GMAC Expands Global Representation in Board and School Membership – AsiaNet-Pakistan

The new board chair, board members and member schools range from Asia to America

RESTON, Va., Sept. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the global association of leading business schools, today announced changes to its board of directors. Themin Suwardy, GMAC Board Member since 2019 and Associate Provost of Postgraduate Vocational Education at Singapore Management University, was elected as GMAC Board Chair. Ana María Zermeno Padilla, Director of Operations and Academic Experience at Tecnológico de Monterrey's EGADE Business School in Mexico, as well as Curtis Ferguson, Managing Partner at Ventech China, have joined the GMAC Board as its newest members.

In addition, GMAC welcomed the Asian Business School (ASB) as its 227th member school. Based in Kuala Lumpur, ASB was established in 2015 by Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management in response to the need for world-class talent in Malaysia, the region and the developing world. Today, ASB's award-winning MBA program is recognized as one of the most innovative MBA programs in the world.

“GMAC's research shows that business schools in Asia Pacific are attracting more talent to the region than before the pandemic, despite a recovery in international mobility, while Latin America is enjoying growing international applications,” said Joy Jones, GMAC CEO. “I am delighted that these talented individuals and the esteemed ASB organization will deepen their involvement with the Board, strengthening the diversity of our Board and membership. They bring valuable perspectives and critical insights to GMAC's global mission to help business schools and talent discover and value each other.”

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Ana María Zermeno Padilla has a proven track record as an academic leader in several institutions within the Tec de Monterrey System, including the Virtual University and TecMilenio. At EGADE Business School, he oversees the academic and life experience of students, administrative operations and logistics for both in-person and online students. He is a board member of Somos El Cambio and Instituto de Formacion y Perfeccionamiento Policial de San Pedro, both academic institutes. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in education and a Ph.D. in Education Innovation from Tecnológico de Monterrey, in addition to a Master in Business Analytics from EGADE Business School.

Curtis Ferguson is the managing partner of Ventech China, where he leads investments in the country's fast-growing consumer markets. He was a former executive at The Coca-Cola Company for nearly four decades and was most recently president of Coca-Cola's Greater China, Korea and Mongolia business unit. He has been actively involved in education, serving as chairman of the American College in Cairo and on the Dean's Advisory Board at his alma mater, Indiana University's Kelly School of Business. His initiative to establish a scholarship program to benefit underprivileged students in the Middle East and Africa led to him and Coca-Cola being awarded the US State Department's Corporate Citizenship Award. Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University's Kelly School and is a graduate of the Stanford Business School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Executive Development programs.

While GMAC welcomes new leadership and additions to its board, GMAC also recognizes and thanks its outgoing board chair, John Erickson, former president of ACT Education and Career Services, and board member Kathy Montgomery, former associate dean of graduate programs. INSEAD.

“In recent years, I have worked alongside John and Kate, witnessing firsthand their commitment as we together support the higher management education community. I am grateful for their contribution,” said Temin Suvardi, the newly elected chairman of the GMAC board. “I look forward to the leadership, including our new additions, Anna Maria and Kurt, to create more value for the schools and candidates we serve so tirelessly.”

More Asian Business School and GMAC membership

Asia School of Business (ASB) – the first GMAC member school from Malaysia – aspires to be Asia's premier management school, recognized for its ability to develop transformational and principled leaders who will contribute to a better future and the advancement of developing countries. the world. Their approach to learning focuses on the rigor of the classroom combined with on-the-ground action learning experiences throughout Asia. In addition to the MBA degree program, ASB also offers an Executive MBA, a Master in Central Banking and a Master of Management degree that will be launched later this year.

To be considered for GMAC membership, a school must maintain a selective admissions process; offers a master's program in business administration, management subjects or equivalent; and show support for GMAC's mission to provide schools and talent with the tools and information they need to discover and evaluate each other.

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of the world's leading graduate business schools. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruitment tools and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events and services to help guide candidates on their higher education journey. Owns and takes the GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

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