AACSB’s Asia Pacific Leadership Transition: Farewell to a Pioneer
Posted May 25, 2016 by Lee Davidson
- Coordinator, Copywriter/Editor - AACSB International
Seven years ago, AACSB International opened its doors, and its reach, to the Asia Pacific region with its first regional headquarters office in Singapore. Leading that initiative was senior vice president and chief officer for Asia Pacific, Eileen Peacock, who retires from AACSB at the end of this month.
Peacock “worked tirelessly to open the office, build the staff, and engage with the business education leaders in the AP region,” says Bob Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer at AACSB. During Peacock's time in Singapore, AACSB’s educational membership grew from 138 to 318 schools—a 130 percent increase, and accredited schools grew from 28 to 92—a 228 percent increase. Further, 90 schools in the region are currently in the accreditation process. AACSB’s professional development activities have greatly expanded in the region, with two major conferences and 20 seminars now being offered.
Peacock’s endeavors to build relationships and herald the message of quality business education in the vast Asia Pacific region were in many ways a grassroots effort. She visited countless management education associations, colleges, and institutions to give talks on the challenges facing business schools and the opportunities for them to thrive. She spoke about the needs of emerging economies, the benefits of collaboration, and the potential impact business schools could have on society. Reid remarks of Peacock, “She was a pioneer, carrying the AACSB flag into the region and into countries that we’d not been visible in before.”
During Peacock's time in Singapore, AACSB’s educational membership grew from 138 to 318 schools—a 130 percent increase, and accredited schools grew from 28 to 92—a 228 percent increase.
Not one to bask in the spotlight, Peacock’s remembrances of her time with AACSB and the Singapore office are naturally humble: “I am appreciative to those who decided to take the risk to open an office outside the U.S. and to hire me to do the work. And I am very thankful to the Singapore team that helped me along the way.” That team has doubled since the Singapore office opened, with more staff on hand now to serve current and prospective schools in a diverse region rife with opportunity for growth in business education. An estimated 8,700 schools in the AP region have the potential for instituting or enhancing quality assurance of their business programs, giving us tremendous occasion to engage them in our collective vision for business education.
Taking over the leadership of the AP regional operations is Annie Lo, who begins her position in July. Lo comes to us from the CFA Institute with an impressive background in finance and global firm leadership, having previously held positions with Franklin Templeton (San Mateo, USA), Goldman Sachs (Tokyo), and Merrill Lynch (San Francisco, USA). We welcome her expertise and ideas for continuing to grow and shape our activities in the Asia Pacific region.