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Meet Lee Newman, new Dean of IE Business School

Meet Lee Newman, new Dean of IE Business School | IE Alumni

Dear IE Alumni Community

As you have likely been experiencing firsthand, the world of work is changing at a rapid pace. We are witnessing the rise of disruptive forces that are radically reshaping the way that companies conduct business and the type of talent that they need to attract. These forces range from the ubiquity of advanced technologies to new behavioral thinking on how best to organize and motivate people.

In turn, this is giving rise to both critical challenges and new opportunities for institutions of higher education, and particularly for business schools. To lead the school forward into an important next stage of innovation and transformation, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lee Newman as Dean of IE Business School, effective in June. He will work closely with Martin Boehm during a transition period while remaining Acting Dean of the School of Human Sciences & Technology (HST) for this academic year. In September we will officially announce the new vision and strategy for the business school and new leadership for HST.

Lee has had an exceptional track record having served in several dean roles at IE University for over a decade. He founded and built HST, which has been the fastest growing among our schools and an innovator in preparing its students for the many exciting careers in the new economy. In this role he has shown an amazing capacity to build and lead teams, a relentless innovative spirit and strong strategic vision. Lee is a passionate scholar of decision-making and leadership and has taught top-rated courses across many of our schools. You may know Lee from his popular courses in the International MBA, the IE-Brown EMBA or the Global Executive MBA.

Lee’s academic credentials span a range of areas key to the future of our business school: a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Cognitive Psychology and in Computer Science, an MBA and Master in Technology & Policy from MIT, and a Bachelor in Engineering from Brown University. Lee also brings relevant professional experience to this new role, which includes serving as an engagement manager with McKinsey in Chicago and as a founder of two successful technology start-ups in New York City.

I want to extend my deepest appreciation to Martin Boehm for his dedication and performance. During his four years as Dean of IE Business School and five years as Dean of Programs, the Business School has grown, diversified and strengthened its quality and international presence. His intelligence and accomplished leadership have resulted in multiple new programs and initiatives at IE Business School, which deserve our enduring recognition. Martin has been an excellent, loyal and committed collaborator, and has led the School with exemplary competence. His focus on digital teaching initiatives and pedagogical innovation prepared IE Business School to provide an excellent learning experience even during the COVID19 pandemic.

During this time, Martin has been an excellent team builder, fostering solid support networks within the IE community and around the world. He was elected Chair of GMAC’s Board of Directors and has served as a member of other international networks.

As valued alumni, you have a continuing stake in the future of IE University and we will invite you to take part in shaping the upcoming trajectory of our institution. Please join me in thanking Martin for his dedication over these years, and also in extending Lee your best wishes and support in his new role.

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño
President, IE University