11 Jan 2013

Vice-Chancellor of The Open University speaks at Breakfast Briefing

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, will open the 2013 programme of Business Breakfast meetings at The Open University Business School. He will be speaking about the role higher education can play in stimulating economic growth and the importance of developing stronger relationships with business at regional, national and international levels.

With a background in technology, business and education, Martin Bean has a unique take on the issues facing higher education today. He will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by technological developments, the need for constant evolution and innovation, and how The Open University is working with some of the UK’s biggest employers to deliver the skills needed to get the economy moving again.

The event starts at 8.30am on Thursday 17 January at The Open University Business School, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Places can be reserved by contacting

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About Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University
Martin Bean is the fifth person to lead The Open University in the four decades since its creation in 1969 and brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience working at the intersection between education and technology globally.

Before joining the OU in October 2009 Martin was General Manager within Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Products Group where he was focused on developing solutions to help the global education community address its challenges. In this role he was responsible for product management, business development and marketing.

He has also held senior positions with Novell, the global software corporation, including Vice President of Education Worldwide Sales and Market Development. Martin also served as President of Sylvan Prometric, one of the world’s leading providers of testing and assessment services, where he was responsible for worldwide sales, service delivery, marketing and strategy.

As well as commercial roles spanning from Europe to Asia Pacific to North America, he is heavily involved in shaping education in the developed and developing world.

Martin was also President of the not-for-profit AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organisation, which places economics and commerce graduates in assignments around the world. Martin secured grants from major global corporations and managed the Board of Advisors of this 40,000 member organisation.

In addition Martin has served as a member of the Work Force Training and Education Coordinating Board and the National Board of Directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as advising the US Senate on the importance of IT in the Workforce Investment Act. He was also part of U.S. Department of Labour delegations to the US/EU Seminar on Local Employment Development, and to the Economic and Employment Development Seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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