Press Release

19 January 2011

Universally respected business leader and former Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Tom Purves, has joined the University's Faculty of Business and Management as Visiting Professor in Management Practice.

Tom Purves (right) presenting the Rolls Royce Ghost at the Frankfurt Motorshow, 2009.
Tom Purves (right) presenting the Rolls Royce Ghost at the Frankfurt Motorshow, 2009.

A Board Director with over 30 years of high profile senior management experience in the motor industry, Mr Purves is respected worldwide for his communication and negotiating skills, innovative marketing strategies, pioneering use of digital media and forging vital strategic partnerships.

Retiring from Rolls-Royce last year, 43 years after he joined the firm as an apprentice, Mr Purves also enjoyed success as President of BMW in America, where he successfully introduced the Mini Cooper.

Professor Gioia Pescetto, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management, said: “Tom's insights into, and experience of, leadership and entrepreneurship within a global and highly competitive industry are most valuable and inspirational to our students and staff. We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Tom to the educational and business life of Canterbury and Kent.”

Two high profile academics are also joining the Faculty this term as Visiting Professors.

Dr Geert Duysters is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Eindhoven University of Technology and Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and he is the Scientific Director of the Brabant Centre of Entrepreneurship. His interests include international business strategies, entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances.

Professor Jeff Hyman has recently retired from the University of Strathclyde and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Tianjin in China. Well respected for his academic work in the field of Human Resource Management, Professor Hyman’s areas of expertise include in employee participation and the future of work and work-life balance, especially within the financial and software industries.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment, or are in further study, in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.



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