Appointment: Tomi Laamanen Prof. Tomi Laamanen, PhD, has been Full Professor of Strategic Management at the Institute of Management (IfB-HSG) since 1 August 2011. Tomi Laamanen was born in Helsinki on 3 November 1968. He is a Finnish national. Prof. Laamanen obtained his first Master’s degree in Management from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1993. In 1997, he was awarded a second Master’s degree in Finance and a Doctor’s degree in Strategic Management and was appointed Professor of Strategic Management. Doctor’s degree in Finance In 2002, he obtained a second Doctor’s degree in Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics. After he had been appointed professor, he became Dean of the International Business Linkage Programme from 1997-2000 and Director of the Institute of Strategy and International Business from 1997-1999. Furthermore, he was Dean of the MBA programme from 2000-2002 and Dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management from 2001-2002. He was Professor of Strategic Management and Head of the Institute of Strategy at Aalto University. Extensive list of publications Prof. Tomi Laamanen has a very extensive list of publications to his name, with numerous monographs and contributions to anthologies, as well as a great number of papers presented at reputable conferences. He has had articles published in leading international journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy and Strategic Organization. Numerous positions in the academic community Prof. Tomi Laamanen holds numerous positions in the academic community. Thus he is Associate Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management. Laamanen is Chairman of the SMS PhD Student Best Paper Award Committee, Associate Program Chair of the SMS Strategy Process Committee, PDW Chair of the Academy of Management Strategy Practice Committee and a member of the Academy of Management OMT Best Paper Committee. Research focus: Strategic Management Prof. Laamanen’s research foci are in the fields of strategy processes, merger & acquisition programmes, management cognition, board compensation and further issues of strategic management. At the Institute of Management (IfB-HSG), he exercises the function of a Director.