D’Amore-McKim Hires A New Dean From Singapore

Northeastern D'Amore-McKim

David De Cremer

Nearly two years after losing its business school dean to Illinois Tech, Northeastern University has found a successor in David De Cremer from from the National University of Singapore. The provost chair and management professor of NUS’ Business School will start his new job at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business on July 1.

A former professor of Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, De Cremer succeeds “Raj” Echambadi who joined Illinois Tech as president in August of 2021. Since then, D’Amore-McKim has been led by long-time finance professor Emery Trahan as interim dean.

Andrew Lee of the search firm Isaccson, Miller assisted in the placement.


De Cremer, the founder and director of the Center on AI Technology for Humankind at NUS, will take over a school with annual net revenue of more than $150 million, with modest surpluses in recent years. With 4,779 undergraduate students, undergraduate net revenue at the school exceeds graduate revenue by a factor of three. D’Amore-McKim has 1,418 graduate students and 205 faculty members, as well as over 600 co-op partners in nearly 60 countries and 110 cities around the world.

“I’m honored and excited to be the new Dunton Family Dean at D’Amore-McKim School of Business,” De Cremer said in a statement. “Working together with the many talented people at Northeastern University, I look forward to building a school that prioritizes passion for growth, cross-border thinking and creating impact in everything we do.”

De Cremer’s research and teaching focuses on human behavior in organizations, specifically on the theme of leading organizational change and the use of emerging technologies to drive digital transformation. He also champions the necessity for interdisciplinary approaches to understand more deeply the drivers of innovation, trust and justice to positively impact industry and society.


David Madigan, Northeastern provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, expects De Cremer will reimagine ways a D’Amore-McKim education is delivered by building on the university’s focus on experiential learning and humanics—the combination of technological, data and human literacy that students need to be successful in the changing world.

“David’s experience of bringing behavioral sciences together with a focus on the new advanced and emerging technologies will uniquely position him to carry forward the ethos of Northeastern University to prepare graduates for careers of the future,” Madigan added in a statement.

De Cremer is a strong advocate for promoting and researching work cultures that respect people as “whole” human beings, with a special focus on well-being, health and motivation. “I’m confident that this will inspire our students to reach their full potential as future leaders and global citizens,” De Cremer said.

Previously, he was the KPMG endowed professor of management studies at Cambridge Judge Business School in the United Kingdom and a fellow at St. Edmunds College, University of Cambridge.

In addition to his academic work, De Cremer is considered a global thought leader in management by Thinkers50, a best-selling author, frequent keynote speaker and business consultant. He has also served as associate editor for top journals such as the Academy of Management Annals and Social Justice Research and is on the Founding Editor list of the journal AI and Ethics.

Building on his interdisciplinary and international outlook, De Cremer said he looks forward to serving Northeastern by further promoting and growing D’Amore-McKim as the “global business school for tomorrow.”



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