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Cambridge International has appointed Christine Özden as its new Chief Executive from January 2019.
Christine joins from Oxford International AQA Examinations, where she is Managing Director. She will take over from Michael O’Sullivan, who leaves in December after more than five successful years in the role. Michael has grown the range of services Cambridge International offers schools and ministries of education worldwide and substantially built up its teacher support network.
Christine has a wealth of experience in international education, having worked for more than 20 years in senior roles at companies including Pearson, Apollo English and Oxford University Press. She began her career in international education at Cambridge University Press, where she worked for seven years as an Area Sales Manager in the English Language Teaching Division. In her most recent role, she led Oxford International AQA Examinations in launching its services in the Middle East and Asia.
Saul Nassé, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said he was delighted to welcome Christine to the organisation.
'Christine has an unwavering belief in education’s ability to change lives and support families. Couple that with her deep international experience – she’s lived in four countries and worked across four continents – and she’s a perfect fit for Cambridge International.
'Michael O’Sullivan has grown a top team, and I look forward to Christine taking the work they do to the next level.'
Christine said: 'I am delighted to be joining Cambridge International at such an exciting time in worldwide education. Its programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education and it is an honour to be chosen to work with the Cambridge team, whose commitment to educators, students and their communities I share.'
Christine has an MA in Arabic and Turkish from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Warwick University.