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Press release

Berlin, September 3, 2013

ESMT strengthens teaching and research with two professors

  • Appointment of Joe Peppard promotes focus on management of technology
  • Francis de Véricourt returns to ESMT as professor of management science

On September 1, 2013 ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin welcomed two new professors. Joe Peppard, formerly professor of information systems at Cranfield School of Management, and Francis de Véricourt, most recently associate professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, will support research and teaching at the international business school in Berlin.

Before joining ESMT, Joe Peppard held the chair in Information Systems at Cranfield School of Management where he was director of the School’s IT Leadership Programme. A native of Ireland, Joe Peppard has held academic appointments in the UK, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands and is currently adjunct professor at the University of South Australia. His teaching and research focus on information systems and information technology and explores themes of leadership, strategy, innovation, and value. His research has been widely published in academic and practitioner journals, and his books include the global best seller Strategic Planning for Information Systems. In 2009, the Operational Research Society awarded him the prestigious Stafford Beer Medal for his research while he received the Best Paper Award at the 2012 American Marketing Association’s International Service Research Conference.

Francis de Véricourt is returning to ESMT after a three-year stay as an associate professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, where he also held the Dubrule Chair for Sustainable Development. From 2007 to 2010 he acted as Associated Dean of Research at ESMT. He was previously a member of the faculty at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and completed his post-doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Francis de Véricourt researches on operations excellence, also examining questions of managerial decision making, most recently in the areas of sustainability and healthcare. The French native has published his research results in leading academic research journals such as Management Science and Operations Research and was awarded the 2011 Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Best Paper Award. Francis de Véricourt received the Best Teacher Award for the full-time MBA program at ESMT in 2008 and the INSEAD Dean commendation for excellent MBA teaching in 2013.

Jörg Rocholl, ESMT President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, said, “With their diverse knowledge and extensive experience, Joe Peppard and Francis de Véricourt will complement the international faculty of ESMT wonderfully. We look forward to working with these outstanding researchers and excellent teachers.”

About ESMT

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. Additionally the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with an additional campus in Schloss Gracht near Cologne, where USW Netzwerk runs the German-speaking executive education programs of the business school. ESMT is a private business school, accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, and FIBAA.