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IE Names Insider Its New Dean


IE Business School is giving a big promotion to Martin Boehm, a ten-year veteran of the school who has served as dean of programs since 2012. The school announced today (Jan. 26) that the German-born, marketing professor Boehm will succeed Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, who has been the dean of IE for the past dozen years and was recently appointed Executive President of IE University.

The decision to appoint Boehm, effective immediately,  followed a four-month-long search that began in September 2016. “While many exceptional candidates with diverse backgrounds and experience were considered, Boehm’s strong international profiles, his experience in transforming IE Business programs, his vision for the future of education and his deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in business education ensured he stood out,” according to the school.

He will have big shoes to fill. Íñiguez, named Dean of the Year in 2016 by Poets&Quants, helped to transform the school from a largely regional institution in Spain into a global powerful of business education. Year after year, Íñiguez  has broken the boundaries of business school conventions, forging innovative partnerships with novel partners and making IE as responsive to the needs of the market as a highly ambitious commercial enterprise.


Boehm joined IE Business School as a marketing professor in 2006, after earning his PhD in marketing from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat and an MBA from the Austraian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship. But he quickly assumed a number of administrative roles. Within two years, in 2008, he was named dean of undergraduate studies for IE University, then associate dean of the business school’s master in management programs in 2010, and finally dean of programs for IE Business School in 2012, succeeding David Bach who left for the Yale School of Management.

In his latest role, Boehm helped launched what IE has called the WOW Room, the first digital classroom of its kind in Europe and led the redesign of several MBA programs at the school. “For over a decade, Martin has been a valued member of faculty and a phenomenal part of our management team,” says Executive President Íñiguez in a statement. “He has a formidable understanding and strategic vision of the business education sector and has been an excellent team builder, fostering solid support networks within the IE community and around the world.”

The school said that as dean, Boehm will continue to lead digital teaching initiatives. He will take part in a Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3:30 pm. Held in the IE Wow Room, the interview will be broadcast live via the IE Business School Facebook page. Questions and comments for the Dean can be posted here:


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John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.