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Julia Sander appointed Managing Director of EBS Universität

2 March 2018 | By: Pressestelle EBS Universität

Prof. Dr. Julia Sander has been appointed to the posts of Managing Director CEO and Chancellor of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, effective March 1, 2018. Prof. Sander, who has a doctorate in economic sciences, is a digitalization expert with more than eighteen years’ experience in the management of institutes of higher education. The reason for this appointment to the EBS management team is that Peter Schmidt is transferring to the holding company of the majority shareholder, where he will be responsible for the development of the newly established SRH Corporate Academy.

Julia Sander will be continuing the consolidation and the ongoing process of strategic development of the EBS and together with the University’s management team will be pressing ahead with key future issues: enhancing the EBS’s image, developing the campus, and launching a digitalization offensive. According to Prof. Dr. Christof Hettich, Chairman of the Managing Board of the SRH Holding, “With Julia Sander we are gaining the services of a top-class manager for the EBS, someone who is totally familiar with both the academic and economic requirements of a private university. Thanks above all to her proven expertise in the field of digitalization, she will have a decisive impact on the continued strategic development of the EBS.”

Prof. Sander studied economics at Munich University before taking her doctorate at the University of St, Gallen, Switzerland, with a thesis on the innovative capabilities of organizations. After working several years as a management consultant, she was appointed professor at the SRH Open University in Riedlingen in the year 2000 and developed the educational institute into a leading provider of top-quality distance learning programs. In 2002 she was promoted to Vice Chancellor and additionally to the post of Director in 2008. In January 2016 she was appointed to the Managing Board of COGNOS AG, where she was responsible for Digitalization and Professional Clients. She is now returning to SRH. According to Prof. Sander, “Universities are network nodes for digitalization and innovation. And at the EBS a well-developed entrepreneurial spirit can be added to this. I am really looking forward to developing these strong points further together with the Executive Committee and the Senate.”

Peter Schmidt, who played a pivotal role in the successful integration of the EBS into the SRH Group, is entering a new sphere of work: he will be developing the SRH Corporate Academy, which offers all members of staff lifelong learning – from the acquisition of skills to academic courses of study. The aim of the Corporate Academy is to link together the strengths of the educational and healthcare organizations within the SRH much more closely. With his more than fifteen years’ experience as an industrial relations director in service firms, Schmidt will be responsible for coordination between the EBS and the other SRH universities and educational, healthcare and service companies.

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