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New Dean appointed at Warwick Business School

Professor Mark TaylorThe University of Warwick has appointed Mark P. Taylor as the new Dean of Warwick Business School.

Professor Taylor has outstanding credentials both in academia and in the business and policy worlds. He has held a professorship in international finance at Warwick since 1999, although for the last four years he has been on leave from Warwick and working as a Managing Director at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, where he led the European arm of the Global Market Strategies Group, a large global macro investment fund.

Previously a Fellow of University College, Oxford, he has also held professorships at Cass Business School and at Liverpool University and was Visiting Professor of Finance at New York University's Stern School of Business. He was also a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, for five years and an Economist at the Bank of England

His research on exchange rates and international financial markets has been published extensively in many of the leading academic and practitioner journals and he is one of the most highly cited researchers in finance and economics in the world.

He obtained his first degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. He then worked as a foreign exchange trader in London for two years while simultaneously studying part-time for a master's degree in economics at London University, from where he also holds a doctorate in international finance.

Professor Taylor commented: "I want to consolidate and build on WBS's success to make us a leading intellectual powerhouse among business schools, where academic excellence and business relevance in research and teaching are one and the same thing."

Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said, "Mark Taylor has all the right qualities and experience for leading and developing the strengths of Warwick Business School. We carried out an exhaustive global search to find our new Dean and we are convinced that Mark's international experience of business and leadership and superb academic credentials are a winning and exciting combination."

Professor Taylor will take up his post at the start of the Summer Term.