Singapore, September 1, 2021 (Wednesday) – Singapore Management University (SMU) announced the appointment today Professor Bert De Reyck as dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB). He will take over the management of Professor Gerry George, who served as Dean from 2015 to 2021, and will take over the role for a five-year term. Professor George has moved to Georgetown University and will continue to work with SMU as a visiting professor.

SMU Provost Professor Timothy Clark said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Gerry George for his outstanding leadership and tremendous contribution to SMU and LKCSB, and for the strong legacy he leaves. I am confident that Professor De Reyck, with his previous leadership experience and his outstanding achievements in research and teaching, will be able to build on this legacy and make a significant contribution to the success of the LKCSB as a leading provider of high-quality business education and drive this forward of excellence worldwide. “

The appointment of Professor De Reyck was strongly supported by the SMU Board of Trustees, the President and other key internal and external stakeholders and was the result of an extensive and rigorous global search that began in May 2020.

Professor De Reyck brings a wealth of academic and scientific achievements to his role. He obtained his BSc in Applied Economics, his MSc in Information Systems Engineering and his PhD in Operations Management from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the founding director of the UCL School of Management at University College London. Prior to joining UCL, Bert held positions at London Business School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Rotterdam School of Management. He has also taught at Columbia University, Hong Kong University, and CEIBS. He has received several teaching and research awards.

The research activities of Professor De Reyck, an accomplished scientist, focus on decision analysis, artificial intelligence and project management. His award-winning research is published in numerous academic and professional journals and has application in a wide variety of companies in the life sciences, aerospace, and transportation sectors. He also has several research grants, industry sponsorships and projects with organizations such as Eurocontrol, the UK Department of Transport, Network Rail, Heathrow Airport, The Noble Group, Dunlop Aerospace, Eaton Aerospace, the New York Transit Authority, Pfizer, Merck, Roche, Novartis, Sanofi -Aventis and Shire.

Professor De Reyck has a reputation for being a committed educator, inspiring leader and capable administrator who is highly respected by his peers. Accepting the appointment as dean of the LKCSB, he said, “This appointment is a real honor. I have closely followed the development of the SMU since it was founded twenty years ago and have always been very impressed by its achievements in such a short time. Despite their short history, SMU and LKCSB have already established themselves as one of the leading institutes in Asia and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to continue on this path. I’m also really looking forward to working with the fantastic group of lecturers, administrative managers, students and alumni from LKCSB and SMU. “