of MBA programs at The University of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for brand advancement, marketing and admissions, financial and program management, academic affairs, and corporate and media relations.
With such a versatile business and leadership background, Chan will lead Ivey’s strategic priorities in Asia through further development of the school’s degree and executive education programs, continue to foster and grow the School’s brand and footprint in the region. Ivey was the first international business school to establish a standalone campus in Greater China 16 years ago and recently received the Gold Education Excellence Award from the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) for our education efforts in China. The award was presented to Ivey at the 4th Canada-China Business Excellence Awards.
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About the Ivey Business School, Western University
The Ivey Business School (www.ivey.ca) at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.
About Ivey Business School Asia
The Ivey Business School (www.ivey.com.hk) at Western University, the first international business school to establish a standalone campus in Greater China in Hong Kong in 1998, is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education renowned for its case method teaching. Ivey Asia offers a top-ranked Executive MBA program, as well as a diverse range of Executive Development programs to over 1,000 executives annually in Hong Kong.