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Royal Holloway appoints new Dean of Management and Economics

Posted on 07/10/2011

Professor Bob O’Keefe has been appointed Dean of the new Faculty of Management and Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London and will take up the post from January 2012.

He joins the College from the University of Surrey, where he is currently Professor of Information Management. From 2002 through to 2010 he was Head, and then Dean, of the Faculty of Management and Law. Previous to this he has held positions at Brunel University, Henley Management College (now Henley Business School), and Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, USA.

He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Sydney Business School, and earlier this year was a visiting professor at the Institut Télécom in Paris. He holds a BSc from Lancaster University, and completed his PhD at Southampton in 1994.

Professor O’Keefe’s research is at the intersection of information technology, consumer behaviour and human-computer interaction and has been widely published in varied literatures and academic journals. He was also the editor of the European Journal of Information Systems from 2000 through to 2006.

He says: “This is a very exciting time to be joining Royal Holloway. The creation of a new Faculty focused on Management and Economics signals the desire of the College to position itself as a leader in these areas. I am delighted to be taking on the role of Dean, and joining a strong, forward-thinking College management team.”

The Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bob O’Keefe to the College; his appointment comes at a critical time as we create the new Faculty of Management and Economics. With his extensive experience, he will help us realise the full potential of the Faculty for the benefit of staff and students both within the Faculty and the wider College."



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