The Business School welcomed the new Director Adelaide MBA, Damian Scanlon to its senior management team on 16th January 2012 just in time to welcome the first trimester and an exciting new cohort of students.
Damian’s is an Adelaide MBA graduate and has been part of the Australian business community for over 25 years. With over 15 years senior executive experience in Australian publicly listed companies as well as 10 years in the SME sector, he brings a unique perspective to the School.
His most recent appointment was as Chief Operating Officer with the Adelaide-based science organisation, the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus). Damian played an instrumental role in overseeing the conversion of the old Adelaide Stock Exchange building into the RiAus Science Exchange, now a wonderful facility in the very heart of the Adelaide CBD. Under his watch, the RiAus has grown from two to 22 employees and Damian was able to fully implement the organisation’s vision.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President Academic, Professor Pascale Quester welcomed Mr Scanlon to the University of Adelaide commenting on how the appointment is timely and the Business School will benefit greatly from Damian’s unique perspective and ties with industry.
“This is a very exciting time for MBA studies at the University of Adelaide, especially in light of the recent international accreditation of all of the Adelaide Business School’s programs – including the Adelaide MBA – from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),” Professor Pascale said.
According to Mr Scanlon postgraduate study in business administration is still as relevant today as it was when he graduated from the Adelaide MBA almost 20 years ago.
“With our geography amidst the rapidly growing economies of Asia, there is significant opportunity for employers and ambitious managers to position themselves to take advantage of these projected economic opportunities and future transformations in our region, and the world more generally,” Mr Scanlon said.
“For employers this means recognising it is never too early to start encouraging and supporting senior managers to gain post-graduate qualifications, recognising that with an MBA they will be instrumental in streamlining or restructuring activities in the new environment.