The Open University has appointed Ian Howell as Director, Business Development Unit (BDU). Ian had been holding the role on an acting basis for six months and was previously Global Business Director within the Unit.
The BDU plays an important role within the OU in terms of generating sustainable income, and leading relations with business. The unit is also responsible for developing partnerships with other academic institutions.
Director of External Engagement at The Open University, Steve Hill, said:
“This is a key appointment for the OU at a very important time for the university and the sector as a whole. Ian has a strong track-record of delivering annual growth during his time at the OU, and his contribution will be critical as we work towards our vision. I look forward to working closely with Ian as he leads the increasingly important relationships with both public and private-sector employers.”