Dr. Inès Blal, a Pamplin PhD alumnae, has been named Executive Dean of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) located in Switzerland. Dr. Blal is the first and youngest woman to be appointed into this position since the foundation of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

Dr. Blal has been teaching at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne for more than 11 years. She holds expertise in the hospitality industry while possessing many years of experience in strategy.

With a Bachelor and Master degree in Finance and Hospitality Management, Dr. Blal received her PhD in 2003 at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. Her research and concentration focused on strategic management in Hospitality and Tourism Management.