New Delhi: Ashish Nanda has been appointed the director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India’s best-known business school.

Nanda is currently a professor at Harvard Law School and will assume office on 2 September, IIM-A said in a statement. This is the first time a professor from an overseas school has been appointed director of IIM-A.

Still, Nanda should be familiar with the school because he is an old boy. (He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and then IIM-A). He taught at the storied Harvard Business School for more than a decade before moving to Harvard Law School.

“Prof. Nanda, an alumnus with an impeccable academic record, with decades of experience in leading international schools, brings a right mix of international experience and familiarity with IIM-A," said A.M. Naik, chairman, board of governors and society of IIM-A.

“With the appointment of Prof. Nanda as the director, I am sure the institute will grow from strength to strength and chart new territories," said Naik, who is also the chairman of engineering company Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T).

In March, the selection committee headed by Naik had sent three names, Nanda, G. Raghuram and Rakesh Basant, to the human resource development ministry for a final call. Both Raghuram and Basant are professors at the institute. Nanda succeeds Samir Barua, whose tenure ended on 31 March. IIM-A has been running with an ad-hoc director since.

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